LynxJournal is a one-stop application for journalling, note taking and calendaring. At its core is the basic system, known as the Bullet Journal, but instead of a bound book this is electronic. LynxJournal easily copies notes from Web pages and stores them with notes added by yourself. Journal entries with dates and optional times are displayed on a calendar with monthly, weekly or daily views. Journal Entries are index for Full Text searches.
New Entries are created by clicking the Create New Entry on the page you want the entry to appear on. This will display an entry form to gather the data for the Journal Entry.
The only required items are the Entry type and the Entry Text. On the User Page there is a different editor that allows more complex notes to be entered or edited.
Once a Journal Entry has been saved it will have a set of actions that can be applied to the entry. These actions are shown beside each entry.
You can see what each action does if you forget by hovering the mouse of the individual icons to get the tool tip. The available actions are:
- Edit Entry;
- Index Entry;
- Important Entry;
- Completed Entry;
- Scheduled Entry; and
- Delete Entry.
If an entry is Indexed then it will show as a possible selection on the Journal Index Page.
LynxJournal has all the page types that would be found in a normal Bullet Journal, but it has some additional page types that make sense for an electronic implementation. The types are:
- Cover Page - added;
- Index - standard
- Future Logs - standard
- Monthly Log - standard
- Daily Log - standard
- User Pages - standard
- Calendar - added
- Search - added
- Export - added
Cover page is a page with a number of utility functions. First it is to be aesthetically pleasing. A user can upload any number of images and one will be selected at random to be displayed here. This page also allows the user to register, login or delete their account. It also serves as an introduction page and has some links to useful content about the application.
The Index page contains links to entries in other pages so that they can easily be found and navigated to quickly. The index actions are shown below
The blue right arrow goes to the page with the entry and the red X deletes the index, but does not delete the content of the entry.
Future Logs display a means of getting entries for future months, up to 18 months in the future. It shows a cluster of 6 months at a time. The arrows at the top of the page move through the months on at a time in the direction indicated. Entries created in future months show in Monthly Logs automatically. Events and Tasks with dates automatically show in the Calendar view for the scheduled dates.
The monthly log is normally to input entries that will happen later in the current month. Date based entries in the Monthly Log automatically show on the Calendar.
The Daily Log is to record entries as they happen during the day. It allows events to be recorded for the day and to track tasks for a day. Date based entries in the Daily Log automatically show on the Calendar.
User Pages are mainly for longer notes or having task lists grouped together. Whatever makes sense. This can be used to replace the functionality of Evernote or OneNote. Web clips can easily be stored in a user page. A page can have a single web note or multiple web notes. Printing from these pages should give great results.
Recommended Tools for creating User Pages
If using a Chrome Web Browser the extension Auto Copy is the best tool for doing web page copies. Auto Copy can be configured to automatically add the original link the page was taken from, and it will inline the images so that they are stored as part of the page, without requiring links that might disappear in the future.
Microsoft Edge, Safari and Firefox all have a Reader View which presents the user with an uncluttered web page, that can easily be copied and pasted into a Journal Entry.
The Safari reader view is the best way to get copies when using an iPad or iPhone.
Calendar displays entries that have dates associated with them for the period selected for display.
All entries are indexed for full text search. This page allows for the entry of search terms and the display of results that can be easily navigated to. Compound terms may be used to refine searches
This creates a pdf of all pages in the user's journal which can be save to a local drive and printed at a later time.
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