Pro printing? and generating dates?

Hiya,

I have been experimenting with different designs of the classic (half letter) sized agendas. I think I have created one that meets my needs. However printing it at home is time-consuming as my printer seems to have a hard time with card stock, and each page takes quite a bit of effort to send through.

Also, I have been showing off my agenda to my friends and I think someone else might like one.

So I thought I would go to a printshop and just have it done all in one go, but when I showed the guy at the shop he had a really hard time figuring out how he would do the layout so that all the days would come out in order.

He said he would print the pages 4-up and then chop them. But he didn't seem very confident he could get the pages in the right order that way. He seemed to think the best thing for me to do would be to just fill in the dates by hand, which is not what I want.

So my question basically is how to I ask to get this printed in a way the printshop will understand? Is it really so difficult?

I have been creating each week by hand a bit ahead of time, but once I know I can get it printed I would like to share the whole file, because I think I have made quite a nice layout.

My other question is if there is a way to get OpenOffice Drawing, which I am using, to automatically put dates in, or if I am stuck doing that by hand.

Also, is there a way for it to generate calendars? I thought for sure I used to be able to do that in the Spreadsheet but it seems to have disappeared. Any hints? I've been doing it by hand so far...

Thanks for the great site, I have referred lots of people here.

- Stripey

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Mail Merge in Open Office

Stripey,

The way to handle the automation of a dated planner is through the use of the mail merge function. These is an extensive tutorial on how to do it here. Your Draw file is the template, and you'll need to whip up a quick spreadsheet for the date fields. It's all in teh tutorial.

Be sure to share it here once you finish!

Reese

That looks great, thanks! -

That looks great, thanks!

- S

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You want this page...

How to Arrange Pages for 2-Up Duplex Printing

Holler if you need help

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I'm not sure what to do with

I'm not sure what to do with this, sorry?

Is this for printing a booklet?

- S

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Sorry, started at the wrong end

Start with these:

How to utilize Dynamic Templates and Multivalent:

Example 1 - January 2008 classic booklet (2-up, duplex)
Example 2 - A 2 year classic booklet (2008 - 2009) (2-up, duplex)

The other example was intended to show how to get the page ordering sequence used in these two examples.
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Multiplexing...

That software (Multivalent) and the examples that ygor pointed you towards, are for laying out your pages in 4-up so you can print out on letter-size paper and have things correct when you cut them up. You don't have to "figure it out", like your friend at Kinko's was apparently going to try and do.

Myself, I use classic (1/2 letter) size, so I just cut my paper first and print them directly. I actually work for an office supply store - a private one, not that darned Staples! So I have access to the big cutter and do a full ream at a time.

Try to enjoy the process as much as the result. That's why most of us are here!

Reese

Minor correction...

Both examples are for 2-up, duplex pages in the Classic size.

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Well, yes...

Your two examples were both duplex, but showed how to set up a document for printing through Multivalent - which can be used to also set up a 4-up printing, which is what the original post was asking about.

Details, details... :-)

my misteak...

I misunderstood. But, you are absolutely correct about Multivalent. It can do 2-up, 4-up, umteen-up, whatever you want.

:)
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My bad too

Looking back, I can see how my comment could easily be read as if I said your examples were for 4-up - so I guess we'll agree to both me mistaken. :-D