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Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation. Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac!  Top selling paid app on iPad App Store, regularly ranked #1. Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to enrich their lives. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note-taking experience at school, home, and work. CREATE MEMORABLE MULTI-MEDIA NOTES • Work with a variety of note-taking, journaling, and drawing tools like ink, highlighter, text, and audio. • Explore endless ideas with continuous page scroll. • Mark up imported textbooks, documents, lecture slides, class assignments, and images. • Add photos, GIFs, web pages, and more. STAY ORGANIZED, PAPER-FREE • Always keep your notes with you, without the weight, the hassle or the paper waste. • Group notes with customizable subjects and dividers. • Quickly search handwriting*, typed text, PDF text, image text, and note titles. • Secure notes using Face ID and Touch ID. HANDWRITE AND SKETCH NATURALLY • Ink is fine-tuned for the Apple Pencil for the most responsive, precise writing experience yet, including double-tap gesture for switching tools, erasing, and more. • Create custom colors and match any color with the color dropper. • Precisely erase freehand ink or shapes with varied brush sizes. • Easily create perfect shapes. • Quickly switch between ink or eraser styles with the Favorites Toolbar. RECORD AND PLAYBACK AUDIO • Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them. • Replay audio recordings and tap anywhere on your note to hear what was said at that moment. SHARE IDEAS IN PRESENTATION MODE • Present ideas in full screen without distracting toolbars when connected to an external display. • Engage an audience with all of Notability's tools including a Laser Pointer. DO MORE WITH MULTI-NOTE • Work with two notes side-by-side. • Quickly switch between notes and Drag & Drop handwriting, typed text, images, etc. TYPE ANYWHERE • Full-featured, left-aligned typing with word count and a wide range of fonts, custom fonts, sizes, and colors. • Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes. IMPORT AND SHARE • Import PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, images, GIFs, and more - conversion to PDF happens on your device, so information stays private. • Easily create searchable multi-page PDFs using the built-in Document Scanner. AUTO-BACKUP AND ICLOUD SYNC • Use iCloud to automatically sync your notes to Notability across iPad, iPhone, and Mac. • Use Auto-backup to send your notes to a cloud service for archiving or recovery. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, WebDAV, and OneDrive are all supported! --- Customize your note-taking experience in the Notability Shop! Explore an exciting array of content available for purchase: • *Handwriting Conversion and Search (included with Edu VPP) • Daily Planner (coming soon) • Stickers, themes, and more! --- Mac app sold separately. Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.
Very good. Ellagant planner works best with this app.
by Rjl226 on 2020/10/25 22:56
I use GoodNotes for most of my notebook needs, but Notability is the app of choice for using the Ellagant planner. Great hot links and navigation, and the Notability app allows for a larger view. Better than a paper planner!!
Really helpful!
by Ashley RQ on 2020/10/25 22:45
I downloaded Notability thinking I wouldn’t really use it that much but I actually do almost all of my school reading on it. I love being able to take hand written notes and highlight like I would a book, while still being able to organize and archive readings for future use. Paper readings usually end up getting lost or tossed. One suggestion that would make all the difference: allow us to add more margin space to uploaded PDFs!!!!! This would allow me to make more meaningful notes.
Keeps Crashing!
by rciskewl on 2020/10/25 16:53
Do not buy right now. I used this app all through undergrad, in my old career, and now in professional school. Used to be flawless and now it keeps crashing! After it crashes, my most recent addition as to a note are not saved. I’m in medical school. I don’t have time for this. It is unacceptable! You make an update to add in useless features and it made the app unstable. Please fix!!! Edit 10/2020: No longer crashes outright but freezes so I have to force close the app, which loses my recent edits. I am moving to a different editing app and spreading the word at my college that this is no longer worth your money and time. Absolutely ridiculous.
Severe lagging and glitches that have never been an issue before now
by Julians gurl 12 on 2020/10/25 04:01
I have been using this app for over a year for my notes and have never had any significant issues with it. I prefer it over other note taking apps for its simplicity because I often switch back and forth between notes a lot. I am currently studying for a huge exam in 2 days and this app has become completely unusable. It lags TERRIBLY. It takes forever to write and erase things or move things around. It takes about 10-15 seconds to load each note that I open or even if I scroll down to a different part of the same note, which makes switching back and forth quickly impossible and inefficient. I have tried compressing pdf files to see if that would make it faster and it did not. Even worse, the new compressed pdf that I uploaded WONT EVEN OPEN. The screen remains black when I click on it despite several things I have tried to fix it. I have relied on this app and have become very efficient at using it. This is not the time for me to switch to another app efficiently to study for my exam. Also, don’t even get me started on how TERRIBLE the desktop app for Mac is. Please fix this!
Great, but....
by Mr. Braydude on 2020/10/25 01:59
This app is really a great note taking app, but it really lacks in one area: pens/pencils you can use. There are only two options which I find to be very disappointing! At least throw in a pencil! Anyways, developers if use see this review, please release an update with more pens/pencils. Thank you in advance!
Transferir de manuscrito a texto
by fbechevsr on 2020/10/25 00:46
Con more un iPad Air y no me deja transferir de manuscrito a texto
Notability is a great note taking platform but it has too many glitches!
by collegestudentnerd on 2020/10/23 20:29
Overall great for taking notes and easy to use. However this app still need a lot of improvements. It doesn’t save your notes on an account so if you lose ur iPad or broke it, u cant restore your notes. Storing the notes on third party platform is too complicate, takes up too much space and hard to retrieve. It should have an account for each customer so we can access it everywhere like notion or google docs and the note can be stored in one place. Also there so many glitches. I am always scare to lose my chemistry notes since there been times where they just disappear. There should have some kind of history retrieve option like google doc. This app cost like $11 dollars when I purchase it, there shouldn’t be so many critical issues. Like notion and google docs is free and they r so much better at keeping your notes safe. Please get these critical issues fix! Other than that it a great platform for the note taking experience.
I Love Notability but... better organization?
by AAThompson02 on 2020/10/23 18:28
Notability is great. I love the new favorites tools toolbar. One thing that I do suggest for improvement is organization. The current organization system definitely works, but it could be better and that’d something that I think GoodNotes has down pat. Other than that, I love this app!
Notifications in app for their new “marketplace”, poor cross-device experience
by JDH4075 on 2020/10/23 16:31
Ever since the launch of the marketplace there are reminders to click on the marketplace by way of a badge. I would like an option to turn the badge notification OFF and then I will rate 4 stars. If notability creates a way to access its notes via web, PC, Mac, etc. then I will rate 5 stars.
Bug fixes my butt
by Plumblossom518 on 2020/10/23 03:37
It crashes and won’t open for me at all and I need these notes for school
Love it
by Angelokorie on 2020/10/22 23:55
I don’t think there is anything else better than this! If you are a nursing student, get this! You won’t regret it! Your notes will always be at the top of your fingers!!
更新后写字有锯齿
by Yinifer on 2020/10/22 23:53
手写有非常明显的锯齿,系统自带的备忘录就没有问题。希望能尽快更新修复
Video
by Matthewj18 on 2020/10/22 22:29
I work as a fire investigator and our company uses Notability for case files. I need a way to capture videos and news videos in the file. If their is a way to do this please advise me.
Excellent for note-taking but needs serious improvement
by Kidicarus17 on 2020/10/22 21:09
I love this note taking app and it is certainly a notch above the rest but I feel as though the developers have not put much effort into updating this app in the few years I have had it. For instance, the organization is still seriously underdeveloped and needs usb categories for main files. It would also be nice to get a stitch option for adding to notes together
Rating JUST the PLANNER Portion
by nervenerd on 2020/10/22 18:03
Extremely counter intuitive 😒
Worked fine for a while, but not anymore
by sharkgirl424 on 2020/10/22 17:15
Maybe instead of adding in-app purchases, the developers should fix the SEVERAL bugs that are in this app. It worked perfectly fine on my iPad for about a year, but then it started to glitch. In July, I started to notice a glitch where random lines and whatnot would show up when I had my hand on the screen. I should also mention that I have hand/wrist detection ON. Despite numerous “bug fixes” this has never been fixed. Recently, my notes have had to “download from iCloud.” I have never shared my notes with iCloud. EVER. Yet, this keeps happening. I need to use this app for school, but it glitches so much that I always have to email teachers and tell them that I cannot turn in my homework because of this app.
Wouldn’t save title of my note, changed title, closed app, and then the entire chem lab was gone
by RobertRoss1337 on 2020/10/22 09:29
What is the point in using an app you cant trust. It literally worked for all my other labs up until this point. I will never use it again because I lost an entire f**cking lab. I might fail chem. I might lose my scholarship. I’m actually screwed because of this app
Great note taking overall
by Gahaya on 2020/10/22 05:26
The app is easy and intuitive and easy to use, plus it can make beautiful things. I’ve used it for note taking in class and the features have all been easy to find and use on the fly. I do wish the app had some more features though. You can make partitions for different files, but only 2 levels deep. I would appreciate more flexibility in how I save files. They also don’t have an easy way to join pre-existing PDFs. You can join new files to existing ones, but not two existing ones. Overall very useful and I would recommend, but not a substitute for a computer for organizing or pdf aggregation.
Please add these features:
by al rumi on 2020/10/22 04:18
1. The ability to 📌pin some notes upside as well as the dividers and subjects like apple messages or apple notes. 2. Add sub divider and sub subject so we gonna have a divider , inside it there’s sub divider and a subjects which inside them there’re sub subjects . 3.the ability to create an endless note , so you can zoom in thousands times as well as zoom out, this feature is so simple and important for any notes taking student , and I think everyone will love it. 4.the ability to fade an image or a text so you can write or paint a copy of it under it.like on zoom notes. 5.the ability to secure a subject or a single bote with a different password.
Freezing
by Krapdavid on 2020/10/22 01:20
This new update causes the app to completely freeze and mid lecture, it is increasingly frustrating to use this app consistently....
Lost all notes
by Ganderrr on 2020/10/22 00:31
This has happened 3 times now, I assumed it was user error the first 2 times. I upload PPTs and take lecture notes. The PowerPoints stay fine but everything that I have written disappears. I even tuened auto back up on after the first time but it ended up backing up the blank copy of the note. I have lost over 6 hours of lecture time relying on this app. Absolutely devastated.
What a great product
by imin2cadd on 2020/10/21 22:59
I use this everyday to markup pdf’s
Store and poor design decisions ruined this app
by John C Pubic on 2020/10/21 20:36
The big design flaw is that there is a non-removable zoom button on the lower part of the screen where most RH people rest their palms, which leads to constant infuriating inturuptions. Adding a “store” into notability was the final straw for why you should avoid this and go with a different app. The store increased updates by several 100 mb and has made notability unresponsive and bloated.
Great App
by Lryan999 on 2020/10/21 20:32
I switched from one note on a surface to notability on an iPad. It is much more lightweight and I wouldn't go back.
Don’t buy this
by susan.07 on 2020/10/21 19:13
How ridiculous it is to purchase an app that is always glitching. My files are all messed up and on the day of my exam. All the notes I have put hours into are not even displaying correctly. Don’t buy this it’s not worth it unless you want to end up like me.
The Reason for Buying my iPad
by Noraimso on 2020/10/21 17:44
I read lots of articles, and this app makes it easy. I tried it on my husband’s iPad and I thought the whole iPad is worth it because of this app. It is not only organized and easy to use, but also, they keep improving it👌. The only thing is that you need the pen to get the best out of it.
Serious things you need to add
by stagido on 2020/10/21 16:30
Notability is by far my most favorite note taking app but the new updates on the apple notes like handwriting to text and other features are enough to lure every professional note taker to change his mind about his favorite app to use So I hope u add those features to notability too so we can keep enjoying this beautiful app
Love it
by Official.nelly96 on 2020/10/21 16:25
Love it !! Have been using it for a year
Great app for busy people
by Preacher Timbo on 2020/10/21 12:05
Im a Pastor that is very busy. I use this app for sermon notes, I love the fact that it shares in real time across all my devises, making it convenient to write my thoughts on my iPhone which also stores on my iPad
坑!!慎用
by notability太坑了吧!!! on 2020/10/21 08:50
太糟糕了重命名不上就多備份了幾次,不知道觸發了什麼導致寫好的筆記憑空消失掉,google drive的備份文件也一起沒了...心情好差 💢太給人添堵了吧
We need an update
by ruyaals on 2020/10/21 08:42
We need new papers colors and sizes and new pens and sizes also we need new colors for subjects and we need to be able to move images or stickers with hand writing and please add other language to hand writings such as arabic ALSO WHY WHEN I IMPORT PAPER LIKE PDF I CANT HIGHLIGHT ON IT
Need unlimited levels of organization
by josephine34568 on 2020/10/21 05:49
I love everything about this app except for the fact that there are WAY TOO FEW LEVELS OF ORGANIZATION. If a new update could provide us with unlimited folders and sub folders beyond the current 3 levels (notes, subjects, folders)...my life will be saved. If an update including more levels of organization does not occur soon, I may have to switch note taking apps.
Desperate for the planner!
by ItsYaGirlMandizzle on 2020/10/21 05:31
I am loving notability. I use it for all of my classes. I take a lot of chemistry courses so the freedom of drawing is amazing. There are some bug fixes and improvements I think that could be made. For example, I imported a document and then added a dark page at the end (because the black page is easier on my eyes) and the highlighters didn’t highlight opaquely like they would do if I began a new note with only the black paper. I wish I could organize my notes in the order I wanted but I only have the option of by date or by name. Just small things but overall I really would be lost without notability
Organization is the only drawback
by AsphaltAirborneGuy on 2020/10/20 21:44
Absolutely love the app! Has saved me so much time looking through my notes and I am leagues more organized. Only one complaint is the organization. Please please please add a feature to allow users to create folders inside of folders. This is huge, and would save me so much time, as my names currently all need to be different. If there were different folders, I could have “Homework3” saved in two different folders and this wouldn’t be a problem. If this change is made, this is a six star app!
Terrible update
by Student88943828998438978 on 2020/10/20 21:01
I have encountered so many problems with this app in the last couple of weeks. It is constantly freezing and will freak out and show random lines all over the screen when I am writing. It is interfering with my ability to pay attention in classes because I am having to constantly erase. Please fix this problem. They have no customer service number and do not reply to your emails. Terrible customer service for being such a “successful” app.
The good and the bad.
by fjpoblam on 2020/10/20 16:50
The good: fast sync, if you learn how. (Close the note on both devices. Then open on the target. Usually instant sync: faster than most other writing apps.) The good: handles downloaded/installed fonts, variety of backgrounds, easy PDF handling, lockable folders (including PDFs and images), easy draw/text boxes/image imbed within notes. The bad: EXTREMELY and outstandingly primitive sync of font-size across devices and device orientations; InAppPurchase of some advance features (actually no issue: advance features are worthless); extremely slow startup; no plain-text export; audio recording indicator small. Fairly good app if you can tolerate the bad. Apple notes.app has gone south since iOS 14.
Removed my content from note after renaming
by Talal Ur Rahim on 2020/10/20 14:46
I have loved Notability for years, but yesterday I wrote a very important research note. I tried to rename it today after adding more ideas into the the note. At that time, the entire content of my note disappeared. I have now tried everything to get my content back. I searched for some words and I can see the highlighted location of those search terms in the note, but not my writing. All of a sudden, I don’t trust this app anymore. It’s unreliable and I can’t note anything important in it.
Good but eh
by #jesus comes 1st on 2020/10/20 14:22
With the price tag like this for an app I expected more. It’s buggy at times with the apple pencil and doesn’t have as many features as I would have liked. You pay 9$ for an app and then you have to pay for themes which is dumb. Oh and theres no account where all your stuff is saved in case something happens so you have to back everything up all the time, for an app like this where all your important notes are I would think OBVIOUSLY theres a login account where your stuff is saved but there isn’t. If for some reason the app gets deleted and you didn’t back up your stuff, it’s gone for good. Another thing that’s annoying for me in particular is i write with my paper slanted and sometimes turning my whole ipad back and forth when i’m getting work done gets annoying so just tilting the paper in the app would be so much easier. Lastly, there should be an option to switch the eraser so that you can erase just part of something instead of the whole thing. Besides these issues i use it everyday for school and it gets the job done and organizes everything nicely
DO NOT USE the broken "Merge recordings" feature
by Ariel J. Transparentpseudonym on 2020/10/20 14:09
When I try to merge recordings, about half the time something goes wrong--for example the audio files get merged in the wrong order. I can do without the merge recordings feature. What I DO NOT WANT to deal with is a recording that used to work but that I broke because Notability falsely claimed I could edit in a moderately useful way.
Need more tools
by Hiebfruhbjhhj on 2020/10/20 11:30
Notability needs more ways to organize notes, like being able sub folders. Also why should I have to pay extra for the word search tool when good notes includes it n their app and they’re cheaper. Only reason I’m with notability is because I can record my lectures
환불 요청합니다
by evfinoeniofngeoef on 2020/10/20 11:07
텍스트 변환 $2.99 주고 구매했는데 한국어 텍스트 변환 인식 자체를 못 해서 한 번도 사용하지 못 했네요;; 텍스트변환 환불 부탁드려요
希望添加一些功能
by mingrara on 2020/10/20 08:43
希望改进一下文件夹功能,目前支持的文件层级过小,东西多了容易杂乱。另外,跪求大纲功能,其他用起来真的很香了,非常nice的一款app
Discovered a very distressing bug
by Z.Shan on 2020/10/20 06:14
I’ve been using Notability for almost a year now. Always loved it. But today I’m leaving a 2-star review because I discovered a very distressing bug that ALMOST completely ruined my day and semester. I was working on my midterm exam on Notability today. First, I imported the pdf file of the exam to work on it (I named it “Exam” in the app). Then, I was done with the exam, but I had some unrelated notes and random drafts written in the file, so I decided to move them somewhere else before I submit the “Exam” file to my professor. I imported the same pdf file of my original exam (and named it “Exam Questions” this time in the app). I cut the things I didn’t want in “Exam”, and pasted them in “Exam Questions”. It all worked. After all, I’ve done it many time before. Then, as I was getting ready to export the “Exam” file and submit it to my professor, I decided to rename the file “Exam (my name)”. And that’s when Notability completely freaked out. As soon as I finished renaming the file, “Exam”/“Exam (my name)” completely VANISHED from the app. And “Exam Questions” renamed itself to “Exam”, where the unrelated notes and random drafts are still present. But the actual exam I’d been working on for hours is NOWHERE to be found!! LUCKILY, I back up Notability automatically to my Google Drive, and I was able to retrieve the “Exam” file from “5 min ago” on my Google Drive that still contained all the answers I wrote for the exam. I was able to submit my midterm exam to my professor, but by the time I went back to my Google Drive and checked again, the original “Exam” file was gone too, which means that — had I acted a few seconds later, I would have completely lost the exam file that I had been working on for hours and needed to be submitted by a deadline. THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS BUG!!! Now I can no longer trust Notability to work on anything important and/or time sensitive.
Best note taking app!!!
by 10402730582 on 2020/10/20 02:49
I love this app. It has changed my life when it comes to studying for school. You can drag files and photos directly from other apps and draw on them.
please fix this bug!!!
by Lauren162936 on 2020/10/19 20:37
I CANNOT get my notes from my iCloud to load back onto my IPad I just logged in one day and it says it has a problem connecting to iCloud. I tried all the troubleshoots and it won’t work. Really frustrating I can’t access any of my notes and haven’t been able to for over a week.. I loved this app but now am just very frustrated
Deleted my lecture notes
by Plumplos on 2020/10/19 18:31
I’m a college student that uses notability to write notes for every single class. For me, chemistry notes are especially exhaustive and long. I had created a chem note titled “lecture 19” and then when I moved on to the next lecture, I created a new note and accidentally named it “lecture 19” as well. Notability doesn’t allow for having the same name for two different notes so I changed one of them to “lecture 18” since I realized I had skipped over that number. When I finished writing, I exited out of the note to the main screed. Not only had both of the notes reverted back to being titled “Lecture 19” but when I tried to open them back up (since I had a feeling something was going to go wrong), Notability glitched and deleted both of my notes. Now, there is only one note titled “Lecture 19” in my files and its totally blank. The other 2 notes are nowhere to be seen, not even in recently deleted files. This app is great and has tons of useful features but is it really that hard to allow duplicate names on notes without things like this happening??
Stop Cloud Syncing Constantly
by Tthorp1012 on 2020/10/19 16:55
Every time I open this app it starts cloud syncing every file (in my case over 1200 files) rendering the app useless since I cannot access any of my most recent files. It appears to start at the oldest files (in my case 2015) then quits syncing halfway through so I cannot open any of my recent work. I do not recommend this app in its current state. It makes any and all recent documents unopenable once you close the app.
Not working with locked .pdf documents
by Hahnlin on 2020/10/19 16:24
Notability has been great for me; I’ve been using it for all my classes and very much enjoying my experience. However, this last update has broken the ability to import locked .pdf documents. I would like to see this fixed as soon as possible
Notability Multiple Instances NOT AVAILABLE
by JAIMAKAN on 2020/10/19 16:00
Let me preface this review by saying how much I love notability. I have been using the app on my iPad for years now. The iOS version of the app is quite frankly amazing. From taking notes to uploading PDFs, it does about everything. Even the new updated version of the Mac app is great, it allows you to upload documents seamlessly, which makes it much easier to work between a MacBook and IPad! This workflow is great but my ONE ISSUE, is that notability does not have the option to open multiple instances of the same app. While goodnotes, flexcil, apple notes, etc. all have this feature, notability does not. Developers of Notability, can you please add this feature?!
