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27 June, 2012

from .Mac to MobileMe, now iCloud, the Yojimbo story


Some of you may know that I've been using Yojimbo since its very first version. It's a great notes, password and all sorts of information collection tool which, best of all, syncs between multiple Macs.

.MacThe syncing was performed with Apple's (then) .Mac sync service. The .Mac renamed to MobileMe later, apart from new interfaces and new features, MobileMe was virtually about the same as .Mac in terms of basic functionality, especially the data syncing aspect.

MobileMeBoth .Mac and MobileMe cost about US$99 per year. For the effortless syncing data across different Macs, it was a great deal.

Before .Mac, there was iTools, however it was before I switched to Mac, therefore I do not have any experience with it.

In June 2011, Apple announced the free iCloud replacing MobileMe service and offered then current MobileMe users free and continuously of MobileMe service until 30th June 2012, which is only a few days left.

The move to iCloud is something really different. Somehow in the early days of MobileMe, it did not perform that well, even the late Steve Jobs admitted so. Apple really spent a great effort on making iCloud work. And best of all, it's free (unless people want additional storage space or service).

iCloudBecause of the completely new service, some MobileMe features were carried to iCloud, some are discontinued. The main features (Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Bookmarks, Find My iPhone, Back to My Mac) were also available in iCloud, but there is no more iWeb publishing, Gallery, nor iDisk. Unfortunately, certain sync services (Dashboard Widgets, Dock Items, Keychain, Mail Accounts, Mail Rules, Signatures and Smart Mailboxes, OS X Preferences syncing and third party applications that utilise OS X sync services) are no longer available in iCloud. Apple has a web page about the Mobile transition to iCloud.

MobileMe endingTo me, I am still using using MobileMe service instead of iCloud for one reason: Yojimbo. Bare Bones has been saying that Yojimbo will have a solution for iCloud before the sunset day of MobileMe (30 June 2012), so I've patiently waiting for it.

Finally, I received an email from Bare Bones regarding Yojimbo and iCloud transition. There are three options:

  1. Buy Yojimbo from Mac App Store once available which will use Apple's iCloud service. The new Yojimbo on Mac App Store is expecting very soon.
    (This is because Apple has decided that any applications that use iCloud
    for sync may only be distributed through the Mac App Store.)

  2. Use Dropbox as a cheap alternative. However with this method, customers can only have one Yojimbo open at a time for syncing. (Bare Bones offered an instruction on how to use Dropbox with Yojimbo.)
  3. Lastly, stop using Yojimbo and choose another product.

Current Yojimbo will continue to work on user's multiple Macs, but will have different sets of data (i.e. will not sync). Once upgraded to iCloud, Yojimbo will attempt to merge the data from different Macs.

As for me, I will be switching to iCloud soon once I downloaded all my iDisk data, and I will be getting the updated Yojimbo from Mac App Store once available.

Posted by Antony on 27 June 2012 2:49 PM | all things Mac
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