How to Make Template Files for Your reMarkable


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  1. Lucas says:

    I had some difficulty converting a single page US letter sized PDF to a template on my Remarkable 1, so for reference, here are commands that worked for me using ghostscript and imagemagick (convert):

    gs -sDEVICE=pnggray -o ./output-600.png -r600 ./input.pdf
    convert output-600.png -density 226 -units pixelsperinch output.png
    convert output.png -resize 1404×1872\! output.png

    I tried using ghostscript to encode it at 226dpi, but it looked a bit blocky. For some reason, just resizing it without changing the DPI caused the device to reject the files. Also of note: when I flipped the width/height dimensions, it still worked as a template, but was highly distorted.

    Hopefully some collection of those commands are useful for others.

  2. Alan says:

    Kyra – very impressed with the detail and explanation of how to make this work. Thank you.

  3. kitty visser says:

    hello do you already know how to add costum icons

  4. Debra Deppeler says:

    Update: I created the matching svg for my template using Inkscape. But, still no custom icon for my template, and template image still doesn’t show in the App on my laptop.

    • Kyra says:

      So far I haven’t used SVG files and only PNGs. That said I heard somewhere the SVG files are for exporting your notebook since SVG files can be made bigger without going blurry (I think SVG are vector images instead of pixel based so they don’t lose their quality but I haven’t done too much research).

      Since custom images aren’t supported they don’t show up in the apps at all. I got around it with one of my notebooks by exporting it as a PDF and having both versions on my reMarkable (notebook if I want to change it and PDF for the apps). That said, if I want to update it I’ll have to export it again.

      Also as templates aren’t supported there’s a limited amount custom images (iconcode) to use as the templates icon. I haven’t looked into whether you can add more (guessing rather complicated) and have just chosen one to repeat each time I add a custom template.

      With the template wipe when it updates. I’ve found if you keep the details the same (filename, category, etc) then when you re-upload them the reMarkable’s notebooks can still find the right templates without you having to go in and re-add them. It makes it a bit easier. Not sure, specifically, which details need to be the same as I haven’t played with that yet.

      Hope that helps. I’m so glad my post was able to help you out and if you have any other questions feel free to ask.

  5. Debra Deppeler says:

    It worked. I was able to edit the week PNG and make my own weekly template. Disappointed to learn that it wont be viewable in the APP. My guess is that I would have to have a matching svg file for the png file. I may try that for a different template. For now, this is a great addition to my rM 2 even if I must repeat parts of the process after each software update.

    Thanks again for the great instructions.

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