Managing my obsessive planting in GoodNotes (4)


As I’ve said before, when I turned to the dark side and ordered my iPad, I wished that it would come into sooo much use that I wouldn’t regret or angst over the amount of money spent on a tech thingie when I already had other tech thingies. But seriously, together with and thanks to, Goodnotes, it’s the best tool I’ve ever had. I never type on the iPad, nor edit pictures, but I do sooo many other things.

One of them is to keep track of what I’m actually doing in life. School, calendar, lists, information and slips I may need in the future that WILL get lost in the vast expanses of our house (JK, I can lose things on a dime), recipes I want to try and recipes I’ve tweaked to my liking, house things, and... the plant things. Having bought an overwhelming amount of seeds that needs categorizing into each of their month of planting, ways of planting, where they should be located later on etc, and of course the instructions on the packets is good to save for a forgetful seagull like me.

So what does an avid user of GoodNotes do? Start a new notebook of course, complete with a front cover. As you can see down below, not all of my books have covers yet, but I am working on it (in ProCreate on my pad, lavv it)!

I’m still using GoodNotes 4 because the 5th version messed with my documents, so I’m just waiting that out for a while longer.


One of the things I like, and prefer in the 4th over the 5th version, is that the document pages previews three in a row, instead of four. It’s easier to see what kind of pages I’m looking for when they’re bigger in size. Although, you can opt for adding bookmarks which is really handy when having lots of similar looking pages close to another, making the thumbnails harder to see what you’re looking for, but that is an extra step and you have to add them all yourself.


I used a simple gridded A4 paper in the GoodNotes (Version 5 has dotted too!) to make a chart of the plants and their schedules. I just used the geometric… button, and lined it all directly in GoodNotes, and then copied it for further use. Preferred months to be planted in brown, pink flowering times, and green harvesting times for edibles.


I made a chart for where the plants will like spending their time, just to get an overview of what I need to regard when planning the garden. From the top; just outdoors, warm locations/half way sheltered, and then green house. From the left to the right; Sunny, half way shade and shade. And no, I’m not surprised that no plants want to lounge in shady green houses. But hey! In the future, maybe some plants will fit in that category, ey?

I also made small notations about the life span of the plants so I can hopefully make less terrible decisions when it’s time to shove them out into the world. I don’t want to have to dig up plants next year because I’m stupid, not in control of anything and/or forgetful.


And here you have an example of the specific plant pages. The ones I could find of the internet, I added from there. The ones that I couldn’t find, I photographed and added instead. We’ll see how I like it and keep up with it! I forget so much from year to year so I think it’s gonna do me good to save stuff…


In conclusion; without the pen, the iPad would be just another random tech thing for me. With the pen, it’s the most awesome tool to do almost anything. We’ll see how long I’ll keep on with GoodNotes 4 instead of the 5th, and if this actually makes me keep track of my shit.

My fantastic use of Ipad Pro + Pencil and GoodNotes!


I’m studying at the university, at a distance. Having the perks of not being in school every day gives me the freedom to work and put in my hours whenever I want to. The downside is that I have to travel to school and put up that expense about six to eight times a year. The first time I traveled to school, it was 13 hours away by train. The introduction would last for eleven nights and required bringing books and, since I would be gone for so long, my laptop to do further school work. And then of course, a thousand other things since I was about to be gone for so long.

When I arrived in town at 7.30 AM after having taken the overnight train, I lugged that big red suitcase around all day because my inn didn’t do check-ins before 2 PM, and man, dragging that thing around town and then to the university and back, I was finished. A few days later, I changed rooms from a 6-bed to a single room. And of course, because I had to check out at 8 AM I had to choose between dragging my suitcase around with me another day or leaving it unsupervised in the luggage room until the afternoon.

Uhm. Dragging it is.

Since then, the scheduled visits have been shortened to around four-five nights and I’ve moved closer, so I don’t need to pack as much stuff or travel as far. But I was still carrying too much around with me day-to-day while away. Books, laptop, chargers, notebooks, pens, papers, cellphone, wallet and add to that the days when I traveled and brought everything with me everywhere. It adds up quickly.

Enter; the iPad

One day I was at work when my colleague pulled out a huge, A4 size shiny golden iPad out of her bag. I had seen it before, she usually draws her designs on it being a tattoo artist and all, but it wasn’t until now it had caught my eye. I looked on a little while she sweepingly created things on the screen with the pen, in total control of the line thickness and moving her drawing around with the pinch-motion. An iPad huh. My materialistic side had awoken. I wanted one. But for what?

When I got home, I exhausted Google on all its relevant information about the tech-thingie and its pen which was the selling argument for me. So you can draw it, I knew that. Oh, you can write on it too (well, it’s obvious ya know but I was informed about good apps for it)? Oh, scan papers? Mhmm, read on it. Listen to podcasts? Also, play music of and surf the internet of course.

