A Simple Personal Journal for Ubuntu – Lifeograph

Now I’m not that obsessive when it comes to keeping a personal journal (both software applications and the old-school “physical” ones ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). But I did it when I was a kid for a little while and it does help to see how both time and experiences changes our personality as life goes on.

Interestingly there was an experiment (can’t remember where I read it though) that basically said that no matter what experiences that we go through… you’ll end-up with the same basic attitudes that you had from the beginning. Say that you’re an optimistic … then even if you go through “hell” … at the end you’d be a suffered individual still with an optimistic view of life.

Anyway, since most of us spend most of our time in front of a computer these days & if you’re a Journal addict ๐Ÿ˜‰ who happened to be using Ubuntu Linux then Lifeograph is a extremely simple and a useful tool.

Main features…

*. Lets you add a password andย  encrypt the content (can be disabled).

*. As said above… a pretty simple GUI window.

*. Add notes with ease and categorize using “tags”.

*. Backup your Journal notes.

*. Built in spell checking.

*. Search & replace text/words.

*. Change the look-n-feel of the window by editing colors.

*. You can add few additional text related features such as making them Bold, add strike through etc by using the appropriate text formatting.

*. A calendar that lets you easily change/access past or future entries.

*. Add/Edit chapters.

*. Automatically log-out when not used for certain period (can be disabled).

You can install Lifeograph personal journal manager in Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, 10.10 and 10.04 by using the below command in your Terminal window.

sudo apt-get install lifeograph

As said, if you want to add an additional text related function such as making a certain text “Bold” then you can use the two characters of (* *) and anything in between them will be Bold.

* your text here *

If you want to add a URL then simply copy and paste or add the URL with the standard format thus it’ll be automatically click-able.


When you first launch it … it gives you a beautiful quote from the extremely popular Chinese philosopher “Lao Tsu”, to cheer you up a bit I guess :). That’s it.

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