Excellent Program, Been Using Several Years Now
I love DayOne I have kept a journal for many years, mostly in notebooks until I found DayOne. This app works great and I love the fact that it syncs seamlessly with my Mac, iPad and IPhone I can make a journal entry on any device and see it within moments on the other devices. Any time I’ve had any kind of technical issue, which is not often but it happens, tech support has replied within minutes of my request. If you are tired of writing in notebooks and want to use a program that is very user friendly DayOne is for you!
Got me back into journalling.
I had always been super reluctant to journal and at the same time see and need it's therapudic value. So I’d write in a moleskine for a few weeks and abandon it. But there’s something about
Day One ease of use that…invites?…beckons? - makes me look forward to using almost every day either on my desktop, laptop or phone. Love the way the interface is designed. Super easy
to sync. Love it.
I Was Resistant
I had been using Day One Classic since 2011. When 2.0 was released, I dug my heels in and refused to upgrade due to the new sync process and the subscription fees. I kept using the classic version until last December when I tossed in the towel. The app constantly crashed and I finally read the writing on the wall ~ the developers were, and rightly so, putting their time / energy into the new version.
In the meantime, I tried many other different apps and programs to use as a journal. Nothing worked like Day One did. I finally revisted Day One, sucked it up and purchased the ‘Plus’ subscription. I am very, very pleased with the ‘new’ Day One.
My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner.
Great app, needs better integration with Apple's Healh app
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Love the app. Has great end-to-end encryption and "at rest" encryption. These are the main reasons I use the app.
Love the clean interface and the fact that I can access my journal entries on all devices. Sync is very quick too. (Subscription Premium version supports sync and end-to-end encryption.)
Love the markdown support. This is fantastic. If I should every want to export my entries and move to another platform the markdown formatting is already in place. Very cool.
Things I'd like to see fixed/changed:
Don't really care for the yearly subscription. Wish they'd support iCloud as I'm already paying for that. I'd also like to see the individual entries in iCloud so that I'm not locked into the app in the future. (Create individual entries like iA Writer does in iCloud.)
No scripting feature. It would be grand to have a shortcut or scripting feature. They support Text Expander but that requires another purchase. At least provide a way to add date/time stamp text. (See next request.)
No date/time stamp feature in the app. Most journaling apps have a date and/or time stamp feature. I've requested this feature and got a reply that they'd review it. (I had to write a OSX date/time stamp service for the Mac version of DayOne but of course that's not available on my iOS devices.)
Better support of Apple's Health App needed.
Their connection to Apple's Step Count ignores the current date. When I open yesterday's journal entry and add the step count I get zero (because it's looking at only the current date). The app doesn't recognize the date of the entry I've just opened. Also, if I add the steps during the day and then try to update the steps at the end of the day the app ignores the update. Once the steps have been added to an entry there is no updating the steps. I consider this a bug. The app should allow updates throughout the day so that each time I check the steps I get the latest count. Also, it should look at the current date of the entry and fetch the steps for THAT day. Without these changes the Fetch Step Count feature is quite worthless.
Also, it would be great to add all the other Apple Health tracking features: heart rate, miles run/biked, etc.
Journaling, Work Log, Reference—Overall, a great tool
By Shen Ku
I can’t say I’m a big fan of digital journals. There’s something about pen & paper that I think lets ideas spill forth a little more readily. There’s more intention involved, you can take it pretty much anywhere, and it can accommodate pretty much any form of entry your imagination can conjure.
Despite all that, I think Day One is pretty awesome. When I came across it, I thought I would just give it a shot and see how it went and I have to say, I’m really digging it. It’s all the little things that make a difference with Day One. Thoughtful features, a clean interface & inviting colors.
I do sometimes find myself reaching for pen & paper at times, simply because some thoughts can never be done justice through a screen & keyboard. That said, Day One has kept me in the loop of journaling and the broad majority of entries are not so existential or supremely personal so as to demand analog writing. For now, I keep journals primarily to keep track of my emotional states as my work tends to be affected by these things. I’m an artist & entrepreneur, and I have found it extremely helpful to take a few minutes here & there to pause, check in, and write while in the midst of my creative processes. It also provides a log of things that I make, the progress I make, what works and what doesn’t. In one aspect of my work, there’s a lot of process to keep track of and constant improvement to be made, and I’m glad Day One has made a tool that allows me to categorize, look back, and quite easily find entries that held nuggets of previously learned lessons.
To be more specific, I’m a Tarologist (a more rational-style of Tarot reader) and I find that this works superbly for recording sessions I do with myself and others. It gives me a really effective way of organizing & categorizing spreads I design, interpretations, and more. It’s also a very creative field since there tends to be quite a bit of content creation involved, and Day One helps me hash out & recall my ideas rather effortlessly as I continue on the journey.
My other field is pottery, and I find myself often snapping shots of pots I make, recording their dimensions, documenting my timing (speed & efficiency), glazes that I come up with, firing results—the whole gamut. It’s proved indispensable for this.
Overall, I recommend it, and I think it’s worth the subscription.
I use this app every single day. It’s how I keep track of my memories.
Changed the way I record my life
I have an addition to journals. Tha bad part is carrying them, remembering to write and never being able to put the pictures with it. This app rocks. I love how I can have several different types of journals (ie dreams, kids funnies, insights and general). I can filter. I can print them in a book. I can export and share. Its amazing. I write almost every day when before it was once a week!
I have journal entries dating all the way back to February 2009. I’ve been using this app since it debuted and stuck with it when it went to the subscription model and have never been disappointed. When I first started using it I never would have thought that I would get into journaling, but here I am with 9 years of history in the app and still doing it more than ever. I have several different journals going, there are journals for personal, work, vacations, pets, etc. It’s also great looking back over the years to see what I did on the same dates in previous years. Love this app.
Great interface. No need for paper and pen. It is always there via our daily gadgets. Reminders are helpful.
Keep up the good work.
Deleted some entries but otherwise is sleek and easy to use
By Anya ☽
I used to journal daily with this app back in 2015/16, and kept detailed daily logs of some trips/vacations I’d taken (even detailing what I wore and ate) - which was fun to look back on for the memories. Fast forward a year or so, I decided to delete the app. I hadn’t synced any of my entries so they were all stored on my iPhone, but when I went to my entries to make sure I wanted to download them all into a .pdf (super handy, btw!), all of my journal entries prior to a specific date (including 7 of 8 days of a particularly detailed vacation I’d taken) had been deleted. Don’t know whether that was my own user error, or whether there was an autormatic delete option but in any case I was disappointed by that and that there didn’t seem to be any kind of recovery option :(
ANYWAY - that minor disappointment aside, I just remembered about it recently and I’ve redownloaded the app. Might be fun to get back ino digital journaling! Day One looks so sleek and is easy to use, so I think it’ll be easy to get back into that rhythm.