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  1. Look & Feel

    GoodNotes is the most useful app for me as a University Student.
    However, there is this one thing that constantly makes me want to grab another app or Paper&Pen again. It is GoodNotes' appearance before entering a notebook.
    The way notebooks look and are organised is simply uninspiring, boring and extremely unhandy!
    This one very thing keeps dragging me over to Noteshelf. I like everything about GoodNotes more. But the refreshing look of noteshelf is a deal breaker for me.
    I would be extremely happy if there is any chance of you working on the apps' design.

    16 votes
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    • have a text-to-speech option

      We would like an option where students could highlight the text and have it read to them to help our low readers with difficult text. Maybe have it coordinate with the iPad Accessibility option of text-to-speech.

      11 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!

        1,017 votes
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        • GOODNOTES for WINDOWS 10

          I love and enjoy using goodnotes on my iPad Air, is the perfect note taking app. However I also have a surface pro 4 i always wish I had goodnotes on my surface. It will be great if you guys plan to move this app into a different ecosystem. I will gladly pay for this app and all of it's great features.

          251 votes
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          • 262 votes
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            • Syncing directly with Own/Nextcloud App (not Backup)

              we will not sync our data in a public cloud!!!

              6 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

                72 votes
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                • Enable Fountain Pen style with Apple Pencil

                  When using Apple Pencil, a terrific combination with GoodNotes and the iPad Pro, there is no difference between the Ball Pen style and the Fountain Pen style. As a result, the beautiful look of handwritten ink with the Fountain Pen style is unavailable, a severe tradeoff for the added precision of the Apple Pencil. Please enable the Fountain Pen style with Apple Pencil. Thanks!

                  15 votes
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                  • Continous Scrolling would be so good

                    The bottom part of the page is very hard to use for writing, because there is no support for vertical scrolling.
                    Using an iPad Pro and Apple Pencil makes hitting the bottom third of the page highly unfomfortable without a continous scrolling option.
                    It should not be too hard to add - please do!

                    6 votes
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                    • 93 votes
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                      • When highlighter overlaps don't darken the overlapped area

                        Have an option in the highlighter options section to either be darker in the overlapped areas or not to darken the overlapped areas (consistant shade).

                        You will blow Notability out of the water once your upcoming additions are implemented!

                        It's already a top 5 app that makes the 12.9" iPad useful. Thanks!

                        6 votes
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                        • 2 votes
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                          • Dotted lines, tangent lock on shapes/lines and quick 3D shapes

                            I am an engineering student. After trying multiple apps your app has by far been the best for the college student who takes higher level math courses. Every other app that allows to draw decent shapes and lines are way too complicated and targeted more for artists. We need to be able to take neat notes that involve shapes and numbers quickly and efficiently. While I love your shape feature it is time consuming to draw 3D shapes while trying to incorporate dotted lines to show hidden parts of the shape. Having a dotted line feature as well as maybe…

                            13 votes
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                            • Create a "send-to-Goodnotes" email address like the "send-to-kindle" feature,

                              This would allow users to email PDFs to a personal email address (e.g. from a work PC), and the file would then be available in the user's Goodnotes app.

                              4 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.

                                908 votes
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                                • An option for

                                  The option to erase by striking through text with Apple Pencil (or scratching out, or some other similar gesture) would be great - It could be turned off for those that don't need that function, but for someone taking a lot of notes, having to stop and click the eraser tool, erase, then re-select the the pen tool is inconvenient and annoying.

                                  18 votes
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                                  • Comments created in Adobe Acrobat

                                    Comments created in Adobe Acrobat are not editable, if I import a PDF. It would be nice, if you can fix that.

                                    10 votes
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                                    • Add Notebook to Homescreen

                                      I am currently an iPad Pro user. I am using iPad for four years and tons of apps, not even one bringing the experience which is closer to the feel writing on a real notebook. I wish I could write on the iPad as soon as I unlock it and tap any notebook I want. Simply like a real notebook, flip open the cover and write on the paper with a pen, that's it! I tried to go fully paperless, and I am studying in college bringing my iPad Pro. I really wish you could allow us to add notebook…

                                      6 votes
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                                      • full-text search

                                        full-text search for the app - in order to screen the text for key words...

                                        11 votes
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                                        • Have you seen how beautiful the pens are in Noteshelf?

                                          Steal, beg, or borrow the pens from Noteshelf!!! It dramatically improves the look of my notes.

                                          I'd like to stick with Goodnotes but I want audio recording of my seminars, more robust handwriting to text conversion than the competition, and the pens from Noteshelf.
                                          Then your product will be perfect! :-)

                                          10 votes
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