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  1. Fix iCloud Sync

    Fixing slow or never ending iCloud Upload. Just a few notes from me get synced to other devices. The most notes are never synced and just get tagged with the Upload arrow.

    386 votes
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      28 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi everyone,

      we are very sorry about the ongoing issues with iCloud. We are already working on a new version that will offer a permanent solution because we don’t want to rely solely on iCloud anymore. We are making very good progress with the development, but it takes some time because we’re rewriting our entire code and are adding further major improvements to the app. In the meantime, we would suggest to use an automatic backup to another cloud storage of your choice to keep your files safe.

    • Possibility to split the screen

      It would be so cool to have the possibility to split the screen to work on two document at the same time. Or just work on one document but have the possibility to just see another one. Like having two sessions in one frame.
      Thank you

      664 votes
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      • Infinitely long sheets

        It would be nice if we could have infinitely long sheets like in Onenote. There really isn't a need to be restricted to physical dimensions of paper anymore.

        588 votes
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        • Make the search easier and case sensitive

          I use this app for cross stitch charts which is basically a lot of symbols in a grid, I can use the search option to highlight specific symbols which is a fantastic tool. However it sometimes highlights more than one symbol which I believe would be remedied by making the search case sensitive. Also when I press down on a symbol the blue bar that appears is the whole way across the page and I have to shorten it to select the character I want, it would be nice if it only selected the character I was holding down on. …

          128 votes
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            5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Ruler for drawing lines

            Please add a ruler like the existing one in Apple's Notes. For example drawing graphs the existing auto shape function isn't perfect for that.

            305 votes
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            • Mind map tools, arrows, outlined text boxes

              I am a neurophysiologist and am constantly designing experiments. There are many moving parts and it helps to be able to draw flow charts and mind maps for each experimental design. I know many people have requested arrows, and I just want to ask that in addition to arrows we get dynamic colored text boxes (squares would be fine if they could remain editable in brain-map mode) so that I don't have to lasso things to move them and change how they connect. And PLEASE LOTS of color options and thicknesses with these!!

              134 votes
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              • Full synch with iCloud or Dropbox

                I typically need to work on the same document in multiple devices. For example, i may annotate a pdf at home using my iPad but at work I may need to read the annotated pdf in my laptop. Would be great to have full synch using iCloud Dropbox or similar services

                139 votes
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                • Rotating selected items

                  I would love to have the ability to rotate handwriting, text, and images selected with the lasso tool. It would greatly be appreciated. Thanks!¡!

                  64 votes
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                  • Move pages to another notebook.

                    Is there a way to move pages from one notebook to another? When inside a notebook it would be great if I could go into the edit menu, select pages and then click on 'move' and then select the other notebook to send them to. This would help keep things organised.

                    72 votes
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                      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Todo management

                      I take a ton of notes and produce a lot of todos from meetings, etc.

                      OneNote had this feature 15 years ago whereby you would add a todo box next to the line of a handwritten note. It then had a todo notebook that would pull all of the todo boxes from all notebooks. I'm dying to have this feature. I've searched and searched and can't find the feature anywhere! Please please add this!!

                      882 votes
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                        20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • an option to have another full toolbox at the bottom of the screen as well

                        When I'm reading and highlighting a page and i've already reached the bottom part, I think it would be easier if there was another full toolbox already down there so i can start using that toolbox instead of having to reach all the way back up at the top of the screen to switch highlighter colors and erase or undo. It saves time and I think will help me read faster and a lot more pages

                        134 votes
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                        • goodnotes desktop version in order to edit files both on tablets and on desktop laptops and sync in between devices

                          goodnotes desktop version in order to edit files both on tablets and on desktop laptops and sync in between devices. many people in my medical school would appreciate and heavily use this app if it had these options.

                          843 votes
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                          • Add audio recording to hanwriting

                            Its the deal breaker between going for goodnotes and choosing notability

                            751 votes
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                            • File & folder hierarchy for improved notebook/folder management with better ui

                              Even though we have some category options, they are limited and the ui is not the best. Implementation of a folder hierarchy structure with a better ui (may be with tags/labels) will make managing notebooks much more easier. Lack of hierarchy on folder management is the biggest problem&missing feature of all note taking apps which are currently available and this difference will surely make GoodNotes the preferred one over other competitors.

                              26 votes
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                              • Allow searching *all* documents, not just the currently open document.

                                I *love* that I can search my handwritten notes! The rub is that sometimes something I'm searching for, spans multiple notebooks. It would be *wonderful* to be able to search all of the netbooks for the currently selected category!

                                852 votes
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                                • Easy undo gesture

                                  A two finger double tap for undo and a three finger double tap for redo would be great. Quick and easy gesture for undoing and redoing

                                  74 votes
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                                  • 196 votes
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                                    • Create folders within notebooks

                                      To be able to organise pages into sub folders 'within' each notebook would be very useful.

                                      850 votes
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                                      • Swipe further at end of page

                                        At the moment the end of the page locks to the edge of the screen. It would be nice to move the page up when approaching the end of the page. This would allow resting your hand on the screen when writing the last couple of sentences instead of having to rest it on the table.
                                        (Alternatively, a new page could be inserted below the current page)

                                        74 votes
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                                        • Text improvement

                                          Text needs to be improved
                                          - Bullet points and other text features like tables needed to be added
                                          - Switching quickly between preset text fonts and sizes
                                          - Text recognition on pdfs is terrible, some fonts like ones used in some of my text books are hardly searchable
                                          - Text boxes are annoying, don't mix well with handwriting and do not fit into the lines of the default page

                                          46 votes
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