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What are people saying about The Journal

Norm Fisher Great program! Been using it for a year or so; I've imported all information from my previous journal software into it, and it's easier to find information and record new information. Highly recommended!
Jul 9 2008 at 10:41am Copy Link
M. Saunders More than just a journal program, I'd call it a whole life file cabinet and organizer. Besides being a program to keep a daily diary or journal, I have it organized to keep quotes, stories, genealogy information, photography ideas, and a collection of favorite poems. Very, very versatile.
Jul 10 2008 at 8:49am Copy Link
Jim McGowan I've had and used this program daily for more than a year now, and I wouldn't be without it. First program I install on any new computer I get. Beyond a simple journal, it is a program for writing, plain and simple. Plus you can compose your blog entries in The Journal and post them directly to your blog from it. An excellent writing application that I highly recommend!
Jul 10 2008 at 5:46pm Copy Link
Stephen User The Journal is the best journaling software available... I am sure I have tried them all. As the other commentators have said, it is a great organizer and writing application. At $20 it's a steal!
Jul 11 2008 at 1:59am Copy Link
Linda Soule I HAVE WINDOWS 7 STARTER ON MY NETBOOK AND THAT IS WHATi Wanted to install the software to. Is your software compatible?
Jun 6 2010 at 1:10pm Copy Link
David Michael Yes. The Journal 5 is compatible with Windows 7 (64-bit or 32-bit).

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Jun 6 2010 at 3:23pm Copy Link
Mary Wilson I am currently looking at using this program and have some questions. First off, does it work with Windows 7. Currently, I use a diary program called DayNotez as it works with a palm pilot I have. Will this program work with any other devices that are out there like a palm pilot, Mobile phone or the new iPad.
Jul 7 2010 at 11:51pm Copy Link
Jim Maioriello @Vendor, I noticed your site mentions you have bundles that include writer prompt add ons.  Are those addons included in the promotion?  How do the prompts work?  Can they be made to function like a  template so the daily journal entries will contain specific information that is requested? Can the prompts be configured so they say what I want them to say?
Jul 8 2010 at 3:44am Copy Link
David Michael You can purchase the add-ons when you purchase The Journal, yes. They add $10 each to the order.

You use "Insert Template" to generate a random prompt in your current entry, then you can respond to the prompt. You can also set a prompt to be automatically inserted each day.

You can edit the prompts, yes, or add to them.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Jul 8 2010 at 6:23am Copy Link
David Michael The Journal works with Windows 7, yes (64-bit and 32-bit).

There is no mobile version of The Journal, no.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Jul 8 2010 at 6:24am Copy Link
Jim Maioriello Thanks David,

I played around with the create templates.  It's a pretty cool feature, and I can see a couple of ways to might use it.

one more follow up question regarding the addon.  I'm still trying to understand it. 

What does the customer get with the addon?  Are they purchasing new software components, or are they purchasing the content of the prompt?

A couple more questions, please...

Do the "Buy the Journal" buttons on the toolbars and menus go away once the product has been registered?

What else can The Journal do?  Do you have a tutorial or any documentation demoing features and capabilities?


Jul 8 2010 at 8:01am Copy Link
David Michael The add-ons provide large collections of writing prompts. They are separate from the writing prompts provided as demos in the software. The add-ons create new category tabs that contain their templates. So you're purchasing the content.

Yes, when you purchase The Journal you are sent Registration Keys that convert the trial version to the full version, and remove all the "Buy The Journal" buttons.

I've written books with The Journal, and I maintain a handful of blogs using The Journal. I store passwords, manage projects, track goals, and more.

If you haven't checked out The Journal's Web page, there is a lot of information there. Especially in the accumulated monthly newsletters that are posted there. Click on the Help menu and choose "The Journal Home Page".

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Jul 8 2010 at 8:13am Copy Link
Jim Maioriello Thanks David,

I'll take a more careful look at that webpage.

Jul 8 2010 at 9:31am Copy Link
Roz Fruchtman I've been using Version 4 of The Journal for a while now.  I do not know all the ins and outs of it, but I LOVE IT.

The thing that is so "outstanding" about The Journal is that:  WHEN you buy the software YOU GET David with it.  Of course he does not come to your home and personally teach you ;), but... 

He created a Yahoo Group where "HE IS VERY" active in helping solve challenges.  You DO NOT find this anywhere else that I've experienced except maybe at my own website. ;)

I have not upgraded yet to version 5, but maybe I will now.  I will certainly share this great value with others.

Roz Fruchtman
Jul 9 2010 at 1:32am Copy Link
Joan Korte This is great software for writer's.  I have used it for over five years and David Michael listens to the users suggestions and responds to questions you may have about using the software. It has a lot of features and at 50% off the regular price, it is a tremendous deal.  Tell your friends!
Jul 10 2010 at 8:30am Copy Link
Chris Tripp I am very interested in trying The Journal out.  I noticed on your website that you have a version 5.  Is this price listed here for version 5 or version 4?
Jul 11 2010 at 2:31am Copy Link
David Michael Chris,

This sale price is for The Journal 5.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Jul 11 2010 at 6:26am Copy Link
Louis H Very nice program and one I know will be very helpful in keeping me on track with keeping a journal. It did not take very long trying out the trial version to realize it is a keeper. And then finding out how involved David is with his customers, well, that sweetened the deal even more.

