The Journal Newsletter – March 2014

The Journal Newsletter

March 2014


Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

A new update of The Journal 6 was released last month. You can see the details of what’s new and fixed in “The Journal News” section, below.

FYI: This update looks a bit different. There are (finally) new toolbar/menu and entry tree icons for TJ6. (You can use User Preferences, Global tab, under Skinning sub-tab to revert back to the TJ5 menu/toolbar icons.) Also, I had to squeeze and rearrange User Preferences and Category Properties forms some to support the larger UI settings.

We have our usual new writing prompts and a new tip: Typing Wiki-Like Links in The Journal

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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: Typing Wiki-Like Links in The Journal

The Journal supports a wiki-like format for typing links and their tags into your entries. This works for links on the Web as well as links to entries in The Journal. Why would you do this? Sometimes, typing is just faster. =)

You type links that have a descriptive tag with this format:

“link” can be either an entry link or an internet link. “tag” can be any single line of text (no ENTER).

After you type the closing ]] (and hit ENTER or the spacebar), the typed out link will be converted to a tagged link.

[[|DavidRM Software]]

This will create a link to my Web page with the tag text “DavidRM Software”.

[[entry:Daily Journal\\2014\03\17|St Patrick’s Day]]

This will create a link to the 17 March, 2014, entry of Daily Journal, with the tag text “St Patrick’s Day”.

TIP: Copy Entry Link to Clipboard

On the Entry menu, and on the right-click context menu of the entry tree, you can use the “Copy Entry Link to Clipboard” command to quickly get a properly formatted entry link. You can paste that entry link into the “Insert Link” form, or use it when typing wiki-like links as described above.

Writing Prompts

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Reinforced Courage”

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Red Casino Dice”

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 (
The Journal Newsletter Copyright © 2015 by David Michael.
Updated: June 25, 2015 — 10:43 pm