So that means that I… can surf on it, scan all the school handouts and parts of literature and put them in there to read and annotate on, take notes in class by hand, have my complete DIY calendar with me AND entertain myself at the long boring evenings at an inn with just this little flat piece of technology? OH OKAY.


Oh, so almost no difference in how much I'll carry around then....

After that realization, having made a few of those trips to school and moved house three times within the last 18 months, in a fit of internal rage I flipped a mental table and mind-threw everything weighing over half a pound in the trash can, yelling “I WILL CARRY MYSELF TO DEATH NO MORE! I’M GETTING MYSELF AN IPAD DANGIT”.

And so it was! Even though I’m not the greatest Apple fan, I think IOS works on a tablet and the UI don’t annoy me like it does on my laptop where I want a more “computery” style of handling things.

I’ve had it now for almost a year, and what do I do with it? Let’s make a list!


Scan all the things!

The apps I use the most: GoodNotes (annotating, reading, keeping calendars and lists), the podcast app, Procreate (drawing), Genius Scan (scanning papers), and then the usual media; Pinterest, Bloglovin, Feedly, Youtube, Hemnet (SE, for looking at houses), Safari.

I read, write (by hand and by a little bluetooth keyboard), keep a regular calendar and a bullet journal, draw in Procreate, scan pages and papers in order to keep them all in one place, and import existing documents from my computer. I make my own “printables” and import them into GoodNotes so I can track things just the way I want to do it instead of following someone else’s templates. I have made my own calendar and a couple of different templates adapted to what I’m keeping track of, like school, or just things I want to get done. The star of the show is GoodNotes though.



GoodNotes is “a new take on note-taking”. In this sync-between-units-app, you can create new notebooks or import existing PDF’s and images to read, annotate, draw on etc. I use it with everything that regards school and planning my life. We always get the instructions by PDF from school and there are often articles to download and read during the courses. I collect everything in GoodNotes, together with my own DIY getting-my-shit-together-documents in order to keep track of everything I have to do and when the deadlines are.
The times when I have to travel and the instruction calls for a specific chapter of a book being handled in upcoming lectures, I scan that chapter and import it into GoodNotes so I can read it/use it in school without having to bring the entire book with me.


Take notes and then highlight the actual important stuff

During the lectures I take notes in GoodNotes, on dotted paper that I’ve made, being able to move the text around if I want to add something or create a new page in the middle of pages. When the course has ended, I export everything into PDF’s so I can save all that collected information for later if I need to go over it again.


I've made my own calendar in Photoshop (not ideal, I know but it's what I've got) with dates and holidays and everything, and I love trying out different layouts and systems. No paper waste if I suddenly get the itch to switch things up! I just saved the thirteen pages with a front page and now that I'm running out of months, I just add one at a time and fill in what plans I have. It's a lovely adaptable way of keeping my shit together. The layout you're looking at now is my third and I find that it's quite suitable for my needs. Further instructions on school assignments and stuff dwell within another document, with check boxes to see that I've gotten through everything I need to do. 


Sort-of easy to find overview, all the notes and highlights show here so I don't need to search page by page after what I've noted as most interesting.


My book tracker, it hasn't gone very far yet. This is the front page I made, where I write on the books which one's I've read. On the next page, there's a list of books I want to read.

You can drag-and-drop pictures into your notebooks and resize after taste. And if your handwriting is fancy enough, you will be able to search your own notes and convert your handwritings into text. I on the other hand, cannot. From the pictures it may appear why. Hehe.


Yeah I'm pretending I'm one of those people that can manage having big goals in life, when really, it's all little tiny steps forward in all categories. Hee hee.

The app costs around 6.50 euros and its worth so much more than that! So, if you’ve ever thought about what the fuck people use a tablet for (I was one of them one year ago), this is my favorite aspect of having one. Just scan it all and use it for the paperless home office! Thank you for reading this ESSAY on this little subject, I tried cutting it down but I couldn't. It's so good, I wish I WAS sponsored. Instead, I'm just a fan. 

Until next time, toodiloo! 

To export JPG's to PDF, also known as the Monday Anger

För att inleda lite mer... färgfullt, så bjuder jag på ett ursnitt ur gårkvällens gruppchat-rant, 23.48; "DAGENS RANT. HADE JPGS. VILLE GÖRA DESSA TILL EN PDF. GJORDE dessa till EN PDF. Alla sidor fick vita kanter pga påtvingad pappers-format. Vill inte ha pappersformat. Försökte alla vägar jag kunde tänka mig. Googlade i en och en halv BLEEP timme och BLEEP, BLEEP bleep..."

