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.
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.
Cant we extent the artboard as you write/draw? And you can do that a few times until the page is X/twice as long? Each time you get a warning too (phrased in a positive tone) so you know to wrap up your page soon.
One of the limitations of physical paper is its vertical height is restricted, which is incredibly frustrating on a daily scale to most people who draw/diagram... why must we face the same ridiculous limitation in a virtual world.
It doesn't need to be infinite... but give a something to work with.
Have a standard artboard as twice the length with half hidden by default. then it doesn't break your code.
This is really frustrating, think outside of the box.
This is a nice update, but there's a some room for improvement. It would be better if there was the "illusion" of continuous scrolling. Now when you vertically scroll, it's very clear you're changing notes. It's especially noticeable if you use a black background on your notes. What we need is a smooth transition between the two notes.
Mardon Mashrabov commented
This feature is very important imho. (especially for graphing)
I cut and paste quite a bit of emails and other information sources in my work flow, and to have the information abruptly cut off at the bottom of the page is a deal breaker. Please include an option for auto creating new pages as you go past the current one or implement an infinity page template.
Mark Levison commented
Some alternatives that might help:
- Offer special templates with infinitely long pages
- Add an option - add to automatically add a new page when you approach within "X" of a page end.
Some creativity would go along way.
Perhaps its time to try Notability or OneNote.
Disappointed in Ottawa
I’ve used Notability for the past couple of years and thought I would give GoodNotes 5 a try. I love the interface of GoodNotes but I spent well over an hour trying to to figure out if there is a way to create infinite pages like you can in Notabilty. I finally gave up and went back to using Notability. Allowing text to just fall off the page rather than create a new page within the same document is such a a basic feature, I can’t believe the development team overlooked this. I’m going back to Notability and hoping I can get a refund.
Some Guy commented
If you don't mind me saying, this is more of a lack of coding creativity problem then a feasibility problem, I do software myself and I could easily think of several solutions, first and foremost it would be easiest to simply have a grid of pages (or files) that all look like one (continuous) page that are only superficial until the user writes inside of one of the grid sections then a file would be created for that grid space and if they draw outside that square then it would simply create more files on the spot. This certainly isn't the most optimal solution but it would be very easy to institute and given that over 1000 of your users have come to this page alone to request this, this seems simply unreasonable that this functionality haven't been added yet.