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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

Great app, log graphs need fixed

This is my go-to app for taking notes, writing down ideas, sketches, etc. and I have all the "major" note taking apps from the App Store. They are all good in their own way, but this one I use the most.

Developers: I really love that you included log graph paper, this is really great! However, please note that there should be NINE minor divisions between major tick marks on log paper, not ten as you have. For example, between 0.1 and 1 (or 1 and 10, 10 and 100, etc.) there should be nine logarithmically spaced minor divisions, not ten. This will really mess up any poor student who is trying to use that paper to actually plot anything. Check out the Wikipedia article on log plots. I'd like to see that expanded into even more types of graph paper (polar plots? Smith charts for RF design work?)

One more request, how about a ruler, protractor & French curves? Maybe I missed it in this one, but they are available in some other notes apps.

Best of the bunch

I think I have bought all the note taking apps and settled on this one. Some are more polished and some have more features if you are willing to subscribe to a service. I am not. This app has the best all around features that you just pay up front for.

It works great with Apple Pencil with nary a stray mark to be found. The handwriting text search is good (maybe even great given my atrocious handwriting) and I like the idea of organizing my notebooks. There's enough settings that i was easily able to settle on pen and paper style to suit my needs. I've only used a couple of the import options but they worked flawlessly.

My main complaint is that it seems like you have to be in the notebook to do a handwriting text search. That defeats the purpose of having multiple notebooks in my opinion as you would have to know where you wrote it down (less simple than it sounds in a matrixed work environment). If I could search for words from the home screen, I would rate it a 5 star easily.

There are other minor quibbles such as a bit of a cumbersome UI. You can't even get to a home screen without touching a little arrow a few times. Having more paper options would be nice as well. And some drag and drop functionality for organizing would be helpful (this is a touchscreen after all!)

Good, but frequently inflexible

I love the various options on how to add in notes and the interface options. All of that is great. However, when trying to organize my notes I find it very frustrating that the only options you have to organize notes in a folder is either chronological or alphabetical by name. This means that to get them in an order I want to use I have to employ naming tricks, which is very frustrating. If I could manually order the notes that would be for the best. I'm not certain why I can't, it seems very silly, but I can't.

It also has some issues importing documents that employ a single long-scrolling page. The lack of infinite scroll is problematic, so imported documents can be awkwardly chopped up.

The text entry options are also shockingly poor. In an age with iPads attached to keyboards, having text entry that is so rudimentary is worth a star in and of itself. What's worse is that once you are done writing text you can't edit it. Once you tap out of the box, it's set in stone.

The inability to upload webpages from Safari into Goodnotes as PDFs is also frustratingly limited.

Right now the main programs I use in classes are GoodNotes for taking notes during class and LiquidText for taking notes during readings. Though given how non-robust the text entry options are, this fall I may start using Pages for my in-class note taking.

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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