The Beginings of a Digital Template System !!

I think I have it !!
...and if I am lucky, it will not be resistant to standard antibiotics >:D

But seriously, folks, I believe this is almost ready for Prime Time !

Be sure you have the font "Blue Highway" installed

Margins and page size are controlled by your printer settings. Use the "Page Setup" button.

More to come.

Feedback is encouraged.

UPDATE: I was using DivShare to host these beta applications, but since I have gone past the beta stage, I thought I'd clean out the old files.

The Latest/Greatest is over here

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er, i'm confused

ygor,

this is a great idea... however, your messages says the app is attached and i don't see the attachment. let me know if you need help attaching the app somewhere to this post.

/innowen

Help, please

I'm trying to upload it and the upload is either very slow or snagged somewhere
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how big's the file?

ygor,

i wonder if the file's too big. how big is it?

if it is too big...

LINK
try a free online file host :D

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Looks good. I'll do that

But I have to take my son to karate now.
Stay tuned
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i forgot

i forget the one i use for my freelance art work but its a nice way of not throwing discs at people who are computer illiterate... emailing a link and telling them to click is so much easier :D

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Size == 7.5 Mb

What's the attachment size limit here ?
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Rats!

Can someone mail me a Mac so that I can try out ygor's new app? I'll pay the postage! ;-)

lol!

you and i are on the same page... i wish i had a mac laptop like my dad had when he was still a high school librarian : / would be soooooooOOOooo nice :D

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Nice try :P

PC version in the works.
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NOOOOOOO!

Then what reason will I have to buy a Mac?!? ;-)

Waiting (not so patiently)

ygor,
It all sounds fascinating to play with - can't wait for the PC version...

Reese
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Oooh.

Man, am I looking forward to getting my hands on this :D

/eagerly awaits d/l link...
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i think i'm missing something

Okay, so I downloaded the app, opened it, and then what? i'm a fairly techy person, esp. when it comes to macs...but i'm lost here...

glad you said something

I'm glad you said something... I had the same thoughts. I open the app and it is a calendar on the left and a stair-step pattern with a diagonal line on the right. Is the calendar on the left supposed to show up on the right or something? I noticed you can adjust the size of the area on the right side. Assuming the right side area is what is going to end up being printed, I think it would be more useful if there were indicators of what size it is, along with maybe some common presets.

-Kenny

Did you read the description at the top ?

What it does:
The graphic in the right hand side is just so I could be sure I could draw something.
The slider will scale the view.
The "Print" button will first bring up a Page Setup dialog in which you can specify paper size. I tried 3x5 and Classic both successfully. These are custom paper sizes I set up.
You can then either print or "Save as PDF"

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yes, I read the description

I read the description and still felt like I was missing something. I did "Save as PDF" and it came out the same stair-step pattern. If that was what was intended, great. Is the area on the right side going to be a live preview of whatever template is being created?

-Kenny

I have been there...

Back in the days I did Hypercard development...

What we are seeing are the earliest stages of a prototype in development. You have the basic building blocks--maybe a mockup of what the final product _may_ look like.

In the final model, you would select a date (or maybe a range of dates) and it would build a dated template, based upon your selection. What he's got is the month picker, a magnifying slider, and the display area that actually prints what's on the display. Now, he merely needs to design the code that produces the actual page...

I suspect, though that it will be in two parts. First part, the templates--undated, but you will see the daily or weekly or monthly layout. Second part will be the actual dates, based on what you provide in the month picker, or maybe somewhere else. I also presume that these will be based on the DIYPlanner forms, kind of like PagePacker uses the Hipster pda forms to create its "pocketmods."

Am I correct ygor?

And I like what I'm seeing...

-Jon

What I am demonstarting with this...

...is the ability to output to any size and shape of paper.

You can set up custom paper sizes in the "Page Setup" dialog. I set up Classic (5.5" x 8.5"), Hipster/Index Card (3" x 5") on mine. You folks using Folifax and other, less common page sizes should be able to set up whatever you want. I am hoping this will work the same on the PC.

