DVD-Front-Cover-Journal6There are any number of journaling programs and software available, and I’ve probably tried only a few compared to what’s out there.

One program that continues to meet my needs best is DavidRM Software’s, The Journal. This was one of the more comprehensive and well planned journaling programs I researched, tried — and purchased. Unfortunately, it’s only for Windows, and that can be a major drawback for some. Since I spend so much time in front of my Windows computer, though, it served my purposes well.

First of all, the program offers an excellent word processor. It goes well beyond the basics, encompassing elements of most full-featured word processors. I include lots of photos and videos in my journal, and The Journal is able to format these easily.

There are two different types of entries you can make in The Journal; one is calendar based, where you can make entries by the day, or even by the hour. The calendar system is what I use for journaling, as my personal journal is by date rather than subject. But you can also create loose-leaf, or notebook, categories. I use The Journal for blogging, because I can post to my blog directly from The Journal. So I’ve created a Notebook category for blogging that is driven by subject rather than dates. Within these loose-leaf entries you can also create sub-categories.

Another great benefit for me is the ability to link entries. You can create entry links within The Journal, and even outside The Journal; so you can link to something on your computer or on the internet, as well as link internally to other entries in The Journal.

The Journal can also serve as a day planner, keeping track of appointments and to do lists.screenshot_davidrmsoftwaresthejournal_large

Although most people probably wouldn’t need it, you can also create different journal volumes, perhaps one for personal and one for business. You can also set up multiple user accounts, so that someone else in your household could also keep a journal, separate from yours. Of course, it can be secured through passwords, so that others cannot access your particular journal, and an even more powerful security system is available for an extra fee.

Although I’ve never had any issues with The Journal, I keep up with a user forum, moderated by the software’s creator, David Michael. I am truly impressed that when someone has a problem, he is always right there answering questions and providing work arounds. He also updates the software very regularly, which shows a keen interest in his product that I really appreciate.

My only negative comment about The Journal is that it is not available on other platforms. Since I use Windows, an iPhone and an Android tablet, I’d love to have just one product that could be used on all three platforms, or one that could possibly be formatted for mobile and used on the web. I know this is something that David may consider for the future, but his concentration has been making The Journal an even better product on the platform for which it was written. That doesn’t keep me from using The Journal, though. It’s a powerful tool, and one that I use daily.

tj-install-usb-004And for those who use multiple computers, The Journal can also be installed on a USB drive, or a cloud drive (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.), so that your private entries can still be accessed from any Windows computer.

You can take a look at The Journal by going to this link.Send me a comment; tell me what you think about it.

Written by Les Fenter- EJ Staff Writer

Les Fenter is a journalist in more ways than one. He began keeping a journal as a 15-year-old, and so that makes, oh – 40 something years now. But early in his career he was a Journalist, writing and reporting news for newspapers, and radio and television stations throughout the southwestern United States. After a few years of starving, he changed careers and began working in Christian ministry. No, the starving did not end, but at least it was a nobler career. During that time he supplemented his income in retail and marketing. Currently, he serves as a hospice chaplain, continuing in Christian ministry.

Les has a passion for journaling, but because he is now helping to raise two grandsons, he doesn’t have as much time to blog as he would like. But you can check out some of his writings at www.journal365.wordpress.com.