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viJournal for Mac

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  • Date Added:
    Jul. 07, 2012
  • Price:
    Free to try (Create up to 30 entries. After that you can continue to use all the app's features except creating new entries.); $26.95 to buy

Editors' Review


With its well-built tagging system, viJournal for Mac can store your day-to-day thoughts and experiences just like a paper journal would. Features such as passcode protection, multiple journal support, and integration with blogging services like Blogger and LiveJournal, coupled with an interface supporting drag-and-drop functionality, make this premium app a well-rounded choice to consider.

At startup, viJournal for Mac throws a number of useful tips at you that can help you understand how to use this application. The creation of new entries, which in the trial version is limited to 30, is a single-click process that automatically inserts the current date. In terms of features and interface, we have found the app to be hit-or-miss. Having two separate buttons on the screen for creating a new entry and displaying two panes, which effectively do identical tasks, the app appears to be unpolished -- still a work in progress. On the plus side, viJournal comes with mobile companion apps, password protection, and content encryption, as well as the ability to post your journal entries on your Blogger or LiveJournal sites. In addition, you can also drag and drop multimedia and images you would like to use for your journal entries, which is quite neat. In terms of performance, the software runs smoothly, requiring little system resources.

While perhaps not the best in its class, viJournal for Mac does have a few features, which make it worth trying out. If you're looking for a journaling app with enhanced security, or you have a personal blog hosted on Blogger or LiveJournal, you will find viJournal for Mac handy.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of viJournal for Mac 2.5.0.

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1 stars

"Please update developer contact info"

April 26, 2012  |  By kathally

2012-04-26 05:50:03  |  By kathally

 |  Version: viJournal 2.4.0


Sounds good, but...


Ghost developers make me nervous. Contact links for "SkoobySoft" are dead.

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4 stars

"The best journaling app around."

October 03, 2010  |  By rfcee

2010-10-03 16:52:16  |  By rfcee

 |  Version: viJournal 2.3.7


As a journal it's great: a diary and as a place to store associated documents, pictures. Good support from app designer, kept current by developer.


I'm not always happy with how it sets up pages for printing out, but that's really just a matter of learning how it works. Not a limitation, just a tweaking requirement.


I've used it for several years. No other app has served my purposes as well: personal diary, storehouse for special documents, a few pictures of special relevance, responsive developer. A number of updates, no charges for improvement. Highly recommended

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4 stars

"This is a nice journaling application"

February 26, 2009  |  By Vermonter17032

2009-02-26 13:03:19  |  By Vermonter17032

 |  Version: viJournal 2.1.2


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viJournal is a nice application if all you're looking for is a place to keep a daily journal. In fact, it is far more convenient than some of the other popular journaling applications, like MacJournal and Journler, because it has all the features you need and few of the ones you don't need.

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3 stars

"Once more, to be fair."

January 03, 2009  |  By hlb9

2009-01-03 10:45:25  |  By hlb9

 |  Version: viJournal 2.0.2


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I gave version 2.0.2 another shot after reading jeremy's reply, and this time, things worked. I'm not sure why the procedures he's referring to didn't function when I first tried 2.0.2, but they do now. I still prefer viJournal 1.9; it's simply a visually more streamlined, cleaner implementation. The new design of the library with its arrows and subheaders is too spread out for meâ??I like to be able to see all the dates and descriptions at a glance, as is possible with the 'table'-like look of the library in 1.9, and for some reason I also like to have it on the right (perhaps there is a way to switch this around that I haven't discovered yet?). But these are mostly matters of my personal preference; to be fair, viJournal 2.0.2 is perfectly functional, and in terms of design and price still a better choice than its free or more costly competitors. So here's your stars back.

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4 stars

"Dedicated Developer"

January 15, 2007  |  By terrespencer

2007-01-15 13:41:17  |  By terrespencer

 |  Version: viJournal 1.7.6


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I had a conflict with viJournal, SpotPicker and Unsanity's WindowShade. ScoobySoft answered my request for help and kept answering until I had nearly four years of journals restored.

As an enthusiatic user who finds the program ideal for daily journaling and keeping journals for specific issues, I cannot stress enough how important a responsive and dedicated developer is in my software selections and ongoing product loyalty.

This dedicated developer responds promptly and thourghly. Bravo! Bravo! WAere that we had more of his caliber!

Terre Spencer

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5 stars

"Lovely lovely software!"

May 27, 2006  |  By aoimedia

2006-05-27 09:18:33  |  By aoimedia

 |  Version: viJournal 1.6.5


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Yes, I may well own a three year old PowerBoook (1st Gen 867Mhz 12" Alu) but I pride myself on the fact that I only install the very finest software on it.

viJournal is no exception.

Whatever you want from this little app (personal diary, blogging or info management) this is a must have!

