Journler: Blog

In the eyes of Journler: the Journler forums

March 27th, 2007

So I’ve started a shotcast, is what I’m calling it. If there’s already a name for this let me know.

I’m going to start taking pictures of Journler while it’s doing something. Usually that means writing an entry or viewing a pdf, something like that, but I just realized I could browse and post to the user forums using Jourlner’s web browser.

How cool is that!? I’m discovering things! The developer discovers new uses for the program he created? Apparently.

I thought that would be a neat topic for posts, a Using Journler snapshot, the less aparent the use the better. So “In the Eyes of Journler…” Maybe I’ll change it to Shotcast. Sounds more daring.

pilot entry
The Journler Forum

PS: I even did this blog post in Journler! Tip: disable the Wordpress visual editor. Works a charm.

Journler Goes to the Presses

March 24th, 2007

Quick heads up. I have made available a Journler 2.5 press release. Many thanks to everyone at prMac for making this possible.

From the press release:

March 24, 2007 (Graz, Austria) In the early hours of March 24 Philip Dow announced the newest version to the popular Macintosh program, Journler. Six months in development, Journler v2.5 features numerous enhancements and makes it even easier for Mac users to keep a journal and manage their information.

It was a riot writing the release. You can tell I had a good time when you read it. Who would have thought that writing a press release could be so much fun? You get to brag a little, talk up the features. Everything becomes important. You make it so.

At the same time, there is some cool stuff in Journler. If you’re doing a write up and have any questions, do let me know.

Journler: Featured Download at Apple

March 24th, 2007


I had to take a screenshot of it! Journler is
the feature download at Apple Downloads Mac OS X. How exciting is that!

The response to Journler’s Thursday release has been incredible. Visits to journler.com doubled between Thursday and Friday, and that’s after they doubled midway through the month after a post at O’Reilly on Lex.

I would especially like to thank everyone who’s made a contribution since Thursday’s release. I’m having a tough time keeping up! I’d also like to thank everyone who is submitting bug reports. Your reports ensure that Journler keeps getting better, and although I’m taking a short break, I’ll be addressing them in no time.

Six months of work and the results are speaking for it! Can you tell I’m excited? I’m excited. I’m excited!

Journler 2.5 is Released! Immediately Available for Download

March 22nd, 2007

At 1.30am in Vienna, 8.30pm in New York City and 5.30pm in San Francisco, after six months of work, countless hours of lost sleep, bugs, crashes, fixes, additions, reports, requests, features and a lot of tea, the long awaited version 2.5 update to the Journler series was released. Folks, it’s here. Journler 2.5 is now available for download.

Journler 2.5 is the most recent update to the premier journaling program for the Macintosh. Flexible, powerful and elegant, Journler is a daily notebook and entry based information manager.

Scholars, teachers, students, professors, scientists, thinkers, the business minded and writers of every persuasion use it on a daily basis to connect the written word with the media most important to them. Powerful enough for the most demanding Macintosh user, yet simple enough for your mom.

Version 2.5 is packed full of features while remaining familiar to any Macintosh user. Among the new additions and changes…

  • Incredible new interface.
  • Faster and leaner thanks to better disk and memory management.
  • Infinite depth term-document relationships with the Lexicon.
  • Completely re-written AppleScript dictionary.
  • Spelling auto-correction, word count, URL recognition, curly quotes and wiki linking.
  • Smart folder auto-tagging.
  • The Drop Box and JPanel for getting stuff in.
  • Improved resource management and resource viewers, including the customizable media bars.
  • Mail integration so you can add, search and view Mail messages right in Journler.
  • Snapshot for adding pictures to your entries, just like video and audio.

Journler 2.5 is a recommended upgrade for those using previous versions of the program. The initial release is English only. Translations will begin appearing within the month.

Journler 2.5 implements a new license policy. Please ensure you are familiar with it.

Journler requires MacOS 10.4.9 or higher and is a universal binary.

Understanding the Journler License (v2.5) + Podcast

March 20th, 2007

Journler 2.5 will be available on Thursday, March 22. Just two days! Along with a host of fixes and new features comes a new license. For those of you who have been using Journler for some time, the license has changed, and I would like you to know what that means and why. For those of you who are just coming to the program, it is important to understand your rights and the terms of use.

In an effort to add a human element to this discussion, something I’ve thought about for at least half a year now, I’m also taking this opportunity to inaugurate The Journler Podcast. The new license is an excellent first topic for the podcast, which I’ll be dedicating to the work and issues that exist around Journler. Life as an indie developer is fascinating, and I’m hoping the podcast will permit me to better depict what that’s like. Finances and licensing are a part of it.

The Journler Podcast Episode 1: 10mins, 11Mb
Download Understanding the Journler License

In a word, there are now two licenses: the Personal Use License and the Non-Personal Use license, or professional license. With previous versions of Journler there had not been an explicit license policy. Now there is.

The Personal Use License remains donationware. Donationware is neither freeware nor shareware, although it is closer to the latter. Individuals using Journler in a personal capacity may use the program without restriction with regard to features or timespan. You will not be charged for your personal use of Journler, meaning the program is freely available. “Freely available” should be understood in terms of access. Personal, individual access to the program is not restricted in any way.

