ZoomNotes Desktop is a note taking and sketching app for Mac OS. It is fully compatible with the iOS version
(ZoomNotes, and ZoomNotes Lite) and shares a similar user interface for easy learning. It has many unique
- Write over PDF files or blank paper.
- Infinite whiteboard mode (aka Infinite Canvas).
- Typed Rich Text
- Layers let you control what is visible on a page, also options for 'master layers' which show on all pages.
- Near-Infinite zoom range.
- Record and playback sound.
- Bookmarks to record view points within documents.
- Drawing guides for lines and arcs.
- Symbol library.
- Polygons, free-hand shapes, tables, arrowed lines, colour fill tool.
- Documents Management - Documents, Folders and Sub-folders. Tags for documents and pages within
- Export as Images, PDF, Video or SVG.
- Integration with Finder to allow 'Quick preview' and drag-drop of ZND, PDF, ZIP, JPEG, PNG and MOV files.
- ICloud enabled for easy synchronization between iOS and Mac OS.
Improved screen refresh after zooming
Smoother ink capture and ink drawing
Zoom scale now shown as percentage
Other optimisations and refinements
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Ratings and Reviews
Inexpensive for Features Offered but Unforgivably Cumbersome
I have ZoomNotes for my iPad Air. It has been a workhorse for me as a substitute for developing ideas instead of using pen+paper. I also project the ZoomNotes from my iPad using AirPlay to act as an infinite whiteboard. Over the past 3-4 years, I have gathered a significant stash of documents in ZoomNotes on my iPad.
The one significant plus for ZoomNotes is that it is a feature-rich app on the iPad and on the desktop. In this regard, ZoomNotes is available a significantly lower cost compared to other macOS desktop apps that offer the same or comparable tools and features.
That being said, I already have my workhorse drawing app on macOS. The ONLY reason I purchased the Desktop version of ZoomNotes is to gain access to my stash of proprietary-formatted .znd backup files from the iPad that I have backed up to a Dropbox repository.
The desktop version lacks absolutely any sense to follow the macOS paradigm for its toolbar, folders, and document management. The UI layout is exactly the same as the iPad. Where this approach to the UI layout is at times just unforgivably cumbersome to use on the iPad, it becomes horribly difficult to swallow for a macOS desktop app. For doing any work beyond creating only one document, one might at some point just decide to give up and go elsewhere.
Finally, two features keep me with ZoomNotes on the iPad despite the plethora of other better-designed drawing apps. One is the the ability to have a wrist protector from the bottom of the drawing region and the other is the ability to layout a toolbar on the left side with just the tools I want and no more. The former need will disappear with a future update to an iPad Pro + Apple Pencil. The latter desire (user-designable toolbars on the left side of the drawing frame) is now (finally) being offered in other iPad drawing apps (with far better UI design). Let me project this back to ZoomNotes on macOS. At some point, I foresee also abandoning ZoomNotes on the iPad because its UI is too frustrating. At that point, the only reason I would keep ZoomNotes on macOS will be to access legacy drawings.
Very advanced app - does need work - but worth it
After using this app for over a year, here is my opinion …
= It does need more work to be - always - reliable.
Have had it crash occassionally. But often works very well.
=There just is not any Macbook app, in my opinion, which has such a vast, comphensive set of useful features as ZoomNotes.
I have included videos, recordings, photos, text boxes in all kinds of ZoomNotes projects and much more and usually, it works.
I think the Developer of this app has excelled in taking Macbook (and iPhone, iPad) apps to a new level of useful features all in one app.
The Developer still needs to work out some bugs which Users are encountering. From the ZoomNotes, updates the Developer offers frequently it looks like he is working hard to improve the app even more.
If Users have patience and support, this incredible app is worth their time to utilize in their projects.
I wish I could get a refund
I purchased this instead of Goodnotes for 1 feature and that was the fact that there IS a desktop app at all. After turning on sharing and followint all the instruction I can't get anything to sync from my ipad to my mac book. And that is the only reason I bought this. The feaatures on the destop version don't really work. The instructions and tutorials I have found online are all for the ipad app. I can't share anything between my own devices with out airdropping it to myself and that is just stupid. Because I have to do it every time i make a change. I regret this purchase immensly. The help section on the website and the user manual are less than useless. This was a disappointing waste of money.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.