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GoodNotes 5 is now available.
A modern GoodNotes version including many new features and improvements, such as:

* FLEXIBLE SCROLLING: choose between horizontal and vertical page scrolling
* FOLDERS: create infinite levels of folders and subfolders
* GLOBAL SEARCH: search and find everything. From handwritten notes, typed text, to document and folder titles. Across your whole library.

It is available as a free/discounted upgrade to GoodNotes 4 customers through the “GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle”.


GoodNotes lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. The handwritten notes are searchable and are created using a pioneering vector ink engine. Thanks to iCloud sync, your documents in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and iPhone automatically.

## Make Your Handwritten Notes Last Forever ##
GoodNotes features a state-of-the-art digital ink technology that will look great even with future super-high resolution displays.

## OCR: Search Handwritten Notes ##
Just type in the search box what you're looking for and then tap Search.

## Better Than Paper Notebooks ##
Type with the keyboard, insert images, or draw perfect shapes easily; mix between any kind of papers or even insert PDF docs inside a notebook; rearrange or delete pages as you like. It is very flexible.

## Annotate PDF Documents; Fill and Sign Forms ##
Great for saving time, paper, and the environment. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files are supported too.

## Large Collection of Beautiful Covers and Papers ##
Each template is carefully designed in vector format. There are lined papers, graph papers, music papers, and lots of notebook covers to choose from. Add your own template with an image or a PDF file.

## GoodNotes Does Not Slow You Down ##
Thanks to the powerful zoom window feature, you can write quickly with your fingers or with a stylus in a large area, and your handwriting will be shrunk automatically.

## Just Write Them Down and Don’t Worry ##
You can correct any mistake any time and it won’t become messy. The lasso tool will let you move things around or even resize them.

## Protect Your Valuable Data ##
GoodNotes features a trash function to protect from accidental deletion. It can also backup your data to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive automatically.

## GoodNotes is Also a Digital Whiteboard ##
Your audience will not see the user interface — just the content — and you can choose which part of the page to show them. Many teachers and lecturers are already using GoodNotes to teach.


The screenshots use material from Wikipedia articles Photoelectric effect[1] and Internal combustion engine[2], which are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0[3].

GoodNotes 4 App Description & Overview

The applications GoodNotes 4 was published in the category Productivity on 2013-12-19 and was developed by Time Base Technology Limited. The file size is 212.40 MB. The current version is 4.13.4 and works well on 9.3 and high ios versions.


A modern version of GoodNotes, including lots of new features and improvements:

* FLEXIBLE SCROLLING: choose between horizontal and vertical page scrolling
* FOLDERS: create infinite levels of folders and subfolders
* GLOBAL SEARCH: search and find everything. From handwritten notes, typed text, to document and folder titles. Across your whole library.
* improved ink algorithm
* new pen tool style: BRUSH PEN for artistic sketches and notes
* NEW SHAPE TOOL with color fill and multi-line shape recognition
* QUICKNOTES: a faster way to create new notes
* a whole NEW TEMPLATE LIBRARY with beautiful covers and paper templates
* ... and much more

Install the latest update of GoodNotes 4 to easily copy all documents to the new version.

FREE/DISCOUNTED UPGRADE available with the "GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle":
If you paid the full price for GoodNotes 4, you can download the new app for free by using "Complete My Bundle" on the GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle. If you paid less then the full price for GoodNotes 4, you will only need to pay the price difference.

GoodNotes 4 will remain on the App Store and will receive support and minor updates for an extended period of time.

