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busylife0000 - Great app
I absolutely love this app. Between work, school, and life, this app helps with notes, and my planners for everything. It’s so much more convenient to carry my iPad around rather than a bunch of books. This app is very user friendly, making it very easy to take notes and convert from the pen to highlighter, etc. You can even search your own handwriting and text from a pdf that has been uploaded in the same file which makes it easy to go back and look for something specific instantly rather than scroll through pages of notes. Great app!!!
Update: I recently tried to access my notes on my iPhone, but half of the files wouldn’t sync between the ipad and my phone, which was annoying. I had down time to study and couldn’t because they wouldn’t sync. The only way to fix was to duplicate the file on the ipad so it would sync to my phone. It wasn’t a huge deal for that day, but could potentially be a major issue down the line if you don’t have the original device you used for the notes.
Other than that, I still think it’s a great app and recommend it to anyone who is switching to digital notes and who doesn’t want to carry around a bunch of binders/notebooks!
Jason 909 - Notability is great...but not on iPhone
Writing a review of Notability is hard. On the one hand, I use it every single day on my iPad. I do a lot of reading/research for my job, so Notability has saved me from being buried under an endless pile of paper. I even pair it up with Scanbot so I can quickly scan materials in meetings and then have all my notes/handouts in a single place. Being able to search my handwriting is a game-changer! So is having access to my documents and notes everywhere, including my laptop, and having all changes and edits synced through iCloud. I’ve always wanted to go paperless with ubiquitous access to everything; Notability is my hub for that.
Which brings me to my chief complaint about Notability: it’s iPhone app is terrible. It’s nice to see my notes on my phone if I need to skim something quickly on the go, but basic functionality is missing. You can’t search a document, highlight pages, see all the pages in a document—if you’re looking for something, you can only scroll until you find it. That’s ok if you’re talking about two pages of notes; but if you are looking at a 50 page journal article trying to find something, it’s ridiculous. Competitors have this functionality on iPhones, but Notability has never added it. I wish they would! I also wish they would format text-only notes like Google Docs, adjusting text size for a given display without affecting the formatting.
kmc121084 - Needs better organization
This app is very helpful, especially the feature to record lectures. I can stay on top of what my professor says easier, and use the Apple Pencil to highlight or emphasize certain points. There is a bit of a delay for the notes and the audio, so when I click on a note, I know to automatically hit the “rewind 10 seconds” button, but I just deal with it because it is so helpful regardless. However, while the recording ability is the star feature of this app, the other features need improvement.
1. Since more classes are taking place online due to the pandemic, there should be an option to record lectures using the iPad’s internal microphone. Right now, I play the lectures on my phone and record audio with the iPad, since I do not have a better option.
2. Second, and my biggest gripe with the app is ORGANIZATION. Although you can have subjects, and place notes in the subjects, I want the ability to make folders within the subjects. A lot of my subjects in school are so complex - with labs and assignments in addition to lecture notes and different subtopics, the ability to make folders within subjects is seriously ESSENTIAL. The most I can do is change the name at the beginning of the file to reflect what kind of material it is (ex: Lab 1, Assignemnt 2, etc.) but the ability to make folders really holds this app behind. I still use it for the recording feature, but the lack of organizational options available is really frustrating.
_Music-Lover_ - Best Notetaking App I found
I’ve been using this app for years, and appreciate all the updates that have occurred since then. This app has sufficed all my note taking needs, in and out of the classroom. One feature I would like to see is the ability to rename recordings, and possibly to attach these recordings to individual pages. One thing I’ve tried doing this semester is have the recording function on while at a lecture, but having numerous recordings in a file that grows daily is difficult with the current set up. If you don’t remember the time stamp or recording number for a particular point, you have to guess and listen for a bit to see if it’s right. It’s either that, or guess based on the date the notes were recorded. If you could at least rename the audio files, the app would be more useful. It would also be nice if you could change the paper style of individual pages, as well as a feature that easily allows you to draw geometric shapes (adding a figure on top of a graph sticky or any other element get tricky when you click on the wrong one. Sometimes because of that, the graph background ends up on top, and the figure behind it, rendering it useless).
There aren’t really any visible bugs with this version of the app, Would recommend for someone looking for a suitable note taking app, whether it’s handwritten or type. I think the addition of a few features would make it better.
Horse girl 710 - I’ve never had this issue before
I’ve been using Notability for about 7 years now. As a student, it is important to make sure you don’t miss any information and sometimes that can be difficult if the professor goes too fast. One tool that I started using about 3 years ago was the microphone to record lectures. I loved it because I could follow along with what the professor was saying and what I wrote as well. Right now I’m really upset with Notability because of a bug. Recently I’ve been having problems when I completely close out of the app. Not only are my recordings getting deleted, but so are my notes!!! That’s a major problem that needs to be fixed immediately. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find an app quite like notability, so I will have to stick with good old fashioned pen and paper until this problem is resolved.
I’ve also been having problems with the other tools. I usually have no problem with changing colors, font sizes, or anything related to that nature but I can’t even do that anymore! This isn’t a huge issue as I can still select the right tool, but it’s hard to organize my notes. I also can’t create subjects or dividers anymore which is driving me insane! It’s the beginning of the semester which means I need to be able to organize myself from the start to work efficiently throughout the rest of the semester. I’ve never had any issues with this app before, but these are some major problems that need to be fixed before I continue using it.
j micah - Great university study tool with a couple issues
I was using OneNote on a Surface tablet until the digitizer stopped working. I decided to try using an iPad Pro instead, since they’re lighter. Notability was the only app to offer most of the same functionality as OneNote on a Windows tablet. There are many things that I prefer about Notability, but there are a few issues that prevent me from giving it more stars: first, I would like the ability to create a group of commonly used highlighters/pens for marking up documents. I have a system of using certain colors to represent certain things, and I would like to be able to organize all those highlighters and pens into a group where I determine the order and placement. If that is possible in Notability, I haven’t been able to figure it out. Secondly, I use Notability in a setting where I’m regularly working with several languages (including RTL - Right to Left languages like Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic). Notability does not have good support for combining multiple languages in one document at this time, especially not mixed English-Hebrew or English-Aramaic. Please give Notability the ability to recognize and format RTL languages. I can do that natively on most Apple apps, and many 3rd party apps, so the inability to do that on Notability really sticks out. Please improve these issues, and I will gladly give it a 5 star rating. In fact, if those two issues are fixed, I won’t even miss using OneNote for most of my coursework.
RobPrater - Palm Rejection Problems Since Updating
I can attest to the comments regarding the palm rejection issues after the recent update. Since the update, anytime I attempt to take class notes with the Apple Pencil results in erratic screen behavior. It will zoom in or out randomly, delete the last portion of what is written, or the screen will shift/shake. This only occurs when I am trying to write and my palm is resting on the lower portion of the screen.
I have had some previous issues with palm rejection, mainly with the shifting of the screen or zoom but it has been manageable up until this update. It has become basically unusable for me in terms of handwriting since the recent update and the handwriting feature is nearly the sole purpose for purchasing the app in my case. I’ve basically had to resort to other apps for note taking because this has become nearly impossible to write on (unless I write without my palm on the screen and that is definitely not an alternative for me).
After reading the previous comments, I have already performed a hard reset of my iPad (an iPad Pro 11” on iOS 12.3), turned off the palm rejection feature in Notability and turned it back on, and finally uninstalled the app completely then reinstalled. None of these attempts have rendered any improvement. Hopefully this is something that can be investigated by the developer and corrected quickly as this has been my preferred app for note taking.
EZE Ruthless - Syncing big files is very poor
I wanted to love Notability. It’s unique recording feature is perfect for lecture notes, and so I decided to give it a full month test, switching from another very well known note taking app and using Notability exclusively. The result, now that the month’s experiment has concluded, is that I’m switching back to the other app. Leaving aside all the countless comparisons and contrasts between these two apps, the deal breaker for me was that Notability’s syncing between iPhone, iPad, and Mac is awful. Any imported big file would only sync to one device, never appearing on all three. PDF imports were the worst—I would check literally DAYS later for a given pdf file to appear on ALL of my devices, only to have it stuck on the one device I originally imported it from. The only way to finally get some files to sync was to delete the Notability app and reinstall it, and even then it was only successful some of the time. As you might imagine, that workaround was beyond disappointing—it was incredibly inconvenient and completely untenable.
Don’t get me wrong: Notability is still a very worthwhile purchase. There’s a lot to like about the features and its ease of use, and I’ll definitely be keeping it as my backup. And I’ll still use it whenever I need to combine note taking with recordings. But until the developers fix syncing, there’s no way that I could ever rely on this as my go-to app for notes or creative projects.
Rico_927 - A great note taking app for school but the Bugs are becoming annoying
This app could probably be the best note taking app for students just because of the recording feature. The tools up top are fine but they are missing so much compared to GoodNotes. Most of the size for the Pen are useless. After the 4th or 5th size the strokes become way too big for any practical purpose. Same thing with the highlighter except it the opposite. The varying sizes for the erasers is great though because I can basically erase pixels or entire sentences if needed. The cut and paste tool will not select small strokes or words for whatever reason, so sometimes I’m forced to erase and redraw or write. Other than that its works great. Seriously the only tool carrying this app is the Recording feature, GoodNotes has them beat in every other department. (I never mentioned the lack of templates). If GoodNotes has that feature I would go back to GoodNotes immediately, but they don’t so I stay with Notability. Now the bugs are getting annoying. I cant go a 1 minute without my lines not drawing or the app freezing or the zoom in feature freezing the app. Also the random shapes I get when writing sometimes that I cant delete with the back button and for some reason can only be removed by the eraser. Idk maybe these bugs will eventually send me back to GoodNotes and lectures will have to be recorded the hard way.
GDOGUNDERSCORE - Perfect For Students
This app is my go to app for anything I do in school. It has made taking notes fun and easy. And now after using this app for a little over a year and a half, I can absolutely say that this is my favorite note taking app. Practically everything that I do for school is on this app, which when paired to my phone makes it a breeze to quickly scroll through my notes at any time. The writing feels fluid with great options for size and colors. Importing files and documents is extremely easy and fast. On tops of this, the line straitening and shape recognition is amazingly useful and easy, without being intrusive or correcting things that were not meant to be corrected.
My one issue I have is with organization. Especially towards the end of the year when I have hundreds of notes and files, they can often be lost in the clutter. I have found ways around this by specifically labeling my files so all of my notes, quizzes, tests, and handouts are all sorted by category alphabetically, but I wish there was a way to put folders inside of subjects. This app is my favorite, but to make it the best it really needs a better way to organize files inside of subjects. Again, I cant imagine creating folders inside of subjects would be hard do and I really hope they include this soon in an update.
Ngizoqgrhuv - Needs Higher Level of Organization
Currently I am loving this app. I have been using it for a couple days now and I’ve been able to transfer all my notes from Microsoft’s OneNote without a hiccup. Though in my time using this app, I have discovered two things that could need some improvement on. The first is, being able to name a file the same name as another, so long as it’s in a different location. Currently i am left adding a (1) or (2) for duplicate file names for different classes. And ultimately my notes look less organized. With that said, my main concern is the lack of notes segregation and organization. Currently, the only two methods to separate your notes are the Divider and Subject functionality. It would be Godsend if there was another sub-level category. A folder within a subject per se. For example: You have Math as a subject, Great! Now within the math subject, you have different kinds of notes that you would like separate from others. Like notes for different kinds of tests, notes for quizzes, notes for Classroom discussion, notes for projects, notes for resource documents. All of these you would like to be easily distinguishable from another, thus you group them likewise. Consider implementing these features as I believe it will become a game changer, this is definitely a Five-Star app, the three star is just motivation. Love you guys!
angrmtz - Not as great as I thought it would be
Many issues that I don’t like. The microphone function has a lot of potential but ultimately the only thing I can hear after recording in large lecture rooms are staticky background noises and the tapping of my pencil when I’m writing.
The left handed mode doesn’t make much sense to me. I’m used to functions being on the top and now functions are on the bottom and don’t actually help with being left handed.
There’s also A LOT of skipping that occurs which is incredibly annoying and there are times when I will be writing a letter but it is automatically changed to a shape. When I try press the back function to erase the shape, letters written before the shape are erased so I have to use the actual eraser. In instances like that, it would be nice to have a forward function because somethings are accidentally erased but now I have to completely rewrite it.
The font size for pencil and higher are completely out of wack. I tend to write pretty hard so the writing gets very thick even though I have it on a thin setting and the examples of the thickness aren’t very representative. I also wish we had more control over the colors we prefer. All default colors are first which I only use black and it comes with a bunch of colors I don’t like but can’t delete them or change them to colors I’d prefer. I came from GoodNotes and I’m very use to their functions which might be the issue but since I paid for notability I actually want to use it.
(ง ͠° ͟J ͡°)ง - the worst customer support
I love this app, it is definitely the best for note taking on a tablet out there. However, I had a performance issue last year and I tried to contact support and no one ever got back to me. I’ve had similar issues and didn’t bother reaching out because I knew it would be futile. In my opinion, a product can be mediocre, but if it has great customer service, that sets it apart. Notability is the opposite. The product is great (in theory), but whenever there are issues, there is no support. This app is constantly glitching, between the handwriting jumping around the page randomly, not allowing me to close out of the right side menu that allows you to search in the document, or the most annoying bug where a note scrolls to the bottom of a page and will not let you go back to the top until you close out of the app. Currently, I am having an issue where I have two notes open at once (one is a pdf of my textbook, and one is the notes I am taking from it), and there are numerous problems, including those I just mentioned, as well as tools not working as I am trying to go back and forth writing on both documents. This is the best notetaking app I’ve tried, but the constant bugs are extremely frustrating when this is the main mode I use to read textbooks, take notes, and get homework done.
Mandy Vanz - Not sure what the hype is all about..
So, here’s the thing. There are a lot of note taking apps on the market. I feel like if you want a quality one, maybe you need to pay for it. So, I purchased this one and Good Notes. I’ve used Evernote and Microsoft OneNote as well. Nothing sets this apart from competitors besides the price. And please beware: that price for the iOS app does not include the desktop app. That’s a separate charge. You can’t access it through a browser either. That’s a huge negative in my opinion.
Additionally, sometimes this app will crash (like during iOS updates) and you’ll lose your subjects and dividers. So, there’s a way to get your subjects back, but you’re out of luck with your dividers. What does this mean? It means that all of the classes you’ve set up for multiple semesters will be wiped out. Whatever was organized under is able to be obtained, but you have to go back through and sort all of it. Do you know what an incredibly awful and tedious task that is? When you contact their customer service, they’re basically just like “Oh, sorryyyyy yeah we don’t care.”
If you’re still reading this, oh hey. One last final note: don’t waste your money. I’ve tried them all and think Microsoft OneNote is really the way to go. It’s free, you get cloud storage, the app on the computer is free, and you get full functionality of program. Recent updates means it does EXACTLY what notability does.
mklawaters - A staple, but disappointing
Update: I have used this app for YEARS now through high school, college, and now medical school. I love the app and appreciate it to no ends. However, one ongoing issue I have noticed is its unreliability with downloading ppt files to PDF within the app from Canvas. I don’t know if it’s a problem with communication with canvas or just a general issue with converting to pdf within the app, but it’s annoying to have to convert all my lecture notes to pdf on my MacBook then transfer them to my iPad. It’s so unreliable I don’t think I can use only my iPad anymore, which is what my goal was. Anyway, long story short: I love this app, but it’s been frustrating for about the past year or two.
