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 1.1.25

Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

2.9 out of 5
117 Ratings
117 Ratings
danimalpanda ,

Revolutionized Studying

Before going digital, I always wish I had kept my notes from previous semesters. I develop relationships with material, and it is nice to recall and share information with friends and tutees who are studying similar material. This app allows me to quickly search through all my notes and share how I simplified a complex subject to make it easy to understand and memorize.

Compared to Notability, this app (Goodnotes) is much more on track with my needs. I like to minimize the sidebard without it changing the size of the window. I like to open multiple notes at once. I like to be able to search and see all the options at the left, rather than having to open each note one by one. Goodnotes is far superior for the no-frills keep your notes in one place. On the other hand, when I hear a lecture and wish to record it and swipe fastly between pages, Notability has an edge. I need them both for their features, but ultimately for studying, Goodnotes is the best, smoothest, and easiest to find entries.

SidCid ,

Two great benefits of this app

I have been using goodnotes for over 5 years nows (since goodnotes 3). I purchased this desktop app version for two reasons. Price structures for apps are weird and convoluted. Most people do not want to pay a monthly fee (me included) for an app whose functions do not improve or change. So, I bought this app despite the negative reviews, because the value I have gotten from goodnotes two ipad versions has far surpassed the price I paid for them. The second reason is that I like the idea of being able to see and access my files from my computer; this feature works well. Wishful thinking: I was also hoping that there would be a way for me to export a backup of all of my documents, saved in iCloud, from this desktop version. iCloud is painful and I am having a really difficult time disentangling from its web and regaining control of all of my documents in goodnotes.

There’s no better, more versatile, notetaking app available; I am fine with the trade offs.

Happygamer4730 ,

Doesn’t work on iMac, looking for an alternative app now.

So I have been using this on my iPad for a while, and since I do most of my school work on my iMac, I figured, why not have the app on both systems. WELL first off, I paid for Goodnotes 4 on my iPad, and THEN I had to PAY AGAIN for it to be on my iMac!!!!! same iCloud account, and yet, I had to pay twice!!! This first and foremost made me very very upset. But I decided since I loved the app so much, I would grit my teeth, grin and bear it. well the VERY FIRST time I go to use Goodnotes4 on my iMac, its essentially USELESS! I can not access any of my hyperlinks, it does not function like the iOS app at ALL, it performs more like the Mac OS free app Preview. It is the most USELESS WASTE of money I have ever spent on an app that I absolutely love on my iPad.

SO bottom line, because I can NOT utilize this on both my iPad, and my iMac, I am currently trying to find an alternative app that will allow me to do what I need this app to do for me, which is be usable on both my iPad and my iMac. Sad that I’ve wasted money on this app that I thought was so amazing.


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94.6 MB
OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
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