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GoodNotes 4 Reviews


Paperless Bullet Journal and Sketch Notes perfection  IvanLasston  5 star

I have been trying to go paperless for a while now and this app is what I reach for - for any notes. Key features for me - Ability to use any PDF as templates. - Notebook organization - Apple Pencil feels like a real pen and paper as far as response -written text is searchable - and seems to be handwriting independent -Convert to typed text - leaves written text alone. -Overview of notebook is great for bullet journaling -Versions for iPad, iPhone. (MacOS had a version but it off the US App Store right now) Fixed/additions from Version 4 -Lasso tool and eraser only respond to Apple Pencil when connected. No longer responds to finger input with Apple Pencil present. -Don’t have/need an uncategorized note folder. -adding/selecting pictures is much more streamlined -New brush pen is very good for pressure sensitive writing Some things I’d like to see -Overview zoom - version 4 didn’t have a full screen mode but the zoom level of the pages made it easier to see the bullets from bullet journaling. If I could choose the zoom level of the overview mode it would make bullet journaling a lot better. -template/setup import. I was able to migrate my notebooks from version 4 - and to different installs of the app. That cloud sync works great - but there is nothing I’ve found to import my template setup. I have 40 some odd pdf templates across 4 template folders I use and organize and I have to set that up on every install/update. -Orthogonal only perfect shape mode - the convert to shape mode is quite good - but it still tries to draw parallelograms when I want squares and rectangles. This isn’t terrible if you are using a grid or dot paper template. But - an orthogonal only - perfect shape mode (circles only, equal triangles, squares, and rectangles only) would be a great addition. TL;DR - works great for bullet journal, sketch notes, templates pdf and picture annotation with a few minor nits.

Not an iOS wizard

Will change my review  Not an iOS wizard  2 star

This app does not support any smart stylus outside of the Apple Pencil. So unless you have a IPad Pro, your smart stylus will lose some of its effectiveness. I use a IPad Air 2 and an Adonit Pixel stylus to take notes for school. I would gladly write a 5 star review if this is changed in the future.


Best paperless note taking app  crazynursingstudent  5 star

I’m a nursing student and this app has made note taking amazing! Being able to categorize notes in to each separate category, drag and drop lecture notes and pictures in to notes is ones of the best features of this app!


Diverse  Mitsoga  5 star

Colors, stylus, uploading, interfaces with my iPad 4th generation wonderfully. This is a great app!


Mejorar  DrCuban  4 star

Tie eon que mejorar y Bajar el precious


False advertisement  LBTeach12  2 star

Just what the total says. Now they want me to pay more (Goodnotes 5) to get some of the features that Goodnotes 4 was advertised to have had. No thanks. I’m in the process of a refund.


Constant GN5 upgrade reminders  doc988899  2 star

This is a great app. Every time you start, you now have to decline an upgrade notice to GoodNotes 5. Very frustrating. I paid for the app, stop hounding me to buy the new version that no one seems to want.


Great app  七仔up  5 star

This is a great notes editor!

Shinn Thant

New version release  Shinn Thant  1 star

I bought this version recently. But now good note 5 has released. I lost my money. You took my money. Don’t have customer care. I will report to Apple community.


Best note taking app  H.Sears  5 star

Easy to use. Well organized. Works better with my stylus than any other app ever has.


Amazing  cbrchrisf  5 star

I’m one of those people who never writes reviews, but I came here explicitly to say that this app is amazing. Naturally I compared it to notability, but this app fits my needs to an absolute T. The zoom feature is just amazing, using the eraser and then automatically going back to the pen, the shapes feature for graphs, printing tidy pages, editing and moving around pages, oh and the computer version of the app is everything I wanted. Can’t wait to use it with my Wacom tablet and have everything sync over iCloud, looking forward to going paperless! My only gripe would be that this apps ability to type and then edit typed notes isn’t particularly obvious. Need to hold the screen, then after it’s typed need to hold again to click edit. Should perhaps work on making this a primary feature with quick access, like the pen and eraser. Keep up the great work GoodNotes team, you’ve made a beautiful product. In this day and age we really need more clever people like yourselves!


Can finally make the switch to be truely paper free  Cherier73  5 star

Over four years now spent playing with various writing tools, ePens like livescribe and catch all’s like Evernote. Despite my commitment to electronic notes, I always bounced back to paper because one app just didn’t cover all my needs, and going between office tools and note taking tools got tedious really quickly. GoodNotes isn’t just good, it’s truely awesome! Im confidently going into 2019 paper free - with the apple pen I can’t see reverting back to paper. I can write notes by hand which is my preference, and easily edit, zoom, add pics and images, notes to text, even flow charting is simple with snap to size shapes. Cherry on top for me was custom paper templates - I been searching for this feature via livescribe (and others) for over three years. Good work GoodNotes ☝🏻👍


Fantastic for Handwriting  LiamCJohns  5 star

This is a fantastic handwriting note app, with the zoom window on both iPhone and iPad allowing you to write neatly within the lines or in a specific area. Things to change: when resizing words or drawings it would be nice to be able to rotate them like we can pictures. Also more art tools like brushes and especially a fill bucket tool to fill the shapes and drawings with a specific colour rather than have to colour it in manually with the pen. Also more Landscape page options, there is currently NO landscape white paper, only in yellow.. why?? But otherwise great great app really recommend if you have a stylus for writing notes. icloud feature works great also, syncs notes across devices.

