Running JournalLife on a Mac

For years Chronicles Software Company has wanted to write a Mac version of JournalLife.  We’re working on it, but it’s slow going at the moment.  In the meantime, there are two ways to run JournalLife on the Mac: (1) running Boot Camp and (2) running a virtual machine program.  In non-technical language we’ll discuss the basics about how to get either one of these running, and the pros and cons of each.

Boot Camp

To run Boot Camp, you will need:

  • at least the Leopard Mac Operating system, Mac version OS X. Boot Camp is software included with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard that lets you run compatible versions of Microsoft Windows on an Intel-based Mac.
  • an Intel-based Mac, which means that the Mac has to be no older than 2006
  • Windows operating system–either Windows XP (with Service Pack 2)  or Windows Vista (the 32-bit editions) or Windows 7
  • 100 GB of free hard drive

JournalLife3 run quickly and easily on Boot Camp. The only disadvantage of using Boot Camp is that you have to shut down the Mac side and restart the computer opening Windows.   In other words, it’s an either/or situation.  You are either running a Mac computer OR a Windows-like computer. You have to close the Mac part of your computer, and restart Windows to access your JournalLife. (Hold the “option” key when starting up your Mac and you have the choice of opening the Mac side or the Windows Boot Camp side.)

For full instructions on how to run Boot Camp, go to

Virtual Machine:

Another option for running Windows on a Mac is using a virtual machine.  The concept  of a virtual machine is running Windows as a program within the Mac.  That is, you run applications within the Windows program, which is a program that is running on the Mac.  You can imagine that it’s a little bit of a mind bender to see a Windows screen within = a Mac screen, but that’s exactly what happens.  You can maximize the size of the Windows program and then you barely know that you have a Mac computer, other than the Parallels title bar at the top of the screen.

There seem to be two options: Parallels and VMware Fusion.  I have Parallels and so I’ll discuss how that works.  To learn more about how the two compare (from a Parallels bias), see https://www.parallels.com/en/feature-comparison/

To run Parallels you will need:

  • Mac OS® X Tiger 10.4 or higher
  • an Intel® Mac
  • 512 MB minimum available memory (1 GB recommended)
  • 70 MB of available hard drive space for Parallels Desktop for Mac installation.
  • Windows OS XP (service pack 3) or Vista

For full technical information go to https://kb.parallels.com/.

The benefit of running JournalLife on Parallels is that if you are working on your Mac, you can seamlessly move to Windows programs, without having to turn off and then reboot your computer.  (You can also open Windows files with Mac applicationss and Mac files with Windows applications.)  The entire experience is smooth and easy.  I’ve installed JL2 on Parallels and my experience is that  the program runs perfectly.

To summarize:

Boot Camp Parallels
Free $80
Runs quickly Runs more slowly
Have to reboot computer to access Can run seamlessly with Mac
Need Leopard OS or higher Can run on Leopard, Snow Leopard, or Lion OS