Great File Keeping/Editing App
by Nandjdjddjaka on 2020/10/19 15:54
This app is great for keeping track of pdf’s and editing them. It would be super helpful if they added more ways of sorting them!
Highlight text color selection invisible
by Corker4lyfe on 2020/10/19 13:41
Highlight text color selection invisible...since the last 2 updates. App closes or has to reset to loading screen a lot of times when I move it to a background app, sometimes when just switching to one app and back in 15sec.
Pretty good.
by @Brave on 2020/10/19 13:41
I use this app a lot, sometimes even a substitute for a PowerPoint. My only big problem with this app is that it is not letting me write or draw with my finger, only my Apple Pen.
Best until it didn't Last
by KayleenMoua on 2020/10/19 06:42
I used this app for about a year now and it was my go-to note taking app with the best features! Until one day, I decided to take a break from taking notes to come back to no notes AT ALL. The recent update most likely has a bug and if you are purchasing this app, I'd advise you to not buy it until this app's bug is fixed
Edit function doesn’t work
by apchilds on 2020/10/19 06:39
Have been using this app for years and always recommend it to my students. With the most recent update, the Edit function only works about 20% of the time. Other times, the menu bar across the top will change, but I can’t actually edit the names or locations of notes; touching the name of a note opens the note, as if I’m still in the standard (not Edit) mode.
Quick note
by Haobepa on 2020/10/19 05:24
Jet black theme does not work with default to iOS appearance 😭
Taking Notes Has Never Been More Fluid
by mT Ominous on 2020/10/19 03:10
Throughout the courses I have taken in my career, my iPad and notability work synchronously. The perfect combo!
I would love to give 5 stars
by Renee_lynn on 2020/10/19 01:22
But... In the latest update, notability has had problems with the screen freezing or failing to scroll. It is really frustrating to not be able to scroll through a PDF and to have the screen just freeze. I had to hard restart my iPad Air 3 four times to get it to unfreeze. Is there a reason or a fix for this problem? I have otherwise loved notability. Would also love to have text recognition built in now that iPad comes with scribble. It seems a waste not to take advantage of that.
Useful, but hard to organize
by Touchte on 2020/10/19 00:23
I’ve been using notability for school for about a year now. It’s great paired with the apple pencil, and all the features on that end of the app are fantastic. My chief complaint, however, comes from the organization of the app. For instance, I can’t have two documents of the same name within the app, which is annoying because I have to go back a year to delete/rename some old note to use the title again. The divider system works well, but the sections get crowded really quickly. It would be nice to have a different view instead of just just lists of documents that I have to scroll through. Lastly- and this seems to be a product of the latest update, there are some issues with renaming documents, namely not being able to.
Serious freezing problem
by Kearsu Wang on 2020/10/19 00:23
It freezes every time I quit the notability to open another app and then opens back notability on iPad Pro 12.9 2015! Every time!!!!! Fix this!!!!
Good, but never updated.
by LITTYSHMITYY on 2020/10/18 22:15
I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I hate taking normal notes, now. I like this app better than GoodNotes, but it has bugs, and it’s almost never meaningfully updated. In the year that I’ve had this app, pretty much all they’ve added are themes and two sticker packs. I would love to be able to select items layer by layer. I would love to be able to “pin” items so they they do not move when selected, unless unpinned. I would love many more pages for custom colors, as well as being able to control the transparency and texture of brushes. There are a million fun and innovative things that could be added to this app. Please do so! Also, the number of bugs is growing. Please fix that!
Sync with iCloud on iPad deleted notes
by Leeloo85 on 2020/10/18 22:06
Notability decided not to sync my notes. It works great on the Mac. Notes disappear from iPad when iCloud sync is turn on.
Thee best
by dr praxis on 2020/10/18 21:24
Hands down the best note taking app. I’m a doctoral student whom reads and takes notes directly on the pdf all the time. Effortless to import and share. Organization is a breeze.
My Notes for School are Being Erased and Deleted
by +SkyFlyr+ on 2020/10/18 21:12
I have been using Notability for around a year and hove not had any issues with it until recently. In the past few weeks, I have had the contents of multiple files erased and deleted. This is not because I am out of storage, as I have over 100 gigs of free space. These documents are of high importance and value to me, as I use this app on a daily basis to do my required notes and projects. The first time I had this issue, I thought it was just an isolated glitch, but regardless, I started to try and save the documents by leaving them to go the the notes screen in an attempt to save them to the app. This has proven to be unhelpful, as today this issue caused an entire file of mine that I had been working on, to be wiped of its content, leaving nothing but a blank, empty page. This is very concerning, as I am now worried about the stability and reliability of this app which I had previously seen as a reliable, safe, and dependable tool. I don’t think that I should have to back-up every one of my documents to PDF, every time I make a change or addition. This is not what I would have expected from an application that I payed $10 for, or one that I have never had problems with. I have over 150 notes on this app, only a small portion of which are safely stored as PDF’s on iCloud. This issue is incredibly concerning, problematic, and recurring. I have spent 100’s, possibly 1000’s of hours creating notes and files in this app, and I am terrified of the thought that all of them could be in serious jeopardy of being erased partially, or entirely. I am afraid to even touch the older documents of mine, out of fear that trying to export them as PDF’s could result in them being erased or deleted. These documents that have been impacted are not in the recently deleted folder, nor are they in a different location. Today I was working on a document and had continued to use my method of trying to back-up and save the document to the app by leaving and coming back in. I finished the assignment and went to rename it, as well as move it to a different folder. When I renamed it and tried to add it to a subject, all of the content in the note was erased and the note had reverted to the original name that I had changed. I did not accidentally swipe and delete the document, it was just wiped clean. This was incredibly frustrating and upsetting, and I am starting to doubt the integrity of this app. I saw Notability as an indispensable, reliable, and useful tool until recently, and I have not lost sight of this apps potential. I wish for nothing more than this issue being addressed and resolved, and I have hope that this problem can be rectified in a timely manner. Notability has been an incredible resource for taking notes, completing projects, and doing schoolwork. I am more than willing to continue to use this app, but I feel that the users deserve an app that they can rely on to be stable, useful, and safe. My opinions about this app have historically been incredibly positive, but the recent issues that I have experienced have made me more cautious about what I can use the app for. I hope that this set of issues can be fixed so that I may return to using this app without fear of all of my work and effort being erased and deleted.
Suggest
by kimiZeZ on 2020/10/18 20:18
I need the option to be able to select couple of pages and move them up or down or deleted them at once... doing this one by one takesssssss foreveeeeeeer and i dont have a mac only ipad😢
Increased studying efficiency
by tbaure on 2020/10/18 19:48
During COVID times where all of college has moved online and require uploaded submissions this app has increased my overall efficiency in my classes. Being able to quickly access different colors and highlighters while I’m going over practice problems allows me to highlight and mark the exact step I did something wrong with ease. As a naturally messy writer I’m able to quickly and easily clean up my notes and make it easier on the eyes. All in all I’d say working on notability has increased my overall studying efficiency by 10%
Great app
by msingh40 on 2020/10/18 17:47
I really enjoy this app. It has helped me keep all my notes organized and keep multiple subjects notes on here. As a nursing student, it limited the amount of time that I spend either writing or printing out slides which can range anywhere from 20 slides to 40 slides per lecture
Needs to integrate new Apple Pencil features
by chloe122345663828299 on 2020/10/18 16:02
You cannot use the new Apple Pencil features currently with notability. It will not convert writing into text immediately which is so helpful when looking things up in your notes. You also can’t cross out writing to delete it which saves a lot of time. I love notability but this lag time in not updating with the current features of an Apple Pencil is making me want to switch to Notes.
What is wrong with this app
by sk10202020 on 2020/10/18 10:04
I paid for this just for audio recording and the voice boost button is frozen and won’t let me slide it. So I hear every background noise in my recording. Please help
Not happy with update
by DrMike0518 on 2020/10/17 23:08
Please allow to go back 10 seconds when on half screen mode. Also keeps freezing with recordings. All this changed after update
Does not work with Apple Pencil
by Mu$!( on 2020/10/17 19:45
This app works fine with other brands but my Apple Pencil won’t work with it. It constantly lags or stops writing.
Notes keep disappearing
by MPxAirWii on 2020/10/17 18:32
I’ve been a user of this app for almost 4 years now to take notes in my college classes. I prefer using this than good notes because of how easy it is to use. Recently, the app has become more buggy and my notes keeps disappearing! If it weren’t for iCloud, I feel like I would’ve permanently lose those notes. I hope you can fix this soon.
AMAZING EXPERIENCE
by engr_stud on 2020/10/17 18:27
Notability has made my college experience sooo much better! As an engineering student, sometimes I need to look back at classes I took previously and having all of my notes on notability is just amazing. My notes look cleaner, more organized, and I can create PDFs to turn in my assignments super easily. Best note taking app out there!
Do Not Update
by ggdxwz on 2020/10/17 13:37
Significant glitches in the latest version, one star until bugs are fixed.
I love it and I hate it
by May+E on 2020/10/17 13:12
I love the functions for my note taking and recording lectures/presentations. BUT it glitches a lot😫 way too much. I lose notes because of some update or because some update is needed. It’s frustrating because I’m using this while I’m in a doc program. My notes are gold. I can’t afford to randomly lose documents. Even now I’m trying to open my readings and it has taken an hour for the documents to upload. I’m honestly getting nervous about continuing to use this program because I don’t know what will happen with it from one day to the next.
Great app. Recent update with Scribble not so great.
by this nick thing is dumb on 2020/10/17 04:34
Trying to use Scribble in this app is extremely frustrating. It’s very difficult to control if you are simply adding text or creating a text box with text. As you write a note, random text boxes appear. It’s like the features of Scribble and the text features native to Notability are competing with each other. Fix that and it’ll be back to 5 star.
Awful functionality for anything beyond doodling
by vavarooroo on 2020/10/17 00:27
I am using this app to design the interface for an app and it is awful: the text recognition is horrible and does not scale to size, you cannot input text, the text boxes are hard to use, you cannot bring items to front or back, you cannot input tables or shapes, and there’s a near infinite number of further complaints I could make; this app should be advertised for doodling and sketching for fun, NOT being an advanced note-taking app worthy of post elementary school tasks. I would request my money back for the app but I don’t even want to give them the satisfaction (this app is so horrible, it is the first time I’ve EVER written an app review).
Taking photos
by Blahchixken on 2020/10/16 21:24
You guys really need to create a way to take pictures on notability without it saving all the photos to my camera roll. Also, the writing gets shaky near the ends of the screen.
Doesn’t Save At Times
by Peanutbuttersmoothie on 2020/10/16 20:09
PLEASE fix or update this app. It is frustrating when I am already tight on time and spent an hour typing up notes only for it to NOT SAVE AT ALL. What a waste of my time. Another recommendation is to have the pictures move with the text or have a set pagebreak. When I press enter all the texts move down one row, but pictures stay the same.
Please add side space for PDFs
by DMC-GMR on 2020/10/16 16:36
I love this app,except i cannot write on the side of slides . please add this feature
Cannot convert handwritten math equations
by esahaff on 2020/10/16 15:23
I’m using the app as a student. The biggest drawback is that it cannot convert my handwritten math equations into text, numbers and symbols. Rather it will convert math symbols and numbers into emojis. This would be much more useful if it could handle math symbols and formulas. Also, heads up, the written notes to text is an additional cost. I didn’t realize this when I first purchased the app.
The best notetaking app
by evelynlyang on 2020/10/16 04:50
The best note talking app I’ve ever used. I recently purchased the PLANNERS,overall it’s easy and efficient to use. But could we get a full year calendar? Right now the dates on calendar have been cut off till September 31st 2021,
Family sharing doesn't work
by #nbcfail on 2020/10/16 01:47
I've owned this for a long time and it's worked great. My only pet peeve is that I'm only able to use it on the one device. We're have 8 eligible devices on the same iCloud account but this app only works on the one it was originally installed on. The app store shows a paid $8 download from the other devices. For other family shared apps you are not charged for additional downloads. I've tweeted at their support - no response. Maybe they don't care. Maybe you should care that they don't care and get goodnotes instead. Just very aggravating. Maybe with this review they will respond... Or not. We'll see
Needs A Feature to Highlight Text on Image
by Tea Cup 02 on 2020/10/15 23:38
I love this app and use it for school everyday. I love the new update that allows us to choose favorite brushes and edit recordings. There is one thing I wish to be improved, it would be great if I can highlight the text on an image. Right now it is impossible to see the highlights on image with white background.
Bugs!
by Pryshsofofkfxkkxk on 2020/10/15 16:17
Every time I rename a note and come back the name is gone and it’s messing up my organization; this needs to be fixed ASAP. It also fails to save and you can lose 2 hrs of note-taking just poof..If I hadn’t started medical school using this app and spent money on it I would leave and use another app!
更新完手掌检测形同虚设!!!!!!
by 观望吧 on 2020/10/15 14:55
希望赶快修复这个bug!!!!!!
Maybe include multiple favorite bars?
by Summer Louise on 2020/10/15 14:48
I have been using this app since my university went only for quarantine. This pandemic was the last straw for me to get an iPad and start my notes and studying on a tablet. I have found Notability to be very easy to use. Their new update is AMAZING! One idea I have is that the developers should include the option to have multiple favorite bars. I use different colors and styles for different classes and it would be SO easy for me to assign a favorites bar (as easily editable as the one now) to each subject folder. That was I don’t have to go to a previous assignment, check what colors I used, and edit them one by one. I like to keep my note styles in my classes consistent throughout the semester so I can easily recognize the pattern as I study them all for my finals. I like to use the same colors my professors use—or at least similar to it—so I can learn as intended by them. If a favorites bar design for each subject folder (at least the option to do so) was available it would make my note taking so much easier. Please consider!! Other than that... can’t wait for the planner option! Love this app so much🤩🤩🤩
The Handwriting Recognition Feature
by lllrhgp on 2020/10/15 05:40
I paid for the handwriting recognition feature to find hand-written notes, but it never worked for me once. DO NOT PAY FOR THAT FEATURE, UNTIL IT WORKS. SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Love BUT GLITCHING A LOT RECENTLY
by Nenemichelle88 on 2020/10/15 04:00
Notability is my go-to app when it comes to note taking. Love the fact that I can record my lectures while taking notes. Recently, I have noticed that it freezes so much! In the middle of taking notes and recording, the app freezes and I can’t write. When I restart the app, it sometimes recovers the recording, and sometimes it doesn’t. Its super frustrating that I have to deal with this in the middle of class. Please fix! I genuinely love this app but really sad about this.
Better then goodnotes
by Phawphaw on 2020/10/15 01:28
I’ll keep this short. As an artist using this app for drawing and design, It’s much better then goodnotes. It’s great at handling and editing shapes. It does what goodnotes struggles with which is making it easy to edit shapes and has a more flexible tool set, with better UI. I could go on.
Losing Data - no customer service - don’t buy this!!!!!
by KojoMike on 2020/10/15 01:12
Have been losing data from client meetings. This has happened three times in the last two weeks. About 6 hours of data lost. Emailed Notability (because no phone support) and it’s been a week now with no support from them. I’m going to look elsewhere for my business needs.
Periodic Crashes and Freezes
by iPhone 6, ex-alien blue user on 2020/10/14 19:36
On my iPad 10.2, the app freezes and or crashes fairly frequently.
Incredible tool!
by jromeroday on 2020/10/14 17:24
Excellent note, reader, and handler of PDF documents. Provides an excellent organization and notes in all your important documents. Has made my life a lot easier!
KEEPS DELETING MY NOTES
by SmF4231 on 2020/10/14 15:53
I keep getting finished with an assignment and when I go back to it and try to turn it in, everything is gone except what I have typed and or written. I’m so angry! I am not the only one having this problem at my school.
恢复购买无效
by 白夜xwl on 2020/10/14 15:32
!!!为啥更新后还要领购
Need time to understand how this app works.
by wingatepharm on 2020/10/14 14:54
Not intuitive for organizing documents in comparison to Apple Notes or OneNote. Other features are awesome. Used it fro 3 months already and still struggling to organize files and create subgroups. So confusing!!!
Changed my review to 1 star
by Bowlerboii on 2020/10/14 12:26
Ive been using this app for 4 years as I go through college. Today I opened notability and all my dividers are gone. I tried the steps on their website to help restore it and nothing has seemed to work. So now I have 700 notes from 4 years at college scattered all over the place with no organization. I should also mention that I’m going to school for computer engineering, so I’m very tech savvy and good with computers. But this one stumps me, I’m not sure if I should move to goodnotes for the remainder of the semester....
Amazing App
by lmaoOrion on 2020/10/14 07:04
I’m a freshman in college, and this app has given me an entirely different experience with note taking and organization. It’s worth what it costs. I was a b+ student in high school, but I’m continuously pulling a’s with the help of this app. Transfers documents seamlessly to and fro.
Keeps Crashing, don’t trust it because it will ruin you
by znike on 2020/10/14 04:42
When this app works it’s great, but once a week it will crash and I will lose all of the notes I’ve taken over the last hour or two. I’m a medical student and it’s so terrible when this happens, I can’t go back and get them again. I have all of the syncing and back-up settings turned on, but it will only sync up to a certain point and then I lose everything after that (which is usually a lot). If you can find a different app, while this will seem great at first it will inevitably hurt you.
FIX THE APP ALREADY
by Apple Customer 123 on 2020/10/14 04:27
Writing has become so difficult because the app doesn’t render the difference between my hand and the pencil despite having that turned on in the settings!
Great app
by busylife0000 on 2018/11/26 01:52
I absolutely love this app. Between work, school, and life, this app helps with notes, and my planners for everything. It’s so much more convenient to carry my iPad around rather than a bunch of books. This app is very user friendly, making it very easy to take notes and convert from the pen to highlighter, etc. You can even search your own handwriting and text from a pdf that has been uploaded in the same file which makes it easy to go back and look for something specific instantly rather than scroll through pages of notes. Great app!!! Update: I recently tried to access my notes on my iPhone, but half of the files wouldn’t sync between the ipad and my phone, which was annoying. I had down time to study and couldn’t because they wouldn’t sync. The only way to fix was to duplicate the file on the ipad so it would sync to my phone. It wasn’t a huge deal for that day, but could potentially be a major issue down the line if you don’t have the original device you used for the notes. Other than that, I still think it’s a great app and recommend it to anyone who is switching to digital notes and who doesn’t want to carry around a bunch of binders/notebooks!
Needs better organization
by kmc121084 on 2020/10/12 01:51
This app is very helpful, especially the feature to record lectures. I can stay on top of what my professor says easier, and use the Apple Pencil to highlight or emphasize certain points. There is a bit of a delay for the notes and the audio, so when I click on a note, I know to automatically hit the “rewind 10 seconds” button, but I just deal with it because it is so helpful regardless. However, while the recording ability is the star feature of this app, the other features need improvement. 1. Since more classes are taking place online due to the pandemic, there should be an option to record lectures using the iPad’s internal microphone. Right now, I play the lectures on my phone and record audio with the iPad, since I do not have a better option. 2. Second, and my biggest gripe with the app is ORGANIZATION. Although you can have subjects, and place notes in the subjects, I want the ability to make folders within the subjects. A lot of my subjects in school are so complex - with labs and assignments in addition to lecture notes and different subtopics, the ability to make folders within subjects is seriously ESSENTIAL. The most I can do is change the name at the beginning of the file to reflect what kind of material it is (ex: Lab 1, Assignemnt 2, etc.) but the ability to make folders really holds this app behind. I still use it for the recording feature, but the lack of organizational options available is really frustrating.
Notability is great...but not on iPhone
by Jason 909 on 2018/09/30 16:00
Writing a review of Notability is hard. On the one hand, I use it every single day on my iPad. I do a lot of reading/research for my job, so Notability has saved me from being buried under an endless pile of paper. I even pair it up with Scanbot so I can quickly scan materials in meetings and then have all my notes/handouts in a single place. Being able to search my handwriting is a game-changer! So is having access to my documents and notes everywhere, including my laptop, and having all changes and edits synced through iCloud. I’ve always wanted to go paperless with ubiquitous access to everything; Notability is my hub for that. Which brings me to my chief complaint about Notability: it’s iPhone app is terrible. It’s nice to see my notes on my phone if I need to skim something quickly on the go, but basic functionality is missing. You can’t search a document, highlight pages, see all the pages in a document—if you’re looking for something, you can only scroll until you find it. That’s ok if you’re talking about two pages of notes; but if you are looking at a 50 page journal article trying to find something, it’s ridiculous. Competitors have this functionality on iPhones, but Notability has never added it. I wish they would! I also wish they would format text-only notes like Google Docs, adjusting text size for a given display without affecting the formatting.
Best Notetaking App I found
by _Music-Lover_ on 2018/09/21 11:09
I’ve been using this app for years, and appreciate all the updates that have occurred since then. This app has sufficed all my note taking needs, in and out of the classroom. One feature I would like to see is the ability to rename recordings, and possibly to attach these recordings to individual pages. One thing I’ve tried doing this semester is have the recording function on while at a lecture, but having numerous recordings in a file that grows daily is difficult with the current set up. If you don’t remember the time stamp or recording number for a particular point, you have to guess and listen for a bit to see if it’s right. It’s either that, or guess based on the date the notes were recorded. If you could at least rename the audio files, the app would be more useful. It would also be nice if you could change the paper style of individual pages, as well as a feature that easily allows you to draw geometric shapes (adding a figure on top of a graph sticky or any other element get tricky when you click on the wrong one. Sometimes because of that, the graph background ends up on top, and the figure behind it, rendering it useless). There aren’t really any visible bugs with this version of the app, Would recommend for someone looking for a suitable note taking app, whether it’s handwritten or type. I think the addition of a few features would make it better.
