Dynamic Templates v2.05: The Next Generation

The D*I*Y Planner Dynamic Template application has now hit version 2.0, ready to produce any size and shape of yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily calendars for your printing pleasure. All designs are based upon the Classic versions of the D*I*Y Planner, along with input from Doug, and so will integrate completely into your DiyP setup. (The daily design was created by Doug, but was never implemented as a static template owing to the insane amount of repetitive work required.)

Simply select your paper size, choose the calendar type, and tweak the settings to come up with your own printable set of calendars that perfectly fit your planner and your lifestyle.

The Mac version was built in Mac OS 10.4.11, using Qt 4.5.2
Here's a shot of the Mac version as it starts up:

The Windows version was built in Windows XP, using Qt 4.5.2 and MinGW
Here's the Windows version as it starts up:

This is multi-platform software. Below are download links for pre-built, static, binary applications for both Windows and Mac OS X as well as the source code. Through the Nordic Magic of the Qt Libraries, both of these applications were built from the same source code. This source can be built on any platform supported for Qt 4.5.2

Some Major Changes:

  • One application instead of many. The initial merge was a pain, but once established, adding new templates is now far easier. This release replaces all of the individual Calender-type Dynamic Templates, which will be disappearing in the near future.
  • No Printing, Only PDF and SVG. Details below.
  • ANY Page size, Painlessly. I included the major US and European page sizes along with a Custom Page Size control. The Qt feature that lets me do this was new to Qt 4.4

Screenshots:

Single Daily Pages
Double Daily Pages
Single Weekly Pages
Double Weekly Pages
Single Monthly Pages
Double Monthly Pages
Single Yearly Pages
Double Yearly Pages

I would like to believe the application is intuitive easy to use, but what I call easy may not be so for other folks, so here are some basic instructions.

  • Be sure you have the font "Blue Highway" installed as it is hard coded into the application
  • Use the "Page Size" tab to set paper size and margins
  • Use the calendar widget and the First/Last selectors to set your page range.
    The Qt date widget is a bit non-intuitive. Here's how to "do it". (I'm doing this a step at a time with a copy of the application running as I type this - Two Pages per Day template - originally posted 30 May 2008) The default date selection is today for both first/last. The widgets are set so that the last day must be AFTER the first day, so you should start by setting the LAST day.

    • Click on "May" in "Last Day" then click the up-arrow once. Last Day should now read "June 30,2008".
    • Click on the "1" which is June 1st to set the displayed date to June 1, 2008
    • To set the "First Day", decrement the day from May 30 to May 1, then increment the month from May to June.
    • Now the range is June 1 to June 30.

    If you do not like the way this works, complain to Trolltech, the makers of Qt.

  • Set your line width and Line Spacing with the "Line Spacing and Thickness" tab. Try tinkering with a custom line spacing on the templates that have blocks of lines. The spacing is done as multiples of a single line and that can leave blank space at the page bottom
  • No printing, just PDF or SVG. For multi-page PDF output, you can use the "File" menu or just type [Control-S(Win)/ Command-S(Mac)] This is, I hope, a temporary thing. At the last minute, I ran into difficulty between the parts that "draw" to a printer versus the parts that "draw" to a PDF document. I decided to just pull the print feature rather than delay the release. We have figured out how to arrange and rearrange PDF's for double-sided (duplex) printing:
    Arrange Pages for 2-Up Duplex Printing
    Dynamic Templates and Multivalent: Example 1 - January 2008 classic booklet
    Dynamic Templates and Multivalent: Example 2 - A 2 year classic booklet

  • Graphic output in SVG format. Be careful: It makes one file per page. [Control-P(Win)/ Command-P(Mac)] SVG is Scaled Vector Format. An open source equivalent of the file format used by Adobe Illustrator. There is a freeware application called Inkscape you can use to edit the shape and color of any generated template page.
  • The "Controls" are in what Qt calls a dock. It can be detatched to be a floating window or it can be hidden. To the right of the word "Controls" you see two small icons. The left had one "un-docks" the controls and the right hand one will hide it. To re-dock the window, double-click on the window's title bar - where the word "Controls" is. To un-hide it, use the "View" menu on the menu bar (On the application window for Windows, at the top of the screen for Macs)

Please let me know if you encounter problems. I do not consider this totally finished. There are refinements to be made, but it is, I believe, Ready for Prime Time.

License:
License granted to me (Dan White) by Douglas Johnston to duplicate the D*I*Y Planner forms look and feel under the Creative Commons NC-ND License. The source code is declared under GNU GPL.

Language:
That's part of the Nordic Magic. Qt allows one to make an application multi-lingual. If you want to add a language, All I need is a list of words and phrases translated and they can easily be added to the application.

Current known problems:
None (yet). My goal is to add direct printing and the ability to save into a graphic format (SVG or PNG or something).

Version History:

  • 2.0: Initial Release
  • 2.01:
    Bug 01 - Full date range not "printing"
    Bug 02 - Second pages not "printing"

  • 2.02: Bug 03 - month display, 5th week/first day comes up as "1"
  • 2.03: Bug 04 - line spacing added to 2 pages per week and 2 pages per month -- AND !! -- Notes !
  • 2.04: Bug 05 - 2 page per month inner/outer margins reversed on right hand page
    Plus !! two added goodies !! - I added an interactive label to the pen/line thickness control and I added a Progress Dialog to let you see your PDF's being generated.

  • 2.05: 6 new templates, a credit line, and SVG output. The new templates are:
    • One Page Per Day: Daily Journal pages -- Lined, Grid, and Blank
    • Two Pages per Month - Landscape. I did this on 11 by 17 inch paper for a wall calendar !
    • Two Pages per Week - one Portrait and one Landscape done in a minimal style inspired by Moleskine

    Paper Sizes:

    I originally wanted to include all the following in the application, but was asked to remove it to avoid legal issues. The info is important for folks using commercial binders, so I feel safe including it like this:

    Franklin-Covey Page Sizes:

    Pocket    3 x 5 inches
    Compact    4.25 by 6.75 inches
    Classic    5.5 by 8.5 inches
    Monarch    8.5 by 11 inches

    Filofax Page Sizes:

    Mini    67 by 105 mm
    Compact/Slimline/Personal    95 by 171 mm
    Pocket    81 by 120 mm

    Levenger Circa Page Sizes:

    Micro PDA    2 by 3.5 inches
    PDA    3 by 5 inches
    Compact    3.75 by 6.75 inches
    Junior    5.5 by 8.5 inches
    Letter    8.5 by 11 inches

    AttachmentSize
    Dynamic Templates v2.05 (Mac).zip4.54 MB
    Dynamic Templates v2.05 (Windows).zip4.63 MB
    Dynamic Templates v2.05a source.zip69.27 KB
    (BETA) DynamicTemplates.dmg (Built with MacOS 10.7 - Lion)39.88 KB
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Great job, Ygor! Again, you've saved me more than a month of tedious work doing all this by hand, and given us all many different ways of pumping these things out.

You've also done an excellent job in rendering the DiyP designs, which is not a very easy thing to do at all within an application that can allow so many page layouts, margins, page sizes, and calendar options. The daily pages, in particular, turned out very, very well, and do stand up to the commercial Franklin-Covey and Day-Timer offerings.

I'm quite impressed!

all my best,
dj

Looking good!

