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    Pencil Journal Alternatives

    Pencil Journal is described as 'Keeping a journal has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve your mood and increase your overall levels of happiness, amongst a host of other benefits' and is a Journaling app. There are more than 50 alternatives to Pencil Journal for a variety of platforms, including Windows, iPhone, Android, Mac and iPad. The best alternative is CherryTree, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Pencil Journal are TiddlyWiki, Zoho Notebook, Daylio and Journey.

    Pencil Journal is mainly a Journaling App but alternatives to it may also be Note-taking Tools or Private Diaries. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Pencil Journal.
    This page was last updated Mar 22, 2022
    • iPad
    Keeping a journal has been scientifically proven to reduce stress, improve your mood and increase your overall levels of...
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    1. A hierarchical note taking application, featuring rich text and syntax highlighting, storing data in a single xml or sqlite file.
    2. TiddlyWiki is a single html file with all the characteristics of a wiki - including all of the functionality (including editing, saving, tagging and searching) and the style sheet.

    3. Online Notebook application: Zoho Notebook lets you combine text, images, audio, video, RSS feeds, documents and much more.
    4. Pick your mood and add activities you have been doing during the day. You can also add notes and keep an old school diary.
    5. A diary that keeps your private memories forever. Trusted by millions of users, Journey is your perfect journal companion that keeps your private memories for a lifetime.

    6. MemPad is a plain text outliner and note taking program with a tree structured index. All pages are stored in a single file. User interface available in 20 languages.
    7. Day One is a simple way to journal application for the Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android
    8. A simplified, RedNotebook-type journal/diary app. With a focus on minimal design and a distraction free writing environment. Makes a folder full of dated text files that are easy to access even without the journal program.


      No longer updated. Last update was in August 2018. It can still be downloaded.

    9. Start writing your thoughts and memories and have them synced and backed up in the cloud. glimpses use Dropbox syncing capabilities to sync all your entries. It stores your data at Dropbox service. Just authorize with Dropbox and you're ready to go.
    10. This program is a structured notetaking application based on GTK+ 3. Write your notes in instantly-formatted Markdown, organise them in a tree of folders that can be instantly navigated from within the program, and add hand-drawn notes by mouse, touchscreen or digitiser.
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