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Here is a wonderful, lesser known journaling app:

It would be great to see it up for sale here.
        Jun 14 2009 at 6:48pm
Vanessa N Upon seeing your post (I'm a writer of sorts, and hence interested in any kind of writing/journaling/mindmap/creativity/productivity program), I thought I would try this out, and second your motion. It's very simply laid out but quick in its interface (sometimes programs get too complicated), and this zips along, and offers you to-do functions to go along with this, along with a simple calendar function (since most "journals/diaries" are naturally date-based). It's elegantly simple for its purposes, and I like the fact that you can have it on a flash drive as well. The only caveat is that for its task/calendar, it doesn't sync with any web-based versions you may have, and the calendar may be a little too simplistic to use as a date/event program. But it looks very nice~

I've been looking for an all-in-one calendar/GTD-tasks/note-taking kind of program - I use Google Calendar and am glad that "Tasks" has come to GC as well as Gmail, but Tasks isn't quite fully formed in either Gmail or Calendar, and Calendar isn't quite as nicely themed/designed as Gmail (yet). I admit I'm a superficial sucker for a lovely, slick interface that's fast.

I had looked at the currently offered Rainlendar, but couldn't get the skins to change even when I had added skins and wanted to change colors. I also like monthly/weekly/context views (I've tried Milk and Toodledo, for example - the latter has context/monthly views, but is lacking in not having an offline function)

Exstora Pro ( is another nice, small little program that takes up very little space, can be used on a flash drive, purportedly can import/export from Google/ICal (in the Pro version for sale), and serves as a calendar/planner/to-do/diary function, and is simple and lovely to boot (has nice background and text color options). You can print and export reports of your daily/weekly/monthly notes/documents/etc. It seems more functional than Rainlendar to me.

So I'd like to recommend seeing Exstora and Journal 4 Ever both on Bits. I can't decide between either - Exstora is limited in terms of font types used for printing (probably not meant for full journaling but brief journaling of one's day on your computer), and Journal isn't really a full-fledged calendeering/planning tool.

It's too bad Google got rid of Notebook, but if they had kept it, they could have combined Gmail/Calendar/Tasks/Notebook into the perfect GTD/work and personal log program. For writers, especially, being able to write, keep notes, keep a diary, and plan future work schedules/to-dos would be ideal.
        Jun 18 2009 at 9:07am
Looks like Journal 4 Ever is freeware/donationware, but I'll see what I can do about Exstora.


        Dec 21 2009 at 6:23am
Vanessa N Thanks, Roger, although don't bother so much with Exstora....not a huge priority as it's really a very simple program, probably too simple for most users, even if small and slick.

When I had last looked at Journal, it was not free/donation-based. There was a price and a limit on entries. Looks like things have changed since I've last looked at it. Good to know that it's donation-based now.

Really the two things I want Bits won't ever be able to offer - Fantamorph and Personal Brain. Actually there was a neat graphic art program called Xenodream (siggested by Sarah that looked really great (although I haven't had a chance to play around with it much).....
        Dec 21 2009 at 6:33am
The folks at FantaMorph haven't yet responded to my queries, but I'll give 'em another try. Ditto for Personal Brain :-)

        Dec 22 2009 at 12:21am
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