GoodNotes 5 4+

Free Digital Notebooks

Time Base Technology Limited

    • Free
    • Offers In-App Purchases


Use GoodNotes on Mac to access your digital notes wherever you work. With iCloud, your digital notes will be synced on all your devices, making the GoodNotes Mac app the perfect partner to access your digital notes on your computer.

• Search your handwritten notes, typed text, PDF text, document outlines, folder titles, and document titles.
• Create unlimited folders and subfolders, or mark your Favorite ones to keep everything organized.
• Create custom outlines for easier navigation through your documents.
• Add hyperlinks to external websites, videos, articles to build your knowledge map.
• Back up all your notes to iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive and sync across all devices so you will never lose them.

• Move, resize, and rotate your handwriting or change colors.
• Draw perfect shapes and lines with the Shape Tool.
• Navigate through imported PDFs with existing hyperlinks.
• Choose to erase the entire stroke, only parts of it, or only highlighters to leave the ink intact.
• Select to edit or move a specific object with the Lasso Tool.
• Add, create, or import your stickers, pictures, tables, diagrams, and more with Elements to enrich your notes.
• Choose from a large set of beautiful covers and useful paper templates, including Blank Paper, Ruled Paper, Cornell Paper, Checklists, To-dos, Planners, Music Paper, Flashcards, and more.
• Upload any PDF or image as a custom notebook cover or paper template for more customization.

• Present a lecture, a lesson, a business plan, a brainstorming result, or your group study without distractions when you connect your Mac via AirPlay or HDMI to an external screen.
• Use Laser Pointer on your iPad to guide your audience’s attention during your presentation.
• Collaborate with others on the same document using a sharable link.


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What’s New

Version 5.9.20

- Improved link sharing UX and performance
- Improved content menu to prevent overlapping toolbar

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
6.7K Ratings

6.7K Ratings

blackfishtrap ,

Absolutely excellent

This app absolutely blows all other note and productivity apps out of the water. The interface is so self explanatory and user friendly. It works seamlessly with pdf notes typically given by education institutions these days. Using these notes you can annotate the notes in any way you want, insert your own typed or written pages and insert more images and pages seamlessly. It’s just so good I often have a little exclamation when I find a new feature which is just so intuitive and helpful. THIS APP makes the choice between another tablet like a remarkable 2 and an iPad an absolute no brainer, it works fantastically with the Apple Pencil and massively helps your handwriting look better especially when writing zoomed in where the resolution is held (if not improved) unlike many other apps. This app is also perfect with the multitask side car to host notes or Question sheets whilst writing in a notebook on the app. The files are automatically saved to an iCloud folder, my cloud service of choice, but I’m sure it would be equally easy to host on a different service. This way, whenever I want to access or upload content via my laptop I can do so in real-time. Honestly, if you are put off by the price, don’t be, it’s the best value purchase you will ever make, especially given a pack of coloured pens is almost the same price these days. 10/5 for me.

randomuser134 ,

Incredible note taking app

I use this app everyday for school work i am still so impressed how it works so well with the iPad and apple pencil, I especially like it for subjects such as maths and chemistry. The usability of it immediately being on every device is so nice to have and how you can organise all your notes into folders and subfolders with notebooks. Ive been using this app for 4 months almost 5 hours a day and i still find undiscovered features like adding custom page templates through files. However the app could still add some features which would make it flawless. In order of importance to me: A fill tool to fill shapes with colour after you have drawn it; the ability to write full screen with no bar at the top of at least a minimised version; more options for the highlighter tool such as an outline for where it will highlight such as a black 50% opacity ring around the size of highlighter and the option to turn off highlighter layering so it doesn’t make the colour darker; a recent colours section; a protractor, compass and ruler tool for improved maths and shape drawing and the ability to change the colour of selected writing for example from black to red. Thanks for making such an incredible app.

Symone A ,

Chef’s kiss 👌👌👌

I’m not usually one to leave reviews for apps but I’ve had to make an exception for this one. What more could I ask for - it’s so simple to use, a variety of different styles of notebooks to suit every need, easy to take notes, to make your notes visual and memorable, so easy to navigate as well.

I feel like I find a new thing every time I use it that makes it so much better - the option to lasso sections of my notes and move it to a better position on the page or copy/paste/cut/resize - the fact that I can erase highlighting without erasing the text is 👌👌

I’m currently using the app to aid with my learning of Korean and it’s actually made revising and taking notes so much more enjoyable. With my practical workbook, instead of having to print off multiple pages, I can open it in good notes and edit as I need. And the convenience of being able to carry around all my notes stored on my iPad makes things so much easier. I use this app everyday since I downloaded it and can honestly say it’s the best £6.99 I’ve ever spent 😂

App Privacy

The developer, Time Base Technology Limited, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

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