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  1. It would be nice if we could have infinitely long sheets like in Onenote. There really isn't a need to be restricted to physical dimensions of paper anymore.

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    Hey everyone, in GoodNotes 5, we added the ability to set the scrolling direction to “vertical”: https://support.goodnotes.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000118135-How-to-set-the-scrolling-direction-to-horizontal-or-vertical

    We’re using a framework for page handling that treats every page as a separate file. This allows things like:
    - export of a selection of pages
    - easy reordering of pages within a document
    - rotation of pages
    - adding images/photos as standalone pages
    - mixing multiple file types (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, GoodNotes) in a single document
    - etc.

    Since each page is an individual file, a truly infinite sheet is not feasible with the current framework.

  2. To be able to organise pages into sub folders 'within' each notebook would be very useful.

    643 votes

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    In GoodNotes 5 we implemented the option to create infinite subfolders to replace the concept of “categories” in GoodNotes 4. Consider using multiple documents in a subfolders instead of adding everything to one notebook. If you want to further divide your notebook internally, you can use bookmarks or custom outlines to label your pages.

  3. It should be allowed to show two pages of the same notebook at the same time instead of only able to show two notebooks side by side. This allows us to read more at a time, or even draw diagrams that can span two pages.

    148 votes

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  4. Be able to record session (voice and desktop), to broadcast a lesson or presentation. Like in explain everything...but GoodNotes is better!

    74 votes

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  5. 26 votes

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  6. Sometimes I want to get an overview of my notes by checking the correlations between them
    Make it more like a pdf reader so I can read two or more pages at one time

    18 votes

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    Thanks for the suggestion. For now, please try opening the same document in two windows side by side. You can drag and drop the page from thumbnail view to the side and navigate both windows independently.

  7. I want two-page view at the same time when read

    14 votes

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  8. I would love to see a feature where you can screen record yourself writing/drawing a section of your notes, having it save as a gif and then can be replayed anytime within the notes page. Like having small animations embedded within your own notes (resizable and movable like a mini-player), creating more dynamic pages.

    10 votes

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  9. The grey paper templates are good, but a lot of colours don't look good on grey.

    Kindly add completely black templates.

    8 votes

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  10. Can you add a threshold setting for Apple Pencil sensitivity? That way it would ignore the pencil if there wasn't enough pressure applied to the screen. It would really help people who accidentally link letters together while writing in a print/cursive mix.

    I imagine a slider setting somewhere that you can move about and pick the threshold thats best for you.

    Currently all of my writing jumbles terribly since all contact is recorded, unlike writing with a pencil on paper where very light touches are barely visible.

    8 votes

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  11. A button with which I can close every opened document and even the last open window at once would be very great because sometimes I find it quite annoying when I open GoodNotes and when opening a document the last one ist still opened in an other window.
    I would be very happy with a new feature like this.
    Maybe it would be possible to do it like this:
    if you hold the go back button (with which i can go out of the opened document viewer) a button appears which says something like: close all windows
    Thank you already…

    7 votes

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    Thanks for the feedback. In the meantime, you can try the following:

    In GoodNotes > Menu > Settings > Document Editing, disable the option to “Always open documents as new tabs”.

    If this is disabled, new documents won’t be opened as new tabs all the time. Instead, you can only open one document at a time, or use the option to “open in a new tab” from the action menu. Tap on the down arrow next to the notebook thumbnail in the library to open the action menu.

  12. Have a feature that summarise what is written at the end of the day to revise or recap the important ideas across different notebooks. Show "card-like" pages sorted by different notes/folder. A good way to review what we've learn and to slows down forgetting curve.

    6 votes

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  13. In the "Documents" app, if you open multiple pdf files and touch the currently open tab, the "Close other tabs" menu appears. So, you can easily organize unnecessary tabs except for the pdf file you are currently viewing.
    However, the "Goodnotes 5" app shows serious inconvenience and inefficiency in opening a new window, removing unnecessary windows, and then finding and opening the required pdf file again.

    5 votes

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    Thanks for sharing your feedback. In the meantime, please try disabling the ability to automatically open documents as new tabs in GoodNotes > Menu > Settings > Document Editing. You can still open documents as new tabs by tapping on the drop down arrow next to their name in the library view. The best way to open a previously opened document is from the search tab in the “Previously Opened Documents” section.

  14. The ability to insert larger pages where required. I see from a previous response that continuos pages aren't an option for various good reasons. However, the ability to have larger pages that you can scroll around, zoom in, zoom out on would be useful. There are times when you need to put a lot of information on one page.

    5 votes

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  15. It would be ingenious if you could generally scroll vertically in a document, but horizontally in parts (for example with an inserted PDF file), so that the PDF appears as a unit.
    This would make the overview much easier and would be a unique selling point.

    5 votes

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    We considered that but found that it introduces a lot of complexity and is hard to understand for most users. You can quickly change the scrolling direction in the … menu in an open document.

  16. As a student I like to use different colours for different subjects - I think pastel coloured A4 templates with both narrow and wide rulings plus a margin would be very useful.

    5 votes

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  17. You need to deeply think through the workflow around signing complex documents. Apple Mail now handles simple signatures directly within the email app. But this doesn't always work.

    The workflow with Goodnotes (and all other apps, mostly because of sandboxing of common document types like PDF, which should not be sandboxed because they do no harm--but no one on the planet will convince Apple because Jobs didn't like file systems and no one at Apple can contest the memories of the infallible Jobs). Phew.

    There are several problems specific to Goodnotes for this obvious and common business scenario:
    1. Goodnotes…

    4 votes

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    Thanks for sharing your detailed feedback about the email workflows. In fact, we are thinking about this and have implemented a feature that should shorten these steps for you already and let you automate parts of it to a certain extent. We call it “Email to GoodNotes”. It allows you to automatically import PDF attachments to emails that are sent to a unique GoodNotes email address.
    You can read more about it here: https://support.goodnotes.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000477276-Using-Email-to-GoodNotes-for-importing-PDF-files

    By using services like Zapier or IFTTT, you can also automatically forward email to this address, so that PDF attachments will always show up in your GoodNotes “inbox” when your defined criteria are met (for example from a specific sender).

    Of course, this doesn’t yet help for the step of the workflow where you have to send the file back.

  18. Hi, goodnotes developers.
    I've been using goodnotes application for years and I think Goodnotes 5 should have a "Categories" shourcut as in goodnotes 4. It's more convenient than tapping "back" again and again until I reach the main documents page. I have many subfolders so that shoutcut is what goodnotes 5/6/7 or whatever should have. Hope you consider this problem. I'm certainly sure that it's not inly me who feel uncomfotable about this. Thank you for your hard working!

    4 votes

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    Thanks for the suggestion. We’ll see what we can do about it in the future. In the meantime, you can avoid having to tap the back button multiple times and instead tap on the “Documents” icon in the tab bar at the bottom to jump straight to the root folder level.

  19. After drawing a shape it'd be nice if we could have the option to remove its border, leaving only the semi-transparent filling. I draw lots of 3D shapes and the semi-transparent filling helps indicating the object's depth, but the borders make the object look cluttered.

    4 votes

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  20. Please create a squared A4 Page
    (with two or 4 holes, where it can be perforated when it´s print out)
    (with 41 squares)
    , like a real college notebook.

    This would really facilitate my learning routine!!!

    4 votes

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