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

4.3 out of 5
401 Ratings

401 Ratings

Akshara407 ,

Best note taking app but still lack few features

1. There should more options regarding eraser size
2. Pre-made shapes such as square, rectangle, circle should be there. Drawing them by straighter tool doesn’t let us know the length and can create uneven images
3. Provision of ruler/scale
4. More pen options
5. While using the selection tool, once the selection is done the tool should automatically revert back to pen or marker option. It involves struggle to change the option every time. The option is available for eraser but not for selection tool.

Hichaps ,

Disappointed by the app

This app is apparently supposed to be among the better ones reviewed and supports the styluses (specifically the Adonit Pixel) on older iPads (pre iPad Pro). I purchased this from the App Store and it pairs with the Adonit Pixel on my iPad Air 1 but it will just not detect the stylus.

Since I purchased the Stylus and the App primarily for note taking it is pretty much useless. It randomly detects the stylus input (that too for horizontal lines and not vertical ones). In fact the PDF Expert by Readdle and Apples own native Notes have better compatibility with the Stylus even though those apps do not support that stylus on my iPad model.

All in all disappointed with the app. Have also downloaded the GoodNotes 5 bundle which supports only the Apple Penci how we not sure if it will support the pencil on my iPad model.

Kamalakar Penubothu ,

Pictures not visible

Dear app developer, I have been using GoodNotes 4 for over last eight months and I have found it very irritating that it doesn’t load pictures most of the time. It’s not that it doesn’t support coz it does load few pictures present in the pdf but majority will not be. When u r reading medical books it gets annoying. It’s not just with me it happened to my colleagues also with different books. And the app crashes when we try to load large books of size more than 200mb. Please look into that. And what’s up with goodnotes 5? Its a total disaster. Hope u fix the issues soon and update us. Thank u


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+
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₹ 599


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