A really nifty little program, but I do have a couple suggestions:
* Ability to change fonts. I know it might be blasphemous to admit here, especially since I'm a newbie to this, but I just don't like Blue Highway all that much!
* Scaling as a percentage... I can't really figure out what the current numbers mean, honestly. Not that the function doesn't work, but
* Ability to change header text. Mostly for the dailies; I don't track expenses in my planner.
* On the weekly setup, having the whole block be an hourly schedule doesn't work well for people who don't have a day that revolves completely around the clock. The ability to do hour-less lines or blank boxes would make it more flexible.

The only actual bugs I've spotted so far is that the change of line spacing doesn't seem to work for all the templates, and I had a little trouble getting it to accept January 2009 as the first month for a monthly set--it doesn't seem to want to allow one to click "up" on the year field sometimes.

Lots of promise here, though! I like the interface a lot, the pages look good, and printing to PDF is way easier than the old version's printer interface for me. Thank you for all your hard work!

Responding to suggestions:

  • Fonts: Technically do-able. However, the design is intended to duplicate on Doug's original design that uses Blue Highway, and there is a lot of other stuff that is of higher priority
  • Scale as a percentage: Actually, it is a percentage of the PDF resolution of 1200 dots per inch. That's why you have to crank it so far down to get the whole page on the screen. The situation may improve once I get the printer/PDF stuff worked out. It relates to resolution.
  • Header Text: Like the fonts, technically do-able, but low priority (relatively speaking)
  • Weekly Setup without a clock: Try setting the Appt Clock Type to "None". Does that answer this one ?
  • Line Spacing Not Working: Please be specific. Which template is ignoring the line space setting ?
  • Dates: Yes, the old Date Widget problem. Here's the poop on that: First Date cannot be after Last Date and the date selected on the calendar month display is always in the range of First to Last. I thought that this way would be better than an error grouching at you if things got out of sequence. You have to sneak up on it sometimes. I tried to make it so that it comes up on "today" with a minimum span of pages. From there, you can go forward and backward on the calendar display, pushing the First/Last dates out to get the span you want.

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Fonts/Header Text: That's

Fonts/Header Text: That's what I figured, but hope springs eternal, right? :)

Scale: Okay, that makes a lot of sense. I had no idea that the resolution on a PDF would be so high!

Weekly Setup: I totally did not see a "none" option there at first, I thought it was just 12/24! That's very nice for the dailies, too.

Line Spacing: It fails on two-pages-per-week and two-pages-per-month, it looks like, now that I've had a chance to check them all.

Dates: I'm not sure I follow what you said there totally but I think I've gotten it to work anyhow, finally.

Sorry for the delay responding, the site was a little hard to get to for a few days and I've been busy with work. Thanks for your help!

Line Spacing (again) - Bug (04)

Line spacing does not "fail" on 2p/week and 2p/month. It is not used.

Look at the old screenshots:
http://diyplanner.com/files/DIY_Two_Page_Week-v1.2i-Mac.jpg
and
http://diyplanner.com/files/mac.jpg

There is no "Line Spacing" control in those two apps.
The code that draws these templates was "transplanted" from the older applications.

Let's call this Bug-04. I will add it in in the next wave. I'm shooting for no later than Sunday for this and getting the Notes added in.
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Font is TINY...

in the two-page-per-week, Moleskin Notebook option at 5.5/8.5 page size. I fiddled with several print options when printing the PDF to try to get it to print a little bigger, even re-generated PDFs using the thickest line width option in the template generator, all to no avail.

FWIW, I printed out some test pages before I realized I didn't have Blue Highway installed, and the test pages subbed a font that was a little bit bigger than the ones that printed out *after* I installed Blue Highway. So as a temporary fix I went back, uninstalled the BH font again, and am now using whatever font my computer automatically substitutes. It doesn't look substantially different in the template I chose, but at least it's a little more readable.

Ygor, if there is a way to make the dates and days appear a little larger in this layout, that'd be awesome. Even a few points larger would be so much easier to read, and wouldn't take up much more space in the blocks.

Anyone else want this font larger ?

The font is one-half the height of one of the lines on the notes page.
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Hm.

Hi.

Speaking as one who doesn't actually *use* these much, readable is good (minimum point size regardless of page size/settings), and adjustable is better (pick your point size amongst a set range of options?).

Half the height seems odd for narrow lines, but fine for wide lines. The point measurement is the height of a capital letter, right? So the letters that dip below the baseline add another 50% to the total need. That means you're devoting 25% of the line height to white space.. Is that right? I would've suggested 75% or maybe even up to 90% for the smaller line widths, just so the text could be a minimum of 8 or 10 points. But I wear glasses.

shris

Christmas Morning

At least, that is what playing with the calenders feels like to me.

Thank you so much ygor. I can't imagine how many hours you must have spent on this.

Screenshots Added !

Doug said to me...

The only suggestion I might have is to create a slightly different series of screenshots to better show how the calendars look --it's hard to tell much from the current version.

So ....
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More templates other than calendaring?

This app looks very cool. Will there be updates with other templates than the calendars?

Chad
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Absolutely...

but I wanted to get the calendar stuff up as quickly as possible.
Stay tuned !
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another work of art!

If you're not careful, we will start getting complacent, ygor. This is fabulous as always and great fun to tinker with.
Many many thanks
Kate

2 Page per Day - Second Page Not Showing in PDF

Thanks ygor for another excellent application!

I just gave this one a try: configured a 5x8 (US Size) 2 Pg/Day with the second page set as DIY3 Journal Right. I set the Last Day as January 31, 2009 so I'd get the balance of January in there. The preview in the DIY Dynamic Template program looks great, but when I clicked File>Save as PDF the resulting document has only 28 pages - January 4 through 31, 2009 - but no Journal pages at all. So basically I got a very nice 1 Page/Day now.

Did I miss something in the setup?

Thanks again, ygor!

Jim

OK, 'Nother Bug (02)

Fixing it ASAP
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Just incredible...

These just keep getting better -- can't wait to see the columns format!! Ygor, you are the undisputed deity of template dynamics. Er, I mean, dynamic templates....

Thanks, thanks, thanks!!

I click and fiddle and try

I click and fiddle and try again and again, but I can't get all 12 months of 2009 to show in PDF - I only get January and February (2 pages in PDF instead of 12 pages) or sometimes only January. I'm trying to print out 1 page per month in A5 size on Windows. Any ideas?

Congratulations. You found A Bug (01)

I will fix it this evening.
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I'm sorry if I'm missing the

I'm sorry if I'm missing the obvious but can anyone tell me how to make a page per week not starting today? I've tried changing the start date and it seems to be happy to go back in time but not forwards?

Apologies for missing the obvious if I am :S

I'm just missing the obvious.

Sorry, I re-saved it to PDF and got all the pages I wanted. Though putting the start date further ahead in time would be nice but my problem is solved for now!

It currently works like this...

The start date cannot be after the date displayed in the calendar widget.
The stop date cannot be before the date displayed in the calendar widget.

If you "move" the date in the calendar widget forward or backward, the start/stop dates will change.

So, to move the start date forward, you need to move the calendar date forward, then move the start date forward.

I am still tinkering with this. I may find a way to improve it.
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hope it's just me....

...but I can't get the app to run - downloaded ZIP, extracted (I assume there's no special path this has to be put into?), also have the fonts installed - only thing that happens is right away the M$ error window: "... has encountered an error and needs to close...."
:(
any pointers?
-Juergen

It's you

Trash it and download it again.
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2pg/Mo 2 is JAN only

I loved the 2pg/Month planner last year. Nothing but frustration today. PDF (Foxit) is only saving 2 pages(January pg 1-2.) I've checked and double checked when formatting, the month range. I have downloaded the windows version 3 times. I noticed someone else is having similar problems with a different format. I'd go for the older persion but there's still a block outline glitch on the even pages.

