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

16/11/2017 | 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

07/09/2017 | 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!

12/06/2017 | 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 :
#17 : Top Paid Mac Applications
#47 : Top Grossing Mac Applications

Categories :
#10 : Top Paid Mac Applications [Productivity]
#19 : Top Grossing Mac Applications [Productivity]

Screenshots Mac OSX :

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Education , Productivity

Supported Devices : Mac OS

Comments and Ratings for Notability

Super app with scope for further development (2.5.1)
02/05/2017 11:41:21 5/5 By Andrew2012
This is is a great app - very well integrated with the iPad, the functionality of the Apple Pencil and iCloud! My suggestions for development relate mainly to the archiving of notes taken. I export to PDF for maximum versatility and future-proofed file compatibility. However: 1. Exported PDF files are really big - around a megabyte per page of notes. I’d like to see this reduced - or at least an option to reduce it in settings. Acrobat can signficantly reduce the produced file size without visible loss of quality, but this is too time-consuming to do for all notes. 2. I’d love to see that exporting process become easier. Maybe via a one click button - or better still, could the default file type actually be a PDF that could just be dragged into the right folder on the Mac? But overall, great job - thanks Giger Labs!

Still not as good as the iOS version (2.5.0)
18/04/2017 13:14:24 4/5 By Diarbyrag
STILL no choice of the dark theme for the Mac to match the IOS versions. Can’t believe it is that difficult. Plus there is no way to re-lock notes by clicking like the IOS version when the App is open, you have to quit the app and relaunch for notes to be locked, less than ideal, fix these two and it will get 5 stars Otherwise it syncs perfectly across my iPhone 5SE, iPad Mini4, and MacBook Pro plus it backs up to Dropbox For the price it is good value but needs the updates to match IOS

I just want a checkbox feature :( (2.4.0)
22/03/2017 17:38:11 1/5 By Danny Caldwell
I love the app, however I’ve been asking for a checkbox feature for the last two years and until the developers oblige, I can’t use this. :(

Disappointed (2.3.2)
21/03/2017 06:28:38 3/5 By Killultagh
The app offers a broad range of features which attracted me away from the stock Apple Notes app. Using the app for several weeks I found it to be more than I needed. Notability will appeal to some users, but if all you’re looking for is a simple note app with an easy tagging system, then a number of excellent and free alternatives are available. I gave this three stars because the turning point for me was the loss of some notes. Work was not saved before leaving the app so I have doubts about the reliability of instant save and the timeliness of sync.

Really good app (2.3.2)
09/03/2017 12:49:05 4/5 By Francois Cazals
Really good App, syncs perfectly with other devices, although it could be even better if we were able to split a desktop with other apps easily.

One irritating bug (2.3.2)
03/03/2017 04:54:50 3/5 By angus berkeley
For some reason, in the latest version when looking at presentation slides imported as PDF files, the document will randomly jump back to the first slide when scrolling on the tocuh pad. Other than that everyhting else is great.

Nice but needs Touch Bar support. (2.3.2)
27/02/2017 06:38:59 4/5 By SunGm
I use Notability daily, but it reall really needs TouchBar support. Thanks !

IDEAL (2.3.1)
18/01/2017 12:18:00 5/5 By Oh 'eck!
I reviewed this a couple of years ago. Tw or three years down the line and it remains an invaluable piece of software. All site notes are made on the iPad. The flexibility to import and work off forms; to take and annotate photos; to import and annote drawings; to record notes linked to a file/page. To have it all stored in the cloud, for ready access on other linked devices, which than then be used to add notes in the office. The original file is kept in the cloud. A PDF copy can be exported into a file for archiving…. The possibilities are endless. Not had to use paper for office work since using Notability- saving money, trees and waste. Bang Tidy

Only good for reviewing notes, not making them (2.3.1)
05/01/2017 13:32:00 3/5 By stevenalexbaird
Needs to be better matched to the ios version. Also, take tips from the stock notes app, would be so much better having to do list options, and short cuts for editing text sizes and formats.

No sync options (2.3.1)
15/12/2016 01:31:00 3/5 By 50sben
It’s a good app, works seamlessly with iPad version, but would really appreciate Dropbox as a sync option - backup is appreciated but I really don’t want to have to use iCloud to sync my data.

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