Hello, everyone

Hey, everyone! I have been a long time user of Franklin Classic binder. Like many others, I have tried using a Palm and even a Jornada, but I still keep coming back to my paper planner as the best thing that works for me.

Franklin stopped distributing the Dilbert refills this year - actually they did not renew licensing for many of their licensed products. So, I was playing with their forms making software and found it to be a bit limiting. Their newest version (3.0) is full of bugs and even limits existing functionality in 2.x. I suspect it is because you can (pay a boat load to) create your own customized filler on their site (and they mail it to you).

Then I came across this site. It took me a while to poke around and then i downloaded the kit for classic and test printed formzilla. So, after poking around, I have a couple of (newbie) questions.

* Is this a simple solution of preformatted forms that are print-only?

* Is there a way to print daily pages for a year based on a form (something that automatically increments date, etc for the same form alternating binder holes side)? or is the concept here that someone has to create each page manually and save them all statically for others to print?

* I saw that there are template (or form) groups and contributions. And I see that there are different sizes (letter, classic, index card, etc). Are there any other styles besides the main kit? Like something with different colors, different looks and feels?

I was looking for something different, but customizable to outfit my entire filler for next year (no time like the present to start if I have to do a lot of designing myself).

* Are there any automated tools that would allow the definition of a template, but then let you substitute things like a group of photos to print on every (some grouping of) pages in a designated spot at a designated size, substitute a file of text strings (like quotable quotes) such that you get a different one per page printed, but in the same designated place, etc? And for that matter, that would bring m back to printing so that the pages number and date themselves based on a starting date.

Or am I dreaming here?

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Is this a simple solution of preformatted forms that are print-only?
Mostly, but there are tools and resources for you to make your own

Is there a way to print daily pages for a year based on a form ?
In the works -- See here

Are there any other styles besides the main kit?
I'm not sure how to answer this.

Are there any automated tools …?
Not yet :) -- See here (same place)
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clarification

Are there any other styles besides the main kit?
I'm not sure how to answer this.

Maybe I should say theme. You know, like, Monticello, or Leadership, or Original in Franklin refill terms. In the kit that you download, all of the forms have the same look and feel (theme). Has anyone made calendars and series of (the same) forms that are in the kit, but in a different theme? Like round check marks, fat blue line at the top, different font, etc. (as a whole package).

Interesting idea

Based on your description, I believe we have a single basic theme/style.

You could customize by what color/type of paper you print to.

You could also submit your own ideas and suggestions.
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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

Newbee tries to answer :-|

* Is there a way to print daily pages for a year based on a form (something that automatically increments date, etc for the same form alternating binder holes side)? or is the concept here that someone has to create each page manually and save them all statically for others to print?

Before I started using this site, I used Outlook to print my calendar.. There are a lot of options there, Like page per day in classic, 3x5, 1/4 page etc.. Outlook numbers pages, AND you can tell it to print only even or odd pages so that you can flip your page over and double side the calendar :)

Yet More Answers...

Hi Chris, Welcome to D*I*Y. :)

Quote: "I have a couple of (newbie) questions".

We are all newbies in one respect or another, so fire away. :)

Quote: "Is this a simple solution of preformatted forms that are print-only?"

No DIYPlanner (the site as oppose to only the Templates) is a friendly communty of people interested in creato-productivity, pens and papery pr0n. Under the auspicious gaze of King Doug and inno (first knight or 2IC depending if you are a Python fan) we have this forum; D*I*Y Templates; user submitted Templates , in various formats. A Widgit Kit for people who wish to achieve the D*I*Y look, plus various articles and reviews to peruse...

To paraphrase your next question: Are the downloadable calendar dates fixed or can one generate dates on the fly. is this what you meant?

At the moment, the downloadable calendars are fixed date ones. However, see Ygor's answer above.

Quote: "Are there any other styles besides the main kit? Like something with different colors, different looks and feels?"

One needs to bear in mind that Doug designed the official D*I*Y Forms to print on as many different printers as possible. Whereas users are free to submit(within reason) any style they wish. Including Forms for left handers, colour printers and M$ Word and Excel users.

Quote: "I was looking for something different, but customizable to outfit my entire filler for next year"."Are there any automated tools that would allow the definition of a template, but then let you substitute things like a group of photos".

Any half decent Desk Top Publishing (DTP) software will work. I know Doug uses Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. However these are expensive and have a steep learning curve. Therefore. D*I*Y recommends OpenOffice Draw. (Part of the OpenOffice suite). It is free, easy to learn (although one still needs an artistic bent) and it has a picture of a seagull on the home page. :) (Sorry in joke ;) )

Quote: ..."substitute a file of text strings such that you get a different one per page printed, but in the same designated place, etc? And for that matter, that would bring m back to printing so that the pages number and date themselves based on a starting date".

Sorry you lost me just after 'text strings'. Try searching the forum for 'macros'.

Quote "Or am I dreaming here?"

No Jonathan Seagull; this IS papery heaven. :)

Inno

For the next generationers amongst us, I believe that she is referred to as "Number One"

;-)

Sounds like…

a lot of Number Two ;)

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"I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us." (Calvin and Hobbes/Bill Waterson)

so popular

didn't realize i was getting so popular. i'm just me, i help out here and answer questions and take the reins on the cats when doug's gone.

thankfully, this doesn't mean i hafta wear a "red shirt".
give me a buzz if you got questions that sard can't answer or make good excuses up. :)

/innowen

inno

:bows before the powerful number one:
♥---♥---♥
my artwork

*sighs and rolls

*sighs and rolls eyes*

okay...now THAT's pushing it! get off the floor and stop this sillyness. ima not that much more important than anyone else. (except i think doug holds the reigning ultimate in uberkewl title around here).

sheez... everyone's gotta be so dramatic. *gryns and giggles*
/innowen