Day One – Journal review

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There certainly are some beautiful looking iPhone apps out there. Rather than being confined by replicating the standard desktop experience on tiny smartphone screens, creative developers have been using multi-touch, retina-esque displays and gestures to create a wave of innovative and easy to use apps. Some of my recent favourites have been IA Writer, Clear and Solar. Clear in particular has excelled at being a ToDo app I actually use.

But can anyone bring that same precision and clarity to journalling/note taking? I’ve never been able to keep a diary. My mind wanders, I forget or I loose enthusiam. Given that virtually anything can knock me off track, it’s really vital that any note taking apps is easy to use and intuitive.

Day One - Journal iPhone and iPad app review

That’s why I was so keen to get my hands on Day One – a beautiful looking journalling app from Bloom. As a writer/comedian Day One is really handy place to store jokes and ideas – or just key phrases related to jokes and ideas and then come back to them later. Day One uses the “smart” parts of your phone to log the time and place where you add your note and having sense of time and place really helped so I only need a word or two to jog the sense of a whole routine in my head. Day One is an iOS universal app and is also available for the desktop in the Mac App Store for $4.99 (which is a 50% discount at the moment). Having “access everywhere” really helps apps like this gain traction in your daily life.

The iOS app can be configured so it always opens to a blank page – screming “throw a thought in me”. The app is universal and the text looks especially crisp on the new iPad’s Retina Display and runs without the performance hitches that made my other favourite note-taking app Simplenote harder and harder to use over time. The iPad interface is particularly useful when composing slightly longer journal entries. Like all cool writing apps, Markdown support is included, which is incredibly useful if you plan on resusing some of your longer entries again online in a blog or a webpost.

Day One - Journal iPhone and iPad app review

Day One also makes it very easy to add photos, and the visual component goes way beyond eye candy. The photo locations are logged so it’s a good way to track what you’ve been doing and where. I know most teenagers just have a public record of this across social networking platforms but I’m old and paranoid enough to remember a time when privacy was as thing. You can of course share these entries – either copying the text, emailing the entry, tweeting or checking into Foursquare.

Day One on the iPad

The Mac Store app adds an inobtrustive little widget to the menu bar so it’s easy to pop in a thought and then carry about your day. You can also set daily reminders that work really well with Mountain Lion’s Notification Centre. Certain phrases are primed such as “what do you crave right now” and you can pop down whatever comes to mind. This almost works like an indivualised trending topic and is good if you’re ever stuck for inspiration. If you don’t feel like writing at that exact moment you can pop it into the Notification Bar along the side and visit it later – or skip altogether.

Syncing is via Dropbox or iCloud. iCloud synching worked seamlessly. I found Dropbox to be the same but there’s a very angry vocal minority of people on the Mac App Store reviews section who claim otherwise so bear that in mind.

Day One sells for $4.99 in the App Store and if you’re a scatterbrained creative, it’s worth every penny.

AppSafari Rating: 5/5

This 3rd Party App is available at the Apple iTunes AppStore. Browse the full list of all AppStore apps filed under the AppStore category.

Download Day One – Journal at iTunes App Store
Price: $4.99
Developer: Bloom Built, LLC
Version: 1.8
Size: 35.24 MB

App Review By Shem Pennant Posted on August 6th, 2012 and filed under App Store, Featured, iPad apps, Productivity, Universal (Viewed 2670 times, 3 so far today). Need help on using these apps? Please read the Help Page.

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3 Reviews on “Day One – Journal”

  1. 1
    Tarik Grabowski says:

    Day One would be my APP of choice if they had tags. Unless I’ve missed them, there are no tags.
    I wanted this for a diary, an auto list of repairs & maintenance, medication and doctor visits, but there is only one book with one Subject.

    If they start using TAGS, I’ll jump ship.

  2. 2
    Chris says:

    I made the mistake of buying Day One after using Momento for the pas 18 months. It’s 5 times the price of Momento and is only now reaching most of the capabilities of Momento. I only now realise the elegance and simplicity of Momento fully after playing a bit with Day One.

    Day One Pro’s:
    - Elegant interface
    - Importing the weather

    Day One Cons:
    - High price.
    - Incapable of exporting plain text files.
    - Massive 31,9MB file (bloatware?).
    - Sluggish on iPhone 4.
    - In the Timeline the date is repeated for every entry falling on the same date, instead of combining all entries of a particular day under the one date, making the Time Line appear very busy.
    - Incapable of merging or deleting tags.

    To summerize: save yourself some money and get Momento. It may be boring, but it’s infinately less of a hassle to use.

  3. 3
    Andrea says:

    Nice app, but I would be much happier if I could put multiple photos into one entry.

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