News

This page is going to be used to keep you up-to-date with the goings on with the My Journal application. It is basically going to be formatted like a blog for the developer, Mike Snow, to relay the latest goings on.

11.13.2010 It has been a long time since I've been able to get on here and update the news section. Thankfully I've been diligent with using My Journal, so my memories are cataloged. Fatherhood is quite the adventure, each day you get to witness new discoveries. It’s simply amazing. My eyes have been opened to a world I never knew existed.

I’ll admit I haven’t had much free time to work on My Journal; however my mind is still ever-thinking of new goodies to add.

It has come to my attention that the email system I have set up to send out purchased license keys has been having problems from time to time. If you have purchased a license and you don’t get a key within a hour or two, please contact me directly at the following email address: mikesnow.com@gmail.com. I apologize for the inconvenience, I’m not very happy with my server host right now.

Keep writing in your journals. Speaking from personal experience, it’s really cool to be able to go back and remember all the little things that have made life special.

01.23.2010
Just a quick update. I've submitted a new build of My Journal to download.com (build 20100115). It takes several days for them to list the changes so in the mean time you can download it directly from here

Here is a pic of my son. He's too adorable to not be mentioned :-) He also wants to thank those who have purchased copies of My Journal so his daddy can stock up on formula and diapers.

12.30.2009
It's been a while since I've posted any news, so I figured I better get one in before the new year. I've been kept busy with a new addition to the family. I'm happy to announce the birth of my first son, born November 23 weighing in at a hefty 8 Lbs 12 oz. It's been a very fun and rewarding experience.

I've been doing a little tinkering with My Journal, I've optimized the spell check functionality by several orders of magnitude. I've also added a time stamp tool button to the journal editor, a bemoaned lost feature from version 1.0. In addition to that, I've been working on some other cool features. I won't mention what they are just in case they end up getting scrubbed from the drawing board. I'd really like to get some more cool stuff in the program before I roll out the next update, that's why I haven't published the spell check and timestamp changes yet.

A friend of My Journal, Cathy Belyea, has written and published a book named 'A Beginning, An Ending: A true story about Love, Ambition and Self-worth'. I believe she used the My Journal software to house her writings for the book. I'd encourage yall to check it out. You can access Cathy's book on Amazon.com by clicking here.

In hindsight, 2009 has been an interesting year to say the least. Starting early in the year I found out the wife was pregnant, that alone has been a very interesting experience. I also released version 2.0 of the My Journal software, something I've wanted to do for several years. It's hard to believe its 2010! It seems like yesterday I was joking with my friends about the Y2K paranoia, and here it is a full decade later. It just goes to show how fleeting life is and how critical it is to keep a record of the days so they don't get lost in the blur. It's fun to go back and read through my journal so I can remember events past anew. I hope you will all make a resolution to be more vigilant with writing in your journal.

Happy New Year to all of you, I hope 2010 brings you happiness and prosperity!

11.11.2009
I have released a new update to the My Journal software today. The new build number is 20091110. The new update includes some bug fixes, interface enhancements and whole new functionality. I'm most excited about the new writing module. It will allow you to express your creativity any way you see fit. It is designed to be as unrestrictive as possible. You can use it to collect recipes, write random thoughts, organize interesting information... the sky's the limit. For me, I'm looking forward to using it to help me write a book. I've always wanted to write one, but I lack the natural organizational skill to put one together. I'm thinking with this new writing tool, I'll have better success at organizing my thoughts.

I'm going to submit the update to download.com tonight, but they can be a bit slow publishing things. So in the mean time, you can download the new version from the updates section of this website. Click here to go there now.

I continue to get helpful feedback from the user community. A user named Chris requested that I look into adding a module for Facebook. I'll be doing some research to see what I need to do to get Facebook integrated with My Journal. It'll be an interesting adventure.

I also want to extend a big thank you for those who support My Journal by purchasing a license for the program! Your support is extremely appreciated and helps to provide resources that allow me to continue to improve the software. For any of you who are on the fence about purchasing a copy or just want to chat about any questions you have, please feel free to send me an email any time. You can use the email form at the bottom of this page for your convenience.

10.20.2009
I have been getting some really good feedback from the user community. Michael from Denmark pointed out an issue he was having while trying to create a new user profile. He was getting an error that suggested a date was not formatted correctly. The reason for the problem is that Michael has Windows 7 beta in an untested locale (language). Apparently the date formatting for that locale didn't recognize the mm/dd/yyyy format.

Cathy from Canada was having problems importing her version 1.0 entries into version 2.0 of My Journal. She would click on the 'Import v 1.0' link on the login page and it would bring up the import form, but her v 1.0 profile was not listed. Ultimately the problem was due to how Vista handles legacy files. Vista had buried Cathy's v 1.0 entries deep within her computer for compatibility purposes.

Because of the two issues mentioned above, I will be working to roll out an update shortly that will include fixes for the aforementioned bugs. In addition to the bug fixes, I'm also going to be implementing a "continuous read" feature that will allow you to compile a range of journal entries into a single document so you can read and print several entries all at once.

Also, just a heads up for all you writers out there. I'm in the planning phase of developing a new module that will be very helpful for you in your endevours. It is going to be very cool. Of course for those of you who have already purchased a copy of My Journal, all updates will be available to you for free. All you will need to do is install the latest version over your current installation.



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