The architecture

Maybe it helps to compare the architecture of to the architecture of your personal computer. When you buy a PC you get a fully functional system that works out of the box. However, almost all PCs are also extensible systems: You can replace or add components if the need arises. You may exchange your monitor for a larger one, add a high-quality sound card, or additional hard drives.

It's the same with the system - it's fully functional out of the box but you can extend it with additional software components as you see fit.

An off-the-shelf computer is a compromise between complexity, price, and functionality. At a reasonable price you get a machine that does the job and may be all you ever need. Due to its architecture with standardized interfaces, though, it's no big deal to add more storage or a faster graphics card later.

And so it is with You don't have to make a big up-front investment for a complex system with components you may never need. But at the same time you don't incur a risk by starting small. You can always buy and plug in additional software components later (and of course you can try them out before you buy).

At the heart of the architecture is the platform - the "motherboard" so to speak:

The journal writing platform 

If you only had the motherboard you couldn't do much with it. In the case of you need at least one plugin to be able to create and edit journal items (The plugin that comes with the system is called itext - it's a simple word processor).

An absolute bare-bone system would look like this:

A bare-bones journal writing system with the itext plugin 

With this bare-bone system you'd be fully able to keep a journal but you'll also want a number of tools that make your life navigating and searching your journals easier and that's why the system comes with three tools out of the box: The Month Calendar tool, the Full-text search tool, and the Table-of-Contents tool:

The journal writing system with the itext plugin and the three standard tools 

As of this writing there are two additional plugins available: the iwrite™ word processor, which is a much more powerful word processor than itext™ and the ifood™ nutrition monitor for recording and managing food intake.

To get a first impression of iwrite you can take a look at the iwrite help file or a sample journal item created with iwrite. You can also download the iwrite plugin and try it out (with the system).

For the nutrition monitor check out the ifood help file and download the ifood plugin to try it out with the system.

Other plugins and tools are currently being developed. Subscribers to our newsletter will be the first to know when a new component is released.