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GoodNotes 5
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Transform your iPad into smart digital paper. Take handwritten notes in digital notebooks, on imported PDF, PowerPoint, and Word documents, or on images and photos. All notes are searchable and you'll never have to worry about losing or misplacing them again. GoodNotes is one of the top paid iPad apps worldwide and is frequently featured on the App Store, making it a must-have for your iPad. WRITE NATURALLY - LIKE ON REAL PAPER * Fluent, precise, and completely natural writing experience thanks to GoodNotes pioneering vector ink engine * Write with the Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, or with many capacitive styluses and even your finger * Select and customize your pen color, thickness, and style (fountain pen, ballpoint, brush pen) * Easily switch between pen, highlighter, and eraser ALWAYS FIND WHAT YOU WROTE * Everything is indexed: Search your handwritten notes, typed text, PDF text, document outlines, folder titles, and document titles * Convert your handwriting to text to share it with other apps or add it to the page as a text box to continue typing with your keyboard NEVER LOSE YOUR NOTES AGAIN * All your notes with you at all times thanks to iCloud Sync VIEW DOCUMENTS SIDE BY SIDE (requires iPadOS) * open GoodNotes in multiple windows to view two documents or two pages side by side * use tabs to quickly switch between open documents ESCAPE THE LIMITS OF ANALOG PAPER * Move, resize, and rotate your handwriting or change colors * Draw perfect shapes and lines with the Shapes Tool * unlimited undo & redo including gesture control for faster corrections * powerful & smart eraser tool: Choose to erase the entire stroke or only parts of it. Set it to "Erase Highlighter Only" to leave the ink intact * Pinch to zoom and write more precisely * Navigate through imported PDFs with existing hyperlinks CUSTOMIZE YOUR NOTEBOOKS * Choose from a large set of beautiful covers and paper templates: Essentials, writing paper, Cornell paper, dark paper, checklists, planners, and more * Import any PDF or image as a custom template for more customization GO PAPERLESS * import PDF, PowerPoint, Word, images, photos and more to annotate them right on your iPad * export documents and share them with others for a fully digital workflow * scan your paper documents and recognize the text EFFORTLESS DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT * Organize your documents in folders and create unlimited subfolders * Mark your most important documents, pages, and folders as Favorites to access them quickly * Create custom outlines for easier navigation through your documents CONVERT YOUR IPAD INTO A DISTRACTION-FREE DIGITAL WHITEBOARD * Keep your audience focused on what's important: Presentation mode lets you hide all distractions on an external screen when you connect your device via HDMI or AirPlay * Use all of GoodNotes' tools, including the Laser Pointer on the iPad, while your audience only sees the page and the content * GoodNotes empowers you to give more engaging presentations, lectures, and lessons. You can move around freely and interact with the audience while adding new information to the digital whiteboard for everyone to see Visit our website at goodnotes.com for more information, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram as @goodnotesapp.
Love
by Chanelislove on 2019/12/15 22:33
I was new to paperless note taking, and was introduced to Goodnotes. After many months, I have to give my full review, it’s wonderful. I would recommend for all students!
Awesome
by fp00896 on 2019/12/15 19:32
This app makes writing notes simple. I prefer this over notability. I just wish there was recording on this app.
Great but not perfect
by Serserrano on 2019/12/15 19:13
This is my first option for notes and writing on pdf’s. However there are some things missing compared to the competition. - highlighting in a straight line is not consistent , notability wins with this - No option to record audio -No cloud direct sync with other services - Pen and highlighter should have thicker options - Sometimes the pen or highlighter become unresponsive add these options and the program will be perfect Update: this is the second time I lost my notes. Suddenly the highlighter or pen stop working, i have to close the app and then my notes disappear . Keep working on a stable version of this app. Because of this, back to notability ASAP!
Honestly Greates writing app ever
by parnixo on 2019/12/15 18:52
I have used quiet a few apps, but this one honestly worth the money you pay. Not only it is easy to write and type with it But also it categorizes your documents very well.
Basic Functionalities Don’t Work As Expected
by TCY0317 on 2019/12/15 15:54
One of the biggest features I was looking forward to with this application was the ability to directly annotate lecture slides and seamlessly integrate them into my class notes. Unfortunately, this only works half the time. When PowerPoint documents are imported into good notes through the copy to good notes function, they seem to shift and cutoff half the slides! This seems like a fundamental flaw to this application because I can no longer annotate any of my PowerPoints. Furthermore, when you add slides to the your outline and then delete the slides later on, the outline title still remain in the outline overview tab. Although this seems nit picky, but I think it should just automatically delete outline titles along with the slides. I really love using GoodNotes but sometimes it makes me a little irritated. I would love to continue to use good notes and even recommend my friends to do so, but I can’t endorse this application if the biggest issue isn’t resolved.
Work Flow
by JACubby on 2019/12/15 14:40
Love the app but it is not user friendly when trying to quickly navigate to different sections. Would love to be able to tap on a tab and it jumps to that section.
Great
by RARiedel on 2019/12/15 12:52
Best until now.
Pretty darn good...
by Edge8olt on 2019/12/15 11:38
Of the various apps on the ol’ ipad that makes great utilization of the Apple pencil - there arent many - this one does have a lot of great uses. Im a whit board guy that uses it for business. Keeps everything in one place. I have been looking for a while for a good app like this. Notes is just too simple for my purposes. Totally worth the price in an app universe that is still evolving.
Shapes function
by Paul Mustafa on 2019/12/15 07:33
Great app, the reason why I gives you 4 stars is because the shapes functions as not good as on notability. This function should be simpler to use
Best app - However i have tip
by גיא אזולאי on 2019/12/15 00:45
hope goodnote team can read it. I like to share a file with my manager. We import report in our company and working on them with good note. BEST app. Very happy. HOWEVER - Our engineering team CANT share a file and all the team work on the file together.
Writing fluidity is terrible
by lexisbriana on 2019/12/14 23:53
I NEVER write reviews unless a product/app is not functioning properly and this happens to be one of them. I’ve been using GoodNotes for some time but in recent months for some reason when I write I’m having issues with the fluidity. I’ll start off with my .4 thickness and as I write the thickness will out of nowhere start to increase making my notes look ugly, and I don’t play about my notes! it does that along with skipping and making dots instead of a full line. At first I thought it was the pencil tip cause I had a small dent in it so I got it replaced and I’m still experiencing the same issue. I also don’t experience this when I’m writing in the Apple Notes app. I don’t know how this can get fixed but it needs to cause I genuinely liked this app but now it just irritates me
Crashing
by clemon7368 on 2019/12/14 00:16
GoodNotes keeps crashing while using the lasso and picture tool. This is becoming very annoying and frustrating! FIX IT PLEASE!
Gnotes 4 is better: Disappointing loss of features in 5
by SareyCanary on 2019/12/14 00:10
One star for lack of auto-backup to Gdrive. _______ Updating 12/13/19 - A manual Gdrive backup‘s been added - zip files only... which means that we have to trust this app to be infallible and/or we have to manually export PDF versions of every single separate notebook if we want to access backup files in the future. I agree with soooo many users, GoodNotes 4 lost so many features with this update, it makes the new features hardly worthwhile.
No Password Protection
by jhoelz on 2019/12/13 14:11
Everything about this app is world class with the exception of a glaring feature omission.... there is no way to password protect a notebook. Nearly every other premium note taking experience offers the ability to protect selected content with passwords. Very disappointing.
Suggestions
by Danmethename on 2019/12/13 05:22
1. Advanced outline editing function This means the users can add sub outline to the outlines we’ve made. Sure we could solve it by adding more outlines or make more notebooks but this function would work better than other ways. 2. Add pencil We now have three pens but none of them is suitable for Chinese characters. The structure of Chinese characters is complicated and subtle, but Apple Pencil is unlikely to fountain pen or the real pen, which means it isn’t fixable enough to to correct structure of Chinese characters or something more. But in apple’s note the pencil has a good behaviour or effect . So I do hope you can add pencil. Surely it’s a awesome app , but I do hope you can make it better.
Still only feels like a beta....
by chic reveiw on 2019/12/12 13:38
Come on Goodnotes. I really want to love this app but what, a year later?, and it still doesn’t have basic features!! No password protection, no way to have presets for writing utensils or text, no short cuts on the zoom window, no audio.... What gives??? I can’t use it until these are implemented. Still waiting.....
Amazing App
by Azriel K on 2019/12/12 12:48
I love this app. It’s easy to use and has fantastic features. It’s like a physical notebook, but 100 times better! Easily choose what type of paper to write on, then add handwritten notes, type, or quickly insert photos. Even handwritten notes are searchable, and it works with sloppy handwriting too! Export selected pages or entire notebooks to flattened pdf’s and save them to the cloud, email them to friends / coworkers, or print out the pages. And easily import pdf’s, and markup or change page order.
Really good with some suggestions
by Rubroboletus satanas on 2019/12/12 06:13
I really enjoy this note taking app. Over all really great for anyone looking to take notes on an iPad. Really like the updated pages and cover options when compared to GN 4. Added features are really great. The only things I would change are: - add categories back in like in GoodNotes 4. The folders feel really cluttered to me and it would be nice to have the option of using either. - be able to manually arrange notebooks and folders, not just constricted by date or name. - I feel like some things were simplified and don’t allow for as many different options etc when compared to GN 4. Things were added which is nice but then some things were removed which allowed for more customization.
Only iCloud backup
by Denji01 on 2019/12/12 02:15
Why is there only iCloud auto save. The 4th edition has the feature so why doesn’t this one have it. I don’t want to pay for iCloud storage when I get free storage through school... lame
Daily note taker
by Penmark13 on 2019/12/11 22:06
I use this app every single day. Great for productivity and notes
Very well thought out app.
by Trevor Klaver on 2019/12/11 21:03
This app helps me very much in my day to day needs. One feature I would love would be the option to have pages that can be layered. An example of this would be if I were to be scrolling horizontally, I would have the option to place a page underneath vertically and switch back and forth. The best way to visualize this is to imagine two pages stapled together and having many of those stapled pages next to each other.
Simply the best!
by hkstrongside on 2019/12/11 18:50
I love this app. I literally use it every day. I love to write with a pen and being able to digitally write and have all my notes searchable has really changed everything. This is probably the most used app that I use. Get it!
Business Analyst Perspective
by Business Analyst Review on 2019/12/11 18:29
Needs to easily identify and change my handwritten text to any font I choose. Needs to be Android capable. Needs ability to choose and/or import at least 10 different writing apparatuses. Calligraphy pen, chalk, different pencil grades, brushes etc.
Love it
by Zinderella123 on 2019/12/11 16:51
Excellent beyond belief. The only thing missing is the option for checkboxes / checklists. Other than that... perfect.
Great Update. This app is an everyday part of my life.
by JackedUpFilthy on 2019/12/11 15:33
Life Changer.
Great app!
by I'm a Small Wonder on 2019/12/11 15:22
The only things that would improve this app (in my opinion) would be the ability to password-protect a file and to be able to turn handwritten notes into typed text. Aside from that, I love everything about this app! I use it daily for work and in my personal life.
Helpfull
by Wameq on 2019/12/11 14:10
It eases doing my jobs
One of the most useful apps out there
by loving_the_word on 2019/12/11 12:13
When it comes to taking notes, meeting minutes, or Journaling this app out shines anything else. The user interface for interacting with functions is natural and efficient. From cutting and pasting, to erasing or copying pages. Very easy. The paper formats work great, so within a document you can change page formats from ruled to graph paper with ease. Love this app.
Very nice
by "ERROR" on 2019/12/11 07:21
Great success!
Good notes 5 - thanks!
by manzoteen on 2019/12/11 05:39
Great in every way: support, updates, usability, friendliness, reliability, intuitive... I can see myself using it forever. I have a few suggestions for additional features, but it is great even as it is.
Great app for note taking for school!!
by Simply Wavez on 2019/12/11 05:05
Awesome
Very unhappy
by Msshib on 2019/12/11 01:18
I LOVED GoodNotes 4. I recommended it to so many people throughout the years. But GoodNotes 5 is just awful... importing documents is a pain. It used to be very simple and straightforward. Now what used to take me two seconds takes me a few minutes. It also takes a long time to open. Not a huge deal, but when you’re used to the previous version, it is. It’s just counterintuitive I’m so many ways. I’m gonna try to switch back to the previous version. At least until they make enough improvements in this one. And why a new version anyway?? GoodNotes 4 was fantastic as it was.
Can’t correctly convert PowerPoint to PDF!
by JamesL.OPT on 2019/12/11 00:05
Please fix it, I’m switching to notability just because of this very annoying problem. The app cropped ppt when it’s imported, resulting in the lack of info in the slides. So Every time professors post there slides in ppt, I have to go to my laptop to convert to pdf, then upload it to cloud, then go back to my iPad to download the file. That’s just really counterproductive and annoying.
Excellent
by Pam83 on 2019/12/10 23:14
I really like this App for note taking. I’ve just to use it. I do wish there was a password protection option
Great app but one annoyance needs fixing
by Heather Cooey on 2019/12/10 21:36
I use GoodNotes all the time, it is a highly functional app that almost beats Notability. The only problem is when turning pages in vertical scrolling mode, the paper moves all around the screen, it is not locked in place as a uniform scroll. I use GoodNotes mostly for keeping various reference guides and forms easily accessible and while scrolling down in vertical mode (essentially turning the page vertically), the page will move left and right, moving outside the boundaries of the screen. This is very annoying. The pages need to lock the same way that it locks in horizontal scrolling. With horizontal scrolling, I don’t have to worry about the pages moving up and down and everywhere anytime I’m just trying to get to the next page, the pages just maintain their locked-position the entire time. This is why Notability still beats GoodNotes. If this annoyance is fixed, I will update to a 5-star review.
Love love love
by Im*a*beauty on 2019/12/10 20:25
Love this app!
Problems
by Anastaciaknits on 2019/12/10 19:54
Crop doesn’t work properly and sometimes not at all App crashes often Lag time No layering function? This is pretty basic Unable to separate graphics to move or resize them - the lasso just selects everything, no matter how I zoom.
Things Keep Disappearing
by SBCLive on 2019/12/10 18:53
I’m really disappointed. When I first created my planner everything looked good. Five days later my planner was completely blank. I was disappointed, but hadn’t put that much work into it yet so I recreated everything and kept adding just like I would a hand written paper journal. It took a long time. Yesterday I added things to my planner. Today, my planner, all that work and all that information have been wiped clean again. I have a blank planner and no where where the information is stored. I can’t trust this electronic planner and am not willing to put more time into filling it all out again. There is no point in doing all that work, entering in all that information if the program keeps wiping it clean and I have to start all over again. It has wasted a lot of my time. If I could give it zero stars, I would.
Lots of good here
by Kara Harkins on 2019/12/10 18:16
Some things I wish I had, like auto backup, are coming and this gets updated often.
Much better
by Sam749274648 on 2019/12/10 14:42
I really liked GN4 but this is way too buggy with glitches in erasing, palm rejection, drawing shapes, etc. Hopefully they get it figured out, I’m switching back to GN4 till there is a major update that addresses these issues. update: Gotten much better. One thing that should be added is a way to hide the menu bar when actively editing a document, on the smaller iPads this would be a huge improvement.
So far ok
by Chichidevi on 2019/12/10 05:39
Will update review when I have used it longer
Great update but...
by jlbeall88 on 2019/12/09 21:42
I love everything about GoodNotes. It has made my digital planning journey so much fun and organized, which is equivalent to fun for me. I highly recommend it even with what I think was a backwards step from GoodNotes 4. I don’t know what the concept is behind the shapes tool in the upgrade, but to be perfectly honest, it’s crap. The GoodNotes 4 app performed much better with this function. I make A LOT of grids, shapes, etc. in my digital plannning, and for the life of me I cannot get straight lines and pretty, perfect squares and circles like I did in the older version. Am I doing something wrong? Please help or fix. Your perfectionist customers, like myself, will thank you for it!
Best note taking app for the iPad
by wiggitt on 2019/12/09 16:58
GoodNotes is the most used app on my iPad. I love it. It’s great for taking notes with the Apple Pencil. Keep up the good work!
What an upgrade!!
by d1118b on 2019/12/09 15:07
I loved Good Notes 4 and this version is even better. The zoom feature is definitely easier to handle than the last app and I find the design more pleasing as well. All I really want is the ability to lock notebooks! Though at the moment, the app is already practically perfect :)
画面简洁
by wong allen on 2019/12/09 12:33
毫不犹豫就买了,因为很简洁很漂亮!
So many bugs
by Mojustes on 2019/12/09 10:44
There are so may bugs with this app it's insane. I can't have more then one document open with out it crashing. Whennim doing my digital planning with my planner and stickers open... Crash. When I'm looking for stickers... Crash. I'm afraid to sneeze with this app open honestly. Importing stickers is also a joke. It's always crooked. I should have just stuck with Goodnotes 4. I'm not even sure the developers care that their app is crap which is frustrating given how much I paid for it.
Almost the best note taking app
by pinksora on 2019/12/09 05:19
I am overall very satisfied with the app, but I do wish there was a way I could place “sticky notes” over my notes. Because I import slides and worksheets onto this app, it would be super helpful if I could simply add a sticky note to a page in order to jot down some extra information without worrying about not having enough space on the pages that I have imported. It’s just a thought, but I think it would really make a difference in the app and make it more similar to taking notes in real life/make it easier to study things.
필기는 만족 동기화는 불만
by akamix on 2019/12/09 02:45
필기는 마음에 드는데 동기화시 같은 파일을 검수하는 것이 제대로 되지 않아 같은 파일을 중복으로 다운 받는 경우가 있고 백업시 새로 작성한 파일을 없애 버리는 문제가 있음
Made Note taking enjoyable
by TurnCoat9000 on 2019/12/09 02:25
I often found myself hating the fact that I had to take notes. The reason? The fact that I would end up with a pile of paper the size of a small car at the end of the semester. So I decided that I would finally take the plunge, get myself the iPad Pro an Apple Pencil and a competent note taking app. I came upon the choice of Good Notes 5. Now, I am never going back to regular paper notes. This app had a variety of features that make the note taking process a dream. I personally love the the variety of templates that you had to choose, my favorite being the dark notes. Personally I find the tool bar very quick to use as you are given 3 colors on the tool bar itself, meaning you don’t have to go through a menu to change color. The image insert function shows you the recent images added to the library, once again saving you time from having to go through a menu. The lasso tool, has to be by far none, the best feature on this app. It is honestly so powerful and versatile in what it can do. You can move text, resize text, and of course most of all my favorite change the color of large groups so text in one action. Personally, my only real grip I have with the app is the way that the file system works. For example, you can add outlines to notebooks, however, you can only really add them to one page. I would like it much better if you could create and outline on a notebook and add the individual pages that you want into it, much like if it were a sort of a sub notebook. Another is the exporting function. You can only export one page at a time as opposed to the entire notebook into a pdf. Those aside, if you are looking for a great app to put all of your notebooks in one place, I can recommend this one enough.
Good But
by r.awada on 2019/12/08 23:27
It’s a good app but I wish there was an option to make the “home button bar” (for the ipad pro) to disappear because if my hand rests on it at all it stops my writing input
Powerful app
by Big Fat Strange on 2019/12/08 22:24
This app is very powerful and easy to use.
Love this app but one thing...
by cewatters on 2019/12/08 20:59
This app is soooo helpful for taking notes especially as a premed student. I definitely prefer using GoodNotes over Notability because it’s way more customizable and has a word search option but I really wish GoodNotes had the recording capability that Notability has. I always download lecture powerpoints to Notability so that I can record the lectures while taking notes on the PowerPoint, but I rewrite my notes in GoodNotes because I like it better. It would be a lot more convenient to have recording capabilities on GoodNotes so that everything is in one spot and I don’t have to flip between apps.
Turning page is not as smooth as Goodnotes4
by fhbhbyg on 2019/12/08 19:16
Turning page in GoodNotes 4 was smooth, however it’s not in GN5. Hope you can solve this issue soon.