BTW, anyone out there using the MinGW compiler on their PC ?
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VERSION 0.03 IS UP !!

I added line width control as what's good for a full sized letter/A4 page would be too heavy for a Hipster/A7 size.

Next I will "plug in" the calendar widget to the drawing process to add month names and day numbers.

Comments ? It's been too dang quiet here.
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Go Ygor, go !

Thanks for all your efforts Ygor, what you are doing sounds exactly like what I was trying to do or at least searching for with Google at this time :/
Auto adding dates to custom calendar pages would be sooooooooooooo usefull.

Keep on the good work

-DarkskyZ
Back to paper from PDAs that sucked.

^_^ Ahhhhhhhhhh !

Basking in the glow of appreciation :)
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Template generator with Flash or PHP

What I prefer is a template generator that can be used from anywhere over the Internet, for example built with Flash or PHP that outputs PDF, TIF or any other graphic format.

"used from anywhere over the Internet" == web server issue

This could be written as a Java servlet, but you need a web server that can handle it.

I do not have access to a web server that can do this, and I do not believe this site's server is set up to handle servlets, so I went with a stand-alone application.

A stand-alone application lives on your computer and can run without having to be connected to the Internet.

If you have resources you can volunteer, please speak up, otherwise, I will continue with my efforts on the current path.
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web hosting

Sorry, I don't have any resources available. I do not have proper webhosting available and my knowledge of PHP is very limited and Flash I do not know at all. However, I could help you with my requirements.

Since DIY Planner is hosted this could be an opportunity for the site.

Nevertheless, keep up the good work. I will surely give any Windows release a try.

O.o

I dont really see the need for it to be online... what would the advantage be?

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For example: - Platform

For example:
- Platform independence (Mac, Windows, Linux?)
- Machine independence (I have 3 computers at home and 1 at work)
- I would have to create at home, but I print at work. If something is needed on the fly, I will not have the generator with me.

And I could write down more than this if I took the time. (Which I don't have and why I should start using GTD ;) )

duh

sorry my cold is making obvious things less apparent :) no go GTD! hehe :D

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Counterpoint:

Platform independence (Mac, Windows, Linux?)

I'm working in Qt, the leading framework for native cross-platform application development.

The Qt API and tools are consistent across all supported platforms, enabling developers to learn one API and perform truly platform-independent application development and deployment. Using Qt, development teams can create native applications for all major operating systems - from all major development platforms.

Machine independence

see above

If something is needed on the fly, I will not have the generator with me.

Then just download it and go. No problem.
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Web apps are the trendy

Web apps are the trendy thing, certainly, but for most purposes I prefer to work client-side rather than be reliant on a good internet connection.

Also, even in this age of Web2.0, working on the desktop still generally means smoother performance and greater reliability...
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a thought...

PocketMod is a Flash app that you can also download and install on your desktop, thus removing the need to be online. I have a couple flash apps from Davide Seah as well, that download. These things don't have to be online--another "online" tool is TiddlyWiki, which is a simple html file.

However, for this, I like what ygor is doing, and am happy with it. :-)

-Jon

PocketMod is a Flash app

PocketMod is a Flash app that you can also download and install on your desktop

...that will not run on my Mac. I just tried it. Kinda worthless unless it runs
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Which is...

...one reasion why I prefer the way you are going about it. :-)

-Jon

You are most kind

:)
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Web apps are the trendy thing (?)

OK.

Find me a web server with the proper resources and I will try to make an online version.

Sound like a deal ?
I am not trying to be mean or nasty, just realistic. I am working with the available resources.
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I did say I preferred the

I did say I preferred the way you were going about it...
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I'm cool

Sorry if I "barked". I did not mean to.

I wanted to do it as a web app at first, but then I ran into the speed-bump of what you need running on the web server. I do not believe this site's server has JSP. I would have loved to done it that way, but such servers require more bandwidth. Think about it: You run the app on the server, it generates the pages you want and then downloads them to you.

