Notabilityfor Mac



Notability for Mac is a digital note-taking app that lets you combine handwriting, photos, and text, in one place.

It supports Apple Pen and can convert handwriting to text. It syncs across your devices via  iCloud, so it’s easy to pull all your information and media together and stay organized.

How much is Notability for Mac?

It’s currently $1.99 in the Mac App Store. 

Does Notability sync across devices?

Yes, it syncs across your devices via your iCloud subscription.

However, to use it across your devices, you’ll have to buy the iOS version separately for a further $8.99.

What’s better, Notability or GoodNotes?

They’re both excellent apps in their own ways, so it depends on your priorities.

Notability’s ace card is the many types of content that you can import into your notes, including audio files.

However, GoodNotes stand-out feature is organization of your notes. It allows you to create folders and sub-folders. Notability on the other hand, just has a two-level folder system consisting of folder and subjects.

Can you convert handwriting to text?

Yes, you can. Here’s how:

  1. Draw a rectangle around the handwriting that you want to convert
  2. Right-click (or control-click) within the selection
  3. From the menu that appears, click ‘Convert to text’
  4. Click ‘Convert selection’, and your handwriting will become text

Can Notability open Word documents?

No, but it can import Word documents, as well as Excel spreadsheets and PowerPoint presentations. They’ll open in the respective Mac apps – Pages, Numbers, or Keynote.

Our take

For most day-to-day notetaking, collation of content, and PDF annotation, Notability is an excellent app.

However, it has stiff competition from the likes of GoodNotes and Microsoft OneNote. GoodNotes allows you to organize your notes more precisely than Notability does.

OneNote represents the best value for money, allowing you to install the app on various devices and platforms without having to buy the app each time.

Should you download it?

Yes, especially if you’re into taking notes and keeping recipes.

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