viJournal
viJournal
2.5.2

4.4

viJournal free download for Mac

viJournal

2.5.2
05 November 2012

Personal journal.

Overview

Note: viJournal is no longer under development, and it is no longer available for sale.

viJournal is a powerful personal journal application. It's designed as an analogue of the good old-fashioned page-a-day bound diary - the kind you buy in a stationer's. You write your entries under dated headers and save them collectively by month and year.

It's got tons of features for power-journalers, whilst being friendly, clean and easy for all daily diarists.

Features:

  • iPhone and iPad versions available
  • Video diary capability. Record live video directly into journal entries.
  • Optional file encryption
  • Two optional layers of password protection
  • Multiple journals
  • Daily image gallery
  • Export to RTF, HTML, PDF, MS Word
  • Post entries to Blogger or LiveJournal

viJournal 2.4, which runs on PPC, is still available. See the SkoobySoft website for details and download.

What's new in viJournal

Version 2.5.2:
  • "Delete Journal" now has a menu command.
  • Fixed a bug which prevented the correct selection of an entry when a search result was clicked on in the Search window.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the "Purchase" menu command to be visible even if the copy of viJournal had been paid for.

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46 viJournal Reviews

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Xplicit
08 January 2009

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One of the best Journal applications ever, if not the best. Even better with the new redesign. Stable, reliable, simple. Support is good also.
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Version 2.1
brad-57
26 August 2018
Solved it. Just created a new backup of the iPad files with iExplorer and the viJournal folder and files were all in the new backup. Then transferred to desktop. Now to transfer to another Journal app....unless someone is working on resurrecting viJ?
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Version 2.5.2
brad-57
26 August 2018
I've tried using iExplorer to search files on the iPad but I don't find any remaining files on the iPad even though the icon is still on the desktop. Is there any way of loading viJournal to iOS 11 without iTunes....Phoneview maybe?
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Version 2.5.2
brad-57
26 August 2018
Has anyone found a solution for retrieving viJ files from iOS when they no longer allow you to download the app from iTunes......please? I have also lost hundreds of entries.
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Version 2.5.2
ibalek01
01 April 2017
It was a wonderful app - absolutely loved it! It is unfortunate that the app is no longer available. To Other Users: I am working on an initiative to bring back this app in one form or the other. Please ping me at twitter.com/alexlinu if you want to help me. Thanks.
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Version 2.5.2
8 answer(s)
Gazman
Gazman
04 May 2017
I have no experience in coding, but would definitely purchase an updated version of something like viJournal if it becomes available.
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Filp
Filp
12 May 2017
Ditto to Gazman. Sorry to see such a convenient and comfortable product seeming to just... vanish. Come back! I'll buy!
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rdangel
rdangel
30 June 2017
Hello all: I am looking for some help regarding viJournal. I began using it in 2006 and was very sorry to see it go. I have close to a thousand entries. However, I've somehow lost a way to open them!! Years of memories I can't access. I see all the entries as .vjentry files, but I can't open them. I'm sure I did something stupid, but don't know what. I can open the app, but it doesn't let me access these files. I'm desperate for help. Any ideas?
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Filp
Filp
01 July 2017
rdangel -- have you tried downloading a new copy of the app? The Scooby Soft site is a dead blank, but I think you can still download a copy at CNET.
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ibalek01
ibalek01
01 July 2017
The initial version of the app is launched, though some features are still pending to be done. Visit Dyrii.com for more information.

@rdangel - I have a bunch of these .vjentry files in my file system and when I try to open them the app says "The document could not be opened. viJournal cannot open files in the viJournal Entry Document format".

These are package files. So, you can right click on these files and select on "Show Package Contents" and it will show you the contents.

