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Yojimbo empowers Mac users to manage, effortlessly and securely, the onslaught of information encountered every day at work and at home, even across multiple computers. Yojimbo stores different data types: text notes, passwords, Web bookmarks, product serial numbers, PDFs, and Web archives.

Data input into Yojimbo follows familiar Mac user interface gestures such as copy-and-paste, drag-and-drop, a Quick Input Panel, or PDF Services from the Print menu. Searching and retrieval are instantaneous, using either Yojimbo's built-in search, or the Spotlight search system in OS X.

Note: Yojimbo 4.0 is a more...

What's New

Version 4.0.3:

Changes and Fixes

  • To work around WebKit hangs and crashes (e.g., Radar 15892360), Yojimbo now disallows the execution of JavaScript and services provided by Internet plug-ins (e.g. Flash) when displaying web archive items internally.
  • Starting Yojimbo with the Shift key held down will remove selection information from the internal saved state. This can be more...

Requirements

  • OS X 10.8.2 or later

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I bought Yojimbo3 and have found it to be quite good, BUT having to pay for it while there are free alternatives including the excellent EVERNOTE is absurd.

Charging $20 for an upgrade when that upgrade only has one new feature, and more...

5 people found this review helpful
Version 4.0
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What is particularly outrageous is the fact that the Wasabi Sync website indicates that Wasabi Sync only charges a developer $49.00 per month for 10,000 users. The publisher of this app is charging quite a mark up for not implementing iCloud or more...

7 people found this review helpful
Version 4.0
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Alexiusca Member IconReview+128
Alexiusca
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Can't believe they still sell this. Not sure what on earth people think makes this worth $30 bucks considering the free and paid alternatives which are far better and developed far more actively and empathetically.

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Version 4.0.3
Rickdees Member IconReview+27
Rickdees
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I wrote a glowing review of this product recently but I have to update my rating.

I just installed Lil Snitch. There should be another category for rating of developer integrity. Here's a list of the servers Yojimbo is talking to:

accounts.l.google.com
analytics.twitter.com
www.facebook.com
apis.google.com
accounts.google.com
s2.googleusercontent.com
twitter.com
s-static.ak.facebook.com
www.googlecommerce.com

There's no option to turn it off and no notification they are SELLING your data without permission.

Despicable.

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Version 4.0.1
Shiny22
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With respect, how do you know that they are selling anything? And if they are selling my data, what data exactly of all the data on my machine? Maybe there's another reason?

Blloyd
+13

Have you ever captured any web archives in Yojimbo? If so, if those sites have cookies, then whenever you view them in Yojimbo, Yojimbo is going to call out to those sites, as it is displaying the web archives. This is what web archives DO.

This is one of the big problems with Little Snitch: 99% of people don't know enough about how computers and the web works to properly interpret its output. And I suspect you are casting blame for all the wrong reasons here.

Rickdees Member IconReview+27
Rickdees
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Would I prefer a better/updated UI? Sure. Would I prefer they use DropBox instead of (whatever). Absolutely. HOWEVER. This software works as advertised. I've got it syncing on three different computers and it's flawless. I just bought Yojimbo for iPad - again syncing is flawless.

When this first came out I tried it for about two days, read the other reviews and decided it was time to switch. I bought Together and liked the UI, liked that I didn't have to pay for syncing, etc. After 2 weeks were up, I never could get it to pick my iCloud database for my laptop. Then I started seeing red entries - meaning it couldn't find the file. I gave up on Together after seeing half of my 1200+ entries show up missing. I switched back to Yojimbo and like I said earlier - flawless syncing.

At the end of the day, I want something I can rely on and Yojimbo is the best choice for me.

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Version 4.0
Gary30
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We all very much like "Free" but run, don't walk, from any product that offers its own free sync service. Unless the company is large and can offer other fee-services on those sync servers, then the sync service will kill them financially. NotifyMe and others were dragged under by this; Together looks like a candidate for big problems if they can't get their service to pay for itself. So the fee service used by Yojimbo makes sense. I don't happen to need syncing for Yojimbo so I just use Yojimbo 3 and a remote access software app/service should I need to have a look at something. I just wish Yojimbo would get a fresh UI update and maybe a little more support for media file types. Otherwise version 4 is not a compelling update for me.

Cocoanut Member IconReview+209
Cocoanut
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Honestly, it's as if they actually don't WANT users. BBEdit is a fine application but Yojimbo is an utter fiasco of blunders and customer care. It could be a great application with a different, more adept developer.

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Version 4.0
flash1296gmailcom8977 Member IconReview+14
flash1296gmailcom8977
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I bought Yojimbo3 and have found it to be quite good, BUT having to pay for it while there are free alternatives including the excellent EVERNOTE is absurd.

Charging $20 for an upgrade when that upgrade only has one new feature, and that creates additional expenses is even more absurd.

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Version 4.0
misterjspencer Member IconReview+82
misterjspencer
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When YJ stopped syncing I tried others, and I see Together syncs with iCloud, Voodoopad syncs with dropbox and Devon think syncs with Dropbox also.
As others have said YJ lags behind in its ability to store and sort items
The sync path for this app is innovative but too expensive. You will stick with what you know maybe, but at what price?

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Version 4.0
Rlevent Member IconReview+38
Rlevent
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What is particularly outrageous is the fact that the Wasabi Sync website indicates that Wasabi Sync only charges a developer $49.00 per month for 10,000 users. The publisher of this app is charging quite a mark up for not implementing iCloud or Drop Box syncing. The Notebooks app, which is available for (and syncs between) the Mac, for IOS and for Windows does everything Yojimbo does (and more) for much less money.