Polished GUI and extremely well thought out and easy to use.

I made my purchase within an hour of using!
You will not be disappointed :-)

A five star application which has me already looking forward to future updates with bated breath


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5 stars

"Excellent Application!"

April 19, 2006  |  By tahitidave

2006-04-19 11:33:27  |  By tahitidave

 |  Version: viJournal 1.6.3


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I just recently (3 months ago) started keeping a journal with viJournal. I've found using it to be a breeze and the interface smooth. I especially like that you can hide most of its functionality so you can focus on what's important, the writing.

After using it for a while now I find that it's my perferred place to write! Any new documentation I have to put together for my job, I start it in viJournal. It's where my ideas flow.

Thanks for making a great product!

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4 stars

"Good writing development tool"

September 27, 2005  |  By v1m

2005-09-27 01:10:25  |  By v1m

 |  Version: viJournal 1.5.7


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I detest much software, but I love viJournal. I'll have it open daily alongside Mellel, as it is superb for taking notes and refining my projects.

What this app excels at is simple functionality: its layout could be no cleaner, its few minimalist controls no less obtrusive. It offers that transparency and rational simplicity I value in design. This is as far as you can travel from the dorky mess of Microsoft products.

There's a great speedy search function. One additional valuable feature is the slide-out Notes tray, which offers more area for jotting down stuff. (And if the author adds the ability to export this material to .rtf, too, the program will be perfect).

Highly recommended.

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2 stars


March 25, 2005  |  By coffeebuzzard--2008

2005-03-25 01:13:28  |  By coffeebuzzard--2008

 |  Version: viJournal 1.5.1


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It seems like it might be a great start. But I was frustrated almost immediately. Whether this is good feedback for you or for the developer...

I've been looking for a journal solution that I could integrate photos in for a long time. Ideally, I'd like to have a pointer from my iCal that I have a log entry for that day.

This certainly isn't a full review since my frustrations with this product in the 5 minutes finally made me give up. The interface? It's a nice attempt, somewhat apple-esk, but not at all intuitive. A sample dialogue with myself as I tried to use it. " ... Didn't I just click that other button and have the same thing happen? What the heck is that thing? Why won't that go away? How do I... hey, that's kind of cool. Wait ... I can't ... go way. Go AWAY! BE GONE!!! Awe, forget it."

The little buttons in the bottom right corner of the main window make no sense and they don't redraw correctly when resizing the main window. Ugly. When clicking on the right button, some kind of mini-window of entry listings appears, but once it's popped up, there appeared at first to be no way to get rid of the blasted thing once it appeared since the only button to get rid of it was actually hidden by the popup window! I couldn't move it or get rid of it. What the? I kept looking for the OS X red yellow green buttons at the top of the window, only to find a neutral bar that did nothing. Somehow I was finally able to resize the main window behind the mini-window to find the button to make it go away.

Adding a photo is great! But what the freakin' heck is the deal with seeing a ghost image of the bottom portion of the main photo every time a mouse over occurs with the thumbnail. First of all, the whole photo isn't visible, only the bottom half. What the? Secondly, what's the point of seeing just a ghost image in the first place? Third, even changing the preference so that the main photo appears "only when clicked" does nothing. The gigantic bottom half of a ghost image still appears with every thumbnail mouse-over. Again frustrating. Forth, oh well you get the idea...

The most frustrating: I got into some kind of Save Dialogue Box hell as I was unable to click anywhere in the main window without getting a "The entry changed, do you want to save it?" dialogue. Clicking yes gave me "You don't have privileges to do this" even though I'm logged in as an admin. And the dialogue box wouldn't go away. Clicking "no" gave me the same dialogue over and over again... "The entry changed do you want to save it?" No. "The entry changed do you want to save it?" No. "The entry changed do you want to save it?" No. "The entry changed do you want to save it?" No. I tried quitting the app, but that dialogue would not go away, no matter what I tried. I forced quit the app, repaired privileges on my drive and tried the app again. This unfortunately made no difference as the same problems continued to occur.

Normally I wouldn't bother taking the time to write anything, I'd just trash the app and never bother with it again, but I felt like sharing my frustration.

My search for a decent journal app that lets me add photos to my entries continues.

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4 stars

"Very clean"

June 19, 2004  |  By thömi

2004-06-19 14:28:59  |  By thömi

 |  Version: viJournal 1.2


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and nice app ! Fair price too. Good job.

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Full Specifications

Publisher SkoobySoft
Publisher web site
Release Date July 07, 2012
Date Added July 07, 2012
Version 2.5.0
Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Calendar & Time Management Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6/Intel
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 2.5MB
File Name viJournalv250.dmg
Total Downloads 11,348
Downloads Last Week 11
License Model Free to try
Limitations Create up to 30 entries. After that you can continue to use all the app's features except creating new entries.
Price $26.95

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