2 pg per month me too

Yep, me too. I can't figure it out by playing with the start and stop dates, either. I just get the month of January, pages 1 and 2 only.

That's Bug (01)

fixed in 2.01
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Getting 2.01

How do I get v2.01? I download two days ago and having similar problems with all pages printing. This site is great, I am new to it and learning how to move around it to get the forms/templates. Your help appreciated. Frank

Look up

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Bug Fix - Version 2.01 up !

Enjoy !
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v2.01--got it!!

I got it and it works. Thanks and I will assembling my first D*I*Y Planner this week!
Frank

Thank you so much!

I've already printed out the next 24 months, so I'm set for a while. ;) But there's still a small bug: in 1 page per month format, months which spread over more than 5 rows (see March 2009 for an example) have the last few days numbered in a weird way. In my March 2009 page, the 30th and the 31st share the boxes with the 23rd and the 24th, but they show up as "1" instead of "30" and "30" instead of "31". Oh, just take a look at March '09 and it will be obvious, I can't explain it that well. :)

Thanks again for this great app!

OK, Bug (03)

I will fix it as soon as I can.
Bug (03) - 5th week / first day comes up as "1"
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Bug Fix ! Version 2.02 is up !

Enjoy !
Keep finding them buggies for me !
Thanks
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leaving space for hole punching

I can't figure out how to leave space for punching holes for a duplex version. Inner/Outer seems to only change the left/right side margins, instead of the gutter margin on even/odd pages.

Punch in the inner margin

The punching on the duplex view goes in the center.
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Great job

The rounded corners look nice, but why are they not on every template? The one page per week need a little love the format doesn't look like the rest.

I am tempted to add the note pages myself. If I only had the time.

ygor you are a boon to paper people everywhere.

P.S. Dan White? I always assumed you were either eastern European or a Japanese transplant. Terse text, no nonsense but a sense of humor, programming genius it all adds up to a stereotype somewhere.
Wait, wait, I know who did it Mr. White in the Conservatory with the printer.

Mr. White dood it...

in the Computer Lab with a USB Cable (Geek version of Clue)

>:D
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page size problem

Hi,
I am sure I missed something, but no matter what page size I chose, it always prints as 8.5 x 11. I am trying to print the calendar pages. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks!

How are you "trying" to print ?

This application does not print, so what are you doing to get printed pages ?
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Thanks Dan

Bug fixes were fast! It's a great app, and fun to play around with. Your work is much appreciated, and saved me the effort of doing this year manually in OpenOffice Draw.

Hubby thanks you

Especially for the ability to turn off hours on the 2-page per week templates. I printed a few months for him last night and he loves it!

Version 2.03 is now up ! Notes and Bug 4 fixed

adjustable line spacing should be on all templates now.

I will be deprecating the old Notes Dynamic and then I will start adding new templates to the mix
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Dynamic templates- printing 2 up

Hi!
First, thanks so much for this amazing tool!
I've saved my template to pdf and am trying to figure out how to print the 1 page/day template 2-up. As it stands, I've used the pdf viewer to specify two per page, but this program shrinks the pages. Can you guide me through setting up my pdf to print two planner pages (classic size) on each printed page (8x10), as the original DIY core package was arranged?

Read The Fantastic Instructions

We have figured out how to arrange and rearrange PDF's for double-sided (duplex) printing:
Arrange Pages for 2-Up Duplex Printing
Dynamic Templates and Multivalent: Example 1 - January 2008 classic booklet
Dynamic Templates and Multivalent: Example 2 - A 2 year classic booklet
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CocoaBooklet

I think that, for Mac users, we need to emphasize the use of CocoaBooklet. It's a great tool for creating booklets that are automatically imposed for printing. It will even add extra pages to make sure that everything turns out right. It is simple to use, working as a PDF service (run the app from the Finder, and in the CocoaBooklet Menu choose "Create a PDF Service" to install it). When using the pdf service, simply click on the "PDF" button in the bottom left of the print window, and choose "Create Booklet". It does have some nifty features, and I think one pref needs to be changed, IIRC. In the Options pane in Preferences, check the "Do not flip even pages" option. Some printers may need that turned on, but I have used this with Epson, Canon, HP injets, and a Samsung and HP lasers, and never needed to filp even pages. Go through the options, and you will see everything you need. It not only does 1/2 letter and A5 sizes, but will also do 1/4 size booklets! Make em small! ;-)

Here's the url: LINK

Now, I wonder if there isn't some similar tool for Windows, or something web-based that can do this. This would really simplify things for DIYPers. Maybe a story, or something at the head of the templates directories to help people.

-Jon

I totally agree with you

I am trying to keep the Dynamics as cross-platform as I can which is why I push the Multivalent solution. That works anywhere. Sadly, my Java experience is still in its infancy or I would whip up a wrapper to sit on top of Multivalent and do the job.

The problem with a web-based utility is the web server. I do not know if this one is set up to do server side applications. That's why I made my stuff as a stand-alone download.
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Too bad....

You can't wrap multivalent into your template program--or something akin. If you did that, you would probably own the market. ;-) (and yes, I apologize in advance for what I presume will be a flood of responses of people saying, "PLEASE ADD IT") ;-)

-Jon

I wish...

but Multivalent is Java and my stuff is C++

I do not know how to mix them - or even if they can be mixed.
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I know you can't but....

I wonder how hard it would be to incorporate the capability--whatever formulas that are necessary to muck with the pages to output the pdf in the proper order and orientation? You could also talk to the guy who did CocoaBooklet to see how he implements it. We know his work. ;-) Again, the code is not so important as are the recipes used to get the pages in the proper place and orientation. At least, that is how it looks from here (the armchair coder's seat).

-Jon

Printing 2-up

Hi Ygor,
Thanks so much for getting back with me. Confused and bit frightened by the Java, I handed it off to a friend. She has the program running, but she gets only your example output. How do we put my file into the program to print?
Sorry if this is a silly question.
Bear with me,

Mindy

For booklet printing...

How about the Booklet Creator website? Apparently you go there and upload your pdf file and it converts it into a booklet for you. I haven't tried it, but there must be a brave person here who would be willing to be the sacrificial lamb. It's www.bookletcreator.com

(Wow, I didn't bother with the http etc and the link was created automatically! I'm in awe! When did this come about?)

Excellent tool!

Now that is an excellent tool! I just ran the Avant Garde monthly through it, and it came out as well as, if not better than what I got with CocoaBooklet.

Now, one has to be careful that the files he uploads will come out right (for instance, sending the whole year's pdf to this tool will create a booklet that isn't very usable, because the monthly pages are first, and not interspaced between the weekly pages). But if one is careful, one can get excellent results with this. Now, we just need a free tool for massaging and creating pdfs to work with ygor's software--although, if using the dynamic templates, you can create the pdf files you need for creating a booklet. Maybe a tutorial is in order? I don't know when I'll get the time, but I'll try to work on it this afternoon. Now, I _really_ need to get back to work! ;-)

-jon

Interesting site, but...

I find myself shying away from web based software when I can achieve the same end using local software.
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But...

Multivalent is too complicated for me. I need something that doesn't take a degree in rocket science!

And there's nothing confidential or sensitive in these files -- at least until we start writing in them.

Problems with margins

On the two-page monthly view, I'm unable to get the inner/outer margins to work right. The outer margin changes the left margin on both pages, while the inner margin changes the right margin on both pages. It works on two-page dailies, two-page yearly, and two-page weekly, but not on the monthly pages (the ones I need, of course!) So, Bug .04?

