Apple's announcement to release iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 one day after the "September 15" Keynote came as a surprise to developers. Historically, there would be at least a week between the announcement, alongside the release of the final beta build ("GM"), and the actual public release.
This article includes everything you need to know about GoodNotes 5 on iOS 14 and iPadOS 14.
GoodNotes 5 is stable and performs well on iOS/iPadOS 14
We have tested GoodNotes 5 over the summer throughout the entire beta release cycle, and haven't yet encountered any critical crashes or performance issues on the new iOS version. As of September 16, we only had a couple of hours to test GoodNotes on the iOS 14 GM build.
New! Native support for Scribble
With iPadOS 14, Apple introduces "Scribble", which lets you use your Apple Pencil to write into every native text field and have your handwriting automatically converted into typed text. GoodNotes 5 is using native text fields everywhere you can insert keyboard text, for example when entering the title for a notebook or folder, typing in the global search bar or in-document search, adding outline items, and typing text in text boxes. That means Scribble will work out of the box in GoodNotes 5, except for a couple of limitations:
- The Text tool is not yet optimized for Scribble. You will need to resize an empty text box before scribbling into it.
- Scribble does not use GoodNotes' own ink engine, but instead uses Apple PencilKit, which is also found in other apps like Apple's Notes.
- Scribble currently supports English, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese, which is just a subset of the languages supported for handwriting recognition in GoodNotes. GoodNotes' language settings don't have any effects on Scribble as this is a system-wide feature.
Custom fonts might be missing
Custom fonts installed via third-party profiles (for example by using AnyFont or iFonts) will not be available in GoodNotes 5 yet. If using such fonts is essential to your workflow, we recommend staying with iOS 13 for now.
Regular updates will bring further improvements
Instead of one big update that adds full support for iOS 14, we'll release regular smaller updates with optimizations, bug fixes, and new features as usual. You can check the release notes on the App Store in the Updates section to see what's new. Of course, we're actively working on some new things that are utilizing new iOS 14 features. Stay tuned.