GoodNotes – a perfect note taking app with Apple Pencil

GoodNotes has been around for a while now and in the beginning I was not as convinced about the app. Recently I gave GoodNotes a try and it convinced me so much, that I dropped OneNote.

First of all GoodNotes is perfect in organizing your notes which are stored in a notebook. These notebooks belong to a specific category which gives you a really clean overview. After creating a new notebook you can choose from a variety of cover sheets which gives every topic its own style.
Afterwards you add pages and start writing like on paper.

Additionally, there is one really useful button in the top bar which enables object/shape recognition which works amazingly good. So when you draw a circle or a rectangle and many more it recognizes it and draws it with straight lines which leads to a very clean look as there is no rough line. Furthermore, GoodNotes has the ability to import images, create textfields and make bookmarks.

Next, there is also a search feature which works stunningly well for handwriting. My handwriting is really not the most beautiful and it detects almost every word I searched for. One other beneficial aspect is the wide variety of sync services you can choose from like iCloud, Dropbox, Box, Google Drive & OneDrive. I have only tried the iCloud sync which never made any problems.

Goodnotes is available for iOS (iPad & iPhone) and for macOS for $7,99. Click here if you want to see some examples using GoodNotes. These pencils work best.

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Yoink – drag & drop your files

Since the introduction of iOS 11 the experience of drag & drop has dramatically improved on iPad, as you are now able to drag almost every file type to other applications, for example images to the Notes app.

But there are a few situations where you don’t want to switch between applications and that is where Yoink comes in. With Yoink you can simply drag any file type like texts, images, links, mails and much more, to the application where these dropped items will be stored, it is like a shelf. Furthermore, Yoink supports all views, like the side-by-side or split-view which is super handy.

A good example is that you are going to copy a few images from the Photos application to Yoink. You select all the images you like and drag them over to Yoink. As you drop the images Yoink automatically creates a collection and if you move this collection to Notes all of the items included in this collection will be dropped to Notes. (See the GIF below)

Yoink GIF

Additionally, all items inside of Yoink are indexed by the Spotlight which makes searching for items very easy. And you can even drag & drop the search results!

Yoink also includes a share sheet extension for sending items to Yoink without even opening it. Furthermore, the app offers a keyboard extension, where you can drag already stored items and drop them in almost any other application.


Final words:

There are many alternatives to Yoink which offer almost the same functionality, though I stick with Yoink because there are great new features planned like url schemes, download files from a url to Yoink and it will support the Files app soon.

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EDIT 5th of December: added official video