Developer: Time Base Technology Limited

Current Version: 1.1.12

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 95.1 MB - Download


GoodNotes for Mac is a companion app for existing GoodNotes iOS users. GoodNotes for iOS is a stunning handwritten notes app on iPad/iPhone beloved by million of users.

GoodNotes for Mac lets you view and manage your handwritten notes and documents in GoodNotes’ iCloud library.

**Document editing features has been added in version 1.1

"Changed everything I do from note taking to surveying at work with my own templates! " Neiliocopter


Stunning Digital Ink
Your handwritten notes look beautiful on your Mac with high-resolution display as well as on your iOS devices. GoodNotes for Mac is powered by the same state-of-the-art digital ink technology as on its iOS version.

iCloud Sync.
Access to all your GoodNotes documents with fast iCloud sync. Sketch and annotate documents on your iOS devices and view them on all devices.

Import PDFs and Images
Drag and drop documents and images between GoodNotes and your Mac.

Document Versioning.
GoodNotes automatically saves versions of documents as you work on them. Browse through document versions and restore pages from old versions.

Share and Print Documents.
With access to all your documents in GoodNotes, sharing and printing documents require only a few clicks.

Document Creation and Editing
Create or edit notebooks on your Mac with mouse, trackpad or tablet using the intuitive editing tools:
- Select Tool – Highlight or strikeout selected text in PDF documents
- Edit Tool – Move, scale and change object color
- Text Tool – Create text objects
- Pen Tool – Pen drawing
- Highlight Tool – Highlighter drawing
- Eraser Tool – Erase lines

Page Rearrangement
Drag and drop to reorder pages in documents or to copy pages between documents.

Add bookmarks to your documents.


Release Notes:

- Stability improvement on iCloud sync and PDF text search.
- Bug fixed on macOS Sierra tab support.
- Fixed issue with text tool when resizing text.


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.1.4
Review by mil0o

Best note taking app - This is what a responsive developer does! He listens to customers. Highlighting shortcuts, a rather simple feature that means a lot to customers. The one thing that keeps me using the mac version> iPad is that on the mac I can select text and activate text to speech while on the iPad i can’t. (please add that to the iPad!) I have used this app for visual notetaking because in medical school it is imperative. 1. It supports multiple styluses.(Pencil, Adonit etc) 2. Zoom - no need to use awkward not taking panels, just like Paper(by 53) just zoom and draw. This lets you put huge complete diagrams into one page. 3. interface doesn't fight you, just lets you do your thing. As I have found myself doing more reading it handles PDFs rather well. the bad: icloud sync is terribly slow and then it starts a versions war on my three devices.

Found helpful by 9 out of 9 people
Version 1.1.12
Review by Gabe Newell123

Unnecessarily CPU intensive. Really needs optimization done. - To this date, I haven’t found all-in-one solution for notetaking for Apple yet. Onenote for MacOS works great but handwriting for iOS using iPad Pro is meh at best. (though recent update had vast improvement don’t know if it is iOS 11 or the OneNote update but anyways kudos developers). However, Microsoft being Apple’s rival, it is unavoidable that Microsoft would never allow Apple version to have full feature like the Windows version. I can’t help but feel that all OneNote for Apple does is teasing Apple customers so that they will switch to Windows platform. Notability for MacOS is average but it is missing some features in both MacOS and iOS versions that may seem insignificant at first, but significantly kills notetaking experience. GoodNotes for iOS… OMG is finally the one I am looking for. Handwriting works flawlessly as a drawing application. So many features. But for MacOS.. as soon as there are more than 10 drawing objects. App struggles pathetically. Crashing when I try to resize multiple objects and etc.. I first suspected underperformance of my MBP 13inch as I saw 100% CPU resource used by GoodNotes. But given the fact similar tasks by other apps work just fine and iPad Pro does this task in fact better(?!), it narrows down to poor optimization for MacOS Application. When I tested on iMac with i7 7700K (fastest consumer level processor out at this time), crashing does not occur but there still are lags and temperature spikes. Who would have guessed GoodNotes will be more CPU intensive than CSGO? I really hope Apple would come up with its own software like MS did. I’m tired of switching among three different apps, and ending up having my notes scattered throughout multiple apps. I mean iPad Pro was purchased exactly to avoid this mess.

Found helpful by 18 out of 18 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.1.12
Review by NHLAllStar

Works great - Syncing is perfect.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 1.1.12
Review by Tim 26

Works great - iCloud sync is really fast. Interesting that it doesn't use the iCloud Drive folder on my Mac but instead a different 'file browser' window for all my documents, but it seems to work well.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 1.1.12
Review by Boonboomboom

Terrible desktop client. Good iOS app - Fix your macOS app. It is very difficult to use it. The sync is buggy as well.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.1.12
Review by ChrisYesYesYes

Syncs perfectly and is a good companion to ios app - What I love the most about Goodnotes on the desktop is that it works seamlessly through icloud. This app wont replace the ios app which relies heavily on the Apple Pencil. But it’s nice to have access to everything, and I can add templates and edit pdfs easily on my desktop now. If only Apple brought Pencil functionality to their Macbooks (through the trackpad perhaps?), they would revolutionize what we would do with laptops because of apps like this.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 1.1.12
Review by Jc272517

Handwritting Recognition, Intuitive Interface - I used Notability for a long time, and while Notability is a great program, I really find GoodNotes to be much more functional. The user interface and the way the information is stored is much more intuitive. But the handwritting recognition is really what puts GoodNotes ahead of the game. I bought the app in September of 2017 and have had no problems with syncing. Maybe it was a problem in the past, but right now the syncing is as fast or faster than any apps I’ve used across my devices (Ipad, iPhone, and Macbook Pro).

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people