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Review: Notability for Mac brings ink to the desktop

Derek Walter | Oct. 15, 2014
The popular iOS notetaking app Notability is now on the Mac, with the promise of a seamless note-sharing experience.

The search capability is not as strong as something like Evernote, which will find text inside of images. Yet it will find text anywhere in your notess, highlighting the words inside them so they pop out on the screen for easy viewing. 

A few bugs
While the design and connection to iCloud are great, Notability has a few bugs that need to be squished. 

One weird quirk is when it's in full screen mode. When swiping to Notablity from another app the screen hesitates for a moment and then skips over to the desktop. I found I needed to take it out of full-screen mode for a more stable experience.

Also, when minimizing Notability to the Dock the preview image disappeared, leaving only the icon. It was more of a nuisance than a usability issue, but was still rather odd.

A possible cause could be that Notability is coded for the future, as the familiar three buttons feature the translucent look of OS X Yosemite. 

Should you buy it?
Right now $10 is a lot to ask for a note-taking app when there are good, free alternatives and a few bugs that need to be worked out. However, Ginger Labs has a good track record with its iOS version and is likely to get those resolved. So if you have been using it considerably on mobile, it makes sense to make the leap and get the desktop version.


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