Friday, February 05, 2010

DAILY JOURNAL 3.0: THE BASIN NEEDS A LITTLE HELP!

About 1000 years ago, I bought a wonderful little journaling program from Parsons technology called "Daily Journal 2.0." I think it was designed for windows 3.1. DJ was basically a personal and professional diary system in an easy to organize and totally searchable format. Like so many other Parsons products, it was slick, not a memory hog and quite inexpensive. I used it for years. In 1998 or 99 Parsons, which was now Broderbund, put out an updated version labeled, logically enough, Daily Journal 3.0. It did everything that 2.0 did and had some prettier graphics. I still use it and it still works great.

Here is the rub: it does not work with Windows 7. It does not work in the 64-bit environment. You cannot "force- install it". You cannot "virtual session" it.  And you cannot run it with DOS commands. Since all of my machines will soon be in Windows 7, 64-bit, I need a successor or comparable program, preferably one that will accommodate the 15 years or so of entries that I have in the Daily Journal proprietary document format.

Parsons is no help. Parsons it became Broderbund, became Mattell, became Broderbund again and then became Broderbund Lite (under new ownership). I'm not even sure they actually develop software anymore (cool stuff never stays the same.) I have trolled CNet and ZDNet, Kim Komando and a couple of European sites. I tried one Journal program that was, at best, crude. So my current situation is that I am on the cusp of having no useful journaling program and nothing that can print and read my previous 15 years of journaling data.

My help request is essentially in two parts: first, can you point me to a good, topically indexed journaling program? And; can you point me to a journaling program (whether really good or not) that will allow me to print, access and/or search my existing Daily Journal 3.0 proprietary journal data? If you would rather provide the assistance privately by e-mail is rule5draft@gmail.com.


This process is like putting one's old, trusty dog down. It is not easy. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

16 Comments:

At 12:26 AM, March 04, 2010, Blogger mrpatchman said...

I've used Daily Journal 1.0, 2.0 and now have 3.0. I've used them under Win98,WinME, WinXP. I now have Windows 7 32 bit on a HP laptop. Daily Journal 3.0 seems to work ok under 32 bit Windows 7 however don't "Rebuild Index..." I did a backup of the Journal using a different backup name, then hit "Rebuild Index..." to compact the files. I later discovered I had lost the backed up journal file. I try Windows Recovery with no luck. I have not tried to install it on my 64 bit Windows 7 desktop.

 
At 12:26 AM, March 04, 2010, Blogger mrpatchman said...

I've used Daily Journal 1.0, 2.0 and now have 3.0. I've used them under Win98,WinME, WinXP. I now have Windows 7 32 bit on a HP laptop. Daily Journal 3.0 seems to work ok under 32 bit Windows 7 however don't "Rebuild Index..." I did a backup of the Journal using a different backup name, then hit "Rebuild Index..." to compact the files. I later discovered I had lost the backed up journal file. I try Windows Recovery with no luck. I have not tried to install it on my 64 bit Windows 7 desktop.

 
At 12:26 AM, March 04, 2010, Blogger mrpatchman said...

I've used Daily Journal 1.0, 2.0 and now have 3.0. I've used them under Win98,WinME, WinXP. I now have Windows 7 32 bit on a HP laptop. Daily Journal 3.0 seems to work ok under 32 bit Windows 7 however don't "Rebuild Index..." I did a backup of the Journal using a different backup name, then hit "Rebuild Index..." to compact the files. I later discovered I had lost the backed up journal file. I try Windows Recovery with no luck. I have not tried to install it on my 64 bit Windows 7 desktop.

 
At 12:46 PM, March 26, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know how to recover a
password for Daily Journal 2.0?

 
At 8:49 AM, January 14, 2012, Anonymous Ray said...

Hi there. I have 13+ years of journal entries on Daily Journal 3.0, and I just bought a Windows 7 64-bit computer. I haven't seen any possible solutions on your blog, but if you happen to find something, I'd be extremely grateful if you could pass along the info. Thank you in advance.
-Ray
kino1234@gmail.com

 
At 12:19 PM, February 09, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, I found you because I've hit the Windows 7 brick wall for Daily Journal 3 for WIN 95/98. Sad Day.
However, you mentioned you didn't have a way to print your journal entries. You can save them as an *.rtf file and then open them in WORD. I hope you've printed your Journal as you've come along. I lost a great deal of work from NOT printing it out! Good luck.

