I don’t mind a printed annual calendar. But the printed format right now is not usable. We’re still doing double entry putting our events into TroopTrack and Google Calendar mostly so I can get a nice printed format for planning meetings. If it wasn’t for the Google sync issue, I’d just go that route and print only from Google.
For printing, I like Google’s format. The specifics of what I like are
- Good use of vertical space. I realize some people might want the white space at the bottom for notes and having that optional would work for me. I just like the calendar to fill the page.
- Multi-day event show up as a single event crossing date boundaries with Google. With TroopTrack, they all look like multiple events, each day independent. The font size defeats the “continued” text (or whatever it is, it’s cut off).
- Fonts are just too big in the printed TroopTrack version. Multiple events in a day overflow the day box. That’s partly the (large) size the of the font, partly the (small) size of the box and not using all the page for the calendar. We had, for example 3-shift event and we scheduled it as 3 events to make sign-up easier. That doesn’t fit in the calendar’s box for the day in the printed version.
- The printed version looks to be not much more than a screen shot of the calendar. Or maybe a bit less than a screenshot. But there are vertical scroll bars on the day boxes which is silly for a printed version and just takes space.
Give me something close to Google’s print style and I’d be happy with the printed version. Add a few options to tweak it (e.g., dead space at the bottom for notes, landscape vs portrait, font size tweaks, month range selection) and I’d guess a lot more people would be happy, too.