23 April 2012
Dodo Pad - Universal A4/USA Letter Size Acad Pad Review
You might already be familiar with the Dodo Pad inserts and diaries, Laurie has reviewed them several times before. I will try not to repeat what has already been said about them.
This however is a new format of the Dodo Pad diary which is now available in a new 'Universal Size'. It's almost A4/US Letter Size, but not quite... it is in fact US Letter height (11 inches) but European A4 width (21cm), sort of a best of both worlds I suppose.
So inside it's like any other Dodo Pad, just bigger...
Each right hand page is a week per page, with a grid of five columns and the left hand facing page has room for notes etc. with a quote and artistic design like this:
The grid stays the same throughout, but each week is different; with different cartoons/quotes in different colours - all printed on high quality paper.
Here's a sample of a week filled in:
There are of course several ways of using the five columns; for instance use it for a family diary and have each person in a different column, great for Mums and Dads with kids that need to be at different places at different times etc. Or it works just as well for one person who wants to fill the columns with different times of the days or make task lists.
This particular sample (Acad-Pad) is for the academic year so it runs from August 2012 to the end of August 2013. There will also be a conventional January 2013 to December 2013 Dodo Pad in this new ‘Universal’ size that Lord Dodo tells me will be available in June.
In addition to the weekly sheets there are year planners included with monthly pages for this year and the following year and a timetable page.
As much as this product is a serious planning tool to help you remember important things to do and record things you have achieved, there is a definite fun element running through the whole design. To do's, planning, appointments etc don't have to be boring.
One of the things you will also notice is all those holes! 7 of them to be precise. Now, there's a bit of a story behind why it has so many holes, and it goes something like this.....
One evening Lord Dodo called me up on Skype and after the usual initial pleasantries we got in to discussing the A4 Filofax…
LD: Do you have one?
SM: Yes of course!
LD: Do you think that a Dodo Pad would work in that size?
SM: I guess so, there is no reason why not, more space in each box etc.
Then came the crunch statement...
LD: We want to sell it in the States....
SM: You know that Filofax don't sell the A4 Filofax in the USA…
LD: OK, so they can use an ordinary 2 ring or 4 ring binders instead....
SM: They don't sell those either... in the US... only 3 ring binders... but the spacing is different
LD: Ah ok.... what is the spacing...??
At which point I declared myself the 'Filofax Hole Spacing Standards Expert' a rather boring skill set as you can imagine. But in the world of stationery if the holes in your paper don't match the spacing between your rings then you have an incompatibility issue....
Anyway the long and the short of it is, that this special Universal format has two sets of holes, 4 holes for 2/4 European Rings (including A4 Filofax) and 3 holes for the US 3 ring binders. The compromise on paper size ensures it will fit either binder.
Here are some pictures to show how it fits in either variety of binder.
If you want to discover more about Dodo Pad products then visit their website to see the full range of planners and other fun products.
Thank you again to Lord Dodo for letting us see this new product.