Developer: Ginger Labs

Current Version: 2.5.1

Last Updated: 3 months ago

Download Size: 30.6 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 and Google Drive 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 2.5.1 ***
* 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


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 0
Review by davidh048

Massive sync issues - I love the concept of Notability - and in practice, it is 95% of a useful note-taking app. Love the ability to record audio and have it auto-syncronized with my handwriting/typing. What I don’t like, however, are the massive bugs with syncing between devices using iCloud. I was using Notability on my iPad to annotate a PDF for an assignment for class - great. Final part of the assignment was typing up a couple of paragraphs of explanation for my annotations, so I wanted to use my laptop keyboard. I load Notability on my laptop and take a look. The note I’d been using first didn’t show up, then showed up in three incorrect places (simultaneously), then kept losing text. I’d type a paragraph, it would remember the first three words. By the end, I just exported it, deleted every version from every device, then re-imported. Finally synced correctly. Files on the desktop version staunchly REFUSE to move between notebooks. These performance issues take it from a 5-star, must-have app to utter trash. I need reliability - and so does everyone else. I don’t trust this app not to lose all of my notes for an entire semester’s classes at some point in the sync process.

Found helpful by 39 out of 41 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.5.1
Review by Bobby booshay9995437

Need to be able to open multiple files at once - need to be able to open 2 or more notability files at once (maybe split screen?) but it really needs to happen.

Found helpful by 7 out of 7 people
Version 2.5.1
Review by Seanspins211

Always crashing after updates! - I love this app on the iPad, but the macOS version is a consistent let down. Every time the app is updated, something breaks. Notability should not release updates they have not tested thoroughly, but they seem to release beta-version updates, then wait for the crash reports to make the fix. This is very frustrating when one relies on the app for work.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 2.5.1
Review by xostephxo96

Three stars - The app could be way better! The reason I started using Notability in my Mac was because I had it in my iPad (and loved it!). The thing that bother me the most about the Mac version is that everytime I use the highlighter or pencil tool, I can´t go back to the Navigation tool that helps me select texts. It is such a bothersome that I had to close the Mac version and use the iOS version. I wish they can fix this soon.

Found helpful by 5 out of 5 people
Version 2.5.1
Review by llwstudio

Surprised this is an editor’s choice - Visually, this app is nothing like the pictures above show without a lot of work. Text is not that nice, it’s more like an old-style web page with no control of line-spacing. The text on mine is so tight it’s hard to read, no styles that I can find—which means if I want to have big heads and subheads I would have to style them each time? I did find the “hearts” for syles on the iPad version keyboard. Maybe I am missing something. The syncing between the ipad version and the mac version is strange, so if I start on the ipad, it comes in as bold text (not sure if that is my own problem or it’s in the app). I bought this and the iOS version to go with an iPad pro so I can have notes with drawings. That version works pretty well, I do like the fact you can tap anywhere (iPad version) and start typing in the middle of drawings. Overall I think it needs a lot more work, at least it should have more parity with the iOS version.

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 2.5.1
Review by Five Stars Reviewer

The iPad and iPhone version are much better - There is a huge gap in quality between the Mac version and the iOS version. Things that annoy me from the Mac version: (1) You can not draw shapes, like arrows or squares, which is a very basic tool for annotating on your laptop; (2) you cannot paste photos from your clipboard; (3) The selection tool is too basic, for example it does not highlight the elements that have been selected, and you can only use a rectangular selection tool; (4) You can’t select the type of paper for your note, which is something that the iOS version includes; (5) It doesn’t make sense that in order to sort your notes, you have to go to the main menu. An icon on the top of the note list is needed. (6) sometimes when I click the note with the Text tool selected, it creates a text box; but in other occasions I do the same, and instead of creating a text box, it moves the cursor to the note itself so that I can start writing. You need to polish the UX guys.

Found helpful by 23 out of 24 people