The developers behind MacJournal admit that you can use a traditional word processor or text editor for journaling--but they say that's like Lance Armstrong using a bike from Wal-Mart to race in the Tour de France. Aside from the fact that Armstrong would probably still kick butt on a Wal-Mart bike, they've got a point: MacJournal is one of the best journaling programs available for the Mac, with a huge range of features that are useful whether you're keeping a journal for yourself, taking notes for classes or meetings, organizing random snippets of info, or prepping blog … Read more
Contactizer Pro is designed to help you organize and share all your personal and business contacts and information. This sort of CRM/PIM business software has always lagged behind its PC counterparts, but Contactizer Pro is one of the better choices available for the Mac, with a fairly beefy feature set and a clean, relatively intuitive interface. This app helps you track projects, tasks, and communication (including calls, chats, documents, and faxes, with alarms and follow-ups to invitations), and it also does a good job of integrating with Apple's core apps. During installation, Contactizer Pro syncs up with your … Read more
Modern life demands a lot of juggling to keep everything straight. From finances, to social events, to keeping on top of your digital music, no one should feel guilty for needing a personal assistant. While it is not quite a secretary, MyLife Smart Organizer aims to bring as many disparate elements of life together as possible.
This download has a futuristic look of gray steel and 11 sleek icons that represent practically anything you might need to organize (business information, contacts, recipes, money, music, photos, personal records, and others). By selecting one of these icons, a list appears along the … Read more
Free Online Diary offers people a chance to take their personal thoughts into the 21st century by going digital with their diaries. With some added features, this program wants to be the final word in online writing, but its design might hold people back.
Free Online Diary is actually a companion program to access a site of the same name. When opened on your computer, it offers only a menu with links that takes you directly to sections of your online journal, including Diary, Notes, and a To-Do List. Beyond this, the software doesn't have any other features. It … Read more
This virtual diary, called myDiary, lets you record your daily activities, thoughts, and tasks. Novices will appreciate its easy-to-navigate user interface.
When first accessing the program through its executable file format, the program requires that you enter a master password. The user interface could benefit from some color because it's pretty plain, but it consists of a slender window with a calendar at the top, a large search button, and a open panel for diary entries. The menu toolbar at the top includes features for navigating between diary entries (the program refers to them as blogs), and inserting time … Read more
Though we got off on a rocky start, this calendar and management program let us log personal information and password-protect it for safe keeping.
At first, we weren't quite sure what to make of Alpha Journal. A very plain and confusing window appeared that asked us to locate a file to use to store our protected data file. From there, we also were asked to create a master password to access files. Once we got past the initial setup, we were impressed with the main user interface. The text editing-style menu and toolbars looked very familiar to us. A … Read more
Anytime I need to do research on the Web, I know that the fingers involved with the copy and paste keyboard shortcuts are in for a workout. I also know I'll be alt-tabbing to switch between my browser and my text editor, too. Fortunately I found clipboard utilities to make any cut and paste or data-entry task a lot easier.
Clipboard utilities make it possible to copy numerous, separate items from your Web browser without switching programs. Once safely copied, you can then move to your document or text editor and paste each bit of info right where you … Read more
Gone are the days of the old-fashioned lock-and-key diary. Kids should have some privacy rights too, especially where nosy siblings are concerned. So even though this item isn't brand-new, Crave felt that it was timely to cite it in today's era of pervasive household surveillance.
The "Keep Safe Diary" (ages 8 and up) requires a "musical pass code" to open and includes a secret compartment opposite the notepad. It's telling that this item, in addition to the usual retail outlets, is also listed at the Museum Spy Store. Can a biometric version be … Read more