Really works for me
This app syncs well across all my devices which is huge for me, and syncs well, with no issues. It gets better with every update, and it’s dependable, smooth.
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The Best. Hands Down.
This journal has never let me down, and every update has been a welcome addition to the previous version. I would love to choose separate fonts per entry to match what I may be feeling that day. Thank you so much for my categories in Premium - I just happen to use Day One for my business because of the organizational ease afforded by this. I’m a professional composer and I need to lay out my ideas clearly, so the multiple windows on desktop allow me to lay ideas side by side which is insanely wonderful. PDF import with editing would knock my socks off if you could consider that, as well as and option to have the curser chase to my last entry position instead of chasing to the bottom of the page, allowing me to easily perform edits anywhere on the document without fighting the curser. One more thing - I absolutely LOVE that you’ve kept Classic running because when I’m on my mobile device I can still do the side by side thing by just opening both apps and shuttle between both Classic and Updated apps, keeping my current document open and refer to previous entries without closing my working document. So good. I’m not one to rate much because the success of the apps are so often shortlived especially with Apple changing things constantly for the developers, but this app is the exception for me - and with that please accept my humble thanks for keeping up with Apple’s inconvenient and sometimes senseless changes. Kudos to Day One - my daily fix. - David Sovereign, Studio J by the Bay
Frustrated by forced sync through their system
By Appy Reviewer
The first Day One was great. As a user you were able to sync using a few popular platforms like Dropbox, iCloud, or even a specified folder. That gave a lot of ways to secure and sync your entries between systems. I purchased this version of Day One thinking that they would continue on with their great app and just add improvements. I also wanted to support them in their endevour of creating a better app. Instead, while the new app looks good and has features that I find enticing, they cripled the app to force sync using their system only.
They are a small company, as they point out when justifying their subscription model, and that brings to mind security concerns since they are not specifically in the cloud sync business. The question is "how well they secure and protect your data?”
As they say, you don’t know what you don’t know, and we’ve seen technology companies making bad decisions affecting users all the time when it’s not their main focus. i.e. Sony playstation hack where all usernames and passwords were kept in a plain-text file that anyone could read. I’m not saying this company is that careless with the data given them, I’m just saying that sometimes poor decisions are made and, since securing cloud data isn’t their man business, it begs the question of how competent they are in securing data.
They say they setup their own sync to avoid issues such as duplicate entreis and what not, but shouldn’t it be up to the end-user to decide if they are okay with the minor irritation of duplicate entries while using a tried and tested system versus something the developer says is “secure”? Journals contain private data and it is concerning when options that are tried and true are taken away in favor of business decisions to gain more control over the end-user. I don’t know, just my two 2¢ I guess.
I am thankful that I can still use the classic app although dropbox sync is diabled since, according to them, dropbox changed their APIs. But at least iCloud sync remains as an option along with specifying a folder.
My go to digital journal
I’ve used DayOne for a several years
It’s my daily journal, and syncs across all my devices just fine.
Feels like it’s a part of me and I use it daily.
I like the export feature. I backup to .pdfs on a regular basis.
Absolutely no issues,
Just noticed the “this day in history” features, that shows what I did 1-2-3 years ago on that day.
Excellent journalling tool
1000+ Entries Later...
First I have to say that when I got the first iteration of Day One years ago, I did not consider myself to be one that journals. It was really hard for me to write things down and/or write about my day. Nevertheless, since I started running a company overseas, I thought it might be a good discipline to take on. I mainly want to start a log of my experience as well as to gain the status as “one that journals”…whatever that means. When I got the app (spending a chunk of money on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac version), I tried my best to write regularly but didn’t see any external fruit so I stopped. I only wrote down things that were the “big” moments, which were here and there. I basically felt I wasted money since I was expecting to miraculously develop a journaling habit over a relatively short time but didn’t achieve it (in this case 2yrs which didn’t “feel" short). After having mix feelings concerning purchasing this app, one day the app gave me a notification. It was a reminder for a post I wrote on the same day but a year ago. When I opened it, a year prior I made a list of areas in my life that I wanted to grow in but felt frustration. As I was looking over the list, I saw that a few areas I have seen growth but also areas that I needed to pay more attention to. This was the first time that I experienced the benefit of a journal. I got to tangibly see the workings of my inner life over a period of time. In relation to a journal, the quantity is what matters. Day One helps so much in sorting all your posts as well as making easy to write posts. Since the "epiphone" moment, I have written over 1000 entries.
Day One is the best journaling app out there. It has many features that make this app stretch and flex according to your needs (map, tags, markdown, importing metadata from photos, multiple journals, etc.). They also put a lot of effort into helping the whoever owns the app to journal. I currently have 7 journals:
- A journal to log normal day events I want to remember
- A journal for the inner workings of my life
- A travel journal
- A dream (sleep) journal
- A journal for the development of my company
- A journal for reviews (books, music, restaurants, etc. that I like)
- "Pending” A Journal for all the posts that I want to write down quickly but don’t have time to develop. I will go back and finish the post later.
Thank you guys for making an app that has made such an impact on my life as well as putting in so much effort to update/improve it regularly. Stellar company.
lifetime journalist, love this app
I’ve been using this app more and more over the last 2 years because it keeps getting better and better! It makes it so easy to record anything about my life I want, however I want (text, photos, integrated social media, and coming someday, audio). It’s flexible and feature-rich but not confusing. I could go on and on about how much I love it, but I was in the middle of working on entering my old paper journal entries and want to get back to it. I’ve already written on the Day One FB page about my love for the app. If you want to find out more they have a good overview at the website, I’ve found blog posts about how people use Day One, and now they have an informative and interesting podcast as well as a new FB group, Day One Community, where we are sharing how we use the app. Give it a try. If you have any interest in recording anything about your life (you child’s funny sayings, your travels, your meals, gratitude, anything!) you will find Day One useful.
Concerned with subscription model abd pricing
I have been a user for over 5 years and have enjoyed the app. My concern is the sudden move to a subsctiption model with very little additional benefit. I feel betrayed as I had originally purchased the (iPhone and Mac) apps at full price. I feel the subscription is way overpriced.
Fix the bugs
I’ve been using this app for years and really love the new features. However, since upgrading to the premium version, it crashes every time I open it. Every time. Maybe I should have kept using the $9.99 version from back in the day, because at least is was stable. Developers: fix it.
Best app to capture your daily life, text, photos, and more...
More than a diary/ journal - you can use the app on iOS, MacOS and capture all the words, photos, and video of your daily life. It is great for keeping contemporaneous notes at home and work. I love that all notes can be encrypted end to end and you can create multiple notebooks (e.g. home/work). There is a great Apple Watch complication to easily capture and transcribe a voice journal entry whenever something important or capture worthy comes to mind. I started using Day One Classic in 2011 and the latest version is terrific.
Kudos to Day One!
By Quiet Answer
I have used this app for a few years and I have nothing to add to the positive reviews by other people. As a person grows older it becomes more difficult to recall specific dates etc and I try to include entries that will serve that purpose. I was impressed by the staff in dealing with complaints-rather than dismissing complaints, they have an impressive review within a preset time period and they set deadlines to address the situation. ‘They must be using 'Day One’ too! I highly recommend Day One to anyone who wants to maintain a professional record of their life.