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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!

Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to enrich their lives. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note-taking experience at school, home, and work.

STREAMLINE YOUR WORKFLOW
• Become fully paper-free, in the classroom, office, and at home.
• Complete, sign, and share documents in Notability.
• Quickly create and edit notes by dragging and dropping documents, photos, or audio recordings from the desktop.
• Get more done with keyboard shortcuts.
• Secure and lock your notes using Touch ID.

SEARCH AND CONVERT HANDWRITTEN NOTES
• Search for handwritten words from the Library and in the note view in any of our 14 supported languages.
• Convert handwriting to text.
• It all happens on your device, so your information stays private.

SAVE TIME WITH MULTI-NOTE
• Multi-Note lets you open multiple notes at once in new windows.
• Easily access your recently opened notes in the Recent Notes subject.

ESSENTIAL FEATURES
• Notability includes full-featured, left-aligned typing with a wide range of fonts, sizes, and colors.
• Create outlines, interactive checklists, and text boxes.
• Fully express your artistic side with custom colors and match any color with the color dropper.
• Handwriting has been fine-tuned to be smooth and expressive using a trackpad or mouse.
• Ink can be scaled, transformed, rotated, nudged (with arrow keys), and restyled.

IMPORT AND SHARE
• Import PDFs, DOCs, PPTs, images, GIFs, and more - conversion to PDF happens on your device, so your information stays private.
• Annotate imported pictures, lecture slides, and meeting agendas, or complete class assignments.
• Share notes via email, AirDrop, Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, OneDrive, and more.

RECORD AND PLAYBACK AUDIO
• Get more out of your lectures and meetings when you record them.
• Notes are automatically synced with audio recordings so during playback you can listen to what was happening as you wrote.

AUTO-BACKUP AND ICLOUD SYNC
• Use iCloud to automatically sync your notes to Notability on iPad, iPhone, and Mac, or to retrieve previous versions of your notes.
• Use Auto-backup to send your notes to a cloud service for archiving or recovery. Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and OneDrive are all supported!

iOS app sold separately.

Notability is a registered trademark of Ginger Labs, Inc.

Release Notes

12/6/2018 | Version : 3.1 | Size : 88.9 MB
*** What's new in 3.1 ***
You asked for these features and we listened! We've added powerful new features: custom colors, a color dropper to match any color in your note, increased note security using Apple's Touch ID, in-app file conversion, and dark mode.

Custom Colors & Color Dropper
• Custom colors have arrived - the rainbow is the limit! Expand your color palette by saving up to 32 additional custom colors.
• Colors can be chosen with a color wheel or by entering a HEX value.
• The color dropper easily allows you to select any color in your note and save that as one of your custom colors.

New Locking Feature
• Our security just got amped with Touch ID to unlock subjects.

In-app File Conversion
• Notability now converts Microsoft Office files to PDFs on your device for added privacy and security.
• Quicker and more reliable conversion.

Dark Mode
• Notability now supports the system wide dark mode introduced in Mojave.

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!

Rankings

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

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

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Category

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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