The new update added better pencil integration, ,earning now it has actual pressure sensitivity rather than just the way they did it before which was through speed sensitivity determining the weight of the line drawn. This combined with the other amazing aspects of this app that I have always enjoyed make this my favorite app ever. I use it in college to take notes and annotate presentations during lecture as well as at work for taking notes during meetings or as a work log. It is simply an amazing app, well worth the money, and I look forward to continue using it with my iPad Pro through medical school. Thank you ginger labs!!!
lalah-007 - Almost perfect
This app is almost perfect. From the beginning I downloaded both GoodNotes and notability to try both. I can honestly say I can hardly use GoodNotes now, because I can do so much more here I one place. If I could suggest a couple of things that may make this program a little better for a student. First , It would be great if you could choose a folder from the drive or photos(of slides)and then pop the entire file IN the document I’m writing on and it default to a page size image - as doing them one by one , then having to size each one is a real pain when I have a bunch to add. One thing GoodNotes / books does well. Or at least if I could choose more than one image from my note to drag in ...OR not have to click back into the photo options button after each one as its a real pain if I want to import several pages and to a note in a hurry. I would love to have the option to read and turn my pages horizontally like a book and have a book folder file to confine or open it easily - like GoodNotes. Besides these two things - it seems perfect. Its a great well thought out program that keeps progressing with so many great options. Good job to the developers
Millbean - Best note-taking app
I’ve waited a long time to write this because I want to know an app fully before judging it. I’ve used Notability for the past 3+ years along with GoodNotes. I can confidently say that Notability is the superior app. Yes, there are many more features that I wish were present in both apps but, as a whole, this is the best note taking app. In its basic form, handwriting in the app is perfect. Whatever software that GoodNotes uses to try to improve your handwriting is incredibly annoying and causes it to look worse. Its not that way with Notability. What you write is what it shows. The file management style is much easier to follow than the endless folders in GoodNotes. Also, when major updates come, you don’t have to pay for it. Paper templates and being able to set your 3 most used colors and pen sizes right on the task bar will HOPEFULLY be coming to Notability soon. That is the biggest drawback I think. Having to do multiple touches every time I want to switch pen size can be annoying and when taking notes in lecture, can take up valuable time. Having those right on the top bar would be INVALUABLE. Other than that, this app is superior to GoodNotes in general.
Chris 123abc - Fix iCloud syncing issues
I love noteability and would give 5 stars if it weren’t for the iCloud issues. I have the app on my phone, MacBook, and iPad. I mainly use noteability on my iPad and enjoyed being able to create a note, and seamlessly read or edit it on my laptop or phone. However every once in awhile noteability would freeze all of my notes on my iPad and I wouldn’t be able to read or edit until it was done syncing which would take at least 30 minutes, sometimes hours. What’s even more frustrating is that sometimes I’ll be editing a note and the app would be syncing that same note to the cloud in the background. So when I exit the note I have 2 sometimes 5 copies of the same note, and I have no idea which one is up to date. This especially happens if I have noteability open on more than one device at a time.
I got so sick of it that I’ve disabled iCloud syncing and only use it on my iPad, which is a shame because I paid 10 extra dollars for the app on my MacBook (which is absolutely not worth it on its own by the way). The only device that gives all of the features that noteability has to offer is the iPad.
With that being said, I absolutely love the app on my iPad and I hope that the dev team will fix this issue soon.
Coug-Terp92 - Saved My Bacon
I’m currently in grad school and after my first semester, I decided to switch to digital note taking. I was simply overwhelmed by the massive paper trail that often happens in grad school. I shopped around and I saw this app and decided to give it a go. I don’t normally spend $10 on an app, but it has been worth every penny! The organization is top notch, it works with many different type of styli (I use the Friendly Swede interchangeable tip stylus, because of the cost, but Apple Pencil works great if you have an iPad Pro), the recording feature is great, sharing notes is super easy and it’s been so convenient to have all of my school documents in one place. So far, I’m at 600+ documents and I haven’t lost anything since using this app. I absolutely credit this app with helping me pass my comprehensive exams.
My only complaints is that I wish I wouldn’t have to buy it again for Mac. I also would like it if they were to incorporate tabs, so I wouldn’t have to back out to the menu every time I wanted to switch between a few related notes. In spite of these shortcomings, I still give it five stars because of how much it’s helped up my game as a grad student. Thanks, Notability!
sm3scorch - Good App
So far I loved the new improvements made this month, the extra pens really allowed me to increase the number of colors I can use. This change also increased the speed at which I write my notes. I don't have to go back to make changes a second time just because of the colors.
There are some things I'm still not really loving. I'm on a 9.7 in ipad and right handed. The page scroll is on the right side. Every time I write something, I'm constantly triggering a page scroll on the writing hand. This is something I hope can be done. I thought it was me but someone else, a teacher using this program for lecture always have this same issue, touching those scroll button while writing. Eventhough its not a big issue, it would help speed wise if they moved that to the left for right handed folks, and the reverse of course. If there is a way also to allow manual sync... that would help with the constant conflict version issue I have when I have to quickly switch over between devices. I don't mind waiting half a minute but when it takes almost half an hour it really hinders the function.
Thank you for making updates.
BradZ2023 - Great for school
I’ve been using this for med school, and it has been fantastic. I’m able to download all professor’s powerpoint presentations to notability and sort them in a pretty simple way. I’m able to search all my notes pretty easily, even for things that I write on the iPad which can come in handy. No real complaints about the app, but I can always ask for recommendations. 1. I wish I could search in one division. For instance, if I am searching a drug that works in a combination like phenytoin, one subject it can be found in is cardiovascular and also neuro. I can search all notes or I can search one ‘subject’, but not a division (one tier higher than subject, a division holds subjects). I do think that the phone app and computer app can be improved to be more on par with the features of the iPad, and I think the sidecar ability can definitely be improved to work a lot better with the computer version of notability. Also, I wish it was possible to be able to organize with 1-2 more tiers. That being said, this app has worked way better than I expected it to for school. I’ve never used goodnotes or onenote, but notability is worth a shot for sure.
Thomas419 - The Best App You Will Ever Purchase!
I know for starters this app may seem like a lot, especially with the cost for both the iPhone/iPad and the cost of the Mac apps, BUT ITS WORTH IT! Being a college student I use this app every single day in all my classes. The app is so easy to use, and so intuitive. The iPad app is amazing for use with Apple Pencil or other styluses, and the fun pen colors and paper choices make notes less boring. This app also works with TONS of file types which you can import and annotate. I have nor used the voice feature yet, but I am thrilled to as I am sure it is as good as everything else this app offers. Finally my favorite feature is that notability automatically saves all my files and updates them constant across all my devices, so I never have to wait for my files to load. The useful feature of backing up the notes to google drive or Dropbox is amazingly helpful and lets me have my notes accessible even when I am not on my own laptop with the app. Overall MUST BUY for college students especially, or anyone who is a frequent note taker or writer. Absolutely, 100%, hands down, the most amazing app on the App Store!!
Bowlayo - I can see why this is #1
Honestly, I was really debating on whether on not I should use Notability to take my notes or if I should use GoodNotes 5. In the end, I ended up getting both just to try them out, and what I found was that the UI for Notability was almost flawless for me. Being able to record audio on here is great, but I think the biggest factor for me was how it felt like writing notes in this app. It’s literally feels like I am just writing on paper. My handwriting on Goodnotes 5 just seemed messier and I noticed that they would try to alter my handwriting a bit. If I could make some suggestions, it would be nice if the highlighter could go under the words rather than over it. I would also love the option to just automatically switch back to pen mode after using the eraser (Useful tool in goodnotes). There would be times where I’m writing and the app doesn’t register it and would momentarily freeze a bit. But these are minor inconveniences. Overall, this is a great app to take notes on and annotate PDFs (what I mainly do). The partial eraser is amazing and the automatic backup is a extremely convenient. Definitely recommend it for college!
Scarlet in the Living Room - This is the one -You can stop looking now, get Notability
I’m a scientist, back in school, going to grad school soon. I spent whatever it took to check out all of the notes apps, and Notability is the best. I can record a lecture or seminar, while I’m taking notes, I can draw molecular structures, I can import PowerPoint slides and annotate them. If my page/slide is pretty crowded, I can create a “sticky” and take notes on it, and I can move it around when I need to see what is under it. I have made entire multimedia presentations with this app. You can save your page as a PDF, or I’ll even just take a screenshot of what I want to present or turn in, crop the margins, and use that. I can have sections of slides and book pages, or a picture of a handout, then work the problem out with my Apple Pencil, and turn it all in as one convenient PDF or pic I can email to my professors. The interface is much more flexible than Microsoft apps, and plays better with other apps and platforms. Seriously, I use the crap out of this thing. I checked out all of the common note apps, and this one is just more capable and adaptable than any of the others. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Ole Mithaugen - WHAT?
I haven’t been paying much attention to update when suddenly I realize that my Notability App is awesomely different. I have been a long time user of this app and have loved it since day one. I have experimented with other note taking apps but very quickly return to this workhorse of an app. Now with the latest update I am blown away! I love to write with my apple pen and being able to convert to text is extremely useful. So far it has been flawless in conversion; however I am old school in my penmanship so that my work in my favor. Being able to put notes side by side? Since I convert all documents into files in Notability for meetings, to be able to pull up other documents alongside of the notes I am taking is absolutely amazing.
One thing that I am watching and am unsure of yet is that in watching battery consumption Notability seems to have suddenly become my primary drain, outstripping my FaceBook app. So this is something that I will be watching since I tend to leave Notability running in the background.
But overall I want to give a big shout of thanks to the developers for making a great app even better.
Kevconfar - Suggestions for Developers
There are some missing features that hold it back from 5 stars:
1) When I take notes and annotate, I like to have multiple pens and highlighters out. There should be an option to add additional pens and highlighters to the toolbar. When rapidly taking notes, time is precious, and this would make it less tedious.
2) inserting diagrams is too difficult. There should be a math or shape mode that you can toggle on and off that auto recognizes shapes and fixes them. Having an math text mode that auto recognizes math notation would also be fantastic ... p.s. OneNotes version of this is poorly executed.
3)**** when I record lectures, I am always slightly behind when note taking. If there were an advanced feature where we could choose where the audio track lines up with the notes, that would be spectacular. Revisited notes would be much superior and would be more like sitting through the lecture again.****
4) there should be an option to directly add in PDFs to our notes. They could be added in as entire pages to the document, just integrating the PDF, or auto convert to an image to be pasted in. But working with PDFs in existing notes should be an option.
Néstor Espinoza - Excellent application, everyday usage by me
I’m an academic (astronomer), and as such, an integral part of my work involves paper and proposal revision, writing research notes, doing calculations, etc. When I decided to get an iPad to more efficiently do all this work, I thoroughly researched apps that could facilitate this work; that’s how I found this app.
Notability allows you to do all of the above in an efficient and intuitive manner. You can easily share annotated documents, papers, calculations with other collaborators (eg, via email or cloud-based storage like Google Drive), organize your work documents, quickly access them —- basically, Notability made all that I needed and ever wanted from a tablet to happen. No more printed papers with annotations, no more scanning documents to sign them, no more ‘in which notebook did I derive my calculation’ —- all is well organized within the app.
I thank the authors of the app for it! It has made my work much more efficient. In this pandemic era, I even use the app to share some live-calculations with students whenever needed (ie, use it like a whiteboard), and then I share the notes I created with them.
mrzplll - Great app but could be improved for teaching
I gladly bought this app as I use it to teach University classes. It allows me to write with my ApplePencil while projecting my notes from the iPad, so after every lecture I have an editable version of the notes and I can produce a PDF. Also, I can include multimedia contents, and images from the web.
However I found difficult importing external PDF in an open note as a page, and if this is the first page I cannot remove it anymore. Also, the app could be improved with a couple of very helpful additions: 1) to re-use the notes the following academic year, I would like to be able to “hide” part of the notes, to “unhide” one line at a time as I explain the notes; 2) an even better option would be to be able to create a greyed-out version of the notes in order to re-write on them during the class, i.e. as if I was writing for the first time. A found a workaround using semi-transparent boxes to overlay to the notes, but now this feature seemed gone with the latest updates, which is disappointing since updates shoul “add” and not remove features. I hope someone from the developing team is reading these reviews .
Jasvana - Love Notability!
I absolutely love Notability! The main reason I am writing this review though is because Notability could make one change. More fonts! Other word-processing applications like Word and Google Docs have access to hundreds of fonts, while Notability gives you.. maybe 20? I would love an update with more fonts!
EDIT: Thank you GingerLabs for reaching out! I downloaded iFont and I’m in love with it! I’m so happy with all of the fonts available (I must have downloaded a hundred already)! I wish I’d known about this sooner, but I’m anything but disappointed!
However, I have noticed that writing over images with the pencil and highlighter tools has gotten much more difficult. If I try to add dots or tiny lines, it deletes what I was trying to draw, and instead selects the image. From my experience before, I don’t recall being allowed to select images while using the pencil tool. Regardless if that statement is accurate, I would love a mode that is only drawing, and doesn’t allow text or the ability to select images. (Maybe like a drawing mode that can be toggled on and off from the top bar within the notes)
roblemma1 - Great app! But needs some improvements
I have been using this app for about 6 month now for college. It is extremely useful with my iPad Pro! I have been able to almost completely replace all my books, laptop and notebook. It is a super convenient app that will allow you to have everything you need to study on the go on any device with the app. Although this app is pretty reliable, I have two complaints that I would like for them to be resolved. First, when trying to import a pdf file from the internet to a note that has been already written, and selecting “add to another note” there is a bug that misplaces the categories of the notes, so the “easy way” for selecting the note goes away, and you’re left scrolling through all of your notes until you find the one you want. Also, it would be a great addition if one could have two notes open at the same time, because sometimes you need to see a note while copying on a blank one.
These are two minor bugs that can be resolved easily, as the app is constantly being updated, so do not hesitate to buy this app. Its really useful.
venmosux123 - Obsessed.... but have to fix some recent glitches
My favorite app ever- changed my life while trying to juggle my crazy workload in grad school (I use it with my iPad so I can take notes with the Apple Pencil directly onto my slides)- amazing! The only thing though as of recently, Notability keeps freezing/unexpectedly quitting on me (I guess since the newest update?!). Luckily, other than losing a few seconds-minutes of recordings in class while trying to get the app back on, all material is recovered. However, it’s extremely frustrating and a nuisance when trying to obviously be productive. Also, there HAS to be a way for the developer to find a way to select/copy multiple pages at once, I can’t understand how that’s still not a tool on Notability at this point in time.... This is probably my biggest frustration with the app, because I need to transfer or delete 1+ slides pretty frequently (sometimes 50+ !!) and it makes it soo time consuming to do individually(not to mention, recently, ends up freezing and quitting while doing so!). With a few more updates this app will be EVEN MORE AMAZING!
Stephaneph - So Good but needs more color!
I love this app. I bought it years ago and never used it on my phone, but since getting an iPad it has become one of my most used apps both for work and for personal use. It works so well and I haven’t seen any glitches or issues with the features. I will say the color choices for paper backgrounds are lacking and I would really love to see some improvements there. We should be able to choose the background from a full spectrum color palette like the pens and highlighters. Yes you could use the highlighter to change the paper color, but it only changes the section of the page that is currently on the screen. When you scroll down to continue your note and try to highlight in the new background colors, you end up overlapping the previously colored areas and end up with sections that are discolored.
More line templates, like for handwritten check lists would also be appreciated.
I don’t care about the themes, I’m happy with black, but to be honest the paid options aren’t even remotely tempting. Not good choices.
WeadyG - Noticing bugs after extended use. Cannot sync to iPhone from iPad.
Have been using notability since college and now am in medical school and I am on the app literally 10-12 hours a day. I have noticed that sometimes my notes will become unresponsive to my fingers and will only respond to air pencil or sometimes unresponsive to both until I close and re open the app.
I back up all my notes to my Google drive but also would like to sync them to my iPhone so I can quickly look something up if my iPad isn't near. Tried uninstalling the app and tried signing out and back in to my iCloud but nothing worked.
Minor but just something I'd like to see: when using the magnifying glass to write I wish the box that's being magnified would be able to go all the way to the edge of the screen. This is very specific but I like being able to the maximum amount of notes I can on one specific line and what ends up happening is that I use the magnifier to write until almost the edge of the screen then I close the magnifier and pinch to zoom in so I can fit the last word or two in, then pinch again to start the next line at the very edge and then continue again with the magnifier.