As part of Dyrii, I have an import feature from other apps such as DayOne. I can write an import code for Vijournal. Let me know if know if there is enough interest in this and I will add this as a feature to Dyrii.
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rdangel
rdangel
01 July 2017
Flip: thanks for your response. I have downloaded the viJournal app and can open it. However, I can't make it find my accumulated entries. It shows that there are no entries at all to be looked at. I have all of the files sitting on my desktop as .vjentry files. Is there a way to have the app recognize those files?
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Filp
Filp
01 July 2017
@rdangel: Functional intricacies of any program are above my pay grade. Only thing I can suggest is to check viJournal —> Preferences —> Storage, and make sure that first item points at your entries. It will expect to find them at Library/Application Support/viJournal. If they're someplace else, you can try using the "Change..." button to aim at their present location, or move the entries, in viJournal folder, to that location.
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ibalek01
ibalek01
15 July 2017
We have added import from DayOne v2 and Dayone Classic to our app. We are now evaluating import from viJournal but not sure how many users might even be interested. Ping me or comment on our community site post, if you are interested in this feature.
https://community.dyrii.com/i60-migrating-from-vijournal
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Dear, beautiful, lovely developer(s) of ViJournal, please come back. Don't listen to the critics. Remember that satisfied users rarely leave reviews.... so don't take the criticisms too much to heart. Your app is the best of the bunch.

I've been trying to pay for the pro Vi version, or even just clicking the "make a donation" button, but they both lead to the dead Skoobysoft site.

Since I found out that Vi (that's what I call her, my most beloved ViJournal, my bestie, my confident, and blog post incubator), was no longer supported, I got a bit scared that she would no longer work if I did any OS updates, so I bought MacJournal €39.99 and DayOne €9.99 to try them out, about 9 months ago. Since then I've used all three extensively to compare them, spent hours and hours learning to use MacJournal, and yet I just keep going back to Vi because she is so much like a real, old fashioned paper journal, but with superpower features. You can add as many images as you want per entry, unlike DayOne, which only allows one; the interface is simple and straightforward yet elegant and eye-pleasing, unlike MacJournal, the search feature is the best of the three, displaying all results in a condensed, tidy list with sneak preview... oh the list is endless. Please, please come back, dear, wonderful developers!!! Please do the updates so that Vi will remain compatible with my Mac and my iPhone for years to come. Please! :)
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Version 2.5.2
3 answer(s)
chotudipha
chotudipha
04 June 2016
I, too, love this journal and fear to update my OS. Years ago when I purchased it I naively never considered that the product would no longer one day be supported. It still seems so superior to so many other journals out there. Have you found an easy way to transfer entries into MacJournal? I've been unable to get anything to work to my satisfaction yet, and fear I may laboriously have to copy individual entries by cut and paste as I did years ago when I first transferred thousands of entries into vi Journal. Please drop a line if you found a solution.

