One day, maybe in the not too distant future, we’ll have a little Apple device that records the audio and video of our entire day, all day, everyday, every hour. Won’t that be fun?
After all, a life worth living is worth recording, right? Until then, we have to be content with diary entries, journals, blogs, and 15 years of email messages from family and friends. Enter the digital journal for Mac and iPhone.
The Digital Diaries of Life
I like to think my life is worth living to the full, therefore, worth some kind of formal record. What occurred to me recently was this—most of us are recording our lives digitally already.
iPhoto is an informal, unstructured digital record of our lives.
iMove is a more detailed, yet still unstructured, digital record of our lives in movie form.
Many Mac and PC users have a blog, too, which provides more structure, and a public face to our thoughts, concerns, observations, considerations. A blog does not a diary or journal make.
Until Apple comes along with a device that records our every waking moment, and is able to digitize our dreams, we’re stuck recording life the old fashion way. One word at a time in a diary or journal.
Recording Your Life On A Mac
Let’s assume that your life is worth recording, but you want many thoughts to remain private. Writing in a diary with pen or pencil is soooo 19th century. Enter viJournal. Think of it as a blog about yourself for yourself.
viJournal looks like an iLife version of the old-fashioned analog (paper) daily diary. Enter your thoughts daily, collect them by month and year—one day at a time. The cool thing is that you’re not limited to static text entries—the word pictures of your thoughts.
Real pictures can get dropped into viJournal. Real movies can be dropped into an entry in viJournal. Real audio recordings can be dropped into an entry in viJournal.
You get the picture. Whatever you can do digitally on your Mac can get shoved into viJournal with ease and without shoving. Add tags to everything. Tags are like keywords which make it easier to search for related entries than using a calendar and your increasingly faulty memory.
In fact, in good old Star Trek Captain’s Log fashion, use your Mac’s built-in iSight camera to record video journal entries.
Wait. I can’t carry my Mac around with me all the time.
That’s why you bought an iPhone, right? A Mac in your pocket. viJournal M works on your iPhone and iPod touch (soon on the iPad) to do the basics of daily journaling.
Add photos, browse old entries using the list or calendar view. Send entries via email, or—even better—sync directly with viJournal on your Mac. It’s like an on-the-go-journal in your pocket. You go, it goes.
Here’s the cool part. viJournal isn’t horribly expensive, but it’s not really inexpensive, either. There’s a viJournal Lite version, minus a few features, which is also free, but only $3.99 less than viJournal M.
It’s one thing to do the unstructured recording of your life using iPhoto and iMovie mixed with a little public Blogger here and there. It’s something else again to use a dedicated digital journal. Imagine how cool it will be to look back on 10 or 15 years of your life on your Mac.