Developer: Time Base Technology Limited

Current Version: 1.1.11

Last Updated: 8 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. This version improved handling on some types of corrupted documents in document library. It could cause the app to crash.


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 1.1.4
Review by A GoodNotes Fan

Disappointed : The companion Mac app is terrible - I am a big fan of the GoodNotes App for iPhone and iPad. So, I went ahead and purchased the App for Mac. Imagine my disappointment when I found that the app lacks most basic features. The iCloud sync between iPad/iPhone and Mac is broken, you cannot edit your notes in Mac; in fact, there is very little you can do on the Mac. I am disappointed the GoodNotes team is charging consumers for a product that does not work !

Found helpful by 14 out of 14 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 1.1.11
Review by Raihansomc

sync issues - solved the sync issues. So the verdict is not to use the mac app and ipad at the same time. It goes into conflict. very nice companion app for the main ipad app. Thanks.

Found helpful by 9 out of 11 people
Version 1.1.11
Review by y3llowbull3t

Sync :( - Ok I Love The Ipad Version on My iPad Pro. The Mac version does not have all my notes seems the sync issues are not working . I am tempeted to try Notability beacause of this issue..

Found helpful by 8 out of 8 people
Version 1.1.11
Review by Servo922

Sychronization Issues Hobble Otherwise Great Program - Goodnotes on the ipad is the gold standard of notetaking apps and pdf annotation. That is why I was excited about this companion app. Unfortunately the constant synchonization problems make this app of little value. Perhaps with future updates, this app can be as amazing as it promises to be. For now, though, I would pass...

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.1.11
Review by CPSSNY

icloud support broken - icloud syncing worked at first and then completely broke. Tried everything on the support pages and still does not work. I love the iOS app - they have done a good job with it - use it every day. I bought the MacOS version to be able to see my work on laptop while using Goodnotes on my iPAD. Don’t spend the money until you see many happy reviews that syncing is working properly..

Found helpful by 6 out of 6 people
Version 1.1.11
Review by ace apertura

Mostly does its job except for frequent sync issues - The primary purpose of this basic app is to interface with the iOS counterpart. It does this well. Sometimes, especially when replacing files with newer versions, the synchronization doesn't work. Even if you first delete and then add again. Likely even removes the file from the display entirely. But these are mostly annoying display quirks and no data-loss issues. The iOS version of GoodNote is really pretty good, and you'll want to use this basic app for that. The biggest nuisance of GoodNote is that sharing is just sluggish and synchronization unreliable. GoodNote doesn't register itself under the Mac OS Share Menu Extension so there's no easy way of sharing documents. If you'd like to share a document that you then update, there's an arkance process to go through to see that on the other side, too. With a decent chance that it doesn't work and you have to delete and resynchronize. And reboot. And restart iPad. And so on a number of times. That just happens so often that it's rather painful if only 50% of the synchronization attempts work. I think GoodNote should still work on a smooth Mac-feel integration that makes things fast and easy. But the basic functionality seems to be all there.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people