Yojimbo
Yojimbo
4.5

2.9

Yojimbo free download for Mac
25 June 2020

Data organizer.

Overview

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.

What's new in Yojimbo

Version 4.5:
New:
  • Yojimbo now uses iCloud for syncing your data with multiple Macs. This requires that your Mac be signed into an iCloud account, and that iCloud Drive access is turned on for that account.
  • Synchronization data is stored securely on Apple's servers, and the amount of space it occupies is charged against your iCloud storage allowance. If there isn't enough room to store your data in iCloud, you may need to upgrade your iCloud storage.
  • Syncing only occurs between Macs that are signed into the same iCloud account. It is not possible to share sync data with multiple iCloud accounts.
  • Syncing occurs automatically when you make changes. There is a redundant timer which will sync every five minutes, as well as when you bring Yojimbo to the foreground. There is also a "Sync Now" button which you will probably never need to use, but by all means click it if you like.
  • The initial synchronization may take a while if you have a significant amount of data stored in Yojimbo. This will proceed in several steps, so if you are setting up Yojimbo on a new computer with no previous data, your best bet is to start Yojimbo and let it run uninterrupted until the count of items on the new computer agrees with the rest of your computers.
  • If you sign out of your iCloud account, or turn off iCloud Drive access on a computer, or click the "Stop" button in the Sync preferences, Yojimbo on that computer will no longer participate in synchronization. This will not affect any other computers that were signed into the same iCloud account.
  • There is a "Delete Sync Data" button in the Sync preferences. This will delete ALL sync data from iCloud, and cause all computers signed into that iCloud account to stop syncing Yojimbo data. Do not use this button unless you are specifically told to do so by Bare Bones Software technical support.
  • Because the infrastructure is now operated and managed by Apple, synchronization is provided at no cost beyond whatever Apple charges you for additional data storage. There is no signup required for synchronization (other than that required to use an iCloud account). If you previously had an active Yojimbo sync subscription, you will no longer be charged for that.
Additions:
  • Added support for Touch ID authentication on computers that have the appropriate hardware. TouchID is supported in places where it can be used as an alternative to entering your master password, such as when unlocking the Security preferences to make policy changes, or decrypting an item for display.
  • Yojimbo has a "Make Backup Now" command on the main application menu. It will prompt you for a location to save the backup, quit (in order to ensure that your data is safely on disk), and begin the backup when it relaunches. The help has been updated accordingly.
  • The Sync preferences display shows the size of the local data storage. This is strictly approximate, and can help you estimate the amount of available iCloud storage that you'll need (which is roughly equivalent to the local data storage, plus some indeterminate amount of overhead, so you should by no means consider this exact).
  • The Format menu gets two new commands: "Format for Dark Mode" and "Format for Light Mode". The respective commands will change the foreground and background colors of the Note text view for readability in the specific system appearance.
  • "Format for Dark Mode" takes an additional step, and will evaluate any explicit background color settings in the text; if a background color is "light", it will be cleared and the prevailing color will apply.
  • These commands are undoable, in case you don't like the outcome. In that case, using the ruler to set specific desired colors is still possible.
Changes:
  • Yojimbo no longer supports direct creation of "Web Archive" items. Instead, Yojimbo will make a PDF of the web page at the indicated location, as though you had printed it using Safari. By default, the Comments field for the PDF will contain the source web page's location; and if you don't otherwise specify a title or comments when creating the item, Yojimbo will use the page's title and description (if present).
  • The former "New Web Archive" nomenclature is now "New PDF from Web Page", which reflects the change in behavior.
  • The label under the search box in the main window's tool bar will now indicate whether specific properties are being searched. This should help reduce confusion when you've selected something other than "All" from the search box's menu and subsequently forgot having done so.
  • If we have made significant changes in the software that affect database storage, Yojimbo will offer to make a backup for you when using the new version for the first time. This is optional. If you choose not to back up, you can stil use the "Make Backup Now" command at your convenience.
Fixes:
  • Numerous corrections have been made to improve Yojimbo's appearance when using macOS in Dark Mode (when running on macOS 10.14 and later).
  • Fixed bug in which dropping an importable file on the application in the Finder or Dock to start it would result in the application starting without importing the dropped item(s).
  • If you drag a bunch of files into a Collection, and one or more of them isn't in a supported format, Yojimbo will import the ones it can, rather than abandoning all of them (and then creating a bizarre Web Archive item).
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4
Nick-Collingridge
11 February 2018
Version: 4.1.1

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I use Yojimbo and as far as it goes find it excellent. It never crashes, and the syncing to the iPad version works well. However it is rather limited. Three things in particular that are shortcomings that limit my use of it are as follows:
1. There are templates for passwords and serial numbers, but not for credit cards, and I can't see that there is any way of adding templates for anything like this that you might want to store in the app.
2. Although you can encrypt text notes and images, you don't seem to be able to encrypt any items using templates (the encrypt option in the contextual menu is greyed out). This is a pretty significant shortcoming.
3. Finally, the absence of an iPhone app is frustrating, and furthermore you can only apparently sync to one iPad. If you want to add another iPad for syncing you have to delete the existing one.
These limitations are a shame because otherwise this is a decent product. I live in hope that a v5 will come along which fixes these shortcomings.
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4
davidteplow
30 June 2020
Version: 4.5
No reviews here since 2014, except one in 2018. Strange. At any rate, I had Yojimbo v1, which I thought was useful, but not as useful as many other apps. I've since used Eagle Filer, KeepIt, Evernote, OneNote (which I've refused to use because it's built by Microsh*t), SimpleNotes, Apple Notes. I've now returned to Yojimbo v.4.5, which is a simple, very intuitive note keeper that is straightforward to use and can import notes from many other note-keeping apps (e.g., my 1165 notes from KeepIt).
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4
Nick-Collingridge
11 February 2018
Version: 4.1.1
I use Yojimbo and as far as it goes find it excellent. It never crashes, and the syncing to the iPad version works well. However it is rather limited. Three things in particular that are shortcomings that limit my use of it are as follows:
1. There are templates for passwords and serial numbers, but not for credit cards, and I can't see that there is any way of adding templates for anything like this that you might want to store in the app.
2. Although you can encrypt text notes and images, you don't seem to be able to encrypt any items using templates (the encrypt option in the contextual menu is greyed out). This is a pretty significant shortcoming.
3. Finally, the absence of an iPhone app is frustrating, and furthermore you can only apparently sync to one iPad. If you want to add another iPad for syncing you have to delete the existing one.
These limitations are a shame because otherwise this is a decent product. I live in hope that a v5 will come along which fixes these shortcomings.
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5
chikega
20 October 2014
Version: 4.0.3
It works as described.
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0.5
IslandApe
22 May 2014
Version: 4.0.3
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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0.5
Rickdees
10 November 2013
Version: 4.0.1
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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Rickdees
30 September 2013
Version: 4.0
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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Cocoanut
29 August 2013
Version: 4.0
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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4
flash1296gmailcom8977
20 August 2013
Version: 4.0
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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misterjspencer
16 August 2013
Version: 4.0
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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Rlevent
16 August 2013
Version: 4.0
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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2.9

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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