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By Ginger Labs (Ginger Labs, Inc.)
Supported Devices : Mac OS

Release Notes

4/18/2017 | Version : 2.5.0 | Size : 29.2 MB
*** What's new in 2.5 ***

- Fixed a bug with converting PowerPoints into PDFs via Google Drive

- Now you can select and copy any content on a page, and paste it as an image, enhancing your note taking experience by giving you an efficient way to re-use content. For example, if you need more room to annotate a diagram, simply add a blank page, and copy & paste the diagram into it. You can also easily paste your selection into other applications!

- Copy and Paste Notability lists now uses correct format.

- General bug fixes and improvements.

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

11/28/2016 | Version : 2.3.1 | Size : 27.7 MB
- Fixed an issue that could cause Notability to use an excessive amount of memory.
- Bug fixes.

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

10/13/2016 | Version : 2.3.0 | Size : 35.1 MB
- Draw perfectly straight lines. Simply hold the Shift key while drawing.
- New color palette for pen, highlighter, and type.

Bug fixes and improvements for scrolling, searching, choosing which notes to keep when out of sync, drawing on an image, and more.

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


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 and Google Drive 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.


Overall :
#28 : Top Paid Mac Applications
#87 : Top Grossing Mac Applications

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

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Education , Productivity

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!

Lacks even the basis funcionalaties of a word processor. (2.3.1)
1/13/2017 7:20:00 PM 2/5 By WaddupAlexx
I get it, this app is not meant to be a full fledged word processor. However, you can’t even alight left, center, or even align right text. Really? This is the simplest of word processing features. Also, there is only one kind of bullet point. If I’m taking notes in my classes, I want my notes to be organized and look pretty—the only way you can do that is by using the built-in writing feature, but thats useless on a laptop. The Mac version needs updating and way more functionaliy than it does now. This is a complaint that I’ve had for over a year. Also, some new templates would be more than welcome, perhaps one that reselembes actual college ruled paper so that using the hand-writing feature feels more natural (this issue is a criticism for the iPad version of the app). Also, ADD touch bar support for the Mac app!!

Back up options and Sync issues (2.3.1)
1/12/2017 1:53:00 PM 2/5 By myriv
Like it and uses it almost daily. However, given several other customers reviews mentioning data loss, I am surprised an originally Mac and iOS app does not offer local backup or iCloud Drive backup. The only two options are Dropbox and Google Drive; seriously? The other issue I have is Sync. It worked very well fo me until I upgraded to a new Mac. When I installed Notability and Synced with iCloud, all my notes and PDF docuents exept all notes in the “Unfiled” category (except one PDF which downloaded fine). There is a place holder for each missing PDF documents and rge app says wait until downloaded, but after long wait nothing downloaded. I disconnected from iCloud and deleted all local files, then rebooted my Mac and reconnected Notability to iCloud, but the same files are still missing. Then I went to an older Mac, launched Notability and found al files were still there.. I diconnected the older Mac from iCloud, but kept the local file, reconnected to iCloud and synced so I had duplicate files and notes. All PDFs (including all the Unfiled” ones were there in Notability on my old Mac. I deleted all the duplicates and went back to the new Mac and tried everything, and I still get the placeholfders for all Unfiled PDF documents (except one). The developer website has no instructions on troubleshooting the app.

Bugs need to be addressed. (2.3.1)
1/12/2017 12:26:00 PM 2/5 By Vogels
Still has a scrolling glitch…would be great if fixed ASAP. Adding flag markers to microphone during recording would be awesome to mark important points to go immediately to.

Please Fix Scrolling Glitch (2.3.1)
1/11/2017 11:40:00 AM 2/5 By AaronB2020MD
I’m dependent on this app for school, it’s made my life so much easier and helps me stay organized. HOWEVER, the scrolling glitch (document jumps to first page as you scroll through your doc) on the current version is very annoying, please fix! While you’re at it could you please add… - A way to see the notes page of imported PowerPoint files - A way to insert shapes Thanks!

