- Takes up little storage on your iPad
- Math & chemical equation conversion (editable with LaTex)
- Export PDFs with password protect
- You can’t save custom page templates to the app’s library
- Page rotation doesn’t rotate the notes on your pages
Rating: 9 out of 10.
Pricing & supported OS
Notability is a handwriting note-taking app for the iPad, iPhone and Mac. It costs $14.99/year to access it on all your devices. The free version of the app has some extreme limitations that only allow you to try the app for less than a week each month.The subscription also unlocks all the:
- Technology: handwriting recognition & math conversion.
This review focuses on the iPad version of the app.
Creating digital notes
Creating a notebook in Notability can be a simple, single-step process. Your new notebook’s page template is one you’ve set in the app’s Document settings. It makes it easy to quickly start taking notes in the app.
Custom new notebook
You can take a bit more time to create a new notebook in the app. Long-press the blue icon for Templates. Notability now has a lot of paper templates. The basic ones (Plain, Rule, Grid and Dot) now come with the basic 15 paper colours as well as all the colours on your pen colour palette. Your pages can now have any colour your like. The templates now have 10 line-spacing options and can either be landscape or portrait. Page sizes now range from A7-A3, Letter, Tabloid and Legal.
The app has four pen tools: ballpoint, fountain, dashed and dotted pens. Each has 12 fixed sizes and 32 default colours. You can add custom colours to the palette using a Hex code or colour picker. You can have up to 64 colours, which is more than enough. You can Edit or Delete your custom colours. It would be better if we could change the default colours, perhaps then, we wouldn’t need to add custom colours. But, they have solved that problem with the Favourites toolbar.
The zoom tool adds tiny handwritten notes to your pages. Most users like it because it makes your handwriting look better. The zoom window has navigation arrowsfor moving the zoom tool on the page and writing tools on the left. To auto-advance, write on the blue section. You can make the section big or small, depending on your preferences.Manually moving the zoom window also works.
The highlighter has similar options to your pen tool. It has the same types, sizes, and colours. It goes behind your ink/text, which doesn’t dim your notes. This is the best way to highlight your digital notes.
The eraser erases both per stroke and pixel. It has 12 fixed sizes and can erase the highlighter only. When your notes are highlighted, the app first erases the highlighter and then your notes.
The lasso tool can be freehand or rigid (rectangular) for moving items on the page. It only picks up handwritten sections of your notes (not photos or text), which makes it difficult to rearrange the notes on your page. We should be able to select all the items on our pages.
You can move your selection around the page, even across different pages. Style changes the type of ink (but the fountain pen option is missing), its colour, and pen thickness. You can Duplicate, Cut, Copy, Group, Save or Delete your selection.Grouping would be more useful if we could group our handwritten notes with images and text boxes.
You can rotate and resize your notes simultaneously using the two-finger gesture when using the freehand lasso tool. The rigid lasso tool, however, lets you do one of the two (at a time).
You can save your favourite pens, highlighters, erasers and lasso tools for easier access. The favourites toolbar is mobile and can be on any side of your screen. You can tuck it away when you don’t need it and bring it back up just as easily. Even after you’ve saved them, you can still adjust your favourites’ preferences. To Remove a tool from your favourites toolbar, tap on it twice to bring up the option.
The handwriting experience in Notability is excellent. Palm rejection is perfect and there is no lag with the Apple Pencil. Notability can replicate how your handwriting looks on paper. The app has no resistance when writing. However, there are times when the ink is a bit wobbly. We normally don’t mention bugs because they are mostly fleeting. But this one stuck with us for most of this year, it’s currently not plaguing this particular iPad, but, we’ve experienced it often enough to remember it during this review.
The hand icon disables the inking of your Apple Pencil to scroll through your pages. In case you don’t want any fingerprints on your iPad screen.
In Notability, you can type freely on the page or on sticky notes. The top of your keyboard gets some extra functions to:
- Add Interactive lists: when you check things off your list, Notability ticks it off, strikes it out and dims it. It makes it easier to differentiate your completed tasks from incomplete ones.
