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.


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What's New

Version 4.12.12

This update allows you to open documents when they are still downloading from iCloud. It solves a problem for some users that were not able to access their documents offline.

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5

492 Ratings

492 Ratings

This app is amazing


I have schizophrenia so I am very disorganized. This iPad Pro has been my best investment I have ever made. I call it my brain. GoodNotes is the best app (along with Things 3) on my iPad. I like to read great books and take notes. I have a Kindle Fire, with a huge book library, and it has a note taking feature, but with the way my mind works I found it to be inefficient. I tried paper notes in a Moleskine, but after making so many notes, after a while it would take forever to find a particular note I needed.

GoodNotes solved all these problems for me. I can take handwritten notes. And the writing is just as smooth as pen and paper. There is no lag at all. And I have created notebooks for each area of my life. I have a category for Christianity that has these notebooks: Bible Study Notes, Prayer Journal, and sermon notes. Then I have a reading category that include a reading journal, and a Commonplace book to write the most life changing quotes I come across. Then I have my writing category that includes my personal Journal, and a notebook for rough drafts of research papers, essays, poems etc. And finally I have a brainstorming category which includes notebooks containing Mind Maps and free writing of ideas that I have. If I was to buy Moleskines for all these notebooks, I would have spent a small fortune. Plus with the handwriting recognition and search, I can go directly to whatever note I want. Purely amazing.

I had this app forever, but now I understand its power


I don’t give five-star reviews, but GoodNotes deserves it. I started using it a few weeks ago with an iPad Air 2 and the Adonis Pixel stylus and it was phenomenal, we had to shift some gear around in our home and I needed a new upgrade, even my skeptical wife loves the way the Apple Pencil works with GoodNotes on the iPad Pro!

A practical example: I use Evernote for gathering all my electronic loose ends. I had been searching for a good handwriting solution since Microsoft OneNote first came around, but that turned me away from ink. I used to use InfoSelect back in the days of MS-DOS and liked the feature that let you create individual calendars, say to track a certain kind of event, like when you last had your oil changed. I don’t want this on my “main” calendar, it’s not important, but I want to be able to track it. GoodNotes lets me create a kind of analog solution for that - I can create a monthly calendar in Excel using a template, save it as a PDF, bring it into GoodNotes and then mark it up. I can also view it on my iPhone or Mac.

I find myself reverting to the daily piece of paper to-do list, and as I make notes I can later copy and paste the relevant sections into Evernote. (I have a notebook for vendors, so if I call Comcast about something I keep notes and whether they’re ink or text, they’re dated, and I can find what I need). That’s key for me, where did I save it!

Fantastic Note-Taking App

Iron Chef

I use this daily (with my iPad Pro and Apple Pencil) for work purposes: to record meeting notes, telephone conference notes, and occasional brainstorming or outlining. The search function works great and recognizes my handwriting almost perfectly—on rare occasion it can’t recognize what I’ve written. Templates can be created relatively easily. If I had a complaint, it’s that exported PDFs are too large in file size. Also, the help/“user manual” could be better, but all of my questions were answered eventually. Otherwise, fantastic. If you need to record audio AND sync that to your notes, check out Notability, because GoodNotes doesn’t do that. But since that function would have limited utility for me, it’s a non-issue. I’ve been using this since late June 2017 and cannot imagine working without it. It also gets significant use at home for basically anything I would typically write down with pen and paper.


Time Base Technology Limited
201.1 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011-2016 Time Base Technology Limited


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