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 4.13.5

GoodNotes 4 and the GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle will be removed from sale on the App Store on January 15th, 2020.

We wanted to inform you early so that you can make the necessary decisions and preparations. Here's what you need to know:
- You can continue using GoodNotes 4 if the app is installed on your devices
- After the app has been removed from sale, you won't be able to purchase it and it won't receive any updates
- We recommend claiming the free (or discounted) upgrade through the GoodNotes 5 Upgrade Bundle, even if you can't or don't want to use GoodNotes 5 right now. You will own the new app and you can install it anytime later through your purchase history.

We published more detailed information about the deprecation of GoodNotes 4 on our blog on

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
5.3K Ratings

5.3K Ratings

Bearcat1234kitty ,

Really like it; except there are 2 features that are missing

GoodNotes is so close to being my go to note-taking app except it’s missing 2 features.
1) being able to record or import audio to accompany the notes. This is a feature that Notability has that makes me use notability more frequently than GoodNotes. If this were possible to do with GoodNotes, I’d immediately stop using Notability.

2) the ability to add more than one photo at a time to my notes. With taking courses such as Mammalogy or an anatomy lab or biology labs which involve differentiating specimens, I’ve taken multiple photos for one specific specimen. And this usually results in having around 100 photos for a single 3hr lab period. An example is having 5 species of bats to identify based on their fur and overall size as well as skeletal features such as teeth and skull. I have to go through my photos one by one to add for each feature of all 5 species.
It would take 1 min if I could select maybe up to 5 photos at once to add; allowing me to focus on differentiating and actually creating notes. Instead, it takes 5-10minutes to add each photo individually. Do this for 5 species and just adding the photos turns into a 50 minute task. Unfortunately, only Microsoft OneNotes allows this function, but its format is significantly inferior to GoodNotes that I rather GoodNotes take initiative and provide this since it seems like a function easier to fix than Microsoft fixing their entire formatting.

riddled1103 ,

This app is amazing

I have schizophrenia so I am very disorganized. This iPad Pro has been my best investment I have ever made. I call it my brain. GoodNotes is the best app (along with Things 3) on my iPad. I like to read great books and take notes. I have a Kindle Fire, with a huge book library, and it has a note taking feature, but with the way my mind works I found it to be inefficient. I tried paper notes in a Moleskine, but after making so many notes, after a while it would take forever to find a particular note I needed.

GoodNotes solved all these problems for me. I can take handwritten notes. And the writing is just as smooth as pen and paper. There is no lag at all. And I have created notebooks for each area of my life. I have a category for Christianity that has these notebooks: Bible Study Notes, Prayer Journal, and sermon notes. Then I have a reading category that include a reading journal, and a Commonplace book to write the most life changing quotes I come across. Then I have my writing category that includes my personal Journal, and a notebook for rough drafts of research papers, essays, poems etc. And finally I have a brainstorming category which includes notebooks containing Mind Maps and free writing of ideas that I have. If I was to buy Moleskines for all these notebooks, I would have spent a small fortune. Plus with the handwriting recognition and search, I can go directly to whatever note I want. Purely amazing.

Mlhbenz ,

The first app that might actually get me to go paperless

I LOVE this app, I hesitated to buy it for the longest time because I have been trying to go paperless for well over a year now and have tried every note app out there including Evernote, notability, noteshelf, etc. I’ve spent over 40 bucks on note apps that I use consistently for a couple of weeks and then I’m back to paper. None of the previous apps held my attention for one reason or other. I’ve been using GoodNotes consistently for about 4 months now and I love it. I recently used just this to study for a major exam I had and it was so amazing to just have to carry around my iPad and Apple Pencil and be able to study whenever I had a free moment instead of having notebooks and books. Plus being able to take pictures of slides and materials and write right on them really helped with retaining information. Also I can switch seamlessly between taking notes on my iPad and looking at them on my iPhone without missing a beat. I have a Paperlike screen protector I’m using with goodnotes and its an awesome “notebook like” experience and as close as I think I can get to paper without the weight and waste.

Suggestion to developers:
The only thing I wish was different is I hope they get way more notebook covers and paper types (COLORED PAPER!!) I have a lot of notebooks in my app and have exhausted all the existing covers so I’m hoping to see a lot more options.


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


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