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Universal search (across documents, folders, pages within pages)

Good Notes needs a universal search option, so that from the main screen, we can search for note titles, folder names, page bookmark and text (typed or written with OCR). Otherwise, it is nearly impossible to find notes back.

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      • Nick R commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        If full open text search is problematic, then a half-way house would be to implement user-defined tags which could be inserted into notes and searched for across all notes (Bear is an example of how this works).

      • Erick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        As a medical student keeping all of my lectures and notes within GoodNotes, I often come across terms/ diseases that I know I have previously studied, but can’t recall details on. Without a universal search, my countless pages of medical notes are often not useful to me because I do not have a good way of finding that specific term that I need to brush up on again. PLEASE help!

      • Dow commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I would not have purchased this app if I'd known it didn't do universal search. Please don't make me regret my choice.

      • chema commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        es lo primero que intente en cuanto empece a usar la app, y el hecho de no tener esta función limita el volumen de notas, obliga al usuario a usar mas destreza organizativa y memoria, en vez de libertad creativa, desgasta al usuario y lo frustra. esta app tiene muchas carencias y supongo que es cuestión de priorizar pero lo primero es crear notas organizarlas y recuperarlas y después ya vendrán las funciones extra, como duplicar pantalla o cosas asi. es mi punto de vista, gracias.

      • Isabel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I translate documents on goodnotes and this would so help me keep track of the different words and phrases when I can't remember what document they're from.

      • Vittorio S. LaPira commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is an important feature that should be a priority for developers, along with finding a way to reduce the size of PDFs upon export (with annotations--without annotations defeats the purpose).

      • Bob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Lack of this global search feature has become my number 1 issue with Good Notes and frustrates me almost daily; especially when in meetings and needing to quickly find a note; I know some key word(s) of the note, but it may be in one of many notebooks from the past ... opening up every notebook and searching in an not only an exercise in frustration, it's can be a non-trivial waste of time, to the point of considering not using Good Notes for some note taking needs. I put all three votes on this suggestion.

      • Yury commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Please! Please! Please! Have to use google to be able to find things now. (Export to Google Does just for searching)

      • Rob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I agree completely. I am very impressed by how well the OCR search works within a document, and equally NOT impressed by the fact that I can't search all notes, or notes within a category, this way. A simple search field when viewing a note category would be great. And then an "All Categories" view with the same search field. Lack of universal search is the most glaring problem with Goodnotes. Otherwise the app is near perfect.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Love the app, needed a better search option. Searching in Goodnotes is solid, it can search and recognize your handwriting, but you can only search one file at a time, I needed a broader search. I was already using Evernote so I decided to embrace Evernote’s search.

        Now I export my Goodnotes files to Evernote as pdf files. I save the file as a pdf with my Goodnotes file name in an associated folder name in Evernote. In Evernote I can do a high level app search by a word in the Goodnotes text and get a list of all ex-Goodnotes pdf files with the search word in it. I can also do a file specific search for the same text and find the exact handwritten word and the page location.

        If I need to, I can edit the file in Evernote (not as robust as Goodnotes, but satisfactory) or using an iPad, I can reopen my file in Goodnotes and edit to my hearts content. And re-export to Evernote for long term storage and searching.

        Great combo (until Goodnotes enhances its search ability to the higher level above file specific searching).

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