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GoodNotes 4 - Notes & PDF

  • Mac, iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 18+
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About GoodNotes 4 - Notes & PDF

GoodNotes is a solid digital note-taking app with more robust document management and organization tools. GoodNotes 4 lets students create a digital notebook, and then fill it with pages upon pages of digital notes. Rather than being limited to a blank page or lined page, students can customize the background with different styles of lined paper, graphing paper, and even custom images. GoodNotes download is available for iOS (iPad and iPhone) and Mac devices.

Teacher Review

GoodNotes lets kids use their own handwriting to take notes, although students may want a stylus to improve the process. A keyboard feature is also available, though a bit difficult to find. Aside from writing in notes, students can also change up the colors of the text, highlight the text, draw perfect images using the shape recognition tool, and even insert images from other sources. Students can mark up PDF documents and images that they open within the app. Once finished, students can upload notes to multiple cloud storage accounts or reorder their notes within the notebook. Students can keep a notebook for each subject area, each unit, or whatever number of notebooks best suits their needs.

Student Engagement - Keeping organized notes may not appeal to students, but they'll appreciate it once they start using all of the features.

Productivity - Multiple features allow students to take notes they will actually find useful, organize those notes, and quickly access what they need.

User Guides - A comprehensive user guide helps note-takers explore the many different features; unfortunately, it's based on static text and images, rather than more dynamic support as kids take their own notes.

Students can learn how to take and organize their notes using multiple tools such as highlighting, color-coding, and the ability to add shapes and other images. GoodNotes also gives them ways to organize their notes, allowing them to create notebooks labeled with specific subjects or topics. Using the notebook covers to the note-taking templates, kids can customize their notes in a variety of ways, making them fit their needs. They can even use their fingers or a stylus to take notes in their own handwriting, helping them personalize and take ownership over their notes and the learning process. The variety of features makes GoodNotes a solid addition to a teen's bank of study resources. 

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App Details

Teacher Ratings


Mac, iPad, iPhone


Organisational and Productivity Skills


In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No


Time Base Technology Limited

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GoodNotes lets you take beautiful handwritten notes and annotate PDF documents. The handwritten notes are searchable and are created using a pioneering vector ink engine. Thanks to iCloud sync, your documents in GoodNotes will synchronize between your iPad and iPhone automatically.
Make Your Handwritten Notes Last Forever
GoodNotes features a state-of-the-art digital ink technology that will look great even with future super-high resolution displays.
OCR: Search Handwritten Notes
Just type in the search box what you're looking for and then tap Search.
Better Than Paper Notebooks
Type with the keyboard, insert images, or draw perfect shapes easily; mix between any kind of papers or even insert PDF docs inside a notebook; rearrange or delete pages as you like. It is very flexible.
Annotate PDF Documents; Fill and Sign Forms
Great for saving time, paper, and the environment. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files are supported too.
Large Collection of Beautiful Covers and Papers
Each template is carefully designed in vector format. There are lined papers, graph papers, music papers, and lots of notebook covers to choose from. Add your own template with an image or a PDF file.
GoodNotes Does Not Slow You Down
Thanks to the powerful zoom window feature, you can write quickly with your fingers or with a stylus in a large area, and your handwriting will be shrunk automatically.
Just Write Them Down and Don’t Worry
You can correct any mistake any time and it won’t become messy. The lasso tool will let you move things around or even resize them.
Protect Your Valuable Data
GoodNotes features a trash function to protect from accidental deletion. It can also backup your data to Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, or SkyDrive automatically.
GoodNotes is Also a Digital Whiteboard
Your audience will not see the user interface — just the content — and you can choose which part of the page to show them. Many teachers and lecturers are already using GoodNotes to teach.
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