Developer: Ginger Labs

Current Version: 2.7.2

Last Updated: 1 month ago

Download Size: 34 MB - Download


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:

*** 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


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.03
Review by SlavetoaPhD

Oustanding note taking for classes - This app is getting me through vet school without killing an entire forest of trees! I love the simple interface personally - I dislike visual clutter. Perfect functionality for me to keep track of all my classes. I primarily use the iPad app to take notes on .ppts that professor provide with a stylus. The ability to sync with Google drive and convert files and then export are all super. I have had the occasional crash, but have never lost anything and considering how heavily I use it nearly every day….very solid app. Now with the computer version, I have more versatility in studying and can keep my notes together and organized regardless of which device I’m using. I’m an older student and had always taken written notes…i really wasn’t sure about the transition to note-taking electronically, but this app has made it extremely useful, efficient and I think has been just as effective for learning and studying. It’s really nice not hauling around four binders of notes and papers for 10+ classes!

Found helpful by 44 out of 45 people
Version 2.6.2
Review by FTA2017

DO NOT BUY FOR MAC - I bought this for taking notes after a friend suggested it. Bought it on my mac and was planning on using my iPad in class then studying on my Mac. If this is your thought process DO NOT BUY THIS APP! You will have to pay for it twice! Had I known this I would not have bought it considering it doesn’t really offer anything more than other free note taking apps especially since macs are not touch screen and most of the best features would be better on a touchscreen device. Even with this difficuly, I decided that I paid for the app and I was going to give it a shot. It didn’t take long for me to discover the further shortcomings. The app is glitchy when it comes to typing and inserting text boxes as well as moving them after I had already placed them somewhere. Not worth all the frustration of trying to fix the boxes to fit in the spaces it would allow.

Found helpful by 48 out of 62 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.7.2
Review by Lj 12345678901234567890

Was great now buggy and does not work well on Mac. - The Ios app is great. Bought the Mac version awhile ago and was happy with it. But last two updates it got rid of my icloud documents. Now I can not access any of the documents. They are all blank and will not redownload via icloud. Ios version is still working. There is an obvious bug between icloud and their app. Please fix. I have clicked icloud sync on and off. I have deleted the app a few times with no fix in sight.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 2.7.2
Review by TheMD2015

Increasingly a frustrating experience. - As a stand-alone iPad app for highlighting PDFs, it’s great. But if you’d like to sync with your Mac version of Notability to facilitate typing notes, you’re out of luck. Years later, there are still major issues with device syncing. I’ve duplicated my entire set of notes (thousands) multiple times in my efforts to re-sync between devices, and there is no way to identify and delete these duplicates other than clicking and deleting one-by-one. Sure, they put steps on their website to work around the issue, but who has time to reset and redownload thousands of notes between devices with every single use? Customers have pointed out the numerous features that would enhance the usability of the apps - e.g. ability to rotate a document within the app, straighter highliter feature on the desktop similar to what’s on the iPad version, and the numerous suggestions seen below. It’s become abundantly clear that Ginger Labs is resting on the initial fame of Notability and decided “good enough” - there has been little to no progress made in the past several years. Either they lack the staffing or motivation to make ongoing improvements that are necessary from making this app obsolete.

Found helpful by 19 out of 19 people
Version 2.7.2
Review by Letitiazhang

Please fix this bug - I’m using Mac OS 10.13, and Notability hasn’t been able to sync or download all my notes whether I chose to use GoogleDrive or iCloud!! Can’t view any of the files. Please fix this bug ASAP

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 2.7.2
Review by AppleRedRomeo

Mac vs iPad - I’ve only been using Notability for almost two months. It’s a great iPad product. I use it often to gather notes on all of my IT and home projects. What seems to be a problem for me is that I’m finding it difficult to sync my notes created on the iPad with those created on the Mac version of Notability. After researching and following their support instructions, I still have the same iCloud sync problems. I got frustrated and decided to delete from my iMac and MacBook Pro.

Found helpful by 1 out of 1 people
Version 2.7.2
Review by Applepie157

Keeps Crashing - Was working fine but now I cant even type two words without it crashing. Fix this bug please!

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people