- Indent your text
- Customise your font:
- Font type: the app has now organised your fonts for faster navigation. You can now search the font you’re looking for. It saves a lot of time. Notability also supports custom fonts, in case the app doesn’t have the fonts you like. Learn how to add custom fonts to your iPad.
- Font size
- Make it bold, italic or underline
- Save three favourite text formats, and long-press to customise them.
- Align your text if it’s in a text box. Alignment doesn’t work when your notes are typed directly on the page. Let’s hope we will be seeing this feature outside of text boxes. It would be lovely if we could Justify our text to straighten out both sides of our paragraphs.
- Adjust your line spacing from three options: 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0
- Create Lists (numbered & unnumbered): both support three types of bullets/numberings.
It’s important to know how to use text in Notability. Technically, there is a right and wrong way to use text in Notability, depending on what you’re trying to achieve (of course). Selecting your text lets you Cut, Copy, Highlight, Speak, Define, Learn or Replace the text. Highlighting uses a default yellow colour, which you can change. Learn only appears on the text the app can’t recognise. You can add it to the app’s dictionary for the app to learn the new word.
The features above your keyboard are customisable, meaning you can choose what you prefer showing. You can remove or add some features. The app limits you to about 16 features, after which trying to add more displays a warning that you can’t add more features.
When mixing your handwriting with text, it’s best to put them in a text box. Make sure you tick the Draw option so you can quickly create text boxes with your Apple Pencil. Avoid your handwriting overlapping onto textboxes because it sticks. When moving the textboxes, the handwriting moves too.
Your text box has a transparent background. You can change the paper template or add colours instead. Once you make these changes, you can’t go back to the transparent background. Let’s hope our developers can give us that option in the future. Your colours can be any of the colours on the colour palette. We would love to see some borders for text boxes in Notability. It’s not really a box if it does not have a border, is it? You can then:
- Style to edit the text in your text box.
- Turn on Round Corners
- Disable Text Wrap
- Customise Paper
Notability supports any kind of shape (regular and irregular). It has a very simple way to add shapes, which doesn’t involve selecting and deselecting a shapes tool. Just draw your shape and long-press to transform it. Notability also supports curved lines and arrows, though your arrowheads are always closed. We look forward to having open arrowheads in the app, or even options for different types of arrowheads and tails.
Styling the shape lets you change the stroke thickness, colour and Fill. We are still waiting for opacity options for our shapes and their fill. For now, we are still relying on the highlighter tool for translucent shapes. You can Duplicate, Cut, Copy, Save and Delete the shapes. You can resize and even rotate them. In Notability, you can change a shape after you’ve drawn it.
The pink snapping guidelines make working with shapes in Notability pleasant. It helps when you want to align items on the page. Ignoring it is quite simple, so you won’t need the option to disable them.
Adding items to your notes
You can add audio recordings, synced to your notes. This is Notability’s most impressive feature, one no other app has been able to replicate. To start recording, tap on the microphone icon. The app continues recording even when you exit the app.
When you’re on a call/meeting, you can’t record audio in Notability. It seems conferencing apps use the same resources Notability uses for audio recording and they take preference. That problem you don’t have on the macOS version, though.
Audio playback animates your notes when you have Note Replay turned on. Turn it off and the animation stops, which is obviously boring. Turning on Animation Preview displays a dimmed preview of your notes. This shows you notes that have audio recordings synced to them. The preview helps when skipping to specific parts in your notes. You can turn the preview off, which is handy when you’re trying to learn something new.
Your audio timeline shows the different audio recordings in your notes. You can speed up playback up to 2Xor slow it down to 0.7X and rewind back 10 seconds or fast forward 10 seconds. The timeline can also help you skip through the playback.
