The choice between a traditional paper planner and a digital one ultimately depends on your individual preferences and lifestyle. Some people enjoy the tactile experience of writing with a pen on paper, and that’s completely fine. However, I’ve found that digital planners are the best of both worlds and offer a convenient and flexible alternative. They’re easy to use, offer a variety of page layouts, and can still provide a satisfying writing experience with the use of a stylus or pencil on a tablet. It’s worth noting that if you’re not comfortable with technology or don’t want to invest in a tablet, a digital planner might not be the best option for you.
There is not a way to sync with Google or Apple calendars. These digital planners are designed to mimic the experience of a paper planner, but with all the benefits of customizing, duplicating pages, quick navigation, importing stickers etc. If you rely heavily on your calendar app, maybe you could use the planner less for time-based items and more to manage tasks, breaking down goals, journaling, and habit tracking (things that wouldn’t work as well laid out in a google calendar).
Technically, you can open this planner on your computer! However, you will find that it is difficult to edit your planner if you’re using a device that cannot use a pencil. I do know some people who do it and are happy with typing on it instead!
With this being said, even though I do all my annotating on my iPad, with Goodnotes5, you can sync across devices, so if I’m out and about, I love that I can reference the planner on my other apple devices – iphone and macbook.
Just make sure you have syncing enabled in Goodnotes settings!
GoodNotes 5 allows you to seamlessly sync your planner across your iPhone, iPad, and Macbook, giving you flexibility in how you access it.
However, while you can use your iPhone to view and edit your planner, I don’t recommend using your phone as the ONLY way to view your planner. It’s hard to get the full experience with the little smartphone screen and keyboard and you may run into issues with small font size. But it’s useful to set up syncing from your iPad so that you can reference it when you’re out and about!
You can use any note-taking app that lets you annotate directly onto a PDF file. Some popular ones are Goodnotes and Notability, which are the two I have written guides for. My favorite out of the two is Goodnotes because I can sync between my phone and macbook.
I recommend using your ipad or tablet to download. Login to Etsy on a browser like safari and tap your profile pic in the top corner. Tap “Purchases & Reviews” to locate your download. Once you can see the files, download “Quick Setup Guide” that will give you further instructions on how to set it up in Goodnotes or Notability. Let me know if this helps!
There are two modes in Goodnotes: Edit & Navigate. In Edit mode (Blue bar across the top), you’re able to annotate with the pen tools, but none of the links work. In Navigate mode (White bar across the top), you’re able to tap through the hyperlinks. To switch modes, tap the pencil with a line through at the top right of the app. You are probably in edit mode if the links aren’t working.
There’s always space on the sides while you are in editing mode on Goodnotes! To fill the screen more, switch out of Edit mode into Navigate mode by tapping the pencil with a line through at the top right of the app. Then tap on the page to make the bar at the top disappear! This is how you can view fullscreen. It is possible that there is still space on the sides because nearly every iPad and tablet have a different ratio of screen size (to the great dismay of us designers….)
In my experience with Goodnotes, I am able to delete pages I am not using and it doesn’t compromise the links. For example, I deleted July monthly calendar, so the July tab wont tap through to anywhere, but all the pages after July still work normally. It could be that other apps don’t work as well with deleting pages though. If you’re using Goodnotes, I think you would for sure be fine in deleting any of the additional pages you’re not going to use so that it feels more light weight (you could always go back to your etsy downloads to get the full version if you needed to)