Converting Planner Pad to smaller paper

I have been on the eternal search for the planner that will fit my lifestyle and habits and think that I found it in Planner Pad. This system gives me a full view of my week which, for me, with my scattered but organized mind, helps me in staying on top of things.

The only drawback is that the PP sheets are 6 ¾” x 8 ½” making it difficult using them in my Classic-size folders. I am interested in redesigning this system to Classic-size paper (the 1 ¼” difference in width requires quite a few adjustments and re-designing of elements).

Can anyone recommend a good software program in which to work? MS Word? Publisher? Excel? Is there a good book, article, etc. on designing templates or time management systems available? I’d appreciate any help. TIA.

I guess I should ask first: Is it okay to adapt a system in this manner? TIA again.

Amelia

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hmmm

I'm not sure if its legal but you could personally scan it and shrink it in a graphics program. If you use it for personal purposes and don't distribute it at all... it should be okay... in a way :)
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OOo Draw

Hi.

OpenOffice.org Draw is a pretty easy-to-learn program that has some nice features for building forms. OpenOffice.org is free, you can download it now and have it running on your machine in very short order at no cost.

Once you've got it installed, you can download the Widget kit from this site and use the widgets (drawing elements) in it as a start. They'll save you some time with basic stuff like checkboxes, line spacing, headers, etc.

On the legal side, you definitely should not sell your adaptation. Likewise publishing or posting it (such as to this website) might be fishy if you use exactly the same layout, words, phrases, shapes, etc.

If, however, you change it in some way that adds value (such as rearranging the elements to better fit the page or changing the field names), then it's less fishy.

If someone really wants to sue you for posting an adaptation on a web site, they will. But we're not making any money from this and nobody can really prevent you from arranging rectangles and letters on a page and calling it your own. So there's not a lot of incentive to go after a non-commercial derivative, other than trademark protection.

If you put a reference at the bottom of your form that says it's based on the 'blah blah' format created by company X, then it's free advertising as well as citing a source.

The odds of the hammer coming down are you are not very great, I'd say.

shris

Widget

Does the D*I*Y widget kit make it alot easier?
I downloaded Open Office a few days ago and couldn't figure out how to do a thing with it.

Widget = Easy?

Hi.

I found that the widget kit gave me a leg up on forms in a couple of ways:

1. Size of graphic elements like checkboxes is already perfect, including little shadows and stuff.

2. Basic layout of different kinds of pages is already given, so if you need a page 'like' the weekly or 'like' the monthly, you can make a copy of that page and fiddle with it rather than building it from scratch.

3. Font sizes and colors already set, so you can just copy a piece of similar text and paste it where you want it.

Having said those things, Draw does assume that you know how to handle objects. This is not intuitive if you're used to Word, but it's not too much different from PowerPoint's concept.

You need to know that the Widget kit has some graphic items "grouped" so that copying and moving sets of objects is easier. You can get rid of this by right-clicking the item and looking for the 'Group' submenu--there will be an item called "Ungroup" that will break the object up into little pieces so you can move them individually, delete them, etc.

The handy-dandy menu item Edit/Duplicate is your bestest friend ever. Just put your box or line or whatever where you want it, then use the Edit/Duplicate command to make perfect copies of your item perfectly positioned elsewhere on the page. Example: select one line, then use Edit/Duplicate to make 50 copies .2 of an inch apart on the Y axis--this results in a 'ruled' page with 51 lines perfectly spaced straight down the page.

Using Snap To can be tricky if too many different snaps are turned on, but it's a hugely helpful tool. I use 'snap to margin' and 'snap to object borders' and turn everything else off. This makes the margins and objects sort of 'magnetic' when you're moving something around by hand. So grabbing the entire page and scooting it to the opposite margin is really easy, for example. Useful after you've made one page left-align and you want a copy of it right-aligned too.

Anyway, prerequisites to getting Draw to work for you:

  1. Know what you want to make. This is easier if you doodle it on a blank page first.
  2. Find the page in the widget kit that's closest to what you want, make a copy of it, then fiddle with the copy.
  3. Mess around--ungroup things, group them together, mess with the Duplicate command and the snaps to get a feel for what they do. Change the margins, move the guides around, print some dummy pages to see what they look like.
  4. You can try downloading the ODG source files folks have posted in the template directory. This gives you yet another source of forms that might be close to what you want.

If you still can't make heads or tails of Draw after you fiddle around a bit, go back to your favorite tool if you want. Nobody's going to shoot you. If Word is your second skin, then use it.

shris

Thanks

I'll give it a try this weekend when I have spare time. I appreciate everyone's help on this. Of course, by the time I get it the way I want, I may find something new and improved - but right now this will be it. Thanks again.