I’ve never had this issue before
by Horse girl 710 on 2020/01/23 04:17
I’ve been using Notability for about 7 years now. As a student, it is important to make sure you don’t miss any information and sometimes that can be difficult if the professor goes too fast. One tool that I started using about 3 years ago was the microphone to record lectures. I loved it because I could follow along with what the professor was saying and what I wrote as well. Right now I’m really upset with Notability because of a bug. Recently I’ve been having problems when I completely close out of the app. Not only are my recordings getting deleted, but so are my notes!!! That’s a major problem that needs to be fixed immediately. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find an app quite like notability, so I will have to stick with good old fashioned pen and paper until this problem is resolved. I’ve also been having problems with the other tools. I usually have no problem with changing colors, font sizes, or anything related to that nature but I can’t even do that anymore! This isn’t a huge issue as I can still select the right tool, but it’s hard to organize my notes. I also can’t create subjects or dividers anymore which is driving me insane! It’s the beginning of the semester which means I need to be able to organize myself from the start to work efficiently throughout the rest of the semester. I’ve never had any issues with this app before, but these are some major problems that need to be fixed before I continue using it.
Great university study tool with a couple issues
by j micah on 2019/06/17 15:10
I was using OneNote on a Surface tablet until the digitizer stopped working. I decided to try using an iPad Pro instead, since they’re lighter. Notability was the only app to offer most of the same functionality as OneNote on a Windows tablet. There are many things that I prefer about Notability, but there are a few issues that prevent me from giving it more stars: first, I would like the ability to create a group of commonly used highlighters/pens for marking up documents. I have a system of using certain colors to represent certain things, and I would like to be able to organize all those highlighters and pens into a group where I determine the order and placement. If that is possible in Notability, I haven’t been able to figure it out. Secondly, I use Notability in a setting where I’m regularly working with several languages (including RTL - Right to Left languages like Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic). Notability does not have good support for combining multiple languages in one document at this time, especially not mixed English-Hebrew or English-Aramaic. Please give Notability the ability to recognize and format RTL languages. I can do that natively on most Apple apps, and many 3rd party apps, so the inability to do that on Notability really sticks out. Please improve these issues, and I will gladly give it a 5 star rating. In fact, if those two issues are fixed, I won’t even miss using OneNote for most of my coursework.
Syncing big files is very poor
by EZE Ruthless on 2020/06/21 15:53
I wanted to love Notability. It’s unique recording feature is perfect for lecture notes, and so I decided to give it a full month test, switching from another very well known note taking app and using Notability exclusively. The result, now that the month’s experiment has concluded, is that I’m switching back to the other app. Leaving aside all the countless comparisons and contrasts between these two apps, the deal breaker for me was that Notability’s syncing between iPhone, iPad, and Mac is awful. Any imported big file would only sync to one device, never appearing on all three. PDF imports were the worst—I would check literally DAYS later for a given pdf file to appear on ALL of my devices, only to have it stuck on the one device I originally imported it from. The only way to finally get some files to sync was to delete the Notability app and reinstall it, and even then it was only successful some of the time. As you might imagine, that workaround was beyond disappointing—it was incredibly inconvenient and completely untenable. Don’t get me wrong: Notability is still a very worthwhile purchase. There’s a lot to like about the features and its ease of use, and I’ll definitely be keeping it as my backup. And I’ll still use it whenever I need to combine note taking with recordings. But until the developers fix syncing, there’s no way that I could ever rely on this as my go-to app for notes or creative projects.
Palm Rejection Problems Since Updating
by RobPrater on 2019/04/07 13:00
I can attest to the comments regarding the palm rejection issues after the recent update. Since the update, anytime I attempt to take class notes with the Apple Pencil results in erratic screen behavior. It will zoom in or out randomly, delete the last portion of what is written, or the screen will shift/shake. This only occurs when I am trying to write and my palm is resting on the lower portion of the screen. I have had some previous issues with palm rejection, mainly with the shifting of the screen or zoom but it has been manageable up until this update. It has become basically unusable for me in terms of handwriting since the recent update and the handwriting feature is nearly the sole purpose for purchasing the app in my case. I’ve basically had to resort to other apps for note taking because this has become nearly impossible to write on (unless I write without my palm on the screen and that is definitely not an alternative for me). After reading the previous comments, I have already performed a hard reset of my iPad (an iPad Pro 11” on iOS 12.3), turned off the palm rejection feature in Notability and turned it back on, and finally uninstalled the app completely then reinstalled. None of these attempts have rendered any improvement. Hopefully this is something that can be investigated by the developer and corrected quickly as this has been my preferred app for note taking.
A great note taking app for school but the Bugs are becoming annoying
by Rico_927 on 2020/02/16 04:35
This app could probably be the best note taking app for students just because of the recording feature. The tools up top are fine but they are missing so much compared to GoodNotes. Most of the size for the Pen are useless. After the 4th or 5th size the strokes become way too big for any practical purpose. Same thing with the highlighter except it the opposite. The varying sizes for the erasers is great though because I can basically erase pixels or entire sentences if needed. The cut and paste tool will not select small strokes or words for whatever reason, so sometimes I’m forced to erase and redraw or write. Other than that its works great. Seriously the only tool carrying this app is the Recording feature, GoodNotes has them beat in every other department. (I never mentioned the lack of templates). If GoodNotes has that feature I would go back to GoodNotes immediately, but they don’t so I stay with Notability. Now the bugs are getting annoying. I cant go a 1 minute without my lines not drawing or the app freezing or the zoom in feature freezing the app. Also the random shapes I get when writing sometimes that I cant delete with the back button and for some reason can only be removed by the eraser. Idk maybe these bugs will eventually send me back to GoodNotes and lectures will have to be recorded the hard way.
Perfect For Students
by GDOGUNDERSCORE on 2020/08/31 22:41
This app is my go to app for anything I do in school. It has made taking notes fun and easy. And now after using this app for a little over a year and a half, I can absolutely say that this is my favorite note taking app. Practically everything that I do for school is on this app, which when paired to my phone makes it a breeze to quickly scroll through my notes at any time. The writing feels fluid with great options for size and colors. Importing files and documents is extremely easy and fast. On tops of this, the line straitening and shape recognition is amazingly useful and easy, without being intrusive or correcting things that were not meant to be corrected. My one issue I have is with organization. Especially towards the end of the year when I have hundreds of notes and files, they can often be lost in the clutter. I have found ways around this by specifically labeling my files so all of my notes, quizzes, tests, and handouts are all sorted by category alphabetically, but I wish there was a way to put folders inside of subjects. This app is my favorite, but to make it the best it really needs a better way to organize files inside of subjects. Again, I cant imagine creating folders inside of subjects would be hard do and I really hope they include this soon in an update.
Needs Higher Level of Organization
by Ngizoqgrhuv on 2018/09/10 16:15
Currently I am loving this app. I have been using it for a couple days now and I’ve been able to transfer all my notes from Microsoft’s OneNote without a hiccup. Though in my time using this app, I have discovered two things that could need some improvement on. The first is, being able to name a file the same name as another, so long as it’s in a different location. Currently i am left adding a (1) or (2) for duplicate file names for different classes. And ultimately my notes look less organized. With that said, my main concern is the lack of notes segregation and organization. Currently, the only two methods to separate your notes are the Divider and Subject functionality. It would be Godsend if there was another sub-level category. A folder within a subject per se. For example: You have Math as a subject, Great! Now within the math subject, you have different kinds of notes that you would like separate from others. Like notes for different kinds of tests, notes for quizzes, notes for Classroom discussion, notes for projects, notes for resource documents. All of these you would like to be easily distinguishable from another, thus you group them likewise. Consider implementing these features as I believe it will become a game changer, this is definitely a Five-Star app, the three star is just motivation. Love you guys!
Not as great as I thought it would be
by angrmtz on 2020/03/10 20:00
Many issues that I don’t like. The microphone function has a lot of potential but ultimately the only thing I can hear after recording in large lecture rooms are staticky background noises and the tapping of my pencil when I’m writing. The left handed mode doesn’t make much sense to me. I’m used to functions being on the top and now functions are on the bottom and don’t actually help with being left handed. There’s also A LOT of skipping that occurs which is incredibly annoying and there are times when I will be writing a letter but it is automatically changed to a shape. When I try press the back function to erase the shape, letters written before the shape are erased so I have to use the actual eraser. In instances like that, it would be nice to have a forward function because somethings are accidentally erased but now I have to completely rewrite it. The font size for pencil and higher are completely out of wack. I tend to write pretty hard so the writing gets very thick even though I have it on a thin setting and the examples of the thickness aren’t very representative. I also wish we had more control over the colors we prefer. All default colors are first which I only use black and it comes with a bunch of colors I don’t like but can’t delete them or change them to colors I’d prefer. I came from GoodNotes and I’m very use to their functions which might be the issue but since I paid for notability I actually want to use it.
the worst customer support
by (ง ͠° ͟J ͡°)ง on 2020/09/16 21:29
I love this app, it is definitely the best for note taking on a tablet out there. However, I had a performance issue last year and I tried to contact support and no one ever got back to me. I’ve had similar issues and didn’t bother reaching out because I knew it would be futile. In my opinion, a product can be mediocre, but if it has great customer service, that sets it apart. Notability is the opposite. The product is great (in theory), but whenever there are issues, there is no support. This app is constantly glitching, between the handwriting jumping around the page randomly, not allowing me to close out of the right side menu that allows you to search in the document, or the most annoying bug where a note scrolls to the bottom of a page and will not let you go back to the top until you close out of the app. Currently, I am having an issue where I have two notes open at once (one is a pdf of my textbook, and one is the notes I am taking from it), and there are numerous problems, including those I just mentioned, as well as tools not working as I am trying to go back and forth writing on both documents. This is the best notetaking app I’ve tried, but the constant bugs are extremely frustrating when this is the main mode I use to read textbooks, take notes, and get homework done.
Not sure what the hype is all about..
by Mandy Vanz on 2018/11/05 23:41
So, here’s the thing. There are a lot of note taking apps on the market. I feel like if you want a quality one, maybe you need to pay for it. So, I purchased this one and Good Notes. I’ve used Evernote and Microsoft OneNote as well. Nothing sets this apart from competitors besides the price. And please beware: that price for the iOS app does not include the desktop app. That’s a separate charge. You can’t access it through a browser either. That’s a huge negative in my opinion. Additionally, sometimes this app will crash (like during iOS updates) and you’ll lose your subjects and dividers. So, there’s a way to get your subjects back, but you’re out of luck with your dividers. What does this mean? It means that all of the classes you’ve set up for multiple semesters will be wiped out. Whatever was organized under is able to be obtained, but you have to go back through and sort all of it. Do you know what an incredibly awful and tedious task that is? When you contact their customer service, they’re basically just like “Oh, sorryyyyy yeah we don’t care.” If you’re still reading this, oh hey. One last final note: don’t waste your money. I’ve tried them all and think Microsoft OneNote is really the way to go. It’s free, you get cloud storage, the app on the computer is free, and you get full functionality of program. Recent updates means it does EXACTLY what notability does.
A staple, but disappointing
by mklawaters on 2017/11/28 20:23
Update: I have used this app for YEARS now through high school, college, and now medical school. I love the app and appreciate it to no ends. However, one ongoing issue I have noticed is its unreliability with downloading ppt files to PDF within the app from Canvas. I don’t know if it’s a problem with communication with canvas or just a general issue with converting to pdf within the app, but it’s annoying to have to convert all my lecture notes to pdf on my MacBook then transfer them to my iPad. It’s so unreliable I don’t think I can use only my iPad anymore, which is what my goal was. Anyway, long story short: I love this app, but it’s been frustrating for about the past year or two. The new update added better pencil integration, ,earning now it has actual pressure sensitivity rather than just the way they did it before which was through speed sensitivity determining the weight of the line drawn. This combined with the other amazing aspects of this app that I have always enjoyed make this my favorite app ever. I use it in college to take notes and annotate presentations during lecture as well as at work for taking notes during meetings or as a work log. It is simply an amazing app, well worth the money, and I look forward to continue using it with my iPad Pro through medical school. Thank you ginger labs!!!
Almost perfect
by lalah-007 on 2019/01/25 01:55
This app is almost perfect. From the beginning I downloaded both GoodNotes and notability to try both. I can honestly say I can hardly use GoodNotes now, because I can do so much more here I one place. If I could suggest a couple of things that may make this program a little better for a student. First , It would be great if you could choose a folder from the drive or photos(of slides)and then pop the entire file IN the document I’m writing on and it default to a page size image - as doing them one by one , then having to size each one is a real pain when I have a bunch to add. One thing GoodNotes / books does well. Or at least if I could choose more than one image from my note to drag in ...OR not have to click back into the photo options button after each one as its a real pain if I want to import several pages and to a note in a hurry. I would love to have the option to read and turn my pages horizontally like a book and have a book folder file to confine or open it easily - like GoodNotes. Besides these two things - it seems perfect. Its a great well thought out program that keeps progressing with so many great options. Good job to the developers
Best note-taking app
by Millbean on 2020/05/31 18:38
I’ve waited a long time to write this because I want to know an app fully before judging it. I’ve used Notability for the past 3+ years along with GoodNotes. I can confidently say that Notability is the superior app. Yes, there are many more features that I wish were present in both apps but, as a whole, this is the best note taking app. In its basic form, handwriting in the app is perfect. Whatever software that GoodNotes uses to try to improve your handwriting is incredibly annoying and causes it to look worse. Its not that way with Notability. What you write is what it shows. The file management style is much easier to follow than the endless folders in GoodNotes. Also, when major updates come, you don’t have to pay for it. Paper templates and being able to set your 3 most used colors and pen sizes right on the task bar will HOPEFULLY be coming to Notability soon. That is the biggest drawback I think. Having to do multiple touches every time I want to switch pen size can be annoying and when taking notes in lecture, can take up valuable time. Having those right on the top bar would be INVALUABLE. Other than that, this app is superior to GoodNotes in general.
Fix iCloud syncing issues
by Chris 123abc on 2019/10/04 16:10
I love noteability and would give 5 stars if it weren’t for the iCloud issues. I have the app on my phone, MacBook, and iPad. I mainly use noteability on my iPad and enjoyed being able to create a note, and seamlessly read or edit it on my laptop or phone. However every once in awhile noteability would freeze all of my notes on my iPad and I wouldn’t be able to read or edit until it was done syncing which would take at least 30 minutes, sometimes hours. What’s even more frustrating is that sometimes I’ll be editing a note and the app would be syncing that same note to the cloud in the background. So when I exit the note I have 2 sometimes 5 copies of the same note, and I have no idea which one is up to date. This especially happens if I have noteability open on more than one device at a time. I got so sick of it that I’ve disabled iCloud syncing and only use it on my iPad, which is a shame because I paid 10 extra dollars for the app on my MacBook (which is absolutely not worth it on its own by the way). The only device that gives all of the features that noteability has to offer is the iPad. With that being said, I absolutely love the app on my iPad and I hope that the dev team will fix this issue soon.
Saved My Bacon
by Coug-Terp92 on 2017/10/01 15:32
I’m currently in grad school and after my first semester, I decided to switch to digital note taking. I was simply overwhelmed by the massive paper trail that often happens in grad school. I shopped around and I saw this app and decided to give it a go. I don’t normally spend $10 on an app, but it has been worth every penny! The organization is top notch, it works with many different type of styli (I use the Friendly Swede interchangeable tip stylus, because of the cost, but Apple Pencil works great if you have an iPad Pro), the recording feature is great, sharing notes is super easy and it’s been so convenient to have all of my school documents in one place. So far, I’m at 600+ documents and I haven’t lost anything since using this app. I absolutely credit this app with helping me pass my comprehensive exams. My only complaints is that I wish I wouldn’t have to buy it again for Mac. I also would like it if they were to incorporate tabs, so I wouldn’t have to back out to the menu every time I wanted to switch between a few related notes. In spite of these shortcomings, I still give it five stars because of how much it’s helped up my game as a grad student. Thanks, Notability!
Good App
by sm3scorch on 2020/10/03 16:15
So far I loved the new improvements made this month, the extra pens really allowed me to increase the number of colors I can use. This change also increased the speed at which I write my notes. I don't have to go back to make changes a second time just because of the colors. There are some things I'm still not really loving. I'm on a 9.7 in ipad and right handed. The page scroll is on the right side. Every time I write something, I'm constantly triggering a page scroll on the writing hand. This is something I hope can be done. I thought it was me but someone else, a teacher using this program for lecture always have this same issue, touching those scroll button while writing. Eventhough its not a big issue, it would help speed wise if they moved that to the left for right handed folks, and the reverse of course. If there is a way also to allow manual sync... that would help with the constant conflict version issue I have when I have to quickly switch over between devices. I don't mind waiting half a minute but when it takes almost half an hour it really hinders the function. Thank you for making updates.
Great for school
by BradZ2023 on 2020/05/08 16:23
I’ve been using this for med school, and it has been fantastic. I’m able to download all professor’s powerpoint presentations to notability and sort them in a pretty simple way. I’m able to search all my notes pretty easily, even for things that I write on the iPad which can come in handy. No real complaints about the app, but I can always ask for recommendations. 1. I wish I could search in one division. For instance, if I am searching a drug that works in a combination like phenytoin, one subject it can be found in is cardiovascular and also neuro. I can search all notes or I can search one ‘subject’, but not a division (one tier higher than subject, a division holds subjects). I do think that the phone app and computer app can be improved to be more on par with the features of the iPad, and I think the sidecar ability can definitely be improved to work a lot better with the computer version of notability. Also, I wish it was possible to be able to organize with 1-2 more tiers. That being said, this app has worked way better than I expected it to for school. I’ve never used goodnotes or onenote, but notability is worth a shot for sure.
The Best App You Will Ever Purchase!
by Thomas419 on 2019/09/18 16:30
I know for starters this app may seem like a lot, especially with the cost for both the iPhone/iPad and the cost of the Mac apps, BUT ITS WORTH IT! Being a college student I use this app every single day in all my classes. The app is so easy to use, and so intuitive. The iPad app is amazing for use with Apple Pencil or other styluses, and the fun pen colors and paper choices make notes less boring. This app also works with TONS of file types which you can import and annotate. I have nor used the voice feature yet, but I am thrilled to as I am sure it is as good as everything else this app offers. Finally my favorite feature is that notability automatically saves all my files and updates them constant across all my devices, so I never have to wait for my files to load. The useful feature of backing up the notes to google drive or Dropbox is amazingly helpful and lets me have my notes accessible even when I am not on my own laptop with the app. Overall MUST BUY for college students especially, or anyone who is a frequent note taker or writer. Absolutely, 100%, hands down, the most amazing app on the App Store!!
I can see why this is #1
by Bowlayo on 2019/09/18 13:19
Honestly, I was really debating on whether on not I should use Notability to take my notes or if I should use GoodNotes 5. In the end, I ended up getting both just to try them out, and what I found was that the UI for Notability was almost flawless for me. Being able to record audio on here is great, but I think the biggest factor for me was how it felt like writing notes in this app. It’s literally feels like I am just writing on paper. My handwriting on Goodnotes 5 just seemed messier and I noticed that they would try to alter my handwriting a bit. If I could make some suggestions, it would be nice if the highlighter could go under the words rather than over it. I would also love the option to just automatically switch back to pen mode after using the eraser (Useful tool in goodnotes). There would be times where I’m writing and the app doesn’t register it and would momentarily freeze a bit. But these are minor inconveniences. Overall, this is a great app to take notes on and annotate PDFs (what I mainly do). The partial eraser is amazing and the automatic backup is a extremely convenient. Definitely recommend it for college!
This is the one -You can stop looking now, get Notability
by Scarlet in the Living Room on 2020/08/28 21:28
I’m a scientist, back in school, going to grad school soon. I spent whatever it took to check out all of the notes apps, and Notability is the best. I can record a lecture or seminar, while I’m taking notes, I can draw molecular structures, I can import PowerPoint slides and annotate them. If my page/slide is pretty crowded, I can create a “sticky” and take notes on it, and I can move it around when I need to see what is under it. I have made entire multimedia presentations with this app. You can save your page as a PDF, or I’ll even just take a screenshot of what I want to present or turn in, crop the margins, and use that. I can have sections of slides and book pages, or a picture of a handout, then work the problem out with my Apple Pencil, and turn it all in as one convenient PDF or pic I can email to my professors. The interface is much more flexible than Microsoft apps, and plays better with other apps and platforms. Seriously, I use the crap out of this thing. I checked out all of the common note apps, and this one is just more capable and adaptable than any of the others. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
WHAT?
by Ole Mithaugen on 2018/05/23 14:18
I haven’t been paying much attention to update when suddenly I realize that my Notability App is awesomely different. I have been a long time user of this app and have loved it since day one. I have experimented with other note taking apps but very quickly return to this workhorse of an app. Now with the latest update I am blown away! I love to write with my apple pen and being able to convert to text is extremely useful. So far it has been flawless in conversion; however I am old school in my penmanship so that my work in my favor. Being able to put notes side by side? Since I convert all documents into files in Notability for meetings, to be able to pull up other documents alongside of the notes I am taking is absolutely amazing. One thing that I am watching and am unsure of yet is that in watching battery consumption Notability seems to have suddenly become my primary drain, outstripping my FaceBook app. So this is something that I will be watching since I tend to leave Notability running in the background. But overall I want to give a big shout of thanks to the developers for making a great app even better.
