While I don’t write every day, I have a history of journaling regularly. I really enjoy this app and have found that it has indeed made it easier to journal every day. I LOVE that you can print out the journals, and have made good use of that. The process was quick, easy, and reasonably priced.
I had years of old digital journals in .doc format that I copied and pasted into this app. It wasn’t hard, just a bit tedious, and I found that I really enjoyed reviewing my old journals throughout the process. Now I have all my digital journals in one place, in chronological order, organized by year within Day One. I am so happy with that.
I do prefer to use the desktop version (Mac) because I hate typing on my phone with my thumbs. But at the same time, if I’m out and about, It is nice to just take some pictures of whatever I’m doing and use that for my entry for that day. That keeps the journal intersting.
Features I like:
I love that I can set a reminder to journal every day.
I also love how easily it integrates photos, and how nicely it organized them for printing. That worked out very well.
I like that you can make several separate journals. For example you can have different journals for each year, one for work, one for spiritual matters, etc.
The journal entries are also searchable, and you can “favorite” and tag entries.
All around, this is a well done app. I highly recommend if you would like to journal, or be better at journaling.
My only gripe would be that I wish there was a PC version as well.
Fantastic, and I appreciate being grandfatherd in to premium
I use this app every day, and have thousands and thousands of entries stored away in it. I use it for a writing journal, a personal journal, one for taking notes from church and work meetings, and an “inspiration” journal where I store snippits of dialogue, names, inspring pictures, etc. The thing is so powerful, and I love it.
By DJ NATE R
I never journaled my life EVER! This app is so perfect! I just open in, and create a post. THAT EASY!! What I love about it is I can see post visually on a calendar, and easily go into them as well. It is so easy to use and very easy to see everything. I don’t know what else to say. I put a couple pictures in a couple posts and that was really easy too. All I did was have my picture on the desktop (because I screenshot stuff) than dragged and dropped it into my post. I haven’t installed this on my iPhone yet, so just using it on the Macbook. I have nothing bad to say about it!
Subscription? no iCloud? No thanks!
I will not use this app because I don't believe it's safe to have such personal data on the servers of the app developers. If they bring back iCloud I will use this app again. They say the data can be better encrypted on their servers but if you google "iCloud encryption" it clearly states that the data is encrypted in transit and on the server. So, why not give us the option to use iCloud? I used iCloud sync on the previous version with no issues at all. In fact I was better able to secure my private data as it was automatically copied to my Mac and backed up with Time Machine. I couldn’t have asked for a more secure, fault tolerant way to store my private data. No thanks. I don't want to pay any more small monthly fees. Guess I'll just make a folder in the notes app and store my journals there. Too bad, this had potential to be a good app with a loyal following. For me any "subscription model" service is just a constant reminder to re-evaluate weather or not I really use a service enough to make it worth it. Usually the answer is "NO" after the first payment. I saved off my old journals to PDF files, encrypted them and stored them on iCloud. I won't be using this app again unless thy decide to bring back iCloud storage / synching.
This version of Day One has issues
By Hassell Kaye
Day One I’ve heard about for probably more then a year now and still have only now given it a once over, and am shocked to hear that the current version provides actually less security then the previous version. I as most Apple followers trust iCloud to secure my data with strict privacy in mind. The convienience and privacy that iCloud provides is only something that the Apple quality-valueing workforce can seemingly maybe provide, not to say I dont trust other cloud storage providers, there are a few that provide privacy a whole caliber higher, but it would not be convienient to use them for tasks that require large continuity.
My review_ I believe that the design of Day One is quite good and am looking forward to trying out more the menubar entry option they put in to make it easer to quickly jot down one’s notes, that has been placed with ease of use in mind. But I think it is frankly a dumb move of the Day One team to remove the option to use iCloud in the program. It has lost a little of my faith, that I had just picked up (for I have only started useing the app), but is is a popular app so I reserve some privelege to have expectations. Also, it was a great idea to provide the options to place locations, time's, photos… inside entries, it makes good sense. With the design it seems you hit the goldmine, jood job. But, if you added the option to download a whole journal in a common format such as PDF, I think that would make it even more convieniet. One last note of miner typeos I found while testing your app, inside the app in a top left menu tab titled “Help” in one bar it says “Follow Instagram” Instead of “Follow on Instagram” That’s all.
Please fix that one big problem about privacy above.
Thank you for reading my review.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this app! I mostly use it on my computer, and I have a reminder set every night to remind me to journal. I have tried for a couple months now to journal I a notebook (I am very much a paper person and try to stay clear of tech.) One of my goals for 2018 was to become more tech savvy and journal, well what better way then to use this app! I have the paid version which honestly if you are going to get this app it is worth it! I get to make different colored tabs for different things. For example I have a tab for journaling, a tab for lists, a tab for when I meditate. It’s amazing beause I can color code them AND it automatically logs the time, location and weather which was an added bonus. Told my best friend about this app and she got it as well. Would totally recommend to anyone who wants. faster more efficient way of journaling!
Very intrusive popups
I have been using this app on iPad for years and it has been amazing. I have only used the basic version, but it is a great way to journel about my day and help me to jot down memories that I’d like to keep fresh. I understand that a lot of the features are limited on the free portion of the app, but these featuers are all that I need and this is very usable in the iPad version. However, with the mac version, the popups are incessent. Switching entries? It reminds you to get premium. Saving your entry? Get premium. Opening the app? Get premium. Basically, any action you take asks you to get premium. I don’t need premium. The basic works for me. If I attempt to use a premium feature, feel free to remind me to get premium. Otherwise, allow me to use the basic featuers and leave me be. This app has been great on iPad, which is why I finally decided to move it to my computer, but if these premium popups don’t stop with the use of just the basic features, it will be deleted and I’ll only use this on my iPad.
Nope, no more subscriptions for me
Not adding yet another subscription to my budget just to have a sync feature. C’mon people, we need to start drawing the line on the garbage.
Finally Found my Solution
I’m 47 years old at the time of writing this. I’ve known the discipline of journaling is good and I’ve tried it, without success, numerous times. I like the thought of a pretty, bound paper journal that I can write in. But I can’t keep it with me everywhere I go and frankly, I”m always paranoid someone will read it. So, a good friend of mine (a successful entrepreneur) told me about this app. I’d seen it before but never taken the plunge. When I saw that you could automatically add photos, videos, tags, geo-location, I was excited. Even more excited to see it sync across al my devices, so I can add notes from anywhere at anytime. I’m a good 3 weeks into this now and have officially established a pattern and. habit. Everything works exactly as it should.
Exactly what I was looking for!!
By MixMaster Rick
For quite some time I have kept a private journal using Microsoft Word. Last week it occurred to me to look for an app that specializes in what I need. I read all the reviews and comparisons that are out there and it consistently pointed back to Day One. I read the reviews and the gripes about the cost of the annual subscription and I don’t have an issue with that considering what it does.
All I can say is dive in and try it. It’s pretty impressive and flexible. One week in my only complaint is the lack of setup instructions; how to sync between devices, what features there are but I got past that relatively quickly. Their support is very good at returning email and guiding you in the right direction. I would like to see a feature that would allow for different passcodes for each Journal. I did submit that as a feature request. Day One is extremely intuitive and robust. Well done...