Google on "jsp web server"
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That would be great!

That would be great!

??? What would be great, please ???

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I would have loved to done

I would have loved to done it that way

It would be great if you could reconsider your platform ...

The problem is....

...that unless you have the resources of a Google, these sorts of implementations are full of compromises, both at the level of functionality and user interface.

Doing what he's doing, ygor has the potential to port his app to all three major computing "platforms": Mac, Windows and *nix. As to how it will work under *nix, remains to be seen, but I suspect the Mac and Windows apps to be quite functional and useful. So, there's really nothing to worry about--yet. ;-)

P.S. Why is it that when developers ignore the Mac platform, nobody bats an eye, but put Windows one step below Mac, and people get all distraught? :-) There is a very good reason the best things come to Mac. Maybe you ought to reconsider your choice of platforms? (double big )

I'd guess

it's an annoyance at the short-sightedness of the software developers. I realize that Mac folks think thier systems are the cat's a$$ and everyone should have one, but the reality is that the vast majority of the computing world uses Windows, whether by choice or not. If they want to sell and volume of their software, then they need to do a Windows version.

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"Mac folks think thier systems are the cat's a$$"

I do not think that. I know it

the vast majority of the computing world uses Windows, whether by choice or not.

To this statement, I counter with this:

"DOS computers manufactured by companies such as IBM, Compaq, Tandy, and millions of others are by far the most popular, with about 70 million machines in use worldwide. Macintosh fans, on the other hand, may note that cockroaches are far more numerous than humans, and that numbers alone do not denote a higher life form." -- The New York Times, November 26, 1991

This, I believe, holds true today for boxes running a Microsoft operating system. I choose to be as Microsoft-free as possible and I have not regretted the decision. There are times I am frustrated by it, but never regretful.

In closing, I would like to again quote one of my most favotite authors, Douglas Adams:

The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armour to lead all his customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he who by peddling second-hand, second-rate technology, led them all into it in the first place.
"The Guardian" of Friday Sep 01 1995

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Maybe, but

f they want to sell and volume of their software, then they need to do a Windows version.

but the truth is, there are a number of _very_ good and _very_ creative developers who don't really need/want/care for volume sales to the vast majority of the world. They want freedom to create the best they can, and the Mac OS fits with their way of doing things.

For instance, some software you cannot get in the Windows world (and sometimes, can't even find a product to compare!):
DevonThink
Omniweb
Nisus Writer
Everything from BeLight Software
(chosen simply because I've used all this stuff today)

None of these companies would/could exist in a Windows world, but they beat the pants of their Windows counterparts--if there are any in their particular field(Devon)! And I haven't even mentioned the "competition" for all of these programs--names like Mori, MacJournal, or Mariner Write, or Mellell, among many. Why couldn't/ wouldn't such software exist? It has something to do with the fact that the Windows market tends to stifle innovation rather than encourage it. BTW, I would say that the same thing is true for the Linux portion of the software universe. OpenOffice would not exist were it not for the hegemony of the Word/Office interface. Rather than OOo being innovative, it is a purposeful imitation of a several-year-old version of Office.

The truth is that the smaller market of the Mac is both more competitive and innovative _precisely_ because it's a smaller market, and because it's a free market rather than a "community" (Linux) or hegemony (Microsoft). The wonderful truth is that now is probably the best time ever for Macintosh software development! If you want to use truly innovative products, and not pay through the nose for it, I would heartily suggest a switch to Macintosh. Let the world be hanged. ;-)

All that said, I ygor's efforts in cross-platform operability are to be commended. ;-)

-Jon

Thanks Jon

I tried, once, to develop in Windows. Nasty piece of work. I knew what I wanted to create in the GUI, but could not find a way to do it. On any other platform, it would have been trivial, but that it not The Microsoft Way :P

BTW, I think you missed an ending "blockquote" tag in your post.
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I don't disagree...

