GoodNotes 5 is now available.
A modern GoodNotes version including many new features and improvements, such as:

* FLEXIBLE SCROLLING: choose between horizontal and vertical page scrolling
* FOLDERS: create infinite levels of folders and subfolders
* GLOBAL SEARCH: search and find everything. From handwritten notes, typed text, to document and folder titles. Across your whole library.

It is available as a free/discounted upgrade to GoodNotes 4 customers through the “GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle”.


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 OneDrive 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

Version 4.13.4


A modern version of GoodNotes, including lots of new features and improvements:

* FLEXIBLE SCROLLING: choose between horizontal and vertical page scrolling
* FOLDERS: create infinite levels of folders and subfolders
* GLOBAL SEARCH: search and find everything. From handwritten notes, typed text, to document and folder titles. Across your whole library.
* improved ink algorithm
* new pen tool style: BRUSH PEN for artistic sketches and notes
* NEW SHAPE TOOL with color fill and multi-line shape recognition
* QUICKNOTES: a faster way to create new notes
* a whole NEW TEMPLATE LIBRARY with beautiful covers and paper templates
* ... and much more

Install the latest update of GoodNotes 4 to easily copy all documents to the new version.

FREE/DISCOUNTED UPGRADE available with the "GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle":
If you paid the full price for GoodNotes 4, you can download the new app for free by using "Complete My Bundle" on the GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle. If you paid less then the full price for GoodNotes 4, you will only need to pay the price difference.

GoodNotes 4 will remain on the App Store and will receive support and minor updates for an extended period of time.

Ratings and Reviews

4.1 out of 5
114 Ratings
114 Ratings
Benjee Tan ,

Note taking app - Simplified

I've been using other note taking app and this app makes this easy and simplifies workflow. Some might find it too simple and resort to apps like Microsoft's One Note but Goodnotes is really good! Might I suggest to allow users to access the history of colours that they have used. It is at times that it becomes a trial and error hunt for the colour that was previously used. Another suggestion is the ability to change the colour of the ink instead of the black, blue and green option when in the zoom in window. Keep up the Good work!

Liu655 ,

Suggestion to the apps

I bought this and have been using for a month to jot down all my notes for research and study. Everything is quite good but I would like to suggest:

1) open two documents on the same screen for reference! Sometimes we need to refer and very troublesome to switch between notes. Tends to forget the content of the note when I switch back to another note. Please!
2) support multiple pages preview. Sometimes we need to compare between pages in the same note. For instance, sometimes I need to compare between summary I made in chapter one and two, I have to keep switching between pages.
3) extend the notes layout/paper size. Sometimes one page is insufficient to jot down my idea, when I add another page, it is hard to link back what I have written in previous page.

Please fix this. Much appreciated!

xuancol96 ,

The app is quite good but some improvements are needed

The overall experience towards the app is good, probably the most user friendly nite taking app in the market. However, i think there are some significance features which most of the people are urging for are missing.

1. Multiple pages view: sometimes it’s frustrating when I need to swipe left and right to view contents from two different pages.

2. Split view: we need a feature that can show two documents. It will be very useful when I can refer to the textbook and write down the answer in another document while doing my assignments. Notability does this well!

Just my two cents. I am looking forward to see some improvements from GoodNotes side.


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Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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