KGB Agent

Perfection  KGB Agent  5 star

I was hesitant to move from paper to iPad but GoodNotes has smoothed the transition by giving me things which I’m familiar with such as a notebook and better yet, a fountain pen. I wish they would put in a pencil tool ala apple Notes to make the transition complete, but otherwise it works.


Easy to use and worthwhile  大帅AI  5 star

Easy to use and good for note taking! Recommended by almost all my friends using iPad to take notes, they said you only need two applications for note taking, the first one is GoodNotes and the second is notability that would be enough for you.


It’s Amazing 100% of the time  Roseyboots  5 star

I highly recommend this app to all of my friends for our school work as it works extremely well with everything that anything our teacher says, and keeps us organised. The one thing that I would suggest (it works fine without it), is a record button so that you can record lectures and go back to them when the class is over and you may have forgotten what was mentioned at the time of writing a note. Otherwise I still highly recommend this to anyone who has an iPad and thank my friend for recommending it to me 😄

Mark Westy

Excellent note-taking app  Mark Westy  5 star

This is a fantastic app which is my primary note taking app. The ability to easily edit PDFs and to view them on my iMac at home has made my Uni studies so much easier. And the the array of different paper styles has ensured that I can always find a suitable paper style for my studies. Also, it works with the Apple Pencil 2’s double tap feature so I can switch between writing and erasing in an instant. Folders are easy to create and organise and it’s so easy to export notebooks as PDFs. I love this app, and it’s basically moved me away from almost all uses of paper for note taking. It works incredibly on my new 12.9 Gen 3 iPad—in fact it seems like the perfect tablet for GoodNotes. My only criticism is the iMac app. It’s quite limited in features and it would be good to see this get a major upgrade. Thanks for this app, it’s revolutionised my University studies—I cant live without it anymore.

Tough Eagle

An amazing App  Tough Eagle  5 star

It’s very easy to use, and more helpful to keeps all your documents without losing them.


Very useful & versatile  mattmichael099  5 star

Brilliant app, I am sure it will evolve with each new generation. It would be nice to be able to drop and drag files into other files in the desktop Mac version. Thanks.


Almost perfect  vancat97  4 star

Amazing app but would be perfect if there was an option for infinite/continuous scroll. Flicking through pages can get annoying.


Awesome For Note Taking  Droid1963  5 star

Good Notes is great for taking hand written notes. Great tutorials. Easy to use once you get the hang of it. The only thing that could be improved is the Convert-to-Text. It is clunky to convert from handwriting to typed text. You have to Convert, Copy, Open Text Box, and Paste. If that’s important, try Nebo...but the Nebo user interface is in the Stone Age compared to GoodNotes 4. I’ve given upon Nebo and just use Good Notes now!!!

Terri Ly

Love it but,  Terri Ly  4 star

I love this app, I really do. I take my class notes on this app, and its so darn compatible with the ipad pro and apple pencil. However, I print out the notes that I take at the end of the day because I like to study from an actual physical copy, and there isn’t a double-sided option to print! Being a student who is allowed only a certain amount of prints, I don't want to be have to print 20 pages of notes a week when it can be reduced to 10 double-sided. Correct me if there is one or implement an update with this option and I’ll happily change my review to a five star


Audio Recording?  Zachman1228  4 star

Love this app but I believe it would benefit greatly from having an audio recording feature. This is the only thing keeping me from using this app as my full time notebook in college.


The best note taking app!  analauraley  5 star

This app is amazing. I write all of my reviews and summaries in it. I have also created a recipe notebook because I love to cook. I was a little apprehensive about getting it because I had also heard about Notability, but I decide to buy Good Notes. It was an excellent decision because I truly think this is the best note taking app out there. You can customize your notes in several ways. I personally like to you the app Over, which makes great headings and functions very well with Good Notes. I hope this helped your decision with weather or not to buy Good notes!

sadanddisgruntled student

But I love it  sadanddisgruntled student  5 star

A recording function and a split page function would make this app so much better.


