Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and annotation. Apple's Mac App of The Year! Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac!

Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to enrich their lives. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note-taking experience at school, home, and work.

• Become fully paper-free, in the classroom, office, and at home.
• Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability.
• Quickly create and edit notes by dragging and dropping documents, photos, or audio recordings from the desktop.
• Get more done with keyboard shortcuts.
• Secure and lock your notes using Touch ID.

• Search for handwritten words from the Library and in the note view in any of our 14 supported languages.
• Convert handwriting to text.
• It all happens on your device, so your information stays private.

• Multi-Note lets you open multiple notes at once in new windows.
• Easily access your recently opened notes in the Recent Notes subject.

• Notability includes full-featured, left-aligned typing with a wide range of fonts, sizes, and colors.
• Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes.
• Fully express your artistic side with custom colors and match any color with the color dropper.
• Handwriting has been fine-tuned to be smooth and expressive using a trackpad or mouse.
• Ink can be scaled, transformed, rotated, nudged (with arrow keys), and restyled.

• Import PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, images, GIFs, and more - conversion to PDF happens on your device, so your information stays private.
• Annotate imported pictures, lecture slides, and meeting agendas, or complete class assignments.
• Share notes via email, AirDrop, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, and more.

• Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them.
• Notes are automatically synced with audio recordings so during playback you can listen to what was happening as you wrote.

• Use iCloud to automatically sync your notes to Notability on iPad, iPhone, and Mac, or to retrieve previous versions of your notes.
• Use Auto-backup to send your notes to a cloud service for archiving or recovery. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive are all supported!

iOS app sold separately.

Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

What’s New

Version 3.1

*** What's new in 3.1 ***
You asked for these features and we listened! We've added powerful new features: custom colors, a color dropper to match any color in your note, increased note security using Apple's Touch ID, in-app file conversion, and dark mode.

Custom Colors & Color Dropper
• Custom colors have arrived - the rainbow is the limit! Expand your color palette by saving up to 32 additional custom colors.
• Colors can be chosen with a color wheel or by entering a HEX value.
• The color dropper easily allows you to select any color in your note and save that as one of your custom colors.

New Locking Feature
• Our security just got amped with Touch ID to unlock subjects.

In-app File Conversion
• Notability now converts Microsoft Office files to PDFs on your device for added privacy and security.
• Quicker and more reliable conversion.

Dark Mode
• Notability now supports the system wide dark mode introduced in Mojave.

Ratings and Reviews

3.4 out of 5
156 Ratings
156 Ratings
Katponssss ,

Some problems

The app is okay but has some problems.
Spell check - The app does spell check, but does not allow for text replacement which can be irritating as you have to look up words you have misspelled.
Text placement -Glitchy. Does not always give a textbox where you click, especially on imported PDFs/powerpoints. Also doesn’t allow you to place images over pdfs. I use this app to add notes to powerpoints so I woud have liked to have that feature.

I likethat the app allows you to hide side bars, and allows for color coded organization as well as back up to google drive as well as other options.

Sedona Mojo ,

Promising, but lacks basic features

The UI is a little cryptic, such as the lack of a nice big record button such as you have on most audio apps. But the most surprising lack is a "Recent Files" option. If, like me, you deal with a lot of documents, that's a deal killer.

Back to AudioNote 2 for me!

Jimabides ,

Bad update

Now any directional arrows and other symbols on powerpoints turn into question marks with a box around them. Also pictures on slides will not format very well and will completely cover writing on the slides.


Ginger Labs, Inc.
93.2 MB
macOS 10.12 or later, 64-bit processor
English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2018 Ginger Labs, Inc.


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