PocketMod is a killer, killer tool. Take an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper, divide it into eight separate cells, put all kinds of goodness in those cells, say calendars or to-do lists or contact lists or notes or lines or create your own stuff and put it in there. Fold up that sheet with one clever cut, and Poof! you’ve got a PDA in a pocket.
You can build your mods on PocketMod’s website, or download a tool and build your sheets offline. There are a number of extremely useful templates for the things I listed above, plus you can create your own templates if you like. I used a PocketMode sheet when I went to the Detroit Visual Studio / SQL Server Launch and got tremendous value out of it.
PocketMod came to mind as a great resource to hand out to attendees at our Code Camp: I could put the Camp’s schedule, Camp info, and list all our sponsors who supported the Camp, create a PocketMod sheet and hand that out to each attendee as they checked in.
The only problem with PocketMod is that custom templates have to be built in Flash. Ick. I don’t know Flash and I don’t have experience with Flash (no, no, that thing at that party in Anchorage was years ago and it was a completely different flash and nobody got any photos anyway). Besides, I don’t have any Flash tools and the one freeware I tried was so confusing I gave up.
Chad Adams, the sole brainchild behind PocketMod, solved that problem. He created a widget to convert PDF files to PocketMod format. It’s pretty dang simple. Use any editor to create an eight-page layout, then print that off to PDF. (See PDFCreator for a killer GPL app which works as a printer.) Use PDF2PocketMod and Poof! you’ve got a single sheet with each PocketMod sheet properly oriented.
Check out PocketMod. It’s really a cool thing.