This is why I have come to love BitsDuJour. A great opportunity to get a wide selection of software at very nice discounts.

Thank you to David, and BitsDuJour, for offering it here.
Jul 11 2010 at 8:34am Copy Link
bvssunnydale Hi, this is the same question that gets asked for all software. Is the license for single cpu, for one non-concurrent use on multiple cpus, or for use on a laptop and desktop (two machines). Like almost everyone else these days I have to work on multiple machines these days. Is a portable version available (that would be the perfect solution)? Thanks, Wm Shur
Jul 11 2010 at 9:39pm Copy Link
Louis H @Wm Shore...

Can use on two machines...

Can be run from a USB/Flash drive
Jul 11 2010 at 9:58pm Copy Link
_*_ Maybe it is a fluke, but I installed the demo and each time I quit The Journal, Firefox would crash on start-up.

The last time it happened, I uninstalled The Journal and then FF would start with no issues.

I am honestly not sure if these are interrelated, but FF has never done this before to me and stopped as soon as

The Journal was uninstalled.The program looks great though and seems to offer a lot for those that use it.
Jul 12 2010 at 12:11am Copy Link
Jason McKee I've been using version 4 for some time and I really like it.
David provides outstanding, personal support of his product.
I would recommend this to anyone looking for a journal application.

Easy to use and the support can't be beat.
Jul 12 2010 at 3:47am Copy Link
David Michael M B,

That is very unusual behaviour. I have Firefox installed on my laptop here, and both Firefox and The Journal work without any issues.

I'll make a note and see what I can find. Thank you for the details.

DavidRM Software - Jul 12 2010 at 5:38am Copy Link
Jorge Vulpes The  trial download link is browken jn5setup.exe..please check.Thanks
Jul 12 2010 at 6:01am Copy Link
Roger Thomasson @ Jorge Strange, it seems fine to me.  You're referring to the big green "Download" button above? -r
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 12 2010 at 6:04am Copy Link
Jorge Vulpes Yes, try downlaoding  at 1.88 Mb stop .Thanks
Jul 12 2010 at 6:06am Copy Link
David Michael I did a test just now, and it downloaded fine. Might have been some kind of temporary network traffic issue.

If you would like an even more direct download link, though, here:

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Jul 12 2010 at 6:36am Copy Link
Roger Thomasson @ Jorge Just downloaded it again to completion.  Jorge, would you mind shooting me an email at roger (at) iconico (dot) com?  It'll be easier to navigate this situation over email. Thanks! -r
BitsDuJour Admin - Jul 12 2010 at 6:44am Copy Link
lisba f Can I use Journal with Unicode format / multilingual text?
Jul 12 2010 at 2:02pm Copy Link
David Michael Lisba,

Yes, The Journal supports Unicode entries.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Jul 12 2010 at 3:31pm Copy Link
lisba f Well, I tried to write down an ancient Greek text in Journal, after selecting the appropriate font, and it shows a question mark in place of a character with a breathing mark.
Jul 12 2010 at 4:47pm Copy Link
David Michael Lisba,

If the font is a Unicode font, it should work.

If you don't mind, could send me a Word document with the text you tried to enter? Email me: support (at)


DavidRM Software - Jul 12 2010 at 4:53pm Copy Link
Julie Smith The Journal has all the best features of a paper journal, with the added features and security of digital. You really CAN have it your way. Trust me, you will LOVE this program!

Why take MY word for it? Umm, well, maybe because I have been writing my journal for 45 years, even longer than I have been alive! ;-)
Jul 29 2011 at 6:04am Copy Link
Roberto The Journal has spanish dictionary? thanks in advance.

edit: sorry, i found the dictionary in the developer's website
Jul 29 2011 at 6:26am Copy Link
Chris . Any chance of the Complete edition being offered as part of the BDJ offer?
Jul 30 2011 at 2:34pm Copy Link
David Michael Chris,

The Journal's Bits Du Journal sale coupon is $25 off. You can use that coupon on any of The Journal's bundles.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Jul 30 2011 at 2:54pm Copy Link
Albert C. Great app! I bought it a couple of years ago together with all the add-ins and I find it a superb choice! Go for it if you still don't have a journaling program! ^_^
Jul 31 2011 at 3:11am Copy Link
William McKeever Is there any limitation on the size a journal can grow to? I would like to add several pictures to my journal so would like to know how large the journal can be. Also will adding lots of pictures slow down the program at all, or would I be better off creating more than one journal volume in this situation?
Jul 31 2011 at 12:36pm Copy Link
David Michael William,

The maximum size of a Journal Volume (entry database), is 128 GB--which is almost the same as no limit. =) And if you (somehow) hit that limit, you can have as many Journal Volumes as you want.

