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Journler is a notebook and entry based information manager. It is simple, it is elegant, it is powerful. Journler is designed to unite text and media in creative endeavor. It offers a place to store your thoughts and ideas while connecting them with media of any kind.

Journler's inline media viewer supports audio-video, images, PDFs, WebArchives, websites, email and Address Book contacts. When you're ready to organize, Journler does entries by date and folder as well tiered folders and smart families with auto-tagging. Journler includes lightning search and on the fly filtering of your entries. There is Spotlight and more...

What's New

Version 2.6b4:
  • This update includes a Quickfix beta 3 I posted last week after Apple rolled out an iTunes update which Journler's media browser was not compatible with as well as beta 4 changes which fix a serious problem with searching under certain circumstances.


Mac OS X 10.6 or later

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apzl Member IconReview+1

please please please help
I need HELP :(

I just downloaded this the 2.6 beta 4 version believing this could be the completely free journal app without any limitations. I had downloaded Vijournal... was so happy with it... until it suddenly told me I could no longer write any more entries unless I purchase the 20 something dollar license version. 30 entries was the limit... so it told me... I don't want this to happen again. I was hoping this could be my app.

In preferences > licensing it says 'registration will remain non-compulsory until version 2.6 is released' does this mean once Journler version 2.6 is released I would be unable to continue using 2.6 beta 4??

also if anyone could recommend me free unlimited journal or diary apps... just simple to use. Anything worth trying out. It would be much appreciated! Anything would be much appreciated! Thank you so much!

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Version 2.6b4

HI. Journler has been opensourced so I guess there is no need to buy a license and you can enjoy this amazing software gem for free.

Prince_Isaac Member IconComment+299

Journler is now open source at GitHub. As a result, developer Philip Dow is no longer actively supporting Journler. The latest version, 2.6.4b, is stable on my Mini under OSX 10.7.3. OTOH Dow has been working on a smaller daily diary app called Per Se that works pretty well. It just has fewer features than Journler. Go to his site for explanations and FAQs and downloads.

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Version 2.6b4

I might add that if you do download this and you like it, you might consider paying for it as "donationware" as a thank you to the developer.

Huck54 Member IconReview+0

I did my last update to V 10.5.8 and Journler was unsupported.

Which one should i use as the 2.6 update won't load

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Version 2.6b4
Skyhorse Member IconReview+60

To update some of the comments below, I thought I should make some new ones. I'm using OSX 10.6.8 now after using 10.6.7 and all versions back to early 2006 when I converted to Journler. I have encountered no difficulties, and there are multiple export opportunities in Journler (many outputs in many formats). They do work well to my own experience. I converted to Journler after starting a journal in Daily Journal for Windows on May 5, 1994, and have made entries just about daily ever since. I converted to MacJournal (importing my Daily Journal entries in RTF) in about 2001 while it was still free, but exported everything out to Journler in RTF after MacJournal sold out because I could see it heading for the expensive bloatware it's become. As of today, I have 7,371 entries in 18 annual folders in Journler, including a number of links and some pictures, and it continues to work like a charm. In fact, it works so well, is so easy to search, and is so important to me that I am delaying installing Lion on my MacBook Pro (or even buying a new Mac) until I know that Journler works well on Lion. I don't like to mess with success, and Journler has definitely been that for me. This is the last and longest lived of my critical softwares to update--and to me it is absolutely worth the wait. I too have tried all the journaling apps, and this is the best when you get into the kind of volume I deal with. Anything can do 200 entries. A lot fewer are reliable with 5,000 or more.

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Version 2.6b3

I haven't run into any problems using it on Lion.

Zo219 Member IconComment+506

Development stopped. More's the pity. But read the comments.

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Version 2.5.5
The-Big-K Member IconReview+39

Unfortunately, Journler now crashes immediately on launch ever since I installed the 10.6.7 Mac upgrade.

I assume this is a problem others are having as well, but I can’t find any answers on the web no matter what I do.

The Journler forum is so overrun with spam, I can't tell if anyone ever answered my complaint. An email to the developer Phil Dow is still unanswered.

This is one of the best journaling apps ever made (and I've tried them all), but it now is supposed to be open-source, but really appears to becoming abandonware.

The thought of losing my 569 irreplaceable entries in frightening. The data files are in a quirky .jrtfd format, and apparently can't be exported to any other journaling app.

I’ve already been through this when having to previously abandon MacJournal and maybe even one other diary app before that!

For this reason, I have to rate its stability as .05.

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Version 2.5.5

No problems on my machine. Regarding export: control-click the jrtd-file and click "Show package content" - and voila here is a rtf-file that can be opened by any word processor


I just installed that Mac upgrade and encountered this problem - did you figure out how to get around it? If you haven't gleaned from the other comments yet, the data can be retrieved by right-clicking the .jrtfd file and telling it to "show package contents," so it's not lost - just really inconvenient to get at.

Macmaria Member IconComment+113

On Feb. 9th Philip Dow, the developer of Journler, made the following statement on his blog:

"I’ve finally decide to open source Journler 100%. Some of Journler has already been open sourced but the aim over the next few months is to release all of the code into the public domain. If you’re interested in helping with this effort, see the Sprouted Developers page."

In: http://www.journler.com/blog/2011/02/09/restarting-sprouted-open-sourcing-journler-and-per-se-new-journaling-software-for-your-mac/

There's, finally, some hope that Journler will continue to be developed, although I wouldn't put all my hopes up since the last few cases of open sourcing nice apps (like QuickSilver or VisualHub) weren't that successful.

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Version 2.5.5
Negritude Member IconComment+1082

As previously noted, Journler was and is a free application. It's development stopped BEFORE it's license changed to shareware. The MU admins should change this listing back to it's proper free license category, so that people coming across it do not get the wrong impression.

Once again, Journler 2.5.5 is a FREE application. It is NOT shareware.

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Version 2.5.5
Mudflapper Member IconComment+260

I'm so, so bummed the developer was forced to cease all work on this excellent app. (http://www.journler.com/blog/2009/09/23/journler-development-ends-sprouted-shutting-down/)

I wish there was something we could do to change his mind. Perhaps if he charged a nominal fee for personal use? I'm sure he's already added up all the numbers and there's nothing we could do to keep him going.

I just hope he realizes how much we loved and appreciated his work.

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Version 2.5.5
Archaeogeek Member IconComment+51

It was a nice app, beautifully done, but make sure to note that the prices were for the 2.6 prebuy; 2.6 will never come, and I'll use it until it hits a snag with OS updates, with my 10$ personal use donation, but I'm sorry I don't see why people would have to pay the price of something that will not be. It's a bit like buying some land on the moon for now.

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Version 2.5.5
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Date 04 Aug 2011
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