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Version 4.0
xgerrit Member IconReview+13
xgerrit
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I sympathize with the developer for the iCloud sync problems, but the reality is: Dropbox or iCloud file syncing would have worked (other apps have made it work) and not cost the user $36 a year. Plus iOS 7 and OS X Mavericks will include Keychain password syncing, seriously devaluing what the paid syncing gets you. This doesn't even address Mac to iPad syncing, which currently only works over Wifi (and only when Yojimbo is running.) I've loved this app since version 1.0, but I'm majorly disappointed.

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Version 4.0
Blloyd
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iCloud sync did NOT work. They tried for a year (a year!) and had issues they couldn't work around. Core Data sync is a very difficult problem.

And Dropbox sync has issues as well.

Syncing a database is very hard. It's not at all the same as syncing something like 1Password. I do wish they'd been able to make iCloud sync work and save everyone money, and I REALLY wish they had a functional iPad client (it's nearly useless as-is), but the Bare Bones folks *are* smart developers and I'm certain if they could have made iCloud sync work, they would have. And maybe if Apple addresses the issue, an update will come out that uses iCloud.

Panthera Member IconComment+82
Panthera
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This program is a joke and its developers are total failures. What else can one conclude. I regret every penny that I spent on the original application and on the iPad app. I recommend that individuals or organizations that need tenable solutions tended by responsible, talented developers that you look into Evernote (I have 21,000 notes in it) and DEVONthink.

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Version 4.0
Blloyd
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The problem I have with Evernote is that export is a total pain. It exports things as HTML (or as ENEX files), and not as their native formats. Given much of what I store is text and RTF documents and web archives, Evernote has significant downsides for me.

And I can't stomach DEVONthink's UI.

Donperreault Member IconComment+595
Donperreault
+11

$20.00 upgrade, for what? You changed to a new syncing format and want to charge $20.00 for this upgrade, because I do not see any major improvements. I am so disappointed in this upgrade, there is absolutely no reason for me to upgrade.

BTW: You are so far behind when it comes to features in applications similar to Yojimbo that even a new user would be foolish to purchase Yojimbo over Together, Eaglefiler or Devonthink.

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Version 4.0
russelladam
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This is so frustrating. If it used the Dropbox sync api I might be able to justify the purchase, but I have to pay 3 dollars a month to sync with some service that I've never heard of before and that I would only use with Yojimbo. The other upgrade "features" seem to be bug fixes and full screen mode, which should have come long ago. I'm sad and annoyed that I have to look for another junk drawer app.

Macd
+3

And let's not forget there's STILL no iPhone client for this POS :) And none announced AFAIK.
These guys coming from parallel universe where neither Dropbox nor iPhones exist, and trying to sell us their stuff are so funny.

Donperreault
+2

After reading the Yojimbo 4.0 release notes I am even more surprised that Bare Bones is selling this as a major upgrade, full screen and new syncing, that's it folks.

http://www.barebones.com/support/yojimbo/arch_yojimbo40.html

Blloyd
+3

I've used Together, Eaglefiler, and Devonthink. They may have more features, but they have considerably more UI friction than Yojimbo does.

Together is slower from a UI perspective, but it keeps documents in the file system and syncs with iCloud so that's great.

EagleFiler feels like an open-source product. It is SO SLOW; it takes about 10 seconds to launch on my machine with a nearly empty library. EVERYTHING in the UI is slow and it's awful, and this is with the most recent version. Michael may be great at a technology level, but I've tried EagleFiler many many times and it's just bad. Plus it doesn't really "sync."

DEVONthink I used for a number of years but the UI just killed me. It's simply awful; it's about the most terrible UI I've ever come across. Everything is nonstandard and it doesn't sync well, etc.

I've used Yojimbo a lot and it is the fastest of the lot, and the UI is simple and clean and its use of tags and smart collections is fantastic. Plus sync works extremely well in this release.

I'm not really pleased with the costs given you have to pay for sync and there's an upgrade fee for few new features and the iOS sync still stinks and the product is read-only. But I'm not really worried about it being "far behind" compared to something like DEVONthink or Eaglefiler, because those are like the devil's swiss army knives when it comes to usability. I'd much rather have something that does few things well, if those things (sync and UI) are the things I find most valuable.

russelladam
+1

Thank you Blloyd for your run down of the other apps. I did prefer Yojimbo's simplicity. I've been using the app since 1.0 and am a bit insulted by this update. Especially with full screen mode coming almost 2 OS cycles after the feature was introduced. I don't mind not having iCloud sync, but Dropbox sync should have been an option. 1Password has been using it for a long time for their keychain format and Transmit now uses the Dropbox sync api for their favorites database. I'd prefer not to switch applications, but I don't feel like I'm being done right by this developer for the money I've spent on the desktop and mobile versions of the software. I never expected to get sync for free. Even Omnigroup has a software that allows you to self host a sync if you have access to webdav. That would have been great here and they could have presumably kept a lot of the mobile me syncing code if that was using webdav to sync to the old iDisk.

I'm currently trying out Together. It's not as lean as I would like, but it's pretty nice. I wont be using the iCloud sync, but it seems to be well supported with a clean interface. I like having filesystem access to items in Together as well so I can include them in other applications. It gives you the option to symlink files instead of moving or copying them.

Blloyd
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I won't argue that Bare Bones moves slowly. They certainly do. Yojimbo has never been fast to get features, but when they come they're well thought out.

That said, they tried to use iCloud for a long time (a year?) and couldn't make it work, so that set them back a lot, time-wise.

Dropbox is not a viable sync solution for Yojimbo. Rich Siegel wrote a public article explaining why: A core data database is nothing like the key value pairs in 1Password. Nor is Dropbox viable sync for Omni Group; they wrote a similar article. You don't have to understand WHY, but it's the truth that it's not a viable solution.

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Date 22 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
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