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GoodNotes 4 - Notes & PDF

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GoodNotes lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. The handwritten notes are searchable and are created using a pioneering vector ink engine. Thanks to iCloud sync, your documents in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and iPhone automatically.

## Make Your Handwritten Notes Last Forever ##
GoodNotes features a state-of-the-art digital ink technology that will look great even with future super-high resolution displays.

## OCR: Search Handwritten Notes ##
Just type in the search box what you're looking for and then tap Search.

## Better Than Paper Notebooks ##
Type with the keyboard, insert images, or draw perfect shapes easily; mix between any kind of papers or even insert PDF docs inside a notebook; rearrange or delete pages as you like. It is very flexible.

## Annotate PDF Documents; Fill and Sign Forms ##
Great for saving time, paper, and the environment. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files are supported too.

## Large Collection of Beautiful Covers and Papers ##
Each template is carefully designed in vector format. There are lined papers, graph papers, music papers, and lots of notebook covers to choose from. Add your own template with an image or a PDF file.

## GoodNotes Does Not Slow You Down ##
Thanks to the powerful zoom window feature, you can write quickly with your fingers or with a stylus in a large area, and your handwriting will be shrunk automatically.

## Just Write Them Down and Don’t Worry ##
You can correct any mistake any time and it won’t become messy. The lasso tool will let you move things around or even resize them.

## Protect Your Valuable Data ##
GoodNotes features a trash function to protect from accidental deletion. It can also backup your data to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive automatically.

## GoodNotes is Also a Digital Whiteboard ##
Your audience will not see the user interface — just the content — and you can choose which part of the page to show them. Many teachers and lecturers are already using GoodNotes to teach.


The screenshots use material from Wikipedia articles Photoelectric effect[1] and Internal combustion engine[2], which are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0[3].

What's New in Version 4.11.11

Fixed iCloud sync.

We’re happy to announce that we have finally found a fix for the issues with iCloud. After updating, you should be able to quickly sync all your changes and notebooks across all of your devices again.

We want to take the chance to say sorry again to everyone that was affected by the problems. Thank you so much for staying with us during these hard times!
In case you should experience any trouble with iCloud after updating to the latest version, please contact our support.


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Customer Reviews

My go to writing app. Irreplaceable.

I'm hand writer by nature and always been enthused by the promise that digital ink holds. Years ago I started with a hefty Fujitsu Siemens Stylistic winxp tablet & Onenote it was an unbeatable combo and remained my gold standard. Since used various iterations of Dell and MS tabs with Onenote, Evernote and just about every handwriting app and never been fully satisfied. Same when I moved to IPad Pro + pencil. Never found the perfect app, if the ink UI was good the ability to work across multiple devices was bad (e.g. Nebo) if the cross device access was good, the inking was dodgy (EN & penultimate) everything else I tried and I've tried most if not all, were lacking in some area IMHO Good notes is now the gold standard, ink UI is excellent, cross device implementation works well, searching hand written notes; brilliant, selectively convert hand notes; a godsend. Has genuinely turbocharged my productivity and when I use it (all day every day) I feel smug as the cat who got the cream. I have found my digital inking nirvana!

Amazing App

This has now become the most used app I have on my iPad Pro and phone.
I use an Apple Pencil on the iPad but the app is compatible with other pencil style devices too.
From hand drawing wiring diagrams for the home to hand written notes at work.
The ability to save and file away correspondence in PDF format, auto convert other documents to PDF complete forms sign them and email the PDF back.
Using iCloud as primary storage and sync all files immediately across iPad and iPhone and also have both devices auto backup's to different cloud storage areas, ensures I can keep a backup from my iPhone copies with one cloud company and identical copies from my iPad to another cloud company just in case I delete anything in error and foolishly erase the trash too.
Writing quick notes and drawing quick diagrams and then simply erase the pages rather than throw paper away wasting a couple of pages of paper in the process of getting the drawing completed.
I can go on with how this app has changed my way of working.
I know there are other apps but this works for me.

Flaws stop GoodNotes being the perfect note taker

Overall a good purchase and I am enjoying using this but there are flaws:

1) the desktop app is a separate purchase - be aware!!
2) the iCloud synching between devices is not flawless to setup. Having followed all the support guides (and there are a few, indicating that this is a well known problem) I ended up having to completely delete the app from iPad and re-installing. Only after that did it work correctly
3) the handwriting recognition works well but it is ridiculously long-winded to expect people to have to copy the converted text (from a deep menu) and then paste it back into the document in order to have the converted text appear in the notebook. Makes no sense to make it so hard.
4) having used this now for over a month I'm happy with it (with the above caveats). One suggestion I would make though is to make the size of each page limitlessly extensible ... i.e. It is a wide or tall as the farthest note. This would make it much more useful.

GoodNotes 4 - Notes & PDF
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • £7.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 4.11.11
  • Size: 195 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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