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Efficient Diary

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.1
out of 22 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.81 Build 383
  • Total Downloads:
    25,409
  • Date Added:
    Apr. 29, 2015
  • Price:
    Free

Editors' Review

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Efficient Diary is an attractive diary application that lets you record and organize diary entries in a variety of ways. The program's sleek design and useful features give it a definite edge over the traditional paper diary or alternatives like password-protected Word documents.

The program's interface is well organized and nice to look at, resembling the familiar Microsoft Outlook, and the built-in Help file is well written and thorough. You can customize your diary entries with a full range of colors, fonts, sizes, and effects. You can also insert images and attach documents to diary entries. You can select a header from a drop-down menu that reflects either your mood or the current weather. Entries can be organized into user-defined groups that are fully searchable, making it easy to find specific items from the past. We like that you can change the program's color scheme, allowing for a bit of personalization, and password protection certainly beats the old locking book cover of days past. Overall, we found Efficient Diary quite easy and pleasurable to use, both when it came to writing entries and managing them. The program isn't particularly heavy on features, but it offers all the important ones, and we can't think of glaring omissions. It's true that it doesn't support audio or video entries, which seem to be growing in popularity, but for a text-based diary, it's a great choice.

Efficient Diary is free. The program installs and uninstalls without issues. We recommend this program to all users.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"A great diary app program."

April 06, 2015  |  By ssteiner86

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.55 Build 350

Pros

Efficient Diary is very easy to use and very user friendly. It gives you the option to use password protection to keep unwanted people from reading your private diary entries. You can choose from a few different style designs to personalize the way the program looks for you (such as Pink, Black, Summer, Valentines ect..). You can make an unlimited amount of entries and organize them in different ways. And when making an entry it also gives you the option to add the weather for the day which it really good because weather has been known to affect your moods so you can keep track and see for your self if rainy days alter the way you are feeling at all.

Cons

The only cons that I can think of are that you are very limited in choosing which style design that you want to use unless you upgrade. And also that when using the weather option in your entries you have to choose the weather for yourself and that it doesn't give you the option to connect to the internet and use the actual current temperature and stuff.

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5 stars

"Practical and Secure Program"

May 04, 2014  |  By jflemingbishop

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.55 Build 350

Pros

Efficient Diary is great. It is user-friendly, very organized and secure. I love that I can set the password to be re-entered if I minimize the program. I highly recommend this product and have used it every day since I downloaded it.

Cons

My only con is that I wish I could categorize my entries into groups without upgrading. However, this program is good enough that I may choose to pay to upgrade anyways.

Summary

Thanks for the great software! It was tough to find a good diary/journal program before discovering Efficient Diary.

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2 stars

"It stopped being "Efficient"!"

April 24, 2013  |  By LiliaMSU

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.50 Build 333

Pros

Bring the old version back!

Cons

No more "Efficient Diary"...

Summary

It was excellent a year ago, only the spell-checker was disabled. Now the ''Sub-categories'' is gone...''attachment'' is also gone...See here:

http://www.efficientsoftware.net/diary/download-freeware.htm

If you want the original Efficient Diary - you have to buy it.
Efficient Diary is not ''efficient'' anymore...

P.S. Try to find old versions, like 1.98, maybe some sites still have it.

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5 stars

"Excellent Diary"

April 14, 2013  |  By Kelly_Carpo

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.50 Build 333

Pros

I really like this diary because it has several fun features like the state of the day whether it be cloudy, sunny and so forth.
I can access it off line and write as much or as little as I like.
I can also review what I've written.

Cons

none I can think of.

Summary

Worth the download. Especially if you like having a diary handy. It has a password protection so little brothers and sisters can't snoop too.
Enjoy

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5 stars

"Just what I was looking for"

November 21, 2012  |  By DrJansan

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.10 Build 326

Pros

Easy to use with a minimum learning curve.

Cons

Non worthy of reporting

Summary

It does what it should and with ease

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5 stars

"great diary !"

August 12, 2012  |  By chaas1

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.10 Build 322

Pros

would recomend to all amazingly easy

Cons

really great site

Summary

try this simple format plan you will be glad you did if interested in a diary

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4 stars

"Simple and efficient"

August 05, 2012  |  By adirks

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.10 Build 322

Pros

If all you want is a log, this is good. Quick, low load, efficient.

Cons

Please let me change that blue.

Summary



Updated on Aug 5, 2012

Found the control for the interface. Better colors are available.

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1 stars

"Doesn't Work"

June 12, 2012  |  By DXMC

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.0 Build 321

Pros

Nothing at all.

Cons

The program doesn't save diary entries. As soon as you close the program everything youv'e written in it is gone. When you re-open the program and try to access entries youv'e made you just get a message saying the file has been locked by the program. The file exists, but the program won't give you permission to access any entries youv'e made.

Summary

Completely useless.

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5 stars

"Love it !!!"

May 18, 2012  |  By iswaryam

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.0 Build 320

Pros

It is a simple yet effective UI, easy to find one's way around.

Cons

None found yet

Summary

I was looking for a proper diary software, not too comfy with the cloud versions. Efficient Diary seems to fit the bill for me thus far. I can create entries for previous dates, make changes to the present one, find a diary entry using search, and the best part --- it is password protected too :)

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2 stars

"Says your data is encrypted. It's not"

March 07, 2012  |  By kd888

 |  Version: Efficient Diary 3.0 Build 319

Pros

Nice, easy-to-use interface

Cons

Data is stored in plain text. Their website and help file both say that your data is encrypted. I e-mailed the company asking about this, but I have not heard back from them yet.

Summary

It's great, if you don't need your data to be private. Yes, you have to have a password to open the diary from within the program, but anyone can just open the data file in a text editor and see everything you've written.

Updated on Mar 7, 2012

It looks like you can have it encrypt the files, but it's not the default and it's not obvious how to turn it on. Check the box under Tools->Options->Action Confirmation called "Prompt me to confirm encryption when closing a file". If you have this checked, then when you close the program, it will ask you if you want to encrypt your diary file.

One other issue I noticed: The program never seems to completely quit. After I close it, if I look in the Task Manager, there is still a process called EfficientDiary.exe, using about 12 MB of memory. I noticed this because I was trying to delete the program's entire folder and it told me the files were still in use. I don't know what it's doing, but it makes me very suspicious that this could be some kind of malware.

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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher EfficientSoftware.net
Publisher web site http://www.efficientsoftware.net/
Release Date April 29, 2015
Date Added April 29, 2015
Version 3.81 Build 383
Category
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Calendar & Time Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Windows XP/Vista/7/8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 10.24MB
File Name EfficientDiary-Setup.exe
Popularity
Total Downloads 25,409
Downloads Last Week 55
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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