Suggestions for Developers
by Kevconfar on 2018/09/28 16:34
There are some missing features that hold it back from 5 stars: 1) When I take notes and annotate, I like to have multiple pens and highlighters out. There should be an option to add additional pens and highlighters to the toolbar. When rapidly taking notes, time is precious, and this would make it less tedious. 2) inserting diagrams is too difficult. There should be a math or shape mode that you can toggle on and off that auto recognizes shapes and fixes them. Having an math text mode that auto recognizes math notation would also be fantastic ... p.s. OneNotes version of this is poorly executed. 3)**** when I record lectures, I am always slightly behind when note taking. If there were an advanced feature where we could choose where the audio track lines up with the notes, that would be spectacular. Revisited notes would be much superior and would be more like sitting through the lecture again.**** 4) there should be an option to directly add in PDFs to our notes. They could be added in as entire pages to the document, just integrating the PDF, or auto convert to an image to be pasted in. But working with PDFs in existing notes should be an option.
Excellent application, everyday usage by me
by Néstor Espinoza on 2020/06/06 14:45
I’m an academic (astronomer), and as such, an integral part of my work involves paper and proposal revision, writing research notes, doing calculations, etc. When I decided to get an iPad to more efficiently do all this work, I thoroughly researched apps that could facilitate this work; that’s how I found this app. Notability allows you to do all of the above in an efficient and intuitive manner. You can easily share annotated documents, papers, calculations with other collaborators (eg, via email or cloud-based storage like Google Drive), organize your work documents, quickly access them —- basically, Notability made all that I needed and ever wanted from a tablet to happen. No more printed papers with annotations, no more scanning documents to sign them, no more ‘in which notebook did I derive my calculation’ —- all is well organized within the app. I thank the authors of the app for it! It has made my work much more efficient. In this pandemic era, I even use the app to share some live-calculations with students whenever needed (ie, use it like a whiteboard), and then I share the notes I created with them.
Great app but could be improved for teaching
by mrzplll on 2020/01/05 15:53
I gladly bought this app as I use it to teach University classes. It allows me to write with my ApplePencil while projecting my notes from the iPad, so after every lecture I have an editable version of the notes and I can produce a PDF. Also, I can include multimedia contents, and images from the web. However I found difficult importing external PDF in an open note as a page, and if this is the first page I cannot remove it anymore. Also, the app could be improved with a couple of very helpful additions: 1) to re-use the notes the following academic year, I would like to be able to “hide” part of the notes, to “unhide” one line at a time as I explain the notes; 2) an even better option would be to be able to create a greyed-out version of the notes in order to re-write on them during the class, i.e. as if I was writing for the first time. A found a workaround using semi-transparent boxes to overlay to the notes, but now this feature seemed gone with the latest updates, which is disappointing since updates shoul “add” and not remove features. I hope someone from the developing team is reading these reviews .
Love Notability!
by Jasvana on 2019/07/29 21:55
I absolutely love Notability! The main reason I am writing this review though is because Notability could make one change. More fonts! Other word-processing applications like Word and Google Docs have access to hundreds of fonts, while Notability gives you.. maybe 20? I would love an update with more fonts! EDIT: Thank you GingerLabs for reaching out! I downloaded iFont and I’m in love with it! I’m so happy with all of the fonts available (I must have downloaded a hundred already)! I wish I’d known about this sooner, but I’m anything but disappointed! However, I have noticed that writing over images with the pencil and highlighter tools has gotten much more difficult. If I try to add dots or tiny lines, it deletes what I was trying to draw, and instead selects the image. From my experience before, I don’t recall being allowed to select images while using the pencil tool. Regardless if that statement is accurate, I would love a mode that is only drawing, and doesn’t allow text or the ability to select images. (Maybe like a drawing mode that can be toggled on and off from the top bar within the notes)
Great app! But needs some improvements
by roblemma1 on 2017/11/17 03:08
I have been using this app for about 6 month now for college. It is extremely useful with my iPad Pro! I have been able to almost completely replace all my books, laptop and notebook. It is a super convenient app that will allow you to have everything you need to study on the go on any device with the app. Although this app is pretty reliable, I have two complaints that I would like for them to be resolved. First, when trying to import a pdf file from the internet to a note that has been already written, and selecting “add to another note” there is a bug that misplaces the categories of the notes, so the “easy way” for selecting the note goes away, and you’re left scrolling through all of your notes until you find the one you want. Also, it would be a great addition if one could have two notes open at the same time, because sometimes you need to see a note while copying on a blank one. These are two minor bugs that can be resolved easily, as the app is constantly being updated, so do not hesitate to buy this app. Its really useful.
Obsessed.... but have to fix some recent glitches
by venmosux123 on 2019/09/21 23:09
My favorite app ever- changed my life while trying to juggle my crazy workload in grad school (I use it with my iPad so I can take notes with the Apple Pencil directly onto my slides)- amazing! The only thing though as of recently, Notability keeps freezing/unexpectedly quitting on me (I guess since the newest update?!). Luckily, other than losing a few seconds-minutes of recordings in class while trying to get the app back on, all material is recovered. However, it’s extremely frustrating and a nuisance when trying to obviously be productive. Also, there HAS to be a way for the developer to find a way to select/copy multiple pages at once, I can’t understand how that’s still not a tool on Notability at this point in time.... This is probably my biggest frustration with the app, because I need to transfer or delete 1+ slides pretty frequently (sometimes 50+ !!) and it makes it soo time consuming to do individually(not to mention, recently, ends up freezing and quitting while doing so!). With a few more updates this app will be EVEN MORE AMAZING!
Tips for Developers:
by GameMastaa on 2020/06/11 21:38
Though this app is great, certain glitches get on my nerves. At first, when I open large documents I imported, though there is a bookmark option, I don’t like how it jumps to some random page, I like to pick up where I left off. Also when exporting, I would like to input a page range than manually select each page for large documents. In addition to it jumping pages, the worst offender is the text editor. This text editor CONSTANTLY ruins the adjustment of the page, jumps to the end of the document or a random page, and this goes for both the text and text box. Also, if I put a picture on top of a picture, it gets lost. If they could make a ‘merge images option’ or at least ‘keep in the front option’ then that would be great. Sometimes when I draw on top of a picture, the image under it disappears. Also, when images are pasted, they are often blurry, not good. I would also like to have an option where the ink does not respond to the strength of pressure of the pen. Sometimes it looks messy, though in cursive it looks great.
So Good but needs more color!
by Stephaneph on 2020/08/22 04:41
I love this app. I bought it years ago and never used it on my phone, but since getting an iPad it has become one of my most used apps both for work and for personal use. It works so well and I haven’t seen any glitches or issues with the features. I will say the color choices for paper backgrounds are lacking and I would really love to see some improvements there. We should be able to choose the background from a full spectrum color palette like the pens and highlighters. Yes you could use the highlighter to change the paper color, but it only changes the section of the page that is currently on the screen. When you scroll down to continue your note and try to highlight in the new background colors, you end up overlapping the previously colored areas and end up with sections that are discolored. More line templates, like for handwritten check lists would also be appreciated. I don’t care about the themes, I’m happy with black, but to be honest the paid options aren’t even remotely tempting. Not good choices.
Noticing bugs after extended use. Cannot sync to iPhone from iPad.
by WeadyG on 2019/04/14 15:20
Have been using notability since college and now am in medical school and I am on the app literally 10-12 hours a day. I have noticed that sometimes my notes will become unresponsive to my fingers and will only respond to air pencil or sometimes unresponsive to both until I close and re open the app. I back up all my notes to my Google drive but also would like to sync them to my iPhone so I can quickly look something up if my iPad isn't near. Tried uninstalling the app and tried signing out and back in to my iCloud but nothing worked. Minor but just something I'd like to see: when using the magnifying glass to write I wish the box that's being magnified would be able to go all the way to the edge of the screen. This is very specific but I like being able to the maximum amount of notes I can on one specific line and what ends up happening is that I use the magnifier to write until almost the edge of the screen then I close the magnifier and pinch to zoom in so I can fit the last word or two in, then pinch again to start the next line at the very edge and then continue again with the magnifier.
Almost Perfect
by Lump540 on 2018/06/26 05:01
Hello, I hope you are well. Let me begin my telling you that Notability is my favorite and most important app. The interaction I’ve had with you has been great, and I believe that all of you at Ginger Labs are wonderful. However, I am limited in what I can do with Notability, because as the Tactical Operations Bureau Commander for a major American police department, leading SWAT, Bomb Squad, Crisis Negotiations, and Fugitive Appreciation operators, I cannot fully utilize Notability to its potential due to the lack of proper security. I respectfully request that you utilize the readily available Apple API’s and include Touch/Face ID and encrypt this otherwise wonderful app, so that those protecting America’s safety and freedom can carry the sensitive information on our iOS devices that we need to. 8 out of 10 apps on my iPhone and iPad have touch/face ID, so I don’t understand why the finest notes app available lags behind in this important feature. I would gladly pay for this feature, and I hope that you will add it sooner than later. This is far more important than the emoji search that was added in 8.1. Thank you for considering this request. Be well, be safe, and God Bless!
Your experience with this app may be different than mine
by jman98 on 2019/01/30 16:03
My experience with this app has been that it's full with features like gifs, audio recording while note-taking that syncs with the notes you type or hand-write, I find this feature to be a wonderful tool to have when you're note taking while you're listening to a lecture. It may be useful in the event that you may miss something the professor/teacher is saying. It also has handwriting detection, which I found to be another wonderful addition to the tool set being offered in this app. I had used it in highschool and use it now as well for many things. You could submit your notebook checks to your teacher via email as a pdf (if they accept it). You may also use any one of your preferred cloud services to back up your notes, including iCloud sync between your iOS devices. One feature I'd recommend they add is the ability to back-up locally to the device and/or the option to backup to your own personal cloud storage like with external hard drives that offer that service.
Program hangs, a lot
by neuropod on 2019/05/05 13:34
There is so much to love about this app, but I cannot get past the point that it’s primary purpose is to be a note taker, and, when being used for it’s primary purpose, it hangs. A lot. When you are in the middle of taking notes, and the software freezes, you have to stop taking notes, you have to stop paying attention to what is being said or shown on the PowerPoint presentation, and you have to attend to your notetaking program which won’t let you take notes. You end up missing significant chunks of what you purchased the app to help you chronicle in the first place. Sometimes the hang resolves after a minute or so of doing nothing. Other times the only way I can get Notability to work again is to power off my iPad and power it back on. This, of course, takes so long that it is intolerably intrusive. I am running Notability on a new 2018 iPad Pro with the latest software update. Again, if your main purpose is for taking notes during a lecture or a meeting or a conversation, you cannot rely on this program.
Possibly the greatest application for students
by y6w on 2019/08/16 18:37
Notability changed the game for me, I never even think about printing lecture slides and wasting paper. This is a must have for students, it allows you to essentially write on any pdf/ppt. You can even import images into your notes which makes it useful if I want to take a picture of something or even a screenshot of my textbook and import it. Also has tools for recording voice if you want to record a lecture and associate it with a particular note. Handy system for organizing and color coding topics/folders. Even syncs with most major cloud data services like google drive, Dropbox, etc. Tools to markup your notes are pretty intuitive and easy to use, has lots of useful tools to choose from. It’s very easy to study even if I don’t have my iPad since I can open this on my iPhone and everything syncs. Has a computer app too which costs more but it’s super easy to just airdrop notability notes to your laptop and open them there. I would highly recommend this if you intend to use your iPad for school.
Absolutely the best note taking app for iPad
by Kk199814 on 2018/11/06 15:07
I’ve been using this app for 6 years, all throughout high school and into my sophomore year of college. It is honestly the best app I’ve ever used for notes. It’s so easy to convert notes to PDFs and import almost any type of file, even pictures! It’s also great for writing, and I love that they have a left handed mode for all of us lefties. It makes it so much easier to write. There are also different types of paper that you can use to personalize your notes! The latest update allows you to view 2 notes at the same time, and you can write on one while recording the other! Definitely the best feature for me! The only things I would want to change is to add more colors and themes. The selection is already great of both, but I am a little bored with having to use the same selection over and over. I also think an improvement would be to let people create folders within folders or subjects. This would help me further organize my notes. Honestly though, I love everything about this app!
Amazing Tool for College Students
by Amanda894 on 2019/10/24 20:29
I’m a sophomore engineering student, and I probably spent at least five hours a day on this app between lecture notes, studying, and doing homework. Paired with an iPad and Apple Pencil, it’s an amazing way to stay organized and keep all your notes in one place without having to bring notebooks, binders, or pencils with you. This app is great for taking notes and making study guides because you can change the pen color and thickness, add images or GIFs, highlight, etc. I download, read, and highlight scientific papers, articles, and assignments as PDFs, and I do math and engineering homework on the blank or graph paper settings where it’s super easy to erase or move things around. I also have my notes and homework from past semesters with me all the time to refer back to or to help friends taking those classes. All in all, this app has made my college experience so much more organized, efficient, and fun and I highly recommend it for anyone taking classes, especially ones involving a lot of diagrams and calculations.
Major issues with syncing
by emilyrdsea on 2018/11/25 18:33
I have been having SERIOUS issues with how my notes sync across devices and between ios and my macbook. Overall notability is a potentially great note-taking platform. I found the way notes can be organized to be really helpful. I left One Note for Notability and would be completely happy with it EXCEPT. Every time i open notability on a different device (i have phone, macbook, imac and ipad) it completely rearranges all of my notes. The dividers disappear, the order of the notes changes, the subject colors are reset, most of my notes (about 200) get moved into the unfiled subject. Sometimes, if i wait about an hour, they get moved back into the original subjects - but who wants to sit there and wait that long. It’s INCREDIBLY frustrating. And now all of my important notes are in notability so i’m constantly worried that one day i’m going to open the app and everything is going to be gone (which has actually happened several times, but I was able to recover using help from their website - something which i have had to access way more than i should). Giving it 3 stars...for potential.
Unparalleled Note-Taking App
by Aman1357 on 2019/02/02 21:20
I got this app when it was in the developmental stage and I loved it back then. I couldn’t even imagine the potential this app could have. Every single update brings amazement to my eyes. This is the simplest yet most amazing note taking app you could possibly ever hope for. I am currently college student and I can’t even begin to explain how this app has aided me in my academic journey. You can record lectures simultaneously while writing down notes and then go back and see exactly when the lecturer was talking when you wrote down a certain note. That in itself is amazing. Additionally, this app also allows you to search keywords for your handwriting (yes it’s even capable of reading terrible handwriting like mine). What else could you ask for in an app? This app does everything that you could ever want while taking notes, and then some. Overall, this app deserves much more than 5 stars and I want to personally thank the creators and developers for making this app a possibility and for aiding me in me academic career.
Getting me through college - WITH AN iPAD!!
by KIrkDouglasSD on 2018/05/22 07:50
First off, kudos for making a KILLER APP! I started school last semester dumping tons of money into a new computer but little did I know that this gem of an app would make my iPad pro the ONLY device that I need. I have the keyboard for typing, the pencil for writing and with the latest update I can’t wait to try the handwriting recognition! I must say, the best $10 i’ve ever spent on an app, HANDS DOWN! After starting college as an adult, 15 years after high school I had no idea i’d be able to carry a lightweight iPad and just a couple of accessories to do all that I need. My handwritten notes look so good on this app that my classmates ask me to email my notes to them and recording the lectures has made reviewing so easy with my busy schedule. I’ve tried them all and trust me, this app is truly the killer note-taking solution. Just buy it, you won’t regret it. Overall very stable, excellent backup options and i’m telling you the handwriting looks so good and the built-in recording just makes it a must. DO IT!!
Love it! Perfect for school!
by AlmaLaNena on 2020/08/13 12:00
The only criticism I have is that I wish they had more long press perfect shapes other than straight lines, squares, triangles, and circles. I’d appreciate even a curved line for when I’m graphing. Other than that it’s been absolutely amazing. I never spend money on apps but this has been a dream with school notes. It keeps all my notes in one place, looking perfect and organized. Instead of flipping through pages to find a specific note, I just look it up in the search bar and it recognizes my hand writing! And best of all I can record my lectures in case I need to remember something specific that I didn’t write down! And it syncs the recording to whatever you’re working so it’s easy to find a specific snippet of a 3 hour lecture. I’ve tried goodnote and one note and I still prefer notability. I even have it on my computer so it syncs all my notes. *TIP* You can type with this app but I highly recommend hand writing your notes as it’s proven to be more useful at learning and retaining material!
Best app for taking notes
by sanfordknight on 2020/09/10 13:41
I have been using notability as my sole notebook for university. The integration within the iPad makes this app extremely efficient. The ability to be taking notes, hear something that I want to add a visual graphic for and quickly finding an image in split screen and instantly sending that image directly to the note I’m working on in Noteability, all without actually leaving my notes, is something that I use all the time. I import my textbooks into the app so that I can use the search feature to find things in the text and in my notes. I can’t say enough about how much I like this app. The UI is very simple and clean which means you spend less time trying to get the app to do what you want, and more time focusing on the lecture. In the year and a half that I’ve been using Noteability, I’ve only seen the app stutter or need to be restarted a few times on my iPad Pro so the app is very reliable. Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for a note taking app!
Best app for professional students
by kristindorf on 2020/04/13 00:20
I have used notability since I entered medical school and I think it is amazing for note taking and recording lectures from professors. All of the features are amazing and the latest update that added the choice of 1.25 speed during recording replay is amazing. My one problem with notability is that while there is a “go back 10 seconds” option while playing back recordings, there is not a “go forward 10 seconds” options. This makes it difficult to skip ahead since you are left to use the scrubber and that can get messy and cause you to miss things. I hope they see this feedback and make an already amazing app even better. 4/12 Revised —- giving this app 2 stars now because they sent out an update that absolutely obliterated the app and SEVERAL times I have spent hours taking notes only for them to be erased. The text boxes are finicky as hell now and I am unable to click on a text box to adjust typing after I have started typing on it. Many times I am unable to even start a text box because it won’t realize I am trying to type. PLEASE FIX THIS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I AM ALREADY TRYING TO DO PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FROM MY QUARANTINE AND THIS IS MAKING IT INFINITELY WORSE.
Randomly Deletes Notes or Edits
by B.E.N.! on 2020/01/13 18:32
This app is fine if working appropriately from a features perspective, but dear god is it glitchy. iCloud backup is an absolute nightmare and it will automatically turn this off even if you initially chose a different service for auto-backups. It will just randomly decide to backup every note you ever created simultaneously including the note you are working in which you’ll be aware of because you’ll lose access to every single note you’ve ever worked on including the one you’re currently editing until the entire backup is complete. Hopefully you have gig speed internet. Of course you can try to turn off iCloud backup, but the Ginger Labs team cleverly designed their software so doing so deletes all your notes if you do this prior to one of the 30 minute backups being completed. So once you’ve managed to turnoff iCloud backup you’ll still just lose edits made to your notes. Just completed reading and taking notes on a 16 page document and I check back 30 seconds later and all the edits have magically disappeared. Finally there is no one to talk to you about these issues because the customer support team takes extended vacations and just doesn’t respond anyways. Not worth a cent. Just use onenote
Good but eh
by #jesus comes 1st on 2020/10/20 14:22
With the price tag like this for an app I expected more. It’s buggy at times with the apple pencil and doesn’t have as many features as I would have liked. You pay 9$ for an app and then you have to pay for themes which is dumb. Oh and theres no account where all your stuff is saved in case something happens so you have to back everything up all the time, for an app like this where all your important notes are I would think OBVIOUSLY theres a login account where your stuff is saved but there isn’t. If for some reason the app gets deleted and you didn’t back up your stuff, it’s gone for good. Another thing that’s annoying for me in particular is i write with my paper slanted and sometimes turning my whole ipad back and forth when i’m getting work done gets annoying so just tilting the paper in the app would be so much easier. Lastly, there should be an option to switch the eraser so that you can erase just part of something instead of the whole thing. Besides these issues i use it everyday for school and it gets the job done and organizes everything nicely
Almost everything I could wish for.
by Shingdigg on 2019/09/04 21:21
I love this app. It’s improved my studying a lot. Everything is simple and easy to use. Uploading my notes to my google drive easy and straight forward. The built in mic feature wonderful. Everything is amazing. Expect one thing, when I get my professors PowerPoint lectures put on notability. Majority of the times it comes out perfectly fine. Other times, it comes out as if someone shook the entire slide, slid the words, pictures, and other graphics to one side shook them again. Change the colors fonts, and sometimes even put them upside down. It’s kinda a cruel evil joke because I can’t edit the slides to make them how they were intended. Unless I add a new page and re-write everything but i will also lose the pictures that were on that slide. Literally the only problem is that the formatting when getting slides from PowerPoint and putting them on notability is the biggest and only downside. Thats why its 4/5 stars on here and 8.5/10 on yelp.
