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News about Resonance Journal for Mac

Long, long ago, when Justin (the programmer) and I started incubating the idea of Yijing journal software, we settled on building it in Java so it would work for Windows and Mac. And thanks to much attention and TLC from Justin, that’s what it does.

However… it all turned out to be a little trickier in practice than in theory. Everything behaves differently on the Mac – and neither of us owns one. So to create a Mac-friendly version and provide ongoing support for Mac users, Justin has been using an online service, a ‘virtual Mac’. Which, it turns out, doesn’t quite behave like a real one – making tech support interesting


We’ve reluctantly decided to ‘retire’ the Mac version of the Resonance Journal.

For existing Journal users

If you’ve already bought the Resonance Journal for Mac, don’t panic. It will carry on working just the same as always, and we’ll still do our best to help if you need it.

However, there won’t be any further updates for Mac – so it isn’t future-proof. It’s always possible that some future Apple update will break . (Don’t forget you can export your entries!)

For new Mac users

The Mac version of the Resonance Journal is different from the Windows version in three ways:

  • no further updates
  • no promise of support (if it’s something we know how to solve, of course we’ll help, but we can’t guarantee anything)
  • and available for half price

Do download and install the trial first, explore it thoroughly and make sure it does what you need!

I Ching Community discussion: Resonance Journal users’ forum, Exploring Divination forum

Gathering readings, overturning the block

Gathering readings, overturning the block

Here’s a lovely message I had last year from PeterS, getting on well with his Resonance Journal: “I should note that a pressing reason for me to adopt Resonance Journal is the sense that I was building up a collection of readings for which I was taking careful notes (in a MS Word doc) but… Continue Reading

Skip or symphony

Skip or symphony
This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Hidden gems

Lately, I’ve been noticing differences between approaches to the Yi. We might describe what we do in the same words – we all ‘consult the oracle’ – but what actually happens next is not at all the same thing. And I think these differences come down to how we conceive of the oracle we’re consulting.… Continue Reading

New Resonance Journal version

New Resonance Journal version

If you’ve opened your Resonance Journal today, you’ll have noticed the ‘Update available’ button is active. Click it! Your journal will update to version 2.5.1, which includes some nifty new features. If you don’t have a copy of the Resonance Journal, you can download a trial from here. It’s available for Windows or Mac computers… Continue Reading

Trusting your reading

Trusting your reading
This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Part of the furniture

It’s one thing to consult the Yijing; finding the confidence to act on what it says is something else. (What if I’ve got this wrong?) Yet readings without this, without change, are theoretical at best, and at worst… maybe something more serious than a mere waste of time. We need to recognise the reading’s authority… Continue Reading

The king’s presence

The king’s presence
This entry is part 3 of 4 in the series Part of the furniture

(The story so far: I asked what to write about, and Yi’s response – to 46 – gave me the idea of writing about what makes for a friendly, domestic, quotidien, integrated relationship with the Oracle. I’ve written about lines 1 and 2; here’s line 5.) What makes for an integrated relationship with Yi?… Continue Reading

Bread and butter readings

Bread and butter readings
This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Part of the furniture

The second line of Hexagram 37 (and the second thing Yi suggested I write about) says, ‘No direction to pursue,Stay in the centre and cook.Constancy, good fortune.’ Hexagram 37, line 2 This line places us, and our readings, firmly at the foundations of Maslow’s pyramid: There’s no call to charge off and explore the world;… Continue Reading

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