The Journal Newsletter – November 2012

The Journal Newsletter

November 2012


I hope everyone is enjoying their November! We’re looking forward to Thanksgiving Day here. Bought the turkey yesterday. =)

The Journal is having its 2nd Annual Black Friday Sale! Purchase The Journal for 30% off! See “The Journal News” below for all the details.

A new update of The Journal 6 has been released (Build #635). See “The Journal News” for more information.

This month’s tip tells you how to recover a deleted entry from a backup file, and we have a couple new writing prompts.

Thank you for choosing The Journal!

The Journal News

The Journal 7 is the current release.

To see if you have the latest version of The Journal:

  1. Click on the “Help” menu in The Journal.
  2. Choose “Check for Update of The Journal”.

If you are using The Journal 6 (or an earlier version):

Tips & Tricks

TIP: Recovering a Deleted Entry from a Backup

Currently, there is no built-in “undo” for deleting an entry from your journal. As of The Journal 6, though, recovering an accidentally deleted entry has become very simple. You just need a backup file created by The Journal (.tjbackup) *before* the entry was deleted.

The default folder for your TJ6 backup files is:
My Documents\The Journal Volumes\6\.Backups

The steps to recover a deleted entry from a backup file are:

1. Click on the File menu, Import sub-menu, and choose the appropriate “Sync from Backup File …” command.

2. Browse to select the most recent backup file (from *before* you deleted the entry).

3. Under “What would you like to synchronize…”, choose: “Categories & Entries”. You can un-check the other options. Then click “Next”.

4. On the “Map Import/Sync Categories…” page, you should see all of your categories on both sides, and all of them mapped automatically. Click “Next”.

5. The sync process will analyze all your entries and find the deleted entry (and possibly other entries that have been added or changed since the backup file was made).

6. If there possible conflicts, you’ll need to resolve those. What this means is that for each entry conflict, you have to choose one of the following:

  • Import the entry from the backup file, overwriting the current entry; or
  • Keep the current entry (discarding the entry in the backup file).

Once you’ve done that, you can click “Next”.

7. Run the synchronization. That will copy in the deleted entry.

Of course, you can also use the “Sync from Backup File” and other “Sync from …” to keep 2 installs of The Journal in sync. We’ll discuss that in detail in a future tip.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “One by one”

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “Let’s see some ID”

Submission Information

If you would like to contribute to the “How I Use The Journal”, “Writing Exercises”, or “Tips & Tricks” sections, or would like to submit an article about journaling, writing, or another The Journal-related topic, we would love to hear from you.

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As always, if you have any suggestions for, or bug reports about, The Journal, please feel free to email them. Both are always welcome.


Editor: David Michael (
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Updated: June 24, 2015 — 10:13 pm