User guide for digital notebooks & templates

Congratulations to your new digital notebook or note templates. They are specially created for GoodNotes and similar note-taking apps. Basic knowledge of GoodNotes or similar apps is required! If you still need help with some features please check this user guide first or drop me a line (comment section) if you need further help!

FIRST STEPS

Download

After your purchase is completed you will get an automated email from Etsy with the download link. Alternatively, you can access the download file in your Etsy account in the menu tab Purchases & Reviews. Save the zip file on your desktop or in your cloud (i.e. Dropbox).

Unzip

If you plan to use the notebook digitally (i.e. on your iPad) I would recommend unzipping the files on your desktop computer first.

If you don’t have access to a desktop computer there is also a way to unzip directly on your iPad with the new Files app. After taping on the zip folder in Files your can click Preview files and can save them directly in the Files app or export the templates to GoodNotes or other apps.

Alternatively, you can use third-party apps to unzip files.

Open

To open the entire PDF notebook in GoodNotes just tap the + icon in the upper left corner and import the PDF notebook.

If you want to use the single PDF pages as templates open the template library from Options in the lower right corner. Tap the + icon to create a new template folder. In this folder tap Edit and then again the + icon. Select the source where you saved the template files (i.e. Dropbox) and access the Single PDF Pages folder. After importing, tap Save. You can also adjust line height if required. This way the return feature in the Zoom window will work just fine.

This works similarly in other note-taking apps.

Use

It is best to set up your digital notebooks at least one day before your assembly. Personally, I like importing the assembly program as PDF right into my notebook. During the assembly, I usually set up a split screen with GoodNotes and JW Library so I can simultaneously read Bible texts. I am using the iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil and the matte PaperLike screen protector (reduces light reflection and has a nice paper-like feel).

Print

If you want to print the notebook just open the files in the JPG Pages folder and select the cover and highlight page. Print them once on your printer. Then select the Talk and Symposium template and print as many copies as you need (look it up in the assembly program). You can combine the printed pages in a binder or use a wire binding service in a local copy shop.

GENERAL

What apps work with your templates?

Basically, you can use my notebooks in all note-taking apps that allow importing your own templates. Although I design templates and notebooks especially for the use with GoodNotes, I have tested them with several apps. They work just fine with note-taking apps like Notability, Tayasui Memopad (free) and some sketching apps like ProCreate, Tayasui Sketches, Adobe Sketch (free) and Paper 53 (free).

Currently testing with: Notes Plus. Apps that don’t work at the moment: Moleskine and INKredible (don’t allow importing own templates), Bear Writer (doesn’t allow to write on images or import templates).

If you use an app I haven’t tested yet, just drop me a line and I will let you know if it’s working.

Can I use your templates without a tablet?

Yes! I don’t want to force you to buy an expensive tablet and apps. So, if you’d love to buy my notebooks and can not use it digitally, you can still print the templates and use it as a paper workbook.

If you don’t want to use it digitally you can also print the PDF or JPG and either combine them into a binder or even add them to your paper notebook. You can print as many of the talk and symposium pages as you need.

Can I pass your notebooks and templates on to my friends?

No, please consider that I am creating the layout and all including artwork in my spare time and it takes a lot of work. The products and freebies on this site are for your personal use (you and your immediate family) only and are NOT for redistribution or resale! If your friends like my products, please tell them about my website.

USAGE WITH GOODNOTES

How can I import your designs to the template library?

GoodNotes 4: If you want to use the single PDF pages as templates open the template library from Options in the lower right corner. Tap the + icon to create a new template folder. In this folder tap Edit and then again the + icon. Select the source where you saved the template files (i.e. Dropbox) and access the Single PDF Pages folder. After importing, tap Save. You can also adjust line height if required. This way the return feature in the Zoom window will work just fine.

GoodNotes 5: Managing templates is a lot easier in this new version. Just click the settings icon in the top right corner and choose Template Library. You can easily add new template categories and import own templates and own covers. The only thing still missing from GoodNotes 5 is the line-height setting. Without the line-height setting, the return function in the zoom window will skip a line. I will update this guide as soon as this has been fixed by the app developers.

How can I set up the line height?

GoodNotes4: To set the line height you choose the options menu in the bottom right corner and then template library. Go to the template and click Edit in the top right corner of the window. Set the line height to 30pt.

GoodNotes5: This feature is still missing from this version. I will update this guide as soon as this is fixed by the app developers.

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