 
At 4:43 AM, February 19, 2012, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi again,
Well, I've all but given up on trying to make Daily Journal work for my new Windows 7 64-bit machine. I've downloaded "The Journal" by DavidRM Software, Version 5. However, I have 13 years of journal entries, and I'm stuck on how to try and import them into this new program. If anyone knows of any other Journal program that can import Daily Journal's entries without much headache, please let me know. Thanks so much!

-Ray
kino1234@gmail.com

 
At 4:30 PM, November 13, 2012, Blogger Kathy Jensen said...

This is SO sad! I LOVE my Daily Journal 3.0 program and its searchability. I guess I'm out of luck in using it. Thankfully, all of my entries have been hardcopy printed. (That's a good idea anyway.) I guess I'll have to seek out another program.

 
At 12:14 PM, January 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've gotten Daily Journal 3.0 to work on a Windows 7 (64 bit) system (MUST be Windows 7 Professional or higher). You use the compatibility mode. (It looks like it runs in Windows XP or earlier)

However, I came here hoping to find a solution to a problem I have. I went on a 9 week trip in 1996, documenting my vacation with my family. I used a password on my Daily Journal entries, and haven't been able to remember what I used. (I'm sure I was trying to be "clever" back then. Is there ANY way to get the password recovered, or crack it?)

I'd be thrilled beyond belief if anybody can help me! email jmjunk at sbcglobal.net

 
At 12:17 PM, January 22, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a corrected posting - I put the wrong email address in before. Please use this posting instead.

I've gotten Daily Journal 3.0 to work on a Windows 7 (64 bit) system (MUST be Windows 7 Professional or higher). You use the compatibility mode. (It looks like it runs in Windows XP or earlier)

However, I came here hoping to find a solution to a problem I have. I went on a 9 week trip in 1996, documenting my vacation with my family. I used a password on my Daily Journal entries, and haven't been able to remember what I used. (I'm sure I was trying to be "clever" back then. Is there ANY way to get the password recovered, or crack it?)

I'd be thrilled beyond belief if anybody can help me! email jmjunk1 at sbcglobal.net

 
At 6:21 PM, June 08, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm running Parsons Daily Journal 3.0 on Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium. I did it by putting my old XP Pro hard drive into an external USB case and plugging in to my new Win 7 PC. I put a shortcut to Daily Journal on the Win 7 taskbar and right clicked and and ran as administrator. I was able to open a compatible window and clicked on a box that said run in compatibility mode for win pro sp. 3. Then I clicked on change for all users so it wouldn't have to be run in administrator mode all the time. BTW I am not a PC expert and tried a lot of things and hope I'm not leaving anthing out. The end result is that it now runs within Window 7 Home Premium off my old hard drive without having to buy Win 7 Pro or Ultimate and run a virtual machine. While I couldn't use Daily Journal in Win 7 I was using a journal called Red Notebook. I found I could cut and paste everthing from there back into my old journal to catch up where I had stopped using it. I now can access 13 years of my old Daily Journal 3.0 on my new PC. What a relief.

 
At 3:14 AM, July 30, 2013, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is at best a poor way to solve the problem. I had an old computer that had windows xp on it along with the 3.0 program. I did a compete clone of the computer on a hard drive. I then made a shortcut to the hard drive on windows 7.
It s clumsily done but it worked.
Robert

 
At 8:41 AM, November 27, 2013, Blogger Russ Tinder said...

I've used DJ3 for 14 years and have ported it to W2000, XP, Vista, W7 32bit & W7 64bit. I simply copy the directory rather than re-install the software. Works fine in all cases.

However, I received an upgrade to DJ3 making it version 3.01. At the time there were problems printing on W2000 and this fixed the printing problem. However, it will still print a page for each day within a date range instead of printing continuous. Wastes a lot of paper so instead I print to a text file which is an option in the print menu.

If anyone would like the upgrade updj301.exe, I can email you a zip file. I assume it's legal for me to do so. Might solve some of your problems.

- Russ
rtinder@gmail.com

 
At 7:46 AM, June 23, 2014, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have Win 7 Pro 64 bit. Simple answer: Don't use setup. Copy the files folder onto the hard drive only from the Journal 3 CD. Open the file folder and right click on DJWIN application file and send it to the desktop. Works fine. Can't believe it.

 
At 5:23 AM, June 11, 2015, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous of 6/23/14 -- Thanks! That worked for me on a new laptop with Windows 8.1

 
At 3:00 PM, February 20, 2016, Blogger CT said...

did anybody have any luck with the password that was forgotten? I thought my Journal was dead until I read this blog. now I cant remember my password....
Chas

 

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