GoodNotes 5 4+

Note-Taking & PDF Markup

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 5.9.59

- Fixed a crash that affected Mac computers with Intel processors.
- The cursor is now visible when editing text and the virtual keyboard occludes it.
- Fixed a crash that could happen when using the lasso tool.

Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.9K Ratings

1.9K Ratings

scientisct314 ,

It is great, but it has some bugs and unconfortable settings

In general the application is great. Vertical scrolling is very confortable. The app allows to configurate the type of drawing of the pencil. In combination with apple pencil, the application is very useful. Nevertheless, it has had some, normally sporadic, bugs that have been unsolved for some time now. For example, when deleting some text, the application may become unstable: the deleted text will appear and dissappear arbitrarially. It is also unconfortable the fact that it is not possible to start drawing on a page and to finish on another one. The application does not recognize it. The application does not allow for moving a cut text on a page to another one. One has to copy and delete on one, and then to paste on the second page.

MirekMedi ,


Zobaczyłem film na YT, ściągnąłem i zakochałem się. Mój zeszyt i czytnik do wszystkiego. Robię na niej wszystkie notatki i czytam książki, mam możliwość zaznaczania cytatów, komentowania ich, dodawania różnych rzeczy - i wszystko w jednym miejscu. Zapomniałem o Kindle i papierowych zeszytach. Tak jak system iPada i MacBooka - wciąż jest dla mnie uciążliwym wyzwaniem - to ta aplikacja sprawiła, że pozostawiłem iPada i nie wyorbażam sobie pracy na innej.
I saw a video about the application on the YT, downloaded it and fell in love. My notebook and reader for everything. I take all my notes and read books on it. I can mark quotes, comment on them, add others elements. Everything in one place. I forgot my Kindle and paper notebooks.
The iPad and MacBook system - still a tough challenge for me - this app convinced me to keep using iPad and now I can't even imagine working with another application.

Ahhajakahshaks ,

Very frustrating for longer notes

At the beginning I was very pleased with the app. It’s very intuitive, simple and I really enjoy making nice and neat notes. However, as I began making more sophisticated notes (with more graphics, text and extra attachments) and adding more files to folders, the app started lagging so much that it’s become very frustrating to use it. I have a notebook that I created at the beginning of the academic year, it has around 50 pages and sometimes (if I close the notebook and want to open it again), the pages take a solid minute to load. Sometimes after a page loads, some of the graphics are still very blurry and I have to wait for them to become sharp or keep on clicking on them.

I have a 10.5” iPad a Pro with 256 GB memory so I don’t know what’s the problem. I switched to OneNote cause it’s much faster, the notes are not lagging or taking ages to load. I wish I could keep on using GoodNotes, cause it’s much better for pdfs and highlighting stuff from text files.

Another issue I have is that even when I’m making relatively short notes (around 10-15 pages), if I want to make a pdf, their size is always huge. Whatever format I choose, I rarely can send them via messenger, I usually have to upload them to google drive.

Overall 2/5, great potential and I still use it from time to time but the lagging is very very annoying.

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