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Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation. Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac!  Top selling paid app on iPad App Store, regularly ranked #1. Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to enrich their lives. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note-taking experience at school, home, and work. CREATE MEMORABLE MULTI-MEDIA NOTES • Work with a variety of note-taking, journaling, and drawing tools like ink, highlighter, text, and audio. • Explore endless ideas with continuous page scroll. • Mark up imported textbooks, documents, lecture slides, class assignments, and images. • Add photos, GIFs, web pages, and more. STAY ORGANIZED, PAPER-FREE • Always keep your notes with you, without the weight, the hassle or the paper waste. • Group notes with customizable subjects and dividers. • Quickly search handwriting*, typed text, PDF text, image text, and note titles. • Secure notes using Face ID and Touch ID. HANDWRITE AND SKETCH NATURALLY • Ink is fine-tuned for the Apple Pencil for the most responsive, precise writing experience yet, including double-tap gesture for switching tools, erasing, and more. • Create custom colors and match any color with the color dropper. • Precisely erase freehand ink or shapes with varied brush sizes. • Easily create perfect shapes. • Quickly switch between ink or eraser styles with the Favorites Toolbar. RECORD AND PLAYBACK AUDIO • Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them. • Replay audio recordings and tap anywhere on your note to hear what was said at that moment. SHARE IDEAS IN PRESENTATION MODE • Present ideas in full screen without distracting toolbars when connected to an external display. • Engage an audience with all of Notability's tools including a Laser Pointer. DO MORE WITH MULTI-NOTE • Work with two notes side-by-side. • Quickly switch between notes and Drag & Drop handwriting, typed text, images, etc. TYPE ANYWHERE • Full-featured, left-aligned typing with word count and a wide range of fonts, custom fonts, sizes, and colors. • Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes. IMPORT AND SHARE • Import PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, images, GIFs, and more - conversion to PDF happens on your device, so information stays private. • Easily create searchable multi-page PDFs using the built-in Document Scanner. AUTO-BACKUP AND ICLOUD SYNC • Use iCloud to automatically sync your notes to Notability across iPad, iPhone, and Mac. • Use Auto-backup to send your notes to a cloud service for archiving or recovery. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, WebDAV, and OneDrive are all supported! --- Customize your note-taking experience in the Notability Shop! Explore an exciting array of content available for purchase: • *Handwriting Conversion and Search (included with Edu VPP) • Daily Planner (coming soon) • Stickers, themes, and more! --- Mac app sold separately. Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.
Very good. Ellagant planner works best with this app.
by Rjl226 on 2020/10/25 22:56
I use GoodNotes for most of my notebook needs, but Notability is the app of choice for using the Ellagant planner. Great hot links and navigation, and the Notability app allows for a larger view. Better than a paper planner!!
Really helpful!
by Ashley RQ on 2020/10/25 22:45
I downloaded Notability thinking I wouldn’t really use it that much but I actually do almost all of my school reading on it. I love being able to take hand written notes and highlight like I would a book, while still being able to organize and archive readings for future use. Paper readings usually end up getting lost or tossed. One suggestion that would make all the difference: allow us to add more margin space to uploaded PDFs!!!!! This would allow me to make more meaningful notes.
Keeps Crashing!
by rciskewl on 2020/10/25 16:53
Do not buy right now. I used this app all through undergrad, in my old career, and now in professional school. Used to be flawless and now it keeps crashing! After it crashes, my most recent addition as to a note are not saved. I’m in medical school. I don’t have time for this. It is unacceptable! You make an update to add in useless features and it made the app unstable. Please fix!!! Edit 10/2020: No longer crashes outright but freezes so I have to force close the app, which loses my recent edits. I am moving to a different editing app and spreading the word at my college that this is no longer worth your money and time. Absolutely ridiculous.
Severe lagging and glitches that have never been an issue before now
by Julians gurl 12 on 2020/10/25 04:01
I have been using this app for over a year for my notes and have never had any significant issues with it. I prefer it over other note taking apps for its simplicity because I often switch back and forth between notes a lot. I am currently studying for a huge exam in 2 days and this app has become completely unusable. It lags TERRIBLY. It takes forever to write and erase things or move things around. It takes about 10-15 seconds to load each note that I open or even if I scroll down to a different part of the same note, which makes switching back and forth quickly impossible and inefficient. I have tried compressing pdf files to see if that would make it faster and it did not. Even worse, the new compressed pdf that I uploaded WONT EVEN OPEN. The screen remains black when I click on it despite several things I have tried to fix it. I have relied on this app and have become very efficient at using it. This is not the time for me to switch to another app efficiently to study for my exam. Also, don’t even get me started on how TERRIBLE the desktop app for Mac is. Please fix this!
Great, but....
by Mr. Braydude on 2020/10/25 01:59
This app is really a great note taking app, but it really lacks in one area: pens/pencils you can use. There are only two options which I find to be very disappointing! At least throw in a pencil! Anyways, developers if use see this review, please release an update with more pens/pencils. Thank you in advance!
Transferir de manuscrito a texto
by fbechevsr on 2020/10/25 00:46
Con more un iPad Air y no me deja transferir de manuscrito a texto
Notability is a great note taking platform but it has too many glitches!
by collegestudentnerd on 2020/10/23 20:29
Overall great for taking notes and easy to use. However this app still need a lot of improvements. It doesn’t save your notes on an account so if you lose ur iPad or broke it, u cant restore your notes. Storing the notes on third party platform is too complicate, takes up too much space and hard to retrieve. It should have an account for each customer so we can access it everywhere like notion or google docs and the note can be stored in one place. Also there so many glitches. I am always scare to lose my chemistry notes since there been times where they just disappear. There should have some kind of history retrieve option like google doc. This app cost like $11 dollars when I purchase it, there shouldn’t be so many critical issues. Like notion and google docs is free and they r so much better at keeping your notes safe. Please get these critical issues fix! Other than that it a great platform for the note taking experience.
I Love Notability but... better organization?
by AAThompson02 on 2020/10/23 18:28
Notability is great. I love the new favorites tools toolbar. One thing that I do suggest for improvement is organization. The current organization system definitely works, but it could be better and that’d something that I think GoodNotes has down pat. Other than that, I love this app!
Notifications in app for their new “marketplace”, poor cross-device experience
by JDH4075 on 2020/10/23 16:31
Ever since the launch of the marketplace there are reminders to click on the marketplace by way of a badge. I would like an option to turn the badge notification OFF and then I will rate 4 stars. If notability creates a way to access its notes via web, PC, Mac, etc. then I will rate 5 stars.
Bug fixes my butt
by Plumblossom518 on 2020/10/23 03:37
It crashes and won’t open for me at all and I need these notes for school
Love it
by Angelokorie on 2020/10/22 23:55
I don’t think there is anything else better than this! If you are a nursing student, get this! You won’t regret it! Your notes will always be at the top of your fingers!!
更新后写字有锯齿
by Yinifer on 2020/10/22 23:53
手写有非常明显的锯齿,系统自带的备忘录就没有问题。希望能尽快更新修复
Video
by Matthewj18 on 2020/10/22 22:29
I work as a fire investigator and our company uses Notability for case files. I need a way to capture videos and news videos in the file. If their is a way to do this please advise me.
Excellent for note-taking but needs serious improvement
by Kidicarus17 on 2020/10/22 21:09
I love this note taking app and it is certainly a notch above the rest but I feel as though the developers have not put much effort into updating this app in the few years I have had it. For instance, the organization is still seriously underdeveloped and needs usb categories for main files. It would also be nice to get a stitch option for adding to notes together
Rating JUST the PLANNER Portion
by nervenerd on 2020/10/22 18:03
Extremely counter intuitive 😒
Worked fine for a while, but not anymore
by sharkgirl424 on 2020/10/22 17:15
Maybe instead of adding in-app purchases, the developers should fix the SEVERAL bugs that are in this app. It worked perfectly fine on my iPad for about a year, but then it started to glitch. In July, I started to notice a glitch where random lines and whatnot would show up when I had my hand on the screen. I should also mention that I have hand/wrist detection ON. Despite numerous “bug fixes” this has never been fixed. Recently, my notes have had to “download from iCloud.” I have never shared my notes with iCloud. EVER. Yet, this keeps happening. I need to use this app for school, but it glitches so much that I always have to email teachers and tell them that I cannot turn in my homework because of this app.
Wouldn’t save title of my note, changed title, closed app, and then the entire chem lab was gone
by RobertRoss1337 on 2020/10/22 09:29
What is the point in using an app you cant trust. It literally worked for all my other labs up until this point. I will never use it again because I lost an entire f**cking lab. I might fail chem. I might lose my scholarship. I’m actually screwed because of this app
Great note taking overall
by Gahaya on 2020/10/22 05:26
The app is easy and intuitive and easy to use, plus it can make beautiful things. I’ve used it for note taking in class and the features have all been easy to find and use on the fly. I do wish the app had some more features though. You can make partitions for different files, but only 2 levels deep. I would appreciate more flexibility in how I save files. They also don’t have an easy way to join pre-existing PDFs. You can join new files to existing ones, but not two existing ones. Overall very useful and I would recommend, but not a substitute for a computer for organizing or pdf aggregation.
Please add these features:
by al rumi on 2020/10/22 04:18
1. The ability to 📌pin some notes upside as well as the dividers and subjects like apple messages or apple notes. 2. Add sub divider and sub subject so we gonna have a divider , inside it there’s sub divider and a subjects which inside them there’re sub subjects . 3.the ability to create an endless note , so you can zoom in thousands times as well as zoom out, this feature is so simple and important for any notes taking student , and I think everyone will love it. 4.the ability to fade an image or a text so you can write or paint a copy of it under it.like on zoom notes. 5.the ability to secure a subject or a single bote with a different password.
Freezing
by Krapdavid on 2020/10/22 01:20
This new update causes the app to completely freeze and mid lecture, it is increasingly frustrating to use this app consistently....
Lost all notes
by Ganderrr on 2020/10/22 00:31
This has happened 3 times now, I assumed it was user error the first 2 times. I upload PPTs and take lecture notes. The PowerPoints stay fine but everything that I have written disappears. I even tuened auto back up on after the first time but it ended up backing up the blank copy of the note. I have lost over 6 hours of lecture time relying on this app. Absolutely devastated.
What a great product
by imin2cadd on 2020/10/21 22:59
I use this everyday to markup pdf’s
Store and poor design decisions ruined this app
by John C Pubic on 2020/10/21 20:36
The big design flaw is that there is a non-removable zoom button on the lower part of the screen where most RH people rest their palms, which leads to constant infuriating inturuptions. Adding a “store” into notability was the final straw for why you should avoid this and go with a different app. The store increased updates by several 100 mb and has made notability unresponsive and bloated.
Great App
by Lryan999 on 2020/10/21 20:32
I switched from one note on a surface to notability on an iPad. It is much more lightweight and I wouldn't go back.
Don’t buy this
by susan.07 on 2020/10/21 19:13
How ridiculous it is to purchase an app that is always glitching. My files are all messed up and on the day of my exam. All the notes I have put hours into are not even displaying correctly. Don’t buy this it’s not worth it unless you want to end up like me.
The Reason for Buying my iPad
by Noraimso on 2020/10/21 17:44
I read lots of articles, and this app makes it easy. I tried it on my husband’s iPad and I thought the whole iPad is worth it because of this app. It is not only organized and easy to use, but also, they keep improving it👌. The only thing is that you need the pen to get the best out of it.
Serious things you need to add
by stagido on 2020/10/21 16:30
Notability is by far my most favorite note taking app but the new updates on the apple notes like handwriting to text and other features are enough to lure every professional note taker to change his mind about his favorite app to use So I hope u add those features to notability too so we can keep enjoying this beautiful app
Love it
by Official.nelly96 on 2020/10/21 16:25
Love it !! Have been using it for a year
Great app for busy people
by Preacher Timbo on 2020/10/21 12:05
Im a Pastor that is very busy. I use this app for sermon notes, I love the fact that it shares in real time across all my devises, making it convenient to write my thoughts on my iPhone which also stores on my iPad
坑!!慎用
by notability太坑了吧!!! on 2020/10/21 08:50
太糟糕了重命名不上就多備份了幾次,不知道觸發了什麼導致寫好的筆記憑空消失掉,google drive的備份文件也一起沒了...心情好差 💢太給人添堵了吧
We need an update
by ruyaals on 2020/10/21 08:42
We need new papers colors and sizes and new pens and sizes also we need new colors for subjects and we need to be able to move images or stickers with hand writing and please add other language to hand writings such as arabic ALSO WHY WHEN I IMPORT PAPER LIKE PDF I CANT HIGHLIGHT ON IT
Need unlimited levels of organization
by josephine34568 on 2020/10/21 05:49
I love everything about this app except for the fact that there are WAY TOO FEW LEVELS OF ORGANIZATION. If a new update could provide us with unlimited folders and sub folders beyond the current 3 levels (notes, subjects, folders)...my life will be saved. If an update including more levels of organization does not occur soon, I may have to switch note taking apps.
Desperate for the planner!
by ItsYaGirlMandizzle on 2020/10/21 05:31
I am loving notability. I use it for all of my classes. I take a lot of chemistry courses so the freedom of drawing is amazing. There are some bug fixes and improvements I think that could be made. For example, I imported a document and then added a dark page at the end (because the black page is easier on my eyes) and the highlighters didn’t highlight opaquely like they would do if I began a new note with only the black paper. I wish I could organize my notes in the order I wanted but I only have the option of by date or by name. Just small things but overall I really would be lost without notability
Organization is the only drawback
by AsphaltAirborneGuy on 2020/10/20 21:44
Absolutely love the app! Has saved me so much time looking through my notes and I am leagues more organized. Only one complaint is the organization. Please please please add a feature to allow users to create folders inside of folders. This is huge, and would save me so much time, as my names currently all need to be different. If there were different folders, I could have “Homework3” saved in two different folders and this wouldn’t be a problem. If this change is made, this is a six star app!
Terrible update
by Student88943828998438978 on 2020/10/20 21:01
I have encountered so many problems with this app in the last couple of weeks. It is constantly freezing and will freak out and show random lines all over the screen when I am writing. It is interfering with my ability to pay attention in classes because I am having to constantly erase. Please fix this problem. They have no customer service number and do not reply to your emails. Terrible customer service for being such a “successful” app.
The good and the bad.
by fjpoblam on 2020/10/20 16:50
The good: fast sync, if you learn how. (Close the note on both devices. Then open on the target. Usually instant sync: faster than most other writing apps.) The good: handles downloaded/installed fonts, variety of backgrounds, easy PDF handling, lockable folders (including PDFs and images), easy draw/text boxes/image imbed within notes. The bad: EXTREMELY and outstandingly primitive sync of font-size across devices and device orientations; InAppPurchase of some advance features (actually no issue: advance features are worthless); extremely slow startup; no plain-text export; audio recording indicator small. Fairly good app if you can tolerate the bad. Apple notes.app has gone south since iOS 14.
Removed my content from note after renaming
by Talal Ur Rahim on 2020/10/20 14:46
I have loved Notability for years, but yesterday I wrote a very important research note. I tried to rename it today after adding more ideas into the the note. At that time, the entire content of my note disappeared. I have now tried everything to get my content back. I searched for some words and I can see the highlighted location of those search terms in the note, but not my writing. All of a sudden, I don’t trust this app anymore. It’s unreliable and I can’t note anything important in it.
Good but eh
by #jesus comes 1st on 2020/10/20 14:22
With the price tag like this for an app I expected more. It’s buggy at times with the apple pencil and doesn’t have as many features as I would have liked. You pay 9$ for an app and then you have to pay for themes which is dumb. Oh and theres no account where all your stuff is saved in case something happens so you have to back everything up all the time, for an app like this where all your important notes are I would think OBVIOUSLY theres a login account where your stuff is saved but there isn’t. If for some reason the app gets deleted and you didn’t back up your stuff, it’s gone for good. Another thing that’s annoying for me in particular is i write with my paper slanted and sometimes turning my whole ipad back and forth when i’m getting work done gets annoying so just tilting the paper in the app would be so much easier. Lastly, there should be an option to switch the eraser so that you can erase just part of something instead of the whole thing. Besides these issues i use it everyday for school and it gets the job done and organizes everything nicely
DO NOT USE the broken "Merge recordings" feature
by Ariel J. Transparentpseudonym on 2020/10/20 14:09
When I try to merge recordings, about half the time something goes wrong--for example the audio files get merged in the wrong order. I can do without the merge recordings feature. What I DO NOT WANT to deal with is a recording that used to work but that I broke because Notability falsely claimed I could edit in a moderately useful way.
Need more tools
by Hiebfruhbjhhj on 2020/10/20 11:30
Notability needs more ways to organize notes, like being able sub folders. Also why should I have to pay extra for the word search tool when good notes includes it n their app and they’re cheaper. Only reason I’m with notability is because I can record my lectures
환불 요청합니다
by evfinoeniofngeoef on 2020/10/20 11:07
텍스트 변환 $2.99 주고 구매했는데 한국어 텍스트 변환 인식 자체를 못 해서 한 번도 사용하지 못 했네요;; 텍스트변환 환불 부탁드려요
希望添加一些功能
by mingrara on 2020/10/20 08:43
希望改进一下文件夹功能,目前支持的文件层级过小,东西多了容易杂乱。另外,跪求大纲功能,其他用起来真的很香了,非常nice的一款app
Discovered a very distressing bug
by Z.Shan on 2020/10/20 06:14
I’ve been using Notability for almost a year now. Always loved it. But today I’m leaving a 2-star review because I discovered a very distressing bug that ALMOST completely ruined my day and semester. I was working on my midterm exam on Notability today. First, I imported the pdf file of the exam to work on it (I named it “Exam” in the app). Then, I was done with the exam, but I had some unrelated notes and random drafts written in the file, so I decided to move them somewhere else before I submit the “Exam” file to my professor. I imported the same pdf file of my original exam (and named it “Exam Questions” this time in the app). I cut the things I didn’t want in “Exam”, and pasted them in “Exam Questions”. It all worked. After all, I’ve done it many time before. Then, as I was getting ready to export the “Exam” file and submit it to my professor, I decided to rename the file “Exam (my name)”. And that’s when Notability completely freaked out. As soon as I finished renaming the file, “Exam”/“Exam (my name)” completely VANISHED from the app. And “Exam Questions” renamed itself to “Exam”, where the unrelated notes and random drafts are still present. But the actual exam I’d been working on for hours is NOWHERE to be found!! LUCKILY, I back up Notability automatically to my Google Drive, and I was able to retrieve the “Exam” file from “5 min ago” on my Google Drive that still contained all the answers I wrote for the exam. I was able to submit my midterm exam to my professor, but by the time I went back to my Google Drive and checked again, the original “Exam” file was gone too, which means that — had I acted a few seconds later, I would have completely lost the exam file that I had been working on for hours and needed to be submitted by a deadline. THIS IS AN OUTRAGEOUS BUG!!! Now I can no longer trust Notability to work on anything important and/or time sensitive.
Best note taking app!!!
by 10402730582 on 2020/10/20 02:49
I love this app. It has changed my life when it comes to studying for school. You can drag files and photos directly from other apps and draw on them.
please fix this bug!!!
by Lauren162936 on 2020/10/19 20:37
I CANNOT get my notes from my iCloud to load back onto my IPad I just logged in one day and it says it has a problem connecting to iCloud. I tried all the troubleshoots and it won’t work. Really frustrating I can’t access any of my notes and haven’t been able to for over a week.. I loved this app but now am just very frustrated
Deleted my lecture notes
by Plumplos on 2020/10/19 18:31
I’m a college student that uses notability to write notes for every single class. For me, chemistry notes are especially exhaustive and long. I had created a chem note titled “lecture 19” and then when I moved on to the next lecture, I created a new note and accidentally named it “lecture 19” as well. Notability doesn’t allow for having the same name for two different notes so I changed one of them to “lecture 18” since I realized I had skipped over that number. When I finished writing, I exited out of the note to the main screed. Not only had both of the notes reverted back to being titled “Lecture 19” but when I tried to open them back up (since I had a feeling something was going to go wrong), Notability glitched and deleted both of my notes. Now, there is only one note titled “Lecture 19” in my files and its totally blank. The other 2 notes are nowhere to be seen, not even in recently deleted files. This app is great and has tons of useful features but is it really that hard to allow duplicate names on notes without things like this happening??
Stop Cloud Syncing Constantly
by Tthorp1012 on 2020/10/19 16:55
Every time I open this app it starts cloud syncing every file (in my case over 1200 files) rendering the app useless since I cannot access any of my most recent files. It appears to start at the oldest files (in my case 2015) then quits syncing halfway through so I cannot open any of my recent work. I do not recommend this app in its current state. It makes any and all recent documents unopenable once you close the app.
Not working with locked .pdf documents
by Hahnlin on 2020/10/19 16:24
Notability has been great for me; I’ve been using it for all my classes and very much enjoying my experience. However, this last update has broken the ability to import locked .pdf documents. I would like to see this fixed as soon as possible
Notability Multiple Instances NOT AVAILABLE
by JAIMAKAN on 2020/10/19 16:00
Let me preface this review by saying how much I love notability. I have been using the app on my iPad for years now. The iOS version of the app is quite frankly amazing. From taking notes to uploading PDFs, it does about everything. Even the new updated version of the Mac app is great, it allows you to upload documents seamlessly, which makes it much easier to work between a MacBook and IPad! This workflow is great but my ONE ISSUE, is that notability does not have the option to open multiple instances of the same app. While goodnotes, flexcil, apple notes, etc. all have this feature, notability does not. Developers of Notability, can you please add this feature?!
