Notability 3.5/5

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By Ginger Labs (Ginger Labs, Inc.)

Welcome to Notability: powerful, yet wonderfully simple note-taking and annotation.
Apple's Mac App of The Year! Apple Editors' Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac! Recognized by Apple as the Best Selling Paid Productivity app in 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013!

Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to take notes, sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, mark-up photos, record lectures, provide audio feedback and more. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note taking experience at school, at home, and at work. And with iCloud, your notes are always up to date.

Notability is designed for Mac
- Quickly create notes by dragging documents, photos, or audio recordings from the desktop and dropping onto the library.
- Enhance notes by dragging photos, audio recordings, and PDFs from the desktop and dropping onto a note.
- Get more done with smart keyboard shortcuts.
- Handwriting and sketches can be scaled, transformed, free and constrained rotated, nudged (with arrow keys), and restyled.

Capture memorable notes with these essential features
- Type reports and outlines in a variety of fonts, sizes, colors and styles.
- Text automatically reflows around images.
- Highlight typed text.
- Handwriting has been fine-tuned to be smooth and expressive using a trackpad or mouse.
- Sketch and write using a variety of colors, line widths, and styles.
- Draw perfectly straight lines by holding the Shift key.
- Record audio during lectures and meetings to capture more detail.
- Import audio recordings from other sources.

Audio Recordings: Review and Give Feedback
- Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them.
- Notes automatically link to recordings, so during playback, you can watch your notes animate along with the recording, or tap them to get to the spot that needs clarifying.
- Teachers can also use these features to provide audio feedback to students.

Import and Annotate PDFs
- Highlight text and Copy & Paste text in PDFs using the Typing tool.
- Search PDF text.
- Mark up lecture slides and meeting agendas or complete class assignments.
- Fill-out, sign, and send forms.
- Import doc and ppt files with the help of Google Drive.

All Electronic Workflow
- Create a paperless classroom -- handout and collect assignments via the cloud.
- Speed-up feedback to students and colleagues using Notability.
- Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability.

Organize and Share Notes
- Create subjects and simply drag notes into them.
- Share your notes via email, AirDrop, printer, Dropbox, Google Drive, and more.
- Retrieve recently deleted notes from the Mac OS X Trash.

iCloud Sync
- iCloud automatically syncs all of your notes to iPad, iPhone, and Mac.

- Dropbox, Google Drive, and OneDrive can be used to backup your notes and are great for archiving or recovery.

We hope you enjoy using Notability, and we look forward to hearing from you.

Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

Release Notes

11/16/2017 | Version : 2.7.2 | Size : 32.4 MB
*** What's new in 2.7.2 ***
* Fixed a crash when opening the iCloud version history
* Removed the incorrect black background when resolving iCloud conflicts
* Fixed a problem where the color picker would be inactive the first time it was used
* The text box now has focus when creating new subjects and dividers

9/7/2017 | Version : 2.6.2 | Size : 31.1 MB
*** Improvements & fixes in 2.6.2 ***
(√) OneDrive: Added support for business and education accounts
(√) Bug fix: Some notes could take a long time to load
(√) Bug fix: Incorrect text layout in older notes
(√) Bug fix: Changing list style now uses the correct list numbering
(√) Bug fix: Emojis now show up properly in playback mode

*** Bug fixes in 2.6.1 ***
(√) Fixed a crash on startup that affected some users
(√) Fixed a crash when exporting/importing from Google Drive
(√) Other minor bug fixes

*** What's New in 2.6 ***
(√) OneDrive support
--- Like Google Drive and Dropbox, OneDrive is now supported for Auto-backup
(√) Checklists
--- Keep track of your tasks and grocery lists in Notability
--- Click the circle to the left of an item to mark the item as complete
--- Like numbered and bulleted lists, checklists can be any color, can be indented, and will wrap around images
(√) GIF support
--- Add some fun and self expression to your notes with GIFs
(√) Performance improvements for large, heavily-annotated PDFs
(√) Accessibility improvements
(√) Bug fixes
--- Fixed a bug that caused excessive background activity and battery usage after recording audio
--- Fixed a bug that kept the file import/export menus from showing all items in Dropbox folders with more than 2,000 items
--- Pressing "enter" twice while in the middle of a list now separates the list into two lists

If you're enjoying Notability, we'd appreciate it if you took the time to leave us a review, thanks!

