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  • Blog Post: Editing Calendar Printing Assistant Templates

    I am going to be posting an ongoing series of topics dealing with editing templates for the Calendar Printing Assistant. I'll start the title of each one with "CPAO:" so they can be easy to find.
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Editing the Footer of a Template

    Now on to the formatting the footer area of the page. Here is a screenshot and the code: <!-- Standard Footer --> <Grid Row="4" Column="1" VerticalAlignment="Top" Margin="0,4,0,0" RowSetting="Auto" ColumnSetting="*,*,*"> <CalendarText Row="0" Column="0" Date="#[Now...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Editing the Calendar Grid (Part 1)

    And now to editing what is seen in the calendar. I am still using the "Standard Month 01 Letter" template as the base for showing some options here. So here is the code that describes the layout of the appointments and the grid: <!--MonthDayCalendar Sizer--> <MonthDayCalendar Row="3...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Using Colors for Categories and Private Items

    It seems that one of the "holy grails" for the Calendar Printing Assistant is to be able to colorize entire appointments with the category colors for those appointments. There is a way to signify the category with CPAO - which is the colored dot that I have used / showed in previous posts. However -...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Editing the Template Header

    The Header of the template is versatile. It can have additional month thumbnails, it has the month name or the weeks or the days in the weekly and daily templates, etc. In the example I have been using (Month_StandardMonth01.catx) the Header looks like this: This contains the month...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Listing of the Standard Month Legal Template

    Here is the entire listing of the code from the Standard Month Legal template I created. First - here is the contents of the Metadata.xml file: <Metadata xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/2005/xcal" Version="1.0.0"> <Name>Standard Month Legal</Name> <TimeUnit>Month<...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Commenting in the Templates

    First - I would like to cover how to do comments when editing the CPAO templates. At the top of the Content.xml file there are some comments: <!-- Copyright (c) 2007, Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved. --> <!-- Standard Month 01 --> Comments start with: <!-- ...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Editing the Month Thumbnails in the Template Header

    Okay - on to the month thumbnails. Here is the screenshot and code for those again: <Display> <Page RowSetting="0.25in,Auto,0.2in,*,0.4in" ColumnSetting="0.25in,*,0.25in" Style="StandardText"> <!-- Background --> <Rectangle Row="0" Column="0" RowSpan="5" ColumnSpan...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Opening and Saving Template Files

    The Calendar Printing Assistant uses templates with the extension .CATX. The templates are stored in the Office template folder, which is typically the C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Templates folder. These files are essentially renamed compressed files that can be extracted and edited...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Editing A Weekly Template

    I wanted to put a Weekly CPAO template example up - so here it is. I will start out with the Weekly List 01 Letter Template, and do some modifications to it. I will not cover the entire template - just changes that I make in it to show how it can be modified. For changes to an entire template - you should...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Template Page Editing

    Now on to some actual editing. We will work with the whole page here. Here is the original template (Month_StandardMonth01.catx): On this page, there is a Header with stuff in it, the Days/Weeks in the month in a grid with appointments in it, and a Footer with some data in it. Here...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Editing the Metadata.xml File

    So far everything has been edited in the Content.xml file (located in the \Cal directory after renaming/unzipping the CATX file - see the section on Opening and Saving Template Files) . That is the main file for doing the formatting of a particular template. The Metadata.xml is good for doing a...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Editing the Calendar Grid (Part 2)

    This section moves into the Day Format area: <DayFormat> <Grid RowSetting="*" ColumnSetting="*" Height="Auto" Style="LevelLeafParent"> <CalendarText Row="0" Column="0" FontSize="46pt" FontWeight="Bold" Text="#[%d]" FontFamily="style!FontMajor"> <Foreground>...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Editing a Daily Template - Part 2

    In the previous section showing a 3x5 daily calendar printout using CPAO, I did not include a timeline. In this final example for a daily template I will show what that looks like: So the big difference here is the timeline for the day on the left side of the view. The appointments are placed...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Entire Notes for Monthly Template in PDF format

    After making all these posts on editing CPAO - I can see that it will be nice to have them all together in one paper that can be used for reference. I have uploaded a PDF that has all the CPAO template editing posts in them. Hopefully this will be a help for anyone who needs to edit these templates to...
  • Blog Post: CPAO: Editing a Daily Template - Part 1

    I have had several customers request a Daily Template that fits data on a 3x5 index card sized printout. I have done a few different iterations of this layout to customize things for each particular customer - but I wanted to give an example of this since it seems to be a popular request. Here...