Bare-bones diary

Don't bother with this unattractive and featureless program.

MB Pagan Diary is a program that lets users keep track of their pagan practices. Although it works as described, its unattractive interface and lack of features left us unimpressed.

As is the case with all Mystic Board programs, the opening screen is a clutter of ads for Mystic Board. The program's main interface lets users choose between sections for spells, incense, recipes, and rituals. Each section looks the same, with a space that contains a list of entries, which are not dated. (Yes, a diary without dated entries. Amazing.) When users add an entry they get access to two small text boxes, one for the entry's title and one for the body. That's really all the program does. The diary's background is black and the text is white; there are large ugly gray buttons and no decoration or images. In general, the program is very basic and has few features. An online Help file briefly explains the program's functions. We get the feeling that Mystic Board felt it could market a pretty unimpressive program by slapping the pagan label on it; most users will probably find the program disappointing.

MB Pagan Diary has a 30-day trial period. The program installs desktop icons without asking and leaves a folder behind upon removal. The program also opens a Mystic Board Web page every time it is closed. We do not recommend this program; there are too many better options, both electronic and paper.

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