And lest I seem complaining, let me state how amazing I find this whole little program. It's absolutely wonderful. Thank you so, so much.

No, Bug 05 !

Later today (I hope)
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Any idea when this bug will

Any idea when this bug will be fixed? I'm eagerly awaiting the chance to use this! Thank you in advance.

bug?

Not sure if you are ready for lined page bugs, but I did a letter sized Cornell style page and it looks ok in the preview but when I printed the vertical lines in the notes were gone.

I see no problem at my end. Try...

...increasing the line thickness.
Do the vertical lines appear in the PDF ?
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print

Yes the lines are in the pdf.
I tried the default settings, 2 or three show up in the printout, and the max setting, all lines there. The line thicknesses in the pdf seem to be about the same size to my untrained eye. I think because they are light gray.

Hey there's no label there telling you the current thickness setting. The printer here at work is an industrial laser printer with 1200 dpi (I am using the 300 dpi print option to save toner).

By the way could you reduce the font on the title line too? It's real obvious when printing the same lined page as Doug made.

If the lines show in the PDF, the printer is the problem

I will add an indicator to the line thickness, but that will not solve your current problem. Try thicker lines or a higher rez printer.
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HP printer?

We just got an HP multifunction printer at church, and the thing won't print gridlines from our Google Docs spreadsheet. I haven't tried it with anything else, but the problem is definitely the printer in our case. If you have a comparable model, this is most certainly your problem. Problem is, I haven't found a way to get the printer to print the gridlines...

-Jon

vertical lines

But they show up when I print the old pdfs. They also showed up on the v1.1 version of the dynamic templates, the lines there were black not gray.

thinner lines?

I think that the ver 2 lines are thinner by default. Have you tried making the lines thicker? If they are showing up in the pdf, then they are there, but too thin to print on some printers. Try making them considerably thicker, and see if they print. If not, then it will be something for ygor to investigate. :-)

-Jon

Version 2.04 is up - one bug fix and two goodies

The margin problem on 2-pages-per-month (Bug 05) fixed

Goody 1: I added to the line width control so you can see the number in use
Goody 2: A Progress Dialog when you make PDF's

Share & Enjoy !
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Thanks

Ygor,
Thank you again, You are definitely have "Most Favored Status " with me.

Spanish translation problem

I absolutely love this app! But having said that, I found a small problem.

In my computer (running Windows in Spanish), the date, month and day appear in Spanish, but everything else, on every template, appears in English. I have no problem with either language, but I would like the pages to be in just ONE language, if at all possible. I don't really care which one, but just one.

From posting on one of the other Dynamic Templates before, I know that the app automatically detects the language for the date, so is there a way to make it the whole page? If you need someone to translate the phrases to Spanish, just send them over, I would be happy to do it.

And once again, great job! This app has made my life sooooo much easier, I was postponing doing it manually in OoDraw for as long as I could, and now I don't have to ;D

One other thing

...though if it's not possible, don't worry. Is there a way to get the dates and titles in the one page per week template all aligned to one side? I want to be able to print the whole week in the left side of my planner and a notes page in the right, if it's possible. Thanks for everything.

I would be interested in

I would be interested in this too.

You could ...

create some one-page-per-week pages and use them only on the left, and then print a Journal Page from two-pages-per-day and make that the other side.
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Multiple 3x5 Copies on a Page?

I tried printing some 3x5 one page per day calendar pages for my Circa PDA notebook. It's not working very well. The title blocks (Daily Tasks, Expenses) overwrite other parts of each page. Plus it would waste a lot of paper if I print them all. Each single 3x5 template page is saved on a separate page, so for a 31 day month I would have to print 31 separate Latter-sized pages, though I can actually fit 4 3x5 templates per page.

Is there a way to place several 3x5 card template pages on each sheet of Letter paper?

Thank you.

Jim

Use the correct size paper

If you want 3x5, use 3x5 paper. If your printer will not print onto 3x5, then try the Multivalent solutions discussed (see the top of the page)
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Thanks Ygor. My printer can

Thanks Ygor.

My printer can print directly on 3x5 paper but it's not simple to do. Have to pull out and alter the tray, and if I use purchased 3x5 stock it feeds fairly decent. But I purchase letter-sized card stock and cut them after pring four to a page, If I cut the card stock down to 3x5 pieces before printing they usually aren't as perfectly uniform in size and frequently jam in the feeder. I'm not going to bother with that. I read over the Multivalent post and I have no idea what you are saying to do there. Java commands and the like? I don't do code-writing; I get software that does that kind of stuff! If I have to add code it usually doesn't get done here.

I'll just make up my own. I can edit the old 3x5 4x a page templates and use them if I need to.

Thank you.

Jim

use powerpoint, or something like that

I use the evil (or so some here say) PowerPoint. I insert the pdfs (or just about any other format) as pictures on the page and rearrange them into whatever format I want.

You are brilliant

I didn't even know that Powerpoint could print 3x5 but it makes perfect sense. Must try asap.

Lisa, Hmm, I know I

Lisa,

Hmm, I know I rechecked this thread but apparently I never saw your post. Not sure how I missed it. Anyway, great idea! Thank you for this thought.

Jim

Tweak Request for Week-On-One-Page

First, thank you thank you thank you for these templates!

Second, I would LOVE to be able to print out the "week on one page" format so that it is *always* on the left side. That way, the right side could just be a space for notes, etc. Is this an easy fix?

Third, minor thing of very low priority: I would like to be able to change the date format for weekly planning...

More detail, please

What date format are you looking for ?
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Re: More detail, please

My *personal* preference would be "Mon Feb 16" or even better, "Mon / Feb 16"--for me, it just makes for easier scanning.

Would formatting each weekly page for the left-hand side be difficult for me to do myself? Or is that a super-involved tweak?

Again, enormous thanks...

remove "Expense" section and change number of hours shown

Will there be the ability to change sections - I don't use an "Expense" section in my planning and I would love to change the appointment time to something like 7am - 10pm to help schedule my entire day.

Thanks,
Luke

Not planning such a feature

You might consider making your own with the D*I*Y Planner Widget Kit
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Re: Not planning such a feature

Is there a version that works with Open Office 3.0? The 0.6 version I downloaded looks awful in OO 3.0 -- or at least does on my computer.

I really like what has been done with the dynamic creator -- just wanted a few tweaks.

Thanks,
Luke

oops

I thought I had installed the blue* fonts - I hadn't :-(

Looks better now. Would love to see the dynamic templates generate an editable template -- you've done a lot of work I don't want to reproduce.

Thanks,
Luke

Different layout?

I finally downloaded the application and really love it! Great job - thanks so much for all your hard work Ygor.

I'm curious if the particular format I'm partial to is either available and I'm not seeing it or if not if it's planned for another release.

I really like two pages per week but I prefer the layout that layout that is on the one page per week. I feel like I'm not explaining this very well! Rather than four blocks on a page, four rows on each page like on the one week per page, just spread out over two pages.

Is there another template anywhere like what you want ?

Can you point to one and say, "Like this, but make these changes" ?
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Certainly! http://www.levenge

Certainly!

http://www.levenger.com/PAGETEMPLATES/PRODUCT/Product.asp?Params=Category=326-330|Level=2-3|pageid=6373

The main change I'm looking for is something substantially cheaper ;-). Plus, I started a new job a few months ago and we have a spiral binding machine which has inspired me to go the DIY route next year.

changing colors

This is a great app and I'm very thankful that you took the time and (obvious) effort not only to create it, but to make it available to the rest of us!