Great App, But... (2.3.1)
1/8/2017 7:53:00 PM 4/5 By Mike_Durrannn
I am a current Physical Therapy student, and have used Notability happily all the way through college and PT school. However, recently I have been having a small, but relatively annoying issue. When scrolling through notes, either with my touchpad, or a mouse, often the screen will immediately scroll to the beginning, or end, of the note. While this is by no means a deal-breaker, it can get annoying when you spend all day looking through notes. I’m not sure if anyone else is having this issue, but it seems like it is a relatively new (˜3-4 months) issue for me, and I’d love to see it addressed in a future update.

Lots of improvements needed (2.3.1)
1/5/2017 10:15:00 AM 2/5 By thisnickname is not taken
Let the users make their own choices for - Fonts - Colors - Grid sizes Formatting is such a pain. Why can't I multi-select separate words? In order to format keywords in a certain color, you have to format each one individually. It would be so much easier to select all the words I need and format them in one go. There's also a glitch when opening notes on Mac vs iPad. Sometimes it randomly adds blank lines here and there, making the notes all unaligned. Please fix!

Scroll glitch (2.3.1)
12/3/2016 1:30:00 PM 1/5 By Not Gifted
This Scroll glitch is unbearable. I have loved this app and used it since it has came out, but until this gets fixed, the app is unusable.

Tool buttons are all blacked out (2.3.1)
12/2/2016 9:33:00 PM 4/5 By orytek
Right now this app is unusable because as of the latest version, the tool buttons are all black and I can’t even make out what they are for. This interface bug includes the Text styling panel on the right of the window. I tried uninstalling the app and all related pref files but no change. Can only hope an update will appear at some point that corrects this issue. Edit: The inverted toolbar was actually a side effect from downloading and running Lightroom and Photoshop and was fixed once I re-calibrated my monitor.

iCloud Documents No Longer Download (2.3.1)
11/30/2016 9:54:00 PM 1/5 By postmaster
iCloud documents no longer download. I’m not sure if this is a combination of macos Sierra and this version of Notability, but if you are looking to sync with iOS through iCloud, wait until they fix this. I would leave seomthing for their support people but I couldn’t seem to find anyway to get support on their website,. Maybe they will improve. Going back to Notes which on Macos Sierra is excellent and much better at outlining.

Great iOS app, but the desktop version is buggy (2.3.1)
11/28/2016 9:37:00 AM 2/5 By Angus550
I think Notability is the best iOS note-taking app, and was very happy that they released a desktop version, but my experience with it has been very buggy. On both MacBooks the application stops downloading notes via iCloud sync well before all of them are available, and the rest (including new ones) show up perpetually as “Downloading” without readily being available. I’ve tried all of their troubleshooting tips (turning off iCloud on all devices, restarting, removing and reinstalling the app, etc), all without success. Until the issue is resolved, the desktop version is essentially useless fo me, and attempts to resolve the issues have been time-consuming. Could be a great application if it functioned properly, but it isn’t ready yet.

slow iCloud Sync (2.3.1)
11/27/2016 9:16:00 PM 2/5 By HOLYGEEK!
Notes are downloading from icloud forever. Went through the official troubleshooting and the problem still exists. I love this app on iOS, pls improve the mac version.

Highly Recommended (2.3.1)
11/22/2016 1:05:00 PM 4/5 By G in Indy
Notability is great. I have used it to replace Evernote and the Mac Notes app. I like how you can hybrid text/images/sound recordings/drawings - it makes for a great all-in-one reference for me, as well as a whiteboard for myself and others to collaborate. Also, the notes are downloaded onto your device, so there’s no lag when you want to open a note switch to another. I use the mobile app as well as on my mac; both are very handy and sync well with one another. I wish that the mobile version allowed you to move/edit pictures once they were placed. The mac version of the app allows you to move/resize pictures. The mobile does not. I very much appreciate the most recent update that expanded the color palette and provides for perfectly straight lines in drawing.

Scrolling (2.3.1)
11/21/2016 5:35:00 PM 2/5 By jnb91
I love this app but only gave it two stars because it jumps so much while scrolling. I spend a lot of extra time finding my place again after it jumps to the top.