Lump540 - Almost Perfect
Hello, I hope you are well. Let me begin my telling you that Notability is my favorite and most important app. The interaction I’ve had with you has been great, and I believe that all of you at Ginger Labs are wonderful. However, I am limited in what I can do with Notability, because as the Tactical Operations Bureau Commander for a major American police department, leading SWAT, Bomb Squad, Crisis Negotiations, and Fugitive Appreciation operators, I cannot fully utilize Notability to its potential due to the lack of proper security. I respectfully request that you utilize the readily available Apple API’s and include Touch/Face ID and encrypt this otherwise wonderful app, so that those protecting America’s safety and freedom can carry the sensitive information on our iOS devices that we need to. 8 out of 10 apps on my iPhone and iPad have touch/face ID, so I don’t understand why the finest notes app available lags behind in this important feature. I would gladly pay for this feature, and I hope that you will add it sooner than later. This is far more important than the emoji search that was added in 8.1. Thank you for considering this request. Be well, be safe, and God Bless!
jman98 - Your experience with this app may be different than mine
My experience with this app has been that it's full with features like gifs, audio recording while note-taking that syncs with the notes you type or hand-write, I find this feature to be a wonderful tool to have when you're note taking while you're listening to a lecture. It may be useful in the event that you may miss something the professor/teacher is saying. It also has handwriting detection, which I found to be another wonderful addition to the tool set being offered in this app. I had used it in highschool and use it now as well for many things. You could submit your notebook checks to your teacher via email as a pdf (if they accept it). You may also use any one of your preferred cloud services to back up your notes, including iCloud sync between your iOS devices. One feature I'd recommend they add is the ability to back-up locally to the device and/or the option to backup to your own personal cloud storage like with external hard drives that offer that service.
neuropod - Program hangs, a lot
There is so much to love about this app, but I cannot get past the point that it’s primary purpose is to be a note taker, and, when being used for it’s primary purpose, it hangs. A lot. When you are in the middle of taking notes, and the software freezes, you have to stop taking notes, you have to stop paying attention to what is being said or shown on the PowerPoint presentation, and you have to attend to your notetaking program which won’t let you take notes. You end up missing significant chunks of what you purchased the app to help you chronicle in the first place. Sometimes the hang resolves after a minute or so of doing nothing. Other times the only way I can get Notability to work again is to power off my iPad and power it back on. This, of course, takes so long that it is intolerably intrusive. I am running Notability on a new 2018 iPad Pro with the latest software update. Again, if your main purpose is for taking notes during a lecture or a meeting or a conversation, you cannot rely on this program.
y6w - Possibly the greatest application for students
Notability changed the game for me, I never even think about printing lecture slides and wasting paper. This is a must have for students, it allows you to essentially write on any pdf/ppt. You can even import images into your notes which makes it useful if I want to take a picture of something or even a screenshot of my textbook and import it. Also has tools for recording voice if you want to record a lecture and associate it with a particular note. Handy system for organizing and color coding topics/folders. Even syncs with most major cloud data services like google drive, Dropbox, etc. Tools to markup your notes are pretty intuitive and easy to use, has lots of useful tools to choose from. It’s very easy to study even if I don’t have my iPad since I can open this on my iPhone and everything syncs. Has a computer app too which costs more but it’s super easy to just airdrop notability notes to your laptop and open them there. I would highly recommend this if you intend to use your iPad for school.
Kk199814 - Absolutely the best note taking app for iPad
I’ve been using this app for 6 years, all throughout high school and into my sophomore year of college. It is honestly the best app I’ve ever used for notes. It’s so easy to convert notes to PDFs and import almost any type of file, even pictures! It’s also great for writing, and I love that they have a left handed mode for all of us lefties. It makes it so much easier to write. There are also different types of paper that you can use to personalize your notes! The latest update allows you to view 2 notes at the same time, and you can write on one while recording the other! Definitely the best feature for me! The only things I would want to change is to add more colors and themes. The selection is already great of both, but I am a little bored with having to use the same selection over and over. I also think an improvement would be to let people create folders within folders or subjects. This would help me further organize my notes. Honestly though, I love everything about this app!
Amanda894 - Amazing Tool for College Students
I’m a sophomore engineering student, and I probably spent at least five hours a day on this app between lecture notes, studying, and doing homework. Paired with an iPad and Apple Pencil, it’s an amazing way to stay organized and keep all your notes in one place without having to bring notebooks, binders, or pencils with you.
This app is great for taking notes and making study guides because you can change the pen color and thickness, add images or GIFs, highlight, etc. I download, read, and highlight scientific papers, articles, and assignments as PDFs, and I do math and engineering homework on the blank or graph paper settings where it’s super easy to erase or move things around. I also have my notes and homework from past semesters with me all the time to refer back to or to help friends taking those classes.
All in all, this app has made my college experience so much more organized, efficient, and fun and I highly recommend it for anyone taking classes, especially ones involving a lot of diagrams and calculations.
emilyrdsea - Major issues with syncing
I have been having SERIOUS issues with how my notes sync across devices and between ios and my macbook. Overall notability is a potentially great note-taking platform. I found the way notes can be organized to be really helpful. I left One Note for Notability and would be completely happy with it EXCEPT. Every time i open notability on a different device (i have phone, macbook, imac and ipad) it completely rearranges all of my notes. The dividers disappear, the order of the notes changes, the subject colors are reset, most of my notes (about 200) get moved into the unfiled subject. Sometimes, if i wait about an hour, they get moved back into the original subjects - but who wants to sit there and wait that long. It’s INCREDIBLY frustrating. And now all of my important notes are in notability so i’m constantly worried that one day i’m going to open the app and everything is going to be gone (which has actually happened several times, but I was able to recover using help from their website - something which i have had to access way more than i should). Giving it 3 stars...for potential.
Aman1357 - Unparalleled Note-Taking App
I got this app when it was in the developmental stage and I loved it back then. I couldn’t even imagine the potential this app could have. Every single update brings amazement to my eyes. This is the simplest yet most amazing note taking app you could possibly ever hope for. I am currently college student and I can’t even begin to explain how this app has aided me in my academic journey. You can record lectures simultaneously while writing down notes and then go back and see exactly when the lecturer was talking when you wrote down a certain note. That in itself is amazing. Additionally, this app also allows you to search keywords for your handwriting (yes it’s even capable of reading terrible handwriting like mine). What else could you ask for in an app? This app does everything that you could ever want while taking notes, and then some. Overall, this app deserves much more than 5 stars and I want to personally thank the creators and developers for making this app a possibility and for aiding me in me academic career.
KIrkDouglasSD - Getting me through college - WITH AN iPAD!!
First off, kudos for making a KILLER APP! I started school last semester dumping tons of money into a new computer but little did I know that this gem of an app would make my iPad pro the ONLY device that I need. I have the keyboard for typing, the pencil for writing and with the latest update I can’t wait to try the handwriting recognition! I must say, the best $10 i’ve ever spent on an app, HANDS DOWN! After starting college as an adult, 15 years after high school I had no idea i’d be able to carry a lightweight iPad and just a couple of accessories to do all that I need. My handwritten notes look so good on this app that my classmates ask me to email my notes to them and recording the lectures has made reviewing so easy with my busy schedule. I’ve tried them all and trust me, this app is truly the killer note-taking solution. Just buy it, you won’t regret it. Overall very stable, excellent backup options and i’m telling you the handwriting looks so good and the built-in recording just makes it a must. DO IT!!
AlmaLaNena - Love it! Perfect for school!
The only criticism I have is that I wish they had more long press perfect shapes other than straight lines, squares, triangles, and circles. I’d appreciate even a curved line for when I’m graphing. Other than that it’s been absolutely amazing. I never spend money on apps but this has been a dream with school notes. It keeps all my notes in one place, looking perfect and organized. Instead of flipping through pages to find a specific note, I just look it up in the search bar and it recognizes my hand writing! And best of all I can record my lectures in case I need to remember something specific that I didn’t write down! And it syncs the recording to whatever you’re working so it’s easy to find a specific snippet of a 3 hour lecture.
I’ve tried goodnote and one note and I still prefer notability. I even have it on my computer so it syncs all my notes.
You can type with this app but I highly recommend hand writing your notes as it’s proven to be more useful at learning and retaining material!
sanfordknight - Best app for taking notes
I have been using notability as my sole notebook for university. The integration within the iPad makes this app extremely efficient. The ability to be taking notes, hear something that I want to add a visual graphic for and quickly finding an image in split screen and instantly sending that image directly to the note I’m working on in Noteability, all without actually leaving my notes, is something that I use all the time. I import my textbooks into the app so that I can use the search feature to find things in the text and in my notes. I can’t say enough about how much I like this app. The UI is very simple and clean which means you spend less time trying to get the app to do what you want, and more time focusing on the lecture. In the year and a half that I’ve been using Noteability, I’ve only seen the app stutter or need to be restarted a few times on my iPad Pro so the app is very reliable.
Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for a note taking app!
kristindorf - Best app for professional students
I have used notability since I entered medical school and I think it is amazing for note taking and recording lectures from professors. All of the features are amazing and the latest update that added the choice of 1.25 speed during recording replay is amazing. My one problem with notability is that while there is a “go back 10 seconds” option while playing back recordings, there is not a “go forward 10 seconds” options. This makes it difficult to skip ahead since you are left to use the scrubber and that can get messy and cause you to miss things. I hope they see this feedback and make an already amazing app even better.
4/12 Revised —- giving this app 2 stars now because they sent out an update that absolutely obliterated the app and SEVERAL times I have spent hours taking notes only for them to be erased. The text boxes are finicky as hell now and I am unable to click on a text box to adjust typing after I have started typing on it. Many times I am unable to even start a text box because it won’t realize I am trying to type. PLEASE FIX THIS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I AM ALREADY TRYING TO DO PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FROM MY QUARANTINE AND THIS IS MAKING IT INFINITELY WORSE.
B.E.N.! - Randomly Deletes Notes or Edits
This app is fine if working appropriately from a features perspective, but dear god is it glitchy. iCloud backup is an absolute nightmare and it will automatically turn this off even if you initially chose a different service for auto-backups. It will just randomly decide to backup every note you ever created simultaneously including the note you are working in which you’ll be aware of because you’ll lose access to every single note you’ve ever worked on including the one you’re currently editing until the entire backup is complete. Hopefully you have gig speed internet. Of course you can try to turn off iCloud backup, but the Ginger Labs team cleverly designed their software so doing so deletes all your notes if you do this prior to one of the 30 minute backups being completed. So once you’ve managed to turnoff iCloud backup you’ll still just lose edits made to your notes. Just completed reading and taking notes on a 16 page document and I check back 30 seconds later and all the edits have magically disappeared. Finally there is no one to talk to you about these issues because the customer support team takes extended vacations and just doesn’t respond anyways. Not worth a cent. Just use onenote
#jesus comes 1st - Good but eh
With the price tag like this for an app I expected more. It’s buggy at times with the apple pencil and doesn’t have as many features as I would have liked. You pay 9$ for an app and then you have to pay for themes which is dumb. Oh and theres no account where all your stuff is saved in case something happens so you have to back everything up all the time, for an app like this where all your important notes are I would think OBVIOUSLY theres a login account where your stuff is saved but there isn’t. If for some reason the app gets deleted and you didn’t back up your stuff, it’s gone for good. Another thing that’s annoying for me in particular is i write with my paper slanted and sometimes turning my whole ipad back and forth when i’m getting work done gets annoying so just tilting the paper in the app would be so much easier. Lastly, there should be an option to switch the eraser so that you can erase just part of something instead of the whole thing.
Besides these issues i use it everyday for school and it gets the job done and organizes everything nicely
Shingdigg - Almost everything I could wish for.
I love this app. It’s improved my studying a lot. Everything is simple and easy to use. Uploading my notes to my google drive easy and straight forward. The built in mic feature wonderful. Everything is amazing. Expect one thing, when I get my professors PowerPoint lectures put on notability. Majority of the times it comes out perfectly fine. Other times, it comes out as if someone shook the entire slide, slid the words, pictures, and other graphics to one side shook them again. Change the colors fonts, and sometimes even put them upside down. It’s kinda a cruel evil joke because I can’t edit the slides to make them how they were intended. Unless I add a new page and re-write everything but i will also lose the pictures that were on that slide. Literally the only problem is that the formatting when getting slides from PowerPoint and putting them on notability is the biggest and only downside. Thats why its 4/5 stars on here and 8.5/10 on yelp.
DCPchicago - Notebook GOAT
I’m a PhD student in Computer Science and have used many note taking apps over the years. Hands down this is the best notebook app I’ve ever used because there are absolutely no pain points when using this app, and that takes a very clear vision for an app, and most companies miss the mark on that. The usability of moving things around a page is super intuitive and slick. I love the recording! OMG, finally you can just tap when to record and tap when to stop, and tap to resume etc, and the recording is tied to the state of your notes, so when you replay the recording you can see where you were. The recording feature on this is what sold me. A lot of other apps make u save a file each time you record, or pause... such a pain. There are a ton of other things i love about this app, but I gots to get back to it now, so I’ll leave it there.
Thanks Notability !
I love you guys. U make taking notes really fun for me, and that is really big for me right now cuz my life is pretty lame as a PhD student.
nichollspete - needs to allow auto-backup on multiple devices
Only been using Notability for a couple weeks but its inability to back up from multiple devices to one cloud account is really frustrating to me. I do everything through one cloud account and it’s not Dropbox or iCloud. It’s frustrating that I can’t just set up auto back up on each device to different directories on my cloud account or hey, why can’t I sync documents I am working on across multiple devices in the first place? iCloud sync is fine but I’d prefer the ability to be able to choose my cloud service of choice. Also, just on principle, I hate being forced to turn off auto-back up on another device because the developer has decided I should not have a choice. Just warn me of the risk and I’ll take the risk if I want. I know I won’t be editing files on 2 different devices *simultaneously* so I am not sure how I could accidentally write over a file that I didn’t want written over. I mean, how does iCloud sync work? Doesn’t it run the same risk? Maybe I’m just missing something. Just don’t appreciate being told what I can and can’t do.
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Hayley.Rxx - Revolutionised note taking!
Everyone needs this app to take notes in class, it’s literally amazing! I use this app for uni and its awesome, I can record the lecturer speaking and take notes at the same time and can play back the recording and it also plays back my note taking in real time, so handy! You can take pictures and paste them into your notes, highlight, and make your writing colourful, and you can go back and edit notes at any time. I use an apple pen because I prefer handwriting, but you can also type notes in as well, or even change your handwriting into text (as long as you don’t write like a Doctor...:) another awesome feature is that you can export your notes into say PDF, or another program and look at your notes on your laptop! I just checked the updates and oh my goodness they’ve made it even better! Rotating a picture and showing page margins... yessss.
Buy it, it’s totally worth it! It’s a game changer! Thank you to the developers who made this app! :) :)
Emily-Roseee - Initially fantastic app now rendered useless
I adored everything about this app and it had become the only app I used for note-taking. Excellent features, great handwriting feel (far superior to Notes app) and the recording feature is so useful in so many work/study contexts. HOWEVER, a few updates ago, the iCloud backup feature made the app need to re-download EVERY note each time I re-enter the app. You cannot open the note while re-downloading and this can take anywhere from 2-10 minutes (no exaggeration, and the app must be open to do so)! This means I can never quickly access my notes! Quickly switching in and out of the app within minutes, even with Background App Refresh disabled, causes everything to re-download. Extremely frustrating; particularly at work when important information is in a past note and I’m forced to idly wait and make others wait until I can access it. I need to access my notes across devices but turning off iCloud is the only impracticable option. This has rendered the app useless to me now. GINGER LABS, PLEASE FIX THIS ERROR! 🙏🏽
Udon Noodles - Wow very nice update (8.0)
This update pretty much implements all the deal-breaking features that were missing before but were found in GoodNotes, such as searching handwritten notes and converting them to text. Now it has (almost) everything special found in GoodNotes and much more. Now unique to Notability is not only the voice-writing dual recording feature but also split screen! Split screen! Still somethings are implemented better and more intuitively in GoodNotes such as ability to quickly add shapes, holding and selecting text in PDF files (helpful for using define function and other actions), and also I prefer notebook organising in GoodNote as well as the notebook styles and customise ability with the cover pages etc. Please add another depth to the notes folder hierarchy, would be so helpful for organisation. But everything else seems so much better now in Notability, I am now leaning towards switching back to this as my primary note taking app once again.