A lot of images in one entry will only affect the loading and saving of that entry, not the entire program. If you're only putting 5-10 images in an entry, though, you probably won't notice.even then.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Jul 31 2011 at 12:54pm Copy Link
William McKeever Thank you for the feedback David. Great looking program by the way! Still playing around with the demo and I like it a lot. Trying to figure out how to set up templates right now, seems pretty straight forward though. The help file is laid out very well, which is always a bonus! 128 GB limit will be more than I am likely to ever use in a single journal volume for sure!

Thanks for responding, looking forward to this David.
Jul 31 2011 at 9:47pm Copy Link
Tazzie @ David ... could you clarify for me please ... you said the Journal is available here for $25 off (or 50%) and that the discount could be applied to any bundle. Did you mean the actual 50% off applied to any bundle, or 25$ off? Thanks!!!
Jul 31 2011 at 11:14pm Copy Link
Ennovy Installed the trial version on a portable device. Is it fully portable?
Aug 1 2011 at 2:20am Copy Link
Julie Smith Yes, indeed, Peter, it IS portable. Mine is on a flash drive and I can write on *any* PC.
Aug 1 2011 at 4:59am Copy Link
Ennovy @Julie .. Thanks for the information. That's great news.
Just purchased a license!
Aug 1 2011 at 5:27am Copy Link
Julie Smith Enjoy!
Aug 1 2011 at 7:23am Copy Link
David Michael Tazzie: The coupon is always $25 off, and can be used for any bundle.

DavidRM Software - Aug 1 2011 at 9:05am Copy Link
Uncle Buck Will this software accept input from a voice recognition program, such as Dragon, etc? 64 bit Win 7 platform OK?

Aug 1 2011 at 9:48am Copy Link
David Michael Bruce,

Yes, The Journal accepts input from voice recognition software.

And, yes, The Journal works on 64-bit Windows.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

DavidRM Software - Aug 1 2011 at 9:51am Copy Link
HJ B This appears to be an application with a good deal of potential. HOWEVER, it seems to me that the author has not provided an adequate manual for it The result, for most people, will be a drawn out learning period, probably with a number of features never used.

1. The help screens run to 175 pages. It would be a substantial improvement if a true manual, in pdf format, were provided.

2. The introductory material that is presently in the help screens does not adequately present an overvue of the program's functions.

3. For me, at least, the functionality of the program is not intuitive, i.e. it does not follow a clear pattern of commands and menus that permits the average user to perform the basic functions on the fly. Instead one must, on a functin by function by fuction basis, laboriously plow through the help screens and may be able to figure out what can be done an how to do it,

4. It seems that the programmer knows the functionality and methods of his program very well and, as he wanted to add some function or method, he did so, probably very effectively. However, he unnecessarily requires the user to work hard to figure out how to use those elements.

5. So, I suggest that he provide a pdf manual, and the first section of the manual should explain the functions and the methods in a concise and logical way, as though to a person who has no previous experience with the program. He may think he has done that, but that is because he is already so familiar with it.

The licensing also is not entirely clear to me. It seems that, for commercial users, there is one license per computer, and for non-commercial users, one license covers up to two computers. There is a provision that permits networking of the Journal data. Does a single license permit that data to be shared by only one or two computers, as previously noted? A family may have three or more computer devices. Does that mean they must purchase several licenses even though only one or two computers are being used at any one time?
Aug 1 2011 at 11:53am Copy Link
Thomas O'Duffy I've used the Journal for years - and find it to be a stable, secure and fantastic piece of software.

On the few occassions where I have had questions, David has been very prompt in responding.

My one hope is that sooner or later, he creates a cloud-backed version, so that I can access my notes, securely via a browser too.
Aug 1 2011 at 12:16pm Copy Link
HJ B Thomas,

If you have been using the program for years, you have been growing with it as it has grown. People who come to it for the first time are at risk of being overwhelmed in the absence of a good manual intended for the new user.
Aug 1 2011 at 1:20pm Copy Link
David Michael HJ B,

Thank you for your interest in The Journal!

A PDF version of the online help is available:

The Journal tries to get you started on a simple journal or diary as quickly as possible, which is what most people are interested in. All the other bells-and-whistles are kept out of the way, but still within easy reach.

It's impossible to be inuitive to everyone, but I have tried my best. You can email me at with questions--or suggestions for how it be more useful to you.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

DavidRM Software - Aug 1 2011 at 1:29pm Copy Link
HJ B David

Thanks for the link,. I actually was sufficiently interested to print the help screens to a pdf. I wrote my note after looking at the results. I continue to think that a good introductory segment that explains the flow of the program would be of substantial benefit to the new user. There is a big difference between a user manual and a technical reference. I also find that the best technical references tend to be repetitious, i.e., each segment can pretty much be understood without having to jump around to the other segments.
Best HJ B
Aug 1 2011 at 1:45pm Copy Link
Julie Smith HJ B...

