Version 0.7.6 brings many updates

Hi everyone,

I just released RedNotebook version 0.7.6 . This version contains many enhancements both on the surface and under the hood:

  • Undu and redo for the main text was added. Ctrl-Z and Ctrl-Y bring you back and forth in the editing history (The history is cleared when you change dates, of course).
  • Libyaml is now used for faster loading and dumping of files (Big journals now open ~10 times faster).
  • Additionally there are some speed improvements for navigation between days.
  • I added information for Latex to PDF conversion and a shortcut for turning on/off the preview: Ctrl+P.
  • There is now a new entry in the edit menu called “Find” which brings you directly to the search field.

I hope you enjoy the speed and the new features of this version! As always, please don’t hesitate to notify me if you find any errors.


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Ubuntu repository

Get RedNotebook for Ubuntu

Jonathan Wiltshire has created a repository for Ubuntu. You can use that repository and always get the latest RedNotebook version automatically. Enable the repository either by using a graphical or command line approach. If anything is unclear, just drop me a note in the forum. Please remember that a new version won’t be available immediately in the repo. Jonathan wants to test new debs thoroughly before uploading them, so please be patient.

Karmic Koala and Lucid Lynx:

If you’re using Ubuntu Karmic or Lucid, you find RedNotebook in the Software-Center. In Firefox you can install it from here

Latest Deb Packages:

If you’d like to try a newer version than the ones included in Ubuntu and don’t want to use the repository, you can also directly navigate to the repository and download the latest deb files there.

Repository (Graphical Tools):

Instructions on adding a new repository can also be found in the Ubuntu Documentation.

There is an excellentย Step-by-step tutorial with pictures on how to add the repo.

  • Open System โ†’ Administration โ†’ Software Sources and select Third Party Software.
  • Click Add to add a new repository.
  • Enter the appropriate APT line for the RedNotebook repository.
deb hardy/
deb intrepid/
deb jaunty/
deb karmic/
deb lucid/
  • Click Add Source and then click Close to save your changes.
  • You might be notified that the information about available software is out-of-date. Click Reload.
  • In your package manager you can now install the packages rednotebook and powdarrmonkey-keyring (contains GPG-key for security, see below).

Repository (Command Line):

  • Open a terminal and call
sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Add the appropriate line to the opened file and save the file:
deb hardy/
deb intrepid/
deb jaunty/
deb karmic/
deb lucid/

(You can change the http to https for more security)

  • Then type the following in a terminal to download the gpg key and install RedNotebook:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rednotebook powdarrmonkey-keyring


As a security measure, the repository uses a GPG key to digitally sign the files. This makes it easy to check that the files have not been tampered with since their creation. In order for your package manager to be able to check this, you need the public key that corresponds to the signatures.

Jonathan’s GPG key is included in the powdarrmonkey-keyring package. This package will automatically be updated when he annually has to renew his key.

Jonathan has enabled SSL for the repository, so you can now use https:// instead of http:// in the links for maximum security (the apt-transport-https package, which is needed for that, is installed by default in Ubuntu).

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Version 0.6.0 is out

Hi Everyone,
RedNotebook 0.6.0 has just been released. The change to 0.6.x marks that the transition from wxWidgets to PyGTK is done and that all old features are now implemented. As you may have seen there are also many new features, bugfixes and other improvements. For example,

  • There is now a preview of a day’s content either in RedNotebook itself (if you use GTKMozembed), or your browser
  • Your data is saved even if the program exits abnormally (terminal closed etc.)
  • New clouds for your tags and categories have been added
  • You can check for a new version (look under the Help Menu)

In version 0.6.0 very nice features were added:

  • You can now embed images into your day’s text
  • Adding links to local files is now possible
  • Links and mail addresses are recognized automatically, but you can also add named links

To access those new features, click on the “Insert” button on the middle toolbar.

I hope you enjoy the new release!

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Wanted: Windows Packager

You may have realized that there is only a Windows installer for version 0.4.0 and none for the 0.5.x series. That’s due to the problem, that I’d like to focus on adding new features and don’t have the time to make windows installers. I don’t use windows so it’s difficult to build and test RedNotebook there.

Nevertheless it would be nice to have an installer for all the windows folks out there. So here comes my question:

Do you want to make a windows installer for RedNotebook?

You have the one time opportunity for fame and fortune here! I guess making the installer shouldn’t be too difficult, it just has to be done and I can help you if you run into troubles.

So if you think you’re up to the task, just contact me. That would be great!


I have finally succeeded to build an MS Windows installer for RedNotebook. Please try it out and tell me if it worked on your platform.

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PyGTK rocks!


I am glad to announce that RedNotebook has been ported to PyGTK. And it only took one weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰ This was necessary as it became harder and harder to improve the diary with wxPython. I don’t want to start an argument about which toolkit is better, but for me PyGTK just makes more sense. It is easier, better documented and looks better on all platforms. In addition there is this brilliant GUI-Designer application Glade3. With Glade3 designing an application is just fun (There is also wxGlade for wxPython, but I like the XML + libglade approach more).

And for those who are wondering what I’m talking about:

RedNotebook has just gotten more beautiful ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Status Update

Happy New Year everyone!

Just wanted to give you a quick update on the progress with RedNotebook.

I received some e-mails and bugreports. Thank you very much for that. Unfortunately I don’t have much time and no internet connection at home at the moment and therefore I can’t fix those issues right away. I will have a new connection and more time after January 15th. So expect a new release with minor changes and bugfixes around January 20th ๐Ÿ˜‰

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New site

Hello everyone! Glad you found your way to the new site.

As I had repeated difficulties with my Dokuwiki installation, I decided to upload the RedNotebook content to this site.

So navigate to the RedNotebook page and enjoy the new 0.2.0 release!

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