Great for digital planning
by Ustamiru on 2019/12/08 18:40
I love using this app for digital planning. My only issues are that there seems no way to adjust layers with stickers and the app needs to be restarted often because it loses connection or just stops working.
Does not have Password protection YET !
by Mauijoe on 2019/12/08 17:40
Have been using Notability for several years now. Password protection is a GREAT feature of that app. Just paid for GoodNotes5 app, would think the 5th version of GoodNotes would at least have password protection by now at the cost of it ! Will stick with Notability as of 08Dec19 although GoodNotes5 does have some better features then Notability.
Crashes
by Faith317 on 2019/12/08 06:50
Way too many crashes and glitches
Love it
by CesarMR2 on 2019/12/07 22:00
Love the app, only thing I wish is they could add password lock to a journal too keep somethings private.
Old was better
by Barefoot decks on 2019/12/07 21:16
Its kind of a pain to go to text, now if you hold your finger on the page it gives you a zoom option instead of the keyboard. I rarely use zoom but always type.
Better than Notability
by anon10474829 on 2019/12/07 19:59
Tried both and just found GoodNotes to have more functionality and a much quicker workflow in just about every application. Wish they made a counterpart app for macs though like Notability does
Table of Content.
by Ahmed Azzawi on 2019/12/07 18:36
OneNote has a feature to create a link to a particular page in you note. So, I could create a table of content on the 1st page of my notes and by clicking on a particular topic, It will take me there within my notes.
We need it in goodnotes
by t3fa7 on 2019/12/07 14:56
Can you please add the recording while writing and than play the record while re-writing my notes ! That would be awesome I love this app
Oh why:(
by 굿노트 최고 on 2019/12/07 14:18
Use papago 100기가가 50기가가되어서 좋아했는데 다시 105기가가 되는 이유가 뭔가요? 그리고 아이패드 storage는 65기가인데 왜 굿노트는 105기가로 뜨는거죠? 용량이 불안정합니다
One year later... still NO zoom widow shortcuts!!
by Sunny해 on 2019/12/07 07:12
Why? Please add them back. They were great on GoodNotes4. Even if GoodNotes5 has touch shortcuts, they aren’t as efficient as zoom window shortcuts. Please consider bringing them back or allow them as an option!
Keep you organized!!
by Rosette00 on 2019/12/07 03:45
Love this app, it’s easy to use and very user friendly
Ignoring Users
by Stibbarooski on 2019/12/07 00:07
This isa very good app with one major flaw. Users have been requesting since at least 2013 to add password protection for individual notes/notebooks. Nearly 7 years later and they have yet to respond to customers. That would make a good app great!
Best.Notes.App.EVER!
by CHRunnels on 2019/12/06 21:40
Comparable to Apple's Integrated Notes. When Apple Pencils work fluently and backwards compatibility (Gen1&2Pencils on X, Xs..... not just the latest iPads.... I may consider a native app over this one. In the meantime, the 10.5" ProPads w/older Pencils is a great companion for digital planning via GoodNotes. Companies don't want to purchase the latest and greatest, especially in the non-profit and renewable energy sectors! ❤️
Really great organizational app
by Samola on 2019/12/06 17:31
This app has been life changing for me. The ability to work in “paper” notebooks I can keep digitally has completely changed how I interact with organizing my life, and it’s been a major benefit. The only thing keeping me from giving the app 5 stars (would have done 4.5 if possible) is the ability to add links in documents/notebooks once they’ve been created. If I were able to create sectioned notebooks once I’ve started them, with a first page that lets me jump around or to change links I’ve already created in a PDF without having to reinsert and lose all my work, it would be the perfect app for my needs. While adding things to favorites helps, it’s not quite the same, especially if I’m trying to update an existing link where I’ve deleted the original page tied to the link, since it sends me nowhere but I can’t delete the link itself. I highly recommend this app for anyone who loves paper, but can’t carry multiple notebooks with them everywhere they go.
Hyperlinks don’t work anymore!!!
by liannathomas on 2019/12/06 16:29
I love this app and use it for school to take notes and my digital planner but recently my links stopped working in GoodNotes. Please fix this issue of the links not working or I am going to have to use a different app for my digital planner but I’d love to keep goodnotes instead.
I’m sure it works ok but
by Howittzers on 2019/12/06 12:48
The only reason I got this app was to use their Commit30 digital planner. Come to find out its nothing more than a pdf you are writing over. Doesn’t integrate with any calendar or reminders. Glad I didn’t buy that. Should of read more into it, I have plenty of note apps this is no different, maybe some less functionality. I’m sure the app is ok, but 3 stars for misleading info on the planner side.
Almost perfect
by Etai Nahir on 2019/12/06 03:26
This app would have an absolute stronghold over the note taking market if they added the feature of an infinite sheet. Fix this for your own sake.
It needs improvement
by Kdjwhnclcud on 2019/12/06 00:24
This is such a cute and fun idea but goodnotes 5 has some big issues. I can’t add stickers. It just adds them to a new page and not on top of the page I want. I also can’t delete or “cancel” a page.
Need more improvement
by Susiew0126 on 2019/12/05 19:33
Have been using GoodNotes since GoodNotes 3. Couples of things i wish the app to improve.1)allow users to put tag on notes. Easier to search 2)allow users to including date for the note, display under the notes. Easier for date specific note
Wow
by Juan Cerda III on 2019/12/05 18:45
Amazing. *Chef kissing hand emoji*
Please fix
by Bigbabo89 on 2019/12/05 18:20
Copying on the app is horrible
Too buggy
by Hung256ark on 2019/12/05 17:12
Need update to fix bugs. It keep crashing, it also lagging when scrolling. Also, I have been waiting for recording ability in this app that have yet to come....
Love it, but small suggestion and a bug notification
by Webhead2314 on 2019/12/05 12:20
I really liked it, it changed my experience note taking in class and while studying. That said I will love to have a auto backup and in the magnifiers have the eraser option. that’s just a suggestion. Oh and just wanted to say that the “take a screenshot” not working when I press it, appreciate if it can be fix. thanks Update: Ok I officially love this app, I notified that bug and you guys already send an update to fix it the next day
Please remove drop-down arrow in read mode
by djallusha on 2019/12/05 04:16
I’m not sure why they added a drop-down arrow in read mode lately as simply tapping the screen (whether directly on the arrow or anywhere else) brings out the toolbar. I find the arrow very distracting and it’s altogether redundant. Please consider removing it. Otherwise it’s really an amazing app!
Even the BEST NOTE APP needs improvement
by JdotJeon on 2019/12/05 03:14
PLEASE : allow us to record voice while editing Allow a setting to order the files and pages in a notebook manually [SO ANNOYING] MAYBE : Allow the lasso tool to move text that is printed in the pdf
Version 5.3.14 please fix the taking a screenshot function!!!
by kmyvp on 2019/12/04 21:09
I can’t take a screeshot while using lasso tool any more!!!
I didn’t have issues till I did.
by MXGirl2002 on 2019/12/04 13:02
Hello! I am currently using an ipad pro to take notes and use your app. I loved it for the first month till my Apple Pencil gen 2 started going in and out mid stroke. I thought it was apple and got a new apple pencil. And thats not the issue. Its so infuriating to have to re write a letter 3 times because the app doesnt sense my palm rejection. I want to like it so bad. Ive gotten my ipad checked out and had 3 apple pencils. Its not my stuff... its this app.
Gonna stick with GoodNotes 4
by Insualk on 2019/12/04 05:38
I don’t see any reason I should use GoodNotes 5 instead of 4. 1. Taking screenshot of background pdf no longer works (are you kidding me?) 2. Cannot delete imported images. I can only get rid of those images by clearing the whole page. (seriously!)
Two stars to go.
by Dmitafy on 2019/12/04 03:46
I started using this app recently, and it is a great note taking app. There are two features that i wish it had, and the absence of those features, is the reason why it’s two stars short of its five start potential. Please incorporate collaborative functionality and a security feature, which would allow users to lock either the app itself or individual folders. Other than that, it’s a good app.
Need to fix more bugs
by Gougou2014 on 2019/12/04 03:29
After the most recent update (12/2/19), the lasso tool is now not working at all for taking a screenshot of an image (not handwriting). Please fix this. Thank you.
PLEASE FIX!!!
by Tiffjord09 on 2019/12/04 02:32
After last few updates that stated it fixed Lasso tool issues only created one for me! It always worked just fine but since the last update I can no longer take a screenshot of a picture or document I upload like I could before. (YES I have tried the settings within lasso tool and it still doesn’t work) I can’t help but to think it was something else tampered with alongside the last update. Please fix this, I use this gesture more than any other side tool on GN5!!! 🙏🏼
Waste of money
by valdiviastephanie on 2019/12/03 23:24
Going back to note ability
Glitch
by Ljfsdgvhu on 2019/12/03 23:03
I love the redesign and the new look. And all the new tools. I use this app everyday on my iPad for college note taking !! Glitch: The palm rejection is not working. As I am writing, there becomes lines through my words and gets frustrating when the words do not get written down correctly! Every update doesn’t seem to fix this problem. The last couple updates have claim to fix the bugs but has left this one out as it keeps reappearing Love the app, just annoyance with the glitch
Glitches for Typed Notes
by Calcifer the Fire on 2019/12/03 21:22
Changes to the default font are never actually saved. This wastes lots of time having to make adjustments on each note page. Hoping this glitch gets resolved going forward, because otherwise I will solely be using Notability in the future.
One huge flaw
by Icaraf on 2019/12/03 15:18
A great note taking app. I use it exclusively unless I need to collaborate with someone, which is a feature not offered. Five stars for everything else, but I can only give it three stars until collaboration with other users is added.
Crashes a lot!
by nguyll on 2019/12/03 08:19
Right after i updated it, it starts crashing very 30 minutes or so!!!!!! PLEASE FIX THIS, and add a ruler too pls
Best App for iPad Pro
by Chrisralfgarcia on 2019/12/03 01:51
Been using this app for a month now for work as a financial consultant and couldn’t imagine work without it. So easy to take notes and scan documents to have clients sign them and go over them. Worth every dollar considering how much an iPad and pens/markers will cost you.
Lasso doesn’t work
by rdimcneal on 2019/12/02 22:05
Even with the last update I still can’t use the lasso feature to convert writing to text.
Used to love till battery drain
by Liveloveride97 on 2019/12/02 20:47
I loved this app and used it religiously to take notes in undergrad but I find that it drains battery life like no other. I can barely get through a day of 3 classes without it draining my battery leaving me unable to take notes Upon requesting help, no help was offered and my case was closed before I had even heard anything. Go to notability. It doesn’t drain.
Love this app, but it’s missing something
by Hmm0625 on 2019/12/02 18:09
I really love to use Good notes for digital planning /bullet journaling, but really wish the app had an align or snap feature. Please consider adding that to the features!
Excellent Product
by SMS Blast on 2019/12/02 16:09
Been using it for over a year and it’s great!
I’m a big fan of this app
by Townwordsmith on 2019/12/02 03:40
Offers a lot of options to take notes/display thoughts
Great, except..
by Log out button on 2019/12/02 02:42
As a student I love this app and it is the sole reason I use my iPad but I literally cannot stand that the eraser function randomly comes on without me clicking on it!!! It drives me absolutely crazy.
Loved Good Notes 4 - initial impression of 5 - yuck
by Designer in Maine on 2019/12/01 02:54
It says a lot that I didn’t need any tips or instructions on how to use 4 and right off the bat in 5 I am finding it confusing and glitchy. It also feels more cartoon-like and less paper/notebook like - which is the experience I enjoy in 4...
Please change your mind and integrate the apps!
by Twenty3Crowns on 2019/11/30 21:29
Goodnotes 5 is terrible compared to Goodnotes 4. Please change your mind and integrate the apps into a better version of v4. Please, Version 4 is superior and enjoyable. I have had it for years and don’t have any complaints. But if when i was looking for a note taking app years ago and came across v5 instead of v4 i would not be apart of the Goodnotes family. Please make Goodnotes4 your finally app even as much as to remove the “4” and call it Goodnotes just like the lesser Evernote and continue updating from one app. please.
Great... but 1 thing missing
by Iq Nupe on 2019/11/30 18:17
Like the app and the ability to write naturally via the pen devices. However once I’ve created notes, it will EXTREMELY useful if I could attach them somehow to Evernote or OneNote notebooks for access by non IOS devices.
Good notes 4 performs better than Good notes 5
by Firstviceroy on 2019/03/08 00:01
I am writing this review to help the developers and potential buyers. First I’m providing this review in March 2019. Things may change later so if you are reading this review you should keep the date and version number in mind. 5.0.20. We are a large builder which use Blue beam, Procore, “go to meeting” and other related industry software. We found that Good notes 4 was simply the best vehicle for note taking and plan markups available. It truly was a “five star app”. We could be on a “go to meeting” with 15 consultants on a conference call and annotate plans instantly. (What I mean is hand write changes on the pdf plans to give direction. Not edit DWG drawings.) It was fast easy and simple. Superior to other products out there, even the industry specific ones. Now, with Good notes 5 the layout and folder structure have been improved. But, there is a big problem. If we open a set of plans and try to zoom in, the plans pixelate. Plus take an in ordinate amount of time to gain focus. Thus, most of us have stopped using this program. I have Good notes 4 and have gone back to it. I. Don’t know. If the developer is aware or working on a fix but it was a great program. If the developer is aware hope you can fix. I will check the App Store for updates. Will mark as 2.5 stars and revise rating if able to remedy problem. Good luck.
Best App Out There for Writing & Drawing with Apple Pencil ESPECIALLY
by jsherrer on 2019/05/28 01:05
I downloaded several different apps that were free for note taking and or drawing in notebooks, etc. After not being satisfied with any of them, I decided to pay for this one. It is so worth the price! You can easily organize notes and notebooks while customizing them for whatever you need! The Apple Pencil works flawlessly as if you are using real pen and paper. I use the 1st Edition Apple Pencil with my 2019 iPad. One of the best things about this app is the fact that you can set it so that it does not capture anything from your hand or palm resting on the screen and allows you to still use your fingers to zoom, scroll through, and navigate the app all while still connected to the Apple Pencil. Also, it can literally READ and SEARCH your own handwriting so you can find where you left a certain note on a page. I have found that it this feature is very accurate! You can also customize your notebook covers, create outlines for easy navigation throughout a notebook, and you can create folders to organize each notebook even further. My only suggestion to the developers is to make it easier to get different templates for pages/covers and also allow those pages to have more background colors than just yellow or white.
Makes Doing Work a Pleasure!
by Kem 86437 on 2019/05/13 13:13
Thank you GoodNotes! Since I’m an old person of 35 years - it took a few college student vlogs and some practice before I could really get to appreciate all that this app can do...but that little bit of time was SO WORTH IT! Your app rocks. YOU HAVE BROUGHT JOY BACK INTO MY WORK LIFE! Seriously though, I’m enthusiastic but not sarcastic on this point. I work with boring documents/sit in LONG meetings (that go on for days on end) and have to take copious notes...and thanks to GoodNotes I can be efficient&creative while having fun highlighting my documents with rainbows of any colour I like, and taking notes that are both fun to write&read afterwards, as well as pack maximum info/images into a single page...plus, my past life of piles of notepads and sticky notes has been left in the dust where it belongs. THANK you for saving my shoulder from breaking off with a stupid/heavy briefcase, and for making me smile while I create the most beautiful notes I’ve ever taken of some of the most boring subjects I’ve ever had to keep awake and pay attention too. GoodNotes has probably played a significant role in my ability to excel at my job (and maintaining my sanity whiles getting it done). Cheers!
love it, but a couple concerns
by nanagiwa on 2019/10/10 17:27
Love the app, convenient for college and holds a lot of storage, I wish moving around pages could be easier. And the ball pen seems too stiff, fountain pen is a little awkward to use, and the brush pen is fine, but again the pens are something I need to get used to. I wish the eraser marks could have an option to be smaller, and not erase a whole line but exactly what my pen touches. So pens are not as fluid as it could be and may make your handwriting either better or worse. Zoom ins are great and resizing also never pixelates my writing, which I LOVE. I never write reviews, so I hope the concerns I listed will be considered and that this review helps those deciding whether or not to use the app. I wish I could download it to my computer without paying extra so that I can see both on my iPad and computer. For an app meant for taking and saving notes, it is an easy and great app to use, but pens are hard to get used to. If you are a high school student, digital note taking is okay, but it honestly isn’t necessary and teachers and classmates usually feel weird about it. In university this app is perfect since in my classes there is a lack of space for desks and so many places to walk to so the portability of a tablet is more useful then (this app also allows for split screen which is convenient)
Zoom window functions!
by Jennuine GoodNotes Customer on 2019/10/13 19:37
I like all the added features, and i sincerely appreciate the infinite folders and sub folders feature, but what happened to multifunctional tool bar in the zoom window!? It’s missing the other buttons from the original toolbar in the zoom window. I’ve owned GoodNotes ever since it was first released, thus, I am very fluent in navigating the app. I have recommended it to everyone I know, and have gone completely paperless because of it. I am eternally grateful to GoodNotes. But with this new update, I really needed the zoom window tool bar before it was even added to the first GoodNotes, and it has been a dream come true ever since it was added, but now it has been taken away in Goodnotes 5. I really hope the toolbar is reinstalled soon. The undo and redo buttons, and the three colors and the eraser were all apart of the zoom window, and much more convenient than reaching to the top of the screen every time I had to undo a pen stroke. I don’t even want to consider using GoodNotes until the zoom window is copied from GoodNotes 4. While it may seem like a silly feature, it made the app 100% more useful to me. I hope this is taken into account and an easy fix to to release soon. Thank you, Your original customer Also, your textboxes are very persnickety and glitchy, please, please fix!
Please fix the zoom function, moving screen, and straight lines
by Taisaacs95 on 2019/09/01 23:36
The "automatic zoom" feature is turned off but I still have this issue where the screen moves while using the text box function and keyboard. I don't see very well and I cannot write for very long. I am an artist and own the Apple Pencil but most of my note taking is done via keyboard and textboxes. To input notes, I take a small portion of the screen and zoom into it. However, when the keyboard appears, the screen moves to the middle of the document? You can no longer see what is going on. Especially if you are in putting text boxes near the bottom if the screen. It's annoying. I wish this app would give a work space similar to procreate, where you could zoom in and out of any corner of the page. Also, the straight line function is no longer disability or shaky hand friendly. For various reasons,I cannot draw in a straight line or make perfect circles, blocks, etc. The straight line function was great because it didn't matter how shaky my hands and body got, it would be a straight line. It was a really stable app. But now GoodNotes 5 no longer corrects lines as strictly. Sometimes it corrects lines, other times it doesn't. Maybe they assume I'm drawing or am purposefully making obscure lines and shapes. But I'm not. GoodNotes was once a great option for assistive tech but not anymore. Please give people the option for strict line correction.
Excellent Search Improvements, Backup options limited
by powerwriter8 on 2019/01/17 17:28
I have been using Goodnotes for extensive note taking during graduate school. Version 5 keeps many of the aspects that have made it my favorite note taking app, but again this version is not quite perfect. The best improvement from version 4 is the document search feature, which includes your handwriting. I also enjoy the continuous scroll feature. Thank you, developers! On the downside, version 5 does not seem to have the diverse backup options that were available in version 4. I had been using Dropbox since I work on many devices that are not made by Apple, and I liked to be able to access the up to date backup from anywhere. Now, however, iCloud is the only backup option. Please make the other cloud sync services available. One feature that was carried over without change from version 4 but I hope to see updated in version 5 is the 3 size eraser. You can make the pen very fine to write small (which I love), but you can’t make the eraser very small to make fine tuned corrections. A few more small eraser options are needed. I would also like to see version 5 create an option to open 2 notes side by side (similar to the feature in Notability).
