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RedNotebook: Journal With Calendar Navigation, Custom Templates & Word Cloud

Just a few days ago, we covered a cross-platform task manager named Conqu, which allows you to manage the tasks by providing a comprehensive set of features, including Quick Add, Tags, Dates etc. Today, we stumbled across an open source application called RedNotebook. It is not exactly a task manager, but more of a journal where you can record just about anything you want. You can write pending tasks, note down important events or use it as an everyday e-diary. It includes calendar, customizable templates, save and export options and a word cloud. You can manage the entries via tag feature, which helps you quickly search the journal entry you want to view or edit. More on RedNotebook after the break.

The main interface is divided into four sections; Calendar and Word Cloud in the left, middle pane is for viewing and editing text, while tag editor is available in the right pane.


You can, either create a new template for noting down the new tasks, or load and edit an existing template. Each template can be saved with a different name, such as Family, Work, Meeting, Call etc., which allows you to easily differentiate between each type of entry. The Format drop-down menu has simple editing options, such as Bold, Italics, Underline and Strikethrough, while the Insert menu lets you add text items with Picture, File, Link, Horizontal Line (splitter), Date and Time Stamps etc.


RedNotebook gives you detailed statistics about the document that is currently being edited. The statistics include total number of words, lines, letters, distinct words, edited days, letter and a lot more. These statistics can be viewed from the Journal menu. To work in a distraction-free environment, just enable the built-in Full-Screen mode by pressing F11 on your keyboard.


The Preferences dialog box can be accessed from the Edit menu. It lets you to specify the default Font Size, Date/Time Format and specify words that you want to include or exclude from Word Cloud.

Preferences RedNotebook

The applications contains a lot of noteworthy features including:

  • Tagging
  • Format your text bold, italic or underlined
  • Insert Images, files and links to websites
  • Links and mail addresses are recognized automatically
  • Spell Check on Linux
  • Live-Search
  • Automatic saving
  • Backup to zip archive
  • Word Clouds with most often used words and tags
  • Templates
  • Export the journal to PDF, HTML, Latex or plain text
  • The data is stored in plain text files, no database is needed
  • Translated into more than 20 languages

RedNotebook is a cross-platform application that words on Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu, Fedora and Debian.

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