GoodNotes for Mac is a companion app for existing GoodNotes iOS users. GoodNotes for iOS is a stunning handwritten notes app on iPad/iPhone beloved by million of users.

GoodNotes for Mac lets you view and manage your handwritten notes and documents in GoodNotes’ iCloud library.

**Document editing features has been added in version 1.1

"Changed everything I do from note taking to surveying at work with my own templates! " Neiliocopter


Stunning Digital Ink
Your handwritten notes look beautiful on your Mac with high-resolution display as well as on your iOS devices. GoodNotes for Mac is powered by the same state-of-the-art digital ink technology as on its iOS version.

iCloud Sync.
Access to all your GoodNotes documents with fast iCloud sync. Sketch and annotate documents on your iOS devices and view them on all devices.

Import PDFs and Images
Drag and drop documents and images between GoodNotes and your Mac.

Document Versioning.
GoodNotes automatically saves versions of documents as you work on them. Browse through document versions and restore pages from old versions.

Share and Print Documents.
With access to all your documents in GoodNotes, sharing and printing documents require only a few clicks.

Document Creation and Editing
Create or edit notebooks on your Mac with mouse, trackpad or tablet using the intuitive editing tools:
- Select Tool – Highlight or strikeout selected text in PDF documents
- Edit Tool – Move, scale and change object color
- Text Tool – Create text objects
- Pen Tool – Pen drawing
- Highlight Tool – Highlighter drawing
- Eraser Tool – Erase lines

Page Rearrangement
Drag and drop to reorder pages in documents or to copy pages between documents.

Add bookmarks to your documents.

What's New

Version 1.1.15

- Fix unable to drag documents to categories in library view on macOS High Sierra
- Fix pasting pages between documents sometime may produce incorrect result
- Add Select All shortcut to library view

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5

48 Ratings

48 Ratings

Not ready for prime time - but the iOS version is great


I love the iOS version of GoodNotes, and I was so excited to see a Mac app store version available. Unfortunately the Mac version doesn’t quite feel like it is ready for prime time just yet.

This version is very slow and buggy, and I frequently get the beachball spinning when trying to flip from one page to the next. Yes I’m working with a large document (Calendar - 365 pages long) but my mac is only one year old, it should be able to handle this document much more efficiently than my 3 year old iPhone. Sadly, that isn’t the case.

I will be happy to update this review if future updates to the app fix these issues but for the moment I would recommend holding off on purchasing the Mac App store version. I won’t be using it for now, but will happily continue using the iOS version on my iPhone and iPad.

Handwritting Recognition, Intuitive Interface


I used Notability for a long time, and while Notability is a great program, I really find GoodNotes to be much more functional. The user interface and the way the information is stored is much more intuitive. But the handwritting recognition is really what puts GoodNotes ahead of the game. I bought the app in September of 2017 and have had no problems with syncing. Maybe it was a problem in the past, but right now the syncing is as fast or faster than any apps I’ve used across my devices (Ipad, iPhone, and Macbook Pro).

Useful as a viewer of Goodnotes files from iOS


Goodnotes on OSX is not going to be anybody’s primary note-taking solution, but the iOS version is excellent, especially if you have an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil. And if you are already using the iOS version, the Mac version becomes useful as a way to view and print those notes. If you let the iOS version back up to iCloud, you will see all your notes in the Mac version automatically. $8 is a little pricey for my use, given that I only ever use it as a viewer and printer, but it definitely has value.


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95.8 MB
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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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