Notability free download for Mac


17 July 2019

Note-taking and annotation made easy.


Notability is a powerful note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures, take notes and more. It combines, typing, handwriting, audio recording, and photos so you can create notes that fit your needs. With iCloud support, your notes are always available on iPad, iPhone and Mac. Anytime, anywhere.

Notability is optimized for Mac:

  • Quickly create notes by dragging documents, photos, or audio recordings from the desktop and dropping onto the library.
  • Enhance notes by dragging photos, audio recordings, and PDFs from the desktop and dropping onto a note.
  • Get more done with smart keyboard shortcuts.
  • Handwriting and sketches can be scaled, transformed, free and constrained rotated, nudged (with arrow keys), and restyled.
  • Notes look the same on Mac, iPad, and iPhone.

Capture memorable notes with these essential features:

  • Type reports and outlines in a variety of fonts, sizes, colors and styles.
  • Text automatically reflows around images.
  • Handwriting has been fine-tuned to be smooth and expressive using a trackpad or mouse.
  • Sketch and write using a variety of colors, line widths, and styles.
  • Record audio during lectures and meetings to capture more detail.
  • Import audio recordings from other sources.

What's new in Notability

Version 4.0.4:
  • Fixed an issue where some notes would hang on load
  • Fixed a bug where the delete key might not work on images
  • Improved caption editing
  • Improved scrolling while moving images and ink

Requirements for Notability

  • macOS 10.12.0 or later

17 Notability Reviews

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10 May 2015

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Thanks to the App Store policy, I to buy this to try it out :-/. Anyway, I very quickly came to realize that this is not a good note taking tool for me. I'm an engineer and I'm often drawing circuits, graphs, writing equations etc. I use a Wacom graphics tablet connected to my Mac for this because I don't like the kind of stylus that typically comes with an iPad. Anyway, I sketched out a circuit and went to use the eraser only to find out all the drawing was vector based and the eraser would delete every object it touched instead of behaving like a real eraser would on a pencil drawing i.e. erase only where the eraser touched. Then I went to select an odd shaped piece in the middle of my drawing so I could move it but the only selection tool available was a selection rectangle - it didn't even have a lasso tool. Sigh - I wasted my money. It has potential, I just need to wait for it to get some basic drawing related features first...
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Version 1.05
17 July 2019
Version 4.0.4
18 April 2018
for a Version 2 with an "Insert Space" function I would happily pay 50$ !!
Version 2.9.1
14 April 2018
It is going to become more usable. To bad, that there is no "insert space" Button / Command as it is in Onenote for PC. A note taking App should be better than pen and paper not only imitating it.
Version 2.9
Version 2.8.2
16 January 2018
"Notes look the same on Mac, iPad, and iPhone" Well they don't because there is no dark ui on the mac version so the notes are the same but they look different visually to the ios versions... still waiting
Version 2.8.1
26 September 2017
Version 2.6.2
25 April 2017
Version 2.5.1
24 March 2017
Version 2.4.1
04 November 2016
Just found it, looked good, and and paid (also iOS). But 2.3.0 and 2.3.1 does crash immediately (10.9.5). No solution from dev.
Version 2.3.1
12 October 2016
I like Notability, it works well across my iphone, ipad and Macbook, syncs ok with Dropbox, although does not seem to sync locked items. However it is great value compared to a certain other note keeping system.

My only comment is PLEASE can we have the dark UI on the Mac version to match the ios versions
Version 2.3.0


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