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Giveaway of the day — Digital Diary

Digital Diary is a tool to write your diaries every day without needing to write your stuff in text files.
$24.99 EXPIRED
User rating: 180 26 comments

Digital Diary was available as a giveaway on September 24, 2010!

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Digital Diary is a tool to write your diaries every day without needing to write your stuff in text files. Also it comes with great features which help you to organize your time, minimize your effort, remember your best memories audibly and visually, read latest news , send e-mails, create galleries, set reminders and much more!

Key features:

  • Create your account to start recording your diaries by writing or by recording your voice with every page in the diary
  • Read the latest news with Digital Diary RSS
  • Record your friends' info with Digital Diary Contacts
  • Send e-mails using Digital Diary Mailer
  • Create your photo gallery with Digital Diary Gallery, and make it secured from being viewed by others
  • Use Digital Diary Reminder to remember your appointments, meetings and even your contacts’ birthdays
  • Create contents and child contents with the ability to add description and icon for each one etc.

System Requirements:

Windows XP/ Vista/ 7; Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 (not required in Windows Vista/7); Microsoft SAPI 5.1 (Optional - For using Speech Recognition)





File Size:

8.37 MB



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Sorry for getting it wrong re: online storage of data. The publishers might want to clarify that in their adverts. Simple addition of a few words about several users of the same computer can have different protected accounts with one program.

Reply   |   Comment by prying1  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

I've been accessing software from GAOTD for a few years and I've never come across such a convoluted mess, in accessing software in my life. For hours, I tried everything I could think of, to try to get this software, to no avail. The site simply refused to acknowledge my input; until the software timed out. I can only conclude that this website was more interested in getting people on their website, instead of getting their software out to some people who could provide a positive feed-back on their programming. In future, I'd suggest that GAOTD not represent www.infradrive.com or other sites that screw people around in this manner. Even allowing for the fact that most software on GAOTD is good, or better - my time is worth something.

Reply   |   Comment by GunGeezer (Tim J. Tschirhart)  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

# 16 Ruth:
The diary is not online, but there is an easy solution: it has a backup function in the settings, you can set it to autobackup every xx minutes and specify the directory where the backup will be stored. You can easily put the backup online, and I recommend you use Dropbox for that.
Thats an online service where you can save all your files online, the free version gives you 2 gb and you can get also 50 or 100 gb as paid service. There are plenty more of such servives, but Dropbox has a huge advantage: you can easily integrate it in Windows Explorer. Dropbox creates a folder in explorer, just like any other folder, but a little overlay icon shows that its special: it works as a normal folder, but everything you store in it is automatically sent to your Dropbox online account (you must of course have Dropbox running, so the files get uploaded). So, you don't even have to care about uploads.
Now you can save your diary backup in the Dropbox folder (set the path to that folder in its settings) and everything else is done automatically.
You can create subfolders in the Dropbox folder and store what ever you like in it.
I'm using Dropbox for sharing files between my PC and my netbook and its almost as fast as a direct USB connection - just more comfortable, since I don't have to plug in and out any cable. And one can save the login so its not even needed to login every time. So, simply doubleclick the shortcut and thats it.
Here you can find it:

Reply   |   Comment by Sabine  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Ok, there were a lot of negative reviews, but I decided to try it anyway. :)

Although not a bad program all in all, it was not what I wanted, so I decided to remove it. That's where the problems started. Uninstall said it could not successfully remove the program (cleanly) and that I would have to remove files manually. Now, since then, I'm getting incessant .NET errors popping up on my screen every few minutes.

To each his own on programs, but I think that authors should go out of their way not only to develop programs, but to make sure they will remove cleanly for those who find them unsuitable for their tastes.

System installed on was Vista Home Premium, on a fast dual-core Dell system.

Reply   |   Comment by Mark Magill  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

#17 I just ordered Carbonite which backs up whatever files you want for about $55.00 a year.

