LASSO TOOL

GOODNOTES 5

IMPORTANCE OF | THE LASSO TOOL

The Lasso tool makes selecting objects, text, and handwriting a breeze. When something is selected, you can perform many different tasks including taking a screenshot, duplication, resizing, changing colors, and converting handwriting into text.

LASSO TOOL | BASICS

ACCESS LASSO TOOL

First, open a document within GoodNotes and go into Note Taking mode by clicking on the Note Taking icon     located in the upper right corner of the Title Bar. The Title Bar will turn dark blue and an Note Taking Menu Bar will open. The menu bar is split into three sections. The left section has the Zoom Window icon, the middle section has tools to edit your document, and the right section are your settings used to modify your selected tool. The Lasso Tool is the fifth icon in the middle section.    

LASSO TOOL SETTINGS

With the Lasso Tool selected, tap on the icon a second time to bring up its settings menu. Here, you can define what is selected when using the Lasso, handwriting, images, and/or text boxes.

STYLUS & PALM REJECTION

Stylus and Palm Rejection is used to change the behavior of your Stylus such as it's sensitivity or how the stylus interacts with your iPad depending on your hand position. If your stylus is already connected to GoodNotes, there will be settings for it listed. Single Finger Panning lets you use one finger to swipe to different pages in your document. If this setting is turned off, you will have to use a two-finger swipe to switch pages.

A "Disconnect" option will also appear under your stylus settings used to unpair your stylus with GoodNotes. One thing to keep in mind is that when you have an Apple Pencil/stylus connected to GoodNotes, you CANNOT use your finger to draw/markup your document and vice versa. To (re)connect an Apple Pencil to GoodNotes, tap on "Stylus & Palm Rejection" within your tool's menu and a popup Menu will open. Tap on Smart Stylus and select your stylus from the list. If successfully connected, a bluetooth logo will appear next to the tool icon you currently have selected.

Palm Rejection settings are used to prevent accidental page swipes and and markups. Normally the default settings are sufficient, but you can always tweak them if you are finding GoodNotes not responding accurately to your palm or stylus.

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LASSO | SELECTION MENU

ACCESS SELECTION MENU

With the Lasso Tool selected, use your stylus to draw a circle around any handwriting, image, or text box you may have within your document. A blue dotted circle should form around the object indicating that you have selected it. Tap within your selection to bring up a popup menu that lists options of things you can do to your selection.

RESIZE SELECTION

Within the selection menu, clicking on Resize will bring up a container around your selected object. The bottom right corner of the box has an icon that, when held, can be dragged to shrink and expand your selection. It can also be rotated. Once you set your desired size and rotation, click anywhere outside of the container to finish the process. The red "X" in the upper left corner of the container will delete the contents of your selection.

CHANGE SELECTION COLOR

Selecting Color from the Lasso Selection Menu will bring up a popup "Change Color" menu. Picking a color from the Presets tab or using the Custom tab to select another color will change the color of whatever you have selected with the lasso.

CONVERT HANDWRITING TO TEXT

"Convert" on your Selection Menu is used for converting handwriting that you have selected with the lasso tool to text which you can then export as a ".txt" file or copy into a text editing app such as Microsoft Word. Click on "Convert" to bring up a "Convert to Text" popup menu. Within the body of the menu, you should see your handwriting automatically converted into proper text. You can tap within the body to edit or add more text before copying or exporting it. Once you are satisfied with what the type says, tap on the "Share" icon in the upper right corner of the menu. The typical "Share" popup window should appear where you can select a location to save the text.

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LASSO TOOL | BASICS

ACCESS LASSO TOOL

First, open a document within GoodNotes and go into Note Taking mode by clicking on the Note Taking icon     located in the upper right corner of the Title Bar. The Title Bar will turn dark blue and an Note Taking Menu Bar will open. The menu bar is split into three sections. The left section has the Zoom Window icon, the middle section has tools to edit your document, and the right section are your settings used to modify your selected tool. The Lasso Tool is the fifth icon in the middle section.    

LASSO SPECIFIC SETTINGS

With the Lasso Tool selected, tap on the icon a second time to bring up its settings menu. Here, you can define what is selected when using the Lasso, handwriting, images, and/or text boxes.

STYLUS & PALM REJECTION

Stylus and Palm Rejection is used to change the behavior of your Stylus such as it's sensitivity or how the stylus interacts with your iPad depending on your hand position. If your stylus is already connected to GoodNotes, there will be settings for it listed. Single Finger Panning lets you use one finger to swipe to different pages in your document. If this setting is turned off, you will have to use a two-finger swipe to switch pages.

A "Disconnect" option will also appear under your stylus settings used to unpair your stylus with GoodNotes. One thing to keep in mind is that when you have an Apple Pencil/stylus connected to GoodNotes, you CANNOT use your finger to draw/markup your document and vice versa. To (re)connect an Apple Pencil to GoodNotes, tap on "Stylus & Palm Rejection" within your tool's menu and a popup Menu will open. Tap on Smart Stylus and select your stylus from the list. If successfully connected, a bluetooth logo will appear next to the tool icon you currently have selected.

Palm Rejection settings are used to prevent accidental page swipes and and markups. Normally the default settings are sufficient, but you can always tweak them if you are finding GoodNotes not responding accurately to your palm or stylus.

lasso_BASICS

LASSO | SELECTION MENU

ACCESS SELECTION MENU

With the Lasso Tool selected, use your stylus to draw a circle around any handwriting, image, or text box you may have within your document. A blue dotted circle should form around the object indicating that you have selected it. Tap within your selection to bring up a popup menu that lists options of things you can do to your selection.

RESIZE SELECTION

Within the selection menu, clicking on Resize will bring up a container around your selected object. The bottom right corner of the box has an icon that, when held, can be dragged to shrink and expand your selection. It can also be rotated. Once you set your desired size and rotation, click anywhere outside of the container to finish the process. The red "X" in the upper left corner of the container will delete the contents of your selection.

CHANGE SELECTION COLOR

Selecting Color from the Lasso Selection Menu will bring up a popup "Change Color" menu. Picking a color from the Presets tab or using the Custom tab to select another color will change the color of whatever you have selected with the lasso.

CONVERT HANDWRITING TO TEXT

"Convert" on your Selection Menu is used for converting handwriting that you have selected with the lasso tool to text which you can then export as a ".txt" file or copy into a text editing app such as Microsoft Word. Click on "Convert" to bring up a "Convert to Text" popup menu. Within the body of the menu, you should see your handwriting automatically converted into proper text. You can tap within the body to edit or add more text before copying or exporting it. Once you are satisfied with what the type says, tap on the "Share" icon in the upper right corner of the menu. The typical "Share" popup window should appear where you can select a location to save the text.

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