Gents,
I'm not saying I love my Windows box, and I certainly don't support the stranglehold tactics that M$ uses on the industry. I haven't ever done more than putter on a Mac since I'm not in a graphic design field. I'd love to see more open access for developers so that the best software can be had for anyone.

My point is just that for those who DO want to access the largest pool of potential customers, they need to develop thier product for Windows (and Linux), not just Macs.

I certainly agree with Jon here that ygors efforts at cross-platform compatibilty are to the benfit of us all.

Reese
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Unsure the metaphor hold

My point is just that for those who DO want to access the largest pool of potential customers, they need to develop thier product for Windows (and Linux), not just Macs.

I am a computing scientist so could be accused of being biased but I am not convinced that your metaphor holds. Indeed if it did then none of us here would be using hPDAs or Rollabind or D*I*Y Planners or anything more than a traditional page-per-week pocket diary.

Just because a company currently has a monopoly of the market does not mean that it is good for the market or that its products are really any good. Many market analysts now reckon that by 2008/9 Apple will be the dominant manufacturer anyway.

As both a computing scientist and a planner-not-diary user I want the equivalent of a Porsche not your average compact. With a Mac I have that "Porsche" and when I need something less exotic there are my Linux machines. I'd never recommend a Windows machine to anyone for any purpose; for anyone wanting a general computer I now say buy Apple.

potential for all three major computing platforms

On the nose, Jon

By coding in Qt, and being carefuil about how I do things, one set of source can build on all 3 platforms.

My biggest obstacle is getting access to a WinDoze developing environment. I might be able to create one in Parallels, but I'm saving that for last unless someone wants to step up and volunteer to do it.
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Flash...

- Platform independence (Mac, Windows, Linux?)

Except that Flash support on PowerPC version of Linux is virtually non-existent. :-(

-Jon

NEW VERSION !! 0.04

I hit a snag, but now I am moving forward again
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NEW VERSION !!! 0.05 -- The Calender Works

But it is not finished.

I have to deal with 30 /31 day months that span 6 weeks and I have to change the greyshade of the boxes by month -- boxes for other-than current month are going to be faded

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Beta?

Have you released this for beta testing ygor? I am really looking forward to seeing the fruits of your labor!!

Download it and try it.

The link is up there at the top
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Anyone playing with these ?

Inquiring minds want to know :)
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Yup!

And I've had a comment I've been meaning to make. The title--top line, on my system, is a bit low. I'm guessing you intended the baseline of the text to be level with the top of the shaded area, but on my system, it's a bit low, overlapping the grey area. I think you might have a pdf from me which will show it. Other than the items you mentioned (greying out the non-current month dates, etc). it looks good.

Oh, and I'm sure you have thought about this as well--no room for smurf on the edges! ;-)
-Jon

Answers:

Your eye is good. The title line is positioned improperly. That is fixed in my "sandbox". One more accomplishment (previous/following month in teeny format) and I'll have a new version to share.

As far as smurfable margins, the software is getting the margins from your printer settings. You may have to define custom paper to set margins to your liking.

Additionally, anyone with contructive feedback or problems with these test apps is welcome to contact me directly thru the "contact" tab -- but you have to be a registered/verified forum member to get to it.
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NEW VERSION -- 0.06 - The little calendars work

  • New stuff in this version
    • Fixed the text placement/spacing on top
    • Dealt with months that span 6 weeks
    • Added the prior/next month in teeny type under the notes
  • TO DO
    • Does this need any tweaking of appearance ?
    • Add a button for "First Day of the Week" Anyone out there use anything other than Sunday or Monday ?
    • See if I can scrouge a MicroSlop WynDoze environment to build in. Any volunteers ?
    • Finally, set it up to do more than one month at a time

A feature reminder: The page size and margins are driven by the printer page setup.

Feel free to post questions / comments / feature requests.
If you are a fully verified forum member, you are also welcome to contact me directly thru the "Contact" tab

Complaints and non-constructive criticism will be dealt with by means of a heavy, blunt object applied vigorously about the complainer's head and shoulders

>:D

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Very very nifty

What are your plans for future development? Two-page weeks, perhaps? *wink, wink*

CIC

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

*Nudge**Nudge**Wink**Wink*

A nod's as good as a wink to a blind bat.

