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Chronories makes writing a personal diary easy and fun. Like all other journal apps, Chronories supports text entries and pictures for each day. But Chronories can do much more for you: It automatically...
  • Collects contacts you've chatted or emailed with
  • Shows Web sites you've visited on that day
  • Stores the local weather for each day in your diary
  • Records which applications you've used that day and the time you've spend in front of your mac
  • Reminds you to take pictures of yourself on a daily basis using your iSight
  • Reminds you to take screenshots of your desktop
  • more...

What's New

Version 1.1.1:
  • Bug fixes and general stability enhancements


Mac OS X 10.5 or later

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Izdale Member IconComment+35

This app is no longer listed on the developer's website and has gone missing from the Mac App Store. Discontinued?

I'm glad I switched to another journal app months ago, it seemed like it wasn't going anywhere and the iPhone app never came out. Synium used to be my favorite developer with their awesome set of apps, but they continue to screw up their products and I've moved on.

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Version 1.1.1

Just wanted to echo your words here. Used to be my favorite developer as well, but alas they've gone off the rails this past year.


Now they blame Apple for Chronories being discontinued. By the same logic, they should have stopped selling CleanApp yet they haven't. They could have continued to sell it outside the App Store as they already were and as other developers have proven, it's possible to verify an App Store purchase to give someone a license to the version right from the developer.

"Why have we stopped selling Chronories?

Apple implemented some major modifications to the way applications are allowed to interact or access data from different applications. Unfortunately, Chronories is one of the applications that are severely affected by these decisions. While technologies like "Sandboxing" improve the general security of the whole system, several applications can no longer be maintained as before. Even updates to the existing app are nearly impossible because Sandboxing is required for any further update. This is we had to stop selling Chronories... although we really liked it a lot."

Llongley Member IconReview+113

The lack of any sync option is a deal breaker for me. I could live with the limited import, even more limited print options and would be willing to wait for the inability to out put passively collected data to be corrected. But I do not only write or have ideas while sitting at my computer. And the built in bug you feature (I think this is a good feature) makes this only a "log of my computer activity and how I feel while working at my computer rather than a true journalling app that recognizes that things occur in my life even when I am not sitting at my computer.

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Version 1.1
DrKNB Member IconReview+7

I've used it everyday for almost 2 weeks. I even purchased it during the half price special for $14.99 but I requested a refund. Before I get to that, let me highlight its strengths:

1. It truly encourages you to journal given the blinking icon in the menu bar that blinks until you journal for the day (this feature can be turned off).

2. It is attractively designed.

3. It can be password-protected (but I'm not sure if it's encrypted--I don't think so).

4. It collects data even when you do not journal (the feature that attracted me).

5. You can import from MacJournal (text only though).

6. I hear customer service is excellent. I've not had personal experience here.

7. You can add screen captures (even in the setting of multiple monitors) right from the menubar icon.

8. The menu bar drop-down window shows you which topics you didn't address for the day.

9. The number of unaddressed topics flash on the menubar icon.

10. You can backup and restore the database.

1. The deal-breaker for me: no ability to import from other programs (I never used MacJournal) or formats (like html, doc, pdf, txt, rtf).

2. You can ONLY export the diary text to external programs.

3. The program separates the automatically collected data into what seems to be a proprietary format so you can't export it with the corresponding journal entries.

4. You can't paste or otherwise insert photos into the diary text.

5. You can't add captions to photos.

6. There is currently no ability to sync.

7. There is no corresponding application for a mobile device nor compatibility with evernote, google docs or any other cloud service.

8. $39.99 or even $29.99 seems a bit steep for a journaling program. I think $5 or $10 makes more sense although I was surprisingly willing to pony up $15 before I realized importing my 11 years worth of journal entries and photos from my Windows journaling software (which was free by the way and very powerful) would be impossible to entirely too difficult.

9. No convenient listing of entries or days with entries.

10. No ability to add multiple entries for one day.

Lastly, aside from fixing the aforementioned, here are some things I think would make this program worth purchasing for me:

1. Ability to add audio clips.

2. Ability to add video clips.

3. Ability to create separate journals (like by year for example).

4. Ability to archive (preferably w/compression).

5. It would be nice to be able to enter some text right in to the drop down window from the menu bar similar to FaceTab or Facebox.

