04 December 2012

Free For All Tuesday No. 96

Tuesdays are your chance to ask any Filofax related questions you might have.

So fire away and we will collectively try to answer your questions or offer opinions.

51 comments:

  1. Can someone, who uses a pocket filo please tell me if the pocket sized city maps are readable/useable?And are they up to date? I want a London and Paris map but but the shops near me only have personal size maps.

    PS:this is my first time posting in FFAT since I fell head over heals with filofax about a year ago...the community and people here are amazing!

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  2. And a suggestion to Filofax,(Steve please forward this to the filofax people when you meet them next)
    More Maps!!! The filofax map selection at the moment is tiny and I know the smartphones have all the apps to get you anywhere,but a lot of the times in certain areas there are signal issues not to mention battery drain...I know there are maps of all kinds out there...but when you are a filofax user,(and im sure there are others here who will understand),you want to stick everything in your filo:)

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    1. I will pass it on.. but I cheat and print off maps from the internet from say Google Maps or similar and punch the sheets and pop them in my organiser. A3 ones go in to an A5 quite nicely...

      http://philofaxy.blogspot.com/2010/07/want-to-use-bigger-pages-in-your-a5-its.html

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    2. I cheat too!! Transport for London,TFL, do some great large print tube maps, which can be folded into a Filofax.Much easier to read than the normal print size. Free on their site. I usually take an A- Z with me. Most of the roads I need don't change, so battered old faithful of the A-Zs comes along with me.

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  3. Is it just me, or does anyone else find the Philofaxy blog very slow to load?
    I've tried it on two different browsers and it makes no difference, still very slow. Other blogs on the blogger platform seem OK.

    I'm not sure why this should be. I know it's quite a big archive now, but even so it seems strange.

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    1. I suspect it's where it's reading in the various things in the sidebar from other sources, such as Facebook.

      Please don't suggest swapping to Wordpress... been there and tried it... nightmare!

      Steve

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    2. I've altered the code on the Facebook plug-in to not show the faces it seems snappier now without it..

      Steve

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    3. I suspect that the animated HUGE Moo advert isn't helping.
      Is there a static one which could be used instead?

      Can help with Wordpress if you need it.

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    4. Yes the site has been loading very slowly for the past couple of weeks but I thought it was my browser (though other sites seemed to be fine). However today it popped up straight away with no hesitation. Whatever you did worked. Thanks! :)

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    5. Maybe try an adblocker? I won't use a browser without one and therefore don't see any ads (Moo or otherwise) on Philofaxy. It loads fine for me.

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    6. I think the embedded YouTube videos are slow to load. Especially if there are a lot of them, as sometimes happens with the Web Finds.

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    7. I agree, and if I am looking at Philofaxy on my iPad, they make the browser crash when I click to play them so I just don't watch them on it :o(

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    8. Just tried them on my iPad and they play ok, not sure what the problem might be

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    9. Natalie
      Knowledge of Wordpress isn't an issue, converting 1700 posts and 21000 comments is! When you do the import if it succeeds then the links are still to the old site, likewise the photos are only linked not imported. It would be a long job to do it. I have tried it...
      Steve

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    10. Thought it was my iPad! I haven't been able to watch videos by clicking the embedded thumbnsils, it closes safari. Thought it might be because I have an iPad 1. Ended up copying and pasting links into YouTube app. Downside is I watch a lot fewer as its time consuming.

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    11. Mines an iPad 3 if that helps. I've just checked some previous ones and they worked fine on my.
      How much memory have yours got? May be the working memory is higher in later ones?
      Steve

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    12. There is a known issue with Firefox and Adobe Flash player. As far as I can see the last versions of Flash which worked are 10.3 and 11.2. IE is OK and Google Chrome is OK because they both use different versions of Flash. I can't read Philofaxy and many other sites with embedded video because pages just hang for long periods and Firefox becomes unresponsive. This has been happening since June and there is no universal solution but down grading the Flash version to 10.3 or 11.2 may fix it.

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    13. Videos work on my iPad from this site . . .

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    14. mine is 64GB wifi only, iPad 1.

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    15. Paul
      I think they increased the working memory in later models, compared to the first ones. This is different to storage memory
      Steve

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    16. 16GB iPad 1... early adopter :o)

      There isn't any reason why this Philofaxy blog could stay where it is, as an archive, if you like, and a new WP blog could be set up on a hosted domain.
      Philofax.com has been taken (perhaps by Philofaxy) but the .net .org and many others are available to buy.

      A hosted blog gives MANY more templates than a standard blogger one too.
      The wp.com ones have nasty adverts so I wouldn't bother swapping unless it was to a self hosted version.

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    17. Natalie
      I have http://philofaxy.com/ already, it's used to host all the files and templates.

      I've considered your solution before but then we end up with the blog split between two locations and that wouldn't work when it comes to searching through previous posts.

      To be honest I don't see much advantage to changing, hence I would prefer to leave it as it is now... it works. There may be some small issues but the majority of people (2000 visits a day) are managing to read stuff on here without any issues.

      Regards
      Steve

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    18. Right for info...
      iPad 1 has 256 Mb of working memory
      iPad 2 has 512 Mb
      iPad 3/4 has 1 Gb

      Info found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ipad

      That could well be causing the issues with embedded videos crashing the browser when viewing the blog.

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    19. Thanks Steve. I only use the iPad at weekend or convenience so while it reduces the number of videos I can watch it's only a temporary problem.

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    20. I don't have any problems loading the Philofaxy blog - apart from the days when my internet connection is generally being a pain.

