One of my most used apps Notability got a huge update today. I use this for marking up PDF, signing documents I receive through email, taking hand written notes and even the occasional doodle in brain storming sessions.

The app is hugely versatile already but amongst the many improvements there are a few notable ones - handwritten notes are now searchable and you are even able to open two notes side by side. The full list of updates are listed below - if you use an iPad for any kind of productivity you should definitely check it out.

Handwriting Search (for iPad)

  • Handwriting is now searchable from the Library and within a specific note.
  • Handwriting can also be converted to text.
  • The first time you launch Notability, your library will be indexed. After that, your handwriting will be searchable! If you have a lot of handwriting, creating the initial index may take a while.

    Multi-Note (for iPad)

  • Multi-Note lets you work with two notes side-by-side.
  • The new Note Switcher lets you switch between notes quickly.
  • Supports audio recording and playback.

    Recent Notes

  • We added a Recent Notes subject to the Library just below All Notes.
  • Recent Notes lists up to 10 of your most recently opened notes.

    Updated Help Center

  • The new Help Center can be opened by tapping the question mark in the Library.
  • The Help Center contains updated articles and tutorials.