Are you referring to some sort of "Quick Start" instructions?
Aug 1 2011 at 2:02pm Copy Link
HJ B Of course there is a place for quick start instructions. However, most of us find that when we go on quick start mode, there is a lot we may miss out on. I am talking about a good, concise, but flowing summary of what the program can do and what the user ought be aware of in order to effectively plan where he or she is going with it and so that the reference manual can be effectively used to flesh out the details.
Aug 1 2011 at 3:10pm Copy Link
Thomas O'Duffy HJ B,

In my experience, the journal is very easy to use.

I find the Journal is a really great means to collect notes, from all kinds of places, in a way that makes them easy to find.
I have over 1800 "entries" in my Journal, the longest of which is approx 20,000 words. This must make me a power user.

For core journallying functions (notes / daily entries), I never consulted nor sought out a manual, because a manual never seemed needed. The core functions of the program are laid out in an obvious and intuitve fashion.

On a few occassions when I needed some advanced guidance, I found the help references / how to's on the website as more than adequate. For example, I recently changed computers, and moving files to a new computer was easy, straightforward and as good as it gets when moving.

So - in my experience - no manual was needed for me.
Aug 1 2011 at 5:45pm Copy Link
Ennovy I am very happy with this software and glad that I purchased it :!:
Sep 9 2011 at 11:17pm Copy Link
Harald Vogel David,

I'm a user of Journal V5. Can I use / combine this discount for upgrading to V6? Thanks.
Feb 8 2013 at 1:33am Copy Link
David Michael Harald,

No, the discounts don't stack. If you would like the coupon code for the upgrade, email me directly:

DavidRM Software - Feb 8 2013 at 8:58am Copy Link
TopDog Just want to make a comment on the learning curve for this software. I bought Journal 5 from bitsdujour and have since upgraded to 6. So I have been using it for a good long while now.

I am not the sharpest tool in the shed but I had no problem learning this software. Once I started using it within a few days I believe I had a good handle on it. If I can learn it, anyone can. As far as being intuitive, that is relative. What is intuitive for one person might not be for another, I found the program very intuitive. I now use it as a reference tool to keep track of all sorts of information that I can easily find because of the excellent search in the program. This is one of the programs I could not do without, now that I rely on it so much.
Feb 27 2013 at 7:58am Copy Link
SoulCustody This sounds like a product I would love to use. Any chance you'll make a version for Mac OS 10.x.x?
Mar 3 2013 at 11:22pm Copy Link
David Michael A Mac version is planned, as is a mobile version, but there is no estimate of when it will be available.

DavidRM Software - Mar 4 2013 at 8:25am Copy Link
Scott Van Leeuwen Can the software store video files. I like to download the news headlines for the day and put them in another Journal I have (which is rubbish).
Mar 9 2013 at 1:19am Copy Link
David Michael Scott,

Yes, you can insert video (and audio) files in your entries.

DavidRM Software - Mar 9 2013 at 11:44am Copy Link
Metta Zetty I've been using TheJournal for years, and I can't recommend it highly enough. The application is outstanding: robust, stable and feature-rich. (It has more/better features than any other journal software I've tested --and I've tried dozens of diary/journal apps.)

Navigation is easy and the user interface is customizable. TheJournal includes both dated (calendar) and undated (notes) entry options, reminders, customizable tags (topics) and a fast, advanced search function.

You can also set-up multiple journals (and, if desired, multiple users), import multi-media files, export entries to your blog, create your own templates and, of course, password protect everything. (If necessary, an extra high-security option is available, as well.)

I, personally, found TheJournal to be extremely user-friendly and easy-to-use right from the start -- and I can work in my journal from anywhere by storing my journal volumes in Dropbox (no need to bother with a flash drive). Best of all, David's support is unmatched: timely, reliable and conscientious.

At it's standard price, TheJournal is bargain. With this BDJ discount, its a steal -- so download it now and give it a test run. You'll be glad you did, and you'll see why TheJournal has so many satisfied, long-term and loyal users. :-D
Mar 10 2013 at 5:38am Copy Link
Charlotte Sinclaire @Metta Zetty -- Could you tell me exactly how you make use of Dropbox in relation to The Journal? I can see storing entries there for safekeeping. But you say that, with your entries on Dropbox, you can "work in your journal from anywhere" and "no need to bother with a flash drive."

Yet, if you don't store the program itself on a flash drive to have it handy all the time to use on whatever computer is at hand, how do you make use of having your entries on Dropbox? I use Dropbox myself so would really like to understand how you do this. Thanks in advance.
Mar 10 2013 at 10:00am Copy Link
David Michael A feature of The Journal is that it stores your Journal Volumes (entry databases) wherever you want. An additional feature of The Journal, is that you can install The Journal into a self-contained device like a USB/Flash external hard drive. Taken together, this provides a very flexible way to use The Journal in the cloud.

