By Ginger Labs
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Welcome to Notability, a powerful note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures, and more, on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
Notability is the one place to create, share, and manage your notes. It combines handwriting, typing, audio recordings, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs. And with iCloud support, your notes are always available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Anytime. Anywhere.
Take beautiful notes
- Handwrite notes or sketch ideas using gorgeous variable width ink in a variety of colors.
- Craft reports or type outlines with our full featured word processor.
- Audio recordings help you capture every detail during lectures or meetings.
- Snap a photo of a whiteboard in the classroom or while researching in the field to add to your note.
Replay your notes
- Audio recordings automatically link to your notes.
- Review your notes in context as you listen to the audio recordings.
- Simply tap a word, drawing, or a picture to hear exactly what was said when you added it.
- Provide audio and handwritten feedback to students or colleagues.
Mark up documents and forms
- Import and annotate lecture slides, meeting agendas and PDFs.
- Fill-out, sign, and send forms via email from anywhere.
- Use all of Notability’s tools to mark up pictures of worksites or projects.
Share your notes
- Create collections of notes to share between study groups and teams with Dropbox or Google Drive.
- Collect and handout assignments between teachers and students.
- Turn iCloud on, and your notes will automatically be available on iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
- Create and edit notes on iPhone, iPad, or Mac at anytime.
Notability helps you explore your ideas, store your notes, and improve your memory and organization. We hope you enjoy using it as much as we do.
What's New in Version 5.51
- Bug fixes
- Awesome new import menu to select destination subject and we added a done button.
- Improved image and photo support.
- Bug fixes
Some minor flaws on a majorly great app
One big concern I've always had with notability is that there's no way to really have an account of sorts so that I can access my documents from several devices. If I want to do that, I have to upload a pdf of it to google drive and create a new note and it's quite frustrating. I'm also constantly terrified that one day my iPad will break, and I'll lose all of my notes. As a high school student, I use this app in each of my seven classes. I annotate articles, outline chapters, and complete class worksheets on this application. The thought that one day I may lose everything is terrifying, and almost makes me want to switch to something more reliable, such as how Evernote is set up. (But the one thing I love is the drawing features that ever note lacks). Also, one problem that I've been noticing is regarding the typing feature. I outline my chapters for history class directly on the off of the chapter pdf I upload. I constantly try to move the text box so I can see what I type, but it only will let you start the text box at the beginning of the page, and I have to create a new text box for every page of notes I take. I love this app, but I really would appreciate these little fixes. It would make this application so much better.
good for note-taking, not ideal for annotating
For taking notes or recording lectures, I suggest notability. If you are primarily annotating papers in pdf format, I suggest iAnnotate. Notability is a good app and you can use it to annotate articles, but iAnnotate is much better. When annotating journal article on notability, I was able to backup to dropbox, but Notability does not allow you to manipulate things directly on dropbox. Notability creates another pdf of the document, which results in multiple copies of any single document. iAnnotate allows you to work directly from the original copy of any document. When highlighting phrases in the article, you use your finger to create a line, but it is not "corrected" whereas when highlighting an article on iAnnotate the app "corrects" your highlighting and creates a box around the word, with no ugly/mess overlap. Notability also has blurred pages sometimes when scrolling through a document and you cannot rotate pages individually. That being said, iAnnotate is not very good for taking notes during class or meetings.
Frustrated With Recent Updates
I am in medical school and use this app for all of my notes. I love it, but am very frustrated with the recent updates. I am very upset that they took away the full zoom. I used that all of the time. The app has a feature where you can hold down and get a zoom box, but it is not as good. You can't get to the edges of the page with it, and also the sizing of the box never seems to be quite right for my use cases. I am also still having problems with text boxes. If I grab a corner to try to re-size it seems to move the whole text box and if I grab the top to try to move the box it seems to think that I was trying to re-size. With every update this app seems to get more and more problems. I hope that for the next one they fix these issues and actually make the app better instead of worse. If they did this, I would rate it as 5 stars.
*UPDATE - Still having issues with the text boxes, but they fixed the zoom. Changing my rating to 4 stars. :)
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Mar 14, 2015
- Version: 5.51
- Size: 37.7 MB
- Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish
- Seller: Ginger Labs, Inc.
- © Ginger Labs, Inc. 2014
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.