The Journal Newsletter – August 2007

The Journal Newsletter

August 2007


Welcome to August 2007!

As it’s “Back to School” time once again, I wanted to remind everyone that The Journal offers a discount for students and educators at all levels. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. All available discounts for The Journal are listed here: Discounts Available

I’m currently working on a new update of The Journal 4.1 to support a feature many of you have asked for: multiple entries on a single date. All you’ll have to do is hit F9 (Create New Entry), and you’ll have a new, blank, timestamped entry for any date, past-present-or-future. This should make The Journal even more flexible. I expect to announce this FREE update in the September newsletter.

Thank you for choosing DavidRM Software’s The Journal!

Tips & Tricks

TIP: Setting the Default Image Type for The Journal

The Journal lets you include images of all sorts in your entries: digital photos, animated graphics, and icons (like Calendar Charms). Most of the time, you don’t need to think about how The Journal stores your images. This tip is to help you understand when you might want to take more direct control of what The Journal is doing.

Some types of images, like JPEG’s and animated GIF’s, The Journal stores directly in your entry. That is, the image file is stored in The Journal just like (and the same size) it would be stored on your hard drive.

But not all graphic file formats are suited for storing like that, either because the image data is larger than it needs to be or because the format is awkward to use. And sometimes (for instance: pasting an image into The Journal) the image is inserted without any compression at all.

For these cases, The Journal allows you to choose between 2 options:

  • JPEG – a “lossy”, compressed format used by most digital cameras and paint software.
  • PNG – a lossless, compressed format supported by a growing number of hardware and applications.

Which is better? That depends. The default image type is JPEG, with 100% quality. This often compresses images smaller than PNG and is good for most cases. Still, there are cases where PNG will be preferred (like screenshots of software). My recommendation is to experiment and see which type of image you like best. For example: You might find that using JPEG images at only 75% quality gives you good images and faster load/save times.

When does The Journal convert images in your entries? Here are the details:

  • When you insert an image into an entry using
    • the “Insert Image” command (on the Insert menu); or
    • dragging and dropping the image into your entry; or
    • pasting an image from the Windows clipboard; and
  • The image is not in the JPEG (.jpg), PNG (.png), or GIF (.gif) format.

How to set the default image type:

1. Click on the User menu and choose “User Preferences…”

2. Bring up the “Editor” tab.

3. Bring up the “Image Options” sub-tab.

4. Under “Default Image Type”, you can make your choice.

Like I said before: Most of the time you can just let The Journal do what it does. And, of course, you can always just email me and ask if you have any questions. =)

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter: “I stood up and gave my name…”

Journaling Prompt – What do you know that you could (and/or *should*) teach to others? “Others” could mean your children, other people’s children, the parents of those other children, or anyone or any group. And, of course, what you teach and how you teach it is up to you. How would test your students to make sure they learned what you were teaching?

Memoir Prompt – Have you ever attended a school or class or military reunion? Write about the experience of seeing people you once knew well but haven’t talked to in years. Were they the same people now as then? Were you? Did you find yourself falling back into your old role from that time period?

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.

Submissions for the newsletter should be sent to:

If you are submitting for a particular section, please indicate which one. Try to limit your submissions to 500-1000 words. Submissions may be edited for length and content.

If you prefer to remain anonymous, please state this in the email. Otherwise your name (but not your email) will be used in the article heading.

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 19, 2015 — 9:56 pm