Developer: Time Base Technology Limited

Current Version: 1.1.13

Last Updated: 2 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 macOS 10.13 and opening documents created from iOS 11
- Fix stability issue with text tool


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 1.1.13
Review by NYCJazz

Not ready for prime time - but the iOS version is great - I love the iOS version of GoodNotes, and I was so excited to see a Mac app store version available. Unfortunately the Mac version doesn’t quite feel like it is ready for prime time just yet. This version is very slow and buggy, and I frequently get the beachball spinning when trying to flip from one page to the next. Yes I’m working with a large document (Calendar - 365 pages long) but my mac is only one year old, it should be able to handle this document much more efficiently than my 3 year old iPhone. Sadly, that isn’t the case. I will be happy to update this review if future updates to the app fix these issues but for the moment I would recommend holding off on purchasing the Mac App store version. I won’t be using it for now, but will happily continue using the iOS version on my iPhone and iPad.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 1.1.13
Review by virtualcourtney

Nice syncing between devices - I use GoodNotes to write course lecture notes and to grade student papers. I find that it works very well and syncs quickly between devices. The only problem I’ve encountered is trying to export multiple documents to PDF at once; the option is greyed out on my Mac.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people