Den här historien tar sin början när denna analoga teknikförfasare skaffade sig en iPad. WAT, DU? Ditt ljudsystem består av en liten 129-kronorsradio från Clas Ohlson som du måste dra sladden ur för att få tyst på? Ja, så är det. Men jag gjorde't. Jag såg fördelarna med att kliva in i en teknikens framtid. Kommer ju vara på resande fot en hel del de närmsta åren eftersom jag hoppar på skolan på heltid igen i höst och min laptop VÄGER BLY. Och paddan erbjuder en hel flock av möjligheter och fördelar för mig och mitt osynliga hand-handikapp.  Rita utan att behöva trycka hårt mot papper! Läsa böcker utan att behöva hålla nere sidor! Anteckna med penna! Kurslitteratur! Överstrykarpenna-notera text! Ha ett litet portabelt tagnentbord att knappa på vid behov! Korrekturläsa dokument och notera direkt på sidorna utan att behöva skriva ut! Ha allt jag hade i filofaxen på paddan istället, som är möjligt pga pennfunktionen! Och där kommer vi till måndagsdilemmat. 

För jag använder en fantastisk app som heter GoodNotes. Man kan importera dokument och rita i dom eller göra nya, anteckna i anteckningsblock, göra listor, ha en kalender (alltså som på papper, inget interaktivt) etc etc. Har man tillräckligt fin handstil kan man tillochmed söka i sina handskrivna anteckningar. Nåväl! Detta ledde till att jag kom på att jag skulle lägga in min kalender på paddan och använda den där. Jag gör ju redan min egna kalender på datorn sen ett par år tillbaka så det här sparar ju mest steget att skriva ut på riktigt papper och det dåliga samvetet som kommer när jag vill möblera om eller designa nytt. 

Så jag tog dimensionerna av den användbara ytan i GoodNotes och kopierade den rakt över till Photoshop och byggde mig en ny kalender där. Tog en helg, cirka. Sen var det dags att lägga ihop mina fina anpassade JPG-kalenderbilder till en PDF så jag kunde importera dem i form av ett dokument till min padda. 

Cue vansinnet. 

Varenda sätt som jag redan kunde/hittade för att exportera JPGs till ett samlat PDF-dokument lämnade dokumentet med de förfärliga vita kanterna som representerar typ A4-format etc. Och det var ju för mig helt överflödigt för DETTA SKULLE JU INTE UT PÅ PAPPER. Googlade, testade, googlade, testade, bröt mig runt i inställningar, provade olika program (fast inte fulprogram med malware från suspekta hemsidor, håll er borta från dom) och INGENTING fungerade. Det blev vita kanter där eller vita kanter där, eller vita kanter runt hela rasket. 

Där satt jag med dumstruten på. PMSen brände bakom ögonen. Versalerna var ett faktum. 

När det gått nästan två timmar så hade jag hunnit bli desperat, och, teknikarg. Den där speciella sortens ilska som tekniken frammanar. HÄR KAN VI FLYGA TILL MÅNEN men att exportera en jävla JPG, det KAN VI MINSANN INTE GÖRA! 

Så jag började i desperation rota igenom mina egna potentiellt dolda resurser. Klickade in i FastStone ImageViewer, ett lågmält men effektivt program för bildvisning som jag har haft sen urminnes tider. Markerade ett par bilder och letade runt i menyn. Tre klick senare satt jag med en klar PDF tillverkad av mina kalendersidor komplett med framsida, helt utan överflödiga kanter. 

Det slog nästan över. Men jag djupandades och och la mig sådär arg fortfarande fast ni vet, problemet är löst. SÅ, idag tänkte jag lära er hur man gör detta, för att ni ska slippa eländet ifall ni någonsin bestämmer er för att göra samma sak som jag har gjort. 

Steg 1: Skramla fram de valda bilderna i ImageStone, markera dom, Klicka på "Skapa" uppe i menyn, och "Skapa flerbildsfiler" (OBS, ser ni hur den tillochmed gör det av raw-filer?? Impadskalan höjdes precis!).

Steg 2: Du får upp en ruta med bilderna du har markerat, tror man kan sortera dom i rätt ordning och sådär. När nöjd, klicka på "Skapa".

Hitta på ett coolt jävla namn och spara där du vill ha din fantastiska, väldimensionerade PDF.

När procentsatsen når 100% så säger den KLAAR! Och vips! Så har du en PDF!

Helt utan skrivarpapperformat!

ALLES KLAR! Förnöjsamheten är ett faktum och enkelheten i mitt gamla program som jag använt i ur och skur har bevisat sig igen. Det här är mitt tips till internets mänsklighet, så ni slipper slösa tid på Layer Comps i Photoshop, skrivarinställningsmarginaler som ska ändras, och allt annat skit som rekommenderas därute som lösning på ditt JPG-PDF-problem.



Bonustips: Om du har funderat över hur du kan göra helt vanliga a4-sidor till PDFer så brukar det finnas som alternativ i utskriftsmenyn, "Skriv ut till PDF" och så ba exporterar den precis som ovanstående fast för textdokument också. Superenkelt. Om man håller sig på mattan med dimensionerna, förstås.