RedNotebook is a daily diary, or journal. It's not meant to be the end-all, be-all of personal organisation. But what it does, it does remarkably well.
For someone with a very poor memory like myself, remembering not just when I did something, but what I did, is very difficult. With RedNotebook all I have to do is type what I'm looking for in the search field and I can refresh my memory, in the context of a day's events, very quickly.
I have found the program to be stable and efficient; the lack of encryption really isn't an issue: if you store your journal on your own hard drive, someone would have to physically access your computer to see what's inside, and your journal is really the least of your worries if that happens.
if you store your journal on your own hard drive, someone would have to physically access your computer to see what's inside,
Not strictly true. If you're online, your computer could - in principle - be hacked. You're unlikely as an average user to worry about that because hackers have higher profile (potentially more profitable) targets. But notice that they don't have physical access to those, either.
and your journal is really the least of your worries if that happens.
Depends on what you've put in your journal / what else you've been doing on your computer.
Reply written over 4 years ago
Does what it is supposed to do.
The most recent release (2.3) on Windows is completely broken. It's missing several of the main selling points, including wordcloud, previews, and the tagging sidebar (among other things). It has something to do with "WebkitGTK", which isn't running on Windows, apparently. I think this is reason enough to remove Red Notebook as a Windows app. If you are on Windows and are looking for a calendar themed notebook, steer clear of this until it is fixed.
Even if it is fixed, there is still one major flaw in this app which puts me off. There is no way to easily navigate or get an overview on a large number of entries. If I were to use Red Notebook over a long period, making hundreds or even thousands of entries, there's no easy way to even know how many entries I have created! An app such as this requires some kind of list view at a bare minimum. Some timeline visualizations would b a useful feature too.
One final criticism. It is objectively hideous to look at, and I wouldn't want to spend a significant chunk of my life staring at it while I write.
I had a PC and RedNotebook was the perfect diary for me. Now that I have a Mac, it's even impossible to install it. I tried almost every tutorial, but can't succeed. Yet, I'm still looking for another open-source Mac diary... Any idea ? Thanks
For Mac try OPUS DOMINI similar to Franklin and Covey type organizer.
Reply written almost 2 years ago
My experiences with trying to get Red Note Book working on Mac have been negative. But on Manjaro it's buttery-smooth. It's a Linux-only thing, then. And the idea is this: you have a calendar, and each entry you make into RNB refers to a specific day. You can write, format your text, add links, etc. It links to rather than embeds files and pictures, although it does show you pictures you've linked to. pdf files are shown just as links (no preview). Additionally, there's a decent search function and you can add tags to entries, if you're that way inclined.
RNB saves things locally, which is a major privacy plus. It means you're in control of your files and can sync them however you want. If, indeed, you want.
I would imagine journal/diary-keepers might be more interested in this than those seeking an out-an-out Evernote replacement, which is where the challenge lies for Linux users.
Just to be clear, this app runs on Mac, but here's what you have to do:
The Mac version of RedNote 1.8.0 comes as 300 MB .zip achive. That extracts to a folder of 655.7 MB. So that's 1GB of stuff already. In there is a gigantic .app file and a tiny text file with some instructions on how to get it all going. These run as follows: Since the app won't run without rusty crutches, you must install Winebottler (140 MB) and Wine (343 MB). So that's 1.5 GB so far. Next, you should download the .exe file of RedNoteBook (only 24MB!). Then you have to open Winebottler, go to the Advanced tab, and select the .exe. The instructions say you then should click "include Wine.app" and and "install". Your Macbook then overheats for about 5 minutes. As Windows 3.1-esque options arrive, you should agree to everything, apparently. Eventually, a new .app file is created which is 783 MB in size. (Up till now, this user-friendly experience has cost you about 2.3 GB of disk space - for a note taking app!) You then have to right click the originally downloaded .app file (not the one you just made) and select 'Open' and watch the icon bounce up and down for ages. Finally, after this laborious rigmarole... it opens! ... And you get a basic note-taking app based around calendar entries. It's a calendar, basically. But you can write notes in markdown for each day. Oh, and it looks like a potato because it's running through Wine on a retina display. (The aesthetic equivalent of looking at the Mona Lisa through the bottom of a dirty jam jar. At dusk.)
I honestly can't imagine a single person out there uses the Mac "version" with any regularity or dedication. The Linux and Windows versions might be perfectly respectable, so please don't take this as a comment about those.
For an open-source, truly cross-platform (Win, Mac, Linux, Android), local note taking with tagging, I haven't found anything better than TagSpaces and Turtl. In Tagspaces you can create, manage, tag, search files therein. And nothing stops you form syncing it using the service of your choice. Notes can be smart-tagged (e.g. with #today or #yesterday) which automatically adds the appropriate date. (Although you can add any date). Turtl supports markdown-based notes, tagging, basic file attachments... all in a Window, Mac or Linux client which uses end-to-end encryption to store and sync your notes across computers in a way that is unreadable to everyone including the app developer(s). I have high hopes for Turtl in particular and I hope you like it enough to use it and contribute.
I love this app. Its perfect for tracking what I do at work but I would love it even more if I could get it via Andoird app and sync the notes via dropbox..
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