SobanH100 - Overall, an excellent note taking app
The level of organisation notability provides is exceptional, and the capability to link google and Dropbox accounts to the app and still back up all notes to them is a clever feature. I love the simplicity of the user interface while working on a document and I find this to be superior in Notability than in other note taking apps like GoodNotes. My only issue is that when importing files from Dropbox to notability like word docs or PDFs, it sends a duplicate of the same file, which is a bit of an inconvenience to remove every time I import a file. Furthermore, I believe the shape detection feature can be improved, as I have found on multiple occasions that the app cannot recognise and correct some shapes that I wish to draw (GoodNotes seems to perform this particular feature better than Notability). Otherwise, Notability is one of the best, if not the best note taking app for the iPad.
Doctor Marple - Great app but I have one bit of feedback
This is a truly great app. I have tried other note taking app’s but this is by far the easiest to use, has a lot of features, and pretty good voice to text recognition. One thing that I waste a lot of time on in this app, however, is that it seems to be programmed to have two spaces after a full stop. The old convention used to be two spaces after a full stop, however, it has now been a long time that the new convention is just one space after full stop. This means that I need to frequently erase the extra space added by the app. Also when I am doing dictation, the app tries to add in an extra space before starting again so I have to constantly go back, stop it, erase it and then start again. It’s quite annoying. So, in short, if the next release can just have ONE space after the full stop that would be amazing. Thank you.
Mohit4598 - Great App but needs some foundational work
Notability is a fantastic app that has proven to be vital to my daily study and workflow needs. I have tried some other note taking apps such as goodnotes, however, found myself coming back because of the superior feature set notability has (Voice recording, better PDF Search, better shape tool).
The app is an easy recommend, however, it lacks some seemingly very basic “useability” features as of April 2020.
Where notability needs to improve is in the app workflow. Something Goodnotes gets correct.
My complaints are:
You are unable to access the same note simultaneously (Mac & iPad and iPad & iPad with multi note) like goodnotes. A feature that is incredibly useful when it comes to working in one document.
The Mac app needs some serious work to catch up to the competition. Features such as the simultaneous viewing I mentioned above and handoff.
Notability does not take advantage of iPadOS and its ability to work in multiple spaces (not just multi note)
The filing system is limited in terms of you are not able to put folders inside of other folders so organisation can get a bit tedious.
I would still recommend notability over goodnotes because of the superior feature set, but in the longer term, goodnotes seems to have a better foundation in terms of general use, making it easy to recommend to people who are not interested in the voice recording feature.
Notability is Terrible - Terrible - Notes keep deleting/disappearing (0 stars)
I have had so many of my notes disappear, or half of the pages delete, or (if I’ve downloaded a PDF and written over the top of it), the writing disappears. I am currently at uni and the notes I take are not only time consuming, but extremely important and the fact that this app can so easily delete, change, or remove the notes is absolutely despicable. I have no idea how many other of my notes have been affected as I only become aware of it when I’m looking for a particular set of notes and I can’t find it, or I find a particular set of notes and when I open it half the pages are missing/my writing has been removed (on PDFs). If you want to get the job done, then choose absolutely any other note taking app than this one. In addition to this, it uses a lot of my iPad’s battery. I have been in contact with someone via Facebook Messenger, but all of a sudden they stopped replying - pretty terrible customer service if you ask me. If I could go back, I wouldn’t have even downloaded this app if it were for free (let alone the $14 I paid for it - absolute waste)
MetalCello - Diagram drawing has been fixed ....... AT LAST!!
Notability is back to my number one note taking app. It is now possible to create diagrams with shapes that are just lines. Not solid shapes. Solid shapes were useless. I could not create diagrams that were of any use. Why did you change it the first place? Very annoying. I now can use notability for research and note taking. For research I like the way I can have two documents open as well as thumbnails. Easily referring to notes as I write is fantastic. The thumbnails enable me to easily search large research documents with my chosen criteria. Just brilliant. The interface is simple and it works quickly and intuitively. The script to text works well. My preference for script to text is NEBO though. NEBO allows me to see the text as I write. Please DONT change the diagram shape function again.
seeuchange - Seeuchange
Features to improve:
1. Enable creating folders freely on the left hand side section, by dragging notes you want to put together. Now it’s hard to categorise folders as you have to put notes to certain place on the list, often unrelated notes get in the folder and it’s not quite user friendly to take them out
2. Within a folder, other than listing the notes by name, created a date and modified date, allow user to list them freely, as organising notes usually happens after you finished writing the note.
3. Apple Pencil strokes: not sure if you can improve this from you side, but the size of the stroke is somehow reversed? Especially when writing Asian language characters, when you pressing the hardest to finish a stroke, it is supposed to become thinner and thinner and finishes like a dog’s tail, but in the app doing strokes like this it actually thickens at the end. By using the exact same iPad and Apple Pencil in drawing app like sketches, it does not detect stroke strength like notability. Please improve stroke detection to make it like writing with real pencil on paper.
Minachoo - Game Changer
I’ve been using this note-taking app for studies and work and find it super easy to use. It keeps all my work in the one place and supports a variety of online drives to switch my work from device to devices. However, the issue with the Text tool highlighting in front of the text (makes it blurry) should be fixed (preferably like the actual highlighting tool). Some users like myself use the text tool to highlight and ‘define’ words. I would also like to recommend making the ‘undo’ key more prominent; It’s easier and faster to rest my left thumb near the undo action when my right hand is taking notes using the Apple Pencil but, the undo action is a bit small and I miss-tap it. Having my write right-hand taking quick notes and left-hand ready to undo errors is a great way to quickly take notes, this was the selling point for me.
ScarecrowMac - Incredible app - use for all my notes
Being able to store all my notes across my Mac/iPad/iPhone is amazing. It’s better than OneNote as it’s writing tools are much better. Snapping from free draw to shapes is intuitive, writing is silky smooth and notes update across devices on the fly. I have the passed 6 years of uni notes on all my devices, and the hand writing is searchable (and convertible to text) so I can find my notes very easily. I have sent suggestions to the developers in the past and they have implemented them into the app. I think it’s so good because they actually listen to their users and update the app quickly. Can’t recommend enough!
olololo 1324037"-_ - Best app for note taking & general typing documents
This is a brilliant app that I pretty much use daily in high school. There is *almost* nothing to hate about this app. The overall interface is extremely easy to use. Someone could easily know what to do without needing a tutorial! If you can afford it, I would recommend this app 10/10. However, ther are a few things I would like to see.
Firstly, the ability to change the orientation of pages.
Secondly, the ability to add a table. I find myself needing to do this time and time again and it frustrates me that I’m not able to do it in the app itself.
Lastly, the ability to make shared documents where multiple people can edit and annotate on a singular document, similar to the way Microsoft does it. However, these are just small blemishes on an overall great app!
maxbatten0 - Needs higher level of organisation
I’ve been using this app for note taking during lectures, all was going well until I started a new semester and wanted to archive my notes from the previous semester so they weren’t in my way when taking new notes. However, I didn’t want to lose the organisation of those notes, so that they would still be easy to find later on.
The only way I could effectively achieve this was to send all my notes into google drive as PDFs, and then delete them all from notability. While this is fine, being able to put all those dividers and subjects into a folder on notability would have been much better, as it would have kept everything in one place, which was my plan for notability. My only complaint so far. Add folders, please. Thank you.
verydisappointednotabilityuser - Love the minimalist setup but lots of annoying errors
Switched to notability at the start of this semester purely due to the love for the beautiful page set up. Previously used GoodNotes for all my lecture note taking and even though the topbar are not as pretty, suits all the purpose and the mac sync is amazing. For notability, the eraser sometimes just does not work at all and leaves an ugly mark that CANNOT be removed by eraser, the screen will get stuck for no reason which is really annoying had to restart during the lecture. But the most annoying thing happened today- I tried to sync the notes with iCloud but had to quit in the middle because I can’t stand the waiting time so I did the usual thing- restart. Now more than half my notes are gone thank you very much notability and I haven’t figure out how to SYNC on my MacBook. So disappointed and definitely reconsider if you are like me who switched from GoodNotes
pri0ndisease - Great new features — same ol’ crippling iCloud issues
I once viewed Notability as the pinnacle of stability on iOS. I trusted more than system apps, and used it thoroughly for university, with iCloud syncing between iPad, iPhone and Mac.
As other reviews have mentioned, something happened a few updates ago that has fundamentally broken the app for iCloud users. Nearly every time I open the app, it has to redownload the entire library of files and sort them into their Subject folders, basically unusable for the (long) duration of this.
I had held hope that a bug fix update was in the works, and the large recent update had me optimistic that the situation would be better. But despite some seriously great features added, the issue remains the same, and I can not recommend the application until the issue is resolved. My partner, who also uses Notability and has ~700 files saved, is now in the situation where they do not trust the application to keep things safe, and is having to export out each file to a safer format.
The new features in this update kind of makes the situation worse, because I really want to use Notability. But it’s basically unusable for me, which is supremely disappointing.
I encourage the developers to reach out about this issue, and I would love to be able to change my score to five-stars once this serious bug is fixed.
cbrchrisf - Great app! Hard to fault
Enjoying it so far, been testing various things out for the past month before I use it this semester at uni.
Overall the standard of the app is really high and I think it’s well worth the money if you’re remotely serious about electronic notes.
Some things I’d love to see are:
A darker line that separates pages, or better yet a small gap as well. I suspect no gap was a conscious decision by the developer/s for continuity (fantastic for maths), but it’s too easy to miss when a page starts and ends, and I’d like my notes to be legible as PDF’s in future, so making the page end line darker would be great.
Also the available size of the lines for writing and graph paper are a bit of an awkward size for me. I write on my 12.9” iPad mostly in portrait mode, and I can’t write on the small line size as it’s too small, and the medium size does work, but it’s so spaced apart that I’m unable to actually fit much onto a page. 2/3 of what I write on a regular paper notebook at best.
Everyone will have different needs here due to different iPad sizes and writing in portrait vs landscape, but a few more line sizes would be really appreciated.
Keep up the great work guys :)
6-9801 - Excellent note-taking tool
Notability definitely lives up to its name in enhancing the ability to take notes. I've used this app since Year 12 and during my university studies! Extremely helpful in allowing me to highlight keywords/phrases, jot ideas and overall save printing money and paper.
One recommendation I have is perhaps to add a function where the user can 'pin' or 'star' particular 'notes' in a 'Subject'? This would be fantastic since I would like to favourite, say, a manual/assessment rubric at the top for quick reference.
Thanks so much for all your amazing work and efforts, Notability team! You're definitely notable.
T5000X - Once great app now ruined by bugs
This app used to be pretty much flawless. But after recent updates, it feels like the experience you’d get from a free app. Every time I use it there is some bug. Often, you simply cannot scroll or use gestures of any kind on a note. You have to either exit the note or exit the app in order to move around. Another common issue is that the toolbar will stop functioning. You cannot switch between Pen, Eraser, Highlighter, use the Undo button, or anything. Also, the app will fail to register Apple Pencil input very frequently. Pretty much every not taking session, at multiple points I will have to tap the screen with the Apple Pencil several times before it starts registering input again.
I don’t know if these issues are universal, but they’re pretty bad on my iPad Pro 10.5
Kent NSW - Noise in the recording
Notability is a must have app when I am in a meeting. It helps me out in lots of situations with the notes and recordings. As most of time I will playback the recordings, the noise made by the pencil hitting the screen really annoy me. Could developer or anyone have any idea to reduce that noise? Thanks!
Ok, after a little study, no one click solution right now. But if I were the developer of it, I would value this feature because recording is one of the unique feature of Notability compared to other note apps like GoodNotes. The app knows when the pencil hit the screen and a clear sample of the noise is quite easy to collect. There are great possibilities to get the job done in a grace way.
Ashco22 - Sneaky practices with removal of prior app functionality
I have not updated to 10.0 for two reasons.
1. App appears buggy from reports and reviews. For so many, this has become a crucial app for work and studies and document syncing problems should be fixed and functional before pushing out big updates.
2. THE BIG ONE. Considering no reviewer or media outlet has mentioned it yet, I’m guessing that many people did/do not use the HANDWRITING CONVERSION and search features, because what was once included in the prior PAID version, has now been quietly removed. To top it off, the developers have decided to allow for the return of prior functionality, if we pay up.
As a long time owner of iPhones since the earliest iterations, I am sick and tired of these dishonest practices and sneaky tactics. Look at the Fantastical by flexbits debacle for reference. This is not as egregious. Still frustrating.
I believe this is a much loved app. I have myself happily used it for years. I really think that all it takes is a little honesty from the developer. For the price of an extra large coffee, I have no doubt that customers would have been happy to chip in for a big update to say thanks and to support continued development.
Instead you chose dishonesty. Incredibly disappointing.
PhilDray - Five stars
I take a huge number of hand written notes, have tried all the notes apps, and always end up returning to Notability.
The latest update has just finished indexing six months worth of my hand written notes (probably over 1,000 pages). And I have been totally blown away by how accurate and fast the searches of all my notes now are. Just amazing.
I am a very demanding user with extremely high expectations of technology. I rarely write reviews and only do so when an app really deserves feedback. In the case of Notability the developers have produced a fantastic app that works extremely well.
JayMud - The best note taking app
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.
Awesomemum - Awesome, tiny flaw
I LOVE this app, perfect for taking notes and not wasting a tonne of paper. I did take one recording during a lecture, the sound is great, can hear even when moving further away, however the background “tap tap tap” of the Apple Pencil is extremely distracting. I have tried altering the tone frequencies, but it didn’t make much difference. If there is any way to “muffle” this a bit more it would be a perfect app! Photos of my slides with scribble all over them, doing up diagrams during workshops... totally awesome! I have played a little with convert to text and it hasn’t misread anything I have written so far, even adjusts the font size by what I have written!
Ozwebworx - Office paper usage almost nil
I use this app with an apple pencil which is great for hand written note taking.... I no longer use paper note pads and the best thing on top of that is that I can find notes easily..... unlike before, going through all my paper notes and ‘hoping’ to find what I’m looking for. I used to periodically go through my paper notes and photograph and send them to Evernote... I don’t have to do that anymore.
I take my iPad to meetings and use it to jot down my notes, refer to previous notes etc.
I highly recommend this app.. especially if you are wanting to go paperless. 👍
艾大米 - Very helpful with my study
I’m very happy with using notability to assist with my study. I’m going paperless since I have downloaded this app. I like how it can group different subjects into different folders. It is just so user friendly compare to other study app I have been used.
1. It might be better if we can create folders inside each subclass so for each subject I can have lecture notes in one folder and revision notes or past papers in another folder. I think that will be better than making all notes in the same folder.
2. When we zoom out of the note to try to view two page at the same time it will be better if we can put two pages next to each other. Now we can only scroll up and down.
3. It will be great if each note can be marked or flagged. I’m revising for my final exams now and I would like to mark the notes I have went through so when I come back to it next time I can easily know where to keep going.
Blahgrl - reliable, smooth app
Really happy w Notability. Have been using for a few years as my app for reading and marking up pdfs and its smooth and stable. i like that you can mark up an add pages in the middle of a pdf with notes. The new favourites palette is great, and I like they are providing some stationery options. My wishlist for additional features:
- I love that it has split screen support but i wish i could do a split screen to see two pdfs in Notability at the same time
- more options for stamps / stickers and the ability to add them to a hovering palette like favourites
- more stationery options
sam_e_1984 - The best
I’ve tried so many note taking apps, and this is by far the best! Ive been using this for years now, and every now and then I download another app to try it out, but none of them can compete. Not only do I use this daily as a note taking app with my Apple Pencil, but I use it to save and sort any important paperwork. I’ve got tabs for receipts, tabs for registration paperwork, and tabs for recipes. Whenever I need something in a hurry I can find it in two seconds. I could not work without this app. In fact it’s the only reason I keep buying iPhones instead of switching to Samsung.
