New in 3.0 for Mac - Handwriting Recognition

Searching for Handwriting

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

Notability can only process handwriting in your notes while the app is open. If you have a lot of handwritten notes, it may take a while to make everything searchable after you update to version 3.0.

Converting Handwriting to Text

  1. Open a note.
  2. Click scissor_tool_icon_mac.png.
  3. Drag a rectangle around the handwriting you want to convert.
  4. Right-click or control-click anywhere in the selected area.
  5. Click "Convert to Text…" from the menu that appears.
  6. Click "Convert Selection" to turn the handwriting into a text box.
  7. Tap "Copy Text to Clipboard" to copy the text to your Mac'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 Mac is set to English, for example, Notability looks for English in your notes.

Changing the Recognition Language for All Notes

  1. Click "Notability > Preferences…" in your Mac's menu bar.
  2. Click "General".
  3. Click the "Handwriting Language" drop-down menu.
  4. Click 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. Click the note's name in the middle of Notability's window.
  3. Click the "Handwriting Language" drop-down menu.
  4. Click your preferred language.

Changing the Recognition Language for Handwriting Conversion

  1. Convert handwriting into text as described above.
  2. Click the drop-down menu in the top left corner of the conversion window.
  3. Click your preferred language.
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