6/27/2017 | Version : 2.5.1 | Size : 29.2 MB
*** What's new in 2.5.1 ***
* Notability can now check the spelling of multiple languages in the same note
* Bug fix: Images pasted in a note sometimes were incorrectly sized
* Bug fix: Notability could crash when switching tabs in the Preference panels
* Bug fix: Notability could crash on Yosemite when selecting media with handwriting


Overall :
#2 : Top Paid Mac Applications
#16 : Top Grossing Mac Applications

Categories :
#2 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Productivity]
#6 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Productivity]

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Education , Productivity

Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for Notability

Bugs and lack of features (2.3.1)
2/3/2017 6:39:00 PM 3/5 By saverhagen
In general, this is my main app for taking notes in class and I love it! However, it has several sync issues with iCloud and still it does not offer support for special characters, image editing, and (important to me) touchbar. Looking forward to an urgent update

macOS Sierra breaks iCloud Sync (2.3.1)
1/31/2017 4:41:00 PM 1/5 By baz1
Upon upgrading to macOS Sierra, my Notablility no longer syncs notes using iCloud between iPad and Mac. The iPad DOES however still sync just fine to a separate Mac running El Capitan (10.11) using iCloud. The desktop version of this software is in need of some seriously improved management - still no option to open 2 notes at the same time either.

Good for classwork (2.3.1)
1/31/2017 1:48:00 PM 5/5 By kaymcgreevs
I really like this app. I convert all my powerpoints into PDFs and upload them onto here. It allows me to highlight, draw, type, and write in notes. I think it is a fabulous app for the iPad. additionally, I like having it back up to my Google Drive in the event something happens to my iPad. It gives an extra layer of security to your notes. Cautions: -it takes significantly longer to import microsoft office documents than it does PDF -it can cut off PowerPoints if you don’t convert to a PDF first -when you use the find (command + F) function, it will find a word in a document, but then it freezes and shuts down really quickly. I have no idea why this bug has not been worked out but it is super annoying. PLEASE FIX THIS! - changing font, size of text, and color is tedious and I have more colors available to me on my iPad than I do on my computer which is very strange

It’s ok, but the scrolling glitch is not fixed on MacBook version (2.3.1)
1/26/2017 8:24:00 PM 1/5 By Rick_Siale
I wasn’t having any problems for while. I started using this for med school Aug 2016, but recently started experiencing a scrolling glitch with the Macbook version. It doesn’t happen with the iPad version. Also, it happens whether or not I have the iPad version open or not. Most of the time I’m working on the Macbook version, and use the iPad version during commuting or work. Anyways, it’s a good app to use for note taking, especially with the import function for PDF’s. I import PPT’s too, without a problem. But, the scrolling glitch is on all types of notes in the MacBook version. So, beware of it before purchasing. I would recommend to avoid purchasing the app until the scrolling function is working properly.

Split Screen (2.3.1)
1/23/2017 9:37:00 PM 3/5 By Shduensbhabsjdjsb
This would be way more useful if split screen was available with all other programs.

Audio/Note jump not working (2.3.1)
1/21/2017 1:03:00 PM 2/5 By Lobro18
While using Notability on my computer, the feature that should be allowing me to click on one of my typed notes and jump to the recording I took at the time I wrote that note is not working. Nothing happens. Generally a marginal app (computer version) in terms of ease of use; had to mess around with syncing it with my google drive several times before it would work; sometimes it won’t let me adjust the size of a textbox while playing audio (I’ll have to pause the audio, kill the app and re-open it…);can only upload PDFs to it, etc….Lots of small but annoying glitches

Google Drive Support, Automatic PDF Creation (2.3.1)
1/20/2017 7:21:00 AM 5/5 By robmuh
This app runs on iOS, macOS and Windows and backs up stuff automatically to DropBox or Google Drive AS PDFs. Google Docs on the drive can be shared with entire classes so students get instant access to the notes and presentation made on the “board”. I use this with a 60” monitor as a chalk board saving thousands over “Smart Boards” that cannot do half the stuff an iPad connected to a big screen can. The format and printing are seamless. The support for pressure and brushes is superiour to Notes. And text and drawing can seemlessly be integrated. The ability to audio capture is a bonus but essential for anyone interested in actually learning from any forum where there is spoken word and for transcription. In short, Notability is for serious teachers and learners who are dedicated to not missing information and learning the most from every word.

Please fix scrolling glitch and let us export notes to Mic. Word!!! (2.3.1)
1/20/2017 5:22:00 AM 5/5 By Caribeanman
Please fix scrolling glitch and let us export notes to Microsoft Word and Pages!!!!!!!!!!

Data loss…..:( (2.3.1)
1/18/2017 11:18:00 PM 2/5 By Fjhgfjhcxhj
This was a wonderful application, until I lost all of my data randomly. Being a medical student and losing half a year of notes, not acceptable. I would reather go with Microsofts app for note taking “one note" and its FREE!

Please Update (2.3.1)
1/15/2017 2:41:00 PM 3/5 By Post Electoral Vote
Love how I can air drop documents straight to my iPhone. Not a fan of syncing and using other apps to back up documents. Would continue to use, but the glitches on this app for Macbook are too annoying. Everytime I use it, and click on a document, it just disappears and I have to keep on clicking on the document I’m trying to work on. Please update this app! When there are no bugs and it runs smoothly, this is my go to notetaking app. Perfect for writing on the laptop and then studying on the iphone! Please update and fix everything that the comments suggest!

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