If you use a product like DropBox (that allows you to map a folder on your computer's hard drive to cloud-based storage), you can have The Journal, and all your entries, available on any Windows computer with an internet connection.

Here's how:

1. Install The Journal to the cloud folder. You will need to override the default installation path. Type in the path or browse to the cloud folder you want to use.

2. During the install, after you've typed in the path to the cloud, you will next need to check the option:

[x] "I am installing The Journal on a USB/Flash or Cloud drive."

And *UN*-check these options:

[ ] "Create Start Menu icons"
[ ] "Create a desktop icon"
[ ] "Create a Quick Launch icon"
[ ] "Have The Journal start with Windows."

3. After the install completes, double-click on Journal6.exe in the cloud folder to run The Journal.

DavidRM Software - Mar 10 2013 at 10:24am Copy Link
Metta Zetty @David Michael, @Charlotte Sinclair -- I'm glad to know you can actually run TheJournal from within Dropbox. I had actually used a slightly less convenient option of installing TheJournal on my PC and my netbook, and then I just stored my journal volumes in Dropbox. Sounds like David's recommendation is the way to go! :-)
Mar 10 2013 at 12:51pm Copy Link
Mr Macro Quick question for David - when I click on the option to buy, the product is labelled as version 5. Can I assume that the code will work on version 6 as this is the current version?
Apr 19 2013 at 3:29pm Copy Link
David Michael You would need to email me ( to get Registration Keys for The Journal 6.

DavidRM Software - Apr 19 2013 at 3:46pm Copy Link
Mr Macro Hi David, I have made the purchase and e-mailed you the registration information. Thanks.
Apr 20 2013 at 7:45am Copy Link
David Michael This daily deal has been updated to The Journal 6 now, so your Registration Keys are generated properly as soon as you order.

DavidRM Software - Jul 10 2013 at 1:54pm Copy Link
David Michael Mobile versions of The Journal are planned, but there is no estimate of when they will be available.

DavidRM Software - Mar 24 2014 at 11:29am Copy Link
David Michael The Journal with Extended Security is described here:

DavidRM Software - Mar 28 2014 at 2:47pm Copy Link
David Michael The Extended Security option enables another layer of security on your entries. It also adds a few more options in how you handle failed login attempts.

DavidRM Software - Apr 5 2014 at 1:09pm Copy Link
John H In what formats can the Journal be printed or exported to.
Will it work in Linux under Wine? ..... I just got my first Linux computer ...
May 10 2014 at 1:00am Copy Link
ddalian What is the size limit for embedded files in an entry?
Can you export the database complete with the all of the embedded attachments to a folder and file structure?
May 10 2014 at 7:54am Copy Link
David Michael John H:

The Journal can print a single entry or batches of entries that you select. You can print to any printer you have in Windows.

The Journal supports exporting to a variety of formats: text, rich text, and HTML.

Yes, The Journal will work under Wine on Linux.


There's no specific limit to files embedded in an entry. Going past 50MB, though, usually results in very slow loading/saving of that entry (just that entry, though).

The export doesn't do folder structures. It exports the entries to a single folder. The rich text export will retain the attachments in the entry's .RTF file. The HTML export will put the attachments in separate files.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

DavidRM Software - May 10 2014 at 9:34am Copy Link
David Michael On the purchase page, you should have the option to add the Memorygrabber add-on to your order ($9.95).

DavidRM Software - May 11 2014 at 3:39pm Copy Link
peter schleifer David,
don't take me wrong, my intention is not to dump The Journal; it's just that I'm a little bit lazy, and thus I kindly ask you some questions the answers to which I would have been able to find out for myself if I had have the time and energy ;-)

I had been given The Journal 5 for free, and then I had deleted it from my system, incl. the install .exe, bec/it didn't offer cloning of entries; I admit this was a little bit premature, and I certainly should not have done this; it's evident that data base-based PIM's should offer item cloning, whilst text-based PIM's don't have many ways to do so, so users of the latter variety should be willing to live with the absence of that cloning feature. Now:

When I see your site, lots of history entries are about "fixed:.. - very well, you did lots of maintanance work, and I really appreciate that; some competitors of yours do NOT do that necessary, very "un-sexy" chore work, at least not as far as they should do it.

But then, where are the real goodies of version 6 over version 5? (Ok, I said it before, I should have read your history thoroughly, and thus could have come with an answer to this question myself.) (In other words, is there REAL development here, in terms of "user experience"?)

