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Notability for Mac

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Key Details of Notability

  • Note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures, take notes and more.
  • Last updated on 2/29/2024
  • There have been 3 updates
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Editors' Review

Download.com staff

Notability for Mac provides all kinds of recording tools, and it also supports annotating existing documents. With this app at your disposal, you won't have to worry about keeping an accurate record of things or about forgetting items that are really important.


Nice interface: Notability's interface is smooth and intuitive, with handy controls and the option to just drag and drop highlighted text from another document to copy it into the software. There is also an extensive and well-organized Help document to refer to, if you need information about getting started or how to complete certain types of operations.

Multimedia support: In addition to typing, drawing, and adding text boxes, you can also add audio and photos to your notes. Just drag and drop MP3, MP4, and photo files to include them, and resize or rearrange photos quickly and easily once they're in place.


No direct sharing: One noticeable limitation is the fact that you can't share documents directly. If you want to share something you've been working on, you have to export and save it as a PDF, RTF, or Note first, and then send it out via email or another messaging system.

Bottom Line

Notability for Mac is a great tool to have on hand when you need to make a note of something or annotate an existing document. Its intuitive interface makes carrying out any and all functions a snap, and its $4.99 price tag is a relatively small price to pay for its impressive functionality. If you're looking for a new way to take notes, this is definitely an app to consider.

What's new in version 1.01

- Added ability to right click notes to rename them in place.- Fixed an issue with typing accented characters.- Added color and password settings for subjects.- Added keyboard shortcuts for list styles, text boxes and recordings.- Improved autocorrect behavior.- Several other bug fixes.Heads up! iOS 8 is here. If you use Notability on iOS, when installing iOS 8 please don't upgrade to iCloud Drive until Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite is available. Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks will not be able to sync your notes if you upgrade to iCloud Drive.

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Full Specifications

September 27, 2014
Latest update
February 29, 2024
Operating System
OS X 10.9, Mac OS X
Additional Requirements
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Developer's Description

Note-taker to annotate documents, sketch ideas, record lectures, take notes and more.
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.Replay your notes- Notes are linked to audio recordings, so you can watch your typing and handwriting play back while you review a lecture or meeting. You can also use note replay to give audio feedback to students or colleagues.- Notes added during note playback will also link to the recording.