This free open source diary and journal software will be of great help for those keeping a handwritten diary, RedNotebook allows tagging, spell checking and text formatting, images, Internet links and files can all be embedded into the diary main body.
RedNotebook is a kind of cross over in between a journal and a wiki as it contains wiki style mark up language, the feature that I liked most is the tag cloud where you see the most often used tags and clicking on them takes you to all of the relevant posts tagged with those words, the instant search feature highlighting the keywords you searched for is also pretty cool.
Hardcore diary writers can create their own templates, there is no need for a database and you can export your entries as a PDF, HTML, LaTeX (Linux) or plain text. RedNotebook comes as installable or portable version for Windows and Linux, you can easily use this software as an electronic notebook to help you keep your notes while studying or doing research.
Differences between a diary and a journal
These two terms can be confusing sometimes, a diary is where you write what has happened to you during the day or week, a journal is where you write your feelings and thoughts about life, most times diaries and journals overlap and contain both, facts and thoughts about life.
RedNotebook diary software main features
Inserting images and recognition of Internet links
Customizable diary entries template
Tagging and searching of diary entries
Exporting of diary entries to different formats
Automatic entries saving as you write
Backup of diary entries to compressed .zip archives
Full screen diary writing with spell checking and text formatting
Interface available in more than 20 languages
RedNotebook has an interactive calendar embedded in the application, you can add and modify entries using the precise date and time just like you would do with your personal handwritten diary.