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!

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.

• Become fully paper-free, in the classroom, office, and at home.
• Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability.
• Quickly create and edit notes by dragging and dropping documents, photos, or audio recordings from the desktop.
• Get more done with keyboard shortcuts.
• Secure and lock your notes using Touch ID.

• Search for handwritten words from the Library and in the note view in any of our 14 supported languages.
• Convert handwriting to text.
• It all happens on your device, so your information stays private.

• Multi-Note lets you open multiple notes at once in new windows.
• Easily access your recently opened notes in the Recent Notes subject.

• Notability includes full-featured, left-aligned typing with a wide range of fonts, sizes, and colors.
• Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes.
• Fully express your artistic side with custom colors and match any color with the color dropper.
• Handwriting has been fine-tuned to be smooth and expressive using a trackpad or mouse.
• Ink can be scaled, transformed, rotated, nudged (with arrow keys), and restyled.

• Import PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, images, GIFs, and more - conversion to PDF happens on your device, so your information stays private.
• Annotate imported pictures, lecture slides, and meeting agendas, or complete class assignments.
• Share notes via email, AirDrop, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, and more.

• Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them.
• Notes are automatically synced with audio recordings so during playback you can listen to what was happening as you wrote.

• Use iCloud to automatically sync your notes to Notability on iPad, iPhone, and Mac, or to retrieve previous versions of your notes.
• Use Auto-backup to send your notes to a cloud service for archiving or recovery. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive are all supported!

iOS app sold separately.

Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

What’s New

Version 3.1

*** What's new in 3.1 ***
You asked for these features and we listened! We've added powerful new features: custom colors, a color dropper to match any color in your note, increased note security using Apple's Touch ID, in-app file conversion, and dark mode.

Custom Colors & Color Dropper
• Custom colors have arrived - the rainbow is the limit! Expand your color palette by saving up to 32 additional custom colors.
• Colors can be chosen with a color wheel or by entering a HEX value.
• The color dropper easily allows you to select any color in your note and save that as one of your custom colors.

New Locking Feature
• Our security just got amped with Touch ID to unlock subjects.

In-app File Conversion
• Notability now converts Microsoft Office files to PDFs on your device for added privacy and security.
• Quicker and more reliable conversion.

Dark Mode
• Notability now supports the system wide dark mode introduced in Mojave.

Ratings and Reviews

Bencep ,

Needs some refinements

First of all: I love it! I use it as my one and only not taking app at University.

Secondly it needs some refinements:
- the iPad version desperately needs support for bluetooth styluses even with the mostly functioning palm rejection, but there are styluses with extra functionality like shootout buttons, pressure sensitivity which could be very useful in the app
- needs a button to refresh notes as GetMail works in mail apps
- handoff would also be a handy feature if I prefer writing text on my Mac and would prefer draving on the iPad version
- highlighter needs refinements: it should not cover the text, but paint the surrounding area. Notability needs to add support for text highlighting
- the iPad version needs to add objct recognition when drawing (circle, triangle, rectangle, polygon, LINE, table). The separate drawing tools is just not smooth enough, can not use it as fast as it should be

As an extra: it would be nice to see a feature which recognises handwriting and converts it into text (maybe learns handwriting).
Also as an Engineering student I would love it if it was possible to insert equations with handwriting recognition (also recognising greek letters).

gabyknight ,

desktop and mobile versions are not identically aligned

Hi, I have been using this app for 2 years now, very useful app and I love it!
However something needs to be changed.

As long as I copy/ paste pictures in a note using desktop version, with text before and after it (as in taking note of lectures etc..), the desktop version is beautifully aligned and nice with good pages.
However when synced, the format of pages is different than that on mobile/ iPad version: lines are messy, texts and pictures are running all over the place .. A chaos!

If I tried to fix on the mobile version, then the desktop version become a mess! again: lines are messy…etc…

Please do something to make all versions are identically in the pages settings etc on all devices :)
Thank you so much for the hard work!!

RobertPetras ,

Automatic link detection does not work

This is my favourite note taking and notes organizing application so far however I wish the new features worked properly for Notability for macOS such as hyperlink detection, smart email address and date recognition. 📝

🙁 I wish the automatic link detection works properly on both macOS and iOS devices.


Ginger Labs, Inc.
93.2 MB

macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor


English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
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