If you are after a straight forward way to log your thoughts in a journal then look no further, Day One could be the iOS app that becomes your digital diary.
From the minute you start up the app you’ll notice that a lot of love and attention has gone into the presentation, it looks great. With a straightforward layout and tasteful choice of colours nothing gets in the way of you enjoying using this app.
Read on for my full review.
When you first launch Day One you are presented with an overview of your entries, listing the total amount, any that have been favoured, a split down by year and a calendar view helping you review your memorable moments.
To add a new entry simply click the ‘+’ button straight in front of you.
You can then type in your entry, you get the keyboard, a full screen view, the option to favourite (star), ability to change the entry date and a delete icon. That’s all you need, it doesn’t complicate things but I have to say that an option to take a photo would have been nice.
Now that you’ve have created today’s entry you can go back to the app’s home screen and ‘All Entries’ to get a summary of what you have been doing.
The home screen also allows you access to your other views, such as by year and Calendar.
All of these views mean that it’s easy to get to the entries you need at any time and gives you a nice UI into your data.
The last area I want to touch on is the array of settings at your disposal giving you the ability to tweak the font, put a password on app startup and most importantly link to Dropbox that allows you to backup your entries.
Overall this is a great app and proves that sometimes it’s the simplest idea’s and UI that come out on top. I would however like to see the addition of tagging and photo’s but from looking at the website this is on its way.
Find out more at the Day One site here.
PROS: Password protection, straight forward use, great user interface, on startup back up, synch’s with the addition Mac app.
CONS: No ability to take photo’s, lacks tagging.