Love Hate relationship
by Dfman762 on 2019/05/21 19:06
I am a big time user of GoodNotes. As a student i spend about half my day on goodnotes every day for the past 2 years. I absolutely love the app. I waited a really long time for the 2 major updates that came earlier this year. Those are the universal search tool as well as the introduction of unlimited hierarchy. I am a major fan of both updates and they both make my use of the app much more productive. With that being said the ease of use with the new app has gone significantly down since the update. At first i thought with in 2 to 3 weeks they would work out the kinks and bring it back to standard but its been 4 months now and it hasn’t happened. One thing i sorely miss are the keyboard shortcuts that used to be available in GoodNotes 4. They are gone from GoodNotes 5 and have never been replaced. Besides for that the “smoothness” of GoodNotes 5 has just never been the same as 4. The crashes and just plain unstable use that haunted the app at launch are for the most part gone and the app can now be relied upon again for every day use however i still use 4 as much as i can because it is just so much nicer to use than 5. I really hope the developers continue to work on bringing GoodNotes 5 back to the standard of GoodNotes 4. The two big updates are a major addition and if the rest of the app comes back to the level of 4 there will be no app that can compete in this AppStore.
Meh
by Shanester95 on 2019/01/22 16:22
I think I will stick to GoodNotes 4. It’s not a bad update and it looks nice. I am sure I would get used to the layout after using it a but but some things are gone and new things that are highly requested aren’t here yet. There is a place for outlines in the thumbnail view in a document but I can make a new outline. When I imported my notebook from 4 I had bookmarks that aren’t there anymore. The bookmarks have changed to favorites which show up as thumbnails and I need them as the outline list like in 4 but can’t add that now. If I unfavorites something that was named from 4, it doesn’t allow me to rename it. This app still doesn’t have a way to add hyperlinks attached to texts or shapes or strokes are whatever, to other pages in the document which I really need. So I guess add hyperlink ability (if there are already hyperlinks in the document you import, you can still use them if you turn on touch mode, but you can’t add any new ones), fix the bookmarks/outlines/favorites situation to work the way it should, and then just to be picky, why does the view change when I go into touch mode... I don’t like that either. Make it like in 4 where it doesn’t change anything in the view
Great app for students, or everyone. Would be nice if there was an option for black paper.
by VictoriaSilvis on 2019/09/21 17:42
Hey developers of GoodNotes, I’ve downloaded your app for note taking and educational purposes. I’ve been using it for a little while and I began to fall in love with GoodNotes for note taking. The features that caught my eye is personalizing your own notebook covers, and using your Apple Pencil to flawlessly take notes with palm rejection, and pressure sensitivity. Pressure sensitivity and palm rejection is a big deal for me, which is why I have the Apple Pencil. What I would love to see is color options for paper such as black paper, and I’d love to sometimes remember those days of using a black board for chalk and write everything down. It would be nice if you add bunch of colors including black for taking unique, and odd looking notes. And overall, Goodnotes is just getting better with students or people going paperless by using their cloud storage of choice for importing their notes, and data, and being able to help the environment by using less paper using the iPad. I’m glad you made this app and hoping you keep this app going on as you make more future updates.
It’s OKAY.
by Kirbsley on 2019/01/17 19:06
So. The new Goodnotes 5 is OKAY. I actually really don’t like it. It has some new features that I do like and enjoy but, I prefer the older Goodnotes 4. Firstly, it seems to me that the sensitivity or the palm rejection on this version isn’t as good as the 4. Every time I am writing my page moves or “jumps” and I never experienced that with the older version. Also, the beloved Zoom box is TERRIBLE on this version. I use the zoom box all the time on the GN4 - it zooms in perfectly so I can write my notes neat and the transparent “blue box” carries on to next space on the sentence so I don’t lose my spot while I’m writing and then, continues down perfectly to next sentence. On GN5 it does not do that. Instead, of moving over to the next space of the sentence, it jumps down to other sentences and I have a whole gap of space on my current sentence. It also sometimes, jumps down a few spaces or will even move on to the next or previous page! I honestly feel like the newer version has too many bugs and I can’t enjoy it at all considering the fact that I do appreciate some of the newer feature like the folders, the ability to erase just the highlighter, the new page and cover options, and the pen options. I’m also really disappointed about the lack of the ability to view multiple documents simultaneously or side by side. Just an over all disappointment. I will continue using GN4 for my note-taking.
I like the new features, but there are lots of bugs.
by lordbeautifulzoey on 2019/01/30 04:50
As someone who loved GoodNotes 4, I was very excited for the transition over to number 5. First, I must start off by saying that I really enjoy the new formatting and some of the new features they’ve added such as being able to move text around with the lasso tool or adding the Insert a Picture feature right on the tool bar. But, I’ve noticed a lot of bugs since transitioning; the app crashes on me several times a day and no matter what I set the palm rejection sensitivity to, it still confuses my palm with my fingers. For example, if I use the zoom in text box feature while writing and it suggests a new place to start, as soon as I lay my hand back down to begin writing, it mistakes my palm as my fingers and moves the screen around causing many random scribbles and not legible letters. I use this app primarily for journaling and note taking which makes it inconvenient when the app shuts down or interferes with my writing. Additionally, the vertical page scrolling is still very glitchy even though the newest update was supposedly supposed to fix that. I’ve added too many things to GoodNotes 5 to convert back so I guess I just have to wait until they fix all the bugs. Like I mentioned, the new features are nice, but they don’t outweigh the cons. Shouldn’t have transitioned over.
GoodNotes 5 is Improving Significantly
by NesPro54 on 2019/02/03 15:23
Since mid-January, Goodnotes 5 have been getting updates consistently. Now it is almost flawless. Goodnotes 5 is definitely better than Goodnotes 4 --> The management of files is the biggest winner for me. Now I can organize my files depending on projects or topics using the unlimited multiple folder structures. Now I use it exclusively, whereas before I was using Notability and Goodnotes 4 depending on my goals. If I was reviewing engineering plans (page size: 22"x34"), sketches (page size: not letter sized), or reviewing large files with bookmarks, then I was using Goodnotes 4. If I wanted a quick and short note (less than 5 pages), then I was using Notability due to the vertical scrolling; but Goodnotes 5 supports this feature now. Goodnotes 5 really shines with the bookmarks, supporting different page sizes, vertical scrolling, and now the management of files. Still waiting: I"m looking forward to get Goodnotes 5 on my Mac and eventually seeing two notes at the same time when using my iPad. The latter is less of an inconvenience for me because I'm usually working with my Mac and iPad at the same time. Goodnotes 5 on my Mac is a must.
My favorite notes app with just one downside
by Zadron Xion on 2019/10/09 19:30
There are only two decent notes app for iPad out there: Notability and GoodNotes. Both have everything that a notes app should have but both have also have a single downside that is pretty much the only deciding factor for which one would prefer. GoodNotes can only sync to iCloud and does not sync to any other cloud service but Notability can sync to a multitude of cloud services. I chose GoodNotes over Notability because Notability is messy with its file system. In Notability, you cannot put folders within folders which is really annoying because it makes it impossible to sort out my notes by semester, subject, hw or lecture, etc. With GoodNotes I can sort out and organize my notes using folders within folders which is far more important than being able to have it automatically sync to Google Drive. If this app could sync to Google Drive, I would give it 5 stars. There are also a few very minor bugs too but they don’t really hinder me whatsoever so I’m not complaining. Great app! Make it possible to sync with Google Drive and this will by far be better than Notability!
Missing goodies from 4
by EmkayNYC on 2019/02/26 14:53
*Latest update: thanks for adding the custom outlines feature this is a BIG help. The one thing it does need is the ability to delete old outline items (some of my documents imported with outlines that I didn’t create and don’t want. I can’t find a way to remove them and they clutter the flow of my intended outline. The Mac app remains a highly desired item. If these two items are added this app gets a 5 from me. Prior review: Hi - big fan of Goodnotes 4 but the two glaring holes for me in that version were 1) an easy way to reorder pdfs in large batches (I solved this by getting the Mac app which was great) and 2) nested folders. GN 5 has the nested folders which is great but now the ability to create an outline of text bookmarks has been removed so you just see images of your favorite pages. I used to use the favorites feature as a Table of Contents but now I can’t so now organizing very large documents is much more difficult. Would be great if you could add functionality to create / edit an outline in the app. Also need a GN 5 version for the mac. If you solve these two issues it gets a 4 stars from me. 5 needs to get the ink a bit more responsive like GN 4. For some reason theres a little lag now on occasion which is distracting.
A Great Upgrade
by kobster66 on 2019/01/19 17:47
Upgraded from GoodNotes 4. I read the other reviews before updating and noticed someone said their Apple Pencil lags. I haven’t had any issues with this app. The file organizer makes things better. The biggest improvement for me is having the pages scroll vertically instead of horizontally. I like being able to choose the type of pen and the fact that the hi lighter can automatically hi light a perfect horizontal line. The look is updated and more modern. The search function works well. I’ve had no issues and will definitely be using this over GoodNotes 4. I like that they added more paper styles but still no engineering paper unfortunately. That being said, there still are some features from OneNote that I would like to see. When importing photos, OneNote allows you to define the 4 corners you want, and it will straighten the image which is useful if you took a picture from an angle. OneNote then can turn the photo into black and white with increased contrast similar to a PDF scanning app. OneNote is also a bit better at adding typed text and gives a lot of options similar to Word, whereas GoodNotes is more basic.
YES
by Hebeljen on 2019/01/17 18:18
I just checked out the new Goodnotes 5 after upgrading (thank you, BTW)...and, omg I'm so excited right now. I use this app for EVERYTHING --from school notes to my digital Planner to diy beauty recipes to artwork and hand lettering practice. I have tried many different programs (Notability is good, but I don't care for the handwriting I produce and the style of the nib; I love INKredible for the nib, but it doesn't do much else; Procreate does some amazing things but it's extremely feature-heavy and doesn't offer typing which is a big bummer for creating planner printables ; and probably 5-10. Other apps that were so un-noteworthy i. Can't even remember them by name) but goodnotes is the one I always come back to. It has been missing one crucial thing for me --the ability to use the font profiles I have in my library. Until NOW!!! THANK YOU! I'm so excited I've been, up until now, having to type my template printables in Pages, then import into here and then I get stuck with a white background and is just a big mess but not anymore!!!!! This is what you've been missing and I am thrilled with the updates.
Should have waited to release!
by SebastianTaylor808 on 2019/01/31 04:40
Hi, I’m an avid GoodNotes user, I also supply it to my employees throughout my businesses. I will continue to supply Goodnotes 4, however, I will not be offering Goodnotes 5. In the first day of use, the Goodnotes 5 app crashed 14 times. For someone who spends at least 6 to 8 hrs a day using your app (Goodnotes 4), I was utterly disappointed in Goodnotes 5. Sure the features are great, when you aren’t having to reboot the app or redo your work every ten minutes. I genuinely don’t understand how as our society moves into the future, that pride, workmanship, and quality go out the door. I’m not singling Goodnotes out, it’s happening across the board. I would have rather this app come out in 6 months without the bugs. Neither Goodnotes or consumers should put up with this idea that we should just accept technologies errors, and allow it to further stress out or complicate our lives, when its job is to do the exact opposite. The quality has to be the priority, not the rush to beat the competition, or the rush to market to boost earnings reports. If you make a quality product that’s reliable for the long term, your product will stand alone. Be the Goodnotes Ive grown to love, not the subpar crap everyone else is. I’d take 10 features that work flawlessly, over 100 features that waste my time. Cheers!
FIRST NOTETAKING APP....IT'S ALRIGHT (ipad pro 2018)
by -XelaAlex- on 2019/02/10 01:06
I bought the bundle for goodnotes 4&5 and I've gotten use to only using goodnotes 5. Folders is really useful and keeps all my school stuff organized. Note taking with the apple pencil is great. For the most part this app has been efficient. However, page scrolling is really laggy and is not as fluid, even with just moving around the same page. You cant move images selected with the lasso between pages. You have to cut it/copy just to get it to a different page, which is kinda silly. You can't import multiple documents at once so that's a bit annoying. I would really love to see the ability to customize the toolbar to remove/add functions in order to better fit our own needs. Plus assigning more pens/colors than the three provided would be nice, instead of switching back and forth between pens and then colors, it'd be nice to be able to switch from a ball pen red, to a fountain pen green, with just one click, so having extra presets is on my wishlist. The shape tool definitely needs A LOT of improvement, very buggy, I'm pretty sure my crappy circles are not supposed to be squares. overall it's a good app, haven't tried notability but I got this for the highlighter, it's better than notability.
Excellent iPados app with one severe flaw
by BarryMG on 2019/09/28 20:09
I teach at university, and have multiple requirements from a note taking app. I have been an extensive user of Notability, but, with the advent of drop-and-drag multitasking in iPadOS I’ve been playing with both the new Apple “notes” app and GoodNotes. In particular, I’ve been testing how well these apps handle the transfer of drag and drop data between split screens. GoodNotes handles handwritten and pen-written notes fluidly, and allows the most flexibility in resizing drag and dropped images, text manipulation and the like. However, one glaring flaw (unless I’m missing something) is the inability to import URL’s with a hyperlink using GoodNotes. Yes, you can drag the link as text into the app. But, to open the link, you need to select the text box, copy the url, and paste it into the browser window. Compare this to “notes” ability to convert a dragged link into a thumb window in the note that automatically opens the url in the browser window when clicked on in the note. Even Notability will import a hyperlink into a note, albeit using a rather clumsy “import url” tab and multiple steps. In today’s world, this seems like a rather glaring omission. Fix this in GoodNotes and, IMHO, it’ll be the leader of the pack ! Thanks
Still so far behind the others...
by HeresMyTwoCents on 2019/01/16 03:38
Just bought version 5, installed it, opened it, tested it, and the only thing I could say was, “Really... that’s it??!!” I should have just kept version 4. I stopped using GoodNotes a long time ago after I saw all the added features Noteshelf 2 provides, but have been hoping that GoodNotes would catch up. Sadly, they still haven’t. It’s mind-boggling that even after all these years, GoodNotes STILL doesn’t provide dark paper to give a less glaring screen to write on. Geez, dark mode is everywhere these days, and after using it on all my apps, I hate looking at an all white screen background now. This is one main reason I switched to Noteshelf 2 They offer beautiful black and muted black papers that make writing and sketching an absolute pleasure. GoodNotes 5 has added some glitter from version 4, but just read all the reviews from even their most loyal customers, and you’ll see that everyone is pretty fed up with the ongoing lack of features. So once again, it’s goodbye to GoodNote. Enjoy my $5.99 that I just gave you for nothing. Hopefully you’ll actually put it towards developing some features your customers are actually asking for! I’ll keep the app on my iPad and keep watching what new features are released. But I sure won’t be holding my breath!
Need handwriting conversion and cloud backup features
by ian800726 on 2019/11/21 05:38
I used to use GoodNotes 4 and was quite satisfied with it, hence I updated to the 5th version. But the cloud synchronization, which was there in the 4th version, is gone. I knew you already noted on your website, but I just don’t under stand why this has not been fixed after months went by. Also, I think it would be nice to have an in-text handwriting to text conversion feature. Your current conversion can only recognize handwriting to text, but if I want to replace the handwriting to typed text, I will have to manually copy the converted text and then paste it in the documents. After that, I also have to erase the handwritten text. The whole process is quite tedious. It might be better to have a feature to automate these actions, which your competitor Notability has already implemented a long time ago. Albeit these drawbacks, I was quite happy with 4th version. Thus I am willing to give 4 stars as an encouragement to the development team. But I really hope these bugs and features can be fixed and added sooner. This could at least make me not feel fooled to pay for the upgrade.
Updated review
by SmashedBroccoli on 2019/05/12 01:46
Hooray! I’m so happy this app is finally running smoothly. I love it so much, and I’m so relieved! GoodNotes is a truly wonderful app for organizing and note taking, my college courses would be incomplete without it! This is everything I wanted when the app first launched, so happy. Previous- For the past couple weeks I’ve been having a lot of problems with lag on GoodNotes but no other apps, I’ve updated my iPad, changed the nib on my Apple Pencil and redownloaded the app, I’ve tried everything to get this app to work again the way it did before but it’s just incredibly frustrating to work with now. I don’t want to switch note taking apps because this one was so amazing but for now I’ll be taking notes in class with old fashioned pen and paper. I can’t write quickly without it jumping or skipping strokes, when I try to erase something it undoes my erase so I have to go over the same spot 5 times before it’s fully gone and it takes much longer to load pages than it used to. I don’t know what else to do. It’s unusable for now. :(
PLEASE ADD THIS
by iRateeeAppsss on 2019/11/19 20:18
GoodNotes 5 has personally served me well throughout the fall semester at my University. I decided for this school year to ditch my MacBook Pro and switch over to the iPad Pro 11’ as its more portable and has many Mac-like features. I did extensive research on finding the best note taking app and became stuck between purchasing Notability and GoodNotes 5 (both widely regarded as the top note taking apps). In this predicament, I decide to purchase both apps and test for myself which I felt more comfortable with. Over time I eventually grew closer to GoodNotes 5 and fell in love with all the features this app pack. Plus, the organization of all my notebooks is unmatched by any other app. The user interface may be overwhelming to some at first, but once to get used to the flow of GoodNotes you will never look back. I would give this app a 5 star rating, but the only thing I PLEAD GoodNotes 5 to add is a recording feature (seen in Notability). Recording is so convenient, especially during dragged out college lectures and would be an amazing compliment to an already amazing app. GoodNotes 5 > Notability in my opinion. JUST PLEASE CONSIDER ADDING A RECORDING FEATURE!!!
Couple bugs overshadowing the otherwise great app
by Tiffany Batiste on 2019/02/03 04:18
I’ve been a long time GoodNotes supporter and would like to continue this support, but a couple of annoying bugs need to be addressed first: 1. The app randomly returns to page 1 in the document, regularly. While reading, I suddenly find myself back at page 1 and I have no idea how or why. Super frustrating. 2. No longer supports different pens for different documents. I used to be able to switch between documents - highlighting in one while taking notes in the other. Now, if you’re highlighting in one, the highlighter remains selected across all documents and you must manually switch back to pen (or whatever you were using in the other document) as you switch back and forth. Small feature, but very helpful when doing school work and research. 3. Highlighting feature not quite intuitive enough. I love that the highlighter now auto creates a straight line, but it’s not quite intuitive enough to always understand when it needs to be straight. If on a bumpy surface (riding the train or in a car), there’s no way to force a straight line out of the wavy mess that inevitably ensues. Fixing these practical bugs would go a long way towards enabling continued support of this great platform!
Amazing for journaling/notetaking!
by TallulahI on 2019/03/04 00:48
Okay, just wow. I am constantly blown away by what you can do on GoodNotes 4 and now GoodNotes 5. I am definitely someone who prefers to write vs type most of the time and this helps to bridge my need for that but keeping everything digitally based. I feel so much better knowing I can just open this app on either my iPad or iPhone and using iCloud, sync my thoughts where I might be. One thing I would absolutely love to see is a bit more integration with the keyboard however. I know I mentioned that I like to write vs type most times, but when I am on the go and only have access to my phone, the keyboard steals the show. I love creating lists and having a bullet point option would just be the icing on the cake. Then when I get home or have access to my iPad with the pencil, I can either rewrite my notes or simply just continue with the typed bullet list that I have now created. Thank you for making a wonderful app and I can’t wait to see what is added next for all of us to efficiently take notes.
Rough Transition
by Junior music on 2019/07/22 15:40
I am a medical student and I switched from Notability to GoodNotes 4 because I liked how functional and easy it was to use. It has been a huge asset to me in organizing all of my lectures and notes for school. When GoodNotes 5 came out I was excited to try it. I immediately upgraded and went to class. They changed a lot in this upgrade. It is a completely different program and in my opinion it lost some of its functionality and became more complicated to use. Many of the features I loved were either very different or not there at all. When I tried to look up where they went it said that they were working on adding that functionality to this new upgrade. Importing became quite a hassle with the new setup. I still love the app but it was just a huge learning curve to adjust to the upgrade. I hope that they are able to bring more of the functionality back to the app quickly. Now a year later, there is still a lot of issues. I’m probably going to find a better app to use because I don’t have time to keep trying to make this app work.
