Interview: Logan Ryan on MacJournal

MacJournal Interface

This is a brief Q&A about MacJournal with Logan Ryan. MacJournal is my favorite writing and editing software tool for the Mac. Logan Ryan is the Director of Marketing for Mariner Software.

I do a whole lot of writing using my Mac. If I’m not doing photography, I’m writing. Because of this, I decided to look around for the best writing tool that’s available out there. I ended up investing long hours in an extensive online search for the best writing software. Among the many third-party writing software I’ve tested for the Mac (and there are a lot), I chose to use MacJournal.

When it comes to handling text, I believe that none comes close to the elegance, efficiency and beauty of MacJournal. While traditionally I can write using Microsoft’s MS Word, or write with the built-in free TextEdit, I feel that MacJournal best handles the job. MS Word takes up so much resources on my computer and is somewhat too complicated when it comes to getting what needs to be done. TextEdit, on the other hand, seems inadequate in organizing and handling my texts.

In the final analysis, and from testing out numerous third-party contenders, MacJournal proved itself as the perfect writing solution.

Here’s the full text of my brief email interview with Logan Ryan:

Dominique James: What makes MacJournal different or unique from other writing, editing, journaling, blogging software?

Logan Ryan: To our knowledge, there is no other journaling and blogging application for the Mac on the market. There are a few shareware and donationware journaling only apps out there but we don’t really see them as competition. MacJournal has matured for several years and has more than a hundred thousand customers so we must be doing something right.

DJ: What are the features that MacJournal users love the most about the software?

LR: We find that our users are pretty passionate about journaling. It becomes an extension of themselves. In many case, it’s a therapeutic outlet. They praise us when it works (99.9% of the time) and threaten us with bodily harm when they stumble across a stray bug. I’m being a little dramatic but you get the picture. It’s definitely a software most user use daily, sometimes multiple times a day. When journaling, we hear a lot of users say they absolutely love the audio feature. To get a loved one to talk about something and have the ability to record it, then embed it into a MacJournal entry seems basic but it seems like most users use this feature when they are showcasing something (a child’s birthday, grandma talking about the Depression, a couple’s anniversary …. real tug-on-the-heartstrings kind of stuff). The other popular feature from a writing perspective is the Full Screen Mode. It’s addictive. To remove the distractions of everyday life and just concentrate on writing has been a God-send for many. From the blogging side, folks are having a lot of fun in MacJournal 5 with video blogging or vlogging. That’s a relatively new feature so it hasn’t hit the mainstream of our customer base yet.

DJ: MacJournal can serve as a standard/universal Mac-based note-taking software for photographers. The sidebar and entries list seems the perfect way to organize various information that a photographer needs create, update and refer to in a single location. Any tips and hints on how to do this? Any other aspects of MacJournal that photographers might find interesting and useful and practical?

LR: For the Aperture user, MacJournal could be helpful for making field notes during a shoot. Something to match the photos with later on when they are editing the shoot. You could also store some photos in there, but I imagine Aperture is the better place for that.

DJ: In what way do you think that a “notes” application can enhance the workflow of a professional photographer?

LR: The audio and video recording in MacJournal would also be helpful for “taking notes” while shooting. Unfortunately, right now, Aperture doesn’t have any way for other apps to link in to projects or photos themselves, so it wouldn’t be possible to refer to things from MacJournal. We are always looking for creative ways though.

DJ: What are the future development being planned for MacJournal?

LR: Hmmm, I’m afraid I might get strung up by my toes if I let that out! Since we just released MacJournal 5, it won’t be until 2009 before we seen anything major.

[Note: Dan Schimpf is the developer of MacJournal. For the latest and most up-to-date information on MacJournal and Mariner Software, visit The Ship’s Wheel.]

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