New Circa Item Idea: PDA Pocketses

What has it got in its pocketses, Precious?

OK, folks, let's talk about a pocket for the Circa PDA Notebook.

I would have been satisfoed with a modification of the existing 3 by 5 slash pocket divider, smurfed on top and made a bit narrower to fit properly.

Then Ryan said:

I am now compelled by the idea of a circa-fied baseball card sleeve, or miniature page protector to reduce the bulk of the component. I would be happy to collaborate on the design with you in a new topic.

So here we are.

Ryan, I like the idea. Would the factory-elves at Levenger be able to do anything with a prototype made of paper ?

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Would the factory-elves at Levenger be able to do anything with a prototype made of paper ?

paper, staples, masking tape, ...

What sort of pocket might you have in mind?

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I'm jealous! I wanna play!!! ;P

BTW, Ryan do you know when those marvelous 3 by 5 slash pockets are going to be in our catalogs? :)

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What sort of pocket might you have in mind?

Pretty much what you are describing.
I can try something in paper and e-mail the design to you.
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oooo and oooo

I like the Micro PDA! I wonder how close in size it is to the Circa Pocket Notes, still in original package, that I recently came across while going through my nightstand. Label says 2" x 3 1/2".
It was purchased in 1998. A Sampler set with a Letter, Junior and either two or three Pocket notes.
The packaging is all together for the Letter, Juior and there are two bags for Pocket Notes.

Print shop knowledge to the rescue!

Micro PDAs are standard business card size I believe... that is 2 inches tall by 3.5 inches wide.

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Circa Pocket Notes = MicroPDA

Yes, Sara is right.

The Micro PDA is identical to the 'MicroDex' in its compatability with business cards.

MicroDex = the DIY version using bits from the CircaPDA. (I've used this quite frequently over the past few months.)

Circa Pocket Notes

I have one of those on my desk right now. With the old Levenger/Circa logo -- a fountain pen -- on a brown/gray cover. I bit ugly if you ask me, but I loved the Circa stuff anyway. I remember the sampler set too. It also came with a "post card" size also, you could tear out the card and mail it, which I never did. I remember being a bit irritated that the post card size didn't fit in the junior size without hanging out a bit. The new ones look so much prettier. But why, oh why, are they coming out with new stuff the day after I place an order -- I finally used a 20% off coupon I'd been hording. I desperately need more coupons, more money, and more will power.

gray/brown

Yep!
My older Circa stuff is the gray/brown color.
My first purchase of the Translucent cover was a cuople of 4 by 6 notebooks. The translucent is better loooking and sturdier.

I have a question (for anyone) about the patterns/colors on the CircaPDA and the new Micro. Is the color on the cover istelf or is it a card placed behind the cover?

I have a question (for

I have a question (for anyone) about the patterns/colors on the CircaPDA and the new Micro. Is the color on the cover istelf or is it a card placed behind the cover?

Don't know about the new Micro (didn't even know there's such a product, thought it was just something Ryan was experimenting with), but my Circa PDA has translucent front and back covers, while the coloured card is just after the front cover, while a plain coloured card is the second last item before the back cover.

Hope the above makes sense!

It makes sense

Thanks for the info Chet.

I don't remember where, but somewhere on this forum today there was a link to Ryan's Flickr photos. There was a pic of some Micro PDAs.

There is also a Prototype of a top-bound Circa Steno. Great idea!!
A few weeks ago, we were watching a movie on the Hallmark Channel, and I spotted a top-bound, Disc bound notebook!!
DH agreed that only I would notice something like that.
I even backed it up (DVR) to make sure that was really what I saw.

You're right, pinky. The

You're right, pinky. The Micro PDA pictures are on Ryan's Flickr site. But I think they're just prototypes, and not commercially available yet. Altho they're quite easy to make. After seeing those pictures, I went and Circa-punched all the loose business cards I could find around my work area and bound them with two Circa discs, and got myself something similar, but only for holding business cards together.

Update:

I went to Ryan's Flickr site again and saw a new picture:
MicroPDA

Yes, they're official. :)

Is the color on the cover istelf...

I can answer that.
I have a Circa PDA (not the leather cover) and I was just in my local Levenger Store yesterday and saw the Micro's - very neat

The cover is the frosty-clear plastic of all the Circa notebooks. The color is from the card underneath.
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Envy.....

I was just in my local Levenger Store...

Ohhh.. lucky you!! I have never even gotten close to a Levenger Store.

I have one of those on my

I have one of those on my desk right now. With the old Levenger/Circa logo -- a fountain pen -- on a brown/gray cover.

Any pictures, please? I have a photo set on Flickr called Vintage Levenger.

Circa Notecard size - 2" x 4.5"

I have some refills from long ago that are for a Circa Notecard size - 2" x 4.5". They fit, if I recall, in the address book, but don't have any form to fill out, just the blank window that many Levenger cards have. Only two smurfs on one short edge. I really like them for quick notes when I'm doing research or run across something I want to check out. I've been using 3 x 5s lately for the same purpose, mostly because I forgot I had these refills! Thanks for reminding me. :D

Uses

know why I need (at least) one of these things. I use my Circa PDA as a task list. At first I thought that putting one task per card would be a big waste, but that isn't much of a problem. Many of my tasks repeat, so I just put the card back in my system until the task re-appears. Other tasks tend to look like simple one liner jobs, but turn into projects. When that happens I can just keep adding notes to the card defining what I've done and still need to do until I finish that "small" task. It's helped me to see that many things I think will be quick and easy are actually a bit more of a handful than I first thought. It also keeps me from getting overwhelmed with all I need to do and from trying to do it all at once. I tell myself I must pick _one_ thing to concentrat on. Then I move that one thing to the top of the PDA -- I love the translucent cover because I can put what I need to do next right behind it an see it even with the PDA closed. Then I only need to think about that _one_ thing. All those years of using the long lists in my daily planner and I never knew how much that sapped my productivity.

Ok, so why I need a pocket in my PDA. I often have recites, notices of books due at the library, coupons, dry-cleaning tickets, and business cards that I would love to use as task reminders, but not all of them lend themselves to smurfing so I have to put them elsewhere and write a note on a card in my PDA. The last time I was handed a coupon I just held it wishing it had a place to go in straight into my PDA with my errands. Obviously, I want a clear pocket so the item itself can be a reminder. The slash pocked would be ok, but I'd really like something more like a page protector. For me, it doesn't need to hold more than a sheet or two. A while ago I hacked a Mead index card holder, which has clear, index sized pockets. I took out the comb binding and put a couple of rings in the holes. This worked great, but I don't think it would work well for the Circa PDA. The pockets where closed on three sides and the cards slipped into the "top" which was the 5'' side. I don't think this would work well on the 3'' side for the stuff I want to cram in there. I've seen some page holder type products for 3-ring binders which are closed on two sides and have a plastic tap which holds the long side shut. I think this would be ideal. It would keep the stuff in the pocked, but would also allow it to be opened enough to get it out. I definiately would want to keep it sized for the PDA -- nothing sticking out, unless it is a pen holder.

Two and a half sides

Maybe something closed on two and a half sides. That way it would be easy to slip in a coupon or card because the third side (I'm thinking the right side) would be half-open, but the cards, etc., would be fairly safe because that third side would also be half sealed.

CircaPDA pocket prototype

link to fast prototype
(DIY photo-instructable from a 3x5 sheet protector [any plastic material should work.])

Very nice! I peeked early

Very nice! I peeked early ... :giggle:

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