Digital Planning FAQ’s & Quick Tips

Commit30 Digital Planner

Digital Planning FAQ's

What Device, Stylus & App do I need?
The Commit30 Digital Planner is designed for an iPad + the GoodNotes App and a stylus.

GoodNotes5 is currently only available for devices running iOS 12 or higher. GoodNotes plans on offering their app cross platform for Android and MS, but at this time do not have an eta.

Please note, the GoodNotes App is available from the Apple App Store and is sold separately from the digital planner. We discount the cost of the planner to help offset the app cost.

Apple Device and Software Configuration Details:

    • Apple Devices that support iOS 12 (required to use GoodNotes5):
      • iPad: 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation, 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation, 11-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad 6th generation, iPad 5th generation, iPad Air 3rd generation, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2,
      • iPhone: XS, XS Max, XR, X, 8, 8 Plus, 7, 7 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 6, 6 Plus, SE, 5s
      • iPod Touch 6th Generation
    • Apple Pencil compatibility:
      • Second-generation Apple Pencil works with:
        • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
        • iPad Pro 11-inch
      • First-generation Apple Pencil works with:
        • iPad Air (3rd generation)
        • iPad mini (5th generation)
        • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st or 2nd generation)
        • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
        • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
        • iPad (6th generation)
      • Learn more about Apple Pencil on the official support page here.
    • GoodNotes Stylus Compatibility:

      • GoodNotes 5 currently supports:
        • Apple Pencil 1st gen
        • Apple Pencil 2nd gen
        • Logitech Crayon
        • All non-Bluetooth captive styluses
      • GoodNotes 4 supports the following styluses:
        • Adonit Jot
        • Adonit Pixel
        • Apple Pencil
        • Ten One Design Pogo Connect
        • Wacom Bamboo Fineline (not supported on iPad Pro)
        • Wacom Intuos Creative Stylus 2
        • Pencil by FiftyThree


Can I test a Sample Digital Planner prior to purchase?
Yes, we strongly recommend trying our sample planner prior to purchase, as we don’t offer refunds on digital products once they are downloaded. Below is a sample planner you can download and import into GoodNotes to preview and test prior to purchase.

Try our Sample Digital Planner prior to purchase here:

    1. First, Get the GoodNotes5 App for iPad – Click Here
    2. How to Import the Digital Sample Planner into GoodNotes:
        • Using your iPad, Open Safari and click HERE – This will open the planner in a new window in Safari.
        • Then click on the share icon
        • Select “Copy to GoodNotes”
        • GoodNotes will open --> tap “Import” (Or “change location” --> “Import as New Document”)
        • Done! Now open the planner file from the GoodNotes Documents folder to test out all the features.
        • FYI, to click on the planner tabs you need to be in “read” mode. Toggle the pen icon on/off to switch between read and write mode.
    3. Other ways to import to GoodNotes Click Here.
Can I use the digital planner on my iPhone?
Yes, the GoodNotes app does work on iPad & iPhone, and it will sync between the two using iCloud. We recommend primarily using it on the iPad as it is a better user experience with the larger screen and a stylus. Then, use it on your iPhone primarily as read only option to see your calendar. You can annotated the planner on iPhone be it is more tedious with the small screen.


Keep in mind……The user experience is much better on the larger screen of an iPad along with a stylus. Annotating on the small screen of a iPhone is more tedious. Most users will plan on their iPad then use their iPhone to look at their appointments and to-dos while on the go when they don’t have their iPad with them.

Can I sync between my iPad and iPhone?

Yes, with GoodNotes you can turn on iCloud Sync, which will allow you to us the planner on both your iPad and iPhone.

In order to sync with iCloud both devices must be using the same Apple ID.

Can I import/export to other calendars?

No, the planner will not import/export or sync with other calendars.

You can print, backup and share the planner to other iOS devices using the GoodNotes iCloud sync function.

Can I use a different App?

Our digital planner will work on most pdf annotation apps. However, we highly recommend GoodNotes as it is feature packed with the best digital planning tools. Also, we don’t provide support or instructions for use on any other App than the GoodNotes App.

If you want to try it out with a different app, please try our Sample Planner first to see if it works to your liking as we don’t offer refunds on our digital products.

Will this work on Andriod or MS Tablet

Not yet… the GoodNotes App is currently only available for iOS. They plan on offering the app cross platform, but have not announced an eta at this time.

