GoodNotes + Apple Pencil: A Winning Combination

When I first purchased my iPad Pro, I debated the merits of spending another $99 for the Apple Pencil. Ultimately the Apple fan within me won out and I sprung for the pencil. I quickly discovered the Apple Pencil to not only be a fun addition to the iPad, but when paired with the GoodNotes app, to be a powerful tool which transformed my workflow. As our office has become 98% paperless, the only hard copies we generate are legal agreements and notepads. GoodNotes fills the void for when you need a notepad to brainstorm ideas, record meeting notes, or quickly jot something down. Now, instead of a legal pad, I bring my iPad Pro to meetings. The Apple Pencil makes writing feel natural and effortless while Good Notes’ convenient conversion tool translates my hand written notes into text afterwards.  Even with sloppy handwriting, I find the text conversion tool to be about 80% accurate with most of the corrections being related to spacing. With iCloud, GoodNotes can sync between devices.  Need to sketch a graph or make a diagram? Besides standard ruled paper, GoodNotes includes a variety of templates including graph, musical, and squared versions. At only $7.99, Good Notes is available in the App Store with versions for iPhone and iPad.

About the Author

Matthew Zuccaro is a proactive, forward thinking technology innovator with a tenacious entrepreneurial spirit.  As the Founder and Managing Member of Digital Strategy Associates LLC, he self-financed his college tuition by growing a boutique web design firm into a comprehensive provider of managed IT services.  Matt holds a BA (Summa Cum Laude) from Montclair State University.  Since technology is constantly evolving, Matt continually pursues advanced training and holds certifications from Apple, Barracuda, Promethean, Google, and SMART Technologies. Outside of the office Matt is an avid world traveler and active member of his community.

About Digital Strategy Associates LLC

At Digital Strategy Associates LLC, our mission is simple: to simplify IT so our clients can focus on what they do best.  Headquartered in Morristown, NJ, Digital Strategy Associates (DSA) is a comprehensive provider of managed IT services for the education, government, and corporate markets.  DSA provides a wide range of creative and technical solutions including web design, web hosting, graphic design, managed IT services, consulting, and training.  For more information, visit