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Template for a small Addressbook

Lately I changed to a small ring bound planner in the Franklin-Covey pocket size format (3 1/2 x 6 inches; 89 x 152 mm). As for me the addressbook is a vital part of my planner, I had to bring my contacts into that ringbook.

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For this purpose I made a template in scribus that brings three pages on an A4 sheet. Although the start-up filling I puchased for the planner brought an A-Z-register, I decided to include tabs in the design. That way I will not carry 13 black plastic stripes containing virtually no information with me.

All elements are arranged in layers, so they can easily be altered or switched off for printing. The layer ContentText has chained textboxes where the contacts have to be filled in with the story editor (of scribus). To faciliate formatting I added two paragraph styles: EntryHeadline and EntryBody.

For me I set up one file for each section (AB; CD; etc.). If someone has very much contacts starting with a specific letter I suggest one individual file for that letter. It is possible to add more pages in the template by using the master-pages I defined. But then it is necessary also to add the new texboxes and to continue the chain.

In fact this template can be used for any form of the specific size in a 3-up way.

Some printers might be tricky in printing double sided, but this topic is covered elsewhere in this forum.

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scribus 1.3.3. Used fonts: Andale Sans (regular and bold), Andale Mono, Wingdings
addressbook_template.sla_.zip33.51 KB
Other2010-10-20 17:36
SamAgenda - a Scribus script for planners

Simple "ruled week on two pages" planner creation wizard for Scribus.
It creates an agenda for a given year and a given language in the Filofax Personal format, on a A4 page, three sheets per page. Just cut and punch the sheets, and close them into the binder.

It's a python script that automates the process of creation a planner in Scribus.
Just unzip the script and copy it into the directory ~\usr\share\scribus\scripts\ (or something similar, depending on your operating system). This way you will have in Scribus a new menu item into the menu [Script] - [Scribus Scripts] : 'SamAgenda'. Click on it and enjoy.

This script take a bit longer time to elaborate the full document, so don't be hurry. Take a look at the progressbar at the bottom of the Scribus main window.

In the "Eng2010.pdf.zip" attachment you can see an example of what i've done in scribus with my script in just 25 seconds: a complete english planner for the year 2010.

Every comment or suggestion is welcome!.

Update: version 0.2
- Discarded the 'calendar' module importation. The standard python module 'calendar.py' seems to be not fully updated on some operating systems (thanks to ygor at diyplanner.com for his great collaboration).
- Added a counter at the upper right side of the page.
- Some minor bugs resolution and cosmethic changes.

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Script for Scribus.
Scribus is an Open Source program that brings award-winning professional page layout to Linux/UNIX, Mac OS X, OS/2 Warp 4/eComStation and Windows desktops with a combination of "press-ready" output and new approaches to page layout.
Underneath the modern and user friendly interface, Scribus supports professional publishing features, such as CMYK color, separations, Spot Colors, ICC color management and versatile PDF creation. (from the Scribus site).

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Scribus; any pdf viewer; the font "Century Schoolbook L"
Eng2010.pdf.zip150.11 KB
SamAgenda02.zip5.42 KB
Other2010-08-19 08:50
The Organizational Manuscript Planning Foldout

I don't know if I've described it before on this site, but one of the things I do to keep on track with my novels is to create organizational manuscripts of them once I get to a certain point. I do this because I am extremely scatterbrained and need to have some sort of guide along the way. In these organizational manuscripts, I include:

- Parts already written;
- Oodles of notes (culture, literary, characters, food, etc.);
- Character sketches for main characters;
- Character summaries for minor/supporting characters;
- Summaries of the settings/places important to the story;
- Maps of places in the story (some actual places, and some imagined - I use Open Office Draw for my fictitious maps;
- A summary of the story and a summary of intent/theme;
- An outline;
- Writing exercises and style notes for problem areas;and
- What I call ponder sheets. These are the most important for me. I ask myself questions about scenes I haven't written and leave space for writing ideas.

I've had a couple of writers say that this sounded too constricting for them. It's true that some writers will find it constricting, but I always leave myself plenty of wiggle room. An organizational manuscript I've been using for a while will be filled with smaller sheets of notes stapled into the booklet, exed out anything and everything. So no, I don't find it constricting.

In any case, this is a form I created to help me get started on new organizational manuscripts. I wanted something that would allow for everything to be on one page, so I made it a legal-sized fold-out.

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This is 8.5x14 legal paper printed in landscape orientation to create a fold-out. I'm not entirely happy with how this turned out, so I may tweak it some later on when I use up all of these that I've printed out. I'd like to make it a little bigger. Maybe two letter pages taped together or something.

One recommendation is that you definitely need to use heavier stock. All I could find was 20lb paper in legal size, but I probably didn't look very hard.

There are two sides to this. There's the inside of the fold out and the front flap. Mine is laid out kind of odd on the front flap because of the way my printer is oriented, so you may have to do some moving around of the table.

Again, I've used Word tables.

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back of OM chart.doc29 KB
OM Chart.pdf31.52 KB
back of OM chart.pdf5.48 KB
Other2010-02-19 05:07