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Posted by Amontillado
Jul 21, 2018 at 04:03 PM


Scrivener is said to be vulnerable to certain sync processes used by iCloud, particularly the option to let iCloud manage your files. Seldom accessed files, even (apparently) files inside of packages.

An Apple package, of course, is no different from a normal subdirectory. It’s just flagged by the Finder as something to be displayed atomically unless you choose the option to show package contents.

A couple of times I’ve had some files I wanted to keep bundled up with a Scrivener project, so I’ve put everything including the Scrivener project into DEVONThink. I figure DT’s sync is more predictable than iCloud. Works great.

If you right click on anything stored in DT, there is an option to “reveal in Finder.”


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jul 21, 2018 at 07:16 PM


I’ve been intrigued by Diarly as well. It shows a lot of promise, but it’s concept is that it allows you one page per day, which is different than most journals, in which you can create as many entries per day as you desire. This might be better for some types of journaling. It might be restrictive for others. Diarly did recently add the ability to create multiple notebooks, so you can have more than one entry per day, but just one per day per notebook.

Regardless, it is still too bare-bones for me.


MadaboutDana wrote:

>A nice, recently produced Mac product is Diarly, but it’s still pretty
>basic. A mix of DayOne and Bear, really, but needs a few more features
>before it’s ready to recommend.


Posted by Dellu
Jul 21, 2018 at 08:22 PM


MadaboutDana wrote:
On the one hand - on the other, DEVONthink does keep files in databases,
>which are effectively a single proprietary file (dtBase2 format).
> >So although you can easily extract files from DEVONthink, you have to be
>running DEVONthink in order to extract them… ;-)

NO, you don’t need to run Devonthink to get your files. You can open the package (“show package contents”) in the Finder and find your files organized by file type.

Devonthink database is far from proprietary.
The same is true with MacJournal. All the files can be rescued using “show package contents” in finder.

Other genuine proprietary packages like Day One don’t have that option.


Posted by Dellu
Jul 21, 2018 at 08:27 PM


I honestly don’t get why MacJournal is not the most used software for journals.

It is the most suitable for the job.
it stores files transparently (even if the file names are convoluted); can store all types of files including embedded video.

Extremely fast
Feature rich; no other journaling software comes close to the list of features


Posted by MadaboutDana
Jul 22, 2018 at 01:19 PM


Not entirely true - Lifecraft Pro (derived from Notelife Pro) is also very powerful. But… it’s a subscription-based app.

However, it does almost as much as MacJournal, and as far as I can tell, is still in active development.


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