Infinitely long sheets
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.
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
Since each page is an individual file, a truly infinite sheet is not feasible with the current framework.
Walter Smith commented
I understand why the current framework requires separate pages. However, it seems like it would be easy to eliminate (or minimize) the displayed gaps between pages, which would give essentially the same functionality as infinite paper.
Just bought it and it surprised me that an infinite canvas was not available.
The rest of the app works correctly but I'm not sure I would have bought it if I knew I was restricted to only use portrait/landscape modes :(
From the comments I guess this will never happen?
Tricia Anne Castro commented
Super lame workaround! I think you can still do continuous typing at the least on a page without inserting a text box each page. It would really be great to ditch Notability altogether because the handwriting feature of Good Notes is superior to Notability. Maybe a continuous typing tool can be added alongside pen tool, erase tool, etc. This typing tool can recognize the lines on the paper and automatically align the text along them, or if the paper style is dotted, set a default line spacing and make margins automatic on the page.
MAKE THIS HAPPEN! 🙏🏻
Onkar Goswami commented
Another user who loves Goodnotes would like to tell you how much we would love to have an infinite canvas. Please Goodnotes team, make it happen! Thank you!
Also, would like to emphasize, that the first comment for this request was from 2016...... yet I am still here leaving a comment to voice my opinion.
Raouf Fgl commented
Here is a potential solution for this problem:
Laurent Grima commented
This is such a lame excuse for not implementing this. If your designers can’t find a way to elegantly add this feature, please consider hiring new ones. Here are a few suggestions to help you:
1. Create a new object that isn’t a notebook or a page and is an infinite page. You can even call it a canvas.
2. Or make it so that a notebook can hold pages of multiple sizes, one being infinite. If the book analogy stops working, just call it a folder.
If you can’t lake the pages infinite for performance reasons, then at least enable larger page sizes.
Now why is infinite canvas important ? When you’re thinking about something, you want all your thinking to be connected and visible, not broken down into pages. Otherwise your thoughts are broken down as well.
Angie Abreu commented
I don’t want to do “this instead” I want to have the choice between infinite or individual pages. Please.
Okay, so under your framework, can we add "pages" to all direction to mimic infinite page?
They gotta fix their framework then because its pathetic that I can't drag an item from one page to another.
Mango Alphacon commented
I don't see what the length of a page has to do with all the things you have listed.
I think you should be able to keep a page as an individual file, but still change the length of it. Why not?
I mean pages of individual length are a major advantage for using a digital note-taking app.
It is really a huge disadvantage that I have to create a new page not because I am working on a new topic/theme but just because GoodNotes limits the length of a page. This is really disturbing my workflow and it always feels unnatural.
Scrolling horizontally should go to the next page, but scrolling vertically one should stay on the same page.
Only for printing purposes the individual length of pages needs to be broken apart to fit physical pages.
If it is the framework that is the limit, the GoodNotes-team should really think about changing the framework, because clearly it is not adequate for a full-fledged digital note-taking app.
Why oh why does a new page not just automatically appear when you reach the bottom of your sheet, or do you think notes for meetings or study are only one page long
salve non si trova opzione/metodo per incollare un testo "lungo" e Goodnotes in automatico creare le relative pagine necessarie ?
"Since each page is an individual file, a truly infinite sheet is not feasible " - why not provide an "infinite" page type (along with A4, etc.)
Scott Moulton commented
I was looking to move from Notability to Goodnotes. I tested a bunch of test files and was happy. Then I go to get my first most important note from Notability and go paste the long text into the first note for Goodnotes and then find that my text is in a box that keeps on going paste the bottom of the page break. I cannot see the text or get to it, it doesn't scroll or anything. Then I am like surely my first attempt can't be the limit, they must have a way to deal with this, like get rid of page break. Then I see this. REALLY GUYS a long text?? Thats where you tool fails? Of all the hard stuff to deal with in software and its a long pasted text box that you cannot handle? I think you guys need a new manager to come over and tell you what to do if you cannot handle long text in a note taking apps. I saw your excuse. Its unacceptable. Digital has advantages over paper and don't limit a digital implementation to match an analog. I guess I am done using Goodnotes. Its impossible to not have long pasted text from other apps. And really? No record audio button? Two things that could be fixed in 1 day. Unacceptable no matter how good the other stuff is.
Why not just have a separate template that allows for an infinite sheet? Then the page format doesn't have to be reformatted, there just exists an alternative option in the template selection.
Or maybe as long as the blank page you are writing on is the last page in a notebook or note; have the app add a new page automatically as long as you add content to the page. And include this as a toggle switch in the settings in addition to preseting how many pages you want in your note for those who may want to manually add pages. The current implementation of adding a page one at a time kinda breaks your flow of note taking because you have to pause to swipe to add a page.
One last thing i wish i could lock the zoom level of a page so that I avoid accidentally zooming in or out of a page with my palm
Bob Popular commented
The workaround offered by Goodnotes is a good suggestion, I guess. I think the ability to have infinite scroll is still pretty critical since there are a lot of users who are having to export and to an assume page size. Seems like a functionality toggle.
Mehmet Akyüz commented
+1. GoodNotes is the best iPad app I could find for white-boarding while sharing the screen over video chat. Working with pages is very limiting.
Infinite pages could be a specific type of item, such as QuickNotes. It could be a Whiteboard item or something.
Rather than have an infinite working space, an alternative might be to be able to create a pre-defined number of pages. So if you know you need 10 or 30 or 150 pages, then being able to tell Goodnotes that, both in creating a new document and in existing documents, might take the chore out of having to create one page at a time manually.
We then just need to ability to write from one page to another and to copy and paste images from one page to another.
I would join this wish, in combination with a feature from OneNote, which I appreciate very much: Create a gap on the page by inserting a space of any height. This creates space between existing text or sketches for additions.
It might be a problem to move the space to the next page, because the content of the next page is delimited. A compromise would be creating a page on which the moved part is pushed.