The above being said (incl. the admission that asking for a cloning feature would be "too much here"), I've got SOME demands to NON-db-driven PIM's at least, and how does The Journal fulfill my expectations?:

a) Searching should be for "general" and then "tree only" and "context only", or at least "general scope" vs. "tree only": Feature present? In the make?

b) Search should produce a "hit list", not only a "first hit", vs. "F3" for "show next occurrence". As a), this is of extreme importance in everyday life of a PIM's user. Cf. my review of "ActionOutline" on cnet on this behalf. Of course, (not-db-based) PIMs like Maple offer such a feature, but as is for Maple, it does not offer formatting of tree entries, which for me is a csqn. Hence:

c) Does The Journal offer formatting of tree entries? (No symbols/icons, but bolding/italicicing, perhaps coloring)?

d) Of course, some Boolean search would be sooo helpful, i.e. some "AND", "OR", and perhaps even "NOT", together with "some text", instead of any search entry being processed as "some text", as in the very basic offerings like ActionOutline mentioned above.

Again, I'm really trying to discover arguments in order to happily BUY The Journal, so your possible "will be done in 3/6/9 months" answers will be more than welcome, from my pov. ;-)

P.S. : e) And then, if the above points of discussions will be met in a rather positive way, could you comment on import/export formats? ;-)
May 12 2014 at 7:41am Copy Link
Daniel Gaudet Could there be a "The Journal 6 Complete (Download Only)" package available with a 50% discount as part of today's promotion? (Maybe coming out at around $35-$40)

I would also consider "The Journal 6 Complete (Download + CDROM)" for 50% off at $47.48 US, but I don't need to get a CDROM.
May 12 2014 at 7:49am Copy Link
peter schleifer Sorry, two mistakes/error in my post above:
- Maple IS db-driven, whilst it appears as a text-based PIM indeed
- I mixed up PageFour (which I got for free, then de-installed) with The Journal, so searching for a the Journal installation file, without ever having installed it, will be fruitless, of course, but again:

Would you be so kind, David, to comment on the above-mentioned issues, and, in a more general way, sum up the "goodies" The Journal would have "over" its immediate competition, i.e. those "simple" PIMS that ain't of the "heavy shots", db-driven, and which compete for 100,000 items in one single db?
May 12 2014 at 8:03am Copy Link
David Michael Daniel,

The $25 Off discount can be applied to The Journal 6 Complete. That's not a full 50% off that bundle, but it's still a very good deal.

Currently, no, there's no download-only version of The Journal 6 Complete.

DavidRM Software - May 12 2014 at 10:35am Copy Link
David Michael Peter,

Here is a list of the major changes of The Journal 6 over The Journal 5:

Searching is considerably improved in TJ6 vs TJ5. That said, no, it doesn't do everything you mention in a) and b). Much of that is planned for future updates, though.

c) is available. You can apply font face and font effects, plus color and bg color, to the entry tree. Right-click the entry in the tree and choose "Highlight entry in tree"

d) Full Boolean support is unlikely, but not impossible. You can already do a search for "all words in the query" and "any words in the query". I can add this to the list, though.

DavidRM Software - May 12 2014 at 10:41am Copy Link
Petr I have an interest in The Journal, but first need to know a few things please:

#1. Can one Journal data file be shared between two computers by storing the file in a cloud drive such as Microsoft's OneDrive or Google's GoogleDrive?

I would like to use The Journal on both my laptop and desktop computers. But, fear that using a Cloud drive may corrupt the data file.

#2. Is the data file a text file? proprietary binary file? SQL database file? I need to understand this.

#3. Your web site describes a file-sync feature. How does this work? Is it automated? Is there a one-time setup, then simple sync thereafter?

#4. I would want to create my own templates and add-ons. Is there an API? How do I do this? Please provide some documentation for review, so I can decide if I want to go down this path. Thank you.
May 12 2014 at 11:10am Copy Link
David Michael Petr,

#1. Yes. You can even install The Journal into a cloud folder like OneDrive, so both the software and your entries are available on any Windows computer. (NOTE: Just don't run it at the same time on both computers.)

#2 The Journal use a Sqlite database file to store your entries in a proprietary format.

#3 The Journal can do a one-way sync from another Journal Volume (database), from a backup file created by The Journal, and from the export files of other software (such as Evernote). The sync has a few steps, but there is a wizard, and after the first time or two, it's mostly clicking "Next" a couple times.

#4 You can create your own templates. The online help file has a very detailed description of how to do that. To create a full add-on package, though, isn't documented. You'd need to contact me (

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

DavidRM Software - May 12 2014 at 11:23am Copy Link
David Michael Peter R,

Thank you!

I have built a PDF from the CHM, yes. Email me at and I'll send you a download link.

DavidRM Software - May 12 2014 at 11:26am Copy Link
peter schleifer Thank you for answering, David, and for the link; I had missed that page.

1. I see you do a lot of integration with hand-held devices, this should be of big interest for most people.

2. I see you strive for synching, which is very select, very exotic in outliners; I remember Jot+ Notes having made some steps into this field. I overcame problems 1 and 2 with storing my data on a stick, but it's not really handy after all, and it would be of much interest to read some comments of yours how your synching will work, for the time being? Let's assume there is a file abc in version 1 and version 2:
a) synching both ways? i.e. taking into account changes made on both computers?
b) deletions replicated? asking the user?
c) renames replicated? (I know that for doing this, items need an invariable ID number or similar, and that this is more suitable to db-driven PIMs.)
d) moves replicated? (i.e. items in target file will be moved within the tree, according to your having moved them in the source file)
I know all of this is rather elaborate as a task...

