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hi there -

i'm relatively new to the livejournal community, and even newer to iJournal, so please forgive me if this has been discussed before.

my main computer is my tangerine iBook. lots of times I want to work on a journal entry when i'm not connected to the internet. other times i want to pause while writing a journal entry and come back to it later. sometimes i just want to save the entry i'm working on in case my laptop crashes.

i guess i've wanted a way to save a journal draft before posting it, and to journal offline for later uploading.

i can't be the only person who has thought of this, so i'm thinking that maybe there's a reason or a philosophy as to why this doesn't exist.

does everybody just use TextEdit or BBEdit for journal drafts and then cut and paste into iJournal when it's time to post?


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Jul. 6th, 2002 11:56 pm (UTC)
does everybody just use TextEdit or BBEdit for journal drafts and then cut and paste into iJournal when it's time to post?

Yep. It strikes me that it wouldn't be too difficult to effectively embed the features of TextEdit.app into iJournal. I can think of other applications (Eudora springs instantly to mind) that had the ability to open any text file. I suspect whether or not this is desired is something of a philosophical design issue.

Here's what would happen to me if iJournal sprang such a feature. I would...
  1. start editing my entries in text files from within iJournal.
  2. save them and be happy.
  3. notice that I'd started using iJournal more than TextEdit, and for editing files not intended for posting.
  4. then notice that iJournal is less stable than TextEdit and that, from time to time, I lose entries.
  5. revert to using TextEdit.

I was thrilled by the idea initially, but as I thought it out, I realized this wouldn't be for me. What would be for me is an "Edit in another application" command. Hell, we could allow ourselves to edit in emacs, BBEdit, or (ooooh!) Dreamweaver. That would be something of a bigger project I suspect.

If any of the above is oddly worded, please forgive me, I have a temperature of 102F right now.

Jul. 7th, 2002 12:02 am (UTC)
i think ijournal automatically saves whatever text you write in it--whether you post it immediately or not--does it not? i remember writing a really long post, then accidentally quitting ijournal. when i opened the app again, my entry was right there where i left off.

if you're wondering about writing an entry without starting up ijournal, then yes i use textedit sometimes just because it's more reassuring for me to have to save my text myself.
Jul. 7th, 2002 01:15 am (UTC)
Personally, I'd like to see a "Post using iJournal" Services entry.
Jul. 7th, 2002 12:10 pm (UTC)
Oooo. That would be cool.

I love OS X...
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Jul. 13th, 2002 05:53 pm (UTC)
God, just paste in, please
I don't know about anyone else here, but I would go insane with the service set to automatically post the entry. It's like, sure, you know, it would be novel, but I like to set a mood and a music entry and pick which userpic goes up with the message, before it does. You might be able to configure something like that, but as default behavior that would be horrible.

I haven't ever used it either, myself, until just now, but it's pretty novel. I'm tempted to write my entries in TextEdit or whatever else I want and then just use the service.
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