GoodNotes 5.6.38: What’s new?

Smaller app size

GoodNotes 5.6.38 has dramatically reduced the app size from 274 MB to 149.4 MB. When we first started using GoodNotes a while back, the size was way over 350 MB. It’s done well over the years to decrease its size. However, app size is not even our biggest problem with note-taking apps, but the size of the files they create. Generally, handwritten notes take up a lot more storage space than text files. Most of us like adding images and diagrams to those notes, making them even bigger. GoodNotes especially creates huge files.

This update also reduced the Documents & Data size of the app from 999 MB (for a few notebooks) to 694.2 MB, which is a 69% size reduction. A lot of GoodNotes users are going to be celebrating because of this, especially those whose iPads have small storage.

Storage: Notability vs GoodNotes

App size258.9 MB149.4 MB
Number of Notebooks40230
Documents & Data size463.6 MB694.2MB
Storage: Notability vs GoodNotes

The biggest question is always: which app uses up more storage between GoodNotes and Notability. According to the table above, even after this update, GoodNotes still has a lot of work to do. On average, Notability creates a file of about 1.2 MB, but in GoodNotes the average sits at 23.1 MB. Of course, this is an oversimplification but it’s still clear to see just how much bigger your notes are in GoodNotes. This gap might even get bigger because Notability just released an update decreasing the size of images in the app. Only time will tell how effective this update is.

Other improvements

  • Improved stability when the app is shutting down.
  • Improved performance in memory usage for users with large libraries.
  • Improved privacy for shared documents.

3 thoughts on “GoodNotes 5.6.38: What’s new?”

  1. Hi

    first of all I can only confirm this strange behaviour concerning size of the document. I received currently a GN document of 10 MG but just 10 pages, after a lot of email interchanges with the support team they found the culprit. It was the bush pen. Using it in a document by several magnitudes. Currently the team cannot provide a fix. It is even worse, once a pen has been chosen it *cannot* be changed, while it can in Notability and in Zoomnotes, in Zoomnotes you can even change it globally, that is for the whole document.

    The other more positive new feature is the in real time collaboration, I have tried it out several days now and I can only say. It rocks. Are you going to discuss in a future review?


    Uwe Brauer

    1. Yes, we will cover the realtime collaboration feature in the future, when they release an update that’s worth doing a video of, I guess. According to what you’re saying, it’s best not to use the brush pen, right?

    2. Hello, Uwe Brauer
      Always a pleasure to hear from you. We are going to talk about the Collaboration feature in a future video, but not to much depth though. The Brush pen is a problem then. It’s sad because it is my favourite pen tool 🙁 Hope they can find a fix for it soon.

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