Reply   |   Comment by GMO  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-3)

Can this Diary be online as well? Why put all important stuff in this Diary, just to be at risk of losing all? My 4 internal & external hard drives have failed 4 times now on me, heartbreaking each time with all data loss of years of my life on them, all to now insist I MUST have every single thing ONLINE where the few things I have recovered are because of being somewhere on the internet. Access to all these important things online anywhere at work, home, or travel would be a must as well... like an account that's private & not indexed.

Reply   |   Comment by Ruth  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+3)

#13 Mike if you're still around, could you give a few words of help to XP users on voice recognition, eg would we have to purchase something like Dragon for it to work in XP ?

Reply   |   Comment by Jess  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-1)

Thank you Mr. Ehab for this early Christmas Gift! The diary is perfect and I just love the "Photo Gallery"! Lilia

Reply   |   Comment by Lilia  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+1)

Reg process keeps taking me to an order form to make purchase, can't see any where to enter the code given - Tried the gift part but still trying to sell product to me. Can any one help?

Reply   |   Comment by Russ  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (0)

From developer's site:

"- A high security system which protect your diaries from being stolen. After you finish working on the program, your pages automatically encrypted and when someone tries to read your file he/she will find random codes.
- Your files are only decrypted when you login to the program, be sure that you exit the program or click switch user after finishing work on the program."

Reply   |   Comment by teo  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Thanks #6 Windspirit for mentioning efficientdiary.com. You're right, it's 1 billion times better and has 2 free versions, one that u can run off a usb drive or flash card and the regular pc version. Pretty decent. Paid "pro" version isn't that expensive either if I decide to do that.

Reply   |   Comment by Krysta  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-2)

I was hoping this would be a lot like AllMyNotes Organizer 2.20 that was given as a Giveaway: i have forgotten about Smart Diary Suite now-a-days i am using AllMyNotes Organizer full time to make any notes . Their is a Freeware as well as a Portable version for this, i think it serves the purpose of storing txt and why would anyone need a password : this feature is available in the free version of AllMyNotes Organizer 2.20.
Few things i found very irritating i.e.,
*)Infrared Digital Diary Reminder process running in the background even when i didn't run the program.
*)Clumsy looking GUI.
*)I agree with # 6 their are lots of free alternative Notebook. Like Keynote NF 1.7.8 which happens to use less memory like 7 MB compared to AllMyNotes Organizer 2.20 which is 8.5 MB.

Thank you liste for throwing that piece of information: Now i will be replacing AllMyNotes Organizer 2.20 with Keynote NF 1.7.8.
Fantastic share: God Bless you: liste
Thank you GAOTD: no pun intended but this is not a Keeper for me.

Reply   |   Comment by Bootman  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+2)

Infradrive Digital Diary has a lot of text options similar to a word processor. It has about everything except spell check.

The 'record yourself' option might be nice for those who like using mics and cameras although that sounds like a good way to quickly fill up disc space. This appears to be the selling point of the application since all other features are offered in freeware alternatives.

It doesn't use up a lot of RAM which is essential for any app that launches at start-up, however I plan to disable the 'launch at start-up' option and use this as an 'as needed' program because it does have some cools tools.

It's definitely worth a try to see if it's right for you but I recommend the free alternative Evernote.
It has more features and when your computer eventually dies, all of your notes can be retrieved from their website. For just a free lightweight calendar reminder I suggest Rainlendar.

Here is a quick free way to keep a dated log:

1. Open Notepad (START->Run->notepad.exe)
2. Type “.LOG” on the first line of the new document.
3. Save the file and close Notepad.

Now when you open the same file again, you’ll see that Notepad would have added the current Date and time to the document automatically.
Write your entry for the day and close the file. Everytime you open the file, Notepad will add the current timestamp on a new line saving you the effort to do the same.

