GoodNotes 5 is now available.
A modern GoodNotes version including many new features and improvements, such as:

* FLEXIBLE SCROLLING: choose between horizontal and vertical page scrolling
* FOLDERS: create infinite levels of folders and subfolders
* GLOBAL SEARCH: search and find everything. From handwritten notes, typed text, to document and folder titles. Across your whole library.

It is available as a free/discounted upgrade to GoodNotes 4 customers through the “GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle”.


GoodNotes lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. The handwritten notes are searchable and are created using a pioneering vector ink engine. Thanks to iCloud sync, your documents in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and iPhone automatically.

## Make Your Handwritten Notes Last Forever ##
GoodNotes features a state-of-the-art digital ink technology that will look great even with future super-high resolution displays.

## OCR: Search Handwritten Notes ##
Just type in the search box what you're looking for and then tap Search.

## Better Than Paper Notebooks ##
Type with the keyboard, insert images, or draw perfect shapes easily; mix between any kind of papers or even insert PDF docs inside a notebook; rearrange or delete pages as you like. It is very flexible.

## Annotate PDF Documents; Fill and Sign Forms ##
Great for saving time, paper, and the environment. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files are supported too.

## Large Collection of Beautiful Covers and Papers ##
Each template is carefully designed in vector format. There are lined papers, graph papers, music papers, and lots of notebook covers to choose from. Add your own template with an image or a PDF file.

## GoodNotes Does Not Slow You Down ##
Thanks to the powerful zoom window feature, you can write quickly with your fingers or with a stylus in a large area, and your handwriting will be shrunk automatically.

## Just Write Them Down and Don’t Worry ##
You can correct any mistake any time and it won’t become messy. The lasso tool will let you move things around or even resize them.

## Protect Your Valuable Data ##
GoodNotes features a trash function to protect from accidental deletion. It can also backup your data to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive automatically.

## GoodNotes is Also a Digital Whiteboard ##
Your audience will not see the user interface — just the content — and you can choose which part of the page to show them. Many teachers and lecturers are already using GoodNotes to teach.


The screenshots use material from Wikipedia articles Photoelectric effect[1] and Internal combustion engine[2], which are released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0[3].

What’s New

Version 4.13.4


A modern version of GoodNotes, including lots of new features and improvements:

* FLEXIBLE SCROLLING: choose between horizontal and vertical page scrolling
* FOLDERS: create infinite levels of folders and subfolders
* GLOBAL SEARCH: search and find everything. From handwritten notes, typed text, to document and folder titles. Across your whole library.
* improved ink algorithm
* new pen tool style: BRUSH PEN for artistic sketches and notes
* NEW SHAPE TOOL with color fill and multi-line shape recognition
* QUICKNOTES: a faster way to create new notes
* a whole NEW TEMPLATE LIBRARY with beautiful covers and paper templates
* ... and much more

Install the latest update of GoodNotes 4 to easily copy all documents to the new version.

FREE/DISCOUNTED UPGRADE available with the "GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle":
If you paid the full price for GoodNotes 4, you can download the new app for free by using "Complete My Bundle" on the GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle. If you paid less then the full price for GoodNotes 4, you will only need to pay the price difference.

GoodNotes 4 will remain on the App Store and will receive support and minor updates for an extended period of time.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

Δημήτρης Μοσχόπουλος ,

Very good, but needs more

I've been using the app for some years now and am very satisfied in general. I am a teacher of Mathematics and use it via Skype to help my students and I really love the "hide interface" feature; the student sees only what I write and not how I control things. This is the best feature of the app, but...
... the app MUST upgrade and add things that will make her more beautiful and impressive! For example, add more paper templates, more beautiful, more impressive, more eye catching! The ones that have been in the app all these years, are 1960's look alike! Please, do something about it, the other handwriting apps offer some many more papers and much more beautiful.

Also, add more pens! The ones in the app are too simple and create very plain results. They are ok, but still 1960's look alike. These two features make the app very poor. The competition offers many more tools, so you must get some REAL update!!

pasta.flo ,

Really good app!

This is the main app I use to make notes or annotate a document although I would recommend some extra changes. First of all the lasso tool should have an extra option to change the thickness and also rotate. And when you select the text there should be an option to edit the text in order to change the font or write something extra.
The eraser should have a continuous change in thickness (there should be a “presets” tab and a “custom” tab as in ball pen and highlighter).
Also when you select the pdf text there should be an extra option to underline the selected text.
Split screen is also a good tool but they shouldn’t sacrifice the multiple tabs in order to add it.
And one of the most important tools is the one that opens a pdf document directly from the browser.

Andrbb13 ,

Very good quality app for handwriting,note capturing and annotation

This app is my go to when I want to annotate a document or hand write. It’s an amazing tool for studying on an iPad. I also use it as my daily journal. I use an iPad 9.7 5th gen so I can’t use an Apple Pencil. The stylus I use is Bamboo fineline 3 from Wacom. With GoodNotes 4 I experience the less lag from all apps and I’ve tested many(notes plus, ZoomNotes,Noteshelf 2). I really like the tabs on the upper part where I can switch to multiple notebooks that I have left open . Keep improving the app and add handwriting to text conversion in multiple languages. That would be very very cool. One last thing, you should make the toolbar detachable so that it can be moved through an open notebook. That would be very helpful in many situations.


Time Base Technology Limited
222.7 MB

Requires iOS 9.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.


English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011-2016 Time Base Technology Limited
8,99 €


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