Ability to work on notebooks Offline
It would be good if the app allowed working on notebooks even without an internet connection.
Myia Lackey commented
My initial thoughts are that with goodnotes only being available online it is almost useless for me. I am an instructor who has to do notetaking on the move alot and am not connected to the internet alot.
I can't open the documentary without Wi-Fi, so please let me open the documentary even when there is no Wi-Fi.
Michele Palma commented
We need an Offline Version, Particularly I want to say that I am very disappointed that the app currently only works online (I hope this is due to the fact that is currently in Beta, I hope that final version will (must) have a Offline version otherwise it would be unpleasant for users).
The App is online only and this reflects negatively on many factors: it is not certain that many users have an internet connection available in order to use the app (for example students (to whom this app is mainly aimed) they need of use a note taking app in any kind of situation with and without connection in order to be reliable), moreover, the writing experience (despite a fast internet connection) is laggy and does not in any way guarantee the true experience of Goodnotes for iPad.
I fear that all this could be reflected in negative feedback from users similar to what happened with Microsoft Whiteboard which since it became online only has received many criticisms as well as requests to add an offline version again. The difference is that, however, as regards Goodnotes, it is precisely the experience in writing, and the features (eg: voice recording with notes) and the use even offline, that make it chosen by users compared to other numerous apps already available such as OneNotes, Inkodo, Journals ....
Coffee Confessor (CoffeeConfessor) commented
I'm wondering if it is completely online just for beta, so it's easier to gather information from the testers? That way they can see if there is a major flaw in the program that goes across all testers right away.
I had my first experience with the app on my Surface today. To be honest, I had some expectations cause I use the app on iPad.
But it is underwhelming. I was in an environment where there was no WLAN and wanted to add a page. It was not possible.
What is the sense of a note keeping tool, when you cannot write notes?
I did not try to add pdf or other files yet, cause I am frustrated with this experience.
Will there be the possibility to use it in an offline environment in future?
Currently GoodNotes for Windows Beta requires an internet connection to work. Especially for students it's hard to always be connected to a network and therefore use GoodNotes. Also, there's a input delay when writing on my Surface 7, Windows 11, using the Microsoft Pen.
I agree. I don't see why it can't be a standalone app like how it is on IOS. Then we could just link accounts to the app so that cloud sharing, exporting files, etc would be still possible. Functionality to use the internet is helpful in this way, but making it the only way for the app to function is simply ridiculous.
Gay Bees commented
This is so important. My internet goes out a lot and not being able to access my notes if that happens would be detrimental. Make it like the ios app where you can sync to the cloud, but still use the app completely fine offline.
The Black commented
I agree but we need a way we can access online
Jan Paczkowski commented
Focusing for the always-online model for this version of Goodnotes is not good idea. Honestly, I expected it to be very simillar experience to the app on my iPad, but got myself really dissapointed. I am university student and not every department on my uni provides wireless internet connection. Making it like a normal windows app would be so much better, because not only would it provide better performance, but also provide ability for users to use it without internet connection.
Keanu Sun commented
Although in 90% cases, I have access to internet connection and the PWA can work, 10% no-internet cases will make the experience awful. I took some notes in the class yesterday. Today, I want to review these notes on the subway to the school, but I have to open the app before I leave my home and be very careful not to close the app after the usage. Even if the network is available in the subway train(in Toronto, the network is unavailable in the subway in most situations, and I believe it is the same in USA and UK), it is stupid to turn on the hotspot of my mobile phone to make GoodNotes connect to the internet. Please develop a real app rather than a temporary PWA for Windows.