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.
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.
I really want this as well. It sucks to run out of horizontal space - especially when doing free-form note taking + diagrams, and you end up with pieces of diagrams/charts in different pages...
Tye Barnett commented
Im sorry but Im so happy that they dont have pages that are infinitely long. This would be extremely annoying and its the exact reason I dont use OneNote
The way a page moves from left to right when I’m trying to scroll through pages quickly is frustrating. I wish that the page would be centered and still (like Notability), not moving left and right.
Dan Nichols commented
In response to the moderator's comment; This seems easy enough to do if you create a squared expansion to every demand to expand beyond the present page.
For instance, one would start with a single page, then go to 2x2 = 4 pages, and if you are presently required to assign 4 files (one to each page), then they could coded to appear to the user as a single page. This would continue on 3x3=9 pages for each expansion beyond the presently viewed limit.
This could even be done 1x1 If the user expands space on the right, add a page as if it were horizontally scrolled. IF the user expands space below, THEN add a page file below and set it as linked to the page above.
I agree with the infinite idea. Seems it could be incorporated even with single page file format. I need to be able to insert new content into the middle of an existing page and have the existing content automatically reorder and “create “ a new page if need be to accommodate the space needed for the newly inserted content without having to take the time to cut/paste existing content to a new page. I need the existing content to automatically scroll over to a newly automatically created new page.
Mehdi Abbassi commented
You can just just paged one after another and without any space between them, so it will be seen as infinity sheet and also an option to draw right on the both pages continuously without breaking, so we can draw some graphs in the both page and if we see the both page and one after another it will be infinity sheet.
Consider the app is used on a mobile device, to support a very long page is a user-friendly feature. It is not convenient to taking notes on a tiny page with Apple Pencil.
Sheld'onia Evans commented
Nicholas O'Brien commented
I also prefer individual pages over an infinite sheet and would prefer an option if it is implemented
Could still handle as individual pages but having an option to scroll down just viewing a dotted line(for example), showing where the next page begin.
Not forcing the user to see both pages individually.
Olivier James Toussaint commented
Just add an option to automatically create a new page when start writing on the current page, so combined with the vertical mode, it will be like an infinite scrolling... (I think that will work with the current framework)
Jessica Jones commented
I specifically use GoodNotes because it DOESNT do this. I would hate it if it had it forced, so preferably if you go this route, make it an option?
Please include this feature. True infinite sheets are a game changer for note taking.
Please implement infinite sheets, and if the problem is the management of each page as a file then use one and manage it as Excel does!
If you need to print it, then you just select how much you want to fit in one page. ie making squares
Hi GoodNotes, even though you added the scrolling direction to "vertical", it doesn't change the need for an infinitely long sheet. Especially since you're saying it's a file on its own... why don't you just support such a kind of file. I don't need to export it to other apps.... it would be comfortable to sit in a meeting and just write down stuff that's being said or stuff that's in my mind without the need/hassle of a new page...