Say
no
more !!

Seriously -- sure, I could do that. Even a special Vicar's Version with an extra large Sunday 0:)
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So where do I send the chocolate?

No seriously, where do I send the chocolate?

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

Not necessary

A few prayers from your husband, the minister, will suffice.
I'm trying to remain altruistic about this, but the offer of chocolate makes it tough.

You can always "Pay It Forward"
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If you insist

Will pass the request to my husband and will pass the chocolate to my friend and her 6 children.

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

Let's see.....

1 month on one page? Oh, and pull in dates from iCal (or other iCal files) ... the ability to enter text into the notes or dates... to do all the new iPhone does, to boot.... ;-)

-Jon

Specifics, please

do all the new iPhone does

The tough part will be the long distance. Toll-free calls should be easy enough
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A question and feature request…

Feel free to post questions / comments / feature requests

Is it possible to auto-populate the calendar with recurrent data? What I am looking for is a printable calendar (diary) that I can add a symbol or text string once and it will be repeated every x number of days.

…In addition, another vote for two pages per week as long as I get to keep my chocolate too. ;)

Sure. Two pages for a week can be next, but...

you have to give your chocolate to a needy child

:) Just kidding.

A little "Pay it forward" would be nice.

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Auto populate issues

The trick will be how to store the data for the application to grab it. As I am on a Mac, I would lean toward an iCal type data file. I believe it can be made platform independant with a bit of effort.
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Works on 10.3.9!!!

First of all--- this is great. Daily pages(mini calendars included) one-page per day (two would rock) would be awesome. I just recently ordered Python books from Amazon to start something similar (although I am not a programmer). I am wondering if I could work with an already created pdf --> have python add dates and calendars --> bypass the whole mail merging --> package it as a program with different selectable template --> and change the world. Maybe not change the world but prove a point to FC that they should make software for Macs to.

-- I like being different; I love my Ibook ; I love progress ; I made my PC smarter by adding Ubuntu ; I love creativity ; Why pay others to do what you "want/can" do yourself

PagePacker is a step....

...in this direction. It takes the DIYPlanner hpda pdf, and allows you to drag individual pages into a PocketMod-style layout for printing. So, ostensibly, it wouldn't be too difficult to add in the specifics--if only you knew how....

I need to revisit the directions here on mailmerging...

-Jon

Issues with "filling in a form"

I hear you.
I looked at the idea of starting with an already created pdf and "filling in the blanks". The tough part is positioning the fill-in information. I find it easier to draw the form as I go. That way I can totally control the placement of the information.

I know that one can create forms with Acrobat, but I do not know if one can "mail merge" with those forms. ANyone out there with experience in this direction ?
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NEW VERSION: One for the WinDoze Weenies !!

Tell me what you think.

Be polite about it, please.
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You OS snob!

I'm not a weenie! ;-)

Need a DLL

I get this error:

"This application has failed to start because mingwm10.dll was not found. Re-installing the application may fix the problem."

There might be other DLLs that are missing; Windows barfs on the first one it can't find, and won't go any farther.

Is this something you can post with the .zip file, or should I google for it?

It needs work

I'm trying to get it stand-alone.
Thanks for the feedback

Google is my friend. I found the answer. I need to re-build the development libraries after adding "-static" in one more place.

I should have a runnable version up tonight or tomorrow.
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Thanks!

I can't wait to test out the -static++ version. :-)

I'm a Mac Maggot...

and proud of it !! :D
Linux Lumps are OK, too.

(I cannot come up with a better one than Unix Eunuchs)
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First snogging...

...now eunuchs. I'm starting to wonder about you.... :-)

Many people wonder about me

>:D

Bwa-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa !
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Oddly,

the evil laugh makes me worry less! >:D

I am playing with Ygor's package...

