Overview of the different desktop software packages for personal journaling.

Application Version Operating Systems Developer Cost (USD as of 5/09) Limitations of Free Download Version Notes
Alchera Dream Journal 3.7 Windows (95 or above) Mythwell $39.50 Limited to 10 entries Many extra features as it relates to dream journaling - wizards for characters, emotions, locations, interactions. Emailing of dreams.
Diary One 6.8 Windows (98 or above) PIMOne Software $29.95 30 day trial period Set up with diary like features - intuitive. Very clean and consistent interface Cash flow & keep account with each entry optional, side bar like Mac that pulls in and out, side tools has calendar, diaries by group/topic or date in tree, favorites and materials library (emoticons and clip art by default). Send email function to send entry as email. Icons for weather associated with each entry. Allows attachments, music files to be associated with entry.
Efficient Diary 1.6 Windows (98 or above) Efficient Software Free None Fairly full featured, especially for being free! Clean and consistent interface. Mood icon for each entry, can attach files to entry, set entry to one of 5 levels of importance, can assign a group/topic, but only one group per entry
iDailyDiary - Free 1 Windows (95 or above) Splinterware Free None Browse interface is through the calendar - can scroll by month or year. Can have multiple tabs for a given day.
iDailyDiary - Pro 1 Windows (95 or above) Splinterware $30.00 30 day trial period, print apparently disabled Notebook style interface. Browse interface is through the calendar - can scroll by month or year. Can have multiple tabs for a given day.
LifeJournal 2.02.07.00 Build 912 Windows (98 or above) Chronicles Software Company $39.95 15 entries, 15 daily pulse entries, no printing Can directly import MS Word, Excel, HTML, rtf, text, WordPerfect files, designate handwritten or typed, 3 different journal types with option to add more
Lifetime Journal** - Windows (98 or above) Aurora Binary Systems $39.95 No trial available Features of My Secret Diary plus customize main picture and other pictures for theming, up to 10 journal categories, slideshows, image search
My Secret Diary** - Windows (98 or above) Aurora Binary Systems $34.95 No trial available Password protected, import & export, calendar interface. These features descriptions are from their site, as no trial is available.
SimplyJournal 1.3 Windows (98, XP, NT), Mac Surprise Software $19.95 Allows 30 entries Works wirh paradigm of books and enries in a book. Browse mode lists all entries
StarMessage Diary 3.2 Windows (95 or above) StarMessage Software $16.95 Some print options Simple journal with basic functionality. Browse interface is through the calendar - can scroll by month or year or sequential journal entries. Birthdays and anniversaries can be added calendar. Can associate picture from a list of pictures with any given entry to correspond with the mood of that entry.
WinJournal 1 Windows (2000 or above) Mariner Software $34.95 30 day trial period Extensive facilities for publishing as blogs, both upload and downloading blogs and podcasts. Very exensive help file. Extensive list of blogging services that can be published to, with options about how to set up the server that is being posted to.


** Note that because these software packages do not offer trial versions, then comparisons for these packages are omitted on other pages