What you need to know
- Popular note-taking app Notability has a big new version 11 available.
- Notability is now free with an annual subscription unlocking all functionality.
Notability has a big new version 11 update out, but that isn't the only change people will notice — Notability is now free with an annual subscription unlocking functionality.
Previously a paid app, Notability can now be downloaded for free which makes it available to more people. However, limits on editing and other features will see people hand over up to $14.99 per year to the App Store to get access to the whole app.
Already a Notability user who paid upfront for your app? You'll be able to continue using it without paying another penny — until November 1, 2022 at least.
In terms of new features, Notability has gained a gallery where people can post their notes for everyone to see.
Other changes include more flexible organization options, hand-crafted templates, and an enhanced page manager. More information is available in the announcement press release while the blog post is worth a read, too.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
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Notability is taking away features from PAID users, telling them they have a year to subscribe or be demoted to the severely feature-restricted "free" status despite buying app in good faith at a price set by developer. This is completely unacceptable, against Apple store guidelines, and probably illegal. Nobody expects them to keep providing free upgrades for ever, but the features that users already paid for should not be just taken away and hidden behind a paywall. Instead of providing a "Classic" version that won't see any updates and a new subscription, like most other app developers, GingerLab decided to make up for their inability to come up with new products by using ransomware blackmail tactics on existing users. What a way to destroy years of goodwill. Also, shame on iMore for this shameless promotional advert. Don't forget that you also need to maintain users' goodwill. If I can't rely on your site to provide actual, honest in depth reporting, I won't be coming here.
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