Supported export formats in Notability

There are a few export formats in Notability that you must understand when sharing your notes with other people or if you want to use your notes in other apps.


PDF is the most universal exporting option amongst note-taking apps. It is a read-only format that you can view on any device or operating system. That means you can use this format to share your notes with Windows and non-Notability users. They can view the notes, but can’t edit them (unless they have a PDF editor). If you choose to leave Notability for GoodNotes, for example, this is the best format to move your notes to the new app.

PDFs that have recordings are exported in a zip file. The sync between the audio and the notes you have in Notability is lost when you share your notes this way.


.Note is Notability’s native format that exports editable notes. The notes, however, only open in Notability. It is the best format to share with other Notability users in the Gallery as well (if you want people to edit your notes). We also recommend using this format for backing up your notes. In case you lose your notes, you can restore them and continue working on them as though they were never lost.


You can export your notes as Images. Notability supports two different kinds of images: PNG and JPEG. JPEG compresses the image to reduce its file size which results in loss of image quality. PNG is a lossless file that preserves the image quality, which results in a bigger file size. Both formats are read-only and universal formats. Because they are images, they are best for exporting diagrams. Images are especially great for sharing on social media and any app/device that supports photos.

Rich Text Format

Rich Text Format (RTF) can export text, images and recordings only. It does not export handwritten notes. So if you have those in your notes, this is not the format you want to use.

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