[Windows] iDailyDiary is a portable diary/journal program that supports rich text

iDailyDiary Portable DiaryOne of the greatest benefits of having a portable diary software is that you can take it wherever you go. As its name suggests, it’s portable. Compared to other diary apps, a portable diary is much better because you can use it on any computer. Anyways, let’s find out if the iDailyDiary has all basic features that you want in a portable digital journal.

What Is It and What Does It Do

Main Functionality

iDailyDiary is a portable diary software that is developed by Splinterware Software Solutions. It’s basically a digital “page-for-a-day” diary or journal that is meant to record your everyday activities, ideas and creative thoughts. That’s not all. This software also features a notepad-like user interface with a rich text editor.

Pros

  • Simple UI, easy-to-use
  • Is portable
  • Features a rich text editor
  • Allows text formatting and image uploads
  • Supports hyperlinks and special characters
  • Features a “password-protect” option. You can lock your diary so that no one else can view your secret notes.
  • You can save or export your entries as RTF, TXT, IDF or HTML
  • For quick access, you can simply click the software’s system tray icon
  • Features a quick search and quick browse tool
  • Features three elegant themes – luxury, brilliant pink and brilliant blue
  • You can create multiple diaries with multiple pages

Cons

  • The iDailyDiary software doesn’t support content filters. You cannot add special tags to your entries but you can use the search tool to search for a specific word or phrase.
  • You cannot bookmark your special diary pages. There’s no highlight or bookmark tool to emphasize a specific note or date.
  • The side graphic has only one design. You cannot use your own side graphic, either.
  • It doesn’t support other platforms such as Mac, iOS and Android.

Discussion

Portable Diary Page TabIf we compare the iDailyDiary portable diary software to other journal apps, its way more convenient to use since it features a familiar rich text editor. Appearance wise, the software looks like a modified version of the MS WordPad but the only difference is that it is intended to be used as a digital journal. Not only that, the software can also be used on any Windows-based computer. Since it’s a portable application, you’re free to save it to your USB flash drive. This feature comes in very handy especially if you’re working with multiple computers. So instead of installing the software all over again, you simply plug your flash drive to your computer.

Another good thing about this software is that it allows you to customize your entries with different fonts and photos. You’re also free to create as many diaries as you like and there are no limits to the number of entries that you can write. Say, for example, in your first diary called “My Summer Days” you’ve decided to sort your activities for Day 1 into two types. So instead of putting all of your activities in a single page, you can opt to write your second entry in a separate tab. It’s also good to know that you can use a password to lock your diaries. This way, you can keep your notes private.

Setting the good things aside, this portable diary software has a couple of minor drawbacks such as its lack of emphasis on special dates and occasions. Unfortunately, this essential feature is often neglected and all you get in most of today’s diary apps is a typical looking calendar. For example, you want to highlight last year’s camping trip but you couldn’t since there is no option for highlighting dates in the calendar. Furthermore, this software doesn’t support tags. So if ever you feel like filtering your entries, you can use a more traditional approach. Say, if you want to view all of your posts that are related to work, I recommend that you include a hashtag. In this case, you can put the hashtag #work at the end of your entry and then you use the search tool to search for entries that contains the said hashtag.

I also think that it’s worthy to mention that the iDailyDiary diary has only one side graphic and it doesn’t really match well with the software’s background color. The good thing is that these drawbacks do not really affect the software’s overall performance. It’s more like there are still a lot of ways to make this digital diary more user-friendly. Other than that, the iDailyDiary has all the essential elements that you would want in a digital diary. As of now, this portable diary app is only compatible with Windows.

Conclusion and Download Link

There are two essential factors that makes this software stand out from its competitors. First and foremost, it’s portable. You can take it anywhere and you can use it on any computer (as long as it’s Windows) without the need to install. Second, it features an interface many people are familiar with — it gives you the feeling that you’re just using WordPad or MS Word — and supports rich text.

Needless to say, I’m pretty much satisfied with this software. It gives me the freedom to do whatever I want with my diary notes plus I feel confident that my notes will always stay private and secure for as long as no one else knows my diary’s password. I recommend you check this one out if you are in the market for a diary or journal program

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 3.85

Supported OS: Windows 2000, XP, 2003, 2008, Vista, 7

Download size: 4.5MB

VirusTotal malware scan results: 1/46

Is it portable? Yes

iDailyDiary – Portable Diary Software homepage

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3 comments

  1. Kent
    Author/Staff

    Hi [@Louis], I’m glad that you find my review helpful. I do agree with you. I also don’t like the idea of putting up my diary online. Anyways, I just want to clarify that the iDailyDiary’s export to HTML feature is optional. It’s totally up to you if you want to publish your diary online but I really don’t see a reason for doing such since a diary is supposed to be private. A diary is a diary, not a blog. ^^

  2. Louis

    Hi Kent

    Thanks very much for covering this software ! Despite the little shortcomings, if the search function works, the hashtag will be good enough for me — personally I prefer simple software that you can just open and get going — bloated feature rich stuff that requires you to study a manual’s what somepeople want, but others like me beliwve simple is actually better.

    Besides, I think the tabs feature is a really nifty idea, especially for someone who’s sometimes a little scatterbrained — most days I dare say more than one significant thing has come across your path, so you can start writing about it on tab 1, until your memory cuts out, then write about event nr 2 on tab 2, halfway during which that thing so important about event 1 suddenly jumps into mind, so now you can just add it to tab 1 before it disappears again, and continue where you left off with event 2.

    Yes, indeed, I already regret not writing down my daily experiences for example the past 2 + years coming to work in Mainland China, there were so many !

    But it’s never too late, and you just did me a great favour thanks !

    The online software you reviewed looked pretty, but I didn’t like it being online — some things, if you do put everything in a dary, are meant to be secure, and with the sizes of hashed password files already out there in hackers’ possession, they can already crack even complicated passwords without using brute force, nothing is safe in the cloud anymore (now all tumblr’s hashed passwords are also out there with the hackers) …