Great File Keeping/Editing App
by Nandjdjddjaka on 2020/10/19 15:54
This app is great for keeping track of pdf’s and editing them. It would be super helpful if they added more ways of sorting them!
Highlight text color selection invisible
by Corker4lyfe on 2020/10/19 13:41
Highlight text color selection invisible...since the last 2 updates. App closes or has to reset to loading screen a lot of times when I move it to a background app, sometimes when just switching to one app and back in 15sec.
Pretty good.
by @Brave on 2020/10/19 13:41
I use this app a lot, sometimes even a substitute for a PowerPoint. My only big problem with this app is that it is not letting me write or draw with my finger, only my Apple Pen.
Best until it didn't Last
by KayleenMoua on 2020/10/19 06:42
I used this app for about a year now and it was my go-to note taking app with the best features! Until one day, I decided to take a break from taking notes to come back to no notes AT ALL. The recent update most likely has a bug and if you are purchasing this app, I'd advise you to not buy it until this app's bug is fixed
Edit function doesn’t work
by apchilds on 2020/10/19 06:39
Have been using this app for years and always recommend it to my students. With the most recent update, the Edit function only works about 20% of the time. Other times, the menu bar across the top will change, but I can’t actually edit the names or locations of notes; touching the name of a note opens the note, as if I’m still in the standard (not Edit) mode.
Quick note
by Haobepa on 2020/10/19 05:24
Jet black theme does not work with default to iOS appearance 😭
Taking Notes Has Never Been More Fluid
by mT Ominous on 2020/10/19 03:10
Throughout the courses I have taken in my career, my iPad and notability work synchronously. The perfect combo!
I would love to give 5 stars
by Renee_lynn on 2020/10/19 01:22
But... In the latest update, notability has had problems with the screen freezing or failing to scroll. It is really frustrating to not be able to scroll through a PDF and to have the screen just freeze. I had to hard restart my iPad Air 3 four times to get it to unfreeze. Is there a reason or a fix for this problem? I have otherwise loved notability. Would also love to have text recognition built in now that iPad comes with scribble. It seems a waste not to take advantage of that.
Useful, but hard to organize
by Touchte on 2020/10/19 00:23
I’ve been using notability for school for about a year now. It’s great paired with the apple pencil, and all the features on that end of the app are fantastic. My chief complaint, however, comes from the organization of the app. For instance, I can’t have two documents of the same name within the app, which is annoying because I have to go back a year to delete/rename some old note to use the title again. The divider system works well, but the sections get crowded really quickly. It would be nice to have a different view instead of just just lists of documents that I have to scroll through. Lastly- and this seems to be a product of the latest update, there are some issues with renaming documents, namely not being able to.
Serious freezing problem
by Kearsu Wang on 2020/10/19 00:23
It freezes every time I quit the notability to open another app and then opens back notability on iPad Pro 12.9 2015! Every time!!!!! Fix this!!!!
Good, but never updated.
by LITTYSHMITYY on 2020/10/18 22:15
I’ve been using this app for over a year now and I hate taking normal notes, now. I like this app better than GoodNotes, but it has bugs, and it’s almost never meaningfully updated. In the year that I’ve had this app, pretty much all they’ve added are themes and two sticker packs. I would love to be able to select items layer by layer. I would love to be able to “pin” items so they they do not move when selected, unless unpinned. I would love many more pages for custom colors, as well as being able to control the transparency and texture of brushes. There are a million fun and innovative things that could be added to this app. Please do so! Also, the number of bugs is growing. Please fix that!
Sync with iCloud on iPad deleted notes
by Leeloo85 on 2020/10/18 22:06
Notability decided not to sync my notes. It works great on the Mac. Notes disappear from iPad when iCloud sync is turn on.
Thee best
by dr praxis on 2020/10/18 21:24
Hands down the best note taking app. I’m a doctoral student whom reads and takes notes directly on the pdf all the time. Effortless to import and share. Organization is a breeze.
My Notes for School are Being Erased and Deleted
by +SkyFlyr+ on 2020/10/18 21:12
I have been using Notability for around a year and hove not had any issues with it until recently. In the past few weeks, I have had the contents of multiple files erased and deleted. This is not because I am out of storage, as I have over 100 gigs of free space. These documents are of high importance and value to me, as I use this app on a daily basis to do my required notes and projects. The first time I had this issue, I thought it was just an isolated glitch, but regardless, I started to try and save the documents by leaving them to go the the notes screen in an attempt to save them to the app. This has proven to be unhelpful, as today this issue caused an entire file of mine that I had been working on, to be wiped of its content, leaving nothing but a blank, empty page. This is very concerning, as I am now worried about the stability and reliability of this app which I had previously seen as a reliable, safe, and dependable tool. I don’t think that I should have to back-up every one of my documents to PDF, every time I make a change or addition. This is not what I would have expected from an application that I payed $10 for, or one that I have never had problems with. I have over 150 notes on this app, only a small portion of which are safely stored as PDF’s on iCloud. This issue is incredibly concerning, problematic, and recurring. I have spent 100’s, possibly 1000’s of hours creating notes and files in this app, and I am terrified of the thought that all of them could be in serious jeopardy of being erased partially, or entirely. I am afraid to even touch the older documents of mine, out of fear that trying to export them as PDF’s could result in them being erased or deleted. These documents that have been impacted are not in the recently deleted folder, nor are they in a different location. Today I was working on a document and had continued to use my method of trying to back-up and save the document to the app by leaving and coming back in. I finished the assignment and went to rename it, as well as move it to a different folder. When I renamed it and tried to add it to a subject, all of the content in the note was erased and the note had reverted to the original name that I had changed. I did not accidentally swipe and delete the document, it was just wiped clean. This was incredibly frustrating and upsetting, and I am starting to doubt the integrity of this app. I saw Notability as an indispensable, reliable, and useful tool until recently, and I have not lost sight of this apps potential. I wish for nothing more than this issue being addressed and resolved, and I have hope that this problem can be rectified in a timely manner. Notability has been an incredible resource for taking notes, completing projects, and doing schoolwork. I am more than willing to continue to use this app, but I feel that the users deserve an app that they can rely on to be stable, useful, and safe. My opinions about this app have historically been incredibly positive, but the recent issues that I have experienced have made me more cautious about what I can use the app for. I hope that this set of issues can be fixed so that I may return to using this app without fear of all of my work and effort being erased and deleted.
Suggest
by kimiZeZ on 2020/10/18 20:18
I need the option to be able to select couple of pages and move them up or down or deleted them at once... doing this one by one takesssssss foreveeeeeeer and i dont have a mac only ipad😢
Increased studying efficiency
by tbaure on 2020/10/18 19:48
During COVID times where all of college has moved online and require uploaded submissions this app has increased my overall efficiency in my classes. Being able to quickly access different colors and highlighters while I’m going over practice problems allows me to highlight and mark the exact step I did something wrong with ease. As a naturally messy writer I’m able to quickly and easily clean up my notes and make it easier on the eyes. All in all I’d say working on notability has increased my overall studying efficiency by 10%
Great app
by msingh40 on 2020/10/18 17:47
I really enjoy this app. It has helped me keep all my notes organized and keep multiple subjects notes on here. As a nursing student, it limited the amount of time that I spend either writing or printing out slides which can range anywhere from 20 slides to 40 slides per lecture
Needs to integrate new Apple Pencil features
by chloe122345663828299 on 2020/10/18 16:02
You cannot use the new Apple Pencil features currently with notability. It will not convert writing into text immediately which is so helpful when looking things up in your notes. You also can’t cross out writing to delete it which saves a lot of time. I love notability but this lag time in not updating with the current features of an Apple Pencil is making me want to switch to Notes.
What is wrong with this app
by sk10202020 on 2020/10/18 10:04
I paid for this just for audio recording and the voice boost button is frozen and won’t let me slide it. So I hear every background noise in my recording. Please help
Not happy with update
by DrMike0518 on 2020/10/17 23:08
Please allow to go back 10 seconds when on half screen mode. Also keeps freezing with recordings. All this changed after update
Does not work with Apple Pencil
by Mu$!( on 2020/10/17 19:45
This app works fine with other brands but my Apple Pencil won’t work with it. It constantly lags or stops writing.
Notes keep disappearing
by MPxAirWii on 2020/10/17 18:32
I’ve been a user of this app for almost 4 years now to take notes in my college classes. I prefer using this than good notes because of how easy it is to use. Recently, the app has become more buggy and my notes keeps disappearing! If it weren’t for iCloud, I feel like I would’ve permanently lose those notes. I hope you can fix this soon.
AMAZING EXPERIENCE
by engr_stud on 2020/10/17 18:27
Notability has made my college experience sooo much better! As an engineering student, sometimes I need to look back at classes I took previously and having all of my notes on notability is just amazing. My notes look cleaner, more organized, and I can create PDFs to turn in my assignments super easily. Best note taking app out there!
Do Not Update
by ggdxwz on 2020/10/17 13:37
Significant glitches in the latest version, one star until bugs are fixed.
I love it and I hate it
by May+E on 2020/10/17 13:12
I love the functions for my note taking and recording lectures/presentations. BUT it glitches a lot😫 way too much. I lose notes because of some update or because some update is needed. It’s frustrating because I’m using this while I’m in a doc program. My notes are gold. I can’t afford to randomly lose documents. Even now I’m trying to open my readings and it has taken an hour for the documents to upload. I’m honestly getting nervous about continuing to use this program because I don’t know what will happen with it from one day to the next.
Great app. Recent update with Scribble not so great.
by this nick thing is dumb on 2020/10/17 04:34
Trying to use Scribble in this app is extremely frustrating. It’s very difficult to control if you are simply adding text or creating a text box with text. As you write a note, random text boxes appear. It’s like the features of Scribble and the text features native to Notability are competing with each other. Fix that and it’ll be back to 5 star.
Awful functionality for anything beyond doodling
by vavarooroo on 2020/10/17 00:27
I am using this app to design the interface for an app and it is awful: the text recognition is horrible and does not scale to size, you cannot input text, the text boxes are hard to use, you cannot bring items to front or back, you cannot input tables or shapes, and there’s a near infinite number of further complaints I could make; this app should be advertised for doodling and sketching for fun, NOT being an advanced note-taking app worthy of post elementary school tasks. I would request my money back for the app but I don’t even want to give them the satisfaction (this app is so horrible, it is the first time I’ve EVER written an app review).
Taking photos
by Blahchixken on 2020/10/16 21:24
You guys really need to create a way to take pictures on notability without it saving all the photos to my camera roll. Also, the writing gets shaky near the ends of the screen.
Doesn’t Save At Times
by Peanutbuttersmoothie on 2020/10/16 20:09
PLEASE fix or update this app. It is frustrating when I am already tight on time and spent an hour typing up notes only for it to NOT SAVE AT ALL. What a waste of my time. Another recommendation is to have the pictures move with the text or have a set pagebreak. When I press enter all the texts move down one row, but pictures stay the same.
Please add side space for PDFs
by DMC-GMR on 2020/10/16 16:36
I love this app,except i cannot write on the side of slides . please add this feature
Cannot convert handwritten math equations
by esahaff on 2020/10/16 15:23
I’m using the app as a student. The biggest drawback is that it cannot convert my handwritten math equations into text, numbers and symbols. Rather it will convert math symbols and numbers into emojis. This would be much more useful if it could handle math symbols and formulas. Also, heads up, the written notes to text is an additional cost. I didn’t realize this when I first purchased the app.
The best notetaking app
by evelynlyang on 2020/10/16 04:50
The best note talking app I’ve ever used. I recently purchased the PLANNERS,overall it’s easy and efficient to use. But could we get a full year calendar? Right now the dates on calendar have been cut off till September 31st 2021,
Family sharing doesn't work
by #nbcfail on 2020/10/16 01:47
I've owned this for a long time and it's worked great. My only pet peeve is that I'm only able to use it on the one device. We're have 8 eligible devices on the same iCloud account but this app only works on the one it was originally installed on. The app store shows a paid $8 download from the other devices. For other family shared apps you are not charged for additional downloads. I've tweeted at their support - no response. Maybe they don't care. Maybe you should care that they don't care and get goodnotes instead. Just very aggravating. Maybe with this review they will respond... Or not. We'll see
Needs A Feature to Highlight Text on Image
by Tea Cup 02 on 2020/10/15 23:38
I love this app and use it for school everyday. I love the new update that allows us to choose favorite brushes and edit recordings. There is one thing I wish to be improved, it would be great if I can highlight the text on an image. Right now it is impossible to see the highlights on image with white background.
Bugs!
by Pryshsofofkfxkkxk on 2020/10/15 16:17
Every time I rename a note and come back the name is gone and it’s messing up my organization; this needs to be fixed ASAP. It also fails to save and you can lose 2 hrs of note-taking just poof..If I hadn’t started medical school using this app and spent money on it I would leave and use another app!
更新完手掌检测形同虚设!!!!!!
by 观望吧 on 2020/10/15 14:55
希望赶快修复这个bug!!!!!!
Maybe include multiple favorite bars?
by Summer Louise on 2020/10/15 14:48
I have been using this app since my university went only for quarantine. This pandemic was the last straw for me to get an iPad and start my notes and studying on a tablet. I have found Notability to be very easy to use. Their new update is AMAZING! One idea I have is that the developers should include the option to have multiple favorite bars. I use different colors and styles for different classes and it would be SO easy for me to assign a favorites bar (as easily editable as the one now) to each subject folder. That was I don’t have to go to a previous assignment, check what colors I used, and edit them one by one. I like to keep my note styles in my classes consistent throughout the semester so I can easily recognize the pattern as I study them all for my finals. I like to use the same colors my professors use—or at least similar to it—so I can learn as intended by them. If a favorites bar design for each subject folder (at least the option to do so) was available it would make my note taking so much easier. Please consider!! Other than that... can’t wait for the planner option! Love this app so much🤩🤩🤩
The Handwriting Recognition Feature
by lllrhgp on 2020/10/15 05:40
I paid for the handwriting recognition feature to find hand-written notes, but it never worked for me once. DO NOT PAY FOR THAT FEATURE, UNTIL IT WORKS. SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Love BUT GLITCHING A LOT RECENTLY
by Nenemichelle88 on 2020/10/15 04:00
Notability is my go-to app when it comes to note taking. Love the fact that I can record my lectures while taking notes. Recently, I have noticed that it freezes so much! In the middle of taking notes and recording, the app freezes and I can’t write. When I restart the app, it sometimes recovers the recording, and sometimes it doesn’t. Its super frustrating that I have to deal with this in the middle of class. Please fix! I genuinely love this app but really sad about this.
Better then goodnotes
by Phawphaw on 2020/10/15 01:28
I’ll keep this short. As an artist using this app for drawing and design, It’s much better then goodnotes. It’s great at handling and editing shapes. It does what goodnotes struggles with which is making it easy to edit shapes and has a more flexible tool set, with better UI. I could go on.
Losing Data - no customer service - don’t buy this!!!!!
by KojoMike on 2020/10/15 01:12
Have been losing data from client meetings. This has happened three times in the last two weeks. About 6 hours of data lost. Emailed Notability (because no phone support) and it’s been a week now with no support from them. I’m going to look elsewhere for my business needs.
Periodic Crashes and Freezes
by iPhone 6, ex-alien blue user on 2020/10/14 19:36
On my iPad 10.2, the app freezes and or crashes fairly frequently.
Incredible tool!
by jromeroday on 2020/10/14 17:24
Excellent note, reader, and handler of PDF documents. Provides an excellent organization and notes in all your important documents. Has made my life a lot easier!
KEEPS DELETING MY NOTES
by SmF4231 on 2020/10/14 15:53
I keep getting finished with an assignment and when I go back to it and try to turn it in, everything is gone except what I have typed and or written. I’m so angry! I am not the only one having this problem at my school.
恢复购买无效
by 白夜xwl on 2020/10/14 15:32
!!!为啥更新后还要领购
Need time to understand how this app works.
by wingatepharm on 2020/10/14 14:54
Not intuitive for organizing documents in comparison to Apple Notes or OneNote. Other features are awesome. Used it fro 3 months already and still struggling to organize files and create subgroups. So confusing!!!
Changed my review to 1 star
by Bowlerboii on 2020/10/14 12:26
Ive been using this app for 4 years as I go through college. Today I opened notability and all my dividers are gone. I tried the steps on their website to help restore it and nothing has seemed to work. So now I have 700 notes from 4 years at college scattered all over the place with no organization. I should also mention that I’m going to school for computer engineering, so I’m very tech savvy and good with computers. But this one stumps me, I’m not sure if I should move to goodnotes for the remainder of the semester....
Amazing App
by lmaoOrion on 2020/10/14 07:04
I’m a freshman in college, and this app has given me an entirely different experience with note taking and organization. It’s worth what it costs. I was a b+ student in high school, but I’m continuously pulling a’s with the help of this app. Transfers documents seamlessly to and fro.
Keeps Crashing, don’t trust it because it will ruin you
by znike on 2020/10/14 04:42
When this app works it’s great, but once a week it will crash and I will lose all of the notes I’ve taken over the last hour or two. I’m a medical student and it’s so terrible when this happens, I can’t go back and get them again. I have all of the syncing and back-up settings turned on, but it will only sync up to a certain point and then I lose everything after that (which is usually a lot). If you can find a different app, while this will seem great at first it will inevitably hurt you.
FIX THE APP ALREADY
by Apple Customer 123 on 2020/10/14 04:27
Writing has become so difficult because the app doesn’t render the difference between my hand and the pencil despite having that turned on in the settings!
Great app
by busylife0000 on 2018/11/26 01:52
I absolutely love this app. Between work, school, and life, this app helps with notes, and my planners for everything. It’s so much more convenient to carry my iPad around rather than a bunch of books. This app is very user friendly, making it very easy to take notes and convert from the pen to highlighter, etc. You can even search your own handwriting and text from a pdf that has been uploaded in the same file which makes it easy to go back and look for something specific instantly rather than scroll through pages of notes. Great app!!! Update: I recently tried to access my notes on my iPhone, but half of the files wouldn’t sync between the ipad and my phone, which was annoying. I had down time to study and couldn’t because they wouldn’t sync. The only way to fix was to duplicate the file on the ipad so it would sync to my phone. It wasn’t a huge deal for that day, but could potentially be a major issue down the line if you don’t have the original device you used for the notes. Other than that, I still think it’s a great app and recommend it to anyone who is switching to digital notes and who doesn’t want to carry around a bunch of binders/notebooks!
Needs better organization
by kmc121084 on 2020/10/12 01:51
This app is very helpful, especially the feature to record lectures. I can stay on top of what my professor says easier, and use the Apple Pencil to highlight or emphasize certain points. There is a bit of a delay for the notes and the audio, so when I click on a note, I know to automatically hit the “rewind 10 seconds” button, but I just deal with it because it is so helpful regardless. However, while the recording ability is the star feature of this app, the other features need improvement. 1. Since more classes are taking place online due to the pandemic, there should be an option to record lectures using the iPad’s internal microphone. Right now, I play the lectures on my phone and record audio with the iPad, since I do not have a better option. 2. Second, and my biggest gripe with the app is ORGANIZATION. Although you can have subjects, and place notes in the subjects, I want the ability to make folders within the subjects. A lot of my subjects in school are so complex - with labs and assignments in addition to lecture notes and different subtopics, the ability to make folders within subjects is seriously ESSENTIAL. The most I can do is change the name at the beginning of the file to reflect what kind of material it is (ex: Lab 1, Assignemnt 2, etc.) but the ability to make folders really holds this app behind. I still use it for the recording feature, but the lack of organizational options available is really frustrating.
Notability is great...but not on iPhone
by Jason 909 on 2018/09/30 16:00
Writing a review of Notability is hard. On the one hand, I use it every single day on my iPad. I do a lot of reading/research for my job, so Notability has saved me from being buried under an endless pile of paper. I even pair it up with Scanbot so I can quickly scan materials in meetings and then have all my notes/handouts in a single place. Being able to search my handwriting is a game-changer! So is having access to my documents and notes everywhere, including my laptop, and having all changes and edits synced through iCloud. I’ve always wanted to go paperless with ubiquitous access to everything; Notability is my hub for that. Which brings me to my chief complaint about Notability: it’s iPhone app is terrible. It’s nice to see my notes on my phone if I need to skim something quickly on the go, but basic functionality is missing. You can’t search a document, highlight pages, see all the pages in a document—if you’re looking for something, you can only scroll until you find it. That’s ok if you’re talking about two pages of notes; but if you are looking at a 50 page journal article trying to find something, it’s ridiculous. Competitors have this functionality on iPhones, but Notability has never added it. I wish they would! I also wish they would format text-only notes like Google Docs, adjusting text size for a given display without affecting the formatting.
Best Notetaking App I found
by _Music-Lover_ on 2018/09/21 11:09
I’ve been using this app for years, and appreciate all the updates that have occurred since then. This app has sufficed all my note taking needs, in and out of the classroom. One feature I would like to see is the ability to rename recordings, and possibly to attach these recordings to individual pages. One thing I’ve tried doing this semester is have the recording function on while at a lecture, but having numerous recordings in a file that grows daily is difficult with the current set up. If you don’t remember the time stamp or recording number for a particular point, you have to guess and listen for a bit to see if it’s right. It’s either that, or guess based on the date the notes were recorded. If you could at least rename the audio files, the app would be more useful. It would also be nice if you could change the paper style of individual pages, as well as a feature that easily allows you to draw geometric shapes (adding a figure on top of a graph sticky or any other element get tricky when you click on the wrong one. Sometimes because of that, the graph background ends up on top, and the figure behind it, rendering it useless). There aren’t really any visible bugs with this version of the app, Would recommend for someone looking for a suitable note taking app, whether it’s handwritten or type. I think the addition of a few features would make it better.