Version 5.0.7: Best yet, but what about Google Drive?
by pineapplesambert on 2019/02/04 06:41
Cosmetics have never been better with this app, but goodness I miss some of the features from Goodnotes 4. I use the feature of template creation all the time, and since the switch I haven’t been able to access photos. I create templates IN Goodnotes and then screenshot it to make a template, and this feature becomes much more complex when you need to upload that image to Google Drive, make sure it’s in the correct folder, and make sure you know the name (because there are no image previews of the documents), AND make sure that the Drive you’re linked to is the correct Gmail account. It’s disappointing, and a tad annoying, but I have faith this will improve in time. My biggest beef is with Google Drive. I had to reset my iPad recently, and I was relying on my Google Drive back up to provide a mostly-seamless transition into GN5, but I have yet to see a feature where I can back up my documents to the Drive. I am anxiously awaiting that time when I can do that once again - mainly because I have little way to back up my documents until then.
So much better than Notability and Noteshelf 2
by Felinni on 2019/01/22 22:48
After being an avid user of Notability for the past 4 months, I tried out Noteshelf 2 about three weeks ago (thumbs down). I had previously purchased GoodNotes 4 but I was not impressed. Since it hadn’t been long since I went looking for another solution, I decided to give the GoodNotes 5 update a whirl. So glad I did. I haven’t experienced any of the glitches some other folks are mentioning. I am using it on a new iPad Pro 11” and new Apple Pencil. The new folder system is exactly what I was wanting. Previously I had taken all these notes but none of the apps had a good way to organize them logically. This new update is exactly what I needed for my digital notebook. I have now exported all of my old notes from Notability and Noteshelf to GoodNotes 5 and I have them organized like I have always wanted. I’ve even used the search feature and found that to be extremely helpful. It recognizes even my sloppy handwriting. I am thrilled with this new tool. Outstanding update. Home Run!
This is terrible.
by Kwee G on 2019/01/18 08:25
I have used Goodnotes for almost as long as it has existed. I love Goodnotes 4. There were some improvements I wished for, but it was reliable. I cannot Goodnotes 5 to stay open, it closes constantly. It syncs or reloads everything every time I change folders or categories, or even minimize it and then return to it. The hyperlinks unique to Goodnotes are not working in previous documents, and all the bookmarks that I had named are gone. But the real heartbreak is that, for example, my 2019 Planner - when it downloaded it into 5, it quit - because it keeps closing - and now has lost everything past January 7!!! It synced it back to the cloud like that, so it’s gone. I actually feel sick. I cannot believe my beloved Goodnotes did this. UPDATE! It takes forever to load, only to close seconds later. It won’t even talk to the version on my Mac!?! Really?!? AND, Even though I “completed my bundle” I was charged $8!! This is the most betrayed I’ve ever been by an app - an app I have used for years!
Excellent for Note-Taking in Medical School!
by Doodle Jump reviewer on 2019/10/30 00:47
I highly recommend GoodNotes 5 for note-taking. I am currently a medical student, and annotating documents and lectures using GoodNotes 5 has been fun, convenient, and much much better than using paper. When I was debating between this and Notability, one big feature convinced me to choose GoodNotes 5 — the lower writing latency. In other words, writing in GoodNotes 5 feels more smoother and silkier than in Notability. No matter what features a note-taking app might have, the actual note-taking will always be the most important and in my humble opinion GoodNotes 5 excels at it more than Notability thanks to GoodNotes 5’s lower writing latency. GoodNotes also mimics a pen with its tool while Notability only seems to have a pencil tool (no pen), and since I love writing with real pens instead of real pencils, I preferred writing in GoodNotes to that in Notability. Plus now with a recent update the latency is even further reduced, and writing in GoodNotes 5 is even more smooth and life-like. I highly recommend GoodNotes 5!
I use this daily for my real estate business
by MikeVila on 2019/07/26 15:13
I downloaded the 5 top note taking apps in the store, and played around with each one for one week, and for me and my needs in real estate this was the best. The more I use it, the more I find more uses for it. I went from taking notes, to filling out contracts, completing walk through inspection forms, and much more. I can add pages to the end of my reports and take pictures on the fly, or pull pictures from my Apple Photo, and they center automatically! It so many hidden features. I can import documents from my iMac or email, sign them and annotate, then email them back in seconds. I can search for documents through all the folders, create Favorites, sort by Name or Date. The toolbar has all of the essential tools for quick access, and if I click a tool icon twice, and change the attributes and defaults. You can create folders, then drag and drop files in each folder. And so much more!!! Give this app a try, you won’t be disappointed.
My choice for taking notes with the Apple Pencil
by bgoody on 2019/10/30 22:26
This app has so many features that I like. It syncs well with the Apple Pencil. As a result, the lines that you write are following right along. I like the zoom view when writing notes as it brings up a larger writing area at the bottom enabling you to write in the smallest of clear spaces. I often import PDFs and mark them up. When you are highlighting if you hold the endpoint for a second and lift the highlight straightens. No more wobbly highlights. There is also shape assist which if you draw a circle or square or other shapes, the program does its best to figure out what you were attempting to draw and clean it up. If you prefer text of want to copy and paste from another app is supported as well. Import and exported are well handled..I don’t often pay for apps but this one is well worth it! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I also like being able to organize my notes into folders. The template selection is great well.
I love this app, but there is one small thing...
by jr_coffee on 2019/03/31 22:33
I use this app for nearly all of my note taking and I absolutely love except for one thing... Images. You have the option to insert an image from the app, but this means the image always becomes a new page rather than part of the page you are on. I know that you can multi-task use the drag and drop feature, but this is problematic for a few reasons. For example, it would mean having to google an image that is exactly like the one I have in front of me. Or take an image, save it to my camera roll, and use the multitasking feature on the iPad to drag and drop the image. While this admittedly not a big problem as it can be easily circumvented, it would be SO nice if I didn’t have to do that and I could simply have the option of inserting the image as a page or into the page. All in all, I would highly recommend this app to anyone who loves to take notes by writing them or otherwise. It is truly an amazing app.
Needs to address some things...
by XL-9642-0803 on 2019/01/24 05:13
I had goodnotes 4 for a good while and honestly the new stuff on 5 is amazing! However the little bugs are very annoying and if addressed would make this 100% better. The palm rejection seems to be way more sensitive then normal because writing on the left and center is fine, but when I reach the ride side it just keeps moving. The zoom feature (blue box) also keeps jumping way further then before (at least 2 lines down) and skips before reaching the right side of the page. Second there seems to be more glitches...for ex. when I would try to erase nothing would happen and instead the ink starts to glitch. Exiting out of the app does not help and I have to wait at least 5 mins before returning. Also I hate that the undo/redo feature is not a part of the zoom box like on goodnotes 4. Sometimes when I have to click undo at the top the screen returns to the first page (when in vertical view) and it’s extremely annoying. Once the glitch issues are fixed I’m sure my review will change and I can finally get back to writing notes without constantly having to leave the app and try to “restart” it.
Brilliant note-taking app
by .mogg. on 2019/11/05 02:54
I recently switched to from keeping notes on physical paper to using GoodNotes on the 2018 iPad pro with the 2nd gen Pencil, and I am positively amazed. The transition was very easy and I do not really miss anything from the old-school approach (apart from its battery independence). In fact, I have become fairly used to certain features such as smart-shapes assisted drawing and the ability to select and move text around. I find the interface to be clean and functional. The notebook customization and organization options are great, and the ability to easily pull pages from the same or another notebook to a split-screen view is particularly handy. Overall, I am very satisfied with nearly every aspect of the app so far. The main feature I am currently missing is automatic, rather than manual, back-up to cloud storage (it appears that this has been under development for a while, but was not included in the latest update). The ability to insert links, to pages in a notebook, other notebooks, or to URLs, would also be great. Caveat: I have not tried any alternative note-taking apps, so I cannot speak to any relative benefits. Also, while it is possible to use GoodNotes for making notes on PDF documents, that functionality is limited. If one spends a fair amount of time reading and annotating papers, I would suggest a more specialized app for that; where GoodNotes shines is drafting, keeping, and reorganizing handwritten notes.
Phenomenal
by Vulgrin on 2019/07/13 16:33
I rarely rate apps on the App Store. I definitely don’t rate them when unsolicited, but I saw the option to rate on the menu and decided “this deserves it.” I got a new iPad purely for the pen and note taking / brain storming I wanted to do with it. After about three sessions of playing with GoodNotes and finally understanding all of the features, and going out there and testing out every other notes app I could find, I realized this is the best one out there. The interface just works, and it makes sense. The analog to pen and paper is great - and better than other apps where you have to do a lot of “clicking” to add handwritten text in a separate screen, and then it imports as a picture. GoodNotes works like I would EXPECT it to work. What held me up at first was not being able to move around notes that I had written. Today I realized what the dotted line tool in the toolbar was, and figured out how it worked. And then suddenly all my needs were met. Only thing that is slightly annoying to me is that I had a small drawing with a lot of pen strokes in it, and selecting and moving / scaling that drawing took an extra second or two to select - assuming because of all of the data that was in the sketch. But its definitely not a show stopper. I would also like the ability to load in my own notebook covers, but really, I’m scraping to try to find something wrong with an otherwise perfect app. Love it. Thank you to the devs, this is brilliant.
Too many glitches
by Chella_11 on 2019/10/23 11:42
This app is very frustrating. I’ll have times when it just closes on me. Recently I haven’t been able to use my highlighter and my preset colors. I have a hard time downloading to GoodNotes. I’ll be missing pages or content. If this happens I have to close the app and download again. For awhile this worked but now having to do this step 3-5x a download. One day everything was having problems. I lassoed a picture to delete. Deleted....goodnotes deleted my hyper link. I know it was the fault of goodnotes, I’ve done this step tons of time and never have deleted my hyper links. Now I have to work around my missing hyper link. It’s a lot of little things too. This tool won’t work, have to close out. It won’t lasso this item, have to close out. I try to look at the layout of all my pages in a certain folder, it force closes on me every time for this folder. I have the most recent update and this stuff is still happening. When it works it’s great, unfortunately this is few and far between now. The problems continue to get worse, nothing seems to be getting resolved with updates.
Missing essential features from GoodNotes4
by Balbol on 2019/04/03 13:35
I upgraded to GoodNotes5 expecting a smooth and improved experience. I have used GoodNotes from the early days, for 4+ years exclusively as my note taking app. The upgrade to GoodNotes4 was a great step in the right direction and I have been quite happy with it. With the upgrade to GoodNotes5, however, some basic but essential features have gone missing. I appreciate the nested folder structure and the more sleek icons, but what happened to backup to cloud services? Restricting to iClouds is a downgrade in service and versatility. It also became quite painful while writing in the magnifier window to always have to reach all the way to the top of the page to select the eraser or different colors or undo/redo or use other tools and switch back to writing with the pencil. These features were shown on the magnifier window itself in GoodNote4 and are essential to an efficient and smooth note taking experience. Once I hit this barrier, I just stopped using the new app and went back to GoodNotes4 since it's not worth my time to discover the remaining deficiencies in the app design. Please bring the best of GoodNotes4 back!
GoodNotes literally changed the way I work!
by TheVapeLord on 2019/04/08 21:46
This app is so good that it is the first time I’ve ever actually written a review for anything. I have the 2019 iPad Pro 11 inch and the gen 2 Apple Pencil and together with GoodNotes it is absolutely amazing. They have a very clever mechanism for allowing you take notes on lined paper where you have a little section that is blown up and when you get to the end of the zoomed in area it projects a ghosted image of the next space on the left of the writing area. It Is hard to describe in text but in practice it is really convenient and stays out of the way. I am a software engineer who uses a ton of whiteboards to keep track of ideas and concepts for both work and personal projects. GoodNotes allows me to be able to have multiple notebooks for different subjects, plot out UML and logic flow diagrams, and even offer dot grid paper (most of these apps don’t). All said, I think GoodNotes is worth every penny and I enjoy having made it a part of my daily workflow.
Great App
by Ragg swag on 2019/02/05 15:42
REVIEW: Overall I think Goodnotes is a great app and the 5th edition made some great improvements. I'm a sophomore in college studying computer engineering. For my purposes Goodnotes does a great job of serving as a notebook for all of my classes. I don't think it's that different from other note taking products, but I find it much simple and clean than other apps with similar purposes. Goodnotes 5 is a great improvement and I really like the new UI and quality of life improvements. There are still some bugs, but for the most part they are extremely minor from my experience and Im confident they will be resolved during the software developmwnt process. ISSUE: If anything my only issue is that there have been times when I have experienced severe lag whenever I am taking more intensive notes where Im covering the majority of my page. This is something I didn't experience in version 4 and was surprised it was as bad as it was. If this can be fixed I'd greatly appreciate it.
Needs some updates
by Nothappy!!!! on 2019/01/19 21:45
Overall I like the organization of the this app compared to goodnotes 4. And there are some nice new features. However there are some features from goodnotes 4 that I miss and there are some bugs. The undo/redo buttons have been removed from the zoomed window so if you are writing this way you have to reach up to the top of the screen every time you make a mistake. Same with being able to switch between pen, eraser, and highlighter from this zoomed window. I also dislike that your pen stays the same color when you change tabs- in version 4 whatever color you were last using on a document was still selected when you went back to it. When you import a PDF with images in it, you can no longer press down on the image to copy it- like if I want to move an image from an e-textbook to my notebook. There is also a big bug- when I import some of my files to the app from google drive, the images disappear (these same files open normally in version 4). I love using goodnotes for med school but I will keeping version 4 until 5 has been updated.
Really great organizational app
by Samola on 2019/12/06 17:31
This app has been life changing for me. The ability to work in “paper” notebooks I can keep digitally has completely changed how I interact with organizing my life, and it’s been a major benefit. The only thing keeping me from giving the app 5 stars (would have done 4.5 if possible) is the ability to add links in documents/notebooks once they’ve been created. If I were able to create sectioned notebooks once I’ve started them, with a first page that lets me jump around or to change links I’ve already created in a PDF without having to reinsert and lose all my work, it would be the perfect app for my needs. While adding things to favorites helps, it’s not quite the same, especially if I’m trying to update an existing link where I’ve deleted the original page tied to the link, since it sends me nowhere but I can’t delete the link itself. I highly recommend this app for anyone who loves paper, but can’t carry multiple notebooks with them everywhere they go.
Deleted Notes and Restarts
by lwr032 on 2019/04/03 10:12
DO NOT update to Goodnotes at this time. I had notes from January 3, 2019 thru January 27, 2019. I have iCloud turned on. I'm running it on an iPad 6th gen. Goodnotes 5 started out running very well after syncing with iCloud and Goodnotes 4. I had January 3-17th imported from Goodnotes 4. All the notes from that point on were deleted from Goodnotes 5. The more notes I put into Goodnotes 5 the slower the app became. Then it started crashing and reopening. The last time Goodnotes 5 did it, notes 18-27 were gone. Those were very important notes to me. So DO NOT upgrade until the bugs are worked out. UPDATE: There was another update to Goodnotes 5 that brought back the pages I lost returned. I still have a few problems with the app. It's still running slow and it crashes every so often but not like it use to. The app now syncs well to iCloud and I can stack graphics on top of graphics now. I raised the star rating from 1 to 2. I can't go higher at this time.
Even better than before!
by Tired Studemt on 2019/02/23 04:14
When the update to GoodNotes 5 first released, it was a pretty bumpy release. There were quite a few bugs and lag all over the place, but after a few weeks and patches, we finally got a great app. I would say ignore the reviews regarding performance from only on because this app is great at the moment. I love how we can now scroll vertically and the new folder system makes organization better than on GoodNotes 4. Also the new resize feature is incredibly helpful. If you’re a student like me, then this app is also great for your textbooks. It makes it easy to annotate on textbooks and it has the outline of the textbooks, so that you can you any chapter easily, which is a feature not every note taking app has. If GoodNotes 5 can get recording like Notability, then I believe it would be the best note taking app hands down. Even now, I have to say that GoodNotes 5 is probably the best note-taking app on the App Store.
Crashes
by M&M's in MeMe on 2019/10/17 20:06
For the past couple days GoodNotes 5 locks up when switching tools. I have to close the notebook and reopen it. Then the tool works temporarily and crashes again. e.g. I can copy but then can’t paste. If I use the writing tools then switch to the Link tool, I cannot link to that page. Nor can I go back to the writing tools. The screen locks up. Any tool switching for that matter causes the screen to freeze. I frequently get a server error saying that sync has stopped working. My documents are all imported from Keynote as PDFs on iCloud then imported to GoodNotes 5. I’ve never had an issue until now, links and all. Was delighted with the product. I created a planner with linked tabs, but now they are useless most of the time. I thought that the last update to IOS 13 would fix the problem. It didn’t. Even your latest update 5.3.6 didn’t address the issue. Looked for email support but couldn’t find one. Just troubleshooting guides that don’t address the problem. Hope you fix this issue soon. I rely on my GoodNotes Planner daily.
Really enjoy this app
by ErnestJG on 2019/06/07 17:22
I love this app and it’s growing versatility. It has gotten better with time which is why I’ve come to review it. I like how versatile you can get with the pencil and how natural it feels. Also different paper templates hat it has. I really like that we can make outlines within notebooks, import pdfs, and a lot of other documents. Something I would like to see is more customizable paper colors and being able to add margins, as many as we’d like. This will allow for one to make a structure of note taking more consistent. These margins could be movable, would remain the same across one note book, and be transparent, in the sense that if we were to print this paper the margin wouldn’t print. Also, though there are ways to create ones custom cover page, I would appreciate it if we didn’t have to circumvent the current way to apply a cover, this would be an option to create the cover one wants, change the colors, maybe even edit ones that already exist to our lip kings.
Very good start, Needs refining
by Kp3649 on 2019/02/04 14:32
Let me start off by saying that GoodNotes 4 was phenomenal overall, but the interface was lacking. GoodNotes 5 certainly improved upon that with a great file management interface and the universal search function that is just amazing. There are some things that need refining in order to make it as reliable as GoodNotes 4 was. The writing algorithm is still not smooth and quick enough at times, leaving some strokes not accounted for. It was improved since the release of GoodNotes 5, but still needs more refining. Also an undo button in the zoom window needs to be added back. Finally, the “close tab” keyboard shortcut was removed unfortunately and I wish it was put back, on top of sometime the keyboard shortcuts not responding randomly unless the app is closed and reopened. Overall it’s great, but just needs some improvement upon the basic features so they are as bulletproof as the prior version.