Lackluster Features (2.3.1)
11/19/2016 11:32:00 PM 2/5 By Jackhamma
The bulit-in “Notes” app on macOS offers iCloud sync, I can organize notes into folders, and — most importantly — I have preset text formatting options for making titles & headings within the note itself. The only things Notability offers that the built-in Notes app doesn’t is Handwriting & Audio options for notes, and I lose the preset text formatting options. Now I need to manually tweak text size & such in order to create headings & titles. In my mind, note-taking is *usually* done in an environment where information is given quickly (college, meetings, etc). Why on earth are we unable to quickly format text as we go along? This is a $10 app, and I regret my purchase. “Notes” is just as easy to use, and includes quick formatting options to keep things organized. Shoot, OneNote has all of these features and a LOT more, and it’s still free. Summary: Don’t waste your money. You’re not missing anything important over the free built-in “Notes” app, and if you need more features, “OneNote” is the way to go.

something needs to be improved (2.3.1)
11/19/2016 9:47:00 AM 4/5 By 500除以2
I have bought goodnotes4 and notability on mac and ipad pro.Basicly, notability is better, yet there still need some progress. 1. import the pdf or slides in the middle of the pages rather than simply adding a new page. 2. lack of rullers or tools adjusting the handwriting to shapes, like straight line, square, etc. 3. expecting more templets like the cornell notes. Anyway, it is a good product. I hope I’m deserved to be a loyal customer.

New update has come with many problems (2.3.1)
11/17/2016 11:17:00 PM 2/5 By Tired PA Student
Since the new update, Notability for Mac has been a headache. The Mac version has always been a B or C-rated app, but the iPad version is amazing! I don’t know why they aren’t more the same. Here are a few of my complaints: - When lightly scrolling, it will jump to the top or quickly scroll at a high rate through all my material. - Some notes have randomly disappeared - Notability tried importing a bunch of old notes that I had deleted long ago slowing my whole system down. General gripes independent of the new update: - Not nearly as user-friendly as the IOs version. - When clicking on the paintbrush or slides icon, the icons shift with the new window that pops up. - Notability takes up an abnormally large amount of space. Some of the created notes are impossibly large. I have to constantly transfer notes to Google Drive in order to keep my system functional. - It is extremely slow to synchronize with my IOs version. - The straight line feature is not available for the Mac version. - The program won’t share a full screen if the side navigation bar is active. - Have to buy both the Mac and IOs versions. The iPad version is 5+ stars, but the Mac version is barely usable as anything more than a portal to export items to the iPad.

Best Note Taking and Only Note Taking App I USE! (2.3.1)
11/17/2016 3:41:00 AM 3/5 By Caribeanman
I use notablilty everyday and I love it. But please fix the glitch with the scrolling. Everytime I use a PDF or PowerPoint on notablilty, it scrolls all the way to the end of the file. If you fix this glitch, the app would be perfect!!!!!!!!

Split Screen View (2.3.1)
11/16/2016 8:31:00 PM 4/5 By Babolat96
I love using this app to type up my notes that I have taken in class. It’s very simple to use and it helps keep me organized and paperless. The only thing that it is missing is spit screen view on the Mac

Major Glitches Still Present (2.3.1)
11/16/2016 2:34:00 PM 1/5 By Toofairy777
EDIT 11/14/2016: Genrally speaking, I love this app and recomend it to all my friends and classamtes. Unfortunately, the page jumping glitch is still present despite the most recent app update. When scrolling down a few pages using the track pad, the document will jump back to the to the first page in the pdf. This does not happen if you scroll using the arrow keys. Unfortunately, even after I updated to the most recent version of Notability, the page jumping glitch is still present. This app would be so great if it wasn’t for this problem. Edit 2-21-2016: Wonderful App, and the update has added a lot of great improvements! -wish you could add post-its and/or write on the side of pdfs (margin space) like you can in OneNote or Preview Thanks for creating such a great app!

Getting Better (2.3.1)
11/15/2016 11:51:00 PM 3/5 By Davedangerous
I like that the latest update brings some features from the mobile version on to the desktop. Scrolling is an issue, it will jump all the way to the bottom with pdfs, for no real reason. Writing notes on slides is a pain, include an option to add sticky notes onto a page where you can type out a lot information, like what Preview does. Organization of multiple notes in a subject could be made better.

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