If you’ve been wondering about which Digital Journaling Method will work best for you, I’ve spent quite a bit of time during the last couple of days exploring what cross-platform journaling software is available for the Mac, Windows PC, iPad, and iPhone.
The results have been rather disappointing. As far as I can tell, only one product boasts computer to iPad and iPhone cross-platform compatibility: MacJournal/WinJournal. The rest are all either computer platform dependent or electronic gadget dependent. To be honest, I was rather surprised. This late in the iOS game, I expected much more to be available.
My take: If you want a cross platform journaling product, MacJournal/WinJournal is the only one—and the best one—on the market. It’s incredibly feature rich, and, despite the fact that it doesn’t support images on the iPad/iPhone, it surpasses all the other journaling apps I’ve tried.
- Pros: Has apps on both Mac and Windows, as well as iPad and iPhone. Supports images and video. Syncing across platforms is easy. You can have unlimited journals. Uses keywords, tags, and labels, and exports to a variety of formats, including Word, ePub, email, PDF, and RTF. Ability to publish automatically to your blog. Has password protection.
- Cons: iPhone and iPad apps don’t support images and formatting options are limited. No stylus/handwriting support.
- Price: $39 Mac/Win; $2.99 iPad; $4.99 iPhone
If you only want to journal on your app or iPhone, here are links to some external reviews—none of which includes MacJournal. Don’t ask me why:
The Gadgeteer blog offers an examination of some of the current apps and methods available for the computer and mobile devices, along with a list of “must have” features to consider.
AppAdvice.com gives an overview of six apps.
CommonSenseMedia reviews apps geared for encouraging children to journal and/or scrapbook.