At the same time I am strongly requesting a contribution. Journler is my job. It is what I do. Without your support I cannot continue working on the program. If you cannot make a donation, do not worry. I don’t want anyone in a difficult financial situation to have to purchase Journler. I’m thrilled that you’re using the program and I want you to continue using it for as long as you like. At some point, when you’re in a better situation, remember me. At the same time, if you use Journler in a personal capacity and are financially capable of making a contribution, please do so.

The second license is the Non-Personal Use license, or what you might think of as the professional license. The Non-Personal Use license covers but is not limited to organizational, business, small business, government, professional, and academic use. If you use Journler beyond a personal capacity, alone or in tandem with colleagues, a license is explicity required. A single Non-Personal Use license costs $24.95, a deal when compared to similar programs on the market. Discounts are available for volume purchases. Get in touch with me and we’ll figure something out.

The basic idea behind changes to the license is fairness. There’s none of that thirty days nonsense, annoying reminders, superimposed warnings or greyed out menus. You are not a child. Simultaneously, if you are capable of purchasing the program or donating, do so. With these changes I’m working hard to stay true to my original intentions as the creator of Journler while also ensuring that I can continue working on the program under the conditions I am now.

Journler 2.5 Release Date Announced

March 14th, 2007

It’s official! Journler 2.5 will be released on Thursday, March 22. Read more.

Journler 2.5 is the long awaited, feature packed upgrade to the Journler series. Journler 2.5 features a new, simpler interface, modeless editing, the Lexicon, improved iLife and Mail integration, writer-in-mind features such as auto-correct spell checking and smart quotes, and a slew of other improvements and fixes. It is faster, stabler and more memory conscious. It’s six months in the making and so full of improvements I decided to skip four numbers and call it 2.5!

With the new version a new license policy has also been implemented. I’ll post the details tomorrow.

Journler, MacOS X and the Easy Life at O’Reilly

March 12th, 2007

Giles Turnbull writes in an O’Reilly.net opinion piece how moving his mom to a Mac has simplifed her computing experience and done away with those pesky PC problems. When his mum needed a program for her writings, what did Giles suggest?

She happily uses Mail and Safari, and keeps almost everything else she needs to write (letters, creative writing, and notes) inside Journler. (I recommended she use this, as it removes the need to save everything she writes as individual document files - Journler does all the saving work on her behalf, freeing up her mind for the creative stuff.)

Journler: powerful enough for the most demanding user, simple enough for your mom. =)

Journler at The Apple Blog

March 7th, 2007

The Apple Blog takes a look at a number of note taking applications in the note taking application faceoff. Journler is well received, with the author of the post pointing out that Journler is suited for both journaling and taking notes…

Journler is one of the more full-featured applications in it’s genre. It’s got everything from iWeb integration to video/audio note recording.

The aspect it takes on note taking/writing is in the form of a journal (hence the name). So while its main function certainly is geared more towards daily input, it still works very well for information gathering and jotting notes.

The writer does voice concern for “some loose ends that just aren’t tied up.” Watch out! ‘Cause 2.5 is right around the corner.

Journler on getTRIO.com

March 7th, 2007

getTrio.com, a sleek new site on all stuff pop culture from the same people who brought you Bravotv takes a look at Journler

Throw anything into it: your thoughts, PDFs, emails, images, random scraps of information, and Journler will keep it all organized. You can make quick audio recordings or take videos and save them. It also has great integration with iLife … There are other info managers available, but we think Journler has the best combo of features, functionality, and stability.

The writers lament the lack of .Mac syncing, a make or break feature for many users. But fear not! I’ve been brainstorming this for some time and plan to take a crack at it once MacOS 10.5 Leopard is released.

The Journler Screencast (TJS) Goes Beta

March 7th, 2007

In order to facilitate the use of Journler as a powerful if not obviously so writing and information management application, I’ve begun creating screencasts. To quote WikiPedia, “A screencast is a digital recording of computer screen output, often containing audio narration.”

A little technical, eh? All that means is you get to watch a movie of me using Journler as I explain what I do. Now, you aren’t going to actually see me. All you see is what is on my screen. But you will hear me, and I promise I’m not a bore.

The first three screencasts are already up, atlhough they’re geared towards 2.5 beta testing. The plan is to go in-depth on a Journler feature in what should become a weekly installment.

TJS Episode 1 : Customizing the Mediabar
This episode covers the media bar and how to customize it with the help of AppleScript to best suite your needs. The customizable media bar is a potentially very powerful, already very flexible addition to the Journler interface. Read more.

TJS Episode 2 : Understanding Resource Ownership
With the Feb 28 Journler 2.5 beta it is now possible for the same resource to appear in more than one entry. On the surface of things, this seems a simple enough feat, but behind the scenes a lot is going on to ensure this works. This screencast takes a closer look at resource ownership. Read more.

TJS Episode 3 : Autosharing Resources
When you add new resources to your entries, Journler looks at your already existing resources and re-uses them where the ecompassed data is the same. This allows you to see connections between entries according to the resources they share, connections that may not have otherwise been apparent. Read more.

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