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Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation.

Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac!  Top selling paid app on iPad App Store, regularly ranked #1.

Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to enrich their lives. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note-taking experience at school, home, and work.

• Become fully paper-free, in the classroom, office, and at home.
• Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability.
• Drag and Drop to move files, text, photos, GIFs, web pages, and more from other apps into Notability with Multitasking.
• Secure and lock your notes using Face ID and Touch ID.

• Fully express your artistic side with custom colors and match any color with the color dropper.
• Easily create perfect circles and straight lines.
• Ink is fine-tuned for 1st and 2nd generation Apple Pencil for the most responsive, precise writing experience yet, including double-tap gesture for switching tools, erasing, and more.

• Search for handwritten words from the Library and in the note view in any of our 14 supported languages.
• Convert handwriting to text.
• It all happens on your device, so your information stays private.

• Multi-Note lets you work with two notes side-by-side.
• Quickly switch between notes with the Note Switcher.
• Drag & Drop handwriting, typed text, images, and more between notes.

• Notability includes full-featured, left-aligned typing with word count and a wide range of fonts, sizes, and colors.
• Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes.
• Save time with keyboard shortcuts.

• Import PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, images, GIFs, and more - conversion to PDF happens on your device, so your information stays private.
• Annotate imported pictures, lecture slides, and meeting agendas, or complete class assignments.
• Share notes via email, AirDrop, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, and more, or share note content to other apps with Drag and Drop.

• Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them.
• Notes are automatically synced with audio recordings so during playback you can listen to what was happening as you wrote.

• Use iCloud to automatically sync your notes to Notability on iPad, iPhone, and Mac, or to retrieve previous versions of your notes.
• Use Auto-backup to send your notes to a cloud service for archiving or recovery. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, WebDAV, and OneDrive are all supported!

Mac app sold separately.

Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

Notability App Description & Overview

The applications Notability was published in the category Productivity on 2010-04-01 and was developed by Ginger Labs. The file size is 279.85 MB. The current version is 8.4.2 and works well on 10.0 and high ios versions.

*** Bug fixes in 8.4.2 ***
• Fixed a potential crash when converting office documents
• Improved support for MobileIron MDM configuration files
• Stability improvements & other minor bug fixes

*** What’s new in 8.4 ***
• Sneak peek of what we’ve been working on - Notability introduces perfect circles! Like our straight line feature, draw a circle and hold for it to be auto-corrected. More to come in 2019!
• Improved pinch to zoom, allowing you to zoom out to see multiple pages at once or zoom in further for detailed work.
• Added more keyboard shortcuts, including to create a new note, go back to the Library, and easily navigate within a note.
• The word count of a note is now available in the information popover

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Notability Reviews

Hasibul alam

Please improve highlighting feature. Its just horrible.  Hasibul alam  3 star

Why the developer dont pay attention to this very important of the highlighting feature? When you highlight something the subject becomes deem. Please improve highlighting feature. Its just horrible.


Hope can add multipage view and open same document in 2 windows  starry_  4 star

When I want to refer to the same notes on different pages at the same time, I have to use my pc and ipad both because notability does not support multipage view or 2 windows of same document


Small complain  CipDaddy  3 star

Previously, I’ve had no complains and had see absolutely no glitches of any sort in the past. However, now out of no where I have this permanent glitch where the squares do not align correctly to the end break of the pages. This happens only in the square type pages. I’ve tried many things and different size of squares but no fix. It’s affecting only my 2018 iPad Pro 11 inch. I’d be delighted to help solving this bug if I’m contacted, but if not, please provide a patch of some sort to correct the squares not aligning correctly with their respective pages. 01/22/19 The search option only searches for words in the first page where before it would show that same word in several other pages. Did it before but now the new update is fill with bugs!

katherine mae

Great for school  katherine mae  5 star

This app is amazing. I spent a lot of time deciding on what app to use for college note taking and this one is by far the best I’ve tried. Everything about it is great my only criticism would be that I wish the eraser had an option to partially erase instead of having to erase an entire stroke since I like to put illustrations in my notes and I write in cursive.


I love so much  f6fgcgghftf  5 star

I love to do work and draw on this awesome app But I wish there was a way to make it fill in a whole section in stead of having to fill by hand!! I wish this could come in the next update But over all I still love this app and this is a good way to make it better for graphs or comics;)


Bye bye.  Gtbbong  1 star

After update all my dividers disappeared. And now all my notes are mixed up in one place. Bye notability.


Intense lag  Jjjjjjjjjjstudent  2 star

The typing lag is so bad - it loads at 1 letter per second. It forces me to wait minutes for the rest of my text to appear because I cannot use other functions in Notability as it loads. This happens regardless of if I use a Bluetooth keyboard or the screen to type. Hopefully the next update will patch this issue soon - I’ve been using Notability for the last 4 years without having an issue this bad. Until then, I will have to use a different app.


Suggestion  anon011505  5 star

Please add a feature so we can split the screen between two notes.


