I think this is a clear case where a Palm is the right answer. The author of PagePacker says:
"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."
Now I love it when people find solutions to problems and then offer those solutions to others, especially when those solutions are free.
But this is a little crazy. Here are the instructions to put one of these together (the web page above has images if you want to view them too):
- [P]ut together eight pages by dragging out standard DIY Planner pages from the catalog r 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!
Now I often wander around without a computer too, but do I want to have to do this six step process every morning? And then copy that information over again if I don’t get all of them done?
I think the Hipster PDA is a cool idea. I often walk around with index cards and a pen because it’s still easier to scribble down a fast note than it is to enter it into any PDA, including the Treo. (I can also use them to write something on the card and then give them away, which I can’t do with the Treo).
But the idea of going through all of that (above) seems like a big waste of time. I’ll take my Palm, hands down :-)
BTW if you haven’t seen this hilarious “ad” for the “Multimedia Hipster Clip” you owe it to yourself to take 2 minutes to watch it: