There's something nice about holding a good Moleskine notebook in your hand. Yes, gone are the days when everyone carried around a little address or appointment book. Today, you can have your addresses, appointments, calculator, e-mail, and everything else you could ever need, right in the palm of your hand with your trusty mobile phone. But for those of us who still carry around daytimers, me being one of them, there's something new for the Moleskine fans: an online tool.
By visiting the Moleskine Web site, you'll find the MSK wizard. MSK is a printable version for Moleskine of digital content, such as your contacts or events, or images and text. It does involve you actually printing, cutting, and pasting into your book, so if that's not something you're willing to do, stop reading now.
MSK creates a PDF that you can print out for your Moleskine. The Wizard allows you to make your own pages. You can choose to make a page for a standard/diary-sized book (2.83x4.56 inches), or for a weekly-sized book (2.83x1.22 inches). You then title your page and your photo, choose a photo from your computer, choose the positioning of the image, and enter your text into a Word-like window.
Then, you simply click "Create PDF," and a new PDF pops up for you to save to your computer. You can upload your events if they're in iCal format, or your contacts if they're in Vcard format (.vcf).
Yes, I'm aware that this isn't any great, new technology. Why go through all the trouble if you can just pull out your cell phone and have all that information at your fingertips? Well, for the few people who swear by their Moleskines, this may be just the thing they've been waiting for. Finally, a way to easily create pages that will fit into your Moleskine using your computer. It will alleviate the pain of having to write out every contact in your digital address book into your new Moleskine.
If you don't like it, fine. Keep writing in your Moleskine, or typing away on your smartphone. I'll keep dreaming of the day when I can print directly onto the pages of my Moleskine.