viJournal
viJournal
2.5.2

4.4

viJournal free download for Mac

viJournal2.5.2

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.

Join over 500,000 subscribers.

Subscribe for our newsletter with best Mac offers from MacUpdate.

How would you rate viJournal app?

47 Reviews of viJournal

5
Xplicit
08 January 2009
Version: 2.1

Most helpful

One of the best Journal applications ever, if not the best. Even better with the new redesign. Stable, reliable, simple. Support is good also.
(3)
Gazman
28 February 2020
Version: 2.5.2
I used viJournal for many years, and since it shut down I've gone from one journalling app to another - until now. I recently discovered Diarly - https://diarly.app - which isn't listed on MacUpdate. I would even say that this app, Diarly, has some features - such as themes, templates, writing goals, writing statistics, encryption, iCloud sync - that are all actually massive improvements over viJournal - so not only is it as good as viJournal, it's actually a massive improvement.
(0)
brad-57
26 August 2018
Version: 2.5.2
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?
(0)
5
brad-57
26 August 2018
Version: 2.5.2
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?
(0)
brad-57
26 August 2018
Version: 2.5.2
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.
(0)
5
ibalek01
01 April 2017
Version: 2.5.2
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.
(1)
Show comments (8)
5
ViJournal-is-the-best
09 May 2016
Version: 2.5.2
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! :)
(2)
Show comments (3)
0.5
danieloconnoris
27 December 2015
Version: 2.5.2
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.
(0)
Show comments (2)
valdormar
24 December 2015
Version: 2.5.2
I miss viJournal. I,m now in the process of moving all my Journal entries over to MacJournal. What a shame. :(
(0)
Show comment (1)
Gazman
08 January 2015
Version: 2.5.2
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.
(0)
janiceteo1
07 January 2015
Version: 2.5.2
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!
(0)
4.5
mcgap235
08 November 2013
Version: 2.5.2
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!
(0)
Pusfarm
07 July 2012
Version: 2.5.0
I like this app, but gave it up awhile ago in favor or a different app due to flaky syncing and some quirks that bothered me. Thought I'd try it again with the new version, but sadly the sync (and quirk) issues remain. I deleted an entry on the desktop side then synced, only to have the "deleted" entry reappear on the desktop (no changes were made to the iphone side). I like that this journal handles images, unlike my current app, even if they are sometimes rotated (which they're not if I open them in any other app). I'm sure I'll try it again if there's another update.
(0)
Sheagirl
26 January 2012
Version: 2.4.0
Is anyone still using this? It looks like what I've been looking for but I am a bit concerned that the last comment good or bad seems to be from 2009? I also went to the mobile review and it does have good reviews but very little info on this app on any site. I am concerned that there seems to be no user forum either...makes one wonder? I'd appreciate any feed back.
(0)
Show comment (1)
5
Airwing
02 December 2009
Version: 2.3
This is definitively the best journal program available! I've tried all the alternatives, but I always return to viJournal. It has a very elegant and friendly user interface. You can find and show your entries in various ways. The last major to viJournal 2.x made this application the winner in its class. I use this program everyday, and I love it! Highly recommended if you want to keep track of your workout, daily life or a vacation in an elegant way!
(3)
4
Just-A-User
27 June 2009
Version: 2.2.6
I really enjoy using it and I especially like the possibility to sync with the iPhone. I actually also have MacJournal but use that for totally different things. I wish the iPhone sync would work better/more reliably, maybe the new version is an improvement concerning sync...
(1)
5
Xplicit
08 January 2009
Version: 2.1
One of the best Journal applications ever, if not the best. Even better with the new redesign. Stable, reliable, simple. Support is good also.
(3)
Gazman
13 December 2008
Version: 2.0.2
Two days ago I emailed the developer to tell him about a couple of minor quirks I had discovered in the latest version and to ask for a new feature. Within 24 hours he had emailed me back thanking for letting him know about the bugs and the idea. This morning a new version is out with both bugs fixed, the feature implemented and some other fixes as well. You can't beat that for service.
(1)
Xplicit
21 November 2008
Version: 2.0
Nice redesign Jeremy. I like it.
(1)
Gazman
01 December 2007
Version: 1.8
Yes! Like Antichrisis below me I have been eagerly awaiting a Universal Binary of this program. I was actually expecting it be a version 2 release and I was getting ready to pay the upgrade fee to (IMHO) the best journaling program out there.
(0)
5
Antichrisis
01 December 2007
Version: 1.8
