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Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac! Apple's Mac App of The Year! 

Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and PDF annotation.

Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to take notes, sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, mark-up photos, record lectures, provide audio feedback and more. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note taking experience at school, at home, and at work. And with iCloud, your notes are always up to date.

- Multitasking with Notability enables you to take notes while you research, read a text book, or watch a lecture, on select iPads.
- 3D Touch on iPhone 6s makes it faster than ever to create, preview, and open notes.
- Spotlight Search helps you find and open recent notes.

- Handwrite and sketch with beautiful ink.
- Write smoothly and quickly with zoom-writing.
- Automatic Palm Detection on iPad allows you to write naturally with your hand on the screen.
- Notability has been fine-tuned for Apple Pencil and iPad Pro giving you the most responsive, precise writing experience yet.

- Notability includes full-featured typing with a wide range of fonts, sizes, and colors. 
- Outlines and text boxes help you quickly capture and organize ideas.
- The typing UI is uniquely designed on iPhone, iPad, and Mac for the best typing experience possible.

- Mark up lecture slides and meeting agendas or complete class assignments.
- Fill-out, sign, and send PDF forms.
- Import doc and ppt files with the help of Google Drive.
- Import webpages from the browser with the Share Extension.

- Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them.
- Notes automatically link to recordings, so during playback, you can watch your notes animate along with the recording, or tap them to get to the spot that needs clarifying.
- Teachers can also use these features to provide audio and handwritten feedback to students.

- Create a paperless classroom -- handout and collect assignments via the cloud.
- Speed-up feedback to students and colleagues using Notability.
- Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability.
- Flip the classroom with live notes and videos for students to learn from at home.

- Create subjects and simply drag notes into them.
- Share your notes via email, AirDrop, printer, Twitter, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box and more.
- Retrieve recently deleted notes from the trash.

- iCloud automatically syncs all of your notes to iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

- Dropbox, Google Drive, or Box, can be used to backup your notes in PDF format and are great for archiving or recovery.

We hope you enjoy using Notability, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

What's New in Version 5.9.0

- Support for 3D Touch on iPhone 6s, including Peek & Pop in the note list, and Quick Actions on the app icon to quickly create and open notes.
- Spotlight Search helps you find and open recent notes.
- Quickly and easily retrieve recently deleted notes from the new trash can.
- Notability has been fine-tuned for Apple Pencil and iPad Pro giving you the most responsive, precise writing experience yet.

If you're enjoying Notability, we'd appreciate it if you took the time to leave us a review, thanks!


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Customer Reviews

Best note taking app, hands down

I use this app for all of my note taking in class. I love being able to import PDFs and PPTs and annotate them--it saves me having to carry around a bunch of paper. Being able to sync to my iPhone and MacBook via iCloud is also very helpful (though the syncing is a bit slow sometimes). I have my notes backed up on Google drive, too, for extra insurance. I love the integrated recording feature. Any time I miss something in lecture, I can easily find the spot in the lecture and type in what I missed, and Notability will even sync in the edits! All my other classmates are jealous of what a cool note taking app I have. It just makes note taking soooo much easier.

There are a few features that could be improved, such as an automatic document scanner, as others have suggested. But I find it easy enough to import such scanned images from GeniusScan or another app. Also, the ability to create shapes directly in the note would be nice. (Currently, shapes are only available in a "diagram creator", and are put into a frame like a picture rather than on the page like text or handwriting.)
I can't wait to try out the pencil on the iPad pro with notability!

It earns its 5 stars

★ update: I really appreciate the Spotlight search feature. The new Trashcan with the thirty day grace period is a great safety net ★
I am impressed with the apps functionality, flexibility and ease of use.
I am using it for notes for a short story I am writing. Using the outline function, I was able to draft an outline for the story amazingly quickly, and revisions are a snap. Each chapter has its own divider in which I include additional notes and even reference photos. Rearranging chapters is as easy as changing the order of the dividers, and moving a note from one divider to another is a simple matter of drag-and-drop. Collapsing folders reduces clutter and makes it easy to navigate the story. I have ready access to all 20 chapters. Wherever I am, I can pull out my iPhone and add a note to the appropriate chapter immediately. I never have a "Now what was that idea I had an hour ago?" situation arise. The search function is invaluable. This is a great tool.

Best for handwriting, but needs more features

This is by far the best app for taking handwritten notes on an iPad. The reason is simple, this is the only app that lets you zoom in on the page and write in the magnified area. It makes for better penmanship with a stylus and increased accuracy on the page.

However, I would like to see this app incorporate more organizational features. Simple features like headers, footers, page numbers, tags, or templates would make it easier for me to keep the notes organized. I would also like if the camera incorporated a document scanner. Finally, the ultimate feature would be handwriting recognition and conversion to text, which some other apps have figured out.

Good audio, great PDF exporting, nice backup in Dropbox. This is a solid app and I will continue to use it for handwritten notes.

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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $5.99
  • Category: Productivity
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  • Version: 5.9.0
  • Size: 60.0 MB
  • Languages: English, Bokmål, Norwegian, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Turkish
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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