Want a diary/journal piece of software

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by LastLine, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. LastLine macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Hey all,

    I'm looking for a piece of software that will let me keep an electronic diary/journal, just something to keep my thoughts in really I guess, like you might a paper version. I don't want to set up a blog as this will be personal information, but I do want to be able to skim through it page by page as you would a paper book, or to go to a specific date.

    Anyone know anything of the sort?

    :) Freeware is preferable.
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
  3. polycat33 macrumors 6502

    Jul 1, 2007
    Alexandria, VA
    I think they have a free 14 day trial of that program too, so you can try it out, see if it's worth the money.
  4. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    If you have iWork '08 in the "miscellaneous" part of the "Page Layout" section there is a Travel Journal that can easily be adapted to suit your needs.

    Failing that there is the free app Mr Diary
  5. M@lew macrumors 68000


    Nov 18, 2006
    Melbourne, Australia
  6. aspro macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2005
    Hobart, Australia
    I use MacJournal and would definitely recommend it. I looked at Journler and it just seemed to busy for me.
  7. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2004
    It is as simple or as complex as you want it.
    Spend ten minutes trying it out.
    It should do everything you want.
  8. Macguru222 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
    MacJournal Trumps All..by far

    There's a reason why MacJournal is on of the most downloaded apps on Versiontracker and MacUpdate. It's just good software, plain and simple. I've used it since the beginning and, now, almost daily.
  9. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000


    Oct 31, 2005
    Twin Cities, MN
    Journler x3.

    Pretty much either Journler or MacJournal. Figure out what one you like, then get it.
  10. jczubach macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2007
    freebies: scrivner gold, idea knot, sorry i haven't the links, than google!
  11. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    I use MacJournal .... very good and not too expensive .. :)
  12. XV406 macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2007
    Another vote for journler. Does everything i want it too, great to organize with, plus it is free!!!! :cool:
  13. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    I think Journler will do what I need :) Thanks all!
  14. Macguru222 macrumors newbie

    Aug 22, 2007
  15. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    But if it still works, who cares? Journler's great. Someday it might not work, but for now, it's fantastic.

    Other possibilities are viJournal Lite and Voodoo Pad Lite. Both are free and are excellent diaries.

  16. LastLine thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 24, 2005
    Why bump a 2 year old thread to let us know you've changed software?
  17. dchest macrumors newbie

    Nov 26, 2007
    Try Mémoires, it's very simple. Basically, just calendar and entries list.
  18. mrcodewizard macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2010
    Funny, he actually said that Journlr was defunct AND he moved on. Courtesy NOT wanted here?
  19. Wasabihound macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2011
    At the risk of being accused of being a thread bumper.

    Journler is back up and they are currently trialling a Lion OS X beta.

    I have been looking at Mac Journal software and tried out Journler but not very keen on the layout - it is effective I suppose - reminds me of Yojimbo (which I have and use) but I was after a book or journal like layout.

    Per Se

    I am currently trialling Per Se - trial version available from the site. It looks like a book and I like the feel of it.

    It is a little more limited than say Journler or Mac Journal but still lets you add: audio, video and images plus use tags. Also has a nice quick note feature too. Oh and you can also insert links.

    Screenshot of Per Se with imported image and quick note.


    It is not without its idiosyncrasies - when I add an image it puts it at the start of the entry not where I have my cursor - although it is pretty simple to drag the image to the right place.

    It lets you add tables but I am still getting my head round formatting a table - right now if I change the colour of a border it only affects one cell in a table rather than all cells.

    I am still testing it out but so far it meets my notes.

    (Yeah, I looked at Circus Ponies Notebook - a little too much for my needs :))
  20. fastmax, Nov 6, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2011

    fastmax macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2011
    Day One looks like one of the best out there. It also takes advantage of the modern features we are all coming to depend on like cloud syncing. And its price point is very reasonable at $10 for Mac. It has a beautiful interface and integrates between OS X and iOS devices through Dropbox. Don't have a need for this type of app myself, but if I did this is where I'd start.

    There is a quick review here: http://appexhibit.com/day-one/
  21. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    I like Day One the most out of all. It's not free but not too expensive either ($10 I believe). Plus, you can sync with the app on iOS as well (if you purchase it - universal).
  22. BadaBing!! macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2010
  23. PlaidHatter macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    I'd recommend Macjournal. I used Journelr before, but is the chance of them disappearing worth the chance of having to move to commercial software (again) just to get a free application?

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