Its very simple, easy-to-use interface is straightforward and does not have much of a learning curve. The planner is an interactive PDF with functional links built into the infrastructure. GoodNotes™ preserves the functionality of the links. This means you can press on the tab for a particular month or section, and you will go directly to that month or section.
The app also allows you to import documents and image files to use to decorate your planner. You do not have to convert a PDF to an image file (Jpg or png) to work with it. You can import a PDF.
The process for copying and pasting an item to your planner is quite simple as well. Once you get the hang of it, decorating and preparing a spread for the coming week takes about a quarter of the time it takes to decorate a paper planner, and there are a lot of special effects you can do (some using additional apps) that can really make your planner spectacular.
Below I am going to post some GoodNotes videos, including a repost of LaVonna Mae Bakke's original Plan with Me where she shows the basics of the planner inside GoodNotes.
A lot of us have learned to use the GoodNotes™ app by viewing these videos, sometimes more than once, until we had it down.
Before going further, I need to tell you, that despite its many good points, there are a few drawbacks to the app for planner purpose. There are workarounds, however, for most.
The biggest problem many of us have is getting the GoodNotes™ app to sync properly among the Apple devices you own. If you are hoping to sync your planner to your iPhone to carry it with you efficiently, we have seen some issues. In my own case, it took a couple of weeks to get things synced, and then it only synced small files, and not the big planner files. When I changed iPads this week, suddenly the larger files did show up, on both the new iPad and on my iPhone.
Another drawback is the storage of items you import. There is a category system so you can file the images away, or you can create a document and copy the ones you will use a lot to that. It's not a whole lot of trouble, but if you don't do this often, you will find your app cluttered with extra stuff. Some of the other apps have a more direct filing system, which will be discussed later.
And third, the app is not free. It costs $7.99. It's important to remember that it is a powerful app, and what it does, it does very well.
Last, it is only available for Apple devices. If you have an Android or Windows device, Metamoji or OneNote are your options.