My question has to do with style. I don't have any real C++ programming experience (but I do have a basic understanding of programming in Java, VBasic and Python), but I downloaded the source files and was looking through them to see how/if it might be possible to change the colors from shades of gray to something else and then compile for myself. I saw the lines that refer to the "setColor", but don't see where that is being defined. Could you give me a hint as to where I might find that?

Might changing colors or adding a background image be something that you are thinking about offering in a future release?

Thanks again for writing this very useful app,
DMS

Colorful answers

If you found the setColor calls, then you need to look at the arguments.
There are seven "lineColors" defined as 7 shades of grey corresponding to the 7 greys at the bottom of the FrankeForm printer test page. Change them and you change the color, but no guarantees from me as to the results.

You should be able to do a background image using PDF utilities.

As for colors in the Dynamics, I would rather not, but I am trying to get a variation of output that will be easier for the end user to edit -- like svg or png
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Added some page size info

Enjoy
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Some more feedback

I just downloaded the latest version. Dynamic templates are magnific, no doubt about that. Some suggestions to make it even better:

- Could you add the version number to the About-text? That way it would be easier to check whether you already have the newest one installed or not.
- I tried making montly forms for Filofax Personal and found out that the finnish names of some months are too long for the headers. It would help to have a smaller font. Or where could I choose which set of months names the program uses? It obviously takes it from some system file, which has them in their complete form and starting with lower case. In this case it would work nicely with upper case and in their shortened form that is sometimes used. (In finnish all months include the word kuu = month: tammikuu, helmikuu, maaliskuu...)

Anyway, the only bad side about these templates is that it's far too easy to forget yourself playing with them!

Milja
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Details, please

Which template are you working with
and, so that I can see your month names,
What does it say after "Dynamic Templates" in the title bar in parentheses ? Here in the US, is says en_US
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At last...

Took me some time...

It says fi_FI in the title bar, and the template I worked with is one page per month.

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1 week on two pages - columns

Hi Ygor, this app is great - it is the solution I was searching for years! But I'd really enjoy having the opportunity to create a one weeks on 2 pages-dynamic template with sat&sun in one column. At the moment I use a static template that I print out and fill in the dates and stuff with a fineliner - damned lot of work every three months. I could send you that template fyi. Although having only a small income (i'm a student) I'd even donate some money for that solution as I see this as an app that makes things a lot easier for me

mail is elguapo>>at<

PDF has half month on one page

Hello, ygor! Thank you so much for such a neat little program. I just downloaded the latest version today.

On the program screen it all looks great--for now I'm trying to do monthly calendars on two classic pages. However, when I save to PDF, the PDF is trying to put each half of the calendar on one 8.5x11 page, instead of both halves onto one 8.5x11.

In the app, I have page size set to 5x8, and all the default margins. In the calendar section I have it as two pages per month.

Also, though this isn't as important, I found that changing the 'week starts on' drop down doesn't effect the display until I select another option. For example, if I choose 'week starts on sunday', the display doesn't change. If I then select 'week starts on tuesday', the display changes to show the week starting on Sunday. If I select something else, it will then display the tuesday option.

Thank you again!

-Misty

I see no problems

If you set the page size to 5x8, you are going to get 2-5x8 pages, not one 8.5x11
Refer to the links at the top of the thread about duplex printing and Multivalent.
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Right...I want two 5x8

Right...I want two 5x8 pages. But the PDF comes out as one 8.5x11 for each 5x8 it -should- be.

Sorry

It works for me. Please describe your computer system.
Also, how do you know the PDF output is 8.5x11 ?
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Try switching up the print options from the pdf reader software

I always use the pdf software to print two pages to one letter sized sheet. When you select the print button, a window pops up with print options.
The option is Page Scaling and I then select Multiple pages per sheet. Then it gives you some options you can customize and a preview. That is how I always do it.

My instructions for booklet printing 5.5x8.5

In case this helps anyone else....
I print approximately a month at a time, 2 pages per side, double sided (Canon printer supports duplexing), and I use Acrobat Pro.

1. Set scale, line spacing, line width as desired.
Page size: portrait-US-statement
Template:
Decide which day should be on the right side of the planner. Set the start day one day earlier. Set the end day as a [(multiple of 4) + 1 day] away. i.e. either 29 or 33 days.
Example, I want Aug 4 on the right hand side, so I set it to go from Aug 3 to Sep 4 (33 days)
- one page per day
- dated journal (you may use another)
- set times if needed

2. File->Save PDF (save it on desktop)
3. Open the PDF in Acrobat Pro
4. File->print
Set the printer properties for 2 sided printing and long edge left binding
Set the print range to start with page 2 (pages 2-33 for my example)
Scaling: booklet printing, both sides

For 32 pages, the sheets should number 8, while the number of pages sent to the printer will be 16. i.e. 32 days = 16 pages sent to the printer = output is 8 double sided pages

where are the monthly calendars

Screenshots show weekly and monthly calendars. I cannot access them in my application. Any suggestions. The day planner is great. Thank You

a bit convoluted...

...until you understand how the program works.

First things first, on the left, choose your page size, by clicking on that "tab". Once your page size is chosen, click on the "Template" tab. Choose "Calendars" from the popup list.

Next, below the calendar, find the popup that says "One page". If you want one page per month, you can leave it, but if you want two pages per month, choose that. next, beside that is another popup, named to start with "Day". Click on that, and choose the "Month" option.

Now that you've done that, you can choose what months to print. It typically works best if you choose the starting month first if it's the current or a previous month, but choose the ending month first, if they are all in the future. I think it causes problems if you try to set a starting date for a date _after_ the ending date, and visa versa for setting an ending date _before_ the starting date.

Hopefully, that helps.

-Jon

Holey Snapping Duckfish!

I now consider my flabber well and truly gasted.

Ygor, this is a fabulous piece of software. I am going to pass it on to the other paper users like myself so they may also have their flabbers gasted.

A couple of minor thoughts:
1) can we get it to save the forms or at least remember them from incantation to incantation (so I don't have to select the paper size and margins and so on each time I open it up)?
2) Can we get a page for listing Public Holidays/Bank Holidays/School Holidays?

Thanks for the excellent software,

Sean

I'm amazed at how confused I'm getting with this...

For the week per day calendar, which side would be for the circa punching?

Would the day print be nearest to the spine of the notebook or on the outside edge?

I got myself completely confused with printing it out and trying to print the odd numbers first and the even on the backsides. It didn't match up and I felt like I had failed some kind of IQ test. I just can't work it out in my head.

Any help anyone?

Excellent program; two suggestions and a question

The latest version compiled in Linux without a hitch according to your instructions using qmake, and it appears to run without problems. I especially like the flexibility of the page resizing; the pages can be generated in practically any usable size.

Two things occur to me (at least one has already been mentioned in this discussion): first, we need to be able to save settings in this app, so that they can be easily restored. Second, a user-template system, perhaps using XML, would be helpful in adding new templates. If we could create new template specs in text files and render them in the program, it would tremendously increase the potential for expansion. I suspect that this is a fairly involved addition; I've never even seen, let alone written, an XML parser, but I imagine it deals with a lot of details. I think it would be worth the trouble, though; every power user on this site would probably have a template or two to add to your collection in this program, and they'd all match the DIY Planner 3.0 widget scheme as a result.

BTW I'm not much of a source code reader, so I'll just ask: how did you generate the gradients and other graphics? Are those all coded into the program?