...*cough* What I meant to say is 'testing' the WinDoze box calendar (English and French locale) and it is fantastic.

Quick how-to:

* Download Ygor's calendar app., 'DIY_Two_Page_Month_Wv6' (Link at top of the page.)

* Download mingwm-1.0-dll.zip

* Unzip and install mingwm.10.dll into the 'system32' directory.

* Unzip Ygor's calendar app and start the program.

* Laugh manically as you churn out pages in A4, A5, and 6.75" x 3.75" (175 mm x 95mm). :D

(Note: manic laughter is optional)

umm...

any chance of stopping over and installing this for me? LOL ;D

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Be patient, little one.

The next version of the Windows program will be posted soon, and I think that will eliminate the need for the extra .dll. :-)

TMI all over the place today!

Many of you must have ridden the Gutter Bus to work today. :-)

Would you like a Season Pass ?

>:D
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The people on the bus go...

TMI!
TMI!
TMI!

The people on the bus go TMI!
All through the town!

Let's Try That WinDoze Variant, again

I believe I rolled in the necessary DLL

Let me know if it works.
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WinDoze Issues

Ok Ygor, I clamored for a Win version, so figured I'd better get right on trying it. Unfortunately I did find an issue.

First, the DLL worked fine. It started right up on my PC (WinXP SP2).

Now the problem: Everything looks great on screen, but there is a snafu when you try to print it. The left hand page is fine, but the right side gets messed up in 2 ways I can see.

1) The dark gray shading box behind the numbers gets printed on top, so the white box is mostly covered up. You can see a sliver of it at the left and top edges only.
2) In a month where there are days showing from the previous month (July or Sept 07 for example) or the first few days of the following month (Sept 07) the dates are not visible because they print in the same color gray as the shaded bar across the top of the daily box.

Both these issues appear to have the same root cause - the white box where the date should be printed is not the top layer.

It looks fantastic so far. I'll add my vote to those who would like to see a 2pg per week version down the road. Will the other versions be bundled together as options in the smae program, or will they need to be separate applications?

Keep up the great work - I'll be partaking and doing what I can to pay it forward for you...

Reese
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Started right up for me,

Started right up for me, too. I didn't have a chance to try printing anything (I got sidetracked by something), but I had some problems with the zoom levels. Even at the lowest zoom, I couldn't see an entire page. I'm on Windows Vista, if that matters at all.

Resize the window

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I'm on a dual-monitor

I'm on a dual-monitor system, with monitor A being a 20" wide screen set at 1680 x 1050, and monitor B being a 19" standard width set at 1280 x 1024 resolution.

With the application window set to full window on the wide screen, and set at 10% zoom level, I can still only see just over half of the width of what is visible. Here is a screen capture of what I see, with the application at full window size.

OK - I will tweak the zoom

And I have ideas about what is messing with the colors of the right hand page.
But no guarantees I'll get to it tonight.
I'm going to The Grand Hallow's Ball
And then I have a book I must read
>:D
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No rush, Mate...

I've got a midnite appointment at the local bookshop too...

Reese
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Thanks...I'm in no hurry,

Thanks...I'm in no hurry, especially for something where I'm not actually doing any work. ;-)

Yep - like he said...

I also had to take the zoom all the way down, but by maximizing the window you can see the full month.

Reese
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Windows version - way cool!

First of all, I have to say that ygor ROCKS.

The new Windows version (with bundled .dlls) works for me. I was able to download, extract, and run the program without a hitch.

I can print various sizes of the calendar just fine on my Lexmark 6200 inkjet. I didn't try them all, of course, but the ones I did test came out great. Changing the line width is a very cool feature.

One problem:
The margins under Page Setup say they measure in mm, but I don't think they do. I tried printing a 5x7 calendar with left margin of 50 and then again with left margin of 25 and the calendar was moved by much more than 25mm on my printed pages.

One comment:
Overall, the calendar looks great! Minor tweaks to placement of elements on the grid are still needed, though.