Tuning improves your audio playback to decrease the tapping noise of your Apple Pencil. Playing around with the frequencies under Equalizer can dramatically improve your playback. The best way to do that is to listen to the audio while playing around with the settings. Voice Boost also helps focus on different voices that were in the room. Earphones or AirPods help reduce surrounding noises during your recordings.
Editing your recordings
You canrenameyour audio recordings for betterorganisation (tap the audio wave icon).We requested, and they delivered! You can rearrange them or select multiple audios to Merge or Delete them. Edit tosplitthe audio and cut out sections you don’t want. You can playback the audio in this window to see the sections you want to be excluded. You then getsplit oneandsplit two to exclude sections you don’t want either at the beginning or end of the audio.The audio recordings in Notability are very small, they won’t use up much of your iPad storage.
Photos & GIFs
You can add photos (from Photo Library or Camera) to your notes.Select all the photos you want and Add. The app bunches them together and you then have to rearrange them. Notability also supports drag & drop, it’s a faster way to insert images into the app. The app supports PNG images. You can:
- Add captions and format them by choosing the font, size and colour you want. In Notability, you can now make your captions bold, italic or underline. That is a lot of text styling for your captions.
- Add Round Corners
- Wrap text
- Crop, Cut, Copy or Delete
- Resize or rotate your image. It would be better if the captions rotated too.
- Add GIFs to make your notes fun.
You can scan documents directly into your notes; an addition that came with iPadOS 13. These scans tend to be big, which makes your notebooks big too. It is better to use a scanning app, but if you must, Notability lets you save your scans as a PDF to add them as pages to your notes. Or you can save them as Images in case you want to write around them. In that case, though, it’s better to take a photo instead of a scan. Scans taken in note-taking apps are unnecessarily huge.
You can drag & drop web clips into Notability. You can also copy & paste web links from Safari. Edit Clip lets you update the link if you want to change it. Your web clips have editing options similar to those for your images and that makes it difficult to interact with them as web clips. Opening them is simply too much work, it is better to use web links instead. Notability should find a way to open web links in a single tap.
You can add Stickies with different paper templates; blank, lined, grid or typing. What you write on your sticky notes, in Notability, actually sticks. For customisation, sticky notes work much like text boxes. Whichever paper template you choose, you can edit it after you have created your sticky note.
You can purchase stickers from the Notability shop. They are PNG images, meaning they have image options.Even better though, we can now create our own stickers in Notability, it only works for handwritten items. It does not work on images or text and we’re hoping they will extend it to those in the future.
Creating your own stickers is great when you have diagrams that you use constantly. All you have to do is draw them once, and Save them to your sticker collection. Next time you want to use the same diagram, just add it to your notes. You can still Style the sticker to change the pen thickness and colour. You can Ungroup to erase some parts and redraw them. Once ungrouped, your sticker is as good as newly drawn.
We hope our developers can add some organisation to this feature. Finding a diagram from hundreds of stickers will soon be a huge pain if we can’t organise these stickers in any way.
Notability has both OCR and handwriting recognition. You can convert your handwritten notes to text and you can search through them; that is handwriting recognition. Handwriting conversion now keeps the colour of your ink, a very recent update.
Notability will also search through text in scanned documents; this is OCR (optical character recognition). Searching through images in Notability has been hit-and-miss for years now. It worked for a second when they first introduced it but, it’s not worked for a while. So we’ve concluded Notability can’t search through the text in your images. The app does search through the images scanned into the app, though. Hopefully, in iPadOS 15 we will be able to search through the text in any image if our developers manage to harness the power of live text.
Scribble is no longer limited to text boxes, you can write anywhere with Scribble now. To use it on the page, turn off the Draw and Scribble options first. Scribble has dramatically improved since its introduction, especially in Notability. With Scribble, this good, is handwriting conversion still useful? Perhaps only for searching through your handwriting. Certainly not for converting your handwriting to text. For that, Scribble is faster and becoming more pleasant. The one thing Scribble doesn’t cover yet is Math Conversion.