DGB001 - Great note taking app
I have been using this app for almost two years now and I use it everyday. I love the simplicity, some apps you spend more time trying to make things happen than actually getting work done. As an innovation manager I use the app for notes which often include photos or quick sketches. These are all easy to do on my iPad Pro 12.9. I use different coloured paper for different types of work and the only thing I would like to see is the ability to adjust the darkens if the lines on the paper. Great work done over complicate things
23scmick24 - Life changing!!
Just upgraded from an iPad Air to a 12.9” with an Apple Pencil. Took me a long time as I was finding it hard to justify the expense. SOO glad I did! Totally worth the spend. I am always sketching ideas on A3 graph paper. I now do it all on my iPad in Notability with a paper like screen protector fitted to my iPad. Just like drawing on paper as the name suggests.
Now all my sketches are filed neatly where I can find them under subjects and dividers. No more lost bits of paper! All meeting notes and course notes kept where you will actually potentially read them again too!
Dead set “THE BOMB!”
mujihuz - Great but ...
I have both notability and GoodNotes and can say this app is by far better and more user friendly. I love using it and taking notes on it HOWEVER, when i tried to name two subjects as “week 1” for different dividers it didn’t allow me which was frustrating. I like organising my each subjects by their time and week but this doesn’t let me do that and i have to put everything together and probably spend more time later to find them!
Please, fix this issue or at least add the option to have files with similar names.
TotalyNotSmidy - Great app and can still be improved
This app works brilliantly, it’s easy to write notes, annotate things, and more. The only things I do hope are added are the ability to create sub folders not just dividers, and a way to switch colours on the fly like a little swatch on the side or if you hold/double tap and hold with your finger or something you can quickly switch to another colour. (I make this comment as I use this app to take lecture notes and it would make it easier to keep up speed/a flow when taking notes)
Stealth07 - Apple Pencil issues with this app (as of current)
I love this app for note taking but as of late me and my friends have noticed the same issue on our iPads, this is no coincidence. Sometimes the app doesn’t “paint” a stroke when the Apple Pencil is used to draw on the screen and the palm rejection isn’t great. This app used to perform better in these areas so that’s why I have rated it 3 stars. It’s got great tools but unfortunately has a frustrating writing experience. I hope the developers can see this and improve upon this CURRENT problem (it didn’t happen anywhere near as much in the past).
HakunaMachado97 - Fantastic for a uni student
I have tried a great number of apps for my note taking even writing it out in plain notebooks but I was never really happy with it. Now I have found THE APP! Not only can it transfer handwriting to text but it can also record tutorials and lectures while I write so I can catch up on anything I might have missed. It’s got a lot of good feature such as colours and fonts and the different types of papers and it syncs over iCloud so if I’m in a rush and forget my iPad I can catch up on my phone! So handy and absolutely enjoy writing with this app!!
Carlzap - Love it!
As a uni student, this app makes my life so much easier. I can do everything I need in it such as taking notes, writing on pdf’s and organising all my documents into folders. My handwritten notes have never been so pretty! Only criticism I have is that it’d be great if there were more options to make folders within folders rather than the divider and subject only. Also, it would be great if there was an option to remove dividers/subjects that I am no longer using, but not delete them completely.
Coolchickz - Revolutionised my (editing) life
When you’re on the move and have to edit documents or sign things Notability is a life saver. Saves printing and scanning, or clunky comments and mark ups which take forever to do. I’ve also used it for more creative landscaping designs. Importing Office docs is a bit problematic, and you have to save them as a PDF, is a bit of a hassle and trying to edit photos (eg resize) was a nightmare for something that should be straight-forward. I think the new version has improved that - am yet to try. All up, love it.
WaynieF - Best app for life
This was one of the first apps I got on my very first iPad. It was the best app for notes in 2014 and has grown to be one of my most used apps. I’ve used it to complete 2 degrees, for presentations at work and for my personal and professional journals.
It can be amazingly creative and elaborate or super quick and dirty. It opens basically every file type and shares to almost anywhere. Best of all, it just works. You open it, it doesn’t crash, you do what you need.
It’s the first app I recommend people download when starting out on iPad.
Mattel unfriend - Very average performance and zero support
I’ve used this app for a few years. Since about 18 months ago I noticed it’s sluggish. Recently it takes forever to download from the cloud - even though I never erased anything and it should all be on the device. Help document says it’s because your iPad has no storage, which is BS as I have LOTS of free space on my device still. I’ve sent in 3 tickets to support about the issue and have NEVER heard back. I suspect Gingerlabs is happy with getting their money for an average app. I’ve started using GoodNotes now and finding that is awesome.
UPDATE: after 2 attempts to contact support I got a “it’s not that bad” type response and a “see you later”. Not the kind of support one expects.
Dannof5 - Good. Not Great.
So far my experience with this app has been very pleasant. There are some features I want though that are missing. These are...
. An option to have your colour selector always visible. as someone who makes use of the great variety of colours on offer, I find it frustrating that every time I want to switch colours I need to open a menu to do it.
. An option to have as many sub folders as possible, or at least increase the amount. I want to be able to create folders within folders. As far as I’m aware it’s only possible to create a divider folder and then a subject folder therein. At least one more level would be greatly appreciated.
. I understand that this is an intended design feature of notability to have each page limited horizontally to mimic an actual A4 page, but an option to have an endless page, horizontally as well as vertically, would be great for certain things. This could be turned on in the page settings menu.
Overall a well made app.
Jizzau - Best app for Uni Student and Teachers
I’ve been using notability for over 4 years as a student and now as a teacher and just simply amazing. There is nothing else out there that can organise and record your lectures notes efficiently and in multiple formats. The interface is clean, simple yet powerful with relevant features that are useful everyday without being overwhelming or extraneous. Notability has grey coding as it’s very fast and responsive even on older tablets. I really can’t rate Notability high enough ... if your a student this app is a MUST HAVE!
Tomahawk-1 - Great App, Features in new update could use better left-handed support
This is a really good note taking app and I use it everyday, it has basically my paper replacement. The new update also adds many new helpful features like search and quick note switching. But I wish the new note switching menu would slide out from the other side of the screen in left-handed mode, as it tends to slide open when I rest my palm on the edge of my iPad screen, which can be quite annoying. Other than that though, great app!
Armin :) - Perfect app, Just a couple of suggestions
I love notability. It’s my main used apps for my studies.
- It would be super useful if you could add one more option for further division; for example organising the the notes in the subjects into further categories. In this way notes will be more organised.
- It would also be super useful if you could make the note organisation more custom. So the order of the notes will be the way the user prefers.
Thanks a lot for the great app and I hope you implement my suggestions.
Sean Xiaoyang Liu - Spontaneously switching to eraser
When I wrote in notability, it spontaneously change from pen to eraser, and this happens quite frequently by far. Since there is a functionality on Apple Pencil 2 that when you double-tap on the pencil it will automatically change to eraser, I am not sure if this is a bug caused by notability or the Apple Pencil itself, but I’m pretty sure that sometimes it happens and I didn’t double-tap the pencil.
Overall notability is great. Could you please check if the above problem is due to a bug in notability? Many thanks.
If it’s not, just ignore what I said. Haha
NikkHughes - I love this app!
Having used it for a number. Of years it's great and keeps improving. I do occasionally check out other apps but none have come close yet.
The last major upgrade was awesome!
Things I'm missing and would LOVE 😌🙏...
1) I can only see one line of thumbnails... both in the filing area and in the document itself 😩 it’s so tedious with long documents and with heaps of files.
2) the filing system is crazily basic and very painful given the 5,000+ documents that I have.
3) I can't easily create my own templates paper :-(( I can import a PDF but I if I create the PDF in notability it has a wacking great big border around it unless I edit it in another programme first.
I’d happily pay a small annual fee (as I’m sure many others would) if it helps you to upgrade these things more quickly.
Overall, awesome app.
Keep up the great work overall!!!
Zebra 2379 - Tabs and option for split screen
The notability app is great for students with an ipad but something that would improve the app experience more is the ability to open two files on one screen. (Split screen)
If you could open lets say, a lecture slide on one side of the screen and a tutorial on the other side it would be easier than swapping back and forth between them trying to get what you need.
Also a tabs bar at the top of what you have opened would be a great idea so you can swap between files with a simple tap.
Yoshi Nakamura - Fantastic! It works, it’s fast, and dynamic!
Having moved from Evernote’s Penultimate, this is a 1000% upgrade. I never usually buy apps, but this was totally worth the investment, now when I refer back to my old notes in penultimate I cringe with the struggle and clunkiness!
Smooth, responsive, easy and fast to add images.
Only points off are text input is clunky, and when i load TOO many images into a page it can slow down sorting them, but 500x better compared to other apps.
Massive time saver, convenient, smart and smooth, logical user experience
stephhh. - Great app for uni
I have used this app for three years for my full-time university workload. It has been a fantastic replacement for paper-based work and I have had multiple friends buy an iPad just so they could use this app.
It’s worth every cent.
One improvement that would be an absolute game changer for my studies: implement collapsible notes for each slide, or have collapsible text boxes
Why: A lot of my lecture slides are already crowded with information and I need to create a new page to add notes on, rather than the slide itself. If I were able to type out detailed notes but have the ability collapse them (ie. a small sticky image, or colour-coded circles). I could place that small image wherever relevant on the slide and when i click on it, my notes open up.
My study would be so much more streamlined!
PaulBlanch - Was a 5 now a 4
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.
Yeeeeet49493 - This app is awesome for school but there’s one thing
This app is great for taking notes in high school and I love it, it has the best features that any app could have. There’s one thing though...
I paid money for this app, which I didn’t mind as it is an excellent app and worth the money. However, as of 1st January 2020 it told me that I had to pay and extra three bucks in the app for converting handwriting to text, which is just not fair judging that I paid 14 bucks for the app already. Gingerlabs please change this as it’s really not fair for your customers.
Revue R - iCloud 😒😢
Opened notability to start my study but couldn’t open files because it had to download from iCloud. Left the iPad on overnight to download an important file about 8 hours later it still have 90 files left and hadn’t downloaded the file I wanted.... When it finally downloaded I turned off iCloud and now works like a charm!!!! I use it primarily for study, book on the left note on the right. Easy to use and other than the iCloud issue fantastic...
If you have the iCloud issue....
1. download everything
2. Switch off iCloud
3. backup to Dropbox.
It’s easy enough to find the file in Dropbox. For use on Mac...
Would have given it 5 stars if iCloud worked properly.... but I’m guessing it’s not the developers fault... but ti would be good if you could prioritize the download order from iCloud so you can get the files you need first.(don’t know if the is possible...???)
coconutz10 - Decent
Coming from Documents by Readdle, I have been struggling between Notability and GN5. Notability was on sale for 5.99AUD so I decided to give it a go. Other than the recording feature, I don’t see how Notability is superior to Documents, even on the free app (pro requires a monthly fee which I don’t subscribe to). I usually hand write my notes in draft and convert them in text anyway, so for me it didn’t feel like a value buy. Having said that, I’m sure there’s a lot of features I haven’t explored. Looking forward to discovering why this app is so popular.
Add-on: could we have fountain pen/ chiseled tip please.
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Wine Box Papi - Good job
The new update knocked it out of the park. The team listens to the users and this is the best app ever.
ohtmeal - Some bugs need to be fixed!
First of all, I really like this app and recommend it to anyone who wishes to take notes for classes/work/etc. I no longer need to print out lecture slides for my classes and save a lot of paper.
However, I do have couple of suggestions to improve the app and I hope the developers take this into consideration:
(1) Make imported images moveable like the text! I noticed that once you import an image and edit it the first time, you cannot go back to edit it for the second, third, or fourth time. I am constantly editing my notes to study and not being able to move around the image when I come to study the next day is frustrating.
(2) There’s also a scrolling problem I face daily as I use the app to take notes in class using an apple pencil. The page gets stuck and I can no longer scroll up or down and have to restart the app to get it to work again. It’s a minor bug but it can be frustrating when it happens while I am in a hurry to copy down notes in class.
arp.sin - Great but missing something
WE NEED THE (NOT)ABILITY TO ERASE PART OF A PEN STROKE!!! Is it really that hard? Other then that, a good app.
dissapointin - Very good but missing convenience
I use it for notes all the time but I’d really love a two finger tap to undo and three finger tap to redo instead of the tiny little button up top
ChezSylvain - Favorite
I love this app but In this version the favorite/presets are kind of broken, I set my preset but later the same day it become the default preset?
asdjung - Very useful
Allows you to follow along with the teacher with synchronized recording of the session to what you write down. however i really wish there were different viewing options like 4 slides in one page or face to face and not only continuous downward flowing pages. I have a problem writing notes in this app. i download PowerPoint lectures and i dont have enough room on each slide to write my notes and i keep find myself adding new pages after each slide to write it the teachers notes. I wish there was a blank paper adjacent to all the imported slides to give me a place to take notes freely. Please developers i hope this gets noticed.
Game Vibration - Split Screen the same note
Love the app, would love the ability to open 2 pages of the same note on split screen. This would really improve my workflow rather than scrolling back and forth between two pages from the same note.
bbbbennie99 - Used to work very well.
None of the customizable fonts and sizes have worked for me since the past few updates on my SE. I’m stuck with one style of font and size. Until it’s fixed, it’s really just the Notes app that’s already on your phone with a price tag slapped on it. It’s a five star app otherwise, but I don’t even wanna use it until this is fixed.
vicki vita - Best app ever
I use it everyday for school and it saves me so much time and energy! I love it! 10/10 would recommend.
Molson1132 - Battery drain issue!
Please fix the battery drain issue asap! This happened since the update of IPadOS. The battery just drains 20% within an hour use!
Hathor_95 - Freezing and crashing
I love this app and have used it for 3 years consistently. Recently it has been crashing frequently or having weird bugs where suddenly I can't switch from one tool to another or zooming in or out and I'm forced to restart the app. It's getting really disrupting
The victim 00 - Themes are not free...
Why though?,why so greedy?! I just don’t understand why charging for something when u already sold the app, is not that I’m having a trial!!!!
Minadude - Bring Folders and sub-folders!!!
I would give it a 5 star review if it wasn’t for the fact that I can’t organize my 200+ notes into just subjects and deciders!!!
I mean you guys have put a lot of thought into many little things.....and yet I simply CANT’T use the app!!
Please please please bring folders and sub folders!!
Or at least files integration so I can open my saved documents from the cloud
Bkvass79 - LOVE IT
I LOVE THIS APP,it’s just,,, can you add a feature call “paint bucket” so if I need to fill in a special space,I can just click that and fill it in? Thanks!!!
iRiSHmAn14 - Seems good, needs a few more features
This app works well but needs to be integrated with iCloud and the new Files app on iOS 11
AnhHuy - Digital Life Planner Introduction
The trial version does not work well. Appointment entries entered in Daily section does not show on weekly. Pencil does not automatically detect if it’s a Digital Planner links or your handwriting. It does not integrated well with Notability. In addition, support for Digital Life Planner is unavailable. I contacted Notability for support and they are unable to provide support except for a refund of Digital Life Planner.
4568sara - THIS APP HAS GIVEN ME ANGER MANAGMENT ISSUES LOL
The times I’ve wanted to throw my I pad because of all the glitching is insane and had to redo all my work, drawings and annotations. However despite that, when I look past the times I want to punch the screen, I enjoy looking at the capability this app allows for the creation of my aesthetically pleasing notes. Tbh if u get the urge to throw things a lot don’t get this app lol.
slam5 - Missing convert to text unless you pay extra
The program is ok and it does what suppose to do but one of the major features, convert my handwriting into text is 3.99 extra. I read all about this great feature and they don’t mention that in the description, very disappointed!
jeje1998 - Need to be fixed
I have an ipad pro 10.5 and the apps keeps on lagging. For example when after copying some part of my handwriting, I’m unable to start writing again anywhere close to what ive pasted.
The Fresh One - Almost my favourite note taking app...
Please add collaboration and I won’t need any other note taking app.
