Notability: Specifications

Type of appNote-taking app
Age Rating4+
DeveloperGinger Labs
Privacy policy
App support
App PrivacyData linked to you: contact info, diagnostics
Data not linked to you: identifiers, usage data, diagnostics
Supported OS– iPadOS 13.0 or later
– iOS 13.0 or later
– macOS 10.15 or later
Price$8.99
– In-app purchases
Size240.2 MB
LanguagesEnglish, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Traditional Chinese, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
Storage Used21.5 MB for 34 notes
Organisation2 levels: dividers & subjects
User Interface– Minimalist: one toolbar
– Mobile favourites toolbar that you can toggle
PagesSizes: A4 only
Orientation: portrait only, no page rotation
– 15 colours
Templates: plain, grids, lined & dotted (with 4 line-spacing options)
Writing tools– Raster ink
Type: ballpoint, fountain, dashed & dotted pens
Sizes: 12, fixed
– No opacity options
Colours: 32 default & 32 custom
Zoom tool– Has writing & navigation tools
– Supports auto-advance
– Can improve handwriting
TextInput: Keyboard, Scribble
– Many font & colour options
Lists: numbered, bulleted, interactive checklists
Interactive checklists: ticks & strikes out completed tasks
– Type directly on the page or in text boxes
Format: bold, italic & underline
– Save 3 favourite formats
– Line spacing options: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0
Highlighter– Behind or in front of the ink
Type: ballpoint, fountain, dashed & dotted pens
Sizes: 12, fixed
– No opacity options
Colours: 32 default & 32 custom
Eraser– Per stroke/pixel
Sizes: 12, fixed
Lasso tool– Cut, copy, delete, duplicate
Style: changes colour & pen thickness
– Convert handwriting to text
– Group ink
– Save to create sticky notes
Items added to notes– Audio recordings synced to notes
– Images
– Scans: save as PDF/images
– Stickers
– GIFs
– Web clips
– Sticky notes
Shapes– Supports regular and irregular shapes
– Modify shapes after you have drawn them
Style: changes stroke & fill
– Resize & rotate
Photos– Supports PNG & JPEG
– Add captions
– Wrap text
– Crop, rotate, resize
– Cut, copy, delete
Audio recording– Small audio files (saves iPad storage)
Speed up playback: 1.25x, 1.5x, 2x
– Slow down playback to 0.7x
– Rewinds/fast-forward 10s
– Name audio recordings
– Basic trimming for recordings
Equalizer improves playback
Scrolling– Vertical & horizontal
– Seamless vertical scrolling (handwriting can overlap between pages)
MultitaskingIn-app split view: open the same notebook twice
– Split view with other apps
PDF Annotation– Recognises hyperlinks
– Deactivates hyperlinks when writing over them
– Exports active hyperlinks
– Uses all writing tools
OCR– Search through your handwriting and text in scans
– Convert handwriting to text
– Math conversion with LaTex editing
OCR LanguagesEnglish, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), Danish, Dutch, Filipino, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
iPadOS Support– False dark mode changes app’s user interface only
– Split view
Presentation Mode– Present without showing the user interface
– Split view to see your notes while presenting
Laser pointer: dot/trail, four colour options
Collaboration– Needs Notability account
– Invite via link only
– Public access to shared notes
– Share read-only documents, only 10 at a time
– Shared documents downloadable as PDF or Note
Universal Search– On the homepage & note switcher
Results: title/content matches
– Searches through handwritten notes & scans
– Highlights all found terms
Unique features– Audio recording synced to notes
– Password-protect PDF exports
– Add web clips to notes
– Creates small documents that save storage
Exporting Formats: PDF, note, image, RTF
Settings– Auto backup to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, WebDAV
– Default preferences for new notebooks, text, handwriting
– Password protection for folders
Notability: specifications

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