Notability Gains New Tools, Dedicated Shop, and More

Ginger Labs today announced an update to its popular productivity app Notability, introducing several new features designed to enhance creativity within the app.

Notability Favorites Toolbar
Among the new tools is a feature that lets users draw arrows and curves that will snap perfectly into place. Users can also now draw perfectly spaced dots and dashes with the pen and highlighter tool.

There's a new favorites toolbar that allows for quick access to saved Pencil, Highlighter, and Eraser styles, and the Pencil and Highlighter tool menu has been refreshed with greater spacing to hold more colors, widths, and brushes.

Notability Shop
The update also introduces the Notability Shop that's aimed at enhancing the app experience with additional features. New themes and artist-designed sticker packs are among the first to debut in the in-app store.

Ginger Labs is working on bringing a digital planner to Notability to help with reaching goals and managing day-to-day tasks. The feature is coming soon and will be available in the Notability Shop upon release.

Notability can be downloaded for $8.99 on the App Store and $1.99 on the Mac App Store, and the update will be rolling out to existing users today.

Top Rated Comments

fernelius Avatar
21 weeks ago


While I'm not a huge fan of the folder organization set - I keep going back to it. I can't stand the inking feel on Apple Notes/ GoodNotes (but I have bought GoodNotes to see what it offers).

I'm also a fan of Notability. It's my primary app for handwritten notes. In addition to other posters above, I'd add that it's nice to be able to mix drawings with text efficiently -- even allowing text to flow around drawings.

I agree, though, with BigMcGuire. I really wish they would enhance the organization options. The two-level organization is limiting when one accumulates a number of notes, and the divider/subject terms can be a bit confusing for some. I wish they would add infinite folders (or a several-level folder organization) plus tags for notes. This would enhance the app significantly.
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steve09090 Avatar
21 weeks ago
I’ve tried a reasonable selection of note apps. This is easily the most versatile and the best - for me. The new changes look really good. Favourites will make transitioning to different styles much easier.
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deathcab Avatar
21 weeks ago


I’ve tried a reasonable selection of note apps. This is easily the most versatile and the best - for me. The new changes look really good. Favourites will make transitioning to different styles much easier.

Couldn’t agree more and hands down the app I use most on iPad. I’m little shocked that Apple hasn’t acquired them to make this a default app on the iPad Pro because it really enhances the usability of the entire device.
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BorgCube Avatar
21 weeks ago
This is my most used app --- I use it to take notes, meeting notes, personal notes, college/school notes, etc. It is my brain's storage.

I still have tons of college class notes - with audio - saved. Gigs and gigs of notes.

Love this app. Glad to see they're expanding. I can't wait for the planner. :)
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Sodium Chloride Avatar
20 weeks ago


Duh, still no table tool. Every basic HTML editor has this ****. I'll be sticking with OneNote.

I think that is because Notability was designed primarily as a handwritten note taking tool with the stylus as its primary input. Typing with the keyboard is just secondary. OneNote is the opposite. Typing first, handwritten second.

OneNote is more appropriate for making a lab report where everything must be typed while Notability is more appropriate for doing math exercises where everything is handwritten.
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S1004 Avatar
21 weeks ago


What's the point of having a print or export to PDF function in OneNote, Notability or GoodNotes if they are going to chop up your notes both vertically and horizontally in an unpredictable way?

GoodNotes does a better job at handling print jobs since paper size is true to size. I use US Letter Size paper to take notes. After setting up margins and arranging notes, I can print my notes, hole punch them, and place them in a binder. I'm mostly a paperless student though - which means I keep all my notes, powerpoint annotations, etc on my iPad.

GoodNotes is my go-to for note-taking. Notability only has a one-up because of its real-time audio recording. I also much prefer GoodNotes' file organization system to Notability's list(?) format. GoodNotes keep my documents organized much more efficiently.. I can hide unneeded files from view and move files easily like I would on a desktop computer. Notability? Kind of finicky. It's great to see more than one note taking app on the market though! Hopefully they all continue to compete and add more features :) Maybe GoodNotes will get audio recording capability!
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