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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jan 10, 2018 at 06:12 PM


I think there are a few MacJournal users on this forum. For those of you interested, I tweeted to Mariner Software and asked if MacJournal was still being developed. I got a short and not very detailed reply saying, “Yes, we are working on a new update now.”

That’s good news for a really terrific writing app. MJ hasn’t had an update in almost two years, and the developer, Dan Schimpf (Mariner distributes), hasn’t updated his blog, which was updated frequently, in almost two years also. So I was beginning to worry the software was abandoned. I thought other MJ users would be glad to get this news, even if it is a bit vague.

Steve Z.


Posted by Hugh
Jan 11, 2018 at 12:00 PM


Thanks for the update, Steve. Although in the macOS journal market MacJournal has been somewhat eclipsed by the relative newcomer Day One, I strongly agree with you that MacJournal is a good product, and not just for journaling. I would not wish to see it disappear.


Posted by Paul Korm
Jan 12, 2018 at 12:35 AM


Thanks for the note, Steve.  I too hope Mariner or Dan continue maintaining and offering MacJournal. 


Posted by Dellu
Feb 4, 2018 at 01:31 PM


I only recently appreciated how MacJournal is such an advanced journaling software.

I love the fact that I can directly attach family videos into my journals. 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Jul 6, 2018 at 09:43 AM


Good grief! I hadn’t realised just how powerful MacJournal is!

You can effectively use it as a full-scale info management app. There’s rich text and markdown, tagging, templates, “smart” journals (= smart folders), entry (= document/note) aliases, a timeline view, a calendar view, flagging, sorting, hierarchical journal view that includes entries for sub-journals, customisable info bars, word count, attachments, labels, due dates, priorities, status, powerful search function that includes saved searches, geolocation, even ratings and mood…

Well. Rather than me giving a full rundown of all the features, I’d recommend a quick read of the user manual, which is nice and streamlined (http://marinersoftware.com/wp-content/themes/euston/userguides/mjr-userguide.pdf)

Having thought I was downloading a relatively simple piece of journaling software, I’ve discovered something that in its own way, is as powerful as most dedicated info management apps. It looks as if this is going to replace a whole bunch of note-taking apps. Not least because as well as all these lovely features, it’s very fast to load, and has a very neat QuickNote facility that allows you to take rich-text notes whenever you want to.

Frankly, I’m somewhat blown away.


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