Salmarrh - Review
This new update is trash. It’s hard to write in the box. I have to keep tapping in the box
jccl29 - Needs more layers of organization
Please have ways to create subfolders or dividers within dividers.
janiebean14 - Organization
Hi pls let us add a few more layers of organization, it’s so frustrating that I can’t make more folders within the class notes folder.
Mia1000-123 - Great app but can be better!
The app is great but I’m considering switching to GoodNotes. In many ways notability out shines good notes which is why I’m torn between both apps.
Notability has been glitching when it comes to moving selected written texts around. All my writing disappears, only the shapes remains and would require me to reselect the text and move it around for the writing to reappear and even then, parts of the selected text would overlap other parts making it impossible to read and would require me to rewrite it. The undo button does not fix the disappearing text nor does it fix the overlapping text. Also, Notability has also been glitching when writing with the Apple pen. Mid writing it stops recognizing the Apple pen and stops writing. It is very frustrating!
Being a university student, all my lecture notes and assignments are done using notability. The main reason why I’m considering switching to GoodNotes are the following:
- Highlighter - It is extremely frustrating when the highlighter goes over the text/writing whereas in GoodNotes, the highlighter goes behind the text/writing making it pop.
- Eraser - although notability introduced the partial eraser which was a great improvement. GoodNotes has the auto-deselect eraser which is very useful when you’re rushing to write down important comments the prof says. GoodNotes also has the option to erase the highlighter only!
mearjun - I am takin one star off for lack of horizontal mode
You have made an excellent app. Brilliant in terms of ease of writing and drawing simultaneously. But why no horizontal mode. This irritates users like me no end.
Mason Protter - Great app, needs better file management
Notability is a super polished very slick notes app that I adore. However, the feature that is currently missing (and was missing when I first bought the app in 2012!), is a proper file manager. Currently, you have files, subjects and dividers. That’s it. No nested file management beyond that. This works fine for a few years but I’ve been using an iPad as my primary writing tool as a physicist since 2012 and the amount of notes I create becomes very cumbersome with such limited file management. I need deeper nested subjects / dividers!
liyid - Not perfect with Apple Pencil
Sometimes when i write with Apple Pencil, it senses my palm too and glitches. Very annoying
Mr.Legit1@1 - A potential feature request
Hey love the app.
Would love to see a way to have a sub selection of the colour swatches pinned to the top of the icons navbar.
This would help a ton when I’m trying to colour code my notes!
SUZBAR15 - Latest update
Frequently updating this app is ruining some of its features such as I can’t insert a photo, as nothing showing at all. Used to be better before the update craze! Fix it please. Plus my PDF textbooks would show the cover of the book when In list form, now just blank white cover.
Working Ninja - Good but not perfect
Can’t record, please fix it
酥酥狗 - Not comfortable for handwriting
Writing always be interrupted because my palm touched the screen’s edge so the app zoomed in the page or scrolled up and down. Try to fix that please! Really annoying!
alanimal_xoxo - Crashes
I have ALL of my school notes on here and now it keeps kicking me out of the app without saving the work/notes I’ve made. FIX THIS I PAID GOOD MONEY FOR THIS APP. Plus I have an exam TOMORROW
MrSunday - Great app but loses notes
I was working the whole day on lots of notes. Next day, poof gone. No trace of it, even under deleted items. Seems like it lost all recent notes
hinotability - Cannot copy word
Why I can not copy any words? It’s really inconvenience.
madstudent9467 - Big bug
The app is great but i have been constently kick out each minute
那必须随时进行浑身解数思考的角度呈现吧 - Ok, but need improvements
Cannot change page size; cannot change page orientation; cannot recognize PDFs that have both landscape and portrait orientations, which is disappointing… in general, good file organization
YoGoerz - Finally!
Keyboard is fixed! This update brings XS Max and XR support!
Awesome work Notability team!
With that being said there are weird things still missing. For example, why can I not swipe from left to right in order to go back?
实际上你在哪呢 - Suggestions
I’ve been using it since 5 months ago, there are some suggestions:
1. Please add a function that allows me to annotate with comments while selecting words.
2. Add underline and strikeout
ElectricLurker - Great for notes, please add these features:
Great for notes. Switched from another note taking software. Notability is very stable, fast, and smooth.
Some features I would like to see added are:
- Ordering notes in a subject by desired order instead of name or date only.
- Being able to zoom out more than just the page so you can see multiple slides at a time
- Adding collapsible ‘sticky notes’ to not take up space on dense slides
jessicacleo - Great App overall
As en engineering student recently switching to online lecture delivery, I use this app on a daily basis to keep my notes in, especially as you can transfer any type of file over to markup on it, it’s worked wonders for PowerPoint slides that professors make rather colloquial use of.
Topthorn^o^ - Text box sucks
Why is it so hard to go back in a text box? Every time I click on a text box that I’ve edited before, it keeps creating a smaller one on top of it and whenever I lower my keyboard to check something, It forces me to exit my text box and to redo the whole process of struggling to get back in it. Finally, whenever I exit the text box, it often shoots me all the way to the bottom of my document. So annoying
Y ybyb - Manque de contenu
Très bonne application qui a beaucoup de potentiel mais il manque du contenus pour son prix ex: insérer des tableaux
136909888888 - Was amazing, now glitchy
I have been using this app for over a year now and have loved it.... however recently it has become super glitchy when annotating with an Apple Pencil. I noticed that it said it was updated a few days ago for minor big fixes and was hoping that this issue would be solved. It hasn’t been solved and I would really appreciate it if the app developers could please look into this issue!
Kaizinel - Notes just disappeared
The app has a lot of issues with sync. This is the second time I lost all my notes...
Supr-Melz - App keeps crashing and loosing my data
Ever since the last update, the app Notability keeps crashing and I keep loosing all of my data.
They told me that the update would resolve this issue but it has not.
FIX IT NOW PLEASE!
I am frustrated af always redoing my work because your app keeps crashing and loosing my data.
Xillio - Family sharing issues
Submitted a support ticket but no response for weeks
PJaerom - iCloud sync constantly delayed and causing conflict
iCloud sync between devices extremely delayed. Changes I make on my iPad isnt updated on my iPhone. If I make a change on my iPhone it causes a sync conflict. The sync is basically useless.
glennlopez - Hours of notes just disappeared
Don’t use this app for anything important. If you take notes on this for a business client or for school, you’re going to wish you never used it when you run into a common and unfixed bug since v1 of suddenly losing most of your written notes.
QingYinCanChen - Poor sharing function
This app has the worst sharing function I have ever used. Almost each method of sharing including email cannot work. Terrible experience.
byfgkmlvvefss - PDF gone but annotations still there
Imagine spending hours and hours annotating a document. And when you export the PDF, only the annotations get exported even though you selected “export with paper”. Now there is no way to view your document other than via Notability. Hundreds of others having this issue since 2019 and it’s still not fixed.
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thesamblank - A changed man! From a useless doodler to a power note-taker
I really can't say enough about this app. I use it in every class for taking notes, doing homework, and presenting ideas to the other students. Very smooth syncing to iCloud, great importing abilities, and a beautiful interface with just the right amount of customization without being too “busy.” I’m in my fourth year of use and have yet to enjoy any competitor more. Especially since the recent update with the added PDF options (hyperlinks to different pages, searchable text, and highlighting the text itself, not just a handwritten highlighted overlay), this app is nearly perfect.
I would consider myself a power user of Notability. My iPad is an academic tool for me, I rarely download games or browse social media on it. Of my time on the device, a solid 75-80% is spent on Notability. It is safe to say I have gone through and tested every option, played with every feature, and have used them all to their fullest extents.
That being said, I have a few suggestions for improvements, and will update as I have new ideas:
1. Please consider letting a note continue to record audio even if one goes back to the main menu and views something in another note. I end up cutting off my recordings all the time accidentally
2. Connected to the above, TABBED NOTES. I actually switched to GoodNotes for a couple of months for a class that warranted this feature. It was so sad.
3. Handwritten hyperlinks!
IceBlueLugiaas - With the new update the app refreshes constantly and becomes very annoying to use
I’ve used this app for about 3 years now for school, and it works very well with pretty much no issues. However, with the recent update the app will constantly refresh whenever I exit the app and I will have to wait for it to load again. This becomes very annoying as I find myself switching from different apps often. Split view is not very useful to me due to having to change my zoom level and zoom area on both apps constantly. I thought it might have something to do with background app refresh, but notability doesn’t even show up as one of the apps with that option. Sometimes even if less than a minute has passed since I exited notability, it will still refresh. This is incredibly annoying, and I cannot fathom why this change was made. This update took one of the most useful apps I had and made it an absolute chore to use. Please fix this, as I really want to give this app 5 stars due to how much it’s helped me over the years, but I can’t under the current circumstances
CJL3 - Awful Update FIXED!
Zoom out feature was a terrible terrible idea. It is making work incredibly difficult and a lot less efficient. Can you at least give us an option to lock the zoom out feature at 100% and nothing less than that? Just like before the update? I really find no use to go below 100 percent and to play around with the pinch to get it to fit perfect on the page every time I zoom in to write with the pencil. It is nothing less than EXTREMELY annoying and unproductive. I’ve always advocated for this app because of its simplicity, design and friendly UI; now I cannot because of how devastating and irresponsible this update was to the rise of this app. At this point in time this application is not worth using or supporting and I will discontinue its use until this issue is resolved/addressed. Will revise comment when fixed**
Update is fantastic!! Thank you for listening to the consumers. Back to my favourite note taking app. Keep up the good work!!
eulerfx - Best notes app
I’ve spent a lot of time trying different note taking apps on the iPad: Notes, Paper, Evernote and Notability, among others. Notability is my favorite, by far. Most of the time, I use Notability for taking technical notes, either following research papers, books, or my own narrative. Paper make it easy to make things pretty, but using it for technical notes has drawbacks: difficult to organize large numbers of notebooks, no scrolling - need to add/navigate pages, limited support for drawing shapes - snap to straight line and circle, but no resize, no curves, etc, no concept of layer beyond instrument. Notes is quite nice, and most portable, but lacking a first class object model and a clunky interface for drawing shapes. Evernote offers nothing beyond Notes, and the app can be slow and non-ergonomic in several ways. Notability is a pleasure to use: great notebook manager/explorer, powerful drawing tools, snap to lines, circles, curves, powerful object model allowing resize, moving, deleting.
Zebra8itches - Best Note Taking App
Let me first start off by saying my professor LOVES the way I take notes using this app. This app is really awesome and very surprising it is free. I paid for Goodnotes but Notability is far superior. I like how the pages run-on and you can just keep writing that you don’t have to stop every so often and add a page. A cute but non-essential thing that I like is that you can add GIFS to your notes. Another thing I like is the way you can separate your notes. You can put them in a subject folder but they at the same time stay separate. My favorite feature is that you can voice record as you write and when you do playbacks it highlights what you were writing as they say it. To me that is what makes Notability far superior than the other apps. I would definitely recommend getting Notability before any other app or at least trying it before purchasing something else. Also all the features are included which makes this app so great!
zen_720 - I’ve never been so happy to pay for an app
This app has everything I’ve ever wanted and more. I love all the thoughtful features and design tweaks. So many times while using it (after just having it less than a week) I’ve thought “I wonder if it can also do ____?” And every time answer is yes. Unlike many of the reviewers whose feedback I’ve read, I’m not a student (I WISH this had been around when I was a student) but a mid-career professional working on a variety of different projects with tons of meetings, calls and project documents to read — and this app is absolutely perfect for seamlessly tracking notes and details of meetings as well as marking up all the PDFs and Word documents I have to go through while keeping everything in one place. (And I can just slide all my PDF files from my computer into the Mac app window and they’re ready for mark up on my iPad! Fantastic). So many trees can be saved with this, ha. Could not be happier 🤗 it’s almost making work fun ;)
egraduate2019 - Great but....
I love this app. I am a college student that used this for the whole year of school and it was absolutely wonderful! Thank you for finally giving us the partial eraser and the ability to draw shapes. One thing I wish this app has is give us a choice of continual scroll down to a new page or swipe left/right to get a new page. It’s really hard at times to see when I’m at a bottom of a page as it’s “continual” and when I need to print something out, it’s cut and goes to the next page when I didn’t even know about it. If I had the choice of swiping for pages, it’ll be easier for me to know if I should start a paragraph/equation on that same page or go to a new page. Other than that, I really like Notability. Believe it or not, I have GoodNotes and Notability and I still prefer notability over GoodNotes. I guess it’s all about preference.
All that to say, Ginger Labs, please think about including different page display options in future updates.
@MissTsundere - A Wonderful Addition to Student Life
I am a university student like many of the users on this app, and I purchased this with hopes that I could take neater, more organized, weightless notes. This should improve the speed of my note-taking, and I LOVE that I can record audio such as a lecture, and take notes while doing it and play it back! This will definitely come in handy.
However, I really would like to see some improvements to the text visuals. There is currently no way to properly center the text, or align the text to the right; The default is permanently set to left alignment. Also, there is no way to adjust the line spacing. Being able to adjust the text alignment and spacing between lines of text would be highly useful for typing papers or whatnot in APA or MLA format, or even simply to adjust the aesthetics of the note. I’m sure these additions would appeal to the many other student-users.
Overall, the app is already exciting and enjoyable to use, and I look forward to testing it out in the coming weeks.
sweatyfrenchfry - Gosh darn I love this app
so i don’t normally write reviews for apps, but i actually wanted to take time out of my day to come here and say this: i love this app. sure, it’s not perfect. nothing is. but this comes close.
not only does it allow me to write directly on to powerpoints for notes, it also saves me SO much paper and SO much room.
one of my favorite features is the ability to select and move written notes so if i run out of room or wanna put a note somewhere else, i can! so convenient dude! and it even retains resolution no matter how you resize it!
i also love the ability to erase things in whole, with its collective stroke. makes erasing so so much easier.
also, i’ve basically also turned this into an art app. seriously. these are PRIIIIIIME doodles i’m talking. entire MASTERPIECES in the margins of my notes. i even use it specifically just to doodle. it’s so enjoyable and satisfying and not intimidating to doodle in it!!!
so if i were to give any suggestions, i guess i would say i’d like the ability to make folders to put notes for different classes (maybe it has that and i haven’t found it? idk) and the option to have highlighter not layer on itself after raising my pencil. i still want the ability to build the opacities, but it would be nice to turn that off sometimes.
anyways, love this app. makes college a heck of a lot simpler. pay for it. seriously. one of the bests apps out there for students.
Zaz* - Used to LOVE IT
Honestly I started using notability about a year ago when I bought my iPad and I pencil used to LOVE IT and take it EVERYWHERE. It was amazing used to sync with my computer and phone, had so many capabilities and benefits
Now I’m not as happy because as I’ve continued to use it issues have started to manifest... it tends to crash randomly causing me to lose the last several minutes of my notes. At some point when class notes have too many pages and images the images just got lost, they LITERALLY disappeared from the place I put them in and randomly moved pages, even though I only ever added pages at the bottom of my notes. Honestly I was so excited about this app I recommended it to everyone I know. Now I’m devastated I trusted it so much because ALL my notes from the entire year I’ve been using this application seem compromised. Honestly just keep using pages if you’re looking for something to do notes in. Not worth being able to use both written text and handwriting with the iPad. Hopefully pages will at some point develop the functionality of using iPad and I pencil for notes at the same time.
Mintberrycoon - Love this App
I’m currently an engineering student and this app has been so helpful especially with my OCD. I am able to create quick circuit diagrams that are clean and easily readable. My only suggestion, add a library feature that saves previously user created shapes that you can quickly attach to notes. I know that stickies is a thing but from what I can tell, stickies just creates a small extra document attached to the current document. For example I am constantly drawing resistors and if there was a way to just make one resistor drawing and store it in a library, that would save a lot of time and help with my need to have everything uniform haha. But besides that notability has been amazing, thank you so much for such a great product.
I’m not sure what the recent update did but now all my subjects have been removed from my dividers and scattered and mixed..... please fix this because I really don’t have time to reorganize 40+ subjects to their respective dividers.....
