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  1. Upon receiving your CD or completing the download of the commercial version of journal software (depending on your purchase option; for electronic download, please skip this step), you may place your CD into the CD-ROM drive, and wait for a while until it Auto-Plays.
  2. If nothing happens after a while, i.e. the Auto-Play feature fails, you may launch Windows Explorer, and browse to your CD-ROM drive location. Then double click at the "Setup.exe" file, which shall start the installation process immediately.
  3. During the installation process, you will be prompted to accept the license agreement, and also to enter the Serial Number as well as Product Key that you received.
  4. After this, you will need to click at the Next button until it starts the installation process, unless you would like to change the default installation path or other settings.
  5. Once the installation completes, you may start to use Chrysanth Journal to create your first journal database, and to enter your password to protect unauthorized access.


create a new journal database

  1. When you launch Journal for the very first time, you will be presented with a window to assist you in creating your first new journal database. You may specify the location for your new journal database as well as the name of your journal database now.
Specify new journal database location and name

specify new journal database location and name


  1. This journal database will store all your journal entries and precious photos, so it is highly recommended that you specify a password to protect your privacy. Without a password, your journal entries are in danger of being read by anyone who could access your journal database. At this stage, you may also specify if Journal should remember the new journal database password, or Journal should use this as the default journal database and sign in this journal database automatically each time you run Journal.
Determine password protection and sign in options

determine password protection and sign in options
  1. When you are done with the options, click at the Create button to complete the new journal database set up process.
Creating new journal database

creating new journal database



access an existing journal database

  1. If you have not specified your newly created journal database as the default journal database, each time when you run Journal, you will see the screen below.
Select the journal database and other sign in options

select the journal database and other sign in options
  1. If you have more than one frequently accessed journal database, you may simply click at the drop down combo box to pick from the five most recently accessed journal databases. Alternatively, you may also click at the Browse... button to locate your desired journal database.
  2. You may also determine which Journal mode you would like to sign in by default. The three available modes are:
    • Management: Journal main management window will be shown upon sign in.
    • New Entry: You will start with a blank journal editor upon sign in.
    • Start in Tray: Journal will not show any window upon sign in, but you could always access Journal by right clicking at the Journal icon in the system tray located at the lower right corner of your desktop.
  3. If you would like to have a new look of Journal, you may also specify the new Theme that Journal will use at this stage too.
The Romantic Pink theme

the Romantic Pink theme


write your first journal entry

  1. Now you will be presented with a Journal main window, in which you may click at the New Entry toolbar button (which is at the upper left corner of the main window) to start writing your first journal entry.

Click at the New Entry button to write a new journal entry

new journal entry button


  1. After saving your journal entry, you may retrieve it at anytime via one of the two different views, i.e. Calendar View or Tag View, depending on how you wish to organize your journal.