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Original author(s) Phillip Dow
Initial release 24 May 2005; 12 years ago (2005-05-24)[1][2]
Stable release
2.6b4[3] / 3 August 2011; 6 years ago (2011-08-03)[3]
Operating system OS X
Platform Macintosh
Type wiki-like personal information manager
License Open Source

Journler is an open-source hybrid diary and personal information manager for Macintosh.[4] It features a three-pane interface and supports tagging and categorizing of entries. The entries can be rich text, but also can contain images, PDFs, and other media that OS X supports. It is oriented toward chronological organization of entries, as in a diary or journal, and has a built-in calendar. Later versions aimed to be a flexible tool for personal project management and for fans of the Getting Things Done system.[5]

Like many recent OS X applications, Journler supports smart folders that can automatically update themselves based on some user-delimited criteria. Journler allows nesting of folders, including smart folders, under one another, which is more unusual. Its support for easy creation of hyperlinks between entries, with automatic backlinks, allows it to be used as a personal wiki.[6]

Journler was originally created by Philip Dow to meet his own needs.[4] In September 2009, Dow announced he would cease development on Journler.[7] In February 2011, it was announced that Journler would be open sourced.[8] The source code is currently hosted on GitHub.[9]

In August 2015, Journler's creator wrote an article citing Howard Rheingold's 1985 book Tools for Thought and John Markoff's 2005 book What the Dormouse Said, and explaining how he has come to understand Journler as a "tool for thought" in a tradition of computer-assisted intelligence augmentation dating back to computer science pioneers Vannevar Bush, J. C. R. Licklider, and Douglas Engelbart.[10]

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  1. ^ "Journler 0.9.8 - MacUpdate". MacUpdate. 24 May 2005. Archived from the original on 27 May 2005. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Journler 1.1". Archived from the original on 24 October 2005. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Journler Archive". Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Turnbull, Giles (21 November 2005). "Discovery of the week: Journler". O'Reilly Network. Archived from the original on 25 November 2005. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  5. ^ Dow, Philip (March 2007). "Welcome to Journler". Retrieved 17 September 2015. For the GTD fans or project and information managers, Journler is a flexible and powerful tool. 
  6. ^ "Yojimbo vs. Evernote vs. Together vs. Journler vs. EagleFiler". Archived from the original on 26 January 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  7. ^ Dow, Philip (23 September 2009). "Journler development ends, Sprouted shutting down". Archived from the original on 28 September 2009. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  8. ^ Dow, Philip (9 February 2011). "Restarting Sprouted, Open Sourcing Journler, and Per Se: New Journaling Software for your Mac". Archived from the original on 27 February 2011. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  9. ^ "GitHub: phildow/Journler". GitHub. Retrieved 17 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Dow, Philip (31 August 2015). "Tools for thought: Journler then and now". Retrieved 8 October 2015.