Meet the new Notability ✨

Redefining simple yet powerful note-taking

Notability Blog
3 min readJul 24, 2023


For over 13 years, millions of you from across the globe have used and loved Notability — writing, sketching, and planning your lives with digital paper and pen. As our community has grown, so have we, and we are ready for a big reveal…

Our team has been hard at work developing the most immersive, and sleek, Notability experience yet! We’re excited to announce Notability’s new look!

Designed for YOUR Needs

We know you all take notes in a myriad of ways and have different preferences. That’s why we’ve made virtually every tool customizable — so you can cater Notability to your unique needs. You’ll also notice we added more functionality for free, like making the Ruler accessible to everyone. Enjoy!

  • Every Tool in the Toolbox: Every tool including tape, ruler, and laser pointer, are now grouped in the Toolbox for easier access. Don’t see Tape? Swipe left to reveal!
  • Moveable Toolbox: The Toolbox is adjustable. Move it to any one of the four slots (or where it is out of your note taking way).
  • Customizable Tools: Tools with style options now have individual trays, so you can customize each tool, your way! Just tap on a preset to quickly update to your favorite colors and sizes and style.

Clean, Simple and Modern Design

We always strive to make Notability simple-yet-powerful, and we’ve made that even clearer in our new design. From note creation to Library organization, we’ve refined every detail of Notability to work better for you!

  • Streamlined Note Creation: Streamlined note creation means less digging to create different types of notes! New template options (ruled, grid, dot, and more) make it easy to get started.
  • More Screen for More Usage: You asked, we answered. Notes now extend full screen with the title above the note, and the Toolbox takes up less space. Enjoy more writing real estate!
  • Refreshed Library: Enjoy a fresh Library that instantly improves organization and adds inspiration. Recents, Favorites, and Shared Notes are grouped together to free up space in the sidebar. With the new Gallery Integration, it’s easier than ever to find inspiration, templates, and notes created by our community.
  • Simpler Search: We’ve moved the global search bar to the Library, so you can quickly find anything in your notes. Just search for keywords, whether handwritten or typed!

Notability for Everyone

All updates were made with everyone in mind. We’ve improved accessibility throughout Notability with changes like support for Dynamic Type, and icon labels for screen readers. As if it couldn’t get better, additional tools like the Ruler, Custom Colors, themes, stickers, planners, and journals are now available to everyone for free

We hope you love all the changes as much as we do. Now hurry and head over to the App Store to experience the redesign for yourself. Happy note taking!

Our community of creators drives our feature development, so please submit a support ticket with your requests as you take our redesign for a spin.



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