MacJournal 5.2

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MacJournal, by Mariner Software was picked up through another bundle. Here is another example of software that I didn’t really feel an overwhelming amount of interest in. But, hey, I spent the money and figured I’d give it a shot for my WordPress blogs. My experience so far has been very good.

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Setup was dead easy. Tell it that this is a WordPress blog (other options are: LiveJournal, MetaWeblog, Atom, and Movable Type), enter the URL and user name, then tell it to Reload. The link was created without a hitch.

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Next, I picked the option to “Download Entries from Blog.” MacJournal then asked if I wanted to download all the entries or enter a number of entries to download. I downloaded all of them so that MacJournal reflected the full contents of the blog. This wasn’t actually necessary, since it would also just start adding to whatever was there but I was planning on splitting one blog into two. Once I had everything, I created the second blog (in MacJournal, the blog equates to a Journal and each posting equates to an Entry), moved the entries that belonged in the second blog, and then updated them (actually, to be safe, I also deleted everything in the original blog before re-uploading). If I didn’t like the order, I could drag and drop to change the sequence. If I needed to move an entry between blogs, the drag and drop worked just as well.

Dealing with graphics is much easier in MacJournal than with the WordPress editing environment. I didn’t really like messing with graphics directly in WordPress but MacJournal acts just like any other word processor, allowing me to drag graphics from Voila, change their size, and then center them.

Other features include the ability to edit the Toolbar:

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The ability to edit the Info Bar. Info bar options are items that are probably blog settings or attributes:

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Features that I have not tested fully include the ability to:

  • Enter Quick Notes — you can setup a key combination to trigger the quick note. This is useful for journaling. You can also use it to create a new entry or to append to an existing one. You can also apply tags to the entry.
  • Import podcasts, calendar entries, pdf files.
  • Add audio or video entries. Note: this did not work for me because I have not upgraded my account.
  • Create Import Droplets. They are small apps that sit in the finder. Anything you drag and drop onto the droplet will be directed to a specific journal. When you drop it, you also get the chance to assign tags.
  • Post photos to Picasa.
  • Embed YouTube videos. Note: this did not work for me because I have not upgraded my account.
  • Schedule entries to get posted at a future date/time, but you must leave MacJournal running.
  • Publish with iWeb.
  • Publish to MobilMe.

Hopefully, this gives you a sense for the potential for MacJournal in your work. There are certainly other uses. I have focused on the applicability to maintaining a blog. You’ll find MacJournal at http://www.marinersoftware.com/sitepage.php?page=85

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