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  1. Allow handwriting search in the Mac version, like on the iPad.

    Searching the handwritten notes is _the_killer_feature_ of Good Notes on the iPad. Completely missing on the Mac version.

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    • Integration with IBM Connections App

      I am using IBM Connections as Platfoirm. The related App allows me to work with Content on my iPad and iPhone. Unfgortunately GoodNotes does not allow to use IBM Conenctions as a default storage to backup and load files from. Can this be implemented like it is for Box, DropBox, ... . Export works, but needs several clicks under „External Apps“

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        • UPDATE THE MAC APP. ITS BEEN MONTHS

          I purchased the Mac App long before the IOS app. When i purchased the MAC app, I found little to no use for it. However, more recently, I got the apple pencil and saw SO many incredible reviews. So, I got the IOS app and was blown away. It is truly incredible. I notice that the updates are very frequent for the IOS app and takes care of any issues a user might be experiencing immediately. What I also noticed was that the MAC version of the very same app has not been updated since the end of July. Its…

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          • Add a browser that you can crop images from

            I’d like to be able to go to the internet and cut things that I need in my notes directly from the browser instead of having to go to another browser app, take a snapshot, crop, and then paste to the notes

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            • Is there a way to add a progress bar at the bottom so you can 1) see how far into the document you are and 2) scrub quickly through the doc?

              Curious if there’s a reason that you don’t have a progress bar? I’d like to fully switch from PDF Expert to GoodNotes, but the progress bar at the bottom of PDF Expert is super handy for longer documents. Thanks so much!

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              • Draw a line and hold to convert it to auto-shape like in Notability

                I use GoodNotes for math notes and frequently I want to draw a single straight line (likes a large fraction bar) and go back to writing without shape conversion. Notability has a nice shortcut for this where you draw a line and hold it in place to automatically draw a straight line; it would be nice if GoodNotes could add this.

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                • Add and edit Outlines

                  Allow of modification and add of outlines

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                  • Front page or double page view

                    configurable double-page layout for PDF files (single pages, double pages, double pages with front cover) with double page layout, crop margins and file rotation modes memorized on per file basis.

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                    • page rotation, crop for PDF files

                      Able to rotate page, crop the view in one page or in many pages. Many times in pdf file the information is small in the center and crop view will be very helpful, only the view not really permanent change

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                      • PDF Selection

                        Being able to select a word from a pdf file is very very important; it allows one to use the dictionary and to copy and paste words. Please add this function. Also, it would be nice being able to highlight the selected text.

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                        • Manual save functions (Sync immediately) for iPad and iPhone

                          Currently Mac version can save the document i work on upon pressing the save (cmd + S).

                          But no such function on iPad or IPhone, Please allow this function for iPad and IPhone so that we can work on the same document over different device at the same time and increase our efficiency

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                          • Smart index for notebook contents in order lookup by tags or dates/months

                            Would be great to have an index or “cloud of contents” for each notebook. I use a notebook for each project, and also for a catch all “meetings”, etc. I find myself wanting the ability to add tags to each page (new pages could carry tags from previous page, with ability to add/modify/delete tags). When all is done, I’d like to review my last week or notes on a particular topic. Something like a tag cloud would be helpful. But having ability to review by date would also be very useful.

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                              • Synchronize Mac and iOS versions

                                On the Mac you can't select handwritten text and do an OCR.
                                On the iPad you can't easily erase or move single pages.
                                On the iPad you can't automatically convert all handwritten text of a document (several pages) to text.
                                You can't easily define 2 or 3 individual pen types (colour, thickness)

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                                • A search option for both import and export, so I can search for file or folder in the cloud service I use.

                                  When importing or exporting, it requires an annoying amount of taps to reach my desired folders, a small search bar at the top would make this process much less annoying...

                                  maybe also, the next time we export or import, start at the most recently used location, or maybe like the dropbox app, and have a list of the most recent 5 locations listed.

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                                  • Adding Zooming % is Vita !!!

                                    Dear @GoodNotesApp !!!Now it train my writing skill again, and I want you to put zoom% in app, it easy to note my writing size. Thanks

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                                    • Please allow the ability to Embed videos and youtube videos as well as PowerPoint/word/excel documents

                                      I use GoodNotes to create revision notes. The ability to add videos and/or embed online videos from sites such as you tube or Vimeo would be a great asset. Moreover, the ability to either link, or embed Microsoft documents such as PowerPoint/excel/word would also be very very useful. That way I could condense 25 thick binders full of info, into one place on my iPad.

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                                      • Default setting alignment/straight line feature

                                        Add a feature that allows to set a default setting for the the alignment/straight lines button (e.g. activated by default for highlighter and then again deactivated once you switch back to the pen). This would extremely help when reading papers as you would like to have your highlighting straight but then once you switch to the pen be able to write without changing options, so work speed could be drastically improved.

                                        Thank you!

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                                        • Wacom tablet-like support for iPad Pro

                                          I would love to be able to connect my iPad Pro to my Mac, and, as I write my notes, the notes show on my Mac in real time, like a Wacom tablet. It would make my studying 100x times easier: I would be able to see everything (meaning notes and, say, web pages or videos) in one central location while still being able to write on the "page" (iPad) in front of me. It would feel (I think) incredibly natural. This would be a game changer.

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