Reply   |   Comment by Damon  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+20)

#10: "... However, what makes Digital Diary a really cool thing is the voice recognition feature. I LOVE this. How often have I thought, it would be cool to lean back and dictate something to my PC and it types it for me (since I use the “2-finger eagle search system” lol). Now…thats in Digital Diary. You can simply speak your diary into it, and it types it for you. And you can then either read or listen to the replay of the content..."

If it helps anyone at all... Speech/voice recognition was something Microsoft 1st built into Vista, so if you've got the usual Vista HP or 7 you probably just have to turn it on. Dragon is maybe the most popular alternative [http://nuance.com/dragon/]. Before you start it's important to realize Not every headset or mic will work. We tried literally dozens to find one headset we had that did work well, so be prepared for that in case during *training* nothing seems to work properly -- it's not always obvious that the mic's the problem -- & if you set out to buy a headset, make sure it's OK for voice recognition [it doesn't have to be *for* voice recognition, or expensive, but if the package doesn't spell it out make sure others have tried it & confirmed it works]. The 2nd thing that's useful to know is Not everyone's speech is equal, or works. If you watch a detective or crime or CSI type show on TV, chances are you've seen them do something with voice prints... in a nutshell voice recognition works by matching the voice print for a word [more precisely a sound], & when you *train* the software it *learns* your voice. If you're getting nowhere in the training phase, have somebody else try -- you could be one of those people with a voice &/or speech the software just doesn't like &/or can't work with.

IOW getting speech/voice recognition software shouldn't take that long at all, & if it does, something's probably wrong so please don't waste half a day before quitting in disgust. :-)

One last thing to mention, is speech/voice recognition feels weird to a lot of new users -- you've probably been taught not to talk loudly to yourself -- it's best used when you're alone -- you can drive anyone within hearing crazy -- & it's best used in a quieter environment -- depending on your mic, fans & such may be OK, but construction going on outside the open window or you're favorite tunes blasting away will obviously confuse the software.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+18)

Digital Diary seems to be a nicely polished, easy to use app, that IMHO seems designed for personal use by/for the casual PC/laptop user. I don't see it competing with more task oriented, or contact, or personal info managers. It certainly won't replace on-line based organizers you access from anywhere from most any device. But for someone who wants to keep a journal, optionally add pictures & audio recordings to it, & send personal emails to friends etc., it might be ideal. It has a separate reminder app, presents a nice, but fairly simple Word Processor [can save in .txt, .rtf, & .doc], can keep track of/monitor RSS feeds, can record audio, & can tie into Windows' voice recognition. The only thing I see missing is perhaps tying into Windows handwriting recognition for use with the flurry of tablets [i.e. iPad competitors] said to be coming our way.

Digital Diary is a light weight app that installs to the program's single folder with 58 files, 4 folders taking up ~14.5MB. 2 text files [labeled as .dll's] go into Windows system folder. Start menu shortcuts are stored under All Users, + duplicates in 7's Program Data folder. Installation only adds uninstall info to the registry, + an entry for the Microsoft Jet database engine in XP. Registration involves going to the URL in the GOTD Readme.txt file, pasting both the code (from the readme file) & a number from the running app in the box, copying the new number you'll get, & pasting that back into the program. As a quick test in a win7 VM, after deleting the program's folder I was able to copy/paste the app + the 2 files in the system folder from an XP VM, & everything appeared to work fine.

There are far too many alternatives to begin to list, plus dozens of ways to approach organization & storage -- if there was one ideal way to do it, we'd all be perfectly organized & using just a handful of apps, just like there are only a handful of web browsers. FWIW Microsoft looks to be doing some interesting things with their new (still beta) Live Essentials type stuff -- for example I was just reading today Hotmail will allow viewing web video (from links) right in the email window -- & they're tying it all together & providing on-line storage so things like Ofc documents, your picture gallery, calender, & contacts etc are available to you anywhere & everywhere. Since Google dropped Wave they're expanding elsewhere, adding features to Gmail, trying to come up with their Facebook alternative etc., and may try to better Microsoft's Live offerings.