I’ve never had this issue before
by Horse girl 710 on 2020/01/23 04:17
I’ve been using Notability for about 7 years now. As a student, it is important to make sure you don’t miss any information and sometimes that can be difficult if the professor goes too fast. One tool that I started using about 3 years ago was the microphone to record lectures. I loved it because I could follow along with what the professor was saying and what I wrote as well. Right now I’m really upset with Notability because of a bug. Recently I’ve been having problems when I completely close out of the app. Not only are my recordings getting deleted, but so are my notes!!! That’s a major problem that needs to be fixed immediately. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to find an app quite like notability, so I will have to stick with good old fashioned pen and paper until this problem is resolved. I’ve also been having problems with the other tools. I usually have no problem with changing colors, font sizes, or anything related to that nature but I can’t even do that anymore! This isn’t a huge issue as I can still select the right tool, but it’s hard to organize my notes. I also can’t create subjects or dividers anymore which is driving me insane! It’s the beginning of the semester which means I need to be able to organize myself from the start to work efficiently throughout the rest of the semester. I’ve never had any issues with this app before, but these are some major problems that need to be fixed before I continue using it.
Great university study tool with a couple issues
by j micah on 2019/06/17 15:10
I was using OneNote on a Surface tablet until the digitizer stopped working. I decided to try using an iPad Pro instead, since they’re lighter. Notability was the only app to offer most of the same functionality as OneNote on a Windows tablet. There are many things that I prefer about Notability, but there are a few issues that prevent me from giving it more stars: first, I would like the ability to create a group of commonly used highlighters/pens for marking up documents. I have a system of using certain colors to represent certain things, and I would like to be able to organize all those highlighters and pens into a group where I determine the order and placement. If that is possible in Notability, I haven’t been able to figure it out. Secondly, I use Notability in a setting where I’m regularly working with several languages (including RTL - Right to Left languages like Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic). Notability does not have good support for combining multiple languages in one document at this time, especially not mixed English-Hebrew or English-Aramaic. Please give Notability the ability to recognize and format RTL languages. I can do that natively on most Apple apps, and many 3rd party apps, so the inability to do that on Notability really sticks out. Please improve these issues, and I will gladly give it a 5 star rating. In fact, if those two issues are fixed, I won’t even miss using OneNote for most of my coursework.
Syncing big files is very poor
by EZE Ruthless on 2020/06/21 15:53
I wanted to love Notability. It’s unique recording feature is perfect for lecture notes, and so I decided to give it a full month test, switching from another very well known note taking app and using Notability exclusively. The result, now that the month’s experiment has concluded, is that I’m switching back to the other app. Leaving aside all the countless comparisons and contrasts between these two apps, the deal breaker for me was that Notability’s syncing between iPhone, iPad, and Mac is awful. Any imported big file would only sync to one device, never appearing on all three. PDF imports were the worst—I would check literally DAYS later for a given pdf file to appear on ALL of my devices, only to have it stuck on the one device I originally imported it from. The only way to finally get some files to sync was to delete the Notability app and reinstall it, and even then it was only successful some of the time. As you might imagine, that workaround was beyond disappointing—it was incredibly inconvenient and completely untenable. Don’t get me wrong: Notability is still a very worthwhile purchase. There’s a lot to like about the features and its ease of use, and I’ll definitely be keeping it as my backup. And I’ll still use it whenever I need to combine note taking with recordings. But until the developers fix syncing, there’s no way that I could ever rely on this as my go-to app for notes or creative projects.
Palm Rejection Problems Since Updating
by RobPrater on 2019/04/07 13:00
I can attest to the comments regarding the palm rejection issues after the recent update. Since the update, anytime I attempt to take class notes with the Apple Pencil results in erratic screen behavior. It will zoom in or out randomly, delete the last portion of what is written, or the screen will shift/shake. This only occurs when I am trying to write and my palm is resting on the lower portion of the screen. I have had some previous issues with palm rejection, mainly with the shifting of the screen or zoom but it has been manageable up until this update. It has become basically unusable for me in terms of handwriting since the recent update and the handwriting feature is nearly the sole purpose for purchasing the app in my case. I’ve basically had to resort to other apps for note taking because this has become nearly impossible to write on (unless I write without my palm on the screen and that is definitely not an alternative for me). After reading the previous comments, I have already performed a hard reset of my iPad (an iPad Pro 11” on iOS 12.3), turned off the palm rejection feature in Notability and turned it back on, and finally uninstalled the app completely then reinstalled. None of these attempts have rendered any improvement. Hopefully this is something that can be investigated by the developer and corrected quickly as this has been my preferred app for note taking.
A great note taking app for school but the Bugs are becoming annoying
by Rico_927 on 2020/02/16 04:35
This app could probably be the best note taking app for students just because of the recording feature. The tools up top are fine but they are missing so much compared to GoodNotes. Most of the size for the Pen are useless. After the 4th or 5th size the strokes become way too big for any practical purpose. Same thing with the highlighter except it the opposite. The varying sizes for the erasers is great though because I can basically erase pixels or entire sentences if needed. The cut and paste tool will not select small strokes or words for whatever reason, so sometimes I’m forced to erase and redraw or write. Other than that its works great. Seriously the only tool carrying this app is the Recording feature, GoodNotes has them beat in every other department. (I never mentioned the lack of templates). If GoodNotes has that feature I would go back to GoodNotes immediately, but they don’t so I stay with Notability. Now the bugs are getting annoying. I cant go a 1 minute without my lines not drawing or the app freezing or the zoom in feature freezing the app. Also the random shapes I get when writing sometimes that I cant delete with the back button and for some reason can only be removed by the eraser. Idk maybe these bugs will eventually send me back to GoodNotes and lectures will have to be recorded the hard way.
Perfect For Students
by GDOGUNDERSCORE on 2020/08/31 22:41
This app is my go to app for anything I do in school. It has made taking notes fun and easy. And now after using this app for a little over a year and a half, I can absolutely say that this is my favorite note taking app. Practically everything that I do for school is on this app, which when paired to my phone makes it a breeze to quickly scroll through my notes at any time. The writing feels fluid with great options for size and colors. Importing files and documents is extremely easy and fast. On tops of this, the line straitening and shape recognition is amazingly useful and easy, without being intrusive or correcting things that were not meant to be corrected. My one issue I have is with organization. Especially towards the end of the year when I have hundreds of notes and files, they can often be lost in the clutter. I have found ways around this by specifically labeling my files so all of my notes, quizzes, tests, and handouts are all sorted by category alphabetically, but I wish there was a way to put folders inside of subjects. This app is my favorite, but to make it the best it really needs a better way to organize files inside of subjects. Again, I cant imagine creating folders inside of subjects would be hard do and I really hope they include this soon in an update.
Needs Higher Level of Organization
by Ngizoqgrhuv on 2018/09/10 16:15
Currently I am loving this app. I have been using it for a couple days now and I’ve been able to transfer all my notes from Microsoft’s OneNote without a hiccup. Though in my time using this app, I have discovered two things that could need some improvement on. The first is, being able to name a file the same name as another, so long as it’s in a different location. Currently i am left adding a (1) or (2) for duplicate file names for different classes. And ultimately my notes look less organized. With that said, my main concern is the lack of notes segregation and organization. Currently, the only two methods to separate your notes are the Divider and Subject functionality. It would be Godsend if there was another sub-level category. A folder within a subject per se. For example: You have Math as a subject, Great! Now within the math subject, you have different kinds of notes that you would like separate from others. Like notes for different kinds of tests, notes for quizzes, notes for Classroom discussion, notes for projects, notes for resource documents. All of these you would like to be easily distinguishable from another, thus you group them likewise. Consider implementing these features as I believe it will become a game changer, this is definitely a Five-Star app, the three star is just motivation. Love you guys!
Not as great as I thought it would be
by angrmtz on 2020/03/10 20:00
Many issues that I don’t like. The microphone function has a lot of potential but ultimately the only thing I can hear after recording in large lecture rooms are staticky background noises and the tapping of my pencil when I’m writing. The left handed mode doesn’t make much sense to me. I’m used to functions being on the top and now functions are on the bottom and don’t actually help with being left handed. There’s also A LOT of skipping that occurs which is incredibly annoying and there are times when I will be writing a letter but it is automatically changed to a shape. When I try press the back function to erase the shape, letters written before the shape are erased so I have to use the actual eraser. In instances like that, it would be nice to have a forward function because somethings are accidentally erased but now I have to completely rewrite it. The font size for pencil and higher are completely out of wack. I tend to write pretty hard so the writing gets very thick even though I have it on a thin setting and the examples of the thickness aren’t very representative. I also wish we had more control over the colors we prefer. All default colors are first which I only use black and it comes with a bunch of colors I don’t like but can’t delete them or change them to colors I’d prefer. I came from GoodNotes and I’m very use to their functions which might be the issue but since I paid for notability I actually want to use it.
the worst customer support
by (ง ͠° ͟J ͡°)ง on 2020/09/16 21:29
I love this app, it is definitely the best for note taking on a tablet out there. However, I had a performance issue last year and I tried to contact support and no one ever got back to me. I’ve had similar issues and didn’t bother reaching out because I knew it would be futile. In my opinion, a product can be mediocre, but if it has great customer service, that sets it apart. Notability is the opposite. The product is great (in theory), but whenever there are issues, there is no support. This app is constantly glitching, between the handwriting jumping around the page randomly, not allowing me to close out of the right side menu that allows you to search in the document, or the most annoying bug where a note scrolls to the bottom of a page and will not let you go back to the top until you close out of the app. Currently, I am having an issue where I have two notes open at once (one is a pdf of my textbook, and one is the notes I am taking from it), and there are numerous problems, including those I just mentioned, as well as tools not working as I am trying to go back and forth writing on both documents. This is the best notetaking app I’ve tried, but the constant bugs are extremely frustrating when this is the main mode I use to read textbooks, take notes, and get homework done.
Not sure what the hype is all about..
by Mandy Vanz on 2018/11/05 23:41
So, here’s the thing. There are a lot of note taking apps on the market. I feel like if you want a quality one, maybe you need to pay for it. So, I purchased this one and Good Notes. I’ve used Evernote and Microsoft OneNote as well. Nothing sets this apart from competitors besides the price. And please beware: that price for the iOS app does not include the desktop app. That’s a separate charge. You can’t access it through a browser either. That’s a huge negative in my opinion. Additionally, sometimes this app will crash (like during iOS updates) and you’ll lose your subjects and dividers. So, there’s a way to get your subjects back, but you’re out of luck with your dividers. What does this mean? It means that all of the classes you’ve set up for multiple semesters will be wiped out. Whatever was organized under is able to be obtained, but you have to go back through and sort all of it. Do you know what an incredibly awful and tedious task that is? When you contact their customer service, they’re basically just like “Oh, sorryyyyy yeah we don’t care.” If you’re still reading this, oh hey. One last final note: don’t waste your money. I’ve tried them all and think Microsoft OneNote is really the way to go. It’s free, you get cloud storage, the app on the computer is free, and you get full functionality of program. Recent updates means it does EXACTLY what notability does.
A staple, but disappointing
by mklawaters on 2017/11/28 20:23
Update: I have used this app for YEARS now through high school, college, and now medical school. I love the app and appreciate it to no ends. However, one ongoing issue I have noticed is its unreliability with downloading ppt files to PDF within the app from Canvas. I don’t know if it’s a problem with communication with canvas or just a general issue with converting to pdf within the app, but it’s annoying to have to convert all my lecture notes to pdf on my MacBook then transfer them to my iPad. It’s so unreliable I don’t think I can use only my iPad anymore, which is what my goal was. Anyway, long story short: I love this app, but it’s been frustrating for about the past year or two. The new update added better pencil integration, ,earning now it has actual pressure sensitivity rather than just the way they did it before which was through speed sensitivity determining the weight of the line drawn. This combined with the other amazing aspects of this app that I have always enjoyed make this my favorite app ever. I use it in college to take notes and annotate presentations during lecture as well as at work for taking notes during meetings or as a work log. It is simply an amazing app, well worth the money, and I look forward to continue using it with my iPad Pro through medical school. Thank you ginger labs!!!
Almost perfect
by lalah-007 on 2019/01/25 01:55
This app is almost perfect. From the beginning I downloaded both GoodNotes and notability to try both. I can honestly say I can hardly use GoodNotes now, because I can do so much more here I one place. If I could suggest a couple of things that may make this program a little better for a student. First , It would be great if you could choose a folder from the drive or photos(of slides)and then pop the entire file IN the document I’m writing on and it default to a page size image - as doing them one by one , then having to size each one is a real pain when I have a bunch to add. One thing GoodNotes / books does well. Or at least if I could choose more than one image from my note to drag in ...OR not have to click back into the photo options button after each one as its a real pain if I want to import several pages and to a note in a hurry. I would love to have the option to read and turn my pages horizontally like a book and have a book folder file to confine or open it easily - like GoodNotes. Besides these two things - it seems perfect. Its a great well thought out program that keeps progressing with so many great options. Good job to the developers
Best note-taking app
by Millbean on 2020/05/31 18:38
I’ve waited a long time to write this because I want to know an app fully before judging it. I’ve used Notability for the past 3+ years along with GoodNotes. I can confidently say that Notability is the superior app. Yes, there are many more features that I wish were present in both apps but, as a whole, this is the best note taking app. In its basic form, handwriting in the app is perfect. Whatever software that GoodNotes uses to try to improve your handwriting is incredibly annoying and causes it to look worse. Its not that way with Notability. What you write is what it shows. The file management style is much easier to follow than the endless folders in GoodNotes. Also, when major updates come, you don’t have to pay for it. Paper templates and being able to set your 3 most used colors and pen sizes right on the task bar will HOPEFULLY be coming to Notability soon. That is the biggest drawback I think. Having to do multiple touches every time I want to switch pen size can be annoying and when taking notes in lecture, can take up valuable time. Having those right on the top bar would be INVALUABLE. Other than that, this app is superior to GoodNotes in general.
Fix iCloud syncing issues
by Chris 123abc on 2019/10/04 16:10
I love noteability and would give 5 stars if it weren’t for the iCloud issues. I have the app on my phone, MacBook, and iPad. I mainly use noteability on my iPad and enjoyed being able to create a note, and seamlessly read or edit it on my laptop or phone. However every once in awhile noteability would freeze all of my notes on my iPad and I wouldn’t be able to read or edit until it was done syncing which would take at least 30 minutes, sometimes hours. What’s even more frustrating is that sometimes I’ll be editing a note and the app would be syncing that same note to the cloud in the background. So when I exit the note I have 2 sometimes 5 copies of the same note, and I have no idea which one is up to date. This especially happens if I have noteability open on more than one device at a time. I got so sick of it that I’ve disabled iCloud syncing and only use it on my iPad, which is a shame because I paid 10 extra dollars for the app on my MacBook (which is absolutely not worth it on its own by the way). The only device that gives all of the features that noteability has to offer is the iPad. With that being said, I absolutely love the app on my iPad and I hope that the dev team will fix this issue soon.
Saved My Bacon
by Coug-Terp92 on 2017/10/01 15:32
I’m currently in grad school and after my first semester, I decided to switch to digital note taking. I was simply overwhelmed by the massive paper trail that often happens in grad school. I shopped around and I saw this app and decided to give it a go. I don’t normally spend $10 on an app, but it has been worth every penny! The organization is top notch, it works with many different type of styli (I use the Friendly Swede interchangeable tip stylus, because of the cost, but Apple Pencil works great if you have an iPad Pro), the recording feature is great, sharing notes is super easy and it’s been so convenient to have all of my school documents in one place. So far, I’m at 600+ documents and I haven’t lost anything since using this app. I absolutely credit this app with helping me pass my comprehensive exams. My only complaints is that I wish I wouldn’t have to buy it again for Mac. I also would like it if they were to incorporate tabs, so I wouldn’t have to back out to the menu every time I wanted to switch between a few related notes. In spite of these shortcomings, I still give it five stars because of how much it’s helped up my game as a grad student. Thanks, Notability!
Good App
by sm3scorch on 2020/10/03 16:15
So far I loved the new improvements made this month, the extra pens really allowed me to increase the number of colors I can use. This change also increased the speed at which I write my notes. I don't have to go back to make changes a second time just because of the colors. There are some things I'm still not really loving. I'm on a 9.7 in ipad and right handed. The page scroll is on the right side. Every time I write something, I'm constantly triggering a page scroll on the writing hand. This is something I hope can be done. I thought it was me but someone else, a teacher using this program for lecture always have this same issue, touching those scroll button while writing. Eventhough its not a big issue, it would help speed wise if they moved that to the left for right handed folks, and the reverse of course. If there is a way also to allow manual sync... that would help with the constant conflict version issue I have when I have to quickly switch over between devices. I don't mind waiting half a minute but when it takes almost half an hour it really hinders the function. Thank you for making updates.
Great for school
by BradZ2023 on 2020/05/08 16:23
I’ve been using this for med school, and it has been fantastic. I’m able to download all professor’s powerpoint presentations to notability and sort them in a pretty simple way. I’m able to search all my notes pretty easily, even for things that I write on the iPad which can come in handy. No real complaints about the app, but I can always ask for recommendations. 1. I wish I could search in one division. For instance, if I am searching a drug that works in a combination like phenytoin, one subject it can be found in is cardiovascular and also neuro. I can search all notes or I can search one ‘subject’, but not a division (one tier higher than subject, a division holds subjects). I do think that the phone app and computer app can be improved to be more on par with the features of the iPad, and I think the sidecar ability can definitely be improved to work a lot better with the computer version of notability. Also, I wish it was possible to be able to organize with 1-2 more tiers. That being said, this app has worked way better than I expected it to for school. I’ve never used goodnotes or onenote, but notability is worth a shot for sure.
The Best App You Will Ever Purchase!
by Thomas419 on 2019/09/18 16:30
I know for starters this app may seem like a lot, especially with the cost for both the iPhone/iPad and the cost of the Mac apps, BUT ITS WORTH IT! Being a college student I use this app every single day in all my classes. The app is so easy to use, and so intuitive. The iPad app is amazing for use with Apple Pencil or other styluses, and the fun pen colors and paper choices make notes less boring. This app also works with TONS of file types which you can import and annotate. I have nor used the voice feature yet, but I am thrilled to as I am sure it is as good as everything else this app offers. Finally my favorite feature is that notability automatically saves all my files and updates them constant across all my devices, so I never have to wait for my files to load. The useful feature of backing up the notes to google drive or Dropbox is amazingly helpful and lets me have my notes accessible even when I am not on my own laptop with the app. Overall MUST BUY for college students especially, or anyone who is a frequent note taker or writer. Absolutely, 100%, hands down, the most amazing app on the App Store!!
I can see why this is #1
by Bowlayo on 2019/09/18 13:19
Honestly, I was really debating on whether on not I should use Notability to take my notes or if I should use GoodNotes 5. In the end, I ended up getting both just to try them out, and what I found was that the UI for Notability was almost flawless for me. Being able to record audio on here is great, but I think the biggest factor for me was how it felt like writing notes in this app. It’s literally feels like I am just writing on paper. My handwriting on Goodnotes 5 just seemed messier and I noticed that they would try to alter my handwriting a bit. If I could make some suggestions, it would be nice if the highlighter could go under the words rather than over it. I would also love the option to just automatically switch back to pen mode after using the eraser (Useful tool in goodnotes). There would be times where I’m writing and the app doesn’t register it and would momentarily freeze a bit. But these are minor inconveniences. Overall, this is a great app to take notes on and annotate PDFs (what I mainly do). The partial eraser is amazing and the automatic backup is a extremely convenient. Definitely recommend it for college!
This is the one -You can stop looking now, get Notability
by Scarlet in the Living Room on 2020/08/28 21:28
I’m a scientist, back in school, going to grad school soon. I spent whatever it took to check out all of the notes apps, and Notability is the best. I can record a lecture or seminar, while I’m taking notes, I can draw molecular structures, I can import PowerPoint slides and annotate them. If my page/slide is pretty crowded, I can create a “sticky” and take notes on it, and I can move it around when I need to see what is under it. I have made entire multimedia presentations with this app. You can save your page as a PDF, or I’ll even just take a screenshot of what I want to present or turn in, crop the margins, and use that. I can have sections of slides and book pages, or a picture of a handout, then work the problem out with my Apple Pencil, and turn it all in as one convenient PDF or pic I can email to my professors. The interface is much more flexible than Microsoft apps, and plays better with other apps and platforms. Seriously, I use the crap out of this thing. I checked out all of the common note apps, and this one is just more capable and adaptable than any of the others. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
WHAT?
by Ole Mithaugen on 2018/05/23 14:18
I haven’t been paying much attention to update when suddenly I realize that my Notability App is awesomely different. I have been a long time user of this app and have loved it since day one. I have experimented with other note taking apps but very quickly return to this workhorse of an app. Now with the latest update I am blown away! I love to write with my apple pen and being able to convert to text is extremely useful. So far it has been flawless in conversion; however I am old school in my penmanship so that my work in my favor. Being able to put notes side by side? Since I convert all documents into files in Notability for meetings, to be able to pull up other documents alongside of the notes I am taking is absolutely amazing. One thing that I am watching and am unsure of yet is that in watching battery consumption Notability seems to have suddenly become my primary drain, outstripping my FaceBook app. So this is something that I will be watching since I tend to leave Notability running in the background. But overall I want to give a big shout of thanks to the developers for making a great app even better.