This the best app for notebook lovers
by HM. Yes I'm still here. on 2019/10/10 02:39
The ability to upload templates and the existing template selection as well as the ability to have “Notebook Covers” really make the experience of using this app a joy. Add to that the OCR searching which allow you to search your handwritten notes and the ability to use folders, starring and outlines the organization/categorization features are phenomenal. My only gripes are small nitpicks and nice-to-haves - Adding pages requires far too many taps or the inconvenient tap-n-drag option - Context menus don’t disappear after selecting an option, only when you tap elsewhere on the screen - Select tool doesn’t allow you to change formatting in anyway (and I don’t think you can use it to move typed text around, can’t remember right now) - Highlight tool doesn’t work as effectively in dark mode - The lag on the pressure sensitive tools make it difficult to write quickly (I’m not sure if that’s the right term for it because it looks to me more like it’s trying to beautify the stroke) - It would be nice if the geometric / shape tools had the “ snap grid” - like functionality of other tools. Or a ruler, something that allows literally straight / perfectly arced lines. It can also be difficult to draw consistent shapes with the tool without such guides. - it would be nice to be able to add tags to notes / notebooks/ pages for searching and categorization
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GoodNotes 5
Description
Transform your iPad into smart digital paper. Take handwritten notes in digital notebooks, on imported PDF, PowerPoint, and Word documents, or on images and photos. All notes are searchable and you'll never have to worry about losing or misplacing them again. GoodNotes is one of the top paid iPad apps worldwide and is frequently featured on the App Store, making it a must-have for your iPad. WRITE NATURALLY - LIKE ON REAL PAPER * Fluent, precise, and completely natural writing experience thanks to GoodNotes pioneering vector ink engine * Write with the Apple Pencil, Logitech Crayon, or with many capacitive styluses and even your finger * Select and customize your pen color, thickness, and style (fountain pen, ballpoint, brush pen) * Easily switch between pen, highlighter, and eraser ALWAYS FIND WHAT YOU WROTE * Everything is indexed: Search your handwritten notes, typed text, PDF text, document outlines, folder titles, and document titles * Convert your handwriting to text to share it with other apps or add it to the page as a text box to continue typing with your keyboard NEVER LOSE YOUR NOTES AGAIN * All your notes with you at all times thanks to iCloud Sync VIEW DOCUMENTS SIDE BY SIDE (requires iPadOS) * open GoodNotes in multiple windows to view two documents or two pages side by side * use tabs to quickly switch between open documents ESCAPE THE LIMITS OF ANALOG PAPER * Move, resize, and rotate your handwriting or change colors * Draw perfect shapes and lines with the Shapes Tool * unlimited undo & redo including gesture control for faster corrections * powerful & smart eraser tool: Choose to erase the entire stroke or only parts of it. Set it to "Erase Highlighter Only" to leave the ink intact * Pinch to zoom and write more precisely * Navigate through imported PDFs with existing hyperlinks CUSTOMIZE YOUR NOTEBOOKS * Choose from a large set of beautiful covers and paper templates: Essentials, writing paper, Cornell paper, dark paper, checklists, planners, and more * Import any PDF or image as a custom template for more customization GO PAPERLESS * import PDF, PowerPoint, Word, images, photos and more to annotate them right on your iPad * export documents and share them with others for a fully digital workflow * scan your paper documents and recognize the text EFFORTLESS DOCUMENT MANAGEMENT * Organize your documents in folders and create unlimited subfolders * Mark your most important documents, pages, and folders as Favorites to access them quickly * Create custom outlines for easier navigation through your documents CONVERT YOUR IPAD INTO A DISTRACTION-FREE DIGITAL WHITEBOARD * Keep your audience focused on what's important: Presentation mode lets you hide all distractions on an external screen when you connect your device via HDMI or AirPlay * Use all of GoodNotes' tools, including the Laser Pointer on the iPad, while your audience only sees the page and the content * GoodNotes empowers you to give more engaging presentations, lectures, and lessons. You can move around freely and interact with the audience while adding new information to the digital whiteboard for everyone to see Visit our website at goodnotes.com for more information, or follow us on Twitter and Instagram as @goodnotesapp.
Love
by Chanelislove on 2019/12/15 22:33
I was new to paperless note taking, and was introduced to Goodnotes. After many months, I have to give my full review, it’s wonderful. I would recommend for all students!
Awesome
by fp00896 on 2019/12/15 19:32
This app makes writing notes simple. I prefer this over notability. I just wish there was recording on this app.
Great but not perfect
by Serserrano on 2019/12/15 19:13
This is my first option for notes and writing on pdf’s. However there are some things missing compared to the competition. - highlighting in a straight line is not consistent , notability wins with this - No option to record audio -No cloud direct sync with other services - Pen and highlighter should have thicker options - Sometimes the pen or highlighter become unresponsive add these options and the program will be perfect Update: this is the second time I lost my notes. Suddenly the highlighter or pen stop working, i have to close the app and then my notes disappear . Keep working on a stable version of this app. Because of this, back to notability ASAP!
Honestly Greates writing app ever
by parnixo on 2019/12/15 18:52
I have used quiet a few apps, but this one honestly worth the money you pay. Not only it is easy to write and type with it But also it categorizes your documents very well.
Basic Functionalities Don’t Work As Expected
by TCY0317 on 2019/12/15 15:54
One of the biggest features I was looking forward to with this application was the ability to directly annotate lecture slides and seamlessly integrate them into my class notes. Unfortunately, this only works half the time. When PowerPoint documents are imported into good notes through the copy to good notes function, they seem to shift and cutoff half the slides! This seems like a fundamental flaw to this application because I can no longer annotate any of my PowerPoints. Furthermore, when you add slides to the your outline and then delete the slides later on, the outline title still remain in the outline overview tab. Although this seems nit picky, but I think it should just automatically delete outline titles along with the slides. I really love using GoodNotes but sometimes it makes me a little irritated. I would love to continue to use good notes and even recommend my friends to do so, but I can’t endorse this application if the biggest issue isn’t resolved.
Work Flow
by JACubby on 2019/12/15 14:40
Love the app but it is not user friendly when trying to quickly navigate to different sections. Would love to be able to tap on a tab and it jumps to that section.
Great
by RARiedel on 2019/12/15 12:52
Best until now.
Pretty darn good...
by Edge8olt on 2019/12/15 11:38
Of the various apps on the ol’ ipad that makes great utilization of the Apple pencil - there arent many - this one does have a lot of great uses. Im a whit board guy that uses it for business. Keeps everything in one place. I have been looking for a while for a good app like this. Notes is just too simple for my purposes. Totally worth the price in an app universe that is still evolving.
Shapes function
by Paul Mustafa on 2019/12/15 07:33
Great app, the reason why I gives you 4 stars is because the shapes functions as not good as on notability. This function should be simpler to use
Best app - However i have tip
by גיא אזולאי on 2019/12/15 00:45
hope goodnote team can read it. I like to share a file with my manager. We import report in our company and working on them with good note. BEST app. Very happy. HOWEVER - Our engineering team CANT share a file and all the team work on the file together.
Writing fluidity is terrible
by lexisbriana on 2019/12/14 23:53
I NEVER write reviews unless a product/app is not functioning properly and this happens to be one of them. I’ve been using GoodNotes for some time but in recent months for some reason when I write I’m having issues with the fluidity. I’ll start off with my .4 thickness and as I write the thickness will out of nowhere start to increase making my notes look ugly, and I don’t play about my notes! it does that along with skipping and making dots instead of a full line. At first I thought it was the pencil tip cause I had a small dent in it so I got it replaced and I’m still experiencing the same issue. I also don’t experience this when I’m writing in the Apple Notes app. I don’t know how this can get fixed but it needs to cause I genuinely liked this app but now it just irritates me
Crashing
by clemon7368 on 2019/12/14 00:16
GoodNotes keeps crashing while using the lasso and picture tool. This is becoming very annoying and frustrating! FIX IT PLEASE!
Gnotes 4 is better: Disappointing loss of features in 5
by SareyCanary on 2019/12/14 00:10
One star for lack of auto-backup to Gdrive. _______ Updating 12/13/19 - A manual Gdrive backup‘s been added - zip files only... which means that we have to trust this app to be infallible and/or we have to manually export PDF versions of every single separate notebook if we want to access backup files in the future. I agree with soooo many users, GoodNotes 4 lost so many features with this update, it makes the new features hardly worthwhile.
No Password Protection
by jhoelz on 2019/12/13 14:11
Everything about this app is world class with the exception of a glaring feature omission.... there is no way to password protect a notebook. Nearly every other premium note taking experience offers the ability to protect selected content with passwords. Very disappointing.
Suggestions
by Danmethename on 2019/12/13 05:22
1. Advanced outline editing function This means the users can add sub outline to the outlines we’ve made. Sure we could solve it by adding more outlines or make more notebooks but this function would work better than other ways. 2. Add pencil We now have three pens but none of them is suitable for Chinese characters. The structure of Chinese characters is complicated and subtle, but Apple Pencil is unlikely to fountain pen or the real pen, which means it isn’t fixable enough to to correct structure of Chinese characters or something more. But in apple’s note the pencil has a good behaviour or effect . So I do hope you can add pencil. Surely it’s a awesome app , but I do hope you can make it better.
Still only feels like a beta....
by chic reveiw on 2019/12/12 13:38
Come on Goodnotes. I really want to love this app but what, a year later?, and it still doesn’t have basic features!! No password protection, no way to have presets for writing utensils or text, no short cuts on the zoom window, no audio.... What gives??? I can’t use it until these are implemented. Still waiting.....
Amazing App
by Azriel K on 2019/12/12 12:48
I love this app. It’s easy to use and has fantastic features. It’s like a physical notebook, but 100 times better! Easily choose what type of paper to write on, then add handwritten notes, type, or quickly insert photos. Even handwritten notes are searchable, and it works with sloppy handwriting too! Export selected pages or entire notebooks to flattened pdf’s and save them to the cloud, email them to friends / coworkers, or print out the pages. And easily import pdf’s, and markup or change page order.
Really good with some suggestions
by Rubroboletus satanas on 2019/12/12 06:13
I really enjoy this note taking app. Over all really great for anyone looking to take notes on an iPad. Really like the updated pages and cover options when compared to GN 4. Added features are really great. The only things I would change are: - add categories back in like in GoodNotes 4. The folders feel really cluttered to me and it would be nice to have the option of using either. - be able to manually arrange notebooks and folders, not just constricted by date or name. - I feel like some things were simplified and don’t allow for as many different options etc when compared to GN 4. Things were added which is nice but then some things were removed which allowed for more customization.
Only iCloud backup
by Denji01 on 2019/12/12 02:15
Why is there only iCloud auto save. The 4th edition has the feature so why doesn’t this one have it. I don’t want to pay for iCloud storage when I get free storage through school... lame
Daily note taker
by Penmark13 on 2019/12/11 22:06
I use this app every single day. Great for productivity and notes
Very well thought out app.
by Trevor Klaver on 2019/12/11 21:03
This app helps me very much in my day to day needs. One feature I would love would be the option to have pages that can be layered. An example of this would be if I were to be scrolling horizontally, I would have the option to place a page underneath vertically and switch back and forth. The best way to visualize this is to imagine two pages stapled together and having many of those stapled pages next to each other.
Simply the best!
by hkstrongside on 2019/12/11 18:50
I love this app. I literally use it every day. I love to write with a pen and being able to digitally write and have all my notes searchable has really changed everything. This is probably the most used app that I use. Get it!
Business Analyst Perspective
by Business Analyst Review on 2019/12/11 18:29
Needs to easily identify and change my handwritten text to any font I choose. Needs to be Android capable. Needs ability to choose and/or import at least 10 different writing apparatuses. Calligraphy pen, chalk, different pencil grades, brushes etc.
Love it
by Zinderella123 on 2019/12/11 16:51
Excellent beyond belief. The only thing missing is the option for checkboxes / checklists. Other than that... perfect.
Great Update. This app is an everyday part of my life.
by JackedUpFilthy on 2019/12/11 15:33
Life Changer.
Great app!
by I'm a Small Wonder on 2019/12/11 15:22
The only things that would improve this app (in my opinion) would be the ability to password-protect a file and to be able to turn handwritten notes into typed text. Aside from that, I love everything about this app! I use it daily for work and in my personal life.
Helpfull
by Wameq on 2019/12/11 14:10
It eases doing my jobs
One of the most useful apps out there
by loving_the_word on 2019/12/11 12:13
When it comes to taking notes, meeting minutes, or Journaling this app out shines anything else. The user interface for interacting with functions is natural and efficient. From cutting and pasting, to erasing or copying pages. Very easy. The paper formats work great, so within a document you can change page formats from ruled to graph paper with ease. Love this app.
Very nice
by "ERROR" on 2019/12/11 07:21
Great success!
Good notes 5 - thanks!
by manzoteen on 2019/12/11 05:39
Great in every way: support, updates, usability, friendliness, reliability, intuitive... I can see myself using it forever. I have a few suggestions for additional features, but it is great even as it is.
Great app for note taking for school!!
by Simply Wavez on 2019/12/11 05:05
Awesome
Very unhappy
by Msshib on 2019/12/11 01:18
I LOVED GoodNotes 4. I recommended it to so many people throughout the years. But GoodNotes 5 is just awful... importing documents is a pain. It used to be very simple and straightforward. Now what used to take me two seconds takes me a few minutes. It also takes a long time to open. Not a huge deal, but when you’re used to the previous version, it is. It’s just counterintuitive I’m so many ways. I’m gonna try to switch back to the previous version. At least until they make enough improvements in this one. And why a new version anyway?? GoodNotes 4 was fantastic as it was.
Can’t correctly convert PowerPoint to PDF!
by JamesL.OPT on 2019/12/11 00:05
Please fix it, I’m switching to notability just because of this very annoying problem. The app cropped ppt when it’s imported, resulting in the lack of info in the slides. So Every time professors post there slides in ppt, I have to go to my laptop to convert to pdf, then upload it to cloud, then go back to my iPad to download the file. That’s just really counterproductive and annoying.
Excellent
by Pam83 on 2019/12/10 23:14
I really like this App for note taking. I’ve just to use it. I do wish there was a password protection option
Great app but one annoyance needs fixing
by Heather Cooey on 2019/12/10 21:36
I use GoodNotes all the time, it is a highly functional app that almost beats Notability. The only problem is when turning pages in vertical scrolling mode, the paper moves all around the screen, it is not locked in place as a uniform scroll. I use GoodNotes mostly for keeping various reference guides and forms easily accessible and while scrolling down in vertical mode (essentially turning the page vertically), the page will move left and right, moving outside the boundaries of the screen. This is very annoying. The pages need to lock the same way that it locks in horizontal scrolling. With horizontal scrolling, I don’t have to worry about the pages moving up and down and everywhere anytime I’m just trying to get to the next page, the pages just maintain their locked-position the entire time. This is why Notability still beats GoodNotes. If this annoyance is fixed, I will update to a 5-star review.
Love love love
by Im*a*beauty on 2019/12/10 20:25
Love this app!
Problems
by Anastaciaknits on 2019/12/10 19:54
Crop doesn’t work properly and sometimes not at all App crashes often Lag time No layering function? This is pretty basic Unable to separate graphics to move or resize them - the lasso just selects everything, no matter how I zoom.
Things Keep Disappearing
by SBCLive on 2019/12/10 18:53
I’m really disappointed. When I first created my planner everything looked good. Five days later my planner was completely blank. I was disappointed, but hadn’t put that much work into it yet so I recreated everything and kept adding just like I would a hand written paper journal. It took a long time. Yesterday I added things to my planner. Today, my planner, all that work and all that information have been wiped clean again. I have a blank planner and no where where the information is stored. I can’t trust this electronic planner and am not willing to put more time into filling it all out again. There is no point in doing all that work, entering in all that information if the program keeps wiping it clean and I have to start all over again. It has wasted a lot of my time. If I could give it zero stars, I would.
Lots of good here
by Kara Harkins on 2019/12/10 18:16
Some things I wish I had, like auto backup, are coming and this gets updated often.
Much better
by Sam749274648 on 2019/12/10 14:42
I really liked GN4 but this is way too buggy with glitches in erasing, palm rejection, drawing shapes, etc. Hopefully they get it figured out, I’m switching back to GN4 till there is a major update that addresses these issues. update: Gotten much better. One thing that should be added is a way to hide the menu bar when actively editing a document, on the smaller iPads this would be a huge improvement.
So far ok
by Chichidevi on 2019/12/10 05:39
Will update review when I have used it longer
Great update but...
by jlbeall88 on 2019/12/09 21:42
I love everything about GoodNotes. It has made my digital planning journey so much fun and organized, which is equivalent to fun for me. I highly recommend it even with what I think was a backwards step from GoodNotes 4. I don’t know what the concept is behind the shapes tool in the upgrade, but to be perfectly honest, it’s crap. The GoodNotes 4 app performed much better with this function. I make A LOT of grids, shapes, etc. in my digital plannning, and for the life of me I cannot get straight lines and pretty, perfect squares and circles like I did in the older version. Am I doing something wrong? Please help or fix. Your perfectionist customers, like myself, will thank you for it!
Best note taking app for the iPad
by wiggitt on 2019/12/09 16:58
GoodNotes is the most used app on my iPad. I love it. It’s great for taking notes with the Apple Pencil. Keep up the good work!
What an upgrade!!
by d1118b on 2019/12/09 15:07
I loved Good Notes 4 and this version is even better. The zoom feature is definitely easier to handle than the last app and I find the design more pleasing as well. All I really want is the ability to lock notebooks! Though at the moment, the app is already practically perfect :)
画面简洁
by wong allen on 2019/12/09 12:33
毫不犹豫就买了,因为很简洁很漂亮!
So many bugs
by Mojustes on 2019/12/09 10:44
There are so may bugs with this app it's insane. I can't have more then one document open with out it crashing. Whennim doing my digital planning with my planner and stickers open... Crash. When I'm looking for stickers... Crash. I'm afraid to sneeze with this app open honestly. Importing stickers is also a joke. It's always crooked. I should have just stuck with Goodnotes 4. I'm not even sure the developers care that their app is crap which is frustrating given how much I paid for it.
Almost the best note taking app
by pinksora on 2019/12/09 05:19
I am overall very satisfied with the app, but I do wish there was a way I could place “sticky notes” over my notes. Because I import slides and worksheets onto this app, it would be super helpful if I could simply add a sticky note to a page in order to jot down some extra information without worrying about not having enough space on the pages that I have imported. It’s just a thought, but I think it would really make a difference in the app and make it more similar to taking notes in real life/make it easier to study things.
필기는 만족 동기화는 불만
by akamix on 2019/12/09 02:45
필기는 마음에 드는데 동기화시 같은 파일을 검수하는 것이 제대로 되지 않아 같은 파일을 중복으로 다운 받는 경우가 있고 백업시 새로 작성한 파일을 없애 버리는 문제가 있음
Made Note taking enjoyable
by TurnCoat9000 on 2019/12/09 02:25
I often found myself hating the fact that I had to take notes. The reason? The fact that I would end up with a pile of paper the size of a small car at the end of the semester. So I decided that I would finally take the plunge, get myself the iPad Pro an Apple Pencil and a competent note taking app. I came upon the choice of Good Notes 5. Now, I am never going back to regular paper notes. This app had a variety of features that make the note taking process a dream. I personally love the the variety of templates that you had to choose, my favorite being the dark notes. Personally I find the tool bar very quick to use as you are given 3 colors on the tool bar itself, meaning you don’t have to go through a menu to change color. The image insert function shows you the recent images added to the library, once again saving you time from having to go through a menu. The lasso tool, has to be by far none, the best feature on this app. It is honestly so powerful and versatile in what it can do. You can move text, resize text, and of course most of all my favorite change the color of large groups so text in one action. Personally, my only real grip I have with the app is the way that the file system works. For example, you can add outlines to notebooks, however, you can only really add them to one page. I would like it much better if you could create and outline on a notebook and add the individual pages that you want into it, much like if it were a sort of a sub notebook. Another is the exporting function. You can only export one page at a time as opposed to the entire notebook into a pdf. Those aside, if you are looking for a great app to put all of your notebooks in one place, I can recommend this one enough.
Good But
by r.awada on 2019/12/08 23:27
It’s a good app but I wish there was an option to make the “home button bar” (for the ipad pro) to disappear because if my hand rests on it at all it stops my writing input
Powerful app
by Big Fat Strange on 2019/12/08 22:24
This app is very powerful and easy to use.
Love this app but one thing...
by cewatters on 2019/12/08 20:59
This app is soooo helpful for taking notes especially as a premed student. I definitely prefer using GoodNotes over Notability because it’s way more customizable and has a word search option but I really wish GoodNotes had the recording capability that Notability has. I always download lecture powerpoints to Notability so that I can record the lectures while taking notes on the PowerPoint, but I rewrite my notes in GoodNotes because I like it better. It would be a lot more convenient to have recording capabilities on GoodNotes so that everything is in one spot and I don’t have to flip between apps.
