Franklin Covey Forms Wizard?

Like many other people I've reached the point where I want to create my own personalized planning pages and am trying to decide the best way to get started. Has anyone ever used Franklin Covey's Forms Wizard? Does it allow you to create your own forms? The website wasn't clear.

Is there a form creating tutorial, or free software you would recommend instead? I'm great with computers but have never used some of the software people constantly mention in their templates credits. Again, I'm sure this question is asked a lot, so I appreciate anyone who takes the time out to assist a newbie.

Thanks!

-Amelia

Syndicate content

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

FC-FormWiz costs $us40 - our stuff is free

Start with the Official Templates for stuff that is not date dependent -- address book, checklists, etc.
For date dependent stuff like calendars, use The Dynamic Templates
That should get you rolling.
Holler if you have questions.
-----------------------------------
"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 have the Franlin covey

I have the Franlin covey forms wizard software this is easier does more things and is more customizable. It has been years since I fooled with forms wizard, so I can't be more specific, but I am pretty thrilled about this, DIY planner.

Not for customization

I have the previous version of the Forms Wizard, and it's great for printing FC Forms. It's not for customization or creating new forms, unless they've resolved this in the new version, but I doubt it. There are some customizations that can be done, but it is awkward and not very useful.

I previously used Visio for creating forms, but in Microsoft's infinite wisdom, the form stencils were removed in subsequent versions. I have happily replaced both tools with Open Office Draw, which also fits in nicely with forms found here. I do occasionaly use FC Forms Wizard for printing FC forms when needed.

Ken
---
I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But this wasn't it.
--Groucho Marx

Found a trial version

Here

Try it out for yourself.

I am not impressed enough to buy it for several reasons:

  • No Mac version
  • Prints "Classic" forms to letter paper - one to a page. No 2-up feature. Very wasteful.

I believe one could achieve the same end by using OpenOffice. Use Calc (Spreadsheet) for anything needing grids or calculation, Writer and/or Draw for other stuff. But then that's just my opinion.
-----------------------------------
"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)

FC Forms Wizard is...

fairly limited in what it can do. I have an older version of it, but my recollections of it may be summarized best in two words: "clunky" and "annoying". The dynamic templates and the DIY core forms here are far more elegant and more useful, in my opinion.

If you want to make your own, you probably don't have to learn a new software system. OpenOffice.org is mentioned a lot here because its free and pretty versatile. However, if you have the MS Office suite, you could easily make that work too. I've used Word and Excel to make customized templates at work for years. You might want to start out in your comfort zone, wherever that is, and then branch out as needed later.

An excellent point...

about one's comfort zone. For some, like me, anything with the Microsoft label on it tends to be way outside of mine.
But if it works for you, then go for it. Stuff you can do in Word and Excel can mostly be ported to OO-Writer and OO-Calc with minimum fuss.

I think it might be about hitting one's own comfort zone versus trying to find the comfort zone for a group of people - a much more difficult goal in my opinion, but arguably worth the effort.
-----------------------------------
"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)