The Journal Newsletter – September 2014

The Journal Newsletter

September 2014


There is a new update of The Journal 6 available. See “The Journal News” below for all the details, but one new feature stands out: When importing your entries from Diaro, The Journal 6 can now import your photos, as well. That new feature is the subject of this month’s Tip, so check that out.

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Finally, as always, we also have a new set of Writing Prompts and a positive attitude about the future. =)

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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: Importing your Entries from Diaro

The Journal 6 has always supported importing the text of your entries from Diaro. Now, though, The Journal 6 has added support importing both the text *and* photos of your Diaro entries.

Here’s how:

1. In Diaro, you will need to do a “Backup” (not an export). If you have Dropbox installed, you can use that to get a copy to your Windows PC quickly. The Diaro backup process will create a .zip file.

2. Once you have the .zip file on your computer, extract the contents of the file into a temporary folder. This will include an Xml (often called “DiaryBackup.xml”) file and a “Media” folder.

3. Run The Journal 6 and log in. Click on the File menu, Import menu, and choose “Import Entries…”

4. Browse into the temporary folder and select the Xml file to start the import.

The import process will prompt you for the name of the category you want to import into. You can choose an existing category or let it create a new category for. If you have multiple categories in Diaro, The Journal can create a separate category for each.

The import process is a merge. You don’t have to worry about importing the same entry twice. If an entry has been updated, the import will prompt you for how to handle it.

Your photos will be inserted into the entries on the appropriate date. If you have the thumbnail option set, the photos will be thumbnails (just double-click to see the full photo).

5. Once you’ve finished the import, you can delete the temporary folder (but you should probably hang on to the Diaro backup zip file, at least until you make a new one).

And that’s it!

Of course, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to

Writing Prompts

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

Free Writing Prompt – Write for 20 minutes using the following as your starter/inspiration: “Contracting (the) Blues”

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Updated: June 29, 2015 — 9:39 pm