How do I download/import the digital planner into GoodNotes

After you purchase the digital planner you will receive an email confirmation with download links. These links will be for the digital planner and instructions on how to import the digital planner into GoodNotes. If you created an account during checkout, you will also be able to log into your account from our website to download your files along with instructions.

You can also view the GoodNotes import instructions HERE


Getting Started Quick Tips

How do I click/navigate using the planner Tabs?

How to navigate the digital planner:

  1. Clicking on the Tabs: In GoodNotes you will either be in “write” mode or “read” mode. In order to click on the planner tabs you must be in “read” mode. You can toggle between modes by selecting the “pen” icon in the upper right corner of the navbar.
  2. Swiping to move between pages: If using the apple pencil you can swipe left to right with 1 finger to scroll between pages (Up/Down if you have selected vertical orientation). If you are not using an apple pencil you will scroll with two fingers.
  3. Thumbnail View: Click on thumbnail icon in upper left corner. You can see all of the pages of the planner and go directly to any page.
How do I use the Stickers?

In GoodNotes there are two kinds of stickers: Embedded Stickers and Pre-Cropped Stickers.

How to use the Embedded Stickers (Included in the 2019-2020 Digital Planner):

  1. Use your lasso tool to draw a circle around the sticker of choice. tool_lasso_2x.png
    • Press on the lassoed image until you see “Take Screenshot”, tap it.
    • Then tap on the share button and select “Save Image”.
  2. Then select the image tool from the tool bar. tool_image_2x.png
    • Choose image from your photo album or from the contextual area to insert it into the page.
    • You can resize, rotate and move the image to your desired location.

How to use Pre-Cropped Stickers (Our sticker books are pre-cropped stickers)

  1. Use your lasso tool to select the sticker of choice. tool_lasso_2x.png
  2. Press with your stylus on the lassoed image until you see the menu appear and click “Copy”.
  3. Then open your Digital Planner to the page you want to insert the sticker. Press on the screen with your stylus until the menu appears and click “Paste”.
    • You can resize, rotate and move the sticker to your desired location.
How to change your planner cover?
  1. From the navbar select the “thumbnail” icon (upper left).
  2. Scroll down to the bottom where you will see different cover colors.
  3. Press and hold on the planner cover page. Then drag to the top and place in the page 1 location. Then do the same for the old cover page, hold and drag to the bottom/last page for future use.
Basic Digital Planner Features:

Using the note-taking and editing tools
Taking notes and writing in your digital planner is super simple. Just like writing with a pen on paper. When you open your digital planner in GoodNotes5, you’ll see two bars at the top of the screen.

The upper one in dark color is the nav bar. The navbar, as indicated by its name, lets you perform navigation actions or actions that affect the document as a whole. You also notice the Read-Only Mode is now located at the nav bar.

The lower one is the toolbar. You can select the tools or colors by tapping on the icon once. The selected tool will be represented in color, whereas inactive tools are colorless. Tapping on the icon of a selected tool a second time will reveal additional options or tool-settings.

Tools Overview:

Pen Tool tool_fountainpen_2x.png
Write on the page with your finger or a stylus. Other pen styles can be selected in the pen options.

  • Fountain pen: Pressure-sensitive pen style
  • Ball pen: no pressure sensitivity
  • Brush pen: create artistic ink and notes with this highly pressure-sensitive pen style (works best with a high thickness)

Eraser Tool tool_eraser_2x.png
Erase ink strokes or highlighting on the page.

Highlighter tool_highlighter_2x.png
Highlight notes or texts.

Shape Tool tool_shapes_2x.png
Draw perfect geometric shapes or straight lines.

Lasso Tool tool_lasso_2x.png
Select objects on the page to reorder, resize, or edit them further.

Image Tool tool_image_2x.png
Insert images from your photo library and edit them.

Camera Tool tool_scan_2x.png
Take photos with your iPad camera to add them to the page or create a whole page from a photo.

Text Tool tool_texttool_2x.png
Create a text box by tapping anywhere on the page to type with your keyboard.

Zoom Window Tool tool_zoom_2x.png
Magnify a part of the page to write neatly and precisely.

Contextual area

On the right side of the toolbar, you’ll see the “Contextual Area”. Each tool has its own quick actions that appear in this area. The pen, the highlighter, and the shapes tool show a set of shortcuts for adapting the color and thickness. You can select more colors or change the thickness of the strokes by tapping on these icons again. Other tools, like the Image tool, have different quick actions in the contextual area.