Finally viJournal is back!!! After I've read a few months ago that this application was meant to be discontinued, I looked for alternatives: I've tried MacJournal but then choose Journler, as it seemed to be the better solution for my needs... but nothing seemed to be as good as viJournal when it came to keeping a digital diary! And so I've started copying 7 years of diary entries from the old version of viJournal to Journler: an interesting way to read old entries again, but also a lot of work... and now that I'm almost finished with copying, this new version of viJournal appears out of the blue, which makes me wanna use some really bad swear-words if it wasn't for the simple fact that I'm so relieved to see viJournal back in the ring again... Thanks to the developer for not having dropped the best software diary for OS X!
(0)
Hauslendale
19 October 2007
Version: 1.7.6
PLEASE where is our Universal build?? We all want it, need it, I would even pay for the app again.. COME ON.......
(0)
Gazman
03 August 2007
Version: 1.7.6
Its such a pity this program is no longer being developed. I have tried MacJournal, Journler and heaps of others and this one fits best with what I want a journal program to be. However, it is getting left behind now that all the others are Universal Binaries and run much faster on an intel mac.
(0)
5
Terre-Spencer
16 January 2007
Version: 1.7.6
And another ten stars for the developer and his outstanding support! I have used viJournal for almost four years, keeping daily journals as well as additional journals for chemotherapy, dreams, a family genealogy project among others. I have been quite the chronicler. All that to emphasize the degree of usage that I have given this delightful, feature-rich, solid application. When Unsanity's APE crept in the programming of many of my favorite apps causing crashes and peculiar behaviors, (viJournal being one of them), I was alarmed that I might lose all that I had written. One email to ScoobySoft was all that it took to begin the process of restoring viJournal safely away from the clutches of such an invasive program. Even though it was not a viJournal problem, ScoobySoft walked me through the entire reparation process. Four years of writing is safe and I am one very happy user. ScoobySoft knows that by writing software for journaling, the firm has entered the realm of the very personal and responds in a caring, concerned and dedicated-to-the-satisfaction-of-users fashion. I cannot praise ScoobySoft more than this. The program itself reflects that same dedication. It offers many delightful and immanently usable features such as the ability to change the theme from Metal to Aqua (let's face it, Aqua IS more personal and intimate, like journaling), custom cover page even page colors, hefty typesetting features, security features, notes, easy image importing, to-do lists, a great drop box and cratch pad---all-in-all a robust thoughtful program written to be used and enjoyed. , If you ever record anything for yourself or others, this is the program to use.
(1)
4.5
Xplicit
04 August 2006
Version: 1.7
Having testet viJournal for some time now I can say that I'm very satisfied with this app. It has a clean and elegant interface, easy to handle security features and all the other functions I expect of a journaling application. Not overloaded like other apps. Very easy to use, just read the tips for a few seconds and get startet right away. Good work.
(1)
4.5
Lev
22 April 2006
Version: 1.6.4
Handsome interface, stable, secure; like the "drop box" for file aliases, and the gallery for pic - accessible from any entry. Purely subjectively, it seems smoother than MacJournal; since I use other apps for the "extra" power of MacJournal, I don't need them for my Day Book and Journal. If you want a catch-all text repository, maybe this isn't for you; but for a dedicated, clean journalling app, viJournal gets my vote.
(0)
T3do3
20 April 2006
Version: 1.6.3
I'll buy this app as soon as UB version is out... (when?)
(0)
Show comment (1)
5
Anonymous
15 April 2005
Version: 1.5.3
I just want to thank the developer for the excellent support. Only a few days ago I emailed the developer asking about the possibility of a full-screen editor and he has already incorporated it into this latest version, making an outstanding journal app even better!
(0)
4.75
Anonymous
21 October 2004
Version: 1.4.6
For those of you commenting on the constant nagging, have you tried the Lite version which is free. I have registered this app, after trying numerous journal/diary apps I decided that this was by far the best in terms of my usage and the interface is by far the best. Plus the author of this software is a published novelist so its good to see him also putting his time into developing good writing software. I haven't had a single glitch or bug in over 3 months of using this program.
(0)
Dbrennan
12 October 2004
Version: 1.4.5
Also available as viJournal Jaguar 1.4.5 for OSX 10.2.8. As yet untried, myself.
(0)
3.25
Melissa
27 September 2004
Version: 1.4.3
I loved this journal app, and I even considered buying it to get rid of the unlicensed nags, but then I realized that it had deleted all of my 3-months-worth of entries. Of course, the dates and subjects are still in the browser, so I didn't know they were gone until I tried the nostalgia function. Now I'm missing a huge chunk of this year, including the entries that I moved into viJournal from my previous journal app. Should've just stuck with the old one, although it was never as functional as this, but it was easy to use and never deleted anything of mine. The thing that pisses me off most is all of the stuff I've lost!
(0)
Show comment (1)
3.5
Brildenlanch
22 September 2004
Version: 1.4.3
Pretty good app. Had to take off a star or 2 for the horrendous bugging to get me to register, which I won't do now out of principle.