Amazing just needs a few things  JulixnSanchez  4 star

LITERALLY the best editing app but would be better if u could rotate and import multiple images at once


Great app but split screen feature pls  VivTsai  4 star

It’s a great app and I love all the features and would recommend for all the apple a pencil users, but it would be great to add split screen feature, it would help taking notes even better.

almost a perfect 5

Almost a perfect 5  almost a perfect 5  4 star

I LOVE this app! I use it for work in the medical field where I need to keep track of literally thousands of ever changing codes and details. It’s also wonderful for personal use- I have specific notebooks for my recipe collection, for home projects and for trip planning. I love that all my devices seamlessly sync and the usability of the app is excellent and very intuitive. I wish that the BOOKMARKS could be displayed ALPHABETICALLY as well as chronologically...for that upgrade I would give it a PERFECT 5 rating!


My favorite!  b.chapp  5 star

This serves as my budget journal and meal planner!


Using this app for 3 years...  TNGeek572  4 star

...and it’s awesome. Searchable handwriting was the key for me for this app. Also, the ability to create forms and templates in MS Word, save them as pdf files and easily import to use in Good Notes is amazing. You’re not stuck with a few canned paper templates like Nebo. I use it every day to log items and events during my shift as an Operations Duty Manager. Each item gets tagged with an incident number from our Remedy system and I use that number to search my notes and go directly to the page containing my handwritten notes. Even the backed up PDF versions of my notes to my OneDrive account are searchable. The *only* thing that’s missing for me which would put my review at 5 stars would be the option to bring up two notes side-by-side on my iPad Pro similar to the way Notability handles that.


Great app but needs tilt and pressure support  Adamj145  5 star

Great all round app gets the job done. Runs very smooth in iOS 12 100% worth the money. It just needs tilt and pressure support for the Apple Pencil would be great. And be able to put dividers in your notes would be useful as well. Would recommend


Good app  Ro631245  3 star

Good app but needs to innovate and allow voice notes to be included on documents and possibly video too.


Problem resolved  Kisdkvv  5 star

The problem from last version (4.12.3) has been resolved in the new version (4.12.4). I’m in lobe with this app, everything about it is incredible, let’s see how this new version works


Good  PO'B  3 star

It does what it's supposed to do would like to see more features for editing notebooks and contents I find it a bit cumbersome not very user friendly


Sync problems  tomsands  3 star

Bought this to use on my iPad and writes on notes. Also paid for the desktop version. Great features and have enjoyed using the app but I'm regretting buying both apps. One featured advertised and one that I was looking for was simple syncing across devices. Serious issues with syncing between iPad and any other devices - mac or iPhone. I've looked online and this has been an issue for a long time. In January this year a moderator in the GoodNotes support forum said a fix was on the way. Still no fix. Extremely frustrating. Starting to look at Notability to see if it can do this simple task.


Used to be great  MelC93  1 star

I used this app all the way through my degree to take lecture notes, but now it's constantly crashing and I'm losing lecture notes each time it does. It's no longer reliable, which is a pity because now I've no choice but to find a replacement app.


Excellent  Skudy12  5 star

Use it to keep my Bullet Journal, works very well.


Brilliant  Mmmcredmond  5 star

Love it. Does everything it says and that you'd want. Highly recommended for anyone who wants 'good notes' 😉.


Connection issues  zukayev  2 star

For some reason my adonit jot script pro is having connection issues after the update. Takes a good while to connect- disconnect, connect etc...until suddenly it is connected. Also connection stops after not in use for few minutes while the screen is still on. If this can be solved- there is no better app than good notes. At the moment i am looking into finding an alternative app as this is getting really annoying.


Top app  Nerdextra  5 star

Fast, versatile and easy to use. Use it on Ipad all the time for my studies. I love downloading my study material and being able to keep it organised by subject and make notes and highlights directly on the papers. Great for hand writing. Very good support for several brands of bluetooth stylus,easy to connect and impeccable palm protection. A bit on the expensive side, but worth it.

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