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Jrnyoflife reviewed on 26 Jan 2010
Early Review, will add more later

I am on disability for depression. I have only been using this software for a few days, and I can tell already that it will be invaluable for understanding the factors that can help treat my depression and lead to a healthier lifestyle.

The program is very easy to use, yet is very powerful and flexible. There is also an area for daily notes and short and long term goals.

The program produces impressive graphs. I haven't used it long enough to understand how they will be helpful but obviously it helps identify trends in a visual way. The program also has good reporting features.

Two thumbs up and 5 stars!

Kevin Fosler
[Version 3.2.0]


jrnyoflife reviewed on 06 Apr 2008
It's a breath of fresh air, in the Mac world, to have a word processor open quickly. Mariner Write opens in one or two seconds on my MacBook 2.2Ghz. Apple's own word processor Pages takes a lot longer, and Microsoft Word 2008 seems to take forever.

The efficiencies of the program don't end there. All of the essential features are quickly accessible and well thought out. I used it to take notes tonight for a non-profit meeting and it worked very well for that.

Things I like about Mariner Write:

- Option to open files from previous session

- Hierarchical font menu, and WYSIWYG

Bullet Indent ! (woo hoo!)

Date Format
- Ability to set to many different kinds of formats -- useful.

- Paper edge vs. printer edge.
- A full page is readable from a standard MacBook's resolution.

- Can specify the number of backup copies to make. I haven't experimented with this but I think it will be a very handy feature.

File format
- Can specify RTF - Word

Thoughtful touches
- When adding buttons to the toolbar when customizing, there is an Add after and Add before. There is not a move up or move down but that hasn't been too much of a hindrance.

Keyboard shortcut for entering date..

Tables work intuitively
- Can increase a column by dragging from any point in the verticle line
- New rows added automatically when tabbing from last row
- Easy access from the editing window.

- Floating font panel that makes it easy to choose fonts, and lets you set up font collections of your favorite fonts.
- Easy font selection at the top of the editing window
- Easy color and highlighting form the editing window
- Choosing from MANY different font styles from the font menu
- Highlighting and font color are at the top of the editing window

- Remove leading ">", handy for quote in e-mails

- Easy to import
- Text can wrap around a graphic!
- Easy to enlarge graphic proportionally
- Easy to insert graphic into a table cell

- Save a copy as

Print Envelope

- Selection
- All
- Good voice

Insert Rule to separate items is intuitive

Font, Size, and Style all get their own menus which makes it a snap to easily change something.
- Click the font menu then start typing the letters of the font name and you go right to it.
- Click size menu and select size or if you want 18 point just click 1 and 8 then enter
- Click the style menu and select "strike through" or just type s and t, it hightlights then hit enter

To sum it up, it's a word processor that opens fast, that is easy to use, that has all the most used features right there. There may be a rare instance in which I would want to use MS Word over this program but this is my word processor of choice for the vast majority of documents I will be creating.

(and note: I am a power user; in this program the power is the speed, and quick access to the main features usually used)
[Version 3.7.2]

jrnyoflife commented on 24 Jan 2008
I have been using the trial version of MacJournal 5 for about a week now and already it is my favorite Mac program. It is very flexible, allowing more than one journal.

I use it for actual journaling -- i.e. writing about how the day went, etc...


I use it to log things, like when I sent a rebate in, a call to technical support, what I did during the day, doctor appointments, and anything else important.

MacJournal allowws entries to have keywords making them easy to categorize and find.

I volunteer for a few organizations, and MacJournal is going to be nice for taking notes of meetings and having a record of what was said during the board meeting.

For students, MacJournal could be used to take notes for a class.

Entries can also have audio and video stored in them. It's a neat feature that I would use, but unfortunately it isn't working for me. The developer is very active in trying to help me fix the problem.

All in all, MacJournal is an excellent and flexible program that I highly recommend.
[Version 5.0.2b2]

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