Chronories
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Personal daily diary application.   Demo ($29.99)
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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
What's New
Version 1.1.1:
  • Bug fixes and general stability enhancements
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 or later



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Izdale commented on 03 Jan 2013
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.
[Version 1.1.1]

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Christophergrant replied on 10 Mar 2013
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.
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Izdale replied on 04 Jun 2013
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."
http://www.syniumsoftware.com/support/faq/chronories/why_have_we_stopped_selling_chronories.html
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Llongley reviewed on 26 Jan 2012
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.
[Version 1.1]


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DrKNB reviewed on 13 Jan 2012
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:

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.

Weaknesses:
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!
[Version 1.1]


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Orgopete reviewed on 06 Aug 2011
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.
[Version 1.1]


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DaymonJ reviewed on 27 Jul 2011
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.
[Version 1.1]


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flookoco reviewed on 16 May 2011
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.
[Version 1.0.8]


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Grace0521 reviewed on 06 May 2011
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
[Version 1.0.8]


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+10

FlyinRyan7 reviewed on 21 Apr 2011
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.
[Version 1.0.8]

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FlyinRyan7 replied on 22 Apr 2011
Oppps... I actually haven't been syncing... I got Chronories confused with another program
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kinibarnes reviewed on 11 Apr 2011
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!
[Version 1.0.8]


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Victorlgarcia reviewed on 21 Feb 2011
Awesome new icon! Thanks a lot for hearing what the people wanted! Now i'm just waiting for an iphone app and dropbox sync! ;)
[Version 1.0.8]


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Sebastian_szwarc had trouble on 06 Jan 2011
t's nice but....no mater if I have Chronories open with or without menu bar service it cooperates very badly with Adium and cause Adium to use 100% of my CPU which is very annoying.

Dont know if this is a problem of Synium or Adium developers...
[Version 1.0.7]


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Jeffrey Mcpheeters had trouble on 31 Oct 2010
Like the concept, but is there any way to prevent it from gradually using gigabytes worth of real memory? After a while, it's using close to 2GB to 4GB of ram! I have 8GB of ram for a reason and it's not to give a small utility such as this free reign over memory I need for pro apps.
[Version 1.0.5]


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Cbullo had trouble on 29 Sep 2010
Had a problem with Chronories starting up after software update. Developer very professional in providing support to fix a corrupted data file. Provided concise and easy to follow instructions to enable me to send him a copy of the corrupted file which he quickly fixed and returned. Which meant I did not lose any entries. Excellent support thank you.
[Version 1.0.5]

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Lena Charlton replied on 19 Oct 2010
I'm having the same problem--a corrupted Store.data file. The customer support is great. I'm waiting for him to let me know how to email him the corrupted file. It's odd, I can't copy the file or even email it. I hope that he can figure this out; I don't want to loose my old entries.
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Lena Charlton replied on 29 Oct 2010
well, to amend my previous post...

the customer support has completely disappeared. i've emailed customer support at least 3 times and have heard no reply about fixing my corrupted store.data file--and this is after cust supp said that they will look at the file and fix it.

if anyone knows of a way to fix the store.data file, please post. :/
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Deep_blue had trouble on 23 Jun 2010
I really like Chronories 1.0 that I installed today. All the features and customizations make it a very usable, valuable and excellent journal. I have, however, two questions for which I cannot find the answers in the available documentation.

1. Only All Day iCal appointments show up, but none of the hourly appointments are being displayed.

2. The Sites Visited is not displaying any of my visited web sites. I use Chrome 5.0 (my default browser) and sometimes FireFox or Safari 5. Must I use a specific browser to show my visited web sites? It seems the default browser should be logged into Chronories.

These are not serious problems, but maybe someone has an easy fix for these inconveniences.

Thanks.
Deep_Blue
[Version 1.0]


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Thus.spake.z had trouble on 27 Nov 2009
Is Chronories a CPU hog?
I gave Chronories a try. A while after installing it I noticed My MacBook Pro's temps rising and fans spinning at about 4500rpms.
When I checked Activity Monitor I found that 'Chronories Agent' was at 100% CPUs.
After quitting Chronories I found that that its Agent runs persistently at 100% CPU ( ok, ok, 99.8% to be exact) ....Something's obviously not right here.
Yeah, I know Chronories is still in Beta....5th beta version?
Obviously, this matter needs attention.
[Version 1.0 Beta 5]

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Synium Software Gmbh (developer) replied on 30 Nov 2009
Hi Thus.sparke.z, thanks for trying Chronories!

It would be great if you can contact me at chronories@synium.de. Some users experienced this problem, sadly we could not reproduce it here locally so it would be great if you can assist us by following some diagnostic instructions.

Thanks in advance,
Robert
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Thus.spake.z replied on 30 Nov 2009
I installed Chronories once again and kept it going for several hours but did not experience the very high Agent CPU usage that I did before.
CPUs stayed at a respectable 1-1.3 %.
What accounted for the previous 100% CPU anomaly remains a total mystery.
As to Chronories itself, It's not quite to my taste....I'm not knocking it, though, I just prefer a more traditional journal. Different strokes for different blokes.

alex833 rated on 27 Nov 2012

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[Version 1.1]


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Date:29 May 2012
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
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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
  • Shows your iCal appointments
  • Asks you how you feel today
  • Reminds you when you've forgotten to enter text for today's diary entry
  • Collects RSS feed headlines for each day
  • Logs music you heard


From the information gathered, Chronories creates and displays customizable charts from your data like, for example, the places you've visited in a cloud chart. Data access from within Chronories can optionally be password-protected.


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