One wish:
It would be so incredibly and amazingly cool if this program would accept some kind of input so that we could use it to print our own designs. I have no idea how that might be accomplished but I'm sure it would be a lot of work, so I won't pester you for this until v10 or so. :-D

Thanks for all your hard work on this! I look forward to being an active beta tester. :-D

No printing Issues?

Janine, did you have the printing issue I did? Has anyone else? I'll have have to try it on my home set-up and see if it's an issue with the computer/printer here at work. I do have Blue Highway installed already. Doesn't everyone? ;-)

Reese
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Yes, same printing issues here.

Sorry for not mentioning that in my previous post!

Page Setup Issues

According to Qt's documentation, it is supposed to be using the printer drivers built into Windows and MacOS.

Please tinker with it a bit more and report the results.

Thanks.
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Same layering problem

Ygor,
Over the weekend, while not reading Deathly Hallows, I did try the Win app on a couple of other systems and got the same results on all of them.

Otherwise, functionality seems to all work and layout looks good to my eye.

BTW, I hop eyou enjoyued the Ball.

Reese
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OK, working on it...

between chapters :)
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We are SUCH

total dorks. I love it!

Reese
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Nothing wrong with that!

ps. Did ya finish Deathly Hallows? Did ya like it?

Not yet

Chapter 13
love it so far
no spoilers, please
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hm...

no spoilers, please

Well.... I heard that Harry's broom spontaneously combusts, leaving him stranded at the north pole, and then, frozen into the ice, but global warming, a couple centuries later, frees him. However, unfortunately, Voldemort (or whatever his name is) is super-powerful, so Harry has to find a time hole to go back to the past, but goes so far back that Voldemort is just a kid, so he kills him then, and none of the 7 books ever end up happening, and when you get to this part, the book you are reading disappears from your hands. Horribly unfulfilling ending.... Don't finish the book... ;-)

-Jon

P.S. Never read a one of the HP books, and never desired to.

Observation, not spoiler

The book would have been 300 pages long if Harry had a good planning system in place! ;-)

Still Going...

Only Ch 6, unfortunately. Good so far. Almost don't dare get on the internet.

Reese
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Your patience amazes me!

I read it almost straight through. :-)

Patience my a$$

I have two high-maintenance boys that will not leave me time to read. If I took time to read it through, my wife would kill me (after securing the book for herself)
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Alas...

Real life has to interfere with my free time. Two girls and a deck that needs to be finished - the hot tub arrives tomorrow...

For the record, I made it to Ch 20 last night :)

Reese
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Tweaks to placement of elements

Minor tweaks to placement of elements on the grid are still needed

Please be specific. What would you like to see "tweaked" ?
I know what I want to tweak, but I doubt you will let me within arm's reach

>:D

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Have you been talking to my husband again? (re: tweaks)

As mentioned previously, the left and right pages print out a little differently in Windows. I think I'd like to reserve my full list of tweaks until that issue is resolved, because things that look odd to me now with mismatched left/right pages might look fine when the pages print as they should.

One thing that I'm sure will still look odd is the space between the bar with the names of the days and the top of the calendar grid. It looks fine on larger size calendars, but odd for the smaller ones. You might consider removing that small bit of whitespace; I think that will look better no matter what size calendar is printed.

I'd also like to see the small calendars at the bottom left of the lefthand page center better, top to bottom, in the space allowed for them. My 5x7 printout has "June 2007" just a hair under the last line of the Notes section, but almost 1/8" of whitespace is under the last line of "August 2007". Since both of these months take up 5 lines to display all their days, a nudge downward should be possible.

Another thing: certain elements (title "Planning", small monthly calendar at bottom of left page) float into strange locations when you print 3x5 pages and monkey with the margins. In general, the margin controls don't work as I expect them to so this might be a result of me not knowing the right way to make the program print what I want.

HTH!

Be sure you have The Font...

Blue Highway, our unofficially official font, installed on your system

I added a link up top. It has install instructions
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Got it!

Thanks for the link - it's very handy to have the font available for download here.

