Tuesday Tip: Switching from MacJournal

MacJournal To DEVONthinkWe had a MacJournal user contact us, wanting to switch to DEVONthink. While we have no control over how easy or hard this may be, we took a look at what options there are. Nicely, the MacJournal folks have simple but useful export options. (We always applaud when developers resist the urge to lock in someone’s data.)

You can export single journal entries, or if you have a more elaborate journal system, you can export entire journals. Metadata is exported as text, except for the applied tags which will be properly seen as Tags in DEVONthink.

One thing to note is that you’ll want to check the option One File Per Entry so the entries come in as separate files. If you don’t they will be added together in one long document. Once the export is done, you can import via Files > Import > File and Folders or using drag-and-drop. Note that you can also export directly to the Global Inbox if it’s shown in the Finder sidebar.

(A special thanks to Kirby S. who made the inital inquiry.)

2 Responses to “Tuesday Tip: Switching from MacJournal”

  1. Ryan Nagy says:

    Thanks for this. I am a long-term DTPO user. But I recently purchased MacJournal. Why? For the simple fact that I wanted a separate app to create journals, a place where I would not be distracted by my growing DTPO databases. However now that I have a journal that is getting bigger and bigger and with more thoughts and ideas that need to connect, I wonder about moving stuff to DTPO. The AI functions of DTPO simply cannot be beat Sounds like it will be easy to import my entries to DTPO.



  2. jneumann says:

    It worked well in my testing, Ryan! Cheers!