The Journal Newsletter – March 2013

The Journal Newsletter

March 2013


Spring is here! I’m always a big fan of spring. I no longer have to sneeze from dry winter air or a lingering cold. Now I can sneeze for entirely different, very colorful reasons. Gesundheit! =)

A new update of The Journal 6 is in the works and will be released next month (April). One of the new features will be automatic rotation of JPEG images when you insert them.

This month’s Tip explains how The Journal organizes entries in calendar categories, and we have a couple new writing prompts.

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The Journal News

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

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Tips & Tricks

TIP: How Calendar Entries are Organized

All entries in a calendar category, like the default “Daily Journal” category, are organized by century, decade, year, month, and day. Like this:

+ Century
—+ Decade
——+ Year
————+ Day

Each of these can be considered a “folder”. For example, the year folder contains all the entries for that year. These folder are reflected in the display of the “entry tree”. You can turn on or off the display of these different folders to change how your entries are displayed in the entry tree.

By default, “Daily Journal” only displays the Year and Month folders. Once you have more than ten years worth of entries, though, you might want to reduce the clutter in the tree a bit. You can do this in “Category Properties”, on the “Calendar” tab, but checking the “Decades” option under “Display Calendar Folders For”. At some point, you (or your heirs), might want to turn on the “Centuries” option, as well.

If you have multiple entries on a day, you can turn on the “Days” folder. That creates a day-specific folder in the tree that holds all of the entries for that day.

If you don’t have a particular folder displayed, those entries are displayed under the next folder up the hierarchy. For example, if you turn off the display of Year folders in “Daily Journal”, your entries will be displayed like this:

+ 2013 January
+ 2013 February
+ 2013 March
—+ 04 (3:05 PM) – Entry Title
—+ 24 (12:20 PM)
—+ 26 (3:10 PM)

And so on.

If you turned off display of all folders, the entries would display like this:

+ 2013 03 04 (3:05 PM) – Entry Title
+ 2013 03 24 (12:20 PM)
+ 2013 02 26 (3:10 PM)

That is, every entry displays at the root level of the tree. No hierarchy displayed at all.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Uno Dos Tres Quatro”

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Repondez s’il vous plaet” (or “RSVP”)

Submission Information

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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: July 3, 2015 — 8:40 pm