So much for items as such, now for their content:
e) Bou change the content of an item in the source file, so I suppose the new content, as a whole, is replicated to the corresponding item in the target file, i.e. the latter is overwritten?
f) But of course, it's almost impossible in such a scenario to monitor / correctly process changes having occured beforehand, in BOTH versions?
Etc. ...

As said before, this feature is very rare, so any weakness in this field could certainly not be held against The Journal, but as said, it would be interesting to hear how far you've got with this special task. ;-)

You mention categories... Well, a short description of those will be more than welcome (e.g. is it similar to virtual folders, or to tagging?).

Anyway, I hope most prospects will not need sophisticated search functionality as much as I do (for serious editing of large manuscripts, you need "hit tables", and you need a differenciation between hits in the tree (= perhaps 1 or 2 if you remember a keyword), and hits in the text body (= which for the same key terms, could be several dozen, so that it becomes a nightmare to identify the "right" item in such cases), and as you say, at least Boolean AND, OR, and "phrase search" are distinctly available in The Journal even today, so this is rather good indeed!
May 12 2014 at 11:42am Copy Link
Rich OBrien After looking at many other programs, I've been using The Journal as my personal information manager and to keep track of appointments and accomplishments all day every day since 2008. I couldn't live without The Journal.
I just wish The Journal could sort so the newest entries are at the top of a list. And other lists I'd like to be "unsorted" or sorted by name.
May 12 2014 at 3:25pm Copy Link
Greg Hey David - I am already an owner of TJ5 is there a 50% off on the upgrade today also?
May 12 2014 at 3:29pm Copy Link
Mike Shanahan People should be aware that there is extra cost to have true encryption with no backdoors. Yes, there is encryption with the regular version, but it comes with what security people consider a company-held "convenience backdoor." I hate this practice and find it unsavory. Bottom line with the regular version: David can email a code that will reset your password. For $15 bucks, you can get "extended security" that even David can't send an "open sesame" code for. I can't say how strongly I oppose this kind of encryption upgrade policy to remove the backdoor. David might object to the term, "backdoor," but if he can email a code that resets/unlocks the program - it's a backdoor, plain and simple.

If he doesn't want to deal with people who have lost their password that can't be recovered, then he should offer a version that he can reset - but not make that the *regular program*. The default, imo, should be real encryption and at the same cost. If anything, having the ability to have a volume opened (which some may want if they lose their password) requires assistance and that is the version that should be the more expensive. Password Recovery Version for $15.

A nice program, but this backdoor without extra $$$ policy makes it a no-go. I thought all should understand and be made aware of what this "extended security" (for more money) is really all about.

Mike Shanahan
May 12 2014 at 6:08pm Copy Link
David Michael Greg,

Thank you for the kind words. =)

No, the Bits Du Jour sale doesn't affect the regular upgrade discount.

DavidRM Software - May 12 2014 at 6:47pm Copy Link
peter schleifer Mike, +1!

Of course, the real question is if you rely on various encryptions built into different applications, or if you buy one encryption program, e.g. "Steganos Safe", and which will encrypt some folder/drive, and in which you then store various folders with multiple files from multiple sources, which is the approach I adopted.

Both approaches have their respective advantages: It's handy to be able to encrypt some parts of a bigger outliner structure, working in the outliner, but then, the problem with this approach is that anyway, you will need some encrypted container, too, for all those files that ain't handled by a specific encryption-able application, so the container is there, anyway, and then, why not use it for everything you want to be encrypted?

Once it's opened, everything work smoothly, once you put your ordinary files into your regular folder, your files-to-be-encrypted into the container... and then, .lnk files pointing to those... into your regular folder!

That way, your applications "think" you've got all your stuff together, and access all files in the regular way, without disturbing your "user experience", but in fact, sensitive files are hidden from your wife, or your boss, or perhaps even your Government.

This "replacing the actual files, in the regular folder (structure), by .lnk files pointing to some encrypted container", is a very good means of encrypting everything you want, from all programs, AND avoiding multiple encryption engines, multiple passwords, etc.

Of course, you need quick means to create (and correctly name) the .lnk file, but with a macro, you can even replace the original file, in the original (unencrypted) folder by the .lnk file, and move the original file into the encrypted container. All this works fine in everyday life once it's set up.

And then, the question remains what backdoors might be implemented in such containers, for the Government... ;-) (but neither for spouse nor for the boss)
May 13 2014 at 1:36pm Copy Link
Ela S. Just send me an e-mail when this promo is going online :-)
Nov 28 2016 at 5:04am Copy Link
Stefan Hauber Now that TJ v7 is out over 1,5 years, I am wondering when v8 will be published...

