Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and annotation.
Apple's Mac App of The Year! Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac! Recognized by Apple as the Best Selling Paid Productivity app in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013!

Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to take notes, sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, mark-up photos, record lectures, provide audio feedback and more. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note taking experience at school, at home, and at work. And with iCloud, your notes are always up to date.

Notability is designed for Mac
- Quickly create notes by dragging documents, photos, or audio recordings from the desktop and dropping onto the library.
- Enhance notes by dragging photos, audio recordings, and PDFs from the desktop and dropping onto a note.
- Get more done with smart keyboard shortcuts.
- Handwriting and sketches can be scaled, transformed, free and constrained rotated, nudged (with arrow keys), and restyled.

Capture memorable notes with these essential features
- Type reports and outlines in a variety of fonts, sizes, colors and styles.
- Text automatically reflows around images.
- Highlight typed text.
- Handwriting has been fine-tuned to be smooth and expressive using a trackpad or mouse.
- Sketch and write using a variety of colors, line widths, and styles.
- Draw perfectly straight lines by holding the Shift key.
- Record audio during lectures and meetings to capture more detail.
- Import audio recordings from other sources.

Audio Recordings: Review and Give Feedback
- Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them.
- Notes automatically link to recordings, so during playback, you can watch your notes animate along with the recording, or tap them to get to the spot that needs clarifying.
- Teachers can also use these features to provide audio feedback to students.

Import and Annotate PDFs
- Highlight text and Copy & Paste text in PDFs using the Typing tool.
- Search PDF text.
- Mark up lecture slides and meeting agendas or complete class assignments.
- Fill-out, sign, and send forms.
- Import doc and ppt files with the help of Google Drive.

All Electronic Workflow
- Create a paperless classroom -- handout and collect assignments via the cloud.
- Speed-up feedback to students and colleagues using Notability.
- Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability.

Organize and Share Notes
- Create subjects and simply drag notes into them.
- Share your notes via email, AirDrop, printer, Dropbox, Google Drive, and more.
- Retrieve recently deleted notes from the Mac OS X Trash.

iCloud Sync
- iCloud automatically syncs all of your notes to iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

- Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive can be used to backup your notes and are great for archiving or recovery.

We hope you enjoy using Notability, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

What's New

Version 2.8.1

*** Bug fixes in 2.8.1 ***
• Bug fix: Recording playback didn't work properly for some notes
• Bug fix: Starting a recording can cause a crash (Yosemite only)
• Bug fix: Restored 20 minutes increments for recordings
*** What's New in 2.8 ***
• Greatly improved search speed
• Improved audio recovery when Notability is terminated while recording
*** Bug Fixes in 2.8 ***
• Notes would sometimes not download properly from iCloud
• Notes will no longer be duplicated when enabling/disabling iCloud sync
• Better handling of renaming sub-folders in Google Drive and then exporting Notability notes to renamed folder
• Sticky notes with a lot of handwriting could cause crashes when dragged around quickly in a note
• Fixed a crash related to subject names
• Other minor bug fixes

Customer Reviews

2.7 out of 5

10 Ratings

10 Ratings

I found this fantastic from iPad Pro to MacBook Pro


Thos program has been a blessing i use it alot for my iPad Pro with the pen. Then when at home or on MacBook i can review my notes which i use many folders on different parts and have no problem with the cloud updating it straight away. Can highly recommend this for peope using ipads and iphone with a MacBook or Mac they intergrate very well and the idea of TAKING PHOTOS TURNING INTO PDF AND ADDING TO DOCUMENTS saves me alot of time plus i can fill i forms without worrying about finding a oen or other such material. Keep it upto date guys and this program will really be a winner for along time.

Notability is great on iPad Pro, but iCloud sync lets it down on Mac

Dr Getafix

This is quite possibly the most commonly used app on my iPad Pro, especially with the apple pencil. However it’s quite frustrating that the sync via iCloud is unreliable. My iPad gets out of sync with my Mac, and so i have to uninstall then reinstall if on the mac. Occasioanlly i’ll end up with duplicates. After reinstalling it will often get stuck halfway with some notes available while it says the others notes are still downloading. I leave the mac on overnight, but they still haven’t downloaded. If this issue can be fixed, I would give it 5 stars.

Sync problem


Same issue as many others with syncing. Says it is downloading forever and will not let me edit notes. Great concept and everything except for two things that bothers me.
1. Does not sync properly
2. Can use tables. graphes on notes.
5 stars if this can be fixed.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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