Version: 2.2.1 || Release Date: 2010-07-06 || License: Commercial with demo ($39) Developer: Bare Bones Software | App Owner: angelp

Your effortless, reliable information organizer for Mac OS X

Yojimbo makes keeping all the small (or even large) bits of information that pour in every day organized and accessible. It’s so simple, there is no learning curve. Yojimbo’s mechanism for collecting, storing and finding information is so natural and effortless, it will change your life, without changing the way you work.

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Very good for organising notes, passwords and webpages. It would be good to be able to add a contacts / things to do / GTD component to it and then it would be complete.

I have both Yojimbo and Journler and use them both.


There's no reason why you should "ditch" either of them. They're both great apps.

@jailerjoe :
That's not true. Sadly, Journler 2.5 doesn't support encryption anymore. <a href="http://journler.com/community/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1981&highlight=encryption">See here</a>. That's one of the reasons I dumped it and switched to Yojimbo. (Yojimbo has a few missing features, but all in all, I don't regret the move.)

UPDATE: Well I've completely ditched Yojimbo. When I first bought it, I pretty much liked everything about Yojimbo except for the fact that you can't have nested folders or user configurable Smart folder. Now I use Journler and it rocks! It does almost everything that Yojimbo does and does them better. The one exception is encrypted entries. You can lock the entire Journal but not individual entries as easily as with Yojimbo.

The best part is Journler's license scheme: It's shareware for personal use unless you can't afford it. Then it's free until you can afford to donate. Check it out here on iusethis. It's a fantastic app.

I'm a new Yojimbo user with version 1.4.1, and while it took me more than 30 days to warm to it, I knew that an info organizer was going to be useful once I trained my brain into it. Essentially I am using it the same way that I use Gmail, with tagging and smart collections. For the minutiae and random notes that I accumulate daily, Yojimbo is a very competent inbox, easier than maintaining years of saved documents, easier than storing notes in Gmail, and widely supported by other apps that I enjoy (QuickSilver, etc.) And hey, it's BareBones.

Only obvious caveat so far is the drop dock is not quite configurable enough... having it at the top or bottom of the screen would help with dual-monitors and a side-mounted OSX dock. More dual screen options are a Look Forward To.

Does that white source pane drive anyone else nuts? Is there an easy way to change it to blue?

Yojimbo is clean, light and easy to use. I used the demo for the full 30 days, then actually paid for the unlocked version. This program is far and away better than DEVONThink (for which I also have a license) at doing exactly what you expect with as few steps as possible.

I checked it out, I would certainly recommend people check out Keep It Together before deciding on it. Does pretty well the same thing but keeps all the files in their original format. Simple and easy to integrate into your workflow. Oh and it's cheaper...

The lack of nested folders and inability to link to contacts are major downsides compared with SOHO Notes.

Against that the general feel of the application is lighter, cleaner and less cluttered: being able to customize folders is a major plus (can't do that on SOHO). I guess i'll kep both runnning in tandem and see whether Yojimbo corrects those two major drawbacks.

I was using DevonThink pro... but I guess that was too complicated for
what I was doing. I'm very much happy with Yojimbo now but it has a lot of
place for improvement.

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