Reply   |   Comment by mike  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+15)

I am very hesitant to try Digital Diary with all of the bad reviews I am reading here. Thanks for the good reviews.

I have used iDailyDiary since 2005, and am very satisfied with the results. They have a free version, and an enhanced version with more features for purchase, I find the free version suits my needs just fine for doing daily journaling of life events, and keeping track of important history with a calendar interface to see what happened on a particular day, with a calendar interface. I don't use Contacts, so I can't comment on that feature being present or not, but I do import .jpg photos for certain days, and the text is formattable, in the way we are used to formatting text with .rtf in Wordpad, but it has it's own file format, with a backup feature for keeping local and network backups of your journal.

Reply   |   Comment by tekknokat  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

This is a really cool program.
Unlike the suprisingly most voted suggestion in the widget says (indicating again that people judge without even having tried the software) and just blindly rate - the diary is NOT saved anywhere online. Creating an account does not mean, you create an online account (and th description does not even say that). You create a user account on your own computer, which is useful if several persons in your household use the diary, so you can password protect your own and everyone can have their own diary. The diary is saved in the program folder, subfolder "data" as "youraccountname.dat" (encrypted). You can also save your content as Word file etc.

#6 Windspirit
I do also know Efficientdiary but comparing it with Digital Diary offered today (Free for us here today too), its really vice versa, Digital Diary does have a lot more functions. Efficientdiary is nice, but does not come close Digital Diary (which has all the functions that Efficientdiary has, plus much more, like emailer, contacts, rss reader, hyperclipboard, and - most cool: speech recognition).

For example which I find very practical is the hyperclipboard, a kind of clipboard manager with more slots to save clipboard content.
Digital diary has an integrated emailer, plus contacts db and a reminder function.
(Btw,the RSS window on my side does have all the usual window buttons, close, min etc. like any other window.)
Actually after trying lots of diary, PIM and note organizer software I prefer TreeDBNotes, that I have the purchase version, as its even more powerful with lots of more functions than MS Onenote. Thats my daily diary program, that I really love.
However, what makes Digital Diary a really cool thing is the voice recognition feature. I LOVE this. How often have I thought, it would be cool to lean back and dictate something to my PC and it types it for me (since I use the "2-finger eagle search system" lol). Now...thats in Digital Diary. You can simply speak your diary into it, and it types it for you. And you can then either read or listen to the replay of the content.
Note, in order to use the Speech function you need to install the Microsoft Speech recognition kit SDK 5.1 Its not that easy to find, by googling you find many different links to different files, so I think, for those of you who wish to use it, I share the link where I found it. You can download the MS SDK51.1 here:
Microsoft SDK 5.1
Before you can use the voice feature in Digital Diary efficiently, you will need to train the speech recognition engine which you have via the SDK 5.1. installation, so it knows your voice and your way of speeking.
(Go to the control panel, to the speech input/output applet, tab Speech Recognition, Train profile and follow the steps).

Back to Digital Diary, the GUI looks nice too, neat and clean.
I like this program very much and will defintely keep it.
Thank you to GAOTD and Infradrive!

Reply   |   Comment by Sabine  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+31)

Let me get this straight. This software will record my voice and store it on their servers? Hmmm. I have software that will record my voice and store it on MY computer.

Call me paranoid but I'm not so sure I want the responsibility of having all of my friend's info, unknown to them, listed on a website that I would really have no control over. It is one thing to put my info online like that but to include others I would feel like I'd have to ask each of them for their permission first.

I could not see the "Terms of Use". I gather that comes with the download but their privacy policy states, "Although InfraDrive Website will use all reasonable efforts to safeguard the confidentiality of the Registration Data, transmissions made by means of the Internet cannot be made absolutely secure. InfraDrive Website will have no liability for disclosure of Registration Data due to errors in transmission or unauthorized acts of third parties."

That is just for the "Registration Data". What about all the other stuff one might transmit to them? Anyone read the "Terms of Use" yet?