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  4. I’ve planned out and created my new diary for 2013 but haven’t got round to printing it yet because I’m not sure what is the best thing to do. Usually I print my inserts on the blank filofax paper but it’s not very good double sided and wanted something a little thicker. So basically my question is what do people use if they don’t use the normal filofax paper and how do you cut it all down to size?

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  5. Can anyone tell me how to print one month please? I bought my first Filofax a few days ago and need to print December but when I tried it came out wrong, the reverse side was upside down! Not very good at this so would appreciate any advise, many thanks.

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    1. Are you manually duplexing the paper or is your printer doing it?

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    2. My printer is doing it.

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    3. Ok change it to only print single sided, then print odd pages then feed the paper back in the correct way around and print the even pages. If it has a manual feed try use that. You might have to let the paper cool down if it is a laser printer before you print the other side.

      Steve

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    4. Ok, will have a go tomorrow, thanks

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  6. I'm in the UK - I have recently made a mistake in buying online a Compact Malvern zip (Ochre)! It's lovely but I knew immediately that it's not for me. I should have probably returned it (to Filofax France) but it seemed too much of a faff at the time (October). I'd like to sell it (hopefully to someone here in the philofaxy community) but I don't want to do EBay or Paypal. Any ideas?

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    1. Ad-spot.... look at the link at the top of the blog...

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    2. Hi Anna, I'm mighty tempted by that compact ochre malden. I'm in Canada though. Send me an email at bonnelise@hotmail.com.

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    3. I've been looking at an ochre compact Malden myself. (:

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  7. Does anyone know if the Rouge Malden sold on Filofax France is the same as the Crimson Malden? I really would like to purchase it as I've always wanted wanted a Crimson Malden but I wasn't sure if the reds were the same or at least similar to each other. I am even willing to pay the crazy shipping prices as I live in the US.

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    1. Yes it is the Crimson Malden lots of us love them... including myself!

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    2. Thanks, Steve! Made my purchase already. Can't wait to receive it.

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    3. I got my crimson pocket Malden from Filofax France . Shipping took about 10 days or so to California - not bad, although tracking didn't work for me.

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  8. Oh, thanks Steve! I'm not sure of my way around yet... I don't quite understand why some entries on there are dated as posted in the future?? Hope I'm not being dim...

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    1. That is the removal date, an advert is posted for 8 weeks and the date indicates to me when to remove it from the page. Nothing else!

      Steve

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  9. I currently use a Quo Vadis Journal 21 but I would like to use those inserts with a filoxfax cover. Is this possible? What size filofax would fit these pages? I hesitate to make the switch, but I love the Journal 21 paper but hate the cover with the passion of a thousand suns. I'm willing to punch holes in my refill paper. Thoughts? Thanks for your hep, this is the first time I've thought about customizing my planner and I'm a bit aprehensive.

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    1. Hi Amanda
      It should fit an A5 Filofax measure the paper size 210 x 148 mm is A5 size, and yes you will need to punch the pages to fit a Filofax.
      Steve

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    2. Hi Amanda

      Would you consider buying a Filofax Flex cover? Your Quo Vadis 21 should fit well into either or both internal slots hiding the cover but also giving you extra pockets and a pen holder etc.

      I've been struggling with ring mechanism binders of late and have been tempted by Laurie's new Plannerism Planners (see link on left). I'm going to use a leather Flex as a cover ( if the planner fits) with no hole punching to worry about.

      If it doesn't work I'll have to dissect the planner and punch a few holes to us it with a traditional ringed binder.

      Tim

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    3. Thanks so much for the feedback! I am thinking I might either use my mother's old filofax or get a flex cover for Christmas. I am very appreciative of the advice.

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  10. Bit late in the day, but I'm thinking about diary inserts.
    I don't want to print my own inserts at the moment, so I'd like to hear about alternative ready printed Day per Page, or Day on 2 Pages?

    I can think of Franklin covey and Daytimer that I've heard of, but I don't know how compatible these are with Personal sized Filofaxes.

    Any thoughts?

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    1. Hello! I used DayTimer portable size pages for most of this past year. They do a day per page and a day on two pages. I used the day on two pages and was very happy with it, but eventually realized I didn't need so much space. The paper is quite thin and absorbent and some types of ink show or bleed through badly. I did not find this particularly bothersome but some people really hate it.

      Franklin Covey sells a size which fits the rings in a personal size Filofax but the pages are a good bit wider and the tabs tend to stick out beyond the edge of the binder covers.

      If you look here on Philofaxy, Steve kindly summarized all the various inserts available by size a bit over a year ago. For example, there are nice day per page versions in a cream color paper stock available from the Denmark and Sweden Filofax websites. The shipping may be a bit high but if it's exactly what you want it may be worth the expense! There are also QuoVadis versions available from France, or from the UK website, which fit but are not (I believe) exactly the same size as the filofax personal page. Do a search here for diary inserts. Perhaps Steve can find a way to make this very important info easier to find? If you just click on "Diary" in the tag cloud you must scroll through all the printable formats before you find these. (there I go, ever the library cataloger!)

      Cheers,
      Josh

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    2. Thanks Josh, I'll have a look for those.

      Does the Daytimer give a full page or 2 pages for Saturday and Sunday? Most annoying thing about the Filofax versions for me.

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    3. Been checking out your youtube, very helpful.

      I'm definitely wanting a Dodopad for long-term planning and weekly goal-setting/overview, and then wanting daily pages for to dos, planning and possibly for logging down what we've done/eaten etc.

      I've been trying to keep a separate log and I'm not sure it's the most efficient way to do it.

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    4. Yes, the DT pages do give you a full page or full two pages at the weekend. I too thought this was very important but looking back I see that most of those weekend spreads are almost totally empty!

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