Turning page is not as smooth as Goodnotes4
by fhbhbyg on 2019/12/08 19:16
Turning page in GoodNotes 4 was smooth, however it’s not in GN5. Hope you can solve this issue soon.
Great for digital planning
by Ustamiru on 2019/12/08 18:40
I love using this app for digital planning. My only issues are that there seems no way to adjust layers with stickers and the app needs to be restarted often because it loses connection or just stops working.
Does not have Password protection YET !
by Mauijoe on 2019/12/08 17:40
Have been using Notability for several years now. Password protection is a GREAT feature of that app. Just paid for GoodNotes5 app, would think the 5th version of GoodNotes would at least have password protection by now at the cost of it ! Will stick with Notability as of 08Dec19 although GoodNotes5 does have some better features then Notability.
Crashes
by Faith317 on 2019/12/08 06:50
Way too many crashes and glitches
Love it
by CesarMR2 on 2019/12/07 22:00
Love the app, only thing I wish is they could add password lock to a journal too keep somethings private.
Old was better
by Barefoot decks on 2019/12/07 21:16
Its kind of a pain to go to text, now if you hold your finger on the page it gives you a zoom option instead of the keyboard. I rarely use zoom but always type.
Better than Notability
by anon10474829 on 2019/12/07 19:59
Tried both and just found GoodNotes to have more functionality and a much quicker workflow in just about every application. Wish they made a counterpart app for macs though like Notability does
Table of Content.
by Ahmed Azzawi on 2019/12/07 18:36
OneNote has a feature to create a link to a particular page in you note. So, I could create a table of content on the 1st page of my notes and by clicking on a particular topic, It will take me there within my notes.
We need it in goodnotes
by t3fa7 on 2019/12/07 14:56
Can you please add the recording while writing and than play the record while re-writing my notes ! That would be awesome I love this app
Oh why:(
by 굿노트 최고 on 2019/12/07 14:18
Use papago 100기가가 50기가가되어서 좋아했는데 다시 105기가가 되는 이유가 뭔가요? 그리고 아이패드 storage는 65기가인데 왜 굿노트는 105기가로 뜨는거죠? 용량이 불안정합니다
One year later... still NO zoom widow shortcuts!!
by Sunny해 on 2019/12/07 07:12
Why? Please add them back. They were great on GoodNotes4. Even if GoodNotes5 has touch shortcuts, they aren’t as efficient as zoom window shortcuts. Please consider bringing them back or allow them as an option!
Keep you organized!!
by Rosette00 on 2019/12/07 03:45
Love this app, it’s easy to use and very user friendly
Ignoring Users
by Stibbarooski on 2019/12/07 00:07
This isa very good app with one major flaw. Users have been requesting since at least 2013 to add password protection for individual notes/notebooks. Nearly 7 years later and they have yet to respond to customers. That would make a good app great!
Best.Notes.App.EVER!
by CHRunnels on 2019/12/06 21:40
Comparable to Apple's Integrated Notes. When Apple Pencils work fluently and backwards compatibility (Gen1&2Pencils on X, Xs..... not just the latest iPads.... I may consider a native app over this one. In the meantime, the 10.5" ProPads w/older Pencils is a great companion for digital planning via GoodNotes. Companies don't want to purchase the latest and greatest, especially in the non-profit and renewable energy sectors! ❤️
Really great organizational app
by Samola on 2019/12/06 17:31
This app has been life changing for me. The ability to work in “paper” notebooks I can keep digitally has completely changed how I interact with organizing my life, and it’s been a major benefit. The only thing keeping me from giving the app 5 stars (would have done 4.5 if possible) is the ability to add links in documents/notebooks once they’ve been created. If I were able to create sectioned notebooks once I’ve started them, with a first page that lets me jump around or to change links I’ve already created in a PDF without having to reinsert and lose all my work, it would be the perfect app for my needs. While adding things to favorites helps, it’s not quite the same, especially if I’m trying to update an existing link where I’ve deleted the original page tied to the link, since it sends me nowhere but I can’t delete the link itself. I highly recommend this app for anyone who loves paper, but can’t carry multiple notebooks with them everywhere they go.
Hyperlinks don’t work anymore!!!
by liannathomas on 2019/12/06 16:29
I love this app and use it for school to take notes and my digital planner but recently my links stopped working in GoodNotes. Please fix this issue of the links not working or I am going to have to use a different app for my digital planner but I’d love to keep goodnotes instead.
I’m sure it works ok but
by Howittzers on 2019/12/06 12:48
The only reason I got this app was to use their Commit30 digital planner. Come to find out its nothing more than a pdf you are writing over. Doesn’t integrate with any calendar or reminders. Glad I didn’t buy that. Should of read more into it, I have plenty of note apps this is no different, maybe some less functionality. I’m sure the app is ok, but 3 stars for misleading info on the planner side.
Almost perfect
by Etai Nahir on 2019/12/06 03:26
This app would have an absolute stronghold over the note taking market if they added the feature of an infinite sheet. Fix this for your own sake.
It needs improvement
by Kdjwhnclcud on 2019/12/06 00:24
This is such a cute and fun idea but goodnotes 5 has some big issues. I can’t add stickers. It just adds them to a new page and not on top of the page I want. I also can’t delete or “cancel” a page.
Need more improvement
by Susiew0126 on 2019/12/05 19:33
Have been using GoodNotes since GoodNotes 3. Couples of things i wish the app to improve.1)allow users to put tag on notes. Easier to search 2)allow users to including date for the note, display under the notes. Easier for date specific note
Wow
by Juan Cerda III on 2019/12/05 18:45
Amazing. *Chef kissing hand emoji*
Please fix
by Bigbabo89 on 2019/12/05 18:20
Copying on the app is horrible
Too buggy
by Hung256ark on 2019/12/05 17:12
Need update to fix bugs. It keep crashing, it also lagging when scrolling. Also, I have been waiting for recording ability in this app that have yet to come....
Love it, but small suggestion and a bug notification
by Webhead2314 on 2019/12/05 12:20
I really liked it, it changed my experience note taking in class and while studying. That said I will love to have a auto backup and in the magnifiers have the eraser option. that’s just a suggestion. Oh and just wanted to say that the “take a screenshot” not working when I press it, appreciate if it can be fix. thanks Update: Ok I officially love this app, I notified that bug and you guys already send an update to fix it the next day
Please remove drop-down arrow in read mode
by djallusha on 2019/12/05 04:16
I’m not sure why they added a drop-down arrow in read mode lately as simply tapping the screen (whether directly on the arrow or anywhere else) brings out the toolbar. I find the arrow very distracting and it’s altogether redundant. Please consider removing it. Otherwise it’s really an amazing app!
Even the BEST NOTE APP needs improvement
by JdotJeon on 2019/12/05 03:14
PLEASE : allow us to record voice while editing Allow a setting to order the files and pages in a notebook manually [SO ANNOYING] MAYBE : Allow the lasso tool to move text that is printed in the pdf
Version 5.3.14 please fix the taking a screenshot function!!!
by kmyvp on 2019/12/04 21:09
I can’t take a screeshot while using lasso tool any more!!!
I didn’t have issues till I did.
by MXGirl2002 on 2019/12/04 13:02
Hello! I am currently using an ipad pro to take notes and use your app. I loved it for the first month till my Apple Pencil gen 2 started going in and out mid stroke. I thought it was apple and got a new apple pencil. And thats not the issue. Its so infuriating to have to re write a letter 3 times because the app doesnt sense my palm rejection. I want to like it so bad. Ive gotten my ipad checked out and had 3 apple pencils. Its not my stuff... its this app.
Gonna stick with GoodNotes 4
by Insualk on 2019/12/04 05:38
I don’t see any reason I should use GoodNotes 5 instead of 4. 1. Taking screenshot of background pdf no longer works (are you kidding me?) 2. Cannot delete imported images. I can only get rid of those images by clearing the whole page. (seriously!)
Two stars to go.
by Dmitafy on 2019/12/04 03:46
I started using this app recently, and it is a great note taking app. There are two features that i wish it had, and the absence of those features, is the reason why it’s two stars short of its five start potential. Please incorporate collaborative functionality and a security feature, which would allow users to lock either the app itself or individual folders. Other than that, it’s a good app.
Need to fix more bugs
by Gougou2014 on 2019/12/04 03:29
After the most recent update (12/2/19), the lasso tool is now not working at all for taking a screenshot of an image (not handwriting). Please fix this. Thank you.
PLEASE FIX!!!
by Tiffjord09 on 2019/12/04 02:32
After last few updates that stated it fixed Lasso tool issues only created one for me! It always worked just fine but since the last update I can no longer take a screenshot of a picture or document I upload like I could before. (YES I have tried the settings within lasso tool and it still doesn’t work) I can’t help but to think it was something else tampered with alongside the last update. Please fix this, I use this gesture more than any other side tool on GN5!!! 🙏🏼
Waste of money
by valdiviastephanie on 2019/12/03 23:24
Going back to note ability
Glitch
by Ljfsdgvhu on 2019/12/03 23:03
I love the redesign and the new look. And all the new tools. I use this app everyday on my iPad for college note taking !! Glitch: The palm rejection is not working. As I am writing, there becomes lines through my words and gets frustrating when the words do not get written down correctly! Every update doesn’t seem to fix this problem. The last couple updates have claim to fix the bugs but has left this one out as it keeps reappearing Love the app, just annoyance with the glitch
Glitches for Typed Notes
by Calcifer the Fire on 2019/12/03 21:22
Changes to the default font are never actually saved. This wastes lots of time having to make adjustments on each note page. Hoping this glitch gets resolved going forward, because otherwise I will solely be using Notability in the future.
One huge flaw
by Icaraf on 2019/12/03 15:18
A great note taking app. I use it exclusively unless I need to collaborate with someone, which is a feature not offered. Five stars for everything else, but I can only give it three stars until collaboration with other users is added.
Crashes a lot!
by nguyll on 2019/12/03 08:19
Right after i updated it, it starts crashing very 30 minutes or so!!!!!! PLEASE FIX THIS, and add a ruler too pls
Best App for iPad Pro
by Chrisralfgarcia on 2019/12/03 01:51
Been using this app for a month now for work as a financial consultant and couldn’t imagine work without it. So easy to take notes and scan documents to have clients sign them and go over them. Worth every dollar considering how much an iPad and pens/markers will cost you.
Lasso doesn’t work
by rdimcneal on 2019/12/02 22:05
Even with the last update I still can’t use the lasso feature to convert writing to text.
Used to love till battery drain
by Liveloveride97 on 2019/12/02 20:47
I loved this app and used it religiously to take notes in undergrad but I find that it drains battery life like no other. I can barely get through a day of 3 classes without it draining my battery leaving me unable to take notes Upon requesting help, no help was offered and my case was closed before I had even heard anything. Go to notability. It doesn’t drain.
Love this app, but it’s missing something
by Hmm0625 on 2019/12/02 18:09
I really love to use Good notes for digital planning /bullet journaling, but really wish the app had an align or snap feature. Please consider adding that to the features!
Excellent Product
by SMS Blast on 2019/12/02 16:09
Been using it for over a year and it’s great!
I’m a big fan of this app
by Townwordsmith on 2019/12/02 03:40
Offers a lot of options to take notes/display thoughts
Great, except..
by Log out button on 2019/12/02 02:42
As a student I love this app and it is the sole reason I use my iPad but I literally cannot stand that the eraser function randomly comes on without me clicking on it!!! It drives me absolutely crazy.
Loved Good Notes 4 - initial impression of 5 - yuck
by Designer in Maine on 2019/12/01 02:54
It says a lot that I didn’t need any tips or instructions on how to use 4 and right off the bat in 5 I am finding it confusing and glitchy. It also feels more cartoon-like and less paper/notebook like - which is the experience I enjoy in 4...
Please change your mind and integrate the apps!
by Twenty3Crowns on 2019/11/30 21:29
Goodnotes 5 is terrible compared to Goodnotes 4. Please change your mind and integrate the apps into a better version of v4. Please, Version 4 is superior and enjoyable. I have had it for years and don’t have any complaints. But if when i was looking for a note taking app years ago and came across v5 instead of v4 i would not be apart of the Goodnotes family. Please make Goodnotes4 your finally app even as much as to remove the “4” and call it Goodnotes just like the lesser Evernote and continue updating from one app. please.
Great... but 1 thing missing
by Iq Nupe on 2019/11/30 18:17
Like the app and the ability to write naturally via the pen devices. However once I’ve created notes, it will EXTREMELY useful if I could attach them somehow to Evernote or OneNote notebooks for access by non IOS devices.
Good notes 4 performs better than Good notes 5
by Firstviceroy on 2019/03/08 00:01
I am writing this review to help the developers and potential buyers. First I’m providing this review in March 2019. Things may change later so if you are reading this review you should keep the date and version number in mind. 5.0.20. We are a large builder which use Blue beam, Procore, “go to meeting” and other related industry software. We found that Good notes 4 was simply the best vehicle for note taking and plan markups available. It truly was a “five star app”. We could be on a “go to meeting” with 15 consultants on a conference call and annotate plans instantly. (What I mean is hand write changes on the pdf plans to give direction. Not edit DWG drawings.) It was fast easy and simple. Superior to other products out there, even the industry specific ones. Now, with Good notes 5 the layout and folder structure have been improved. But, there is a big problem. If we open a set of plans and try to zoom in, the plans pixelate. Plus take an in ordinate amount of time to gain focus. Thus, most of us have stopped using this program. I have Good notes 4 and have gone back to it. I. Don’t know. If the developer is aware or working on a fix but it was a great program. If the developer is aware hope you can fix. I will check the App Store for updates. Will mark as 2.5 stars and revise rating if able to remedy problem. Good luck.
Best App Out There for Writing & Drawing with Apple Pencil ESPECIALLY
by jsherrer on 2019/05/28 01:05
I downloaded several different apps that were free for note taking and or drawing in notebooks, etc. After not being satisfied with any of them, I decided to pay for this one. It is so worth the price! You can easily organize notes and notebooks while customizing them for whatever you need! The Apple Pencil works flawlessly as if you are using real pen and paper. I use the 1st Edition Apple Pencil with my 2019 iPad. One of the best things about this app is the fact that you can set it so that it does not capture anything from your hand or palm resting on the screen and allows you to still use your fingers to zoom, scroll through, and navigate the app all while still connected to the Apple Pencil. Also, it can literally READ and SEARCH your own handwriting so you can find where you left a certain note on a page. I have found that it this feature is very accurate! You can also customize your notebook covers, create outlines for easy navigation throughout a notebook, and you can create folders to organize each notebook even further. My only suggestion to the developers is to make it easier to get different templates for pages/covers and also allow those pages to have more background colors than just yellow or white.
Makes Doing Work a Pleasure!
by Kem 86437 on 2019/05/13 13:13
Thank you GoodNotes! Since I’m an old person of 35 years - it took a few college student vlogs and some practice before I could really get to appreciate all that this app can do...but that little bit of time was SO WORTH IT! Your app rocks. YOU HAVE BROUGHT JOY BACK INTO MY WORK LIFE! Seriously though, I’m enthusiastic but not sarcastic on this point. I work with boring documents/sit in LONG meetings (that go on for days on end) and have to take copious notes...and thanks to GoodNotes I can be efficient&creative while having fun highlighting my documents with rainbows of any colour I like, and taking notes that are both fun to write&read afterwards, as well as pack maximum info/images into a single page...plus, my past life of piles of notepads and sticky notes has been left in the dust where it belongs. THANK you for saving my shoulder from breaking off with a stupid/heavy briefcase, and for making me smile while I create the most beautiful notes I’ve ever taken of some of the most boring subjects I’ve ever had to keep awake and pay attention too. GoodNotes has probably played a significant role in my ability to excel at my job (and maintaining my sanity whiles getting it done). Cheers!
love it, but a couple concerns
by nanagiwa on 2019/10/10 17:27
Love the app, convenient for college and holds a lot of storage, I wish moving around pages could be easier. And the ball pen seems too stiff, fountain pen is a little awkward to use, and the brush pen is fine, but again the pens are something I need to get used to. I wish the eraser marks could have an option to be smaller, and not erase a whole line but exactly what my pen touches. So pens are not as fluid as it could be and may make your handwriting either better or worse. Zoom ins are great and resizing also never pixelates my writing, which I LOVE. I never write reviews, so I hope the concerns I listed will be considered and that this review helps those deciding whether or not to use the app. I wish I could download it to my computer without paying extra so that I can see both on my iPad and computer. For an app meant for taking and saving notes, it is an easy and great app to use, but pens are hard to get used to. If you are a high school student, digital note taking is okay, but it honestly isn’t necessary and teachers and classmates usually feel weird about it. In university this app is perfect since in my classes there is a lack of space for desks and so many places to walk to so the portability of a tablet is more useful then (this app also allows for split screen which is convenient)
Zoom window functions!
by Jennuine GoodNotes Customer on 2019/10/13 19:37
I like all the added features, and i sincerely appreciate the infinite folders and sub folders feature, but what happened to multifunctional tool bar in the zoom window!? It’s missing the other buttons from the original toolbar in the zoom window. I’ve owned GoodNotes ever since it was first released, thus, I am very fluent in navigating the app. I have recommended it to everyone I know, and have gone completely paperless because of it. I am eternally grateful to GoodNotes. But with this new update, I really needed the zoom window tool bar before it was even added to the first GoodNotes, and it has been a dream come true ever since it was added, but now it has been taken away in Goodnotes 5. I really hope the toolbar is reinstalled soon. The undo and redo buttons, and the three colors and the eraser were all apart of the zoom window, and much more convenient than reaching to the top of the screen every time I had to undo a pen stroke. I don’t even want to consider using GoodNotes until the zoom window is copied from GoodNotes 4. While it may seem like a silly feature, it made the app 100% more useful to me. I hope this is taken into account and an easy fix to to release soon. Thank you, Your original customer Also, your textboxes are very persnickety and glitchy, please, please fix!
Please fix the zoom function, moving screen, and straight lines
by Taisaacs95 on 2019/09/01 23:36
The "automatic zoom" feature is turned off but I still have this issue where the screen moves while using the text box function and keyboard. I don't see very well and I cannot write for very long. I am an artist and own the Apple Pencil but most of my note taking is done via keyboard and textboxes. To input notes, I take a small portion of the screen and zoom into it. However, when the keyboard appears, the screen moves to the middle of the document? You can no longer see what is going on. Especially if you are in putting text boxes near the bottom if the screen. It's annoying. I wish this app would give a work space similar to procreate, where you could zoom in and out of any corner of the page. Also, the straight line function is no longer disability or shaky hand friendly. For various reasons,I cannot draw in a straight line or make perfect circles, blocks, etc. The straight line function was great because it didn't matter how shaky my hands and body got, it would be a straight line. It was a really stable app. But now GoodNotes 5 no longer corrects lines as strictly. Sometimes it corrects lines, other times it doesn't. Maybe they assume I'm drawing or am purposefully making obscure lines and shapes. But I'm not. GoodNotes was once a great option for assistive tech but not anymore. Please give people the option for strict line correction.
Excellent Search Improvements, Backup options limited
by powerwriter8 on 2019/01/17 17:28
I have been using Goodnotes for extensive note taking during graduate school. Version 5 keeps many of the aspects that have made it my favorite note taking app, but again this version is not quite perfect. The best improvement from version 4 is the document search feature, which includes your handwriting. I also enjoy the continuous scroll feature. Thank you, developers! On the downside, version 5 does not seem to have the diverse backup options that were available in version 4. I had been using Dropbox since I work on many devices that are not made by Apple, and I liked to be able to access the up to date backup from anywhere. Now, however, iCloud is the only backup option. Please make the other cloud sync services available. One feature that was carried over without change from version 4 but I hope to see updated in version 5 is the 3 size eraser. You can make the pen very fine to write small (which I love), but you can’t make the eraser very small to make fine tuned corrections. A few more small eraser options are needed. I would also like to see version 5 create an option to open 2 notes side by side (similar to the feature in Notability).