Can you say somthing about how long v7.x-versions are coming out (or if not so long, if v8 is free for today's buyers)?

Thank you...
Dec 1 2016 at 5:02am Copy Link
David Michael Stefan, There's no news on The Journal 8. The usual offer is a free upgrade if a new major version comes out within 6 months of purchase. -David
DavidRM Software - Dec 1 2016 at 7:37am Copy Link
smaragdus The program is expensive and yet it doesn't offer a portable version. This is not serious.
Dec 2 2016 at 1:52am Copy Link
Steven Aves The Journal is worth every penny at twice the sale price.
Support is quick and plentiful.

There is integration with other portable programs to import that content.
Dec 2 2016 at 6:48am Copy Link
Craig S. I see password is stored with SHA256, but I don't see in the Help file what bit level the database/entry encryption is done at. Can you tell us? Thanks!
Dec 2 2016 at 10:22am Copy Link
Denis Gauthier I like EfficientPim. It has a diary.
Dec 2 2016 at 3:14pm Copy Link
Nico Westerdale Great News! DavidRM Software has agreed to extend this deal for another day - Enjoy!
BitsDuJour Admin - Dec 3 2016 at 12:11am Copy Link
Ennovy @smaragdus The setup can "install" a portable version. Settings and databases are written to the application folder
Dec 3 2016 at 12:29am Copy Link
HJ B 1. I see that you have a built in help system. Is there a manual in pdf format?

2. The help system says that the limit of data supported in a volume is 30 TB on Windows. Is that the only practical limit on Windows 10, or are there other limits, such as numbers of pages, size of audiovisuals, etc. ?

3. Data entered by the user can be formatted, including fonts and font sizes. Can the size of the menu items on the left hand side of the pages be enlarged?\

4. I regularly use three computers, including a laptop. My wife and son each have a computer. The fineprint notice says "The Journal is licensed for family use, so everyone in a household can use the software." If I purchase a copy of the program, can it be installed on each of our computers? If so, can they all have access to the same (or multiple) volumes? Can they also each have their own private volume?
Dec 3 2016 at 2:54am Copy Link
David Michael HJB, 1. It's available as a separate download.

2. The maximum size of the database (30TB) is the primary limitation. The largest a single entry can be is about 300MB (text + images + embedded files).

3. The Journal has UI scaling options (on the View menu). Also, you can set the font + size used by the UI.

4. You can have The Journal installed on any computer you own or are the primary user of. Separate volumes is the easiest option, but it is possible to share a Journal Volume via a LAN or cloud folder.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask:

DavidRM Software - Dec 3 2016 at 7:12am Copy Link
Ela S. Best journal and diary program for my needs. The tree and tab functions are essential. Love esp the calendar view (also yearly layout with dates, reminders, tags etc). Clean interface, excellent adaptability, good online help and many features to be discovered.

Three things, I am actually missing:

1. How to drop pictures/images from the web browser into a journal page (when drag+drop, just get the URL printed, no image)?

2. How to get a screenshot into a journal page? Otherwise, would be great to have an menu item integrated in Windows Explorer "Send to The Journal" as the "Send-to-OneNote" tool

3. When drag+drop something from the browser into a journal page, would be great to get an automatic URL and date/time stamp below.

Thanks for your answers
Dec 3 2016 at 10:10am Copy Link
smaragdus @Ennovy
You are right, thank you for the tip!
I sought at The Journal web-site about portable installation but I didn't get any info and that was why I thought there was no such option.
I bought the program and after an initial testing my only complaint is about the ugly flat tool-bar icons- I couldn't find a way to change the icons set and it seems there is no forum where I can ask questions.
Dec 3 2016 at 11:36pm Copy Link
Harald Vogel I can highly recommend this great tool. Best of its kind. Will there also be an offer for upgraders? I still use V7 and would be interested in upgrading but for me in V8 there are not so many new features I would use to get the upgrade yet. Thanks and keep up your great work.
Sep 5 2018 at 7:50am Copy Link
Mustang Any plans for cross platform support?
Sep 6 2018 at 5:47am Copy Link
David Michael I hesitate to say "never", but cross platform support won't happen in the near future.
Currently, The Journal can be run under Wine on Linux and similar Windows emulators on Macs.
DavidRM Software - Sep 6 2018 at 6:03am Copy Link
Harald Vogel Hello Mr. Michael, sorry to bother again but the Deal is almost over and you didn't (or don't want to) answer me: Is there also an offer for upgraders today? Thanks.
Sep 6 2018 at 4:02pm Copy Link
David Michael Harald, There is always an upgrade discount available for registered users. There is no additional discount on upgrades, though. -David
DavidRM Software - Sep 6 2018 at 6:05pm Copy Link
Harald Vogel David, ok. Thanks.
Sep 7 2018 at 2:06am Copy Link

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