Notability partnered with MyScript, the developers of Nebo, to bring us Math conversion. It is a paid feature in their Notability Shop. It costs $3, the same as the handwriting recognition feature.These are all the rules and symbols supported in math conversion.
Notability can convert your math equations into high-resolution scalable images. The app can also convert some basic chemical structures, but this still needs a bit of work. You can Style to change the colour of your equations and now you can edit the LaTex code in case the app conversion is incorrect. You can resize the conversion image, rotate or wrap text around it.
The three-dot icon has settings for the following:
- Paper to change the paper template for your notebook.
- View to change your scrolling direction. Seamless is for vertical and Single Page for horizontal scrolling.
- Info gives you information about your notebook:
- Modified Date
- Created Date
- Formatted For what device
- Word Count for your text only.
- Handwriting Language for your handwriting conversion.
- Highlighter has the option to Revert to Old if you want your highlighter in front of your ink.
- Apple Pencil: Disconnect if you want to use your fingers or passive stylus to write in Notability.
Page navigation & editing
The last icon on your toolbar previews your document. It displays your pages as thumbnails. You can see all your pages, bookmarks & notes, or search your notebook. Notability now has different page editing options for native and non-native page templates.
|Native pages||Non-native pages|
You can now Select multiple pages for editing in Notability.
You can share your notes with non-Notability users using the new Link Sharing feature, you must create a Notability account though. To do that, you have to be 16 years old or older. Notability developers say we create accounts so they can:
- Support us if we lost control of the sharing of a note (e.g., lost device).
- Monitor data usage as Link Sharing continues to roll out with a 10 note limit.
- Enable future capabilities.
Your shared notebook opens on any device in, a web browser. If you ever wanted to view your Notability documents on Windows or Android without converting them to PDF, you can do that now. However, you can Create Public Links for only 10 documents at a time.
People can download the Note or PDF versions of your notes when they have your link. The PDF version has a background that you can’t remove. It also does not download audio recordings. Note downloads only work in Notability and they work better on the iPad. Downloading them on the Mac gave you a folder with a lot of fragmented files, which definitely don’t translate to a .note file you can open in the Mac version of Notability. If you’re using a desktop, it’s best to stick with the PDF download.
Presentation modeautomatically activates when you mirror your screen (Airplay) or connect youriPadto anHDMI cable. In Presentation mode, your audience doesn’t see your user interface (all the black areas) so they can focus on what’s important. You get fourcolours for your laser pointer. It can either be a tiny dot or a trail. It’s like a temporary marker for your presentation, anything you write/draw disappears within a few seconds.
The Note Switcher can split view your screen in presentation mode, to give you aPresenting window(seen by your audience) and another one for your eyes only. If your presentation has notes you don’t want your audience to see, you will love this.
You can Publish to the Gallery to share your notes in the Notability Gallery. You can then add a:
- Topic: the category of your notes
- Description (optional)
- Tags (optional)
It’s simple, minimalist and straightforward. On the homepage, you can browse through the topics in the gallery. You can pick a topic, search for notes or filter to seeMost ViewedorRecently Createddocuments. You can choose to view a document or to Download Note/PDF, just like the notes you share with a link.
Notability now supports multiple instances, finally! It also still has its Note Switcher which works on both instances. It seems once our developers figured out how to open the same notebooks twice, they could introduce multiple instances.
With multiple instances, you can open the app twice. You can open Notability in multiple windows with different apps and even in slide over. The Note Switcher could now simply be a faster way to switch between notes, in Notability. It displays your ten most recently opened notes. You can also search your app for notes you need or even Create new note. This ‘create a new note’ feature is very buggy. Sometimes it appears, at other times it doesn’t. Generally, this year has been Notability’s buggiest year since we first discovered the app. We hope our developers can fix the app for us.
You can choose where you want the second notebook to open, View on Left/Right or Switch the notes. You can also resize your splits toany ratio within the 25-75% range. Your split windows can have different scrolling directions. That is, your left window could have horizontal scrolling and the right vertical.
