The Lifehacker blog highlighted a website today that showed you how to create an 8 page personal finance booklet. Print out the PDF document, fold and cut as directed, and voila – instant booklet!
This is cool! While I don’t really need the FILO booklet itself, the idea of being able to make cool little booklets with a printer and some origami trick folding really got my brain racing. Imagine making little customized reference booklets or a small story booklet as a gift. You could keep your kids busy for a while making little booklet projects to share with family and friends. You could exercise your creativity and make some cool looking little note booklets to carry around.
But, what got me really thinking, is the idea of making little booklets based on content generated on the websites I work on and making them available for people to download. Like the FILO booklet and other do-it-yourself planner ideas, it creates a great body of online materials (designed for ofline use) that visitors will come back for and refer others to. One site I work on has tons of great resources, but most of the visitors need resources to use offline for a teaching environment – this type of resource is perfect.
I Googled around and found these sites that use the same basic paper folding booklet concept:
There were a couple software packages out there that would layout the content for printing, but they are Mac only and I’m a PC guy. If anyone knows of a good opensource program (or a low cost program) that would make it easy to design and print custom booklets, let me know and I’ll pass along the info. Even better, if there is a web based tool (or someone interested in programming one) that would let a user design and layout a page and then kick out a PDF file ready for printing, I’d like to know about that!
If you come up with a cool use for this technique, leave a comment and share it.