New Version Has Major Issue
I really want to love this product because the potential for a much improved platform exists. I was a user of the 1.X version of this software on both OS and iOS. I upgraded and gladly paid the new fees recognizing that this is a major new release. I wasn’t thrilled with the removal of syncing via DropBox and iCloud as these methods were working flawlessly for me. OTOH, the addition of multiple journals and photographs was a real benefit.
With this version you must use Day One’s sync service. (I was and am also concerned this will become an additional income stream for the company down the road.) Currently, it is free but for me it doesn’t work! When I write posts on my Mac I can no longer open, read or edit these on my iPad. Candidly, haven’t tried on my iPhone but I don’t use Day One on this platform (except to capture pictures occassionally and post them via one of my other devices). Like all issues, it is easier to troubleshoot and diagnose if it consistenly fails, unfortunately, the sync errors don’t seem to follow an easily identifiable pattern. Regardless, this is a function which should “just work.” This is serious limitiation and inconvenience which I never experienced using DropBox or iCloud. I am concerned that I may lose posts at some point when the sync process attempts to resolve itself If I do, I would consider this an unusaable platform.
There are a couple of other more minor ommisions from this release, some of which the company claims will be added in future incremental upgrades. However, this issue is enough to only give the product two stars (and one if data is ever lost). I am all for company’s providing improved performance and stability even at the expense of individual preference, but taking away backup and sync options which worked perfectly well for myself and many other users only to provide a less stable environment for what many consider important personal data is certainly not worth the price of two upgrades (OS and iOS).
Update (12/13/17): As I feared, the forced use of the company’s synching service has morphed this program into a service with annual fees. I discovered today that I could no longer even add photos to my local (Mac) entries because my “Premium” subscription expired. In order to regain the functionality that I have been using since my early adoption, I needed to either pay an annual fee or agree to a more costly monthly subscription. The forced removal of alternative sync services (i.e. DropBox; iCloud), along with the removal of basic services forces users to either agree to the subscription system or abandon the platform entirely. It is more gauling that the synch option was initally “free” which only sucked more users into the ecosystem before pulling the plug. There aren’t a lot of great alternatives so if this is something you really feel you need (for whatever reason), you may still wish to consider Day One 2. However, go in with eyes wide open an know you will have data (whose security also remains a bit of a question) you find invaluable locked into this company’s platform and will continue to pay for the privalege for years (and years) to come…..
I don’t know about you but I’m truly enjoying this journaling app.
I’ve recently found Day One and it has really been the perfect app for me! I’ve always wanted to start journaling but I could never get to do it with a proper notebook. One day, I found this app and thought that it was a really good idea to journal on my computer. Well, I just can’t stop using it now! It’s simple to use, free (yay!), and just really convenient. I also like that for each entry, the app records where I am, what’s the time, and what’s the weather like. Indeed, I travel a lot, so this info always brings back some good memories to me. In short, I definitely recommend this app for people who have simple needs when it comes to journaling, i.e. writing journal entries everyday. I haven’t tried all their tools and options but I’m really liking the free version of this app. Just give it a go ;)
Great. Just make the yellow stars bigger on the mobile version. Its hard to scan in the timeline view. :)
Great, but still no video support
this is a genuinely good app that has changed my perspective on journaling but it still has no support for adding videos into an entry. If it had this support, it would go from an app I use occationally and then forget about to one that I actually use every day. Please add video support!!
The best Journal ever
I love this application. I wondering how I could live without it before I discovered it - It is very easy to use, and I use it almost everyday. I can see the progress of any situation I want to monitor, or in a person I cherish. So far, it is my best journal application. I have had it for maybe 6 months now and I just love it.
Only way I’ve kept a routine journal
I’ve struggled to maintain a written journal for, well, decades now. Unfortunately I rarely managed the discipline to maintain a long-hand form of the medium, as I simply could not write quickly enough to capture everything I wanted to record without dedicating excessive time to the task. Day One has completely transformed that aspect of journaling for me, allowing me to capture my thoughts about the day at 100 words a minute, drastically lowering the time commitment of journaling and making me far more likely to just do it. Further, I absolutely love the nice clean interface, the ease of importing the occasional photograph, automatic capture of the weather, etc. One other nice aspect is the Export/Import feature. I had to take an excessively long work trip where I would only have access to Windows machines. I found a nice web-based alternative that allowed me to import my Day One entries for a complete record to look back on, then exported the entire bundle back to Day One when I returned. Now that I’m back to Day One I much prefer it, of course, with its wealth of features from strong password protection to daily reminders that “It’s time to write!” All in all, I simply can’t praise Day One enough.
Nice Piece of Work
Been using Day One for a few years now. Then it seemed I was using Day One Classic. I ignored the upgrades for quite a while, and I still can’t say what made me go ahead and upgrade, but so far I’m glad I did. More efficient use of screen space. Multiple journals. Attractive to sit and stare at for a while. Good link so far with matching app on my phone. I write a lot, and often I’ll start something on my phone when the mood strikes, and then switch over to the laptop version to dig in. Sometimes I do it all on my phone. So far, so good.
Sanity through software
Day One keeps me crisp and colleccted in the face of the onslaught that is life in the twenty-first century. It is the perfect tool for me to get ideas out of my head—a form of meditation. Amanuensis meets mindfulness? Maybe, but it works and Day One is great software. Thank you to the Bloom Built team for helping me put together the elements of my life (locations, people, events, and ideas) into a coherent (well, mostly) whole. Highly recomended!
the platonic ideal of journaling apps
Seriously, this app just completely nails it. The interface is clean and simple and lets me concentrate on what I’m doing.
Integration with pictures works very well, which is very impoprtant to me as that is half of the way I record things anyway.
I also just love the little touches like the greyed out journal prompts that greet you upon starting a new entry.
Integration with the iOS version is spot on and a really helpful feature.
Day One has been just the right encouragement for me to keep a journal for the past 4 years that I needed.
More than just journaling — work application
I am using Dayone to list my completed work tasks and ideas. Sometimes it’s not easy to remember when you did what or if you finished. I find that it works great for this. As everyone says, clean and simple and non-threatening interface. Fast tagging by just adding a # before the tag is really a terrific advantage.
I am a new user, and I haven’t figured out how to synch across multiple macs’… but, when I do, I’ll come back and give this 5 stars!!