About "fixes"

Settings: Do you want to preserve the last settings or do you want to be able to save multiple configurations ? Neither would be trivial.
User-Template System: Way too complicated. Much rearranging and re-engineering would be necessary.
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Multiple, please!

At least the ability to save multiple page sizes for later uses would be extremely handy. It would compensate for the commercial binder pages sizes being taken away because of legal issues.

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holy shmoly!

I had been looking and looking for a little proggie that would do one month on two pages. Amazing!! thank you very much. I really appreciate it. I was not able to change the start date from the present to anything in the future. But that's a minor detail. I would love to be able to expand one column (Sundays) to be wider than the rest, but that's another minor detail. And I would love to be able to get ride of the "Monthly planning" header and just have the month's name instead. But holy shmoly, it's nothing compared to being able to finally print this calendar (and it looks good too!) on two pages! Thank you very very much!

Added week numbers

Hi,

I like the Dynamic templates a lot - they save my life. However, I missed week numbers on all templates. So I just introduced them myself. You can download the binary and source from http://techblog.ralph-schuster.eu/2009/05/18/personal-fix-fo....

I hope you will eventually take them over into your app :)

Regards

Ralph

Week number

love it!

the Template tab of the dock shows a month with week numbers too.

How do I print out the week numbers?

specifically on a year to page setting.

thanks,

Daz

Look here

Hi Daz,

see my previous post with a link to adjusted version, hopefully Ygor will take over those little fixes :)

Regards....

Thank you, thank you!

Thank you for saving me from my crazy self! I am constantly searching for the perfect combination of planner/journal/notebook (I am planner-addict who is also a writer) and here it is - FOR FREE! Now I can justify buying the rollabind punch and make my own planners... it doesn't get any better than that!

And I have to mention how validated I feel knowing there are other planner/paper-addicted people just like me out there!

Welcome

It is good to know we are not alone.

Thank you

What fun and Thank you for all your work.
I am enjoying this very much and it runs much better than most programs
Keep up the Great Work.

WOW!

What an incredible tool! I am anxiously awaiting the two pages per week/colums format! I'm in awe that you make your computer do such cool things! Computers aren't my thing, but I can do some mean CPR!

We all do what we can

Thanks for the comment.
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Two pages/week column format

Is the 2-pages/week column format anywhere on the horizon? Thank you for this great tool--I used it in 2008 to print pages for 2009 and 2010 that the mainstream publishers don't care to do (I'm a church musician and I need to plan six months to a year ahead).

Translations

This is a great tool, that somehow already has a partly internationalisation built in.

I flipped through all printable page designs and want to contribute german translations:

Daily Tasks | Aufgaben
Expenses | Ausgaben
Appointments | Termine
Notes | Notizen
Cues | Stichworte
Summary | Zusammenfassung
Daily Journal | Tagebuch
Weekly Planning | Wochenplanung
Monthly Planning | Monatsplanung
Monthly Notes | Monatsnotizen
Calendar Year | Kalenderjahr
Special Dates | Vormerkungen
Title | Titel

Maybe it finds a way into the code...

Have fun!

I would love to add full German translations

Please register with the site and then I can contact you directly and provide a "Phrase Book" of needed translations
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More translations

Hi,
I am a long time fan of this site and of the Dynamic Templates. They have given me a lot of inspiration and helped me a lot.

If there is any interest I can provide translations to Danish and Norwegian. Even get a friend to help with Icelandic if need be... :-)

Thank you for your dedication, Ygor.

/Mich

Snow Leopard?

Anyone tried the Dynamic Templates on Snow Leopard yet? I haven't had a chance to.

-Kenny

Not yet

I have only one machine that can run Snow Leopard, 3 others trhat can run Leopard and one that can't get past Tiger (a faithful old G3 "Pismo" PowerBook)

In fact, my development environment is still in Tiger bacause that covers most all operating Macs at this time. If I step up to Leopard or Snow leopard, I might leave some folks behind.

Let's hear from you DIY-ers out there !! Any Mac users stuck at Tiger ?
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Mac OS/X 10.4 support in 10.6 XCode

Not sure if this will help, as I haven't done enough development on the Mac to know how this works, but here goes...

One of the options when installing XCode that comes with OS/X 10.6 is "10.4 support". I'm guessing that means if install that option and you don't use anything specific to 10.5 or 10.6 then you can just re-compile your application as a 10.4 application. You've still got some systems running Tiger, so you could develop on Snow Leopard and make sure it works on Tiger.

What I don't know is how much work it will be maintaining that compatibility. I'll most certainly be trying out Dynamic Templates on Snow Leopard when I get home this weekend and let you know if there are any issues.

-Kenny

Dynamic Templates on Snow Leopard

Just tried to run under SL (10.6) - it will not run natively, and requires Rosetta to be installed. I don't want Rosetta on my work MB due to space limitations.

I will try again on my home iMac, which has Rosetta for another program, and report back

Cheers

Richard

Rosetta on Snow Leopard

I tried the Dynamic Templates a bit, and it seems to work fine. I'd say go ahead and install Rosetta. It is an option install. I don't remember the size but it was pretty small. 30 MB or something like that?

-Kenny

I read...

.... That Rosetta is actually only a couple megs in size, not 30. I just Googled it to be sure, and the few sites I saw in the search results held that up. It's not big at all. (My guess is that the actual code for executing PPC code is always there, and "Rosetta" is actually an enabler--a bit of hocky to start people moving away from this legacy code, and no more)

So, if size restraints are your worry, feel free to "add" Rosetta. I doubt it can break your hard drive. ;-)

-Jon

I am not messing with Snow Leopard for a while

The XCode environment has yet to catch up.
I am still developing in Tiger.
I might bump up to Leopard in the near future, but I am concerned about leaving anyone behind.
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Problems downloading

When I try to download the templates I get an error telling me that the file is damaged or not supported. I'm wondering if I should choose a different program to open it. The default is Acrobat. Would changing the program fix my problem, if so which program should I use? Thanks in advance.

Dynamic Templates is an application !

If you are on a Mac, the zip file should unload to an app, on a PC, it unzips to an exe
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Would love no lines

My work days are not terribly structured, none of the formats really fit my needs, so I design my own pages in Word. My problem was getting them sequentially dated. I was handwriting in the dates, looks so unprofessional. Then I found Dynamic Templates. I use this app to do that part, using the dated journal. I would love a choice to for a blank page (except the date) or at least no horizontal lines.

I will add that to my To-Do List

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"Save as" feature

This software is really great. I have created a cool layout using the settings etc. I have saved as a pdf - printed them out and am happy. Is there anyway of saving these settings so I can use them again. Or do I need to set it up from scratch each time?
I run it on XP 64bit PC

It's on the List

http://www.diyplanner.com/node/6716
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And I'm so glad. ;-) -Jon

And I'm so glad. ;-)

-Jon

Dynamic template

Hi Ygor--
I'm new to this site & find it incredibly helpful. Will the program be updated to cover 2010?

It does not need to be updated

It can already handle dates way into the future
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Special Dates and Memorial Days

Hi Ygor,

one idea I want to suggest, is implementing the possibiliy of adding special dates / memorial days into the dynamic templates. The data could be provided as a simple list in a text-file (like: date 'tab' description) and then included into the calendar. By using a simple text-file any national could add its own special days and also personal dates, as birthdays of relatives and the like. Maybe national lists could be excanged in this forum...

