I’m searching a tool for collecting and organizing notes. This is better known as Personal Information Manager. I checked some personal wikis like VoodooPad and took a quick look at Yojimbo and Evernote. Finally I found Journler. The development of this software has ended, but the current features seem to be enough for my most important use cases:
- Be able to tag content
- Be able to search content by tags
- Be able to use spotlight for search by tags
- Be able to write rich text
- Be able to export content (in case that this version won’t run with future OSX’s)
Why tagging? Our confluence wiki at work is a good example. Without tags the search is mostly a search and not a find.
So let’s take a tour of Journler.
To enable the Spotlight Search you have to import the meta data of Journler (this requires admin permissions)
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Check with mdimport -L if the path is part of the importer list.
Starting Journler the first time gives you some entries to play with. To delete these, select them and press Command-Delete.
Journler at work
Create a new entry (Cmd-N), write your content. Ok, now tag your content. Press Ctrl-Shift-Tab to move from the editor to the Tag field. Enter your tags, separate them with a Comma or a Tab. Press Shift-Tab twice to go to the Title field. Your first note is entered.
If you’re insight Journler press Option-Cmd-F. Type what you’re looking for. The search starts immediately. If you want to use Spotlight press Cmd-Space and start typing.
To narrow down the result, it is good to add journler to your search: E.g. journ product should bring the Journler productivity notes up even if you have a lot of files that are named with productivity.
To walk through the search result press Cmd-7 and use the up and down arrows. Press Cmd-8 to go to the entry/editor.
A Goody – Smart Folder
One goody that I discovered already is the smart folder. You can create rules that will be applied to your entries. Here is a sample to create a folder with the recent entries:
The first hands on sessions are promising. My use cases are fulfilled.
Here are the shortcuts we used so fare:
Cmd-N : New Entry
Cmd-7 : Entries List
Cmd-8 : Goto Entry/Editor
Ctrl-Shift-Tab : Go from Editor to Tags
Shift-Tab : Go up
Tab : Go down
Option-Cmd-F : Find in Journal