Notability still does not support true dark mode. It can only switch the colours of the app’s user interface. For a true dark mode experience, you have to rely on dark paper templates and white ink, which don’t switch when you go back to light mode.
Mouse support improvements
The mouse pointer supports the different tools, which makes tutorials easier to follow. When we are talking about the eraser, you can see it. We are not sure this is useful for most end-users though.
Notability’s homepage divides into two columns. The left smaller column has folders and the right bigger one – notebooks.The app has a five-level organisation system (Dividers & Subjects). Dividers contain folders and subjects – notebooks. Your notebooks can now display as lists or thumbnails. You can then arrange them according to Name, Modified Date or Created Date.
Editing your notebooks
Edit lets you edit your documents in the application. You can select multiple notebooks to delete or duplicate. You can rename your notebooks by tapping on their title.The settings icon on your dividers lets you rename them and for your subjects, you can:
- Choose a colour
- Lock Subject: there is no way to recover your password if you forget it. Make sure you remember it. Otherwise, you won’t be able to open or delete the subject.
- Delete This Subject to delete all the notes it contains (naturally).
- Move subjects to different folders.
You can export multiple notes to other apps or share them with other people. In Notability, you can share via:
- Cloud services: Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Box & WebDAV
- Other Apps (there are plenty to choose from).
You can send it as a PDF, Note, Image or RTF. These are the same export options you get in the app’s workspace.
|Read-only format |
Good for sharing with Windows PC and non-Notability users.
Password protect PDF
Add margin around your notes
Include recordings (in zip file)
|Note||Notability’s native format |
Editable in Notability only
Best for backup and sharing with other Notability users.
|Image||Read-only formats: PNG/JPEG |
Good to share to any platform, application or device that supports photos.
Add margin around your notes
|RFT (Rich Text Format)||Exports text, images and recordings |
Does not export handwriting or PDFs
Universal search searches through all your notes in the app (handwritten, styled-text or scanned). Your search results are organised into:
- Title Matches
- Content Matches
Long-press on a result to do the following:
- Browse through the notebook’s iCloud Version History
- Show in Note List to open the folder it’s in
- Move to Trash
You can import documents into Notability from:
- Google Drive
- Scan them
Notability permanently deletes notes after 30 days, unless recovered earlier. A recycle bin is a must-have for a note-taking app.
You can save some default preferences in your settings.
Auto-Backup has options for Cloud service automatic backup to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, WebDAV or Turn Backup Off. You can then choose a Destination (folder) for your backup, Subjects to Back Up and the File Format you want (.note is the best format to backup your notes in Notability because they remain editable). Backing up your notes with recordings as PDF or RTF loses the sync they have with your notes. Learn more about syncing and backing up your digital notes.
You can sign in to your cloud service under Manage Accounts and the app lets you sign into multiple cloud services at once. This is also where you sign out of your Notability account.
iCloud lets you turn on (or off) iCloud Syncing. It syncs your notes across all your devices (iPhone, iPad and Mac). You can also see the last time your app synced and the history versions of your updates in the app. In case you want to revert to older versions of your notes, this is a cool feature to have.
Themes are responsible for how your app looks. You get four free ones (light, dark, dark blue and jet black). The rest are in-app purchases in the Notability shop. You can turn on Match iOS Appearance so the app’s user interface changes when you switch between light and dark mode. Turning this off keeps your user interface when you switch back and forth. Colourful Subjects make your subjects colourful, if you love colour, you might like this.
Document sets default preferences for new notebooks. You can choose a default name, Include date and time to make every notebook unique. Pick a Default Note Paper: template and line spacing. You can also choose a default scrolling direction for new notebooks and turn on Rounded Corners for your media.
Typing sets default options for your typed notes in the app:
- Style (bold, italic or underline)
- Line spacing
- Turn on Check spelling
- Turn on Tap anywhere to start typing on that line. Turning it off is not changing anything.
