Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Thank you Krystall in Washington, UT and Pixlr.com

Before I tell you about the best online image editor I've ever seen, I wanted to thank Krystall for contacting our team and allowing us to create video tutorials that she could use to share LDSJournal.com with members in her Ward. We sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve members and we hope that we can make journal keeping a fun, family activity.

If any of you have a need or would like to share LDSJournal with your friends, please let us know. We will be posting some introductory tutorials online at our YouTube channel, so feel free to use them on your blog or email us ideas for other video tutorial that can help you.

Image Editing Online for FREE
Now, I want to share a site with you that I recently discovered, but has been getting rave reviews from users all around the world. Pixlr.com is an online image editing solution that allows users to do hundreds of activities including cropping, resizing, and cleaning up personal photos. The reason I bring this site to your attention is many of you have asked us for an image editing solution that you could use before uploading Footnote photos to LDSJournal. For those of you creating printed and bound journal books, Pixlr will help you sharpen and straighten photos to create a better book for your posterity. While it has so many tools to help you accomplish your tasks, the best feature is the price tag -- free.

There are two options that you should take a look at. The full Editor is something akin to Adobe Photoshop in a browser and the Express version is more like Photoshop Elements. I'm sorry for not getting into a full-blown breakdown of their services, but I do recommend checking out their site. We will be creating a tutorial for LDSJournal to show members just how useful this site can be.

As always, if you have any questions or comments, please send us an email and we'll get right back to you.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Video Tutorials now in the works!

In an effort to make LDSJournal easier (if that's possible), the Help Desk team has started creating Video Tutorials to answer member requests related to features or functionality in the LDSJournal system. All tutorials will be posted in the Help Center on the LDSJournal Web site, but you can also access the video tutorials from our YouTube channel by visiting http://www.youtube.com/ldsjournal

If you have any specific tutorials you would like to see, please contact the Help Desk and we'll do our best to get your tutorial into production.
Here's a video tutorial explaining how to add Footnotes (photos) to your journal entries.

LDSJournal Gold goes live!

This update has been a long time coming, but we've released the LDSJournal Gold service and the response from members has been tremendous!

The main differences between the basic FREE account and the LDSJournal Gold service is with Gold, members can synchronize email addresses with their account and email journal entries with photos attached directly into their LDSJournal account. For members that access and compose email messages from their mobile devices, this feature will come as a welcome upgrade. We've also pulled all of the third-party ad locations, increased storage up to 2GB and given users the ability to export their LDSJournals to PDF. The cost of the Gold service is $29.95/year and all Gold subscribers receive a 10% discount on printed hardbound journals.

We're very excited about the Gold service and we're even more excited about new features we will be adding to the Gold service very soon. To see the promotional email that we've been sending to our members, please click the link below:

http://www.ldsjournal.com/newsletters/2010MAR10/

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year... a few days later :)

I hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas and the New Year is kicking off right! There are so many things going at LDSJournal.com and we're all very excited for the upcoming release of the LDSJournal Gold Service. I do have to apologize on behalf of everyone on our staff for the delay in getting this update published. We've been so busy publishing books for the Holidays and end of the year that we've just been swamped and it has pushed our release date back later than we would have liked.

I did get the most recent copy of Latter Day Bride magazine and guess who's on the inside cover? That's right... LDSJournal.com. Heck, if getting married isn't worth writing in a journal, I don't know what is. I really love the ad that Steve Reed created. If you haven't seen our Ad, pick up a magazine or stop by your local Borders and check it out!



Speaking of writing in a journal, I'm curious how many of you made it your 2010 New Year's Resolution to write in your journal more? Personally I am going to try to write in my journal every day. This past year really showed me the importance of recording the simplest of things. For my personal life, it is amazing to think how 2009 started off with so much hope and quickly turned sour, only to end in such a wonderful way. I only wish that I would have taken the time to write in detail some of the thoughts that I was having to share with loved ones. I wonder how many of you had similar feelings at the end of 2009...

On a personal note, my dad is making an effort to keep his journal in LDSJournal and he's not a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints. It really makes me smile to see him recording things about his life. I'm pretty sure that I have already extolled the virtues of my dad in a previous blog post, but this is really sweet.

Anyway, I hope to be making some major posts and updates in the coming weeks. Keep your fingers crossed!!!