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.
Andre Sant65 commented
I forgot to mention that if my proposed add/remove vertical space mechanism is implemented as I described below, it would not be a negative to your many users who do NOT want infinite pages!
Plus, as a programmer myself, it sounds very easy to implement compared to infinite pages?
Oh ... and just to reiterate how much I'd like this ... please please please please with sugar on top!
Andre Sant65 commented
I currently use Notability but not being able to insert/remove vertical space is a fatal flaw for me.
This would be a killer feature that would add a whole new market for GoodNotes, IMHO. Besides being excellent for fast note taking, it would also be superb for CREATING content without the need to lug a laptop about.
I write papers as handwritten notes first and often I want to go back and tweak a description or add another paragraph. These papers can be LONG! Inserting pages, cutting and pasting makes a huge time consuming mess of things.
This does not actually NEED to involve infinite pages, BTW. I have no problem with waiting for a slow process that runs through the whole document and adds a specified constant to the "y coordinates" of everything below a specified point and then repaginates! Need to allow negative constants to close up gaps too. Ideally the constant amount would be specified graphically but I can live with something simpler.
Please please please please please!!!!!
For my purposes, I prefer the paper templates and limited page size. This would be a handy option, though.
It shouldn't be a fixed feature. If we were given the OPTION of having it scroll-able (like on Notability), it would be nice! I love the page flipping on Good Notes, however.
Tyler Stevens commented
How about this: An infinitely long sheet, but with small grey lines drawn between pages to show you where you're working. This would give users the benefit of an infinitely long sheet of paper without sacrificing export functionality. In a world where a problem can take as much as 3 pages to do, this would be a godsend and save a lot of flipping back and forth between pages to see where I was on the previous page.
Maybe this can be just another view on the document.
- Might be interesting to find solution for adding pages between.
- What about pages with differing size?
Mehmet Sonmez commented
I see this only as an option.
Agreed! Or at least scroll the page up so I can write on the bottom lines!!!
I agree this needs to be a feature. At least as an option. The issue here though is that people are comparing it to OneNote, when the proper comparison is really Notability. Notability has vertically scrolling pages and it is much nicer and provides a smoother transition in both writing notes as well as reviewing notes. And it does absolutely nothing to negatively affect usability like exporting to PDF (a valid concern with the OneNote-style infinite work space).
I think this is a great idea as an option
Infinite pages makes it impossible if you ever needed to print your pages or export to other applications as a PDF. If considered, please make this an option when creating a new notebook..
please do not do this! I want individual pages or learning cards for a particular topic.
[Deleted User] commented
Please don't do this. This is why I ditched OneNote. Endless pages are an absolute pain - I could never find anything. If you do it, then make it an option and not compulsory.
I think it would be sufficient / better to have a " scroll" mode for page turning. Instead of sweaping pages from left to right, new pages could start directly at the bottom of previous pages. An unobstrusive dotted line could indicate the end of a page, with an option to switch it of in the preferences. This way we could even switch from endless (scroll) mode to page turn mode and back again in the page settings.
End of page indication would help to avoid images and text on the page break, in case i want some print outs later on - if i'm sure i'll never need those i can ignore page break and turn the indicator off.
Big thumbs up fot this idea! I mostly use the normal page style bit when doing math with large series of numbers and graphs I wish I could have an infinite workspace of small squares. IT would make it so I can keep my normal notes organiserad and have one huge workspace at the end of each section containing all my equations and calculations. I hage having to swap to OneNote but as IT is now it's superior in the Free forming note departement.
so Please implement it as à paper option
It would be amazing, if only to not have to hover your hand over the edge of the iPad when writing at the bottom of the page.
Le Wang commented
It would be great if we can have the infinity long sheet option or view it vertically. The dotted lined can be an option to choose.
I think if it is going to approved its better to be an option for users to choose between these ways.
K Walker commented
I think this would be a great feature. Either infinitely long sheets or vertical scroll with no space between the pages.
[Deleted User] commented
I agree! Or, as another user suggested, at least have an option so that pages can be viewed connected vertically with dotted lines separating. The notebook idea is great, but it's limitations don't have to be carried over into the digital world