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


    Sep 22, 2014
    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

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
  3. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    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

    Dec 16, 2013
    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

    Mar 13, 2011
    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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