RedNotebook: Free Desktop Diary / Journal

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RedNotebook is a free diary and journal book for your desktop for the users who maintain notebooks for remembering notes and recording write ups. You can record your daily events, jot down your notes, write up in the journal, and maintain it on your desktop for better security purposes and better accessibility.

The graphical journal is just apt for you if you are looking for feature rich application that provides you journal maintenance along with calendar navigation, customizable templates for each day, export functionality, and word clouds. You can also use Efficient Diary that installs on your PC.

This free journal RedNotebook comes in handful when you want to write down your thoughts and ideas. It is very easy to use the application. Just download the application and install. The freeware, RedNotebook is full of features and important functionalities. A few free online journals we reviewed are Daileez, MotoDiary and Penzu.


There is a in-built calendar in the application, which is interactive, and you can add entries as per the dates and time as you do with your personal diary. The calendar is placed in the left corner of the application, which is navigational.

When you add entries to the RedNotebook you can add tags to the text added by you. Tags are a very easy way to access and retrieve notes and thoughts. It saves time. In future when you need to read your notes you can just enter tag name and start searching for the text you are looking for.

You can also retrieve your notes as per your dates and maintain them properly by using such easy functionality. The freeware, RedNotebook has intuitive and interactive interface. The whole interface is divided into three sections.

The left section is devoted to calendar navigation and word cloud search box. In the center of the application you have the text box where you can enter your notes of the day. The text area is large enough and you have enough space for your notes and ideas. Moreover, on the right of the interface, you have annotation window, where your annotations are categorized in headings and titles. They can easily be sorted into categories and makes your notes management task easier.

Some of the features of RedNotebook:

  • Word tagging
  • Spell and grammar check
  • Format your text bold, italic or underlined
  • Insert Images, files and links to websites
  • Links and mail addresses are recognized automatically
  • Live-Search
  • Automatic saving
  • Backup to zip archive
  • Word Clouds with most often used words and tags
  • Templates
  • Export the journal to PDF, HTML, Latex or plain text
  • The data is stored in plain text files, no database is needed
  • Translated into more than 20 languages

The text box area in the RedNotebook application allows you to use rich text for making and maintaining your notes. You can bold important notes or emphasis on the text and words by underlining them.

Everything you write and enter in the RedNotebook application will be saved in proper interval and when you exit the application, it will automatically save your text for further use. Thus, you can avoid data loss and create reliable back up of your journal.

Some other good software diary software that you can install on your desktop are Zim and Linked Notes. Video tutorials are also available for Zim and LinkedNotes.

If you like to keep a daily journal to jot down your thoughts and feelings, than this application is perfect for you. RedNotebook keeps your data safe and secure.

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Works With: Windows, Linux, Mac OS X
Free/Paid: Free

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