We love personal information managers at Mac360, and Bare Bones’ Yojimbo is one of the best.
Yo, how do you make the best better? Yo, check it out. Webjimbo lets Yojimbo go remote.
First things first. If you’re serious about getting yourself organized for the data onslaught of information, to-do lists, projects, research, passwords, serial numbers, and everything else digital that crosses your Mac’s screen, look at Yojimbo.
Why? Yojimbo is one of a new breed of Mac utilities, an information organizer that works effortlessly to track whatever you want and need in our digital age..
It collects, stores, organizes, and makes easy finding of information. Text clippings, Safari bookmarks, PDF files, web archives, images and photos, serial numbers or passwords or both. Drag, drop, copy, import, print.
As much as we love Mori and Notebook, Yojimbo does more than the former, and is less complex to learn and use than the latter.
Once installed, Yojimbo looks familiar with the Mac-like tool bar across the top, collection items in the left column, and all the list details and information in the right column.
If you’ve used iPhoto, then Yojimbo will look familiar.
Getting stuff into a personal organizer has always been the drudge work. With Yojimbo, adding information is about as effortless as it can be. Only having someone else do it for you is a better option.
Copy, drag, drop, import. Set up Custom Collections to hold what you want the way you want. Use the Quick Input Panel or the Drop Dock. The latter is my favorite method because it’s truly drag and drop. The saving and storing is automatic.
What Yojimbo stores is nearly everything. Notes, text clips, styled text, bookmarks, web page archives, PDF documents, receipts, GTD items, inventories, credit card numbers, password and login IDs, and more. You can even encrypt items for security.
Yojimbo just keeps it all on your Mac and makes it easy to find, easy to add to. So, what if you’re away from home and you need to access the information on Yojimbo on your Mac? Uh oh, right?
Enter Webjimbo, the web interface for Yojimbo. View and edit whatever is on Yojimbo on your Mac at home from any web browser or from your Apple iPhone.
What? Is such a thing doable? Yes. You’ve got Webjimbo at home running on your Mac but you’re not at home. Run Webjimbo on your Mac and you can log in remotely from a web browser anywhere.
Even use your iPhone or iPod touch. Edit items, search items, view items. It’s like a mini version of Yojimbo in your hand.
The only issue we’ve seen with using Yojimbo is the need to sync data between Macs. Easier said than done, in our experience. Webjimbo means you don’t have to worry about data syncs, since any Mac can access Yojimbo.
The latest version of Webjimbo makes network configuration a no brainer and makes the connections behind the scenes. What? You run Windows at work? Just use a browser on your work PC to view and edit Yojimbo on your Mac at home.
If there’s one thing we’ve noticed about Mac software in the past year, it’s the ability to integrate and connect—seamlessly and effortlessly and easily. Mac OS X Leopard makes it easy to do screen sharing, so you can visit your Mac at home from a Mac on the road. See? Mac to Mac.
Yojimbo and Webjimbo take it to an extended level. iPhone to Mac at home. iPod touch to Mac at home. Windows PC browser to Mac at home.
I suspect we’ll see even more ways to organize and collect information with Leopard, and better ways to connect to our Macs from other devices. For now, Yojimbo is a superb information organizer that is made better with Webjimbo.