New in 8.0 - Handwriting Recognition

Searching for Handwriting

Notability's search tool now finds handwriting. You can search for handwriting across all of your notes or within a specific note.

Notability can only process the handwriting in your existing notes while the app is open. If you have a lot of handwriting in the app already, it may take a while to make everything searchable after you update to 8.0.

Converting Handwriting to Text

  1. Open a note.
  2. Tap note-btn-scissors-selected-outline_2x.png.
  3. Circle the handwriting you want to convert.
  4. Tap "Convert to Text".
  5. Tap anywhere in the converted text to edit it.
  6. Tap "Convert Selection" to turn the handwriting into a text box with the converted text.
  7. Tap "Copy Text to Clipboard" to copy the text to your device's clipboard.

What language does Notability look for?

To recognize handwriting, Notability needs to know what language your notes are in. By default, Notability uses your device's language. If your iPad is set to English, for example, Notability looks for English in your notes.

Changing the Recognition Language for All Notes

  1. Open Notability's Library.
  2. Tap lib-btn-settings_2x.png.
  3. Tap "Handwriting".
  4. Tap "Language".
  5. Tap your preferred language.

This changes the recognition language for new notes. It does not affect existing notes.

Changing the Recognition Language for a Single Note

  1. Open a note.
  2. Tap note-btn-utilities_2x.png.
  3. Tap lib-btn-info_2x.png.
  4. Tap the language next to "Handwriting Language".

Changing the Recognition Language for Handwriting Conversion

  1. Convert handwriting into text as described above.
  2. Tap the language near the bottom left corner of the conversion window.
  3. Tap your preferred language.
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