Thanks.
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ViJournal-is-the-best
ViJournal-is-the-best
07 June 2016
@chotudipha - Sorry, I haven't looked... in fact, I am now in the process of copy-pasting all my MacJournal entries back into ViJournal Lite -- I miss Vi that much. I keep a backup disc running that I will be able to restore entries from, if ViJournal Lite ever breaks, but for now, I am hoping that the developers will return, dust off this awesome product and start supporting it again, and make it so we can support them in return!
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Paul-ce261670
Paul-ce261670
24 August 2016
I agree completely. I still rely on ViJournal, but I just noticed, for the first time, that I can no longer do a search without crashing the app. I'm running under OS 10.11.6 on a 2013 Mac Pro. I'd happily purchase an update if one were available.
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danieloconnoris
27 December 2015
Its a disaster. I had been using this for 4 years on a daily basis. I had backed up all my diaries. About 2 years ago I had to format my harddisk and start off as new. The back ups I made do not work. I have 10 GB of diaries and no way of opening them. I have been trying on and off for the last 15 months to restore my backups hoping there would be a thread of people with a similar problem who may be able to help but I've seen nothing so far. I tried to contact the developer Jeremy whom I had spoken to before but the emails dont send anymore. His email address no longer exists. I am heartbroken to have lost all those journals I painstakingly kept. The least he could have done would be to have kept his email and helped the people who bought and supported his app when he was interested in it. Don't use this fly by night rubbish so many hours of my life wasted on this junk.
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Version 2.5.2
2 answer(s)
brentdey
brentdey
14 February 2017
I have the same problem. Journal entries about my daughter's births, trapped in an inoperable file. Did you ever figure out how to open it?
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a-104
a-104
05 November 2019
This is Nov 5, 2019 and I registered here specifically to answer anyone who has troubles to open their ViJournal entries. I had used ViJournal in 2010 and 2011 after MiLife and before Day One. Recently I decided to move all my old entries to my current app and I found that I can no longer launch ViJournal. I have all my data under Users/Library/Application Support/viJournal but couldn’t open them. I googled and found here, and learned that viJournal is a folder despite the icon it has. So I right clicked on it and selected “Show Package Contents” and entered the folder. Here I saw all of my three journals. They are normal folders so you can just left click to open them. Under each of them are years, then months and you can still open them as normal folders. Then under months are the files like: 01 Tuesday.vjentry, 02 Wednesday.vjentry, 31 Thursday.vjentry etc. My ViJournal app didn’t work so I couldn’t open them using left click, but I found that they are also folders. So I right clicked on 01 Tuesday.vjentry and left click “Show Package Contents” then I entered that day’s folder. There’re four files here. I don’t know what other three .plist files are but I do know they are some system files and all my personal data are in that 01 Tuesday.rtf. It is a .rtf file so you can just left click and open it. It has all the content of that day. I have 522 entries in that two years so that’s a lot of work of copy them out one by one but at least there’s a way to retrieve them. --- Update: Just half hour ago I installed ViJournal Version 2.5.0 (2.5.0) on another Mac with Mojave 10.14.6 and it worked. I set up the password first and then pointed the Storage to my backup folder. It didn’t give me error this time and this will greatly reduce the workload. I compared the content in App and the content in the .rtf file and confirmed that everything is in the .rtf file with formatting. I just want to share my experience with retrieving ViJournal entries here. The .rtf method always works as long as you still have the data but there’s lots of work involved (opening every day’s folder one by one). The installing app method works much faster but I’m also not sure because one of my computer worked and another one didn’t. I downloaded it from CNet and am more than happy to help if you have any questions.
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Version 2.5.2
valdormar
24 December 2015
I miss viJournal. I,m now in the process of moving all my Journal entries over to MacJournal. What a shame. :(
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Version 2.5.2
1 answer(s)
chotudipha
chotudipha
04 June 2016
valdormar,

See my above comment - have you found an easy way to transfer to MacJournal?
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Gazman
08 January 2015
Well, the writing was on the wall - well, on the date the last update posted on the side of this page anyway. It seems Jeremy has abandoned viJournal - his website is no longer functioning. Which is a pity. In it's day this was the best journal program, and I've pretty much tried them all. In recent times I've reluctantly switched to MacJournal just because it played nicer with more recent versions of OS X, but in terms of usability and UI viJournal suited me down to the ground. Thanks for a great program Jeremy and best of luck in your future endeavours.
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Version 2.5.2
janiceteo1
07 January 2015
I know this is cheeky cos this is a Mac site, but I use both Mac and Android devices - my desktop is a Mac, I have an iPad but I have a samsung phone - and I would just love it if vijournal was available for Android as well. Have tried going onto the developer's website but can't seem to get to it. Clicking on the in-app help button/leave feedback button does nothing. Has this app been closed down or something? If anyone can help me get to their website I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!
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Version 2.5.2
mcgap235
08 November 2013
I see that there haven't been any comments about this app in a long time and wanted to update my experience with it. I have been using both this app and its companion app on the iPad since 2008 for the most part every day. Although there have been a few hiccups over the years, I have always found the developer to be very responsive and we have worked out any kinks. I have NO problem syncing my iPad to my Mac (running Mtn Lion at the moment) and back and forth. I particularly like that the app makes backups when I exit it and also that I can export any and all journals as rtf documents either as single entries of as whole journals. I have yet to see another app provide so much versatility and well thought out layout. I especially like maintaining control over my journals and keeping it within my personal network rather than in a cloud. I realize others prefer that option. But it if this is the kind of journal app you're looking for, it's just great!
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Version 2.5.2