Suggestions for Developers
by Kevconfar on 2018/09/28 16:34
There are some missing features that hold it back from 5 stars: 1) When I take notes and annotate, I like to have multiple pens and highlighters out. There should be an option to add additional pens and highlighters to the toolbar. When rapidly taking notes, time is precious, and this would make it less tedious. 2) inserting diagrams is too difficult. There should be a math or shape mode that you can toggle on and off that auto recognizes shapes and fixes them. Having an math text mode that auto recognizes math notation would also be fantastic ... p.s. OneNotes version of this is poorly executed. 3)**** when I record lectures, I am always slightly behind when note taking. If there were an advanced feature where we could choose where the audio track lines up with the notes, that would be spectacular. Revisited notes would be much superior and would be more like sitting through the lecture again.**** 4) there should be an option to directly add in PDFs to our notes. They could be added in as entire pages to the document, just integrating the PDF, or auto convert to an image to be pasted in. But working with PDFs in existing notes should be an option.
Excellent application, everyday usage by me
by Néstor Espinoza on 2020/06/06 14:45
I’m an academic (astronomer), and as such, an integral part of my work involves paper and proposal revision, writing research notes, doing calculations, etc. When I decided to get an iPad to more efficiently do all this work, I thoroughly researched apps that could facilitate this work; that’s how I found this app. Notability allows you to do all of the above in an efficient and intuitive manner. You can easily share annotated documents, papers, calculations with other collaborators (eg, via email or cloud-based storage like Google Drive), organize your work documents, quickly access them —- basically, Notability made all that I needed and ever wanted from a tablet to happen. No more printed papers with annotations, no more scanning documents to sign them, no more ‘in which notebook did I derive my calculation’ —- all is well organized within the app. I thank the authors of the app for it! It has made my work much more efficient. In this pandemic era, I even use the app to share some live-calculations with students whenever needed (ie, use it like a whiteboard), and then I share the notes I created with them.
Great app but could be improved for teaching
by mrzplll on 2020/01/05 15:53
I gladly bought this app as I use it to teach University classes. It allows me to write with my ApplePencil while projecting my notes from the iPad, so after every lecture I have an editable version of the notes and I can produce a PDF. Also, I can include multimedia contents, and images from the web. However I found difficult importing external PDF in an open note as a page, and if this is the first page I cannot remove it anymore. Also, the app could be improved with a couple of very helpful additions: 1) to re-use the notes the following academic year, I would like to be able to “hide” part of the notes, to “unhide” one line at a time as I explain the notes; 2) an even better option would be to be able to create a greyed-out version of the notes in order to re-write on them during the class, i.e. as if I was writing for the first time. A found a workaround using semi-transparent boxes to overlay to the notes, but now this feature seemed gone with the latest updates, which is disappointing since updates shoul “add” and not remove features. I hope someone from the developing team is reading these reviews .
Love Notability!
by Jasvana on 2019/07/29 21:55
I absolutely love Notability! The main reason I am writing this review though is because Notability could make one change. More fonts! Other word-processing applications like Word and Google Docs have access to hundreds of fonts, while Notability gives you.. maybe 20? I would love an update with more fonts! EDIT: Thank you GingerLabs for reaching out! I downloaded iFont and I’m in love with it! I’m so happy with all of the fonts available (I must have downloaded a hundred already)! I wish I’d known about this sooner, but I’m anything but disappointed! However, I have noticed that writing over images with the pencil and highlighter tools has gotten much more difficult. If I try to add dots or tiny lines, it deletes what I was trying to draw, and instead selects the image. From my experience before, I don’t recall being allowed to select images while using the pencil tool. Regardless if that statement is accurate, I would love a mode that is only drawing, and doesn’t allow text or the ability to select images. (Maybe like a drawing mode that can be toggled on and off from the top bar within the notes)
Great app! But needs some improvements
by roblemma1 on 2017/11/17 03:08
I have been using this app for about 6 month now for college. It is extremely useful with my iPad Pro! I have been able to almost completely replace all my books, laptop and notebook. It is a super convenient app that will allow you to have everything you need to study on the go on any device with the app. Although this app is pretty reliable, I have two complaints that I would like for them to be resolved. First, when trying to import a pdf file from the internet to a note that has been already written, and selecting “add to another note” there is a bug that misplaces the categories of the notes, so the “easy way” for selecting the note goes away, and you’re left scrolling through all of your notes until you find the one you want. Also, it would be a great addition if one could have two notes open at the same time, because sometimes you need to see a note while copying on a blank one. These are two minor bugs that can be resolved easily, as the app is constantly being updated, so do not hesitate to buy this app. Its really useful.
Obsessed.... but have to fix some recent glitches
by venmosux123 on 2019/09/21 23:09
My favorite app ever- changed my life while trying to juggle my crazy workload in grad school (I use it with my iPad so I can take notes with the Apple Pencil directly onto my slides)- amazing! The only thing though as of recently, Notability keeps freezing/unexpectedly quitting on me (I guess since the newest update?!). Luckily, other than losing a few seconds-minutes of recordings in class while trying to get the app back on, all material is recovered. However, it’s extremely frustrating and a nuisance when trying to obviously be productive. Also, there HAS to be a way for the developer to find a way to select/copy multiple pages at once, I can’t understand how that’s still not a tool on Notability at this point in time.... This is probably my biggest frustration with the app, because I need to transfer or delete 1+ slides pretty frequently (sometimes 50+ !!) and it makes it soo time consuming to do individually(not to mention, recently, ends up freezing and quitting while doing so!). With a few more updates this app will be EVEN MORE AMAZING!
Tips for Developers:
by GameMastaa on 2020/06/11 21:38
Though this app is great, certain glitches get on my nerves. At first, when I open large documents I imported, though there is a bookmark option, I don’t like how it jumps to some random page, I like to pick up where I left off. Also when exporting, I would like to input a page range than manually select each page for large documents. In addition to it jumping pages, the worst offender is the text editor. This text editor CONSTANTLY ruins the adjustment of the page, jumps to the end of the document or a random page, and this goes for both the text and text box. Also, if I put a picture on top of a picture, it gets lost. If they could make a ‘merge images option’ or at least ‘keep in the front option’ then that would be great. Sometimes when I draw on top of a picture, the image under it disappears. Also, when images are pasted, they are often blurry, not good. I would also like to have an option where the ink does not respond to the strength of pressure of the pen. Sometimes it looks messy, though in cursive it looks great.
So Good but needs more color!
by Stephaneph on 2020/08/22 04:41
I love this app. I bought it years ago and never used it on my phone, but since getting an iPad it has become one of my most used apps both for work and for personal use. It works so well and I haven’t seen any glitches or issues with the features. I will say the color choices for paper backgrounds are lacking and I would really love to see some improvements there. We should be able to choose the background from a full spectrum color palette like the pens and highlighters. Yes you could use the highlighter to change the paper color, but it only changes the section of the page that is currently on the screen. When you scroll down to continue your note and try to highlight in the new background colors, you end up overlapping the previously colored areas and end up with sections that are discolored. More line templates, like for handwritten check lists would also be appreciated. I don’t care about the themes, I’m happy with black, but to be honest the paid options aren’t even remotely tempting. Not good choices.
Noticing bugs after extended use. Cannot sync to iPhone from iPad.
by WeadyG on 2019/04/14 15:20
Have been using notability since college and now am in medical school and I am on the app literally 10-12 hours a day. I have noticed that sometimes my notes will become unresponsive to my fingers and will only respond to air pencil or sometimes unresponsive to both until I close and re open the app. I back up all my notes to my Google drive but also would like to sync them to my iPhone so I can quickly look something up if my iPad isn't near. Tried uninstalling the app and tried signing out and back in to my iCloud but nothing worked. Minor but just something I'd like to see: when using the magnifying glass to write I wish the box that's being magnified would be able to go all the way to the edge of the screen. This is very specific but I like being able to the maximum amount of notes I can on one specific line and what ends up happening is that I use the magnifier to write until almost the edge of the screen then I close the magnifier and pinch to zoom in so I can fit the last word or two in, then pinch again to start the next line at the very edge and then continue again with the magnifier.
Almost Perfect
by Lump540 on 2018/06/26 05:01
Hello, I hope you are well. Let me begin my telling you that Notability is my favorite and most important app. The interaction I’ve had with you has been great, and I believe that all of you at Ginger Labs are wonderful. However, I am limited in what I can do with Notability, because as the Tactical Operations Bureau Commander for a major American police department, leading SWAT, Bomb Squad, Crisis Negotiations, and Fugitive Appreciation operators, I cannot fully utilize Notability to its potential due to the lack of proper security. I respectfully request that you utilize the readily available Apple API’s and include Touch/Face ID and encrypt this otherwise wonderful app, so that those protecting America’s safety and freedom can carry the sensitive information on our iOS devices that we need to. 8 out of 10 apps on my iPhone and iPad have touch/face ID, so I don’t understand why the finest notes app available lags behind in this important feature. I would gladly pay for this feature, and I hope that you will add it sooner than later. This is far more important than the emoji search that was added in 8.1. Thank you for considering this request. Be well, be safe, and God Bless!
Your experience with this app may be different than mine
by jman98 on 2019/01/30 16:03
My experience with this app has been that it's full with features like gifs, audio recording while note-taking that syncs with the notes you type or hand-write, I find this feature to be a wonderful tool to have when you're note taking while you're listening to a lecture. It may be useful in the event that you may miss something the professor/teacher is saying. It also has handwriting detection, which I found to be another wonderful addition to the tool set being offered in this app. I had used it in highschool and use it now as well for many things. You could submit your notebook checks to your teacher via email as a pdf (if they accept it). You may also use any one of your preferred cloud services to back up your notes, including iCloud sync between your iOS devices. One feature I'd recommend they add is the ability to back-up locally to the device and/or the option to backup to your own personal cloud storage like with external hard drives that offer that service.
Program hangs, a lot
by neuropod on 2019/05/05 13:34
There is so much to love about this app, but I cannot get past the point that it’s primary purpose is to be a note taker, and, when being used for it’s primary purpose, it hangs. A lot. When you are in the middle of taking notes, and the software freezes, you have to stop taking notes, you have to stop paying attention to what is being said or shown on the PowerPoint presentation, and you have to attend to your notetaking program which won’t let you take notes. You end up missing significant chunks of what you purchased the app to help you chronicle in the first place. Sometimes the hang resolves after a minute or so of doing nothing. Other times the only way I can get Notability to work again is to power off my iPad and power it back on. This, of course, takes so long that it is intolerably intrusive. I am running Notability on a new 2018 iPad Pro with the latest software update. Again, if your main purpose is for taking notes during a lecture or a meeting or a conversation, you cannot rely on this program.
Possibly the greatest application for students
by y6w on 2019/08/16 18:37
Notability changed the game for me, I never even think about printing lecture slides and wasting paper. This is a must have for students, it allows you to essentially write on any pdf/ppt. You can even import images into your notes which makes it useful if I want to take a picture of something or even a screenshot of my textbook and import it. Also has tools for recording voice if you want to record a lecture and associate it with a particular note. Handy system for organizing and color coding topics/folders. Even syncs with most major cloud data services like google drive, Dropbox, etc. Tools to markup your notes are pretty intuitive and easy to use, has lots of useful tools to choose from. It’s very easy to study even if I don’t have my iPad since I can open this on my iPhone and everything syncs. Has a computer app too which costs more but it’s super easy to just airdrop notability notes to your laptop and open them there. I would highly recommend this if you intend to use your iPad for school.
Absolutely the best note taking app for iPad
by Kk199814 on 2018/11/06 15:07
I’ve been using this app for 6 years, all throughout high school and into my sophomore year of college. It is honestly the best app I’ve ever used for notes. It’s so easy to convert notes to PDFs and import almost any type of file, even pictures! It’s also great for writing, and I love that they have a left handed mode for all of us lefties. It makes it so much easier to write. There are also different types of paper that you can use to personalize your notes! The latest update allows you to view 2 notes at the same time, and you can write on one while recording the other! Definitely the best feature for me! The only things I would want to change is to add more colors and themes. The selection is already great of both, but I am a little bored with having to use the same selection over and over. I also think an improvement would be to let people create folders within folders or subjects. This would help me further organize my notes. Honestly though, I love everything about this app!
Amazing Tool for College Students
by Amanda894 on 2019/10/24 20:29
I’m a sophomore engineering student, and I probably spent at least five hours a day on this app between lecture notes, studying, and doing homework. Paired with an iPad and Apple Pencil, it’s an amazing way to stay organized and keep all your notes in one place without having to bring notebooks, binders, or pencils with you. This app is great for taking notes and making study guides because you can change the pen color and thickness, add images or GIFs, highlight, etc. I download, read, and highlight scientific papers, articles, and assignments as PDFs, and I do math and engineering homework on the blank or graph paper settings where it’s super easy to erase or move things around. I also have my notes and homework from past semesters with me all the time to refer back to or to help friends taking those classes. All in all, this app has made my college experience so much more organized, efficient, and fun and I highly recommend it for anyone taking classes, especially ones involving a lot of diagrams and calculations.
Major issues with syncing
by emilyrdsea on 2018/11/25 18:33
I have been having SERIOUS issues with how my notes sync across devices and between ios and my macbook. Overall notability is a potentially great note-taking platform. I found the way notes can be organized to be really helpful. I left One Note for Notability and would be completely happy with it EXCEPT. Every time i open notability on a different device (i have phone, macbook, imac and ipad) it completely rearranges all of my notes. The dividers disappear, the order of the notes changes, the subject colors are reset, most of my notes (about 200) get moved into the unfiled subject. Sometimes, if i wait about an hour, they get moved back into the original subjects - but who wants to sit there and wait that long. It’s INCREDIBLY frustrating. And now all of my important notes are in notability so i’m constantly worried that one day i’m going to open the app and everything is going to be gone (which has actually happened several times, but I was able to recover using help from their website - something which i have had to access way more than i should). Giving it 3 stars...for potential.
Unparalleled Note-Taking App
by Aman1357 on 2019/02/02 21:20
I got this app when it was in the developmental stage and I loved it back then. I couldn’t even imagine the potential this app could have. Every single update brings amazement to my eyes. This is the simplest yet most amazing note taking app you could possibly ever hope for. I am currently college student and I can’t even begin to explain how this app has aided me in my academic journey. You can record lectures simultaneously while writing down notes and then go back and see exactly when the lecturer was talking when you wrote down a certain note. That in itself is amazing. Additionally, this app also allows you to search keywords for your handwriting (yes it’s even capable of reading terrible handwriting like mine). What else could you ask for in an app? This app does everything that you could ever want while taking notes, and then some. Overall, this app deserves much more than 5 stars and I want to personally thank the creators and developers for making this app a possibility and for aiding me in me academic career.
Getting me through college - WITH AN iPAD!!
by KIrkDouglasSD on 2018/05/22 07:50
First off, kudos for making a KILLER APP! I started school last semester dumping tons of money into a new computer but little did I know that this gem of an app would make my iPad pro the ONLY device that I need. I have the keyboard for typing, the pencil for writing and with the latest update I can’t wait to try the handwriting recognition! I must say, the best $10 i’ve ever spent on an app, HANDS DOWN! After starting college as an adult, 15 years after high school I had no idea i’d be able to carry a lightweight iPad and just a couple of accessories to do all that I need. My handwritten notes look so good on this app that my classmates ask me to email my notes to them and recording the lectures has made reviewing so easy with my busy schedule. I’ve tried them all and trust me, this app is truly the killer note-taking solution. Just buy it, you won’t regret it. Overall very stable, excellent backup options and i’m telling you the handwriting looks so good and the built-in recording just makes it a must. DO IT!!
Love it! Perfect for school!
by AlmaLaNena on 2020/08/13 12:00
The only criticism I have is that I wish they had more long press perfect shapes other than straight lines, squares, triangles, and circles. I’d appreciate even a curved line for when I’m graphing. Other than that it’s been absolutely amazing. I never spend money on apps but this has been a dream with school notes. It keeps all my notes in one place, looking perfect and organized. Instead of flipping through pages to find a specific note, I just look it up in the search bar and it recognizes my hand writing! And best of all I can record my lectures in case I need to remember something specific that I didn’t write down! And it syncs the recording to whatever you’re working so it’s easy to find a specific snippet of a 3 hour lecture. I’ve tried goodnote and one note and I still prefer notability. I even have it on my computer so it syncs all my notes. *TIP* You can type with this app but I highly recommend hand writing your notes as it’s proven to be more useful at learning and retaining material!
Best app for taking notes
by sanfordknight on 2020/09/10 13:41
I have been using notability as my sole notebook for university. The integration within the iPad makes this app extremely efficient. The ability to be taking notes, hear something that I want to add a visual graphic for and quickly finding an image in split screen and instantly sending that image directly to the note I’m working on in Noteability, all without actually leaving my notes, is something that I use all the time. I import my textbooks into the app so that I can use the search feature to find things in the text and in my notes. I can’t say enough about how much I like this app. The UI is very simple and clean which means you spend less time trying to get the app to do what you want, and more time focusing on the lecture. In the year and a half that I’ve been using Noteability, I’ve only seen the app stutter or need to be restarted a few times on my iPad Pro so the app is very reliable. Definitely would recommend to anyone looking for a note taking app!
Best app for professional students
by kristindorf on 2020/04/13 00:20
I have used notability since I entered medical school and I think it is amazing for note taking and recording lectures from professors. All of the features are amazing and the latest update that added the choice of 1.25 speed during recording replay is amazing. My one problem with notability is that while there is a “go back 10 seconds” option while playing back recordings, there is not a “go forward 10 seconds” options. This makes it difficult to skip ahead since you are left to use the scrubber and that can get messy and cause you to miss things. I hope they see this feedback and make an already amazing app even better. 4/12 Revised —- giving this app 2 stars now because they sent out an update that absolutely obliterated the app and SEVERAL times I have spent hours taking notes only for them to be erased. The text boxes are finicky as hell now and I am unable to click on a text box to adjust typing after I have started typing on it. Many times I am unable to even start a text box because it won’t realize I am trying to type. PLEASE FIX THIS FOR THE LOVE OF GOD I AM ALREADY TRYING TO DO PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL FROM MY QUARANTINE AND THIS IS MAKING IT INFINITELY WORSE.
Randomly Deletes Notes or Edits
by B.E.N.! on 2020/01/13 18:32
This app is fine if working appropriately from a features perspective, but dear god is it glitchy. iCloud backup is an absolute nightmare and it will automatically turn this off even if you initially chose a different service for auto-backups. It will just randomly decide to backup every note you ever created simultaneously including the note you are working in which you’ll be aware of because you’ll lose access to every single note you’ve ever worked on including the one you’re currently editing until the entire backup is complete. Hopefully you have gig speed internet. Of course you can try to turn off iCloud backup, but the Ginger Labs team cleverly designed their software so doing so deletes all your notes if you do this prior to one of the 30 minute backups being completed. So once you’ve managed to turnoff iCloud backup you’ll still just lose edits made to your notes. Just completed reading and taking notes on a 16 page document and I check back 30 seconds later and all the edits have magically disappeared. Finally there is no one to talk to you about these issues because the customer support team takes extended vacations and just doesn’t respond anyways. Not worth a cent. Just use onenote
Good but eh
by #jesus comes 1st on 2020/10/20 14:22
With the price tag like this for an app I expected more. It’s buggy at times with the apple pencil and doesn’t have as many features as I would have liked. You pay 9$ for an app and then you have to pay for themes which is dumb. Oh and theres no account where all your stuff is saved in case something happens so you have to back everything up all the time, for an app like this where all your important notes are I would think OBVIOUSLY theres a login account where your stuff is saved but there isn’t. If for some reason the app gets deleted and you didn’t back up your stuff, it’s gone for good. Another thing that’s annoying for me in particular is i write with my paper slanted and sometimes turning my whole ipad back and forth when i’m getting work done gets annoying so just tilting the paper in the app would be so much easier. Lastly, there should be an option to switch the eraser so that you can erase just part of something instead of the whole thing. Besides these issues i use it everyday for school and it gets the job done and organizes everything nicely
Almost everything I could wish for.
by Shingdigg on 2019/09/04 21:21
I love this app. It’s improved my studying a lot. Everything is simple and easy to use. Uploading my notes to my google drive easy and straight forward. The built in mic feature wonderful. Everything is amazing. Expect one thing, when I get my professors PowerPoint lectures put on notability. Majority of the times it comes out perfectly fine. Other times, it comes out as if someone shook the entire slide, slid the words, pictures, and other graphics to one side shook them again. Change the colors fonts, and sometimes even put them upside down. It’s kinda a cruel evil joke because I can’t edit the slides to make them how they were intended. Unless I add a new page and re-write everything but i will also lose the pictures that were on that slide. Literally the only problem is that the formatting when getting slides from PowerPoint and putting them on notability is the biggest and only downside. Thats why its 4/5 stars on here and 8.5/10 on yelp.
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