iPad What's the best way to use a PDF planner on the iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by JuryDuty, Dec 10, 2014.

  1. JuryDuty macrumors 6502

    JuryDuty

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    I grabbed a free 2015 planner on PassionPlanner.com and love the format...but it's a PDF, which means I either need to print it (ugh!) or find a way to use it on my iPad.

    What's the best way to regularly interact with a PDF on your iPad for writing--such as a planner? I want to write in appointments, goals, etc, daily throughout the year.

    Or does it need to be converted to something else?

    (Best I can tell, it's NOT an interactive PDF.)
     
  2. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

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  3. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

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    It does't need to be converted to something else - as noted, there are plenty of PDF-reading apps that allow mark-up - you don't even have to download an extra app - you can open it in iBooks and take advantage of its notes and highlighting capabilities.

    No matter how you open the PDF, you do lose a number of advantages of using a calendar/daybook/reminders app - top of that list for me is automatic/pop-up reminders (Notifications) and alarms. It's one thing for me to make a daily goal, it's another to remember to do it when the time comes. ;-)

    Then, there's the ability to Search (What day is that dental appointment?) - even though you can usually search the text of the actual PDF, the search may not extend to annotations.

    There are times when mimicking a paper document works fine on an iPad, but for something as important as a planner, using an app that's designed to take advantage of the medium is likely to deliver a fair number of benefits. If Apple's regular Calendar and Reminders apps don't push your buttons, you'll find an endless array of alternatives in the App Store.
     
  4. username: macrumors 6502a

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    If your intent on using the PDF the best apps to use would be
    - goodnotes
    - notes plus
    - PDF expert

    otherwise consider using the built in calendar and reminders apps
     
  5. Ainkor macrumors newbie

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    Humor me for a moment....

    I am an extremely technical person and I use my iPhone and iPad extensively for work and for personal use. I use my calendar, a reminder app and tons of other productivity tools but every week, I print my planner out and use a good 'ol pen to write things down as I go about my day.

    There is something magical about writing things down that the iPhone and iPad can't replicate. Trust me, I've tried and tried. There just isn't a good writing tool that feel natural and I've tried them all even with the stylus' that are meant for them and supported by them.

    Over the years I just accepted that until the iPhone and iPad support an active stylus, this is how it will have to be. I've tried android phones, Surface computers and anything else I could find but none of them come close to the power and functionality of iOS and a pen & paper.
     

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