Love Hate relationship
by Dfman762 on 2019/05/21 19:06
I am a big time user of GoodNotes. As a student i spend about half my day on goodnotes every day for the past 2 years. I absolutely love the app. I waited a really long time for the 2 major updates that came earlier this year. Those are the universal search tool as well as the introduction of unlimited hierarchy. I am a major fan of both updates and they both make my use of the app much more productive. With that being said the ease of use with the new app has gone significantly down since the update. At first i thought with in 2 to 3 weeks they would work out the kinks and bring it back to standard but its been 4 months now and it hasn’t happened. One thing i sorely miss are the keyboard shortcuts that used to be available in GoodNotes 4. They are gone from GoodNotes 5 and have never been replaced. Besides for that the “smoothness” of GoodNotes 5 has just never been the same as 4. The crashes and just plain unstable use that haunted the app at launch are for the most part gone and the app can now be relied upon again for every day use however i still use 4 as much as i can because it is just so much nicer to use than 5. I really hope the developers continue to work on bringing GoodNotes 5 back to the standard of GoodNotes 4. The two big updates are a major addition and if the rest of the app comes back to the level of 4 there will be no app that can compete in this AppStore.
Meh
by Shanester95 on 2019/01/22 16:22
I think I will stick to GoodNotes 4. It’s not a bad update and it looks nice. I am sure I would get used to the layout after using it a but but some things are gone and new things that are highly requested aren’t here yet. There is a place for outlines in the thumbnail view in a document but I can make a new outline. When I imported my notebook from 4 I had bookmarks that aren’t there anymore. The bookmarks have changed to favorites which show up as thumbnails and I need them as the outline list like in 4 but can’t add that now. If I unfavorites something that was named from 4, it doesn’t allow me to rename it. This app still doesn’t have a way to add hyperlinks attached to texts or shapes or strokes are whatever, to other pages in the document which I really need. So I guess add hyperlink ability (if there are already hyperlinks in the document you import, you can still use them if you turn on touch mode, but you can’t add any new ones), fix the bookmarks/outlines/favorites situation to work the way it should, and then just to be picky, why does the view change when I go into touch mode... I don’t like that either. Make it like in 4 where it doesn’t change anything in the view
Great app for students, or everyone. Would be nice if there was an option for black paper.
by VictoriaSilvis on 2019/09/21 17:42
Hey developers of GoodNotes, I’ve downloaded your app for note taking and educational purposes. I’ve been using it for a little while and I began to fall in love with GoodNotes for note taking. The features that caught my eye is personalizing your own notebook covers, and using your Apple Pencil to flawlessly take notes with palm rejection, and pressure sensitivity. Pressure sensitivity and palm rejection is a big deal for me, which is why I have the Apple Pencil. What I would love to see is color options for paper such as black paper, and I’d love to sometimes remember those days of using a black board for chalk and write everything down. It would be nice if you add bunch of colors including black for taking unique, and odd looking notes. And overall, Goodnotes is just getting better with students or people going paperless by using their cloud storage of choice for importing their notes, and data, and being able to help the environment by using less paper using the iPad. I’m glad you made this app and hoping you keep this app going on as you make more future updates.
It’s OKAY.
by Kirbsley on 2019/01/17 19:06
So. The new Goodnotes 5 is OKAY. I actually really don’t like it. It has some new features that I do like and enjoy but, I prefer the older Goodnotes 4. Firstly, it seems to me that the sensitivity or the palm rejection on this version isn’t as good as the 4. Every time I am writing my page moves or “jumps” and I never experienced that with the older version. Also, the beloved Zoom box is TERRIBLE on this version. I use the zoom box all the time on the GN4 - it zooms in perfectly so I can write my notes neat and the transparent “blue box” carries on to next space on the sentence so I don’t lose my spot while I’m writing and then, continues down perfectly to next sentence. On GN5 it does not do that. Instead, of moving over to the next space of the sentence, it jumps down to other sentences and I have a whole gap of space on my current sentence. It also sometimes, jumps down a few spaces or will even move on to the next or previous page! I honestly feel like the newer version has too many bugs and I can’t enjoy it at all considering the fact that I do appreciate some of the newer feature like the folders, the ability to erase just the highlighter, the new page and cover options, and the pen options. I’m also really disappointed about the lack of the ability to view multiple documents simultaneously or side by side. Just an over all disappointment. I will continue using GN4 for my note-taking.
I like the new features, but there are lots of bugs.
by lordbeautifulzoey on 2019/01/30 04:50
As someone who loved GoodNotes 4, I was very excited for the transition over to number 5. First, I must start off by saying that I really enjoy the new formatting and some of the new features they’ve added such as being able to move text around with the lasso tool or adding the Insert a Picture feature right on the tool bar. But, I’ve noticed a lot of bugs since transitioning; the app crashes on me several times a day and no matter what I set the palm rejection sensitivity to, it still confuses my palm with my fingers. For example, if I use the zoom in text box feature while writing and it suggests a new place to start, as soon as I lay my hand back down to begin writing, it mistakes my palm as my fingers and moves the screen around causing many random scribbles and not legible letters. I use this app primarily for journaling and note taking which makes it inconvenient when the app shuts down or interferes with my writing. Additionally, the vertical page scrolling is still very glitchy even though the newest update was supposedly supposed to fix that. I’ve added too many things to GoodNotes 5 to convert back so I guess I just have to wait until they fix all the bugs. Like I mentioned, the new features are nice, but they don’t outweigh the cons. Shouldn’t have transitioned over.
GoodNotes 5 is Improving Significantly
by NesPro54 on 2019/02/03 15:23
Since mid-January, Goodnotes 5 have been getting updates consistently. Now it is almost flawless. Goodnotes 5 is definitely better than Goodnotes 4 --> The management of files is the biggest winner for me. Now I can organize my files depending on projects or topics using the unlimited multiple folder structures. Now I use it exclusively, whereas before I was using Notability and Goodnotes 4 depending on my goals. If I was reviewing engineering plans (page size: 22"x34"), sketches (page size: not letter sized), or reviewing large files with bookmarks, then I was using Goodnotes 4. If I wanted a quick and short note (less than 5 pages), then I was using Notability due to the vertical scrolling; but Goodnotes 5 supports this feature now. Goodnotes 5 really shines with the bookmarks, supporting different page sizes, vertical scrolling, and now the management of files. Still waiting: I"m looking forward to get Goodnotes 5 on my Mac and eventually seeing two notes at the same time when using my iPad. The latter is less of an inconvenience for me because I'm usually working with my Mac and iPad at the same time. Goodnotes 5 on my Mac is a must.
My favorite notes app with just one downside
by Zadron Xion on 2019/10/09 19:30
There are only two decent notes app for iPad out there: Notability and GoodNotes. Both have everything that a notes app should have but both have also have a single downside that is pretty much the only deciding factor for which one would prefer. GoodNotes can only sync to iCloud and does not sync to any other cloud service but Notability can sync to a multitude of cloud services. I chose GoodNotes over Notability because Notability is messy with its file system. In Notability, you cannot put folders within folders which is really annoying because it makes it impossible to sort out my notes by semester, subject, hw or lecture, etc. With GoodNotes I can sort out and organize my notes using folders within folders which is far more important than being able to have it automatically sync to Google Drive. If this app could sync to Google Drive, I would give it 5 stars. There are also a few very minor bugs too but they don’t really hinder me whatsoever so I’m not complaining. Great app! Make it possible to sync with Google Drive and this will by far be better than Notability!
Missing goodies from 4
by EmkayNYC on 2019/02/26 14:53
*Latest update: thanks for adding the custom outlines feature this is a BIG help. The one thing it does need is the ability to delete old outline items (some of my documents imported with outlines that I didn’t create and don’t want. I can’t find a way to remove them and they clutter the flow of my intended outline. The Mac app remains a highly desired item. If these two items are added this app gets a 5 from me. Prior review: Hi - big fan of Goodnotes 4 but the two glaring holes for me in that version were 1) an easy way to reorder pdfs in large batches (I solved this by getting the Mac app which was great) and 2) nested folders. GN 5 has the nested folders which is great but now the ability to create an outline of text bookmarks has been removed so you just see images of your favorite pages. I used to use the favorites feature as a Table of Contents but now I can’t so now organizing very large documents is much more difficult. Would be great if you could add functionality to create / edit an outline in the app. Also need a GN 5 version for the mac. If you solve these two issues it gets a 4 stars from me. 5 needs to get the ink a bit more responsive like GN 4. For some reason theres a little lag now on occasion which is distracting.
A Great Upgrade
by kobster66 on 2019/01/19 17:47
Upgraded from GoodNotes 4. I read the other reviews before updating and noticed someone said their Apple Pencil lags. I haven’t had any issues with this app. The file organizer makes things better. The biggest improvement for me is having the pages scroll vertically instead of horizontally. I like being able to choose the type of pen and the fact that the hi lighter can automatically hi light a perfect horizontal line. The look is updated and more modern. The search function works well. I’ve had no issues and will definitely be using this over GoodNotes 4. I like that they added more paper styles but still no engineering paper unfortunately. That being said, there still are some features from OneNote that I would like to see. When importing photos, OneNote allows you to define the 4 corners you want, and it will straighten the image which is useful if you took a picture from an angle. OneNote then can turn the photo into black and white with increased contrast similar to a PDF scanning app. OneNote is also a bit better at adding typed text and gives a lot of options similar to Word, whereas GoodNotes is more basic.
YES
by Hebeljen on 2019/01/17 18:18
I just checked out the new Goodnotes 5 after upgrading (thank you, BTW)...and, omg I'm so excited right now. I use this app for EVERYTHING --from school notes to my digital Planner to diy beauty recipes to artwork and hand lettering practice. I have tried many different programs (Notability is good, but I don't care for the handwriting I produce and the style of the nib; I love INKredible for the nib, but it doesn't do much else; Procreate does some amazing things but it's extremely feature-heavy and doesn't offer typing which is a big bummer for creating planner printables ; and probably 5-10. Other apps that were so un-noteworthy i. Can't even remember them by name) but goodnotes is the one I always come back to. It has been missing one crucial thing for me --the ability to use the font profiles I have in my library. Until NOW!!! THANK YOU! I'm so excited I've been, up until now, having to type my template printables in Pages, then import into here and then I get stuck with a white background and is just a big mess but not anymore!!!!! This is what you've been missing and I am thrilled with the updates.
Should have waited to release!
by SebastianTaylor808 on 2019/01/31 04:40
Hi, I’m an avid GoodNotes user, I also supply it to my employees throughout my businesses. I will continue to supply Goodnotes 4, however, I will not be offering Goodnotes 5. In the first day of use, the Goodnotes 5 app crashed 14 times. For someone who spends at least 6 to 8 hrs a day using your app (Goodnotes 4), I was utterly disappointed in Goodnotes 5. Sure the features are great, when you aren’t having to reboot the app or redo your work every ten minutes. I genuinely don’t understand how as our society moves into the future, that pride, workmanship, and quality go out the door. I’m not singling Goodnotes out, it’s happening across the board. I would have rather this app come out in 6 months without the bugs. Neither Goodnotes or consumers should put up with this idea that we should just accept technologies errors, and allow it to further stress out or complicate our lives, when its job is to do the exact opposite. The quality has to be the priority, not the rush to beat the competition, or the rush to market to boost earnings reports. If you make a quality product that’s reliable for the long term, your product will stand alone. Be the Goodnotes Ive grown to love, not the subpar crap everyone else is. I’d take 10 features that work flawlessly, over 100 features that waste my time. Cheers!
FIRST NOTETAKING APP....IT'S ALRIGHT (ipad pro 2018)
by -XelaAlex- on 2019/02/10 01:06
I bought the bundle for goodnotes 4&5 and I've gotten use to only using goodnotes 5. Folders is really useful and keeps all my school stuff organized. Note taking with the apple pencil is great. For the most part this app has been efficient. However, page scrolling is really laggy and is not as fluid, even with just moving around the same page. You cant move images selected with the lasso between pages. You have to cut it/copy just to get it to a different page, which is kinda silly. You can't import multiple documents at once so that's a bit annoying. I would really love to see the ability to customize the toolbar to remove/add functions in order to better fit our own needs. Plus assigning more pens/colors than the three provided would be nice, instead of switching back and forth between pens and then colors, it'd be nice to be able to switch from a ball pen red, to a fountain pen green, with just one click, so having extra presets is on my wishlist. The shape tool definitely needs A LOT of improvement, very buggy, I'm pretty sure my crappy circles are not supposed to be squares. overall it's a good app, haven't tried notability but I got this for the highlighter, it's better than notability.
Excellent iPados app with one severe flaw
by BarryMG on 2019/09/28 20:09
I teach at university, and have multiple requirements from a note taking app. I have been an extensive user of Notability, but, with the advent of drop-and-drag multitasking in iPadOS I’ve been playing with both the new Apple “notes” app and GoodNotes. In particular, I’ve been testing how well these apps handle the transfer of drag and drop data between split screens. GoodNotes handles handwritten and pen-written notes fluidly, and allows the most flexibility in resizing drag and dropped images, text manipulation and the like. However, one glaring flaw (unless I’m missing something) is the inability to import URL’s with a hyperlink using GoodNotes. Yes, you can drag the link as text into the app. But, to open the link, you need to select the text box, copy the url, and paste it into the browser window. Compare this to “notes” ability to convert a dragged link into a thumb window in the note that automatically opens the url in the browser window when clicked on in the note. Even Notability will import a hyperlink into a note, albeit using a rather clumsy “import url” tab and multiple steps. In today’s world, this seems like a rather glaring omission. Fix this in GoodNotes and, IMHO, it’ll be the leader of the pack ! Thanks
Still so far behind the others...
by HeresMyTwoCents on 2019/01/16 03:38
Just bought version 5, installed it, opened it, tested it, and the only thing I could say was, “Really... that’s it??!!” I should have just kept version 4. I stopped using GoodNotes a long time ago after I saw all the added features Noteshelf 2 provides, but have been hoping that GoodNotes would catch up. Sadly, they still haven’t. It’s mind-boggling that even after all these years, GoodNotes STILL doesn’t provide dark paper to give a less glaring screen to write on. Geez, dark mode is everywhere these days, and after using it on all my apps, I hate looking at an all white screen background now. This is one main reason I switched to Noteshelf 2 They offer beautiful black and muted black papers that make writing and sketching an absolute pleasure. GoodNotes 5 has added some glitter from version 4, but just read all the reviews from even their most loyal customers, and you’ll see that everyone is pretty fed up with the ongoing lack of features. So once again, it’s goodbye to GoodNote. Enjoy my $5.99 that I just gave you for nothing. Hopefully you’ll actually put it towards developing some features your customers are actually asking for! I’ll keep the app on my iPad and keep watching what new features are released. But I sure won’t be holding my breath!
Need handwriting conversion and cloud backup features
by ian800726 on 2019/11/21 05:38
I used to use GoodNotes 4 and was quite satisfied with it, hence I updated to the 5th version. But the cloud synchronization, which was there in the 4th version, is gone. I knew you already noted on your website, but I just don’t under stand why this has not been fixed after months went by. Also, I think it would be nice to have an in-text handwriting to text conversion feature. Your current conversion can only recognize handwriting to text, but if I want to replace the handwriting to typed text, I will have to manually copy the converted text and then paste it in the documents. After that, I also have to erase the handwritten text. The whole process is quite tedious. It might be better to have a feature to automate these actions, which your competitor Notability has already implemented a long time ago. Albeit these drawbacks, I was quite happy with 4th version. Thus I am willing to give 4 stars as an encouragement to the development team. But I really hope these bugs and features can be fixed and added sooner. This could at least make me not feel fooled to pay for the upgrade.
Updated review
by SmashedBroccoli on 2019/05/12 01:46
Hooray! I’m so happy this app is finally running smoothly. I love it so much, and I’m so relieved! GoodNotes is a truly wonderful app for organizing and note taking, my college courses would be incomplete without it! This is everything I wanted when the app first launched, so happy. Previous- For the past couple weeks I’ve been having a lot of problems with lag on GoodNotes but no other apps, I’ve updated my iPad, changed the nib on my Apple Pencil and redownloaded the app, I’ve tried everything to get this app to work again the way it did before but it’s just incredibly frustrating to work with now. I don’t want to switch note taking apps because this one was so amazing but for now I’ll be taking notes in class with old fashioned pen and paper. I can’t write quickly without it jumping or skipping strokes, when I try to erase something it undoes my erase so I have to go over the same spot 5 times before it’s fully gone and it takes much longer to load pages than it used to. I don’t know what else to do. It’s unusable for now. :(
PLEASE ADD THIS
by iRateeeAppsss on 2019/11/19 20:18
GoodNotes 5 has personally served me well throughout the fall semester at my University. I decided for this school year to ditch my MacBook Pro and switch over to the iPad Pro 11’ as its more portable and has many Mac-like features. I did extensive research on finding the best note taking app and became stuck between purchasing Notability and GoodNotes 5 (both widely regarded as the top note taking apps). In this predicament, I decide to purchase both apps and test for myself which I felt more comfortable with. Over time I eventually grew closer to GoodNotes 5 and fell in love with all the features this app pack. Plus, the organization of all my notebooks is unmatched by any other app. The user interface may be overwhelming to some at first, but once to get used to the flow of GoodNotes you will never look back. I would give this app a 5 star rating, but the only thing I PLEAD GoodNotes 5 to add is a recording feature (seen in Notability). Recording is so convenient, especially during dragged out college lectures and would be an amazing compliment to an already amazing app. GoodNotes 5 > Notability in my opinion. JUST PLEASE CONSIDER ADDING A RECORDING FEATURE!!!
Couple bugs overshadowing the otherwise great app
by Tiffany Batiste on 2019/02/03 04:18
I’ve been a long time GoodNotes supporter and would like to continue this support, but a couple of annoying bugs need to be addressed first: 1. The app randomly returns to page 1 in the document, regularly. While reading, I suddenly find myself back at page 1 and I have no idea how or why. Super frustrating. 2. No longer supports different pens for different documents. I used to be able to switch between documents - highlighting in one while taking notes in the other. Now, if you’re highlighting in one, the highlighter remains selected across all documents and you must manually switch back to pen (or whatever you were using in the other document) as you switch back and forth. Small feature, but very helpful when doing school work and research. 3. Highlighting feature not quite intuitive enough. I love that the highlighter now auto creates a straight line, but it’s not quite intuitive enough to always understand when it needs to be straight. If on a bumpy surface (riding the train or in a car), there’s no way to force a straight line out of the wavy mess that inevitably ensues. Fixing these practical bugs would go a long way towards enabling continued support of this great platform!
Amazing for journaling/notetaking!
by TallulahI on 2019/03/04 00:48
Okay, just wow. I am constantly blown away by what you can do on GoodNotes 4 and now GoodNotes 5. I am definitely someone who prefers to write vs type most of the time and this helps to bridge my need for that but keeping everything digitally based. I feel so much better knowing I can just open this app on either my iPad or iPhone and using iCloud, sync my thoughts where I might be. One thing I would absolutely love to see is a bit more integration with the keyboard however. I know I mentioned that I like to write vs type most times, but when I am on the go and only have access to my phone, the keyboard steals the show. I love creating lists and having a bullet point option would just be the icing on the cake. Then when I get home or have access to my iPad with the pencil, I can either rewrite my notes or simply just continue with the typed bullet list that I have now created. Thank you for making a wonderful app and I can’t wait to see what is added next for all of us to efficiently take notes.
Rough Transition
by Junior music on 2019/07/22 15:40
I am a medical student and I switched from Notability to GoodNotes 4 because I liked how functional and easy it was to use. It has been a huge asset to me in organizing all of my lectures and notes for school. When GoodNotes 5 came out I was excited to try it. I immediately upgraded and went to class. They changed a lot in this upgrade. It is a completely different program and in my opinion it lost some of its functionality and became more complicated to use. Many of the features I loved were either very different or not there at all. When I tried to look up where they went it said that they were working on adding that functionality to this new upgrade. Importing became quite a hassle with the new setup. I still love the app but it was just a huge learning curve to adjust to the upgrade. I hope that they are able to bring more of the functionality back to the app quickly. Now a year later, there is still a lot of issues. I’m probably going to find a better app to use because I don’t have time to keep trying to make this app work.
