Notability is one of those apps that you wonder if it is worth the money. There is no free version of Notability. It’s price ($4.99) makes you a little leary to just try it out. I waited until a friend of mine started raving about it. This has been one of the highest priced apps I have ever purchased. I am pleased for the most part. I love the fact that I can bring in pictures and pdf’s and write on top of them. I also love that I can do a voice recording to go along with my writing. I also love that I can easily switch between colors or between writing (with finger or stylus) and typing as needed. I also love that I have different point sizes for the pencil. There is also a highlighter function.
I have used this app in Faculty Meetings. I snap a picture of the Agenda, write any notes I want on the agenda, and can e-mail it in pdf format to my school account to be filed later. I have used it in Church much the same way with the bulletin. It has truly helped me move towards reducing the amount of paper in my life. For personal use, I find it very valuable.
One of the only drawbacks I’ve found is that when I send the voice recordings to someone without the app, the recipient will have to open the sound recording separately.
If you are using this in a 1-1 environment or with a few ipads in a class situation, having Notability could easily be worth it’s price. In a BYOD environment, not having an Android version is a huge drawback.
Platform(s): iOS only