6. Ability to interact with social media sites like Facebook, twitter, LinkedIn, etc.

7. Ability to trace mood throughout the day.

8. Automatic time-stamps (optionally turn on/off) associated with entries.

9. Ability to trace other data like weight, plans/goals, etc.

10. Perhaps borrow from the iOS app 9 Square Diary for the menu bar icon (or even a separate optional icon) that lets you quickly make entries relevant to specific topics like events, news, progress made, frame of mind, dreams, food, etc.

If the weaknesses I've listed above are unimportant to you and you can live without my suggestions here, then this application is well worth your time!

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Version 1.1
Orgopete Member IconReview+1

I have been using it to log my internet searches. This is what I like about it. I can make a diary entry about the topic and I can drag relevant URL's into the diary entry. You can find dates with diary entries or computer activity by color shades of the calendar. The visited websites are logged by time so you can see the logic being followed in searches.

You can search within Chronories for topics and it will highlight the entries. I have made a feature request to improve the find command to limit the search to diary entries. I think this would be helpful.

For anyone doing academic research, Chronories can be a great tool to log your activity. I think it is of good value. I see they are describing it as a beta edition. I am hoping that they continue improving some of the features. I have found some quirkiness in the program, but it has been quite stable. Your data is all there even if it may take a little more effort to retrieve some entries, especially if you have multiple or similar topics.

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Version 1.1
DaymonJ Member IconReview+5

I have been using this app for a couple of years. It makes keeping my journal actually very easy, instead of the chore I usually find it to be. The full screen use of Lion is nice, as I really like the Lion OS.

Great update. Well worth the price.

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Version 1.1
flookoco Member IconReview+1

I have been searching for almost a year for an app like this. It has everything I need and more. It has the usual 'written' diary section, but also picks up local weather reports, applications you have used that day and all automatically. You can take a snap of yourself each day on your built in iSight cam.

I can't rate this app highly enough. When I had a problem with the install (my fault as it turns out) customer support was extremely fast, helpful and courteous.

If you're looking for a simple, handy and truly useful diary app don't hesitate get Chronories.

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Version 1.0.8
Grace0521 Member IconReview+0

This is a wonderful program. They have really thought of everything--it's fascinating to look back and not only be able to read your thoughts through journal entries, but to see a photo and emails and various information from that day. The design is very attractive. I think my favorite feature is how it sits in your menu bugging you until you enter something...it's hard to forget to write in it! And I love that.

Probably most important, the developers have a real commitment to customer service and satisfaction. I got a new computer and when I installed Chronories into the new computer and tried to import my backed up data, it didn't work. Within the time it took to exchange three emails with the help desk, my problem was fixed to a surprisingly customized degree. I was "wowed!" Which is why I'm writing this review. I highly recommend Chronories.

Grace T Segal

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Version 1.0.8
FlyinRyan7 Member IconReview+21

This app is great! I've been using it roughly 6 months and love it. Keep a journal is sort of monotonous for me, however Chronories makes it fairly easy by collecting a lot of data for you.

Some areas of improvement would be more settings and customization. After all, we are talking about a journal program so it should be more customizable. Some items to customize would be: more printing/export features, location services integration, more effective diagrams/charts, and support for more mail/chat apps.

I definitely recommend this software based on it's stability and value for the money.

I noticed a few of the reviews commented on syncing, but I sync this between two macs and have never had a problem.

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Version 1.0.8

Oppps... I actually haven't been syncing... I got Chronories confused with another program

kinibarnes Member IconReview+0

This application is awesome. The only drawbacks for me are: 1) trying to customize the features to your own needs doesnt seem to work. I don't want/need to see what sites I've visited, or my email. That seems a little to intrusive. 2) I can't sync between my iMac and my Macbook Pro.

Otherwise, this application is sweet! I checked out quite a few journal applications, even purchased a couple other less expensive ones and none even compare to the quality and usability of Chronories.

If you're looking for a great journaling tool. . .you just found it!

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Version 1.0.8
Victorlgarcia Member IconReview+22

Awesome new icon! Thanks a lot for hearing what the people wanted! Now i'm just waiting for an iphone app and dropbox sync! ;)

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Date 29 May 2012
Platform Intel 64 / OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32 / PPC 64
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