Regards
Karobe2

It's on The List

iCal(endar) Import and Dynamic Templates
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Great, long list

Hi Ygor,

it's great, that You already considered this topic (and I apologize for not carefully enough searching this forum). I just checked positively that my KOrganizer-Application (Part of KDE-Desktop on a Linux-machine) is capable of exporting this format.

Regards
Karobe2

Great Job!!!!!

Wonderful app!
I needed something to print forms for an old FC planner and your app is wonderful
Great great job!
Thanks a lot!

WOW

Wow, what a spiffy tool. Good JOB!

I think Mac OS 10.6.2 broke

I think Mac OS 10.6.2 broke the programme. It no longer shows the template in the preview pane, and exports en empty pdf.

Do you have a Leopard (10.5) machine ?

I am building this on a Tiger machine (10.4.11), so I am not surprised that it won't play nice with Snow Leopard. I believe it plays nice with Leopard.

I will see what I can do about upgrading.
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*love you*

It worked OK, but buggy in 10.6. I did not try with 10.6.1, but it's broken in 10.6.2.

Blame Apple

They made major changes from 10.5 to 10.6 that broke the development environment. I mentioned it here
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Please Keep Tiger Functionality

I know there are few of us left on Tiger ... but I love my G4 PowerBook and will run it until it dies.

--Liz

Successful build with Qt 4.6

Ygor,

Thanks much for releasing the source!

I built the 2.05 app successfully on Mac OSX 10.5.8 with Qt SDK 4.6. The only glitch was that it generated an Intel-only binary, which doesn't work too well on my Dual-G5 PowerMac :-) I had to add "CONFIG+=ppc" to qmake in order to generate a universal binary. After rebuilding, it runs like a charm!

Thanks again,
-Jim

You put that in the .pro file, right ?

I will add it to the source.
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same 10.6.2 issues with Dynamic Templates 2.0.5

I have the same issues Tournevis describes. Oddly enough, the first preview comes up, but once I changed anything, the preview goes away. I also couldn't get any PDF files to export.

-Kenny

Dynamic Templates - a few bugs for 2010...or is it me?

Ygor, some things I noticed.

Running v2.04 on a Windows Vista machine, trying to print out 1 month per 2 pages January 2010-December 2010:

1. On February, the before/after calendar previews show February and April.

2. December 2010 does not show in the PDF, though it is selected as the last month in the series.

3. On app, the First Month scroll box will not let me start a calendar for any later than December 2008.

Love the app, hiccups and all.

Working for me.

I'm running Vista and have not seen the problems.

1) Mini calendars show January & March
2) December is in my PDF (But I went December 2009-December 2010 so maybe it's different for just 2010)
3) Can't verify because I'm running Linux right now.

Love the app, even if I can't have lines in my monthly calendar :^)

Ken

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

Addressing "a few bugs"

I do not see #1 and #2 on the Mac version, but I can address #3
It is the nature of the DateTime widget and the restriction that the displayed month is between First and Last

So if you wanted to start with January, set the month in the middle to January first, then you should be able to change First Month to January.

I build the Windows version in a Windows XP environment, so some misbehavior is not surprising.
I will fire up my XP-VM and look at the other two
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Bummed

Just found this and took me a bit to realize (thanks to your comments) that's it not working in 10.6.2. I'm also getting a blank PDF. Bummer! Was hoping to at least figure out a 2010 2-Pages-per-Week pagination with this lovely app so I could design my own version in InDesign. Anyone have that figured out, or could post a PDF of a 2-Pages-per Week pagination? Will send a modest amount via PayPal if that helps motivate!

Got any machines running Tiger ?

It is built, currently, in Tiger.
If you want a PDF, then register and I will see what I can do to help.
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Works fine in Snow Leopard

I just got around to building this on my Intel MacBook Pro running Snow Leopard 10.6.2. I used the .pro file in Qt Creator to build (using Qt 4.6.0). The resulting app works fine - none of the problems on Snow Leopard mentioned above. Ygor - let me know if you want me to send you the app or post it somewhere.

-Jim

Thanks for the offer

I made a boot disc for Leopard on my main machine and quickly built a dev environment and posted the result here

I had one response that it worked. I hope I get others.
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Early Christmas Present for you all !! v2.05

6 new templates
SVG output
And a teeny tiny credit line on each page :)
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Thank you!

I love the new weekly formats. Wonderful present!

Just in time for Christmas

Thanks ygor! As always, you are the example of what this community has to offer.

I noticed a lot more of the "Yet to comes", why do you tease me so?

There is so much love in my

There is so much love in my heart for you.

Start a fresh thread?

Since it's a new version, would it make sense to make a new thread for it?

Because this in one LOOOONG thread, and it sometimes takes a very long time to load, especially on dial up. :(

I did some trimming

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Great Stuff, but I ran into a couple of problems

When I went to build this on linux, I got errors about "QSvgGenerator" not being found:

g++ -c -pipe -O2 -Wall -W -D_REENTRANT -DQT_NO_DEBUG -DQT_GUI_LIB -DQT_CORE_LIB -DQT_SHARED -I/usr/share/qt4/mkspecs/linux-g++ -I. -I/usr/include/qt4/QtCore -I/usr/include/qt4/QtGui -I/usr/include/qt4 -I. -I. -o main.o main.cpp
In file included from MyWindow.h:28,
from main.cpp:27:
RenderArea.h:27:25: error: QSvgGenerator: No such file or directory
In file included from MyWindow.h:28,
from main.cpp:27:
RenderArea.h:156: error: ISO C++ forbids declaration of ‘QSvgGenerator’ with no type
RenderArea.h:156: error: expected ‘;’ before ‘*’ token
make: *** [main.o] Error 1

I was able to get to the linking part of the build by adding

-I/usr/include/qt4/QtSvg

to the MakeFile on the INCPATH variable

then the linking failed until I added

-l QtSvg

to the LIBS line of the MakeFile.

I dunno where you'd make these changes to fix everything, but I thought this might be of help to someone.

Did you use the .pro file ?

It has this line:

QT += svg

which should take care of all that
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oops

I did not. I recently built 2.04 on another machine and the
qmake -project
qmake DynamicTemplates.pro
make

command sequence was still in my head. My newly generated DynamicTemplate.pro file does not have the "QT +=svg" line in it.

Another lesson about what what happens when we ass-u-me.

Thanks for the response.

I'm getting the same errors

I'm getting the same errors as you had.

Can we please have a clear instructions on how to install this in Linux

I don't know what "did you use the pro file means"

I have tried using:

qmake -project
qmake DynamicTemplates.pro
make

and

qmake -pro (but that command doesn't work)

and i still get:

g++ -c -pipe -O2 -Wall -W -D_REENTRANT -DQT_NO_DEBUG -DQT_GUI_LIB -DQT_CORE_LIB -DQT_SHARED -I/usr/share/qt4/mkspecs/linux-g++ -I. -I/usr/include/qt4/QtCore -I/usr/include/qt4/QtGui -I/usr/include/qt4 -I. -I. -o main.o main.cpp
In file included from MyWindow.h:28,
from main.cpp:27:
RenderArea.h:27:25: error: QSvgGenerator: No such file or directory
In file included from MyWindow.h:28,
from main.cpp:27:
RenderArea.h:156: error: ISO C++ forbids declaration of ‘QSvgGenerator’ with no type
RenderArea.h:156: error: expected ‘;’ before ‘*’ token
make: *** [main.o] Error 1

I want to install this but it is already way beyond me.

will someone please build this as a deb!

How-to

Do not follow the old directions.

