News & Opinion Survey: The Dynamic Templates: What's Next

I would like to move on to the next "evolutionary step" in this project, but I do not want to leave any huge holes or problems -- little ones are OK :)

I want, here, to do two things.

  • First is to ask if there are any outstanding complaints about the Dynamic Templates as they are now.
    • Are they doing what they are supposed to ?
    • Are they doing anything they are not supposed to ?
  • Second, I want to describe where I am going with it.
    • The first thing I plan to do is combine all the little applications into a single Dynamic Template application. I have been having problems keeping all the separate little apps properly updated. When one changes, more often than not, all need to change and that is a pain. Better to roll everything together.
    • Once I get all the current pages bundled into one application, I will be doing format variations and additional templates

I really enjoy this work with the Dynamic Templates. It is an enjoyable intellectual challenge for my software development skills and I know that what I am doing is helping out a lot of folks "out there".

If you have a problem, complaint, or request, please tell me. But also remember that I am one person, with a full time job that takes up at least 40 hours per week (more with commute) and a family that I dearly love that takes up a lot of my time as well.

I will do the best I can with the time I have to invest here, but remember the name of the site:
DIY Planner
Just like the "give a man a fish/teach a man to fish" proverb. There are lots of great "fishing instructors" here. All you have to do it open your mind a bit.

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First of all, thanks for all

First of all, thanks for all your hard work! The dynamic templates are really cool.

As far as features go: it might be nice to have some support for printing N-up features available as part of the dynamic templates. I finally got a punch, and I've been having a lot of trouble printing out stuff that will fit in my Junior Levenger with my printer - I'm not sure if it's margins or what, but it's a big pain. If the software had tweaks for page offsets and margin adjustments, plus the ability to do the 2-up (in this case) printing itself, then I could fix those problems a lot faster. Likewise, printing full-bleed 3x5 cards with my printer requires printing on card stock and cutting it down - but none of my printers 4-up options stick all of the pages together with a common cutting line in the middle like the pre-made 4-up templates do.

Beggars can't be choosers, but, if you're making improvements, that's something I'd love to see support for. Thanks!

Margins and N-Up

The applications have margin controls. If your printouts are cut off, have you tried increasing the margins ? I find that the printers I use need a minimum 7mm margin.

About the n-up "feature", take a look at these:

How to utilize Dynamic Templates and Multivalent: Example 1 - January 2008 classic booklet (2-up, duplex)

How to utilize Dynamic Templates and Multivalent: Example 2 - A 2 year classic booklet (2008 - 2009) (2-up, duplex)

How to Arrange Pages for 2-Up Duplex Printing

Dynamic Template Printing Non Duplex printer

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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)

You already know I think all

You already know I think all this is great!

Don't stop telling me...

and I promise I will not let it all go to my head (too much)
:D
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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)

I think they're great,

And putting them all into one app will make them even better. These are truly a boon. I still haven't settled completely on a size or a format, so I've relly appreciated being able to try them all out for a week or two.

thanks for all the hard work, tell your family thanks for the time away too,

-kmorris

I think your templates are wondrous ygor

and your generousity of time and listening and responding, huge.

I dont know enough to know about how template- making works as a newbie, and what 'wish list' to ask for. But, I would like it if all templates could be filled in online, electronically, as well as printed out in analog. As well as f'iddle-ible with-able,' meaning one can change words and headers to suit one's process at hand

thank you ygor for this huge body of work you've done and continue to do. It has mattered to a great many souls.

archangel

Great Product!

I came to visit DIYPlanner today and look at the great present I found! Thank you very much for coding this product!

As for suggestions, after playing with it for all of 10 minutes, I wouldn't mind the ability to export to a word processor file, but I do understand the issues involved.

I would also like the option of personalizing the module headers, such as swapping out the EXPENSES with a CALL or SHOP header.

All in all, thanks so much for doing this - you've made DIYPlanner a better place to be!

Special Dates auto printed on each page

Firstly, GREAT templates and glad to hear you are still interested in improving & creating new ones.
Already using your Monthly calendar templates.

Would like to see a Phone/Address template,
A6 page size so i can do booklet printing on A5 would also be very helpful.

Just an idea if your programme can interface with an excel like application...
I created A6 size, day per page template via excel (I don't know how to use OpenOffice). I have excel automatically put in Birthday, Anniversary, Holiday dates etc onto each relevant auto-dated page with a little gift image (jpg). Was great to finish, as these dates are now permanently stored in excel and has saved me from forgetting peoples birthday and having to hand write birthday's every year.

My next venture is to do the same with a Phone/Address template as the fixed formats for purchased forms don't have enough mobile phone reference lines, family, kid & pet names, etc.

Again, great templates and I'm looking forward to your future templates as then I may be able to stop using excel.

Cheers
Tammyl

excel

I love excel and spend most of my days working on spreadsheets. I would be really interested to learn how you did the automatic insert of your bday, anniv, etc. info. I have never been able to figure this out! If you have time, is there a way to write up an instruction sheet? I don't know how complicated or time-consuming that would be...

Thanks in advance for any input!
nay nay :)

Feature Requests

Undated Weekly and Monthly

Single page for those forms as well (for hipster users).

I don't think I ever mentioned it but I understand the amount of effort that went into making these. Thank You, Doug really should give you a cut of the registration royalties.

:)

Undated Forms

The undated forms, in many versions, are found in the basic DIY PLanner kits that Doug originally put together. The basis for this whole forum and great community. Ygor's fantastic apps are for making pre-dated versions so that they don't have to be created from scratch every year.

Or are you asking for something I'm not quite understanding?

Reese

Your right

There are Undated in the existing forms but they can not be dynamically sized. Say for quarter page or Filofax.

Ygor's apps are going to be the fourth and possibly final version of the forms, I just want to see my favorites make the cut. Mostly the single page versions for my hipster or letter sized pages.

Undated form is not that hard

I will add it to my "to do" list.
No reason to exclude the folks who do not use specific paper sizes.
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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)

Good Point!

I never thought of the odd sizes - I'm a classic or hipster guy. Carry on then!

Reese