Handwriting lets you choose your handwriting language for better handwriting recognition.You can also turn on the following:
- Straight lines
- Shapes Detection
- Zoom Mode
- Tap and hold Zoom Mode: turn it on if you use the zooming feature a lot.
- Left-handed mode
- Palm Detection
Password lets you set a password for protecting your subjects (folders) in the application. You get one password for all your folders. You can turn on Touch- or FaceID and reset your password if necessary. The app keeps a record of when you created your password. It can help you remember the password if you forget it. You cannot recover your password if you lose it. Guard it well, lest you lose all your valuable notes.
Notability ignores the iPad’s sleep mode when iOS Sleep Timer is turned on. We recommend turning this off because it drains your battery if you forget to turn off your iPad screen.Text-to-Speech customises the speed your iPad reads out your text for you; from Slower to Faster.
2020 wishlist update
For our 2020 wish list, we had nineteen requests. Our developers managed to do about seven. Here’s what they have delivered so far:
- Saving favourite pens
- Renaming audio recordings
- Deactivating hyperlinks when we’re using the Apple Pencil.
- OCR support for math equations, cost us $2.99 in the Notability shop. It’s not a feature for everyone though. Now, it’s part of the Notability+ subscription.
- Horizontal scrolling
- Text alignment: though it’s limited to text boxes, we’ll take it.
- Multiple instances
Notability is still one of the best note-taking apps for the iPad in 2022. Lately, it’s been very buggy and we can’t help but feel like our developers are neglecting the app, just a little bit. We still have a lot of requests on our wishlist and we hope they’ll give it another look. If audio recording is a big part of your work (students and educators especially) you must certainly give Notability a try.
Notability is a handwriting note-taking app for the iPad, iPhone and Mac. It costs $14.99/year to access it on all your devices. The free version of the app has some extreme limitations that only allow you to try the app for less than a week each month.
It requires iOS 14+ and/or macOS 11.0+ and works on iPad, Mac, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Download Notability for free on iPad, Mac, and iPhone and enjoy the Notability experience with limited editing and features.
Notability is now free in the App Store, and offers an in-app subscription of $11.99 per year.
Why are you switching to a subscription model instead of a one time purchase? To better serve our users and to make Notability accessible to everyone, Notability is now a free application.
- Apple Notes.
- Microsoft OneNote.
- Start Taking Notes With Your iPad Today.
OneNote handles media better as it allows you to select images and move them with the notes around your page whereas Notability does not allow you to move your text and images or audio notes at the same time. Overall media is much simpler and easier to handle in OneNote in comparison with Notability.
You will be able to continue using Notability as you do now for the next year for free. You will continue to have access to any items or technology you previously purchased.
Can You Use Notability Without an Apple Pencil? Notability does not allow any other Bluetooth styluses besides an apple pen.
With the free version of our app, you'll be able to enjoy most features with limited editing. Start a free 14 day free trial, and discover premium content, new tools, and more. As a subscriber, you'll get the FULL and incredibly rich Notability experience!
Students use Notability to annotate slides, present projects in class, learn from lectures, and even complete and turn in class assignments in the cloud. To learn more about Notability or to download for free, visit www.notability.com, and for more about Notability's next chapter, visit our blog.
- Best Overall: Evernote.
- Runner-Up, Best Overall: OneNote.
- Best for Collaboration: Dropbox Paper.
- Best for Ease Of Use: Simplenote.
- Best Built-in For iOS: Apple Notes.
- Best Built-in For Android: Google Keep.
- Best For Managing Different Types Of Notes: Zoho Notebook.
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How to Get Notability Premium for Free on iOS (No Subscription)!
Both GoodNotes and Notability offer a free version, but they serve different purposes. While you can use the free version of GoodNotes for as long as you want, it's essentially just a free trial that never expires, because you only get three notebooks to use. To fully take advantage of this app, you'll need to buy it.
