Want a diary/journal piece of software


macrumors 65816
Original poster
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.


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


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.


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.


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


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 :))


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/
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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).


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?