GoodNotes 6 Brings AI-Powered Handwriting Spellcheck and Autocomplete Features

Popular note-taking app and PDF editor GoodNotes has received its first major update in four years, introducing new AI-powered handwriting recognition features, a marketplace for digital stationery, new pen gestures, and more.

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The sixth version builds on Goodnotes 5's iPad handwriting recognition by adding AI-powered Spellcheck, which draws heavily on the neural engine in Apple silicon to recognize mistakes in writing and suggest a correction or rewrite the word in the user's handwriting style.

Currently, the spellcheck feature supports English, Spanish, German and Dutch. GoodNotes 6 also introduces an experimental word autocomplete feature for handwriting in English.

Elsewhere, GoodNotes 6 brings new pen gestures include Scribble to Erase and Circle to Lasso, while a new in-app marketplace allows users to download new templates, stickers, and digital stationery directly within the app.

There are additional options to customize folders and dynamic templates that allow users to customize the size and color of the digital paper in their notebooks. The app also introduces AI-driven writing features, enabling users to extend or condense text, modify its tone, or paraphrase content.

Lastly, this version includes interactive exam prep materials for SAT and other standardized tests, with built-in hints and AI Math Assistance to identify errors.

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Goodnotes 6 is free to download on iOS, iPadOS and macOS, and free to use for up to three notebooks. The full suite of features can be unlocked with unlimited notebooks for $9.99 per year or $29.99 as a one-time purchase.

Existing paid GoodNotes 5 users can continue using GoodNotes 5, or upgrade to Goodnotes 6 at a discount. Goodnotes 6 will continue to be free for educational institutions through Apple School Manager.

Top Rated Comments

Big Apple Tim Avatar
9 months ago
Anything with AI in the name, you've got to wonder where the data is going....
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
tonywalker23 Avatar
9 months ago
Upgraded without even researching. I use stock apps as much as possible, mainly to keep my digital life as streamlined and decision-less as possible. So if I use a paid app it is really really useful for my needs. For me, Things 3 and GoodNotes are so useful and powerful for me as a full-time pastor and (most semesters) a full-time graduate student (second set of twins coming in a few months this semester :0).

But… I'm also old enough to remember when a simple OS upgrade was a one hour drive and $129.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Analog Kid Avatar
9 months ago
After my initial excitement, I find that creating a separate Goodnotes account is required…. I don’t want and can’t see why I’d need one. I’m looking for a product, not a service and certainly not a relationship.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cupcakes2000 Avatar
9 months ago

Yes, and they didn’t release it as a yearly subscription.

Though I imagine some will complain that the upgrade is too much money.
It did go from something like 5.99 to 29.99. It is a massive hike. But at least GN 5 still works as normal. For now at least…
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MuppetGate Avatar
9 months ago

It did go from something like 5.99 to 29.99. It is a massive hike. But at least GN 5 still works as normal. For now at least…
Yup, and that’s what happens if you don’t want to pay for a subscription and you don’t want the developers to starve.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anakin44011 Avatar
9 months ago
I use both GoodNotes & Notability extensively on my iPad. There's a lot to be said, neurologically, about writing notes versus typing, so I do both. Also, I find typing in a meeting to be rude...alas, I'm showing my age (I also capitalize and punctuate my texts...Gen X'ers unite!).

Anyway, I've had more performance issues with Notability in the past year (ironically, since they switched to subscription) than all the previous years combined.

There's only one remaining feature on Notability that prevents me from switching everything over to GoodNotes. I still like the continuous/seemless page paradigm of Notability because I do a lot of lasso-select-move and GoodNotes won't let me drag content to the next page (this feature is also known as Spanning objects across pages). But that's about it.

That said, I'm glad both companies (and Apple) are investing. And I hope to see more differentiation, which is probably healthy for the market. I used to spend $40-50 a year, just on spiral notebooks. These apps are such a leap forward.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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