Sharing Notes from the Library
Tap . Tap the notes you want to share. To select an entire subject of notes at once, tap the subject's name. Choose a destination (such as Dropbox, Google Drive, or Print) and file format.
Circle the handwriting you want to convert. Tap/click "Convert to Text". Tap/click anywhere in the converted text to edit it. Tap/click "Convert Selection" to turn the handwriting into a text box with the converted text.
Having the iPad as a potential note-taking option bridges the gap between the digital and the real world experience. Apple has done a tremendous job with the handwritten note-taking experience. Apple pencil does everything that a traditional pen/pencil should do. The iPad Pro has fantastic stylus support.
Tutorial #4 Typing in Notability - YouTube
You can customise the tools on your keyboard toolbar in Notability. Both apps now support Scribble for text input.
To convert handwriting to text, do the following: On the Draw tab, choose the Lasso Select button. On the page, drag a selection over the handwriting you want to convert. On the Draw tab, choose Ink to Text.
How to bring Notability notes into MS OneNote - YouTube
GoodNotes is Free for Schools. Any educational institution using Apple School Manager will have full access to GoodNotes, including handwriting recognition powered by MyScript, for free.
However, limits on editing and other features will see people hand over up to $14.99 per year to the App Store to get access to the whole app. Already a Notability user who paid upfront for your app? You'll be able to continue using it without paying another penny — until November 1, 2022 at least.
Multi-Note lets you open and work on two notes at once. With the Note Switcher, you can switch between notes quickly.
Notability can back up your notes to one of several cloud storage services. This is a one-way backup, so deleting a note in Notability does not delete the backup copy. Similarly, deleting a backup does not delete the original note in Notability. For a two-way sync across devices: iCloud Syncing.
Notability is fine-tuned for Apple Pencil (gen 1 & 2).
Start by going to Settings > Control Center. Check that “Access within Apps” is enabled, then add Quick Note to your list of Control Center tiles. Now you can swipe down from the top right of your display and tap the Quick Note button to create a new Quick Note — no Apple Pencil required.
Procreate is available for US $9.99, exclusively on the App Store.
How much does it cost for my institution to get Notability? Any educational institution using Apple School Manager will have free access to the paid subscription tier of Notability.
- Microsoft OneNote for a free note-taking app.
- Evernote for the ultimate digital notebook.
- Apple Notes for Apple users.
- Google Keep for Google power users.
- Notion for collaboration.
- Obsidian for power note-takers.
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I recommend this app for anyone who wants to organize important notes by putting a lock on it. Although Notability does not have as many different templates as Goodnotes 5, we recommend the app for anyone looking for an app that is easy to take notes with and has the additional record function.
AudioNote LITE for iOS and Android, free.
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Correction November 4th, 8:30am: Notability's new subscription costs $14.99 per year.
Lots of notes mean lots of pages. In Notability, you can only see one page, or screen, at a time. However, the multiple pages icon, in the upper right corner (or lower right corner, depending how your screen is configured in settings) lets you see thumbnails of all of the pages in a note.
Writing/work space is a key difference between the two apps. In GoodNotes, you are limited to your writing or work space. In OneNote, you can write across the canvas, making it an infinite space for notes.
Dependability: Once downloaded, Notability does NOT require internet access for operability. The app itself will operate as long as the iPad is charged and turned on. Sharing and back-up features would not be functional without internet access.
A new, universal version of GoodNotes 5 is rolling out today for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. The app costs $7.99 in the US app store for use across all three platforms.
Within an individual note, tap the “wrench” icon (or 2 icons to the left — “share” icon). Select “Export” and then set the “Destination” and “File Type”. In the example below, I want to Export to Evernote in a PDF format. Tap the “Export” button once you are set and you are done!
Notability is not available for Windows but there are plenty of alternatives that runs on Windows with similar functionality. The best Windows alternative is Microsoft OneNote, which is free.
Notability can import PDFs, RTFs, text files, Word docs, PowerPoint presentations, Excel spreadsheets, and the app's custom Note file format.