Added: I did already have Blue Highway installed. The floating happens anyway. HTH.

I HAVE DONE IT !! I HAVE DONE IT !! (i think)

Almost finished with this one, I hope.

TO DO

  • Add a button for "First Day of the Week" -- Anyone out there use anything other than Sunday or Monday ?
  • Finally, set it up to do more than one month at a time
  • And then... I promised a certain clergyman to do a two-page per week template. It should come much quicker as I should not have to start from scratch.

A feature reminder: The page size and margins are driven by the printer page setup.

Feel free to post questions / comments / feature requests.
If you are a fully verified forum member, you are also welcome to contact me directly thru the "Contact" tab

Complaints and non-constructive criticism will be dealt with by means of a heavy, blunt object applied vigorously about the complainer's head and shoulders

>:D

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This one

works as advertized, too! However, while I have my system (I think) for Sundays first, I have Mondays first.... But I don't remember now, if this is still hard-coded in your app, something I did, or a bug....

-Jon

At the moment, Monday is first

... button to follow :)

However, in the process of working my way through "First Things First", I am seriously considering using a calendar like this for my planning. Sunday feels like the end of a time period and Monday is so "everything starting up". I might be able to take advantage of a Monday-first setup.

But I will be adding the functionality for folks to choose.
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Huh, when I open the

Huh, when I open the programme, Monday is first...

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

Excellent.

That means it is working as programmed.

The ability to change the First Day Of The Week is Coming Real Soon Now.
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You are a genius, you

You are a genius, you know.

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

Great!

Everything worked as I expected it to when I tested from home last night. Great job! :-D

YES :)

OK so now this is just working great, neat interface and so. Really, nice job you did ygor :)

So to the requirements section, I would ask for the one page a day in addition to the two page a week. That would be sooooooooo exactly what I am looking for !

And also maybe an export as an OpenOffice file so we could tweak the output out to fit our needs but that is another story maybe for version 10.5 (Leopard anyone ?)...

But I digress as this is yet an excellent work and just in time for us not to painfully make the 2008 pages by hand.

-DarkskyZ

Back to paper from PDAs that sucked.

KUDOS!!

This looks great, ygor. I see no problems with the Windoze version. Consider it duly implemented, and I am excitedly looking forward to the 2pg per week version, which is what I use most consistantly.

Reese
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You can't escape, ygor

You are going to have to do the 2-page-per-week now. So many requests...

*bg*

"It's better to be a pirate than to join the Navy." -- Steve Jobs

It is sort of working here.

It is sort of working here. On Windows Vista, I'm still having trouble viewing the pages on one monitor. It just is very large, and won't scale down small enough to fit on even my wide-screen monitor.

When I go to print, however, I'm not getting any text except for the date numbers. Those show up fine, all the rest is just gone. This is the result if I print to PDF or if I print direct to my printer. No month at the top, no "Planning", no "notes", and the smaller last and next month on the bottom left is also missing. Just the main dates within the month appear. I do have Blue Highway installed.

So, it's usable, just not optimal. :-)

OffLead Blog - Dogs and other of life's joys.

Vista ? Sorry, all I have is XP

I'll look into it.
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Version 1 is ready to roll !!

I put the last few tweaks in last night and all I need to do is compile the WinDoze version.

Look for it about dinner time (Eastern-US) tonight.
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Was i seeing things?

I could swear I saw a post with version 1 on the home page...and then poof! it was gone...maybe I need to lay off the drugs for awhile! Seriously, was there a post there? Or am I really crazy?
Other than that weird mental blip, I want to thank you for the kickin' program/template. You must have heard my pleas for a slick-looking letter-sized page. I just printed out a few months worth, and they rock!
Thank you, ygor, for all the hard work. Woohoo!
(I'm running the Mac version, btw)

There was, but...

there were technical issues. I should have them fixed quickly. Patience, please.
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Thanks!

I was thinking I was losing my mind...

It's Baaaaack !!

Here

>:D
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