Duplex Printing with Lennox
They say the best inventions comes from scratching your own itch. I’ve been doing just that, lately.
Ever since we got a duplex laser printer at home I’ve been struggling with getting it to print two-page spreads in a way that made sense for my A5-binders. I’ve had no look getting this to work, so I finally tried to solve it with some scripting. The result is Lennox, a small Python script that takes any PDF you feed it and rearranges the pages into two-page spreads on landscape A4-paper. After duplex printing, you simply cut the paper stack in half and place the left half on top of the right half, to get all the pages in order.
You can run this script on any machine with Python 2.7 (together with PyPDF2) installed. If you’re a Mac user, I recommend running the script from an Automator print plugin. That way, you can easily run Lennox on any document directly from the print dialog.
The Week-on-Four-Pages Diary Format
I like to scribble notes on the diary pages of my planner, intermingled between appointments, or in the margins. I tend to record the little things that happen during the day–important thoughts or conversation, who has to stay at home with what sickened child, or how far I ran. Together, these notes form a low-preassure variant of a journal, marking important points in my evolving life and providing a scaffold for my failing human memory.
I’ve long been a fan of the week-on-two-pages style of diary layouts. While they give you a fair amount of space to write in, they still make it easy to see the full week at a glance. Lately, I’ve found this layout a bit too constricted. As usual, I considered going back to an A5 planner, but I’m not sure the bulk is possible for me to muster in my day-to-day life. Instead, I’ve been playing with a week-on-four-pages format, primarily for Personal paper.
One problem with this kind of layout is the loss of overview. It is no longer possible to get a quick glance of a weeks’ worth of appointments, without flipping through pages. I’ve tried to ameliorate this problem by adding a “progress meter” at the bottom of each page, providing more of a a weekly context. If anyone has a better idea for solving this, I’d love to hear it.
Download it from here and have a look1.
A5 Inserts with Wider Margins
I’m once more considering going back to an A5-size planner–enough so that I can’t help thinking about how to improve my previous A5-size diary inserts. Right now I’m experimenting with a smaller set area, with lots of white space and wide margins for plenty of notes.
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