Super convenient  Youz.John  5 star

The main purpose of getting this iPad is to take notes. Since I have too many subjects that require note taking and I don’t want to carry that amount of paper everywhere... and iPad didn’t fail me, the new iPad Pro and this App has fantastic ability of taking notes. It’s like writing on a paper! Except u get all kinds of pens and all colors with only on pen. And also u can move around everything u put done. I think this is the best thing I bought in my college life so far, iPad and notability lol

Brint Eldridge

Need support for quick drawing shapes and highlight feature needs refinement.  Brint Eldridge  2 star

I find myself drawing several squares, triangles, and ovals. Currently only circles are able to “autocorrect” to perfect shapes. Would love that feature to be applicable to more shapes. Highlighter covers text, this is bothersome because in turn it makes the text appear washed out. Would love to see the highlight marks behind the text leaving the contrast.


Love this app!  Cleo_is_me  5 star

Love this app so much! I use it for note taking for uni and have basically become a paperless student thanks to it. My only gripe with it is that I wish that the highlighter would be behind the writing instead of in front of it. Aside from that, it’s the perfect app for note taking!


The best I have tried.  MetalCello  5 star

There is no such thing as the perfect note taking app. Notability is the best I have tried. Good notes 5 is ok but the script to text editing is clunky. I loved the nib script writing with notes plus. Nebo has the text recognition, text appears above the script. All of these are great. The clincher for me is being able to easily cut and paste text in and out from Scrivener. The excellent script recognition is also important and is on par with Nebo in my experience. I am a writer and like to compose in cursive. The flexibility in opening up dual note screens assists me easily referring to character notes and research as I write. If the app had the text recognition over the script when writing it would be perfect. (In my opinion.)


Mac app  Seblazlfc  1 star

So upsetting that we have to purchase the Mac app seperate to this...


Best note taking app out there  Seb2837  5 star

I love the simple, clean and intuitive interface. Really struggle to fault this app for putting together all my course notes.


Was a 5 now a 4  PaulBlanch  4 star

Well, I really do like this app. The note taking features and ability to record meetings at the same time is brilliant. However....... There was a feature where I could move inserted text (which you can still do) and pictures and move them using the lasso snip function which was so useful until I couldn't do it. This really needs to come back. Its included in the preview video so hopefully this oversight get fixed soon. I sent a few templates which would be nice but I get around it by having a template folder and just copy paste into any document unused. Good for investigations and meetings. The search by word function is THE killer feature and is a must in any of these apps. If it could search and find in pictures/pdf documents that I attach to files it would be the go to app. Keeping up and I hope they fix the move "inserted pictures" function soon.


Great app!  Jamesjjjames  5 star

Awesome app! It’s a must have. I would love to see the following features: - An option to choose different pen/pencil types - The ability to draw a perfect circle without having to go in figure - Fill shape with colour option


The best note taking app  JayMud  5 star

Trust me, I have tried most of them and listened to many reviews. This is by far the best note taking app. best this game for me is that it syncs smoothly between I pad and the Mac book. Notes are also on my phone if I need a quick reference. The reason I bought an IPad is this app. IT is helping me immensely with my studies and it is sold for peanuts for it’s potential. Please don’t change a thing. Only one suggestion, if you could, addition of shapes,tables. I can live without it if not doable. Please don’t do anything that would compromise the stability of the app. Thanks for a fantastic app and keep up the good work.

Justin Fraser

Needs to be able to convert multiple pages of hand writing to text at once  Justin Fraser  3 star

Converts hand writing to text but can only do this using the selection tool, can’t convert multiple pages of hand writing at once. Please add this functionality.


Syncing issue  sh1vaz1  2 star

Notes from my iPad won’t update on iPhone. The app is pretty stable otherwise. The devs are kinda slow with patches tho...


Cannot Access Anything  Dgmdkdjdh  2 star

I have used this app for quite a while now and had loved it. However, upon opening today I was stumped. I can’t create a new divider, I can create a new note. But inside the note, I cannot change the colour or size of the pen or highlighter, I can’t access settings or practically do anything at all. This is a massive annoyance as I needed the app to write notes for school. I also tried to delete and re-download and now all my previous work is gone. I can’t recover anything, even when following the instructions they have given online.. Seriously disappointed right now. Especially for the amount I paid for the app.

Blue Pine

best notes app by a zillion miles  Blue Pine  5 star

Update: The zoom out is fantastic, as is the rest of the app in general. I don't know how I ever got along before this existed 😄 so I'm giving back all five stars, and I'll just pretend like the paper color problem never happened, and hope that they give us a real paper color picker sometime in the future. Review: I have tons of class notes and pics in this wonderful app. And I was happy to learn that they added custom colors, and that you could (supposedly) "create paper backgrounds in any color." I've really been wanting the custom colors. Although it remains a limited option, at least they exist now. And I love using them for the pencil and highlighter. Unfortunately, the paper color backgrounds upgrade is HORRIBLE. One would think that one would go to the paper picker, and be given the opportunity to pick your own color for your paper. Unfortunately, that isn't the case. You have to draw in a square, expand it, EXPORT it as a PDF [I'm not kidding], IMPORT it, and even then, it only has that one page. You would have to redo the whole process for every page. But wait, IT GETS WORSE. When I tried to do the same thing below (on page 2), it sort of did it, but this affected page 1 and now page 1 has white parts on one side as if the color I had changed the paper to was PARTIALLY ERASED. Just send me to the paper picker and let me pick a color (and a VERY SUBTLE texture picker would be nice as well). Drawing in a color, and EXPORTING as PDF, and IMPORTING again, and all that goofy wacky ERASING are crazy. Feels like a desperate (failed) workaround to a bug rather than a "feature."


Compatibly with Adonit Pixel  collegestudentlilly  2 star

I am in love with this app- the only issue I have is that it is not compatible with any Bluetooth stylus other than the Apple Pencil. As a college student with an iPad Air 2, the Pencil is not an option. Please consider adding this feature to the app, it would make note taking so much easier!


Needs one more thing  AliAdel96  5 star

Love the app. Only thing missing is a file manager system. Would love to make folders within folders, and have more than one note with the same name. Other than that, its a very good app


Zoom  almacabro  4 star

I love the new zoom capability, but could you guys put the zoom percentage back on display when I zoom? I write best at the 247% zooming and now I can’t get that perfect zoom on the first try, it would make the zooming perfect if I could!


Pen/Pencil option please?  simplelife2019  4 star

This is a very thorough app which I appreciate. The only thing I truly love having that appears to be missing in this app is the option to write with a pencil rather than a pen. If it is possible to add this I would greatly appreciate it!!


Best, but not perfect  黑猫の魂火  4 star

Most feature, best performance among note apps. But occasional glitch still exist.


Key to College  grmiller923  5 star

I take all of my notes on here and the tolls on this app have helped me studying so much. I tell everyone about this app because it's been the key for my studying in college.


Great PDF annotation app  Xwelder  5 star

After Microsoft nuked OneDrive, i looked for another option that allowed pdf annotation with Apple Pencil and keyboards. Notability is awesome for this and has improved my productivity. I’ve been using this app for a few months now and have yet to have even one glitch. Well worth the purchase price if you are using your iPad for productivity.


Great, but not excellent  Katreeners  3 star

The features of Notability are amazing, however its performance is a little subpar as of lately. When saving PowerPoints from Blackboard, it seems to cut off the bottom of slides during conversion. I would also love to see them implement the option to import audio files, like Good Note.


Very useful  Tchahattou  5 star

Great app, thank you!


Writing with Apple Pencil  AlfredSobakin  3 star

Currently using the iPad 2018 with Apple Pencil, note taking with pencil is not as smooth as I would like when moving at certain speeds and angles, if you’re a perfectionist try Evernote sketch feature or Notes with pencil instead of pen


Nearly Perfect  Anofor  4 star

Love the app. Worth the purchase. Really needs to include music manuscript though. That would make it perfect.

Rob Mech

Perfect University Aide  Rob Mech  5 star

Have started using this for taking notes and annotating pdfs in University. Fantastic app, which makes note taking a dream. Especially like all the support for cloud storage services, as well as iCloud backup and sync.


Good app but horrible palm rejection  Adamj145  2 star

I’m using the 2017 iPad Pro 12.9 inch with Apple Pencil and every time I rest my palm on the screen it detects it even with palm rejection on and it’s not my iPad I tried good notes and it was perfect. Not worth the 11 euro


Nearly perfect  Netet94  5 star

Love this app, it’s my primary note taking app for college. Would love if they added the files app to the options for auto backup, and maybe added some more page design options

Calum lane

Nearly perfect  Calum lane  5 star

Great app. Really hoping they add music manuscript pages instead of having to Import them. Bar that worth the purchase.


Great app  Frostythesnowman29  4 star

Really great app, tried a few of the top notebook apps. While it doesn't have the most refined set of options or pen configurations when compared to apps like Notes Plus, it has remained my go to option through 4 years of college for two reasons. It's reliable, never lost any notes and syncing has never been a problem. The second is the biggest selling point for me, and that is the record option, which syncs the recorded sound to your text or sketch input. This is invaluable for lectures as it allows you to listen to the exact point corresponding to the text input. The app could still do with with a few extra pen configurations option and sketch shape recognition, like one note and Notes Plus would be great additions, but overall it's a great app and worth the money.


Great App!  BluJuiice  5 star

Its simple and easy to use and the palm rejection is just phenomenal, better than the app that came with my stylus can do.



I've tried GoodNotes and Notability. I feel that notability is better but is missing something that is making me use GoodNotes more often, bluetooth (which I feel that is very important for me)


Fix it please!  Dwoejndfn,medncbdu  5 star

The search for word button in the file isn't functioning well. It keep on come out as "no search result found" despite on very easy words. And it takes ages for the file to convert to other apps ex: pdf.

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