Notability specifications

Type of appHandwriting note-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 14.0 or later
– iOS 14.0 or later
– macOS 11.0 or later
Price$14.99/year for Notability+
– Free trial (lasts less than a week), learn more about here.
– Free through Apple School Manager
Size260.3 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 Used567 MB for 92 notes
Organisation5 levels
User Interface– Minimalist: one toolbar
– Mobile favourites toolbar that you can toggle
PagesSizes: A7-A3, letter, letter (optimised) legal and tabloid
Orientation: portrait & landscape
– Any colour you want
Templates: Basic, Education, Creative, Planning, Planners & Worksheets.
– Improper page rotation
– Excellent page editing options
Writing tools– Vector ink
Type: ballpoint, fountain, dashed & dotted pens
Sizes: 12, fixed
– No opacity options
Colours: 32 default & 32 custom
– Favourites toolbar
Zoom tool– Has writing & navigation tools
– Auto-advance
– Can improve handwriting
TextInput: Keyboard, Scribble
Body text & in text boxes
– Many fonts & colours
– Use custom fonts
Lists: numbered, bulleted, interactive checklists
Text alignment (text boxes only): left, right, centre
Format: bold, italic & underline
– 3 favourite styles
– Line spacing: 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
– Colour options similar to the pen tool
Eraser– Per stroke/pixel
– Erase highlighter only
Sizes: 12, fixed
– No auto-deselection
Lasso tool– Selects handwriting only
– Cut, copy, delete, duplicate
Style: changes colour, stroke type & pen thickness
Convert handwriting to text
– Group ink
– Save to create custom stickers
Items added to notesAudio recordings synced to notes
Web clips
Sticky notes
ShapesRegular & irregular shapes, curves, arrows
– Modify shapes after you have drawn them
Style: changes stroke & fill
– Resize & rotate
Photos– 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)
– Automatically adds new pages
MultitaskingIn-app split view: open the same notebook twice
– Split view with other apps
– Multiple instances. Learn more about multitasking in Notability.
PDF Annotation– Recognises hyperlinks
– Deactivates hyperlinks when writing over them
– Exports active hyperlinks
– Bookmark pages
– View annotated pages only
– Password protect exports
– Uses all writing tools
OCR– Search through your handwriting and text in scans
– Convert handwriting to text
– Math conversion with LaTex editing. Learn more about OCR in Notability.
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
– Multiple instances
– Drag & drop
– Scribble
– Insert scans
Presentation Mode– Present without showing the user interface
– Split view to see your notes while presenting
Laser pointer: dot/trail, four colour options
Collaboration– Read-only & one way
Notability Gallery (like social media for notes)
Universal Search– On the homepage & Note Switcher
Results: title/content matches
– Searches through handwritten notes & scans
– Search specific folders
Unique features– Audio recording synced to notes
– Password-protect PDF exports & folders
– 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
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