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.
Starvon Washington commented
+1 on infinite long sheets. Just started using GoodNotes - I love it! However I am jumping to Noteability App for that feature. I'd love to switch fully to GoodNotes - please add! Thank you!
Infinitely long sheets is the one feature why I prefere OneNote over GoodNotes
Remove the margin/spacing between pages and find a way to allow pen strokes to cross a page boundary to another page. This would pretty much give people the same thing as an infinite sheet within the current framework.
Ooooh so excited for this to get on the development roadmap. I also liked the comment about potentially donating toward the development. Right now I use another app (paid 9.99) that acts as my infinite scratchpad and then have to switch between GoodNotes to organize the ideas into notebooks or develop the organization logic. The other app I use as an infinite visual only saves the file as a .png so I don’t expect it to save pictures, objects, or anything fancy... it’s really just like a brainstorming scratchpad/brain map to make sure I get the ideas down without distraction of how ideas connect or can tie to other ideas on another page. I previously had a large 10’ piece of butcher paper across my wall and a couple white boards to accomplish this type of note taking. I know some scientists and programmers who also work like this. I would’ve gladly given GoodNotes a donation toward this development instead of another app! Maybe it can be a notebook type? Or just an independent sheet type outside of a notebook? Thank you for your great product!
simon wan commented
in many cases , I use GoodNotes as an electronic blackboard or scratch paper when I have a discussion with the team. It would be great if there is an infinite page so
We don’t have to turn between different pages, just like Onenote.
o s commented
Would it be more feasible to have a similar system to the page layouts in notability where the page size is still fixed but there no longer is a gap between pages allowing for writing to cross between pages easily?
And if this would still be incompatible with the features you listed could the user at least get the option to sacrifice those features to have infinite scroll when creating a new note?
Mario Goebbels commented
Would probably be an idea to go along the lines of what Nebo does and introduce a special page type that is infinite.
Are you developing an infinite sheet option? Else will have to switch to other apps for that. One single infinite sheet like one note
When linking my ipad to my mac to record educational videos, the document does not scroll smoothly (what I see on the ipad - smooth scroll - is not the same as what appears in the screen recording on my mac - nonsmooth jump between pages). The ability to smoothly scroll through a document is essential, in particular in edu context...
Adam K commented
> If infinite pages aren’t currently feasible could a feature making it easier to write on the bottom 1/4 of a page be added. Currently the pages locks and I think a simple allowing the page to not lock to my screen and position the bottom portion freely in the middle of my screen would make a huge difference.
This is exactly what it needs. Other applications do this, such as Procreate. It's very difficult to write in the bottom section of the iPad and forcing this is terrible UX.
Update: I've solved this folks. Switch your scrolling direction to vertical, and make sure you've always got an extra page added. Then, when you need to write at the bottom of a page, you can simply scroll up and onto that last blank page, but writing on the bottom of the previous page.
Niaaz Wahab commented
How about using the same framework, but the individual file size is not capped? Such that I can have one infinitely long page as a document following your same architecture, except that the page will be significantly larger.
Or even possibly to have multiple infinite pages
I get that you love your current framework, but it could be extended.
- Part of the parchment could be split into reordable sections.
- Easy reordering of sections within a document.
- Rotation of regular pages.
- Export a selection of section. Visual clue tells the writer where a section will be divided if or when he’ll export to pdf, say.
- Adding images/photos as standalone section is still possible.
- Mixing multiple file types is still possible, in section of the roll/parchment.
Be creative! It would be so usefull.
If infinite pages aren’t currently feasible could a feature making it easier to write on the bottom 1/4 of a page be added. Currently the pages locks and I think a simple allowing the page to not lock to my screen and position the bottom portion freely in the middle of my screen would make a huge difference.
Jeff K commented
What if it was a new document/notebook type? I love the way I can export an individual page at the moment and it works great with PDFs, but occasionally I do miss the infinite canvas.
Drawing across pages might fill the gap.
Marcus Auty-Jacklin commented
An alternative which i'd like to see, which wouldn't necessitate a change of framework, would be for there to be an option for pages to be seamless and be able to write across page borders. Rather than the current system which users are locked into, which is where there are gaps across page borders and a pen stroke which goes across it doesn't continue on the new page.
Please bring in infinity page scroll. GoodNotes users are being deprived of such logical features. Just the “different than Notability “ reasoning doesn’t cut the ice.
Send the guy who proposed the idea of withholding infinity scroll to Himalayas for introspection. I won’t charge for suggesting alternative place ;)
What if every user that upvoted (1117) donates $1? Would you consider adding this feature to the GoodNotes app?
It is honestly an opportunity:
+ I can well imagine how many Notability users would switch to GoodNotes if this feature is added. That app has 20k ratings -> many users ;)
+ You can get a hold of new users during this digitalisation wave set by Coronavirus
Don't wait until it's too late!
While this seems difficult, I feel like the best workaround may be to offer another type of notebook altogether that is just one sheet that can expand as much as possible, not allowing any template changes in that sheet.
I love GoodNotes but honestly, this might make me switch to Noteability even though GN is better in every other aspect.
I'm willing to put down $200 to the charity of your choosing if this is implemented by September start (September 1, 2020).
Nuno Moreno commented
but they could think of a separate model. that exports png or jpg.
as well as times the option to choose vertical, horizontal file, we could have infinities.
knowing that he would not export individually.
honestly you don't even have to expire. but it is extremely important for us to be able to put content from a material or subject within the same information and research area. put a notice explaining the file export limitations, but having that option would be essential
Karim Abou Zeid commented
I can’t believe this is still not fixed. Because of this, an otherwise great app is unusable for me.