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TGJournal 2014 (TGJ)

The Trices Group Journal is a rewrite of a program implemented in 1995 called DAILY JOURNAL 2.0 by Parsons Software. After the introduction of Windows 7, the DAILY JOURNAL ceased to work. Hence, TG Journal 2014.

TGJ 2014 is a copyrighted program and is available exclusively from TGBlogger. If you are looking for a straight forward replacement for Parsons DAILY JOURNAL, TGJ 2014 meets the criteria. However, TGJ 2014 is an expanded version of a daily journal program that allows analysis of word usage and is specifically designed for my dream research project which I started with the Parsons DAILY JOURNAL. Please note that neither TGBlogger nor the TGJ programs have any connection whatsoever to Parsons Software.

Downloads Available

TGJournal 2014 ver 9.0_8June2016: This is the latest version of the primary program (self extracting zip file). It includes all files necessary to run the program, including the help file (“.chm”). There are no major changes from TGJournal 2014 8.4. Some errors have been corrected and the integrated help system works in Windows 10.

TGJournal 2014 ver 9.0 Update_4June2016: This is a program update (self-extracting zip file) for anyone using TGJournal 2012 and above. It contains only the primary run-time file, default database, and help file (“TGJourn2014″, “Default.tgjv14″, and “TGJ_Help.chm”).

TGJ_Help.chm: This is the TGJournal help file and runs on Windows 7 through 10 from a non-network computer drive.

Journaling with TGJ

Ways to create a journal:

Create a Traditional Diary

There are three steps to creating a traditional diary type journal.

  1. Start the TGJournal.exe program. You are taken to a blank journal page under the current date.
    Type your journal entry.
  2. Ater you have typed your text, click the SAVE icon on the top toolbar and you are done. If you want to see your journal entry from yesterday or last month or last year, use the calendar to go to the date desired. You may also use the VIEW->BROWSE ENTRIES option from the main menu to select journal entries.

Create a Daily Activity Journal

A daily activity journal is essentially the same as creating a traditional diary with one or possibly two additional features.

  1. After starting the program, you may elect to record the time at which the entry is being made. You click the TIME icon on the toolbar and the time is inserted. You should do this before entering the journal text.
  2. Another option you should take before entering journal text is to designate part or all of the text entry under a specific category. There are three default categories (“Daily Activity”, “Dream”, “Observation”) to choose from or you may create and add your own (see Create Category in the Help file). To add a category to journal text, click the indicator arrow next to the category entry list.

A journal entry with the above two features opens additional ways of journaling with TGJ.

Create an Organized Daily Activity Journal

In a journal containing category designators (see above), it is possible to tweak the journal’s organization by tracking word and phrase usage. This is done with the MARK TRACK feature (see Word Track in the Help file).

A MARK TRACK compendium in a journal is useful for tracking repetitive attributes assigned to a particular subject. For instance, in a journal entry discussing the subject weather (which might even be a category you add to the journal), use of the word “clouds” might farther be refined by describing the type of clouds–“no clouds”, “light clouds”, “heavy clouds”, etc.. Using the SEARCH AND REPLACE feature of TGJ you may search for such phrases and get a list of all entries in which the phrases occur (using the SHOW SEARCH RESULTS window). The MARK TRACK feature incorporates this global search capacity. It enhances the capacity by allowing you to farther define what you are tracking by allowing associative attributes (or qualifying words). These associative attributes are entered on the WORD TRACK ASSOCIATION screen. To get there you would first designate the word “cloud” for tracking (see WORD TRACK). After updating the word tracking list (UPDATE WORD TRACK LIST), you click on the STATS Tab at the top of the journal entry area, select the tracked word “cloud” (by clicking the indicator arrow next to it to enter all the words associated with “cloud”. You can also enter words to farther restrict information gathered about the tracked word (from the main Word Association form menu, ADD->ADD ASSOCIATED WORD).

Create an Organized Daily Sleep Journal

Maintaining a daily sleep journal builds upon the daily activity type journal by including a Sleep Record panel for recording daily sleep periods (see Recording Sleep Data in the Help file).You must start a journal entry before entering any sleep data and you must SAVE the entry. Entering sleep data, you do the following:

  • Click the SLEEP RECORD button to expand (and contract) the sleep panel.
  • Using the drop down arrows next to START and END times, enter the time you went to sleep and awoke.
  • Click the CALCULATE MINUTES button after entering the above times. This will display the total minutes.
    Once you have entered your sleep times, you have one of two options for entering the number of minutes spent in each stage of sleep. If you have a sleep tracking device, you can get the DEEP, LIGHT, and INTERRUPTED minutes from that device and enter them into the MINS BY STAGE boxes. Alternatively, if you do not have a sleep tracking device, you can click the CALCULATE PERCENT BY THIRDS button. The total minutes of sleep are divided by thirds and entered into the sleep stages box.

Once you have accumulated and entered a history of sleep times (a sufficient number of entries from which to extrapolate a pattern) you can use the CREATE SLEEP HISTORY TABLE from main EDIT menu to complete all the sleep data after entering the sleep times. TGJ allows you to graphically see the sleep data in two graph formats. (See Daily Sleep Data Graph and STATS Tab.)

Create, Innovate
The TGJ help file was created with the assistance of TGJ.

Each topic was copied and pasted into a dated journal entry. (The months of September and October were used).

The topic title was entered as a TGJ category.
Significant words used in the help topic were tracked using the MARK TRACK feature. The classification used for all tracked phrases and words was “non-personal” and the category selected for tracking was “ALL” which is available as an option on the tracking panel.
After all help topics were copied and pasted into individual dates in TGJ, the UPDATE WORD TRACK option was used from the main menu (under EDIT).
To generate a list of tracked words suitable for use to create a book index, you go to the WORD TRACK tab and click the indicator next to any tracked word. This brings up the WORD TRACKING CONTEXT screen.

From the menu on the WORD TRACKING CONTEXT screen, click the PRIMARY WORD EXTRACT under the REPORTS menu. A list of all the tracked words are displayed, with the category or, in this instance, help file topic name is displayed.
There are other creative ways to use TGJ. Just remember that in uses like creating an index, we follow the above procedure by creating a special journal for the help topic text and a list of tracked words. We must backup the journal if we want to use t again. When we do, we must reload both the journal file and the windex.abs file that we use with it. (See Backup Journal and Open Journal).


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