Reply   |   Comment by prying1  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+13)

I couldn't figure out the registration process. Every time I tried it, I ended up on the purchase page with a code that was already there and I couldn't delete it, and put in the one that came with the readme file.

Then I clicked on the get it free button and ended up on a page that said in order to get it free, I would need to complete an off, (apparently the same or very close price to the diary). I'm confused, and going to uninstall it.
It is a shame too. I was looking forward to using it.

Reply   |   Comment by Lea  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+6)

Perhaps it is the .NET framework then. I'm running Windows 7 x86 (AKA 32 bit).

I uninstalled it now, and moved back to Smart Diary Suite, but if anyone else is able to replicate the 'No Close Out on RSS Issue' then please post it here, maybe we can find a pattern (if there is one, I might be the only one with this error).

Reply   |   Comment by Dylan  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+4)

I have a little piece of software that out does this one by a billion times. It is called efficient diary and can be found at efficientdiary.com It is FREE and also has a lot and I mean a lot of functions, which beats this one hands down. Nice try GAOTD, but better luck next time. They have both the FREE and PRO paid versions, but FREE does it all just as good. I cannot live without efficientdiary.

Reply   |   Comment by Windspirit  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+39)

There's a close button on MY RSS window in this program. Not sure what #3 meant.

IMHO, the purpose of a program like this is to organize your notes into something that you can find later.

Evidently, the designers of this program do not agree because, other than establishing some questionable categories, there's little organization here. Apparently, the concept is to just dump everything into one program and hope that you can find it later. Doesn't suit MY needs.

The RSS reader was fairly handy as long as you didn't select "more details", which brought up the built-in browser to the RSS page; complete with those continual error message that pop up. Sigh.

The only reason that this thing has lived more than 5 minutes on my system is that I took time to write this warning to others before I whacked it.

Alternatives? There are a bunch of different types of freeware note-taking so it depends upon your preference of the type. Me, I like Keynote NF (there's an older, abandoned program called just Keynote. Make sure you get the NF version if you try it). It's quite simple, with a tree structure kind of like TreePad but it works, it's quite handy, and it is free.

Reply   |   Comment by liste  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

Unnecessary complex mode of registration. Installed OK on Windows 7 64 bit, but graphics not showing correctly.

Had a quick look and decided it was not required. Wondering later if I had been hasty, I installed it again.

Graphics still incorrect, but OK when re-starting. Played with it for a while and discovered the Help text was not all included in the window, even when expanding the window to maximise on a 22” monitor.

Decided I was right the first time, and uninstalled it again – permanently!

Pretty poor software in my opinion, there are dozens are far better diary/note-taking/reminder programs around. (024 Reminder, Mozilla Sunbird, to name just two).

Reply   |   Comment by Keith Alston  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+34)

A simple note-taking software, pretty nice. There are some minor design flaws here and there, but nothing radical.

That is, until an RSS window pops up.

Why so? Because there is no close button.
The only way to fix this is to turn off the RSS itself in the options, I'm surprised that you haven't discovered this flaw yet.

But, it gets all the core functions right. I like it. But as someone said above, Smart Diary Suite is the better deal here if your looking for something much more integrated and in-depth.

Reply   |   Comment by Dylan  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+45)

The idea of integrating RSS function and user-based management policy are cool. However, one bad thing is that I haven't found a place to import my contacts from an outlook *.csv file. Thus if you want to use the contact function in this software, you will have to type in all of your contacts info one by one... That's really a nightmare... All in all, I don't think it's better than Smart Diary Suite, which if offered in GAOTD months ago, after comparing all the other facets. (such as the interface, the number of features, etc.)

Reply   |   Comment by Anilot  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (+38)

indstaled on win7 x64, and Aktivaded. went fine :)
first time use grafik was not corekt shown. but after restart program
it do now run corekt.
wery easy to use.

Reply   |   Comment by Hans  –  13 years ago  –  Did you find this comment useful? yes | no (-60)
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