BeachReader - Review of Notability
I have been using the product for more than a year and been very satisfied. I have recommended it to friends and colleagues. I use the handwriting tool almost exclusively for document entries, Note entries during meetings and conferences and rough drawing of diagrams. There are a couple of additional options that would help me:
1. The ability to move and insert entries to keep similar entries together. Right now I can insert a new page but not insert large amount of information within a page.
2. Some of my diagrams have long continuous lines. Right now If I touch one dot on the line it removes the whole thing. I would like to be able to refine the diagram without removing a whole section.
3. The volume of my saved documents has expanded and I would like to go more and more paperless. I think Notability would work for my goals. I am having difficulty searching for words above the Note level. I would like an expansion and education on using Notability for a paperless system.
Thank you for a good product.
newb910 - Great note taking app but...
I moved from keeping notes in binders to using this app at work. Obviously this app beats binders full of paper notes. Love that everything is indexed and easily searchable. That is all I really need to make this app useful. However, I have an iPad and iPhone that I use the app with. When I make a note on one, the other should update through iCloud. This is not the case a lot of times. I tried finding a SYNC option to manually request it but I couldn’t locate this. Eventually, the two devices do sync up, just not as quickly as I would like. Especially when I start a note on my iPad and then want to SCAN DOCS into the same note with my iPhone. It’s easier to scan with the phone but easier to type with the iPad.
Other than that, this is a great app for note taking with powerful features and ways to keep it all organized for you. You should definitely buy this one over “good notes”. Much easier to use!
Please improve the iCloud sync and I will gladly give this 5 stars!
Sunhou - Excellent for classroom instructors
I am a math professor, and have been using Notability in the classroom (with my iPad connected to a projector) for a couple of years. It has been an excellent tool; I post my notes online after each class so students can access them. I also occasionally record videos using Notability (on my Mac, by connecting my iPad to it) for students. Now with the addition of Presentation Mode, it looks much better, since the students don’t see me selecting different pens & colors, etc. The laser pointer, while it sounds minor, is incredibly useful, especially when recording videos for my students (in class I can point at things on the screen; now I can do that when recording videos too). My school is moving to online-only instruction for the rest of the semester due to the Coronavirus, so now I will be making videos for all my classes using Notability. Thanks for the updates to this fantastic tool at just the right time!
Hapymrs - Extremely Dissapointed 😞
When I initially purchased the Notability app I was really excited and looking forward to being able to use it across all of my Apple devices. Unfortunately I found out this wasn’t the case, in that in order to have the accessibility to my Notability notes on my iOS and on my Mac, I have to pay for the app twice. This information was not made clear when I purchased the app. Since I initially purchased the app I have now found the updated information about having to purchase the app on both platforms. Not only has this been an issue, but when contacting Notability for support, they only sent me an automated response email stating they received my email, but never got in touch with me. Due to the lack of support and no customer service, I would strongly discourage anyone to invest in this app. Yes the app has some great characteristics and does an ok job, but I’m finding that I can do the same thing on Word and it will actually work and I can access the document ANYWHERE and not have to pay more money to do so. I’m not happy with the overall support and dishonesty. I wish I could get a full refund due to the horrible experience and dishonesty I have encountered.
Hangwithhoran - I love this app but...
I use this for note taking for my College classes. Very simple and easy to use. Like being able to make custom colors for pen. But when I use the thicker pen option, after writing my apple pen, chunks of the writing just disappears... I contacted support with my issue, pictures and all, and I got no response. It’s been two months, and the issue persists. PLEASE fix this. If I am not able to read my writing because whole letters/chunks of letters randomly disappear AFTER the full writing was just there, this app is completely useless, because I do not have time to trace over countless pages of notes.
UPDATE: After recent update, found out this app only gets worse and worse!!! Now icloud syncing takes over 30 minutes to load documents. it’s not my wifi, trust me. Every app / icloud itself works perfectly fine otherwise on its own. My favorite (and first) incident of this happening was when I started a timed test (open note). Went to go open my notes and they didn’t load!! the entirety of a 60 minute test!! so thanks for that C- grade. At this point, all of the issues with this app are NOT worth dealing with. Will be buying a new app that actually works.
Shad0wbull3t - One note has been dethroned
I’ve used the surface 4 pro for the last 2 years or so, and I’ve found myself enjoying every bit of OneNote. However, on the iPad as most of you will know, OneNote is absolute garbage. Thus leading me to trying notability with my new iPad Pro, and let me tell you guys, this app blows OneNote out of the water, even the desktop version in my opinion. Anyways pros vs cons...
Pros: great UI, double tap Apple Pencil function, paper scale normal (letter), multiple cloud backup platforms, if you draw a line and hold your pen there it will become a completely straight line, easy to organize, speech recording and if notes are taken it outlines what you were writing while the person was speaking, writing to text support, gifs can be put in, pictures are easy to add too, and multiple paper options such as 3 grids to choose from, 3 lined to chose from, or blank, and you can change the background.
Cons: cannot name subjects the same thing when creating subjects, shapes should be drag and drop then edit by scale, in other words the issue is that when selecting shapes one must go into a separate tab and create their shapes which then appear on the page itself, where a fix would be that the user can edit the shapes on the original paper.
That’s it as far as I know, 11 pros and 2 minor cons, bottom line is that this app is cutting edge and I encourage anyone who wants to do well in school to get this app, it’s amazing.
Kemgam - This was an amazing app.
I’m a college student that used to love using this app for taking notes but I’ve switched to Microsoft OneNote when this one started getting buggy. When I’m using the Apple Pencil to take notes I’ll start noticing line stutter and random lines drawn that cross the screen. When this happens the app locks up and becomes unusable for a moment then unfreezes. Although its rare, it will sometimes completely crash. Other times I will get phantom lines that I can’t erase or undo. Attempting to do so causes a temporary freeze. Relaunching the app fixes the issue but it (as well as several other bugs) keeps me from recommending this.
There has been only a single instance where the collection of notes I gathered in a class didn’t save the way it was supposed to (due to a crash) and I lost all of my progress. Although its only one instance, it was definitely unnerving. Maybe it’ll be fixed one day but until then, I will be making the switch to OneNote
To be fair, I’ve only used OneNote for about a week but I really do like its plentiful features and stability thus far. Time will always tell if it lasts.
Wish me luck! :D
Brandon2580 - Phenomenal App (And a few feature requests)
Love this app to death! It’s made note-taking and researching for my classes an absolute breeze; I look forward to opening up Notability when I’m not using it. I just have a few feature requests.
1) Global Annotating Searching I’d love to see the ability to look at a collection of all of the annotations in the files in a subject folder. I mark the stuff that’s important in each note, so I’d like to look at all of the important information regarding a subject. Furthermore, I’d love to be able to see the aggregated annotation view split by type of annotation. I do a lot of highlighting, and I keep them color coded (pink for dates, green for locations, etc). I’d like to be able to just look at things in pink.
2) Jump to Top, and Back Down This feature is kind of inspired by Tumblr. While scrolling, you can tap the home button, which takes you to the top of the feed, then hit the button and return to where you were before hitting the home button. This would be super helpful in Notability because I often make ‘key point’ notes at the top of documents, and I don’t want to have to swipe my way down 20 pages to get back to where I was.
3) Treat Images Like Drawings I’d love to see is a way to change the editing (mainly cut-paste) behaviors of images. When I annotate an image, I want to be able to move the image around with the annotations.
Rostysl_yh - Best Notes App I have EVER used.
This app has transformed the way I study for college exams and take notes. Absolutely worth every penny, and I plan to use it for the rest of my life. So awesome to be able to draw pictures and then write text underneath in a never ending doc. Also inserting photos into the document and uploading to google drive within the app, is just so streamlined and I love it. I don’t always write reviews for apps but this one is an absolute must have. Beside college work I do 2D animation, this app is so incredibly good for developing scripts and comic strips as you can upload photos of any drawing you make on paper or make the drawings in app or make your sketches on another app and upload them to here. This enables me to keep all my ideas in one place and also creating concept maps is easier than ever. Thank you very much to the developer team, and I look forward to the updates and improvements you guys will make in the future.
nashben87 - Nice app but needs a few things...
UPDATE: Please fix “Add to this note.” It takes forever (appox. 10-15 seconds) to copy pdf pages into notes, whereas it only took 2-3 seconds before iPad OS 13 update.
I’ve used Notability for 3 semesters in college now and find that it makes my iPad the most useful device I’ve ever purchased (I use it more than my phone or computer). However, because this is an Apple only application i feel that it would be better suited with some of the intuitive features one would find in an Apple only Application.
For instance, if I have 2 notes that I feel at a later date contain enough overlapping information, I might like to merge them into a single note without having to re-download a copy of one into another via cloud storage. The convenience of being able to merge a note by “holding down” the note, as if to duplicate, would save a lot of time.
As polished as the app is, I find myself saying to often, “I wish this app could do this or that.” As developers, please find out what these things are and add them as features.
A few things the app is missing:
-Easily merge notes within app
-Ability to change the scalable circle into a different shape with a side gesture (applications for organic chemistry) such as a pentagon or hexagon.
-Ability to select multiple pages at a time from the “all pages” view for copy and paste into a seperate note.
Siyamak-dashty - The most precise note taking app
ipad pro+ apple pencil+ notability= the creativity itself
To cut the long story short; I’m a medical student and an illustrator too. That means I need something for creating the most long lasting, beautiful and interactive notes and diagrams. And the answer to all of these demands is Notability on an ipad pro.
I can list the pros of this app for days and days. But I’m here to say why I gave 4 stars and not 5 ones. That’s because it lacks a proper file management. You can create groups and subgroups but not anymore subcategories. I want an unlimited maze of folders. I know this can be frustrating for some people; but you can give them the choice of having or not having this feature. And for a person with my needs, notability with this feature included is something that I can rely for the rest of my life.
And I must say that I have purchased every note taking app that you can imagine but at last I’m here to ask the developers to make this wonderful great app the greatest possible.
NRX Raptor - Please revert file importing process to previous versions
This is a great app. It’s a great way to take handwritten notes on digital formats of all sorts. However, with one of the recent updates, they changed the file importing process. Previously, you’d hit something in the top right corner to send to notability and a check mark with “Done” would appear. Switch to notability and a pop up appears asking you where you’d like to put that note.
Now, you do this before switching to notability. The process involves many more presses, especially if you want to combine the file with a note. It’s just cumbersome in my opinion. A simple solution would be to revert the changes. Alternatively it could remember which note you were using last for combining files. Currently you have to scroll through an alphabetical list to find the note you want to combine the new one with. It’s much worse than the old splash screen that simply said “combine with current note.”
Normally I don’t leave reviews, but this has been a frustrating change with the user experience that slows things down instead of speeding them up.
Moranda Marie T - Way better than GoodNotes
I am college student who should be studying for finals right now but because I need a break, I wanted to express how much I love Notability with all of you! It is amazing! I downloaded GoodNotes and Notability when I first got my IPad Pro. I played around with both apps for a few days until I realized how much more Notability has to offer. As a college student one of my favorite features is that I can record class lectures on the app. This is an amazing feature not only because I can record it but when you go back to listen, your notes are filled in automatically with the recording as you took them in class. You can also continue to take more notes while you listen and adjust the sound quality. There are so many other features that I love like being able to add in web clips or gifs. All of these things make my notes so much more thorough, memorable, and all around BETTER. Get This App.
Tux Kenobi - Classroom paradise plus perfect PDFs markup app
This app is constantly evolving and today I can't imagine myself teaching in a classroom without it. It is a true digital blackboard plus with the new presentation mode it became even better than ever with laser pointer including the ability to let the laser tail ghost on for a while longer, thumbs up really. I just wish that the laser pointer could be make larger as an extra option to make it yet better.
I was looking at other apps to save markup PDFs on smaller file sizes that the gigantic ones saved by iPad native app, then I discovered that Notability can easily do it with no subscriptions required. Just the perfect app to annotate PDFs, add Giff, images, voice redords, video links, web links and after all this save a small PDF read only copy that can be easily shared by email. Just great to make corrections on student's papers and share them back.
Such an amazing app, thanks a lot and please keep the good work !
Karbon Kass - Incredible App! A couple minor formatting issues but still Superb
Never had a note-taking app this dynamic and fluid. Highly responsive and well designed. Would recommend 10/10. My only problems with the app is:
1. Line spacing glitch. Every note has a break in the lined paper background where two lines are very close together which is frustrating because it throws off the neatness of your notes. Not a functionality issue, just an aesthetic one.
2. Picture placement. Sometimes I’ll take screenshots of pictures I’m not able to just drag over, and put them in my notes, but Notability makes the picture “jump” to predefined places and won’t let me put the pictures exactly where I want them. It’s frustrating because the pictures almost always “jump” a few lines up near totally unrelated notes. I tried disabling text wrap to no success.
Other than that, fantastic app, I use it every single day in Engineering School and it is easily able to keep up with my course load!
nykara - I LOVE this app, but...
I’ve been taking notes on my iPad through notability for about a little over a year now. It’s definitely come in handy during high school. I’m a college freshman now, and with hybrid/online classes at my university I’ve definitely been relying more on this app. Especially for my psychology class.
Recently I've been having issues with Notability. I’ll open that app, it seems to work fine. I’ll press the “new motel option, and it seems to work fine. Then when I go to change the paper formatting, the app freezes, closes, and shuts down my entire iPad. This has been happening for a little over a week. Some days it works, but it crashes the majority of the time :(
It’s really frustrating because I NEED to take notes for my psych class, especially with an upcoming exam. I’ve done everything I could think of to prevent this problem (restarted iPad, backed up notes, deleted notability, redownload and restore notes, given it time to work on its own, etc.). It’s just upsetting, especially since 1) this app is about $8 and 2) the last update was suppose to fix this bug.
comp_herms_sci - Greatest note taking app
The app is phenomenal when it comes to note taking. It lets you keep your notes organized and categorized based on what you’re doing. The app is also great when it comes to ignoring palm detection, to the point i no longer use paper and pencil unless it deals with drawing, all my notes are now done on my iPad. The cool thing about the app too, is that even using the iPad mini, if you turn it horizontally the app feels almost similar to a notebook (if you edit your paper right). The only complain I have is the lack of integration with other devices that aren’t in the apple eco system. Sure you can sync your notes to your google drive, but it’s complicated and a big headache to deal with. It would be nice if they offered an online version to check and sync all your notes, so you can pull them up when your iPad isn’t around. Other then that, the app is amazing! Compared to any other note apps I’ve used, I can live with that small inconvenience for now.
MasterPrinceA - Fantastic App for College/University
Along with the apple pen, I have been using this app for about 8 months and have absolutely loved it. It has made my final year of my undergraduate studies so much easier. I do not use a notebook anymore and have saved so much paper. The easily accessible colors and easy to use eraser has allowed me to organize my notes beautifully. This app has many features, such as straightening lines, and cutting and moving objects and words with ease. The resizing feature is perfect too! I absolutely love the fact that you can download files and write on them. I have downloaded many PowerPoints and notes from my professors and taken my own notes that were clear and organized. I usually have messy notes due to my handwriting but this app makes it extremely easy to make everything legible and memorable. I strongly suggest this for anyone in college/university right now. It will be your best friend.
Jess1e_Sarda - Reliable need more pen options please!
I sound crazy for this but my fiancé and I are both pursuing medical careers currently in school and we both purchase the iPad and pencil for this APP. It is a godsend for recording and taking notes when professors talk to fast especially veterans suffering from TBI.
Lately updates were made and I am happy that they added the custom color changes for the pen and recently added automatic shapes! Great for Orgo btw. Only thing now missing is a couple different selection of pens. please please please please give us an option on pen styles. Our handwriting isn’t great especially in a hurry (We don’t have time to convert everything we write in text)and with trying other note taking apps (just cause) I can see the pen type makes a huge difference. We come back to Notability for the reliability and recording as we write but please update just 2 or 3 different types of pen styles instead of the round and not round that is offered. Then you have created the perfect college/school/professional note taking app there is for sure!
jiayan73837394 - A few suggestions
I really like this note taking app. Here are some of my suggestions to make it even better.