(0)
5
anonymous-skink-4570
30 August 2004
Version: 1.4
Best Diary application out there - period!
(0)
Anonymous
26 July 2004
Version: 1.3.4
Response to dagaz: Actually, the launch-time "Unlicensed" reminder only appears on 3 days out of 7. Also, you must be more absorbed in your writing than you thought - you actually get 15 minutes (not 5) before the overlay Unlicensed text appears. All you need to do to get rid of it is switch to a different entry and then back again. Not so subtle, perhaps, but remember that NO features are disabled, and there is NO limit on how long you can use the software unlicensed.
(0)
4
Anonymous
25 July 2004
Version: 1.3.4
I really like the interface and the basic premise of this piece of software - unfortunately I have to say I like it more than the freeware MacJournal. What I don't like is the 'subtle' reminders that youi are using an unlicenced program - I only downloaded it yesterday. Every time you start up you get a message to register or use unlicenced then when you start writing you only get about five minutes before big purple writing about this being an unlicenced copy which eventually takes over the whole window. And the developer calls this subtle! I will probably end up buying a licence but thought I would vent a little here first. The other thing that needs work is the 'check spelling as you type' seems to work sporadically.
(0)
Anonymous
23 July 2004
Version: 1.3.4
Apologies to all about the bad dmg. It seems to have got corrupted during upload. A fresh, working dmg has now been put in place.
(0)
Anonymous
23 July 2004
Version: 1.3.4
I hope you write better code than you make a disk image! This disk image will not mount in 10.3.4, 10.3, or 10.2.8 "Error" IMAGE REASON viJournalv134.dmg Function not implemented
(0)
Anonymous
12 May 2004
Version: 1.2
Very nice job. I love the interface.
(0)
4
Jimw
14 March 2004
Version: 1.0b3
Not a bad program as journals go. Better than most. However, I still like MacJournal, especially considering the cost - free, and it is full featured as well. This one has a more traditional GUI however that users may prefer and may be worth the shareware fee to some, which is not unreasonable, considering the features of the product.
(0)
3.75
Anonymous
14 March 2004
Version: 1.0b3
Nice app. Simple and elegant interface. Just enough for a personal journal. I like it very much!
(0)
3.25
cafelatte
12 March 2004
Version: 1.0b2
Still a little rough around the edges but this app has great potential. I really like the local hyperlink feature. Attached notes can not be searched (yet) and only one entry at a time can be exported. Starts up ok in 10.3.2.
(0)
Anonymous
11 March 2004
Version: 1.0b2
b2 still crashes on startup (OS X.10.3.1). Thanks for your effort, but you could do at least some basic testing before releasing a program on Macupdate. This is surely not the best way to introduce a new app.
(0)
Anonymous
10 March 2004
Version: 1.0b1
The startup crash bug has now been fixed. It was caused by the application asking for a font which is not necessarily installed on all machines. The app now uses the default system font.
(0)
1
Anonymous
10 March 2004
Version: 1.0b1
This app is one of the BEST non-functioning software releases I have ever used. It offers consistent crashing on startup and maintains a 100% physically unsuable status... amazing! Additionally, it wasted 10 minutes of my life (including the time spent writing this... iJournal made me do it) and treated me to a non-functioning download link on author's (Jeremy Dronfield) website. Quality control? Not here! This app (did you check to see if the name iJournal was already a registered trademark? Nope) is the very definition of craptastic.
(0)
Show comment (1)
Anonymous
10 March 2004
Version: 1.0b1
This is *NOT* iJournal, the LiveJournal client for Mac OS X that has been around since 2001. It's some other app by an apparently clueless developer.
(0)
Anonymous
10 March 2004
Version: 1.0b1
The name iJournal is already taken, and has been for a few years. http://www.os10.org/osx/iJournal.html Might want to change that...
(0)
Anonymous
10 March 2004
Version: 1.0b1
Same here. 10.3.2 too
(0)
Anonymous
10 March 2004
Version: 1.0b1
Crashed instantly when launched the app. (Mac OS X 10.3)
(0)
$26.95

4.4

App requirements: 
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
This app is no longer supported by it's developer. You can find similar apps here.

Downloaded & Installed 41,788 times

Similar apps
MacJournal
MacJournal
Create, maintain, and blog a personal journal.
Is this app is similar to MacJournal? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
9
Total score
0
Downvotes
Day One
Day One
Maintain a daily journal.
Is this app is similar to Day One? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
6
Total score
0
Downvotes
MiJournal
MiJournal
Feature-rich journaling application.
Is this app is similar to MiJournal? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
5
Total score
0
Downvotes
SortingThoughts
SortingThoughts
Personal information and knowledge management software.
Is this app is similar to SortingThoughts? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
4
Total score
0
Downvotes
Per Se
Per Se
A new kind of personal journal (beta).
Is this app is similar to Per Se? Vote to improve the quality of this list.
Vote results
0
Upvotes
3
Total score
0
Downvotes