No, iPad, I don't want 5 versions of the same file thanks.
January 3, 2013 9:53 AM   Subscribe

I have a (hopefully easy) question about getting Dropbox and GoodNotes to work together nicely on my iPad.

My new iPad is a dream. But I have a problem with my workflow.

When I fire up GoodNotes, I have no problem importing a PDF from my Dropbox account and marking it up.

However, when I want to save the marked-up PDF back to the dropbox folder, GoodNotes won't overwrite the old version. Instead it creates a new file. This is annoying to me.

For example, I import myFile.pdf into GoodNotes, export myFile.pdf back to Dropbox (being sure to specify "save as: myFile.pdf") but the file with the annotations that shows up in my Dropbox folder is myFile-1.pdf.

Is there a way around this? I've run through all the setting I can find but don't see anything. This is my first iOS device, though, so hopefully I'm missing something about how the file system works. Thanks!
posted by no regrets, coyote to Computers & Internet (4 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
(Also, if this is just a problem with GoodNotes and not other apps for marking up PDFs I'm open to recommendations)
posted by no regrets, coyote at 10:01 AM on January 3, 2013

The problem you describe does not occur when exporting .pdfs from Notabilty, a very similar annotation tool compatible with Dropbox.
posted by Svejk at 3:12 PM on January 3, 2013

Excellent information. I've spent the afternoon trying to figure out if this was a GoodNotes problem or a Dropbox problem with little success.

I'll probably just switch to Notability.
posted by no regrets, coyote at 3:42 PM on January 3, 2013

If anyone stumbles on this in the future I spent the 2 bucks on Notability and the problem is solved. Guess it's just a dumb design decision on GoodNotes' part.
posted by no regrets, coyote at 9:20 AM on January 4, 2013

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