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By Ginger Labs

Editors’ Choice

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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! Recognized by Apple as the Best Selling Paid Productivity app in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013!

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.

Notability is designed for Mac
- Quickly create notes by dragging documents, photos, or audio recordings from the desktop and dropping onto the library.
- Enhance notes by dragging photos, audio recordings, and PDFs from the desktop and dropping onto a note.
- Get more done with smart keyboard shortcuts.
- Handwriting and sketches can be scaled, transformed, free and constrained rotated, nudged (with arrow keys), and restyled.

Capture memorable notes with these essential features
- Type reports and outlines in a variety of fonts, sizes, colors and styles.
- Text automatically reflows around images.
- Highlight typed text.
- Handwriting has been fine-tuned to be smooth and expressive using a trackpad or mouse.
- Sketch and write using a variety of colors, line widths, and styles.
- Draw perfectly straight lines by holding the Shift key.
- Record audio during lectures and meetings to capture more detail.
- Import audio recordings from other sources.

Audio Recordings: Review and Give Feedback
- 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 feedback to students.

Import and Annotate PDFs
- Highlight text and Copy & Paste text in PDFs using the Typing tool.
- Search PDF text.
- Mark up lecture slides and meeting agendas or complete class assignments.
- Fill-out, sign, and send forms.
- Import doc and ppt files with the help of Google Drive.

All Electronic Workflow
- 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.

Organize and Share Notes
- Create subjects and simply drag notes into them.
- Share your notes via email, AirDrop, printer, Dropbox, Google Drive, and more.
- Retrieve recently deleted notes from the Mac OS X Trash.

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

- Dropbox and Google Drive can be used to backup your notes 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 2.5.1

*** What's new in 2.5.1 ***
* Notability can now check the spelling of multiple languages in the same note
* Bug fix: Images pasted in a note sometimes were incorrectly sized
* Bug fix: Notability could crash when switching tabs in the Preference panels
* Bug fix: Notability could crash on Yosemite when selecting media with handwriting


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Customer Reviews

Long time user / enjoy this app

This is my go to Note app and it works well. I would like to see some more organzation options such as subfolders and/or tags. There is definitely room for improvement. Sync has been pretty good via icloud. And additional auto-backup options are available. They seem to be easiest to run from iOS instead of desktop since those devices are more frequently connected. The audio recording synced with notes is fabulous! I wish I had that feature available as a student.

I would like to see some encrytption options in the future too. This is a place to store a lot of important information and it could benefit from some privacy options.

For all those raging on about a microsoft product in the apple store (lol), yes it may have more functionality, but it comes at a hefty annualr pricetag of a microsoft 365 subscription to really use and you have to store all your importnat information with microsoft. Not for me and given that OneNote isnt a standalne porduct, it is very difficult to compre it to this one that does not require an annual subscription to use.

Go with Microsoft OneNote

When I first purchased this app earlier is year it worked great in conjunction with my computer and OneNote was extremely laggy. I would type notes on my computer(MacBook Pro retina late 2012) as well as write with a stylus on my iPad Air. Then with an update the ability to type easily on your notes from the computer became a chore. For example when you type a text box appears then when you finish and move on to a new slide you are no longer able to edit anything in the text box, move it etc. You must do so with your iPad. Two of my friends have the same issue with different Mac and iPad models so it must be the app. There is also a common issue with syncing with iCloud. You must following troublshooting steps to manually sync your notes across devices much too frequently. Also if you work on both Mac and iPad at the same time you end up getting a prompt asking you to select which entry to keep resulting in notes being DELETED or a duplication of the note with 1 note have Mac notes and the other iPad.

Microsoft OneNote has since improved tremendously and operates how you expect notability to work and is also FREE. It has none of the issues above and works effortlessly. Save your money on this one guys.

Not Bad but Could be Better

I am a longtime user of Notability on iPad and iPhone and have looked at Mac version for a long time but never pulled the trigger, mostly due to comments about an app that could be better than it is. I finally decided to buy because I want to have easy access to my notes on Mac laptops, and this is where Notability works best (and the reason why I bother to write a “review). I can rename, create new groups and sections, move notes around with drag and drop, so the organization is good. I take notes and annotate on an iPad and reference on iPhone or Mac, so again having Notability on my Mac works. Should it be better and have more functionality? Yes, and I hope the developers get there someday — Notability has so much potential and has earned kudos for being around as long as it has been and for supporting its product. Outline, another product I try to use, continues to fail and disapppont me and, while I love Microsoft’s OneNote, it, too, has issues. So Notability, OneNote, and DevonThink is a pretty good workflow for note-taking, brainstorming, research collection. Just my nickel’s worth.

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  • $9.99
  • Category: Productivity
  • Updated:
  • Version: 2.5.1
  • Size: 30.6 MB
  • Languages: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish
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Compatibility: OS X 10.10 or later, 64-bit processor

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