PagePacker makes pocket-sized books
I often wander around without a computer, so I needed a nice easy way to print important bits into little books of information that I could carry around in my pocket. Chad Adams figured out a brilliant technique of cutting and folding pieces of paper into little books and called it PocketMod. The technique was brilliant, but the software was a little awkward. So I, knowing a little about Cocoa, hacked together PagePacker.
Click here to download PagePacker. It is a universal binary that runs on MacOS X 10.4. It has some informative help, too. (This version will expire in June. In June, it will be time to upgrade to a new version for Leopard.)
- Overall, you put together eight pages by dragging out standard DIY Planner pages from the catalog.
- Or by dragging out any image file or PDF onto the document. The files are scaled and rotated as necessary to make them fit:
- After printing onto 8.5” x 11” paper, you fold the paper lengthwise. The inky parts should be on the outside:
- Then, unfold it. In the other direction, fold it on the three lines like a fan. The inky parts end up inside the fan:
- Open the outer two flaps of the fan, and cut along the dotted line:
- Fold the first fold again (With the outer flaps open and the inner flap cut, you can now refold the paper lengthwise)
- Finally, put the front cover in front and the back in back. Voila! A little book!
Special thanks to Douglas Johnston. The DIY
Planner forms are released by Douglas Johnston under a Creative
Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives license, which
means that they are free for personal and non-commercial use. Use
within a business setting is fine as long as they are not
mass-produced (i.e., in numbers greater than 50). “Getting Things
Done” and its related concepts are copyright David Allen, All Rights Reserved.
And, yes, I promise to do an A4 version in a week or so.