1. handwriting recognition is awesome, but I totally didn’t expect that Notability doesn’t support recognition of text in photos. All of my classes are taking online nowadays and the majority of my notes are screenshots of class materials coupled with my handwritten annotations. There are tons of important information in the photos I uploaded and it’s really annoying to me that I cannot find these materials through the search function.
2. The magnification function is cool. Even though I don’t use it a lot, I can see why it might be handy for other customers. However, the position of the magnification button is quite annoying. It’s at the bottom right corner and it’s not subject to customized change. Even with palm rejection, I still find myself accidentally touch it quite often. This can be really annoying and break the flow of smooth note taking experience.
DocKelsee - I wish there were a couple different things
I like this app. I got it because a friend used it during my organic chemistry class and it seemed to meet all her needs. However, after using it for a semester, I wish it had a couple things that I can’t seem to find in one app. I wish there was an option for how you wanted your folders to be displayed. The way the app has it now, doesn’t work for me. I like how my computer utilizes folders and there is another app that has this feature. I realize what works for me, might not work for someone else. That’s why, if there was an option template you could choose from it would accommodate more people. Also, I just noticed that I really like the contrast of the graphite look in my Books app. I take notes in some of my text books and a lot of times, I don’t want it to be bold like the pen option. Adding a graphite pencil option would be rad and I would love this app! Otherwise, this is a great app and I recommend it to anyone taking notes via Apple Pencil (never tried it without Apple Pencil)
neeensz - Horrible app - my experience as a current med student
I have been using the app the past year for medical school and could not be more dissatisfied/frustrated. The app frequently crashes while I am taking notes, resulting in notes not being saved. I often find myself rewriting notes that I had just written prior to the app crashing. In addition the app is constantly glitching - I will try to write something with my Apple pen and it takes a good minute before I can produce any sort of ink on paper. I also have issues copying and pasting images onto First Aid from outside resources. And as of most recently, I can no longer search keywords on first aid, which completely defeats the purpose of having a pdf copy of First Aid. I have reached out to Notability by submitting a request of my current issues and have not heard back from them. Unfortunately I cannot contact them via phone and thus I am extremely frustrated with the lack of accessibility and availability to receive any sort of help. Do yourself a favor and do not download this app. I have been informed by my colleagues that OneNote is significantly better and i wish I had known this prior to using notability
Jason Lurf - Good, could use a few improvements.
I love the recording ability. Some areas for improvement:
1. Night mode for white background of power points without disturbing animations, or their colors, or recording. Black font turns white in black background.
2. When uploading power point to a subject from somewhere like Canvas, notability should have the class name plus folder or file before the user exits to go to notability. Saves further editing.
3. When playing back a recording, for PowerPoint, the playback will follow you physically going forward through slides with arrows pointing in the direction you’re going and goes in sequence to how you move on to the next slide or when you write instead of manually trying to figure out where you’re at while listening to the recording. I have to note take chronologically to counter this effect and it’s cumbersome.
4. Darker highlighter with neon color like Microsoft word.
5. Ability to recover deleted items within 30 days like Apple’s “Notes”.
6. Being able to cut, copy, or crop a power point slide and paste it where you want it.
7. When adding notes by pen in a power point that already had a recording, notability should ask if you want to add it to the recording’s animation mark before moving on to the next slide.
8. Being able to cut added drawings or notes and customizing their color for better memory stimulation or organization. Like color coding.
There’s one more thing, but I forgot.......
collegestudentnerd - Notability is a great note taking platform but it has too many glitches!
Overall great for taking notes and easy to use. However this app still need a lot of improvements. It doesn’t save your notes on an account so if you lose ur iPad or broke it, u cant restore your notes. Storing the notes on third party platform is too complicate, takes up too much space and hard to retrieve. It should have an account for each customer so we can access it everywhere like notion or google docs and the note can be stored in one place. Also there so many glitches. I am always scare to lose my chemistry notes since there been times where they just disappear. There should have some kind of history retrieve option like google doc. This app cost like $11 dollars when I purchase it, there shouldn’t be so many critical issues. Like notion and google docs is free and they r so much better at keeping your notes safe. Please get these critical issues fix! Other than that it a great platform for the note taking experience.
Ladyxavior - Great app but...
This is THE BEST note taking app I have ever used. Unfortunately, with the last update half of my notes are in limbo re-downloading from iCloud. I’ve done the suggested ways to recover my notes up to #10. I’m terrified of loosing all the work I have done since this issue started so I haven’t gone beyond turning iCloud off and on again in the app. I’m in my last semester of nursing school and I need my notes so I don’t end up accidentally killing someone when we are allowed back in the hospitals. Yes, I have contacted support (weeks ago). No, no one has gotten back to me about this issue. A similar iCloud thing happened about a year ago. I guess I just have to wait for them to push out another update?
Additionally, the app just freezes now. Can’t scroll, can’t type, cant write. I have to close it out and open it again crossing my fingers that it kept recording while it was unresponsive.
I really need this app to release my notes from limbo. I’m about to start studying for the NCLEX, and I need to access all of my work.
ph'sho - Great but keeps freezing
I have been using this app every day for the last 3 months. I am a student, so I need to take a copious amount of notes. I has been great, and I’ve been recommending it to other students. I love the colors, the different papers, the continuous scrolling, the erasing and cut features, the split screen views, and the ability to import/export PDFs very easily among other things. However, in the last week or so, it has been freezing on me. I updated the app, hoping it would fix the problem, but it has not. It seems to only happen when I have it in split screen view with two notes in notability and split screen view with another app. It also only happens on the note I am writing/working on. The other screen, be it another app or another note within notability, remains fully functional. In order to fix it, I need to close the app completely. I really love the app, but it’s very inconvenient when I am in class trying to take notes. Please fix this!
ryahpapaya - By far one of the best apps for note taking but one issue
I'm not one to purchase apps and 10 bucks seems like a lot but this app is worth it. I've tried all sorts of apps but this is the first one that does everything I need. I used to use onenote loyaly but but when it comes to downloading PDFs, I always had trouble with syncing among all my devices and most of the functionalities where not smooth and we're frustrating. This app is far superior to all the other apps I've tried (I've tried ALL the free ones) because you can import a document and write all over it, can navigate the documents with the page preview function, switch between pens and highlights and text with ease and sync easily with all my devices.
Note to the developers:
THE ONLY THING that this app needs is the ability to create subfolders in the subjects so I can find content within each subject like projects or by week so I can find what I need a little quicker. And organize within the subjects.
Toneman182 - Unparalleled Notes
I used to keep shelves of spiral notebooks of quadrille ruled paper as engineering notebooks. That’s over. This rocks and I use it for teaching, projecting Notability rather than using whiteboards. Having it all backed up automatically is great, I only wish I could rotate PDF imports by 90 degrees. Because most of the schematics I deal with are Landscape. Chrome won’t do it, so I can’t even take a picture of it. No apps I own (including MarginNote3) can rotate a PDF by 90 degrees? Why is this so difficult on the iPad, but instant on the laptop? I can give you the equations if you want them.
EDIT: I have dropped my star rating to 3. This app seems to get worse, not better with each release. Pinching and zooming may or may not work, seems to be random. Screen “turds” will appear - bits and pieces of recently deleted stuff that is there one moment, gone the next, and the after a pinch zoom in/out (which may or may not actually happen), there they are again. Or not. It is a letdown when your favorite app just gets worse. IPad Pro 12.9
Teeny-chan - Love it but hate how...
I’ve been using Notability for years now and loved to see much more amazing and user friendly it has gotten. However with the latest updates, the app keeps closing on me at random times so I lose my most recent updates on my notes and my recordings. I hope this issue gets fixed soon.
Some suggestions on how notability could be improved,
1. Everyone uses powerpoint. If there are slides in a powerpoint that I don’t have I want to be able to take a picture quickly and have it come out in decent quality. OneNote has that amazing feature where as you take a photo of a slide, it automatically is able to resize and realign the photo so that it’s not all crooked. Currently right now, I have to download an app that does that for me so it would be nice if notability could add that feature.
2. Having some free/blank space on the side where I can make additional notes so that I don’t have to write on my powerpoint slides. Sometimes the slides have too much material and it feels clustered to have to squeeze my notes onto it so it would be awesome if I could have space on the side to add notes. Maybe consider adding ways to insert different types of documents?
3. Add more highlighting/drawing options. What I mean by this is, maybe besides just drawing lines you can add rectangles or circles. I know that you can insert figures but I feel like they are out of the way.
MightyMae - It’s alright
I’m taking Organic Chemistry and Physics right now and there’s not much of a difference between Notability and GoodNotes 5. I think I prefer Notability for the infinity scroll. It just works better with my thought process. The side bar with how my notes and classes are organized also works better for me in the tree format than GoodNotes. It’s really up to you and how you organize your notes/documents.
I do have to warn you if you directly import lecture notes (it was originally a .docx), you’ll have weird cut offs and spacing AND most of the symbols weren’t showing up. I guess since they have to convert it to a special notability file type, some of it doesn’t translate properly. Maybe I’ll convert it to a odd first and then import to notability, but it took me too long to figure out that I was studying from incomplete notes and diagrams 🙃
My physics notes were fine, but those were a PowerPoint converted to pdf. I think the problem lies with .doc -> notability file.
UniqueAirStream - Recording and syncing
This used to be my go to app for note taking. But for over a year now I have had problems with writing while using the recording feature. I even bought a brand new iPad Pro because I though it was the device space causing this issue it turns out I was wrong. They have issues with their iCloud syncing that they even a year later have not fixed. While writing and recording it will cause a syncing messages to come up while your using it making it unusable while it does that. You are missing what you want to record and unable to write turning that time. Even when it finishes syncing it will do it again a few minutes later once again interrupting you. I have tried everything recommended nothing worked. I even freshly installed my iPad with only this application and even on my new iPad Pro it did the same thing and it has 64gb of space and nothing else on it. I’m disappointed that even after a year they have not solved their problems do not waste your money on this app. Especially when the one feature that is supposed to make it more enticing then GoodNotes doesn’t even work.
jinkyjinkyjinky - Partial Eraser
I love love love LOVE Notability! I used this app all throughout high school, and I am continuing to use it throughout college for all of my classes! It is so nice being able to have all of my notes together instead of having to lug around countless notebooks. I love the different types of paper, the straight line feature with the pencil, the dual note mode, being able to switch between notes quickly, the new color wheel, and SO MUCH MORE. I highly recommend this app to any note taker!! One thing I would really appreciate is if a partial eraser feature could be made (like if you could tap on the eraser and change it from full line erase to partial erase similar to how you can change the pencil from a uniform width to one that changes with speed/pressure). I love being able to erase whole lines with one swipe, but sometimes I just want to erase part of something. A partial eraser option would make this app perfect.
Loudly quiet - Indispensable for a speech disabled person
I lost my voice to throat cancer and it’s been difficult coming up with a way to communicate effectively with my doctors. I would bring a notepad with questions for the doctor and also jot down my progress at home for them to read. If I had a question, I would hurriedly write it out, or bring in a list, and they would answer me, BUT I couldn’t scribble fast enough to get their important answers down to read later. Then I found Notability on my iPad! I can jot questions and have the app on “record” to capture their answers! To top off all that good news, I can then show my family later at home exactly what transpired at my appointment. I don’t think I can ever thank the Notability developers enough for this app. I plan to show this to my cancer surgeon so he can share this with his other laryngectomy patients. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Glittermama15 - Slow iCloud delivery
Love the app, so much that I’ve purchased almost everything it offers. It has tons of stuff in one app like a calendar (not free but not expensive) and color coded files for note taking. Two things I would need them to fix before I give it a full 5 stars is the iCloud storage. It works but it’s so slowwww. So slow that I begin to “download” all my notes well before a meeting or appointment, even it’s in the same device I wrote it on! Also, I mentioned files but the sub-file or folder takes all the files below it into that folder, even if it’s a different file! It messes up my notes for classes or work. Great app but has some serious issues. I’ve used it for awhile now that I will continue to use it, at least until the end of the year in hopes that they will fix these problems. If not, moleskin offers a bundle that I’ve been looking at and will start using that by the new year if those issues aren’t fixed.
Jacobgg98 - 5 star rated app UNTIL I bought Notability for Mac
Let’s start out by saying I adore this app. It was so easy to use and all my notes were saved so seamlessly with iCloud as well as backing up with my Google Drive for both school and anytime-notes purposes. It wasn’t until I recently bought the Mac app for Notability when everything went to crap. have never had issues with iCloud syncing in the past. Now, my notes continuously have to be downloaded from iCloud and the process is SO slow. It wouldn’t be that bad if I could open the document that has been stored on my iPad previously, but once it starts downloading a note, I can no longer open it, view it, edit it, or anything until it’s downloaded fully. Until this issue is fixed in some way, my annoyances with this will push me further and further away from adoring this app and possibly fuel myself to change to GoodNotes or another high-rated note taking app (with Mac support).
Jimmer4Pres - Awesome app. Needs more organizing features
I use Notability for all my graduate school studies. The ability to add pdf files so I can annotate them, to hand write notes with my Apple Pencil, and to sync between my Mac and iPad Pro make this app a necessity. Because my schooling is so research heavy, and I’m working on various papers and projects per class, I would love for this app to have more file management and organization features. Even the ability to sort notes inside a subject by tags would go a long way to helping to keep my subjects organized and simple.
What I think needs to happen, though, is that there needs to be one more level of sorting within the subjects within which notes can be sorted. So within my subject, I could have, say “projects”, and then my notes are organized into the appropriate projects.
A feature of this sort would make this great app unbeatable, in my opinion.
TGP0392 - Amazing app!
I’ve had this app for a long time now, but I’ve only recently been using it at its full potential. I’m in college and I got the Apple Pencil over the summer so now I use this to take notes in almost all of my classes (some professors don’t allow electronics...go figure). I spent several hours researching the best note taking apps and Notability was at the top of the list for most people. It has been a great buy for me, especially with recent updates where you can search the notes and it even recognizes your handwriting.
The only reason I gave it 4 stars is because I would like to see improvements with the HIGHLIGHTER tool. Notability would be absolutely perfect if the highlight markings dropped behind the text like it does in Good Notes and other apps instead of stay over the text. I’d also like to see the highlight ink being brighter..like a real highlighter..rather than kind of faded.
custumer Paul - Great app
I have been using this app for over 3 years now and it has proven over and over again to deliver. My strongest uses are:
+ In my profession as a elite level coach;
class and calendar planning , documents that my athletes need signed and emailed, this app has it all in one.
2 years ago I started building my house, and this app has delivered over my expectations in my to do’s and project management. I have used it at every step of my construction, from having my blue prints always ready and on hand, zooming the blue prints where I need to show the builder modifications and additions, recording all inspection approvals, and even walking my electrician, plumber and low Voltage cable technician through all the spots in my house I wanted my light features / facets / TV, speakers, and cat cables connections to be. All those contractors were blown away by how easy and quick we both were on the same page. Later on, I just emailed each one of them a pdf version of the drawings we agreed on and there were no hiccups anywhere.
I have even used it to show my painter what trims go which colors.
+ family, household, and my non-profit board of directors at work, I ah e it all in this app.
Everything organized in files and folders..., I cannot even start to think all the apps I would need to keep my life organized without Notability. Great product.
by sf - Buggy
I use notability for all my class notes. For the most part, it’s great. However, there is a critical bug in the app that really undermines my trust of this app. With some regularity, after I’ve poured in hours and hours into organizing my notes, I’ll find that notability has mysteriously messed up my handwritten annotations on different pages. There will be lots of text overlapping, things out of place, and the note is really no longer useable. It’s as if making lasso selections and moving things around on one page is interconnected and also moves random around things on different pages. Because notability doesn’t have a “revert to previous version” function or any kind of restoration capability, I find that the hours I’ve poured into my notes can be ruined all too often. To recover the note, I find myself spending another several hours separating the multiple overlapping texts and putting things back where I had originally put them. For the full price I paid for this app, it really should not be something I need to be dealing with.
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