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.
To run Boot Camp, you will need:
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
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:
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.
|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|