Last year during MacWorld, a Mac developer by the name of Philip Dow came to stay with us after he found us on Can I Crash. It was a rather happenstance occasion, one not lacking in a certain serendipity given that I’d just discovered his application — a nice little gem called Journler.
Well, it’s just about a year later and Phil’s come out with a new version — that is blazingly fast and does everything the previous version did but better.
On top of being a really exciting release, Phil has also developed his own license — one that will hopefully support his work as an independent Mac software developer. The terms are pretty simple: if you use Journler for personal use, pay whatever you’re able; if you use it in a more professional or shared context, you’re obligated to pay $24.95. Phil explains:
The basic idea behind changes to the license is fairness. There’s none of that thirty days nonsense, annoying reminders, superimposed warnings or greyed out menus. You are not a child. Simultaneously, if you are capable of purchasing the program or donating, do so. With these changes I’m working hard to stay true to my original intentions as the creator of Journler while also ensuring that I can continue working on the program under the conditions I am now.
I really respect this approach to development and charging, though I know it’s a harder path to take. In any event, if you’re looking for a journal, note-taking, GTD, media-collecting, personal-snap-shot-taking, podcasting or blogging tool (yes, it really does all those things), do give Journler a look.