iPad Pro Notability and Professional Digital Planner

Nhwhazup

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I’ve been a Franklin Covey Planner user from way back and always loved the hands on writing and ability to take notes and have them show in a particular day. I worked in HR and these notes would come in handy referring back to them. However, the only drawback was flipping through a hard copy paper binder to find what I was looking for. Then along came a bunch of planner type apps which included the ability to search the text. But alas the note taking was always kind of weird in a meeting when having to type.

Then along came Notability and Franklin Covey type planner pdfs that combine the whole hands on handwriting but also have the ability to search the handwriting. I purchased the planner pdf from Professional Digital Planner on Etsy and now I have the best of all worlds - Franklin Covey type handwriting system under Notability with search ability. Love it.

Just wanted to share.
 

sosumi99

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Nice. I've seen people using Notability for bullet journaling as well. It's really cool how flexible the app is, allowing people to adopt pen-and-paper organization techniques for the iPad.
 
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Trying to find the exact shop on Etsy to which you refer. The capability that you describe is the holy grail I’ve been looking for. Help?
 
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Nhwhazup

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Trying to find the exact shop on Etsy to which you refer. The capability that you describe is the holy grail I’ve been looking for. Help?
Sorry about raving about this and not including a link. I have it and you don’t....LOL. Just kidding.

This above is the one I purchased and love it - looks and feels just like my old Franklin Covey. Search digital daily planner. The seller also has a video on YouTube showing all the hyperlinks and how they work.
 
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Sorry about raving about this and not including a link. I have it and you don’t....LOL. Just kidding.

This above is the one I purchased and love it - looks and feels just like my old Franklin Covey. Search digital daily planner. The seller also has a video on YouTube showing all the hyperlinks and how they work.
Thanks a lot. I’ve never used a planner of any kind, but this looks quite interesting.

In case somebody wants just a link, here is the link to the Youtube review :)

 

PhoneI

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Thanks a lot. I’ve never used a planner of any kind, but this looks quite interesting.

In case somebody wants just a link, here is the link to the Youtube review :)


Thats actually pretty nice looking
 

Nhwhazup

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Thats actually pretty nice looking
It’s really a top notch pdf with nice hyperlinks. To go one step further, would even rather see the regular calendar with note taking and pencil ability built in. But until that happens, I’ll be using this pdf and handwrite my appointments in. I also love adding photos of the day’s events right in the page.

I use this with my Notability app so both my iPhone and iPad are in sync at all times.
 

sosumi99

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OP, so do you just import this into Notability as a PDF and all the links function? Just wanted to be sure I understand how this works before buying it. Thanks!
 

Nhwhazup

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OP, so do you just import this into Notability as a PDF and all the links function? Just wanted to be sure I understand how this works before buying it. Thanks!
Yes that’s exactly it. When you purchase, you get a download link via email. Just click to download and then import to Notability. The links between the yearly and monthly calendar go back an forth to the daily pages.
 
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Nhwhazup

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I have looked for a good daily planner for a long time. It just seems crazy that no one has made one for the iPad, yet that replaces our paper ones.
Have you looked at this digital one? Modeled after the Franklin Covey. I love it as it works great on Notability.
 

SaintsMac

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I’ve been a Franklin Covey Planner user from way back and always loved the hands on writing and ability to take notes and have them show in a particular day. I worked in HR and these notes would come in handy referring back to them. However, the only drawback was flipping through a hard copy paper binder to find what I was looking for. Then along came a bunch of planner type apps which included the ability to search the text. But alas the note taking was always kind of weird in a meeting when having to type.

Then along came Notability and Franklin Covey type planner pdfs that combine the whole hands on handwriting but also have the ability to search the handwriting. I purchased the planner pdf from Professional Digital Planner on Etsy and now I have the best of all worlds - Franklin Covey type handwriting system under Notability with search ability. Love it.

Just wanted to share.
Are you still using this and do you have any additional insights you could share? Thanks.
 

sracer

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Yes I would like a digital replica of my Day Timer.
If you haven't checked it out already, take a look at the planner I've made available for free right here on MacRumors. It isn't a full DayTimer (but great for bullet journaling) but it can give you an idea of how an iPad will work in a similar capacity... then if you find that it WOULD work, go out and buy one of those PDF day timers.
 
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BigMcGuire

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Sorry about raving about this and not including a link. I have it and you don’t....LOL. Just kidding.

This above is the one I purchased and love it - looks and feels just like my old Franklin Covey. Search digital daily planner. The seller also has a video on YouTube showing all the hyperlinks and how they work.
Just bought this. Thanks for the info! Looking forward to setting this up. I abandoned my moleskin paper planner this year.
 

Pipper99

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Thank you for this. I’d been researching digital planning, but everything I’d seen seemed to require the user having to create the digital planner, hyperlinks, etc. I’m glad that this is available, particularly the Franklin Covey system.
 

Nhwhazup

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Thank you for this. I’d been researching digital planning, but everything I’d seen seemed to require the user having to create the digital planner, hyperlinks, etc. I’m glad that this is available, particularly the Franklin Covey system.
This is just like having the paper Franklin Covey - write down your to-dos, appointments and the right page for note taking. What it won’t do is provide an alarm for a meeting. What’s better than the paper Franklin Covey is that the hyperlinks work between monthly, weekly and daily views. Also, really like that you can do a search of your handwriting. I.e if you are looking for meeting notes for Damien Groton, you can just search the name. That was my downside of the paper Franklin Covey having to flip through pages to find specific notes.
 
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