New directions:
qmake
make

If you want to understand why, read about qmake and .pro files here
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Help! Directions for compiling the D*I*Y Dynamic Templates 2.05

Forgive me, but fter downloading g++ (yeah...Ubuntu) and the Open Source QT stuff I cannot get the program to compile.

I ran qmake. It succeeded. But the "make" bombed on EVERY widget and failed completely. Please do a step-by-step for those of us who are 1. Rusty on C++ (VERY, I'm afraid!), and 2. Unfamiliar with the Trolltech extensions.

Thank you,

Bo

Try WINE

I was having some problems compiling and getting this to work on Ubuntu as well. But the Window package seems to work flawlessly for me under WINE. Though I haven't tried printing yet.

What version of Qt are you using ?

At the top of the page, it says I used Qt 4.5.2 to make this. You need at least that version. Newer is OK, but older won't work.
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Additionally

If you followed the old instructions then you've overwritten the DynamicTemplates.pro file that Ygor has included in the tarball. You'll need to delete your source directory and unzip the files again, or just extract the DynamicTemplates.pro from the tarball and and overwrite the one you generated, then follow the instructions Ygor said to use.

THANK YOU!

I've been making my own to do calendars for years. What a treat to have access to this wonderful program that actually prints out all the dates, etc. Thanks for making this and then providing it for others to use. I appreciate this website and will let others know too.

Blessings,
Jean

PS. Happy New Year!

Binaries for Mac OS X 10.6.2

Hi,

could anyone please provide binaries for OS X 10.6.2? The above version does not seem to run properly. It does not provide a preview nor does it produce more than just an empty pdf.

Best regards,
a happy user.

Did you try ... ?

http://www.diyplanner.com/node/7179
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Not printing the text from the pdf version

Hi! I'm new to this, and this program is wonderful. Thanks ygor!

The problem I have with the pdf file is that none of the text is printing. I tried with the month on two page, week on two pages and even the notes.. the lines and shading print, but the text do not. I skimmed through the comment, but no one else seems to be having this problem. Does anyone know how to fix this? I use Leopard in Mac if that helps.

Thanks!

Did you install the font ?

Blue Highway - link at the top
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I actually did in the beginning

Any other suggestions?

Thanks!

Are you using the leopard version ?

here: http://www.diyplanner.com/node/7179

I will be updating this page's binary when I get some more translations.
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Thank you so much for this

Thank you so much for this program. It seems an important and universal tool.

I need a print cartridge, so am only looking at pdf files thus far. The appt. hours are selected but not showing in the result. If this is due to missing BH font(s), can someone tell me where to unzip and file them (create a folder somewhere?).

I don’t understand how to use the Java code for Duplex Printing (or Multivalent). ??

Have many here successfully done the following?:

? Print “Statement” size (half page letter stock; cheap HP deskjet)
? Hand shear; Cutting along the gutter? Easy enough to get sufficiently clean cut for binding?
? Punch holes and bind; Can find cheap flexi-cover w ring/bind system, maybe at a dollar store (embarrased)?

Thank you.

Wow. A lot of questions

It would be easier to answer these if you registered with the site and then posted individual questions in the appropriate forums.
Like your questions about cutting and punching are better answered in the Kit Construction:Printing & Cutting and Kit Construction:Kits and Equipment forums
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4 questions on two topics ?

Reduce to:

Why don’t appt. hours show?
…where to unzip and file BH font (create a folder somewhere?).
How to use the Java code for Duplex Printing (or Multivalent). ??
(half-page letter stock)
Threads pages front/back w R/L gutter margin?

Some answers...

Where to unzip/install fonts depends on your system. -- Windows -- Mac

How to use Java ? Again, system dependent. -- Windows -- Mac

Half page letter stock ? Either cut letter stock in half or print two to the page and then cut it in half.

"Threads pages front/back w R/L gutter margin?" -- I do not believe I can answer this one for you until you are comfortable with Java as all my answers start with "Use Java to ..."
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bluebold ok

Is bluebold.ttf sufficient or do you need bluehigh.ttf and/or the other three?
Is that the prob. with the hours not showing?

I think DT does do gutter margins.
"Either cut letter stock in half or print two to the page and then cut it in half."
I think it drastically changes the requisite print threading. Sounds like you can accomodate either route. Anyone have more suggestions here?

I will try to learn Java.

Thanks

bluebold and bluehigh Not working

I loaded those two fonts but the appointment times still do not show. ?????

That is because ...

they use the font "Monaco"
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loaded Monaco...

The hours still don't show.

is Monaco properly installed ?

Does it show up in other applications ?
Do the dates in the little calendar months show ?
Exactly WHICH template are you trying to produce ?
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print hours on output

I did not think to note that the default template works fine (even before installing Monaco). I selected dated journal (lined). The hours are the only thing missing, but I would like to add a thumbnail month calendar for reference (probably current month on left and next month on right-hand page).

I am starting to feel a bit abused

The "dated journal(lined)" template has no hours on it. Therefore, there is nothing missing. I would suggest you take some time to explore the application to see what it can and cannot do. If you want something different, the source code is available for you to modify as you please (within the constraints of the license) or you can make use of the Design Your Own D*I*Y Planner Templates kit
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Apreciation

ygor,

Let me take the time to tell you. I appreciate all of the hard work you put into the application. Just the genius of scaling the visual output to different paper sizes, is worth the cost of the application. What!? It's free? Really, David Allen's Outlook plugin is nearly $75, and although it prints pre filled project check lists, try printing journal pages.

I use your app all the time, Last weekend I printed a notes sheet called "World of Warcraft Notes" Gold, solid gold. Thank you ygor. It's a bargin at twice the price.

(Are undated calender pages still on the todo list? I am grateful for the 1 page per interval option, I'm just asking)

Printing

This is fabulous, the only thing I would like to know is can I put a last appointment hour. I would like mine to be something like, 8:30am to 5:30 pm with 1/2 increments. This is the only thing I find is not good for me. I printed the 2 page a week moleskine - like landscape. I got 9 am to 4 pm next day for a day. Other thant that this is awsome.

If any one can tell me how to have from 9 to 5 I would be really happy.

Did you do it landscape ?

I added a tweak to prevent that. Coming soon with translations.
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Yes I did it in landscape, I

Yes I did it in landscape, I just have this thing that gives me from 8am on day one to some time next day in one colum, I will try to change the paper format to see if this helps.

I changed the paper format

I changed the paper format to postcard, and guess what I now have from 8am to 6 pm that is perfect for me.. Just love this, I have agendas for 4 different people and love that I print these myself, I print on different colored papers one per person, I could never get that in a store... Just love this.

Help

I downloaded the Mac version template but when I open it it lets me pick the options but the left side is blank. Is there a program that I was supposed to buy? Thanks

No

It is self contained.
Try resizing the window larger and/or reducing the scale so you can see the template.
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Help again

Well I tried to resize and reducing the scale and I still only see the option window. Is it possibly because I'm running OS X?

Re: help

I downloaded this on my pc and saw that it works with no issues and looks great. It is something with Mac- maybe OS X. I don't know but I really want to use it with my Mac because my pc is tooooo slow. Anyone have issues with Mac OS X?

Did you install the font?

Did you install the Blue Highway font?

I've run it on OSX Tiger, Leopard, & Snow Leopard without issues...

-Jim

Clarifying my previous comment...

Just to avoid confusion, there is a separate build for Snow Leopard, as Ygor points out below.

No calendar graphics with Intel Mac Snow Leopard

I also downloaded the Mac version template and when I open it it lets me pick the options but the left side is blank. I have the Blue Highway font installed and I also resized the window and the scale. Please advise.