Version 5.0.7: Best yet, but what about Google Drive?
by pineapplesambert on 2019/02/04 06:41
Cosmetics have never been better with this app, but goodness I miss some of the features from Goodnotes 4. I use the feature of template creation all the time, and since the switch I haven’t been able to access photos. I create templates IN Goodnotes and then screenshot it to make a template, and this feature becomes much more complex when you need to upload that image to Google Drive, make sure it’s in the correct folder, and make sure you know the name (because there are no image previews of the documents), AND make sure that the Drive you’re linked to is the correct Gmail account. It’s disappointing, and a tad annoying, but I have faith this will improve in time. My biggest beef is with Google Drive. I had to reset my iPad recently, and I was relying on my Google Drive back up to provide a mostly-seamless transition into GN5, but I have yet to see a feature where I can back up my documents to the Drive. I am anxiously awaiting that time when I can do that once again - mainly because I have little way to back up my documents until then.
So much better than Notability and Noteshelf 2
by Felinni on 2019/01/22 22:48
After being an avid user of Notability for the past 4 months, I tried out Noteshelf 2 about three weeks ago (thumbs down). I had previously purchased GoodNotes 4 but I was not impressed. Since it hadn’t been long since I went looking for another solution, I decided to give the GoodNotes 5 update a whirl. So glad I did. I haven’t experienced any of the glitches some other folks are mentioning. I am using it on a new iPad Pro 11” and new Apple Pencil. The new folder system is exactly what I was wanting. Previously I had taken all these notes but none of the apps had a good way to organize them logically. This new update is exactly what I needed for my digital notebook. I have now exported all of my old notes from Notability and Noteshelf to GoodNotes 5 and I have them organized like I have always wanted. I’ve even used the search feature and found that to be extremely helpful. It recognizes even my sloppy handwriting. I am thrilled with this new tool. Outstanding update. Home Run!
This is terrible.
by Kwee G on 2019/01/18 08:25
I have used Goodnotes for almost as long as it has existed. I love Goodnotes 4. There were some improvements I wished for, but it was reliable. I cannot Goodnotes 5 to stay open, it closes constantly. It syncs or reloads everything every time I change folders or categories, or even minimize it and then return to it. The hyperlinks unique to Goodnotes are not working in previous documents, and all the bookmarks that I had named are gone. But the real heartbreak is that, for example, my 2019 Planner - when it downloaded it into 5, it quit - because it keeps closing - and now has lost everything past January 7!!! It synced it back to the cloud like that, so it’s gone. I actually feel sick. I cannot believe my beloved Goodnotes did this. UPDATE! It takes forever to load, only to close seconds later. It won’t even talk to the version on my Mac!?! Really?!? AND, Even though I “completed my bundle” I was charged $8!! This is the most betrayed I’ve ever been by an app - an app I have used for years!
Excellent for Note-Taking in Medical School!
by Doodle Jump reviewer on 2019/10/30 00:47
I highly recommend GoodNotes 5 for note-taking. I am currently a medical student, and annotating documents and lectures using GoodNotes 5 has been fun, convenient, and much much better than using paper. When I was debating between this and Notability, one big feature convinced me to choose GoodNotes 5 — the lower writing latency. In other words, writing in GoodNotes 5 feels more smoother and silkier than in Notability. No matter what features a note-taking app might have, the actual note-taking will always be the most important and in my humble opinion GoodNotes 5 excels at it more than Notability thanks to GoodNotes 5’s lower writing latency. GoodNotes also mimics a pen with its tool while Notability only seems to have a pencil tool (no pen), and since I love writing with real pens instead of real pencils, I preferred writing in GoodNotes to that in Notability. Plus now with a recent update the latency is even further reduced, and writing in GoodNotes 5 is even more smooth and life-like. I highly recommend GoodNotes 5!
I use this daily for my real estate business
by MikeVila on 2019/07/26 15:13
I downloaded the 5 top note taking apps in the store, and played around with each one for one week, and for me and my needs in real estate this was the best. The more I use it, the more I find more uses for it. I went from taking notes, to filling out contracts, completing walk through inspection forms, and much more. I can add pages to the end of my reports and take pictures on the fly, or pull pictures from my Apple Photo, and they center automatically! It so many hidden features. I can import documents from my iMac or email, sign them and annotate, then email them back in seconds. I can search for documents through all the folders, create Favorites, sort by Name or Date. The toolbar has all of the essential tools for quick access, and if I click a tool icon twice, and change the attributes and defaults. You can create folders, then drag and drop files in each folder. And so much more!!! Give this app a try, you won’t be disappointed.
My choice for taking notes with the Apple Pencil
by bgoody on 2019/10/30 22:26
This app has so many features that I like. It syncs well with the Apple Pencil. As a result, the lines that you write are following right along. I like the zoom view when writing notes as it brings up a larger writing area at the bottom enabling you to write in the smallest of clear spaces. I often import PDFs and mark them up. When you are highlighting if you hold the endpoint for a second and lift the highlight straightens. No more wobbly highlights. There is also shape assist which if you draw a circle or square or other shapes, the program does its best to figure out what you were attempting to draw and clean it up. If you prefer text of want to copy and paste from another app is supported as well. Import and exported are well handled..I don’t often pay for apps but this one is well worth it! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. I also like being able to organize my notes into folders. The template selection is great well.
I love this app, but there is one small thing...
by jr_coffee on 2019/03/31 22:33
I use this app for nearly all of my note taking and I absolutely love except for one thing... Images. You have the option to insert an image from the app, but this means the image always becomes a new page rather than part of the page you are on. I know that you can multi-task use the drag and drop feature, but this is problematic for a few reasons. For example, it would mean having to google an image that is exactly like the one I have in front of me. Or take an image, save it to my camera roll, and use the multitasking feature on the iPad to drag and drop the image. While this admittedly not a big problem as it can be easily circumvented, it would be SO nice if I didn’t have to do that and I could simply have the option of inserting the image as a page or into the page. All in all, I would highly recommend this app to anyone who loves to take notes by writing them or otherwise. It is truly an amazing app.
Needs to address some things...
by XL-9642-0803 on 2019/01/24 05:13
I had goodnotes 4 for a good while and honestly the new stuff on 5 is amazing! However the little bugs are very annoying and if addressed would make this 100% better. The palm rejection seems to be way more sensitive then normal because writing on the left and center is fine, but when I reach the ride side it just keeps moving. The zoom feature (blue box) also keeps jumping way further then before (at least 2 lines down) and skips before reaching the right side of the page. Second there seems to be more glitches...for ex. when I would try to erase nothing would happen and instead the ink starts to glitch. Exiting out of the app does not help and I have to wait at least 5 mins before returning. Also I hate that the undo/redo feature is not a part of the zoom box like on goodnotes 4. Sometimes when I have to click undo at the top the screen returns to the first page (when in vertical view) and it’s extremely annoying. Once the glitch issues are fixed I’m sure my review will change and I can finally get back to writing notes without constantly having to leave the app and try to “restart” it.
Brilliant note-taking app
by .mogg. on 2019/11/05 02:54
I recently switched to from keeping notes on physical paper to using GoodNotes on the 2018 iPad pro with the 2nd gen Pencil, and I am positively amazed. The transition was very easy and I do not really miss anything from the old-school approach (apart from its battery independence). In fact, I have become fairly used to certain features such as smart-shapes assisted drawing and the ability to select and move text around. I find the interface to be clean and functional. The notebook customization and organization options are great, and the ability to easily pull pages from the same or another notebook to a split-screen view is particularly handy. Overall, I am very satisfied with nearly every aspect of the app so far. The main feature I am currently missing is automatic, rather than manual, back-up to cloud storage (it appears that this has been under development for a while, but was not included in the latest update). The ability to insert links, to pages in a notebook, other notebooks, or to URLs, would also be great. Caveat: I have not tried any alternative note-taking apps, so I cannot speak to any relative benefits. Also, while it is possible to use GoodNotes for making notes on PDF documents, that functionality is limited. If one spends a fair amount of time reading and annotating papers, I would suggest a more specialized app for that; where GoodNotes shines is drafting, keeping, and reorganizing handwritten notes.
Phenomenal
by Vulgrin on 2019/07/13 16:33
I rarely rate apps on the App Store. I definitely don’t rate them when unsolicited, but I saw the option to rate on the menu and decided “this deserves it.” I got a new iPad purely for the pen and note taking / brain storming I wanted to do with it. After about three sessions of playing with GoodNotes and finally understanding all of the features, and going out there and testing out every other notes app I could find, I realized this is the best one out there. The interface just works, and it makes sense. The analog to pen and paper is great - and better than other apps where you have to do a lot of “clicking” to add handwritten text in a separate screen, and then it imports as a picture. GoodNotes works like I would EXPECT it to work. What held me up at first was not being able to move around notes that I had written. Today I realized what the dotted line tool in the toolbar was, and figured out how it worked. And then suddenly all my needs were met. Only thing that is slightly annoying to me is that I had a small drawing with a lot of pen strokes in it, and selecting and moving / scaling that drawing took an extra second or two to select - assuming because of all of the data that was in the sketch. But its definitely not a show stopper. I would also like the ability to load in my own notebook covers, but really, I’m scraping to try to find something wrong with an otherwise perfect app. Love it. Thank you to the devs, this is brilliant.
Too many glitches
by Chella_11 on 2019/10/23 11:42
This app is very frustrating. I’ll have times when it just closes on me. Recently I haven’t been able to use my highlighter and my preset colors. I have a hard time downloading to GoodNotes. I’ll be missing pages or content. If this happens I have to close the app and download again. For awhile this worked but now having to do this step 3-5x a download. One day everything was having problems. I lassoed a picture to delete. Deleted....goodnotes deleted my hyper link. I know it was the fault of goodnotes, I’ve done this step tons of time and never have deleted my hyper links. Now I have to work around my missing hyper link. It’s a lot of little things too. This tool won’t work, have to close out. It won’t lasso this item, have to close out. I try to look at the layout of all my pages in a certain folder, it force closes on me every time for this folder. I have the most recent update and this stuff is still happening. When it works it’s great, unfortunately this is few and far between now. The problems continue to get worse, nothing seems to be getting resolved with updates.
Missing essential features from GoodNotes4
by Balbol on 2019/04/03 13:35
I upgraded to GoodNotes5 expecting a smooth and improved experience. I have used GoodNotes from the early days, for 4+ years exclusively as my note taking app. The upgrade to GoodNotes4 was a great step in the right direction and I have been quite happy with it. With the upgrade to GoodNotes5, however, some basic but essential features have gone missing. I appreciate the nested folder structure and the more sleek icons, but what happened to backup to cloud services? Restricting to iClouds is a downgrade in service and versatility. It also became quite painful while writing in the magnifier window to always have to reach all the way to the top of the page to select the eraser or different colors or undo/redo or use other tools and switch back to writing with the pencil. These features were shown on the magnifier window itself in GoodNote4 and are essential to an efficient and smooth note taking experience. Once I hit this barrier, I just stopped using the new app and went back to GoodNotes4 since it's not worth my time to discover the remaining deficiencies in the app design. Please bring the best of GoodNotes4 back!
GoodNotes literally changed the way I work!
by TheVapeLord on 2019/04/08 21:46
This app is so good that it is the first time I’ve ever actually written a review for anything. I have the 2019 iPad Pro 11 inch and the gen 2 Apple Pencil and together with GoodNotes it is absolutely amazing. They have a very clever mechanism for allowing you take notes on lined paper where you have a little section that is blown up and when you get to the end of the zoomed in area it projects a ghosted image of the next space on the left of the writing area. It Is hard to describe in text but in practice it is really convenient and stays out of the way. I am a software engineer who uses a ton of whiteboards to keep track of ideas and concepts for both work and personal projects. GoodNotes allows me to be able to have multiple notebooks for different subjects, plot out UML and logic flow diagrams, and even offer dot grid paper (most of these apps don’t). All said, I think GoodNotes is worth every penny and I enjoy having made it a part of my daily workflow.
Great App
by Ragg swag on 2019/02/05 15:42
REVIEW: Overall I think Goodnotes is a great app and the 5th edition made some great improvements. I'm a sophomore in college studying computer engineering. For my purposes Goodnotes does a great job of serving as a notebook for all of my classes. I don't think it's that different from other note taking products, but I find it much simple and clean than other apps with similar purposes. Goodnotes 5 is a great improvement and I really like the new UI and quality of life improvements. There are still some bugs, but for the most part they are extremely minor from my experience and Im confident they will be resolved during the software developmwnt process. ISSUE: If anything my only issue is that there have been times when I have experienced severe lag whenever I am taking more intensive notes where Im covering the majority of my page. This is something I didn't experience in version 4 and was surprised it was as bad as it was. If this can be fixed I'd greatly appreciate it.
Needs some updates
by Nothappy!!!! on 2019/01/19 21:45
Overall I like the organization of the this app compared to goodnotes 4. And there are some nice new features. However there are some features from goodnotes 4 that I miss and there are some bugs. The undo/redo buttons have been removed from the zoomed window so if you are writing this way you have to reach up to the top of the screen every time you make a mistake. Same with being able to switch between pen, eraser, and highlighter from this zoomed window. I also dislike that your pen stays the same color when you change tabs- in version 4 whatever color you were last using on a document was still selected when you went back to it. When you import a PDF with images in it, you can no longer press down on the image to copy it- like if I want to move an image from an e-textbook to my notebook. There is also a big bug- when I import some of my files to the app from google drive, the images disappear (these same files open normally in version 4). I love using goodnotes for med school but I will keeping version 4 until 5 has been updated.
Really great organizational app
by Samola on 2019/12/06 17:31
This app has been life changing for me. The ability to work in “paper” notebooks I can keep digitally has completely changed how I interact with organizing my life, and it’s been a major benefit. The only thing keeping me from giving the app 5 stars (would have done 4.5 if possible) is the ability to add links in documents/notebooks once they’ve been created. If I were able to create sectioned notebooks once I’ve started them, with a first page that lets me jump around or to change links I’ve already created in a PDF without having to reinsert and lose all my work, it would be the perfect app for my needs. While adding things to favorites helps, it’s not quite the same, especially if I’m trying to update an existing link where I’ve deleted the original page tied to the link, since it sends me nowhere but I can’t delete the link itself. I highly recommend this app for anyone who loves paper, but can’t carry multiple notebooks with them everywhere they go.
Deleted Notes and Restarts
by lwr032 on 2019/04/03 10:12
DO NOT update to Goodnotes at this time. I had notes from January 3, 2019 thru January 27, 2019. I have iCloud turned on. I'm running it on an iPad 6th gen. Goodnotes 5 started out running very well after syncing with iCloud and Goodnotes 4. I had January 3-17th imported from Goodnotes 4. All the notes from that point on were deleted from Goodnotes 5. The more notes I put into Goodnotes 5 the slower the app became. Then it started crashing and reopening. The last time Goodnotes 5 did it, notes 18-27 were gone. Those were very important notes to me. So DO NOT upgrade until the bugs are worked out. UPDATE: There was another update to Goodnotes 5 that brought back the pages I lost returned. I still have a few problems with the app. It's still running slow and it crashes every so often but not like it use to. The app now syncs well to iCloud and I can stack graphics on top of graphics now. I raised the star rating from 1 to 2. I can't go higher at this time.
Even better than before!
by Tired Studemt on 2019/02/23 04:14
When the update to GoodNotes 5 first released, it was a pretty bumpy release. There were quite a few bugs and lag all over the place, but after a few weeks and patches, we finally got a great app. I would say ignore the reviews regarding performance from only on because this app is great at the moment. I love how we can now scroll vertically and the new folder system makes organization better than on GoodNotes 4. Also the new resize feature is incredibly helpful. If you’re a student like me, then this app is also great for your textbooks. It makes it easy to annotate on textbooks and it has the outline of the textbooks, so that you can you any chapter easily, which is a feature not every note taking app has. If GoodNotes 5 can get recording like Notability, then I believe it would be the best note taking app hands down. Even now, I have to say that GoodNotes 5 is probably the best note-taking app on the App Store.
Crashes
by M&M's in MeMe on 2019/10/17 20:06
For the past couple days GoodNotes 5 locks up when switching tools. I have to close the notebook and reopen it. Then the tool works temporarily and crashes again. e.g. I can copy but then can’t paste. If I use the writing tools then switch to the Link tool, I cannot link to that page. Nor can I go back to the writing tools. The screen locks up. Any tool switching for that matter causes the screen to freeze. I frequently get a server error saying that sync has stopped working. My documents are all imported from Keynote as PDFs on iCloud then imported to GoodNotes 5. I’ve never had an issue until now, links and all. Was delighted with the product. I created a planner with linked tabs, but now they are useless most of the time. I thought that the last update to IOS 13 would fix the problem. It didn’t. Even your latest update 5.3.6 didn’t address the issue. Looked for email support but couldn’t find one. Just troubleshooting guides that don’t address the problem. Hope you fix this issue soon. I rely on my GoodNotes Planner daily.
Really enjoy this app
by ErnestJG on 2019/06/07 17:22
I love this app and it’s growing versatility. It has gotten better with time which is why I’ve come to review it. I like how versatile you can get with the pencil and how natural it feels. Also different paper templates hat it has. I really like that we can make outlines within notebooks, import pdfs, and a lot of other documents. Something I would like to see is more customizable paper colors and being able to add margins, as many as we’d like. This will allow for one to make a structure of note taking more consistent. These margins could be movable, would remain the same across one note book, and be transparent, in the sense that if we were to print this paper the margin wouldn’t print. Also, though there are ways to create ones custom cover page, I would appreciate it if we didn’t have to circumvent the current way to apply a cover, this would be an option to create the cover one wants, change the colors, maybe even edit ones that already exist to our lip kings.
Very good start, Needs refining
by Kp3649 on 2019/02/04 14:32
Let me start off by saying that GoodNotes 4 was phenomenal overall, but the interface was lacking. GoodNotes 5 certainly improved upon that with a great file management interface and the universal search function that is just amazing. There are some things that need refining in order to make it as reliable as GoodNotes 4 was. The writing algorithm is still not smooth and quick enough at times, leaving some strokes not accounted for. It was improved since the release of GoodNotes 5, but still needs more refining. Also an undo button in the zoom window needs to be added back. Finally, the “close tab” keyboard shortcut was removed unfortunately and I wish it was put back, on top of sometime the keyboard shortcuts not responding randomly unless the app is closed and reopened. Overall it’s great, but just needs some improvement upon the basic features so they are as bulletproof as the prior version.
This the best app for notebook lovers
by HM. Yes I'm still here. on 2019/10/10 02:39
The ability to upload templates and the existing template selection as well as the ability to have “Notebook Covers” really make the experience of using this app a joy. Add to that the OCR searching which allow you to search your handwritten notes and the ability to use folders, starring and outlines the organization/categorization features are phenomenal. My only gripes are small nitpicks and nice-to-haves - Adding pages requires far too many taps or the inconvenient tap-n-drag option - Context menus don’t disappear after selecting an option, only when you tap elsewhere on the screen - Select tool doesn’t allow you to change formatting in anyway (and I don’t think you can use it to move typed text around, can’t remember right now) - Highlight tool doesn’t work as effectively in dark mode - The lag on the pressure sensitive tools make it difficult to write quickly (I’m not sure if that’s the right term for it because it looks to me more like it’s trying to beautify the stroke) - It would be nice if the geometric / shape tools had the “ snap grid” - like functionality of other tools. Or a ruler, something that allows literally straight / perfectly arced lines. It can also be difficult to draw consistent shapes with the tool without such guides. - it would be nice to be able to add tags to notes / notebooks/ pages for searching and categorization
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