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Keep a note of what’s happening in your life with this great journal app

With 2014 now well underway you may have thought about keeping track of the major and minor events that happen this year, and what better way to do so than with a journal. Instead of the usual pen and paper solution though – this is the 21st Century after all – head for the digital alternative of Day One.

The note editor is clean and concise allowing you to focus on the business of writing

The note editor is clean and concise allowing you to focus on the business of writing

Starting a journal may seem like a lot of effort but Day One makes it easy and simple to add new entries. From the main page there’s the obvious plus button to add a new post or the camera icon to add a photo. Once you’ve created your entry there are also options to tag it with a category, say you want to keep recipes together then you’d add a ‘recipe’ tag. These are then easily found through the Tags option on the main screen to gain access to them quickly.

Along with the ability to add Tags, each post can contain the location where you created the post, and if you have the iPhone 5s can add current activity data so you know what you were doing and where you were when you added the post. 

Each note includes more details such as location and motion activity

Each note includes more details such as location and motion activity

Beyond the clean and clear interface there are many other options that will appeal to those who are willing to dig into the settings. For the security conscious you can enable a Passcode, enable sync to iCloud or Dropbox, or export to a PDF. It’s also possible to change what should happen when you open the app from the Advanced menu. From here you can decide where in the app Day One should open, so if you’re always using it to make a note of something then you’d select the ‘Open New Entry’ option.

Even with the ease that you can add new entries you still may find yourself forgetting to open the app. Thankfully Day One can help give you a nudge each day by setting reminders. These can be programmed to alert you on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis at whatever time you wish. If you’d like to have several reminders per day then you can add more and keep those journal entries piling up. 

Use the app to remind you to add to your journal that day

Use the app to remind you to add to your journal that day

As well as the great iPhone app, Bloom has got great companion apps for the iPad and Mac that sync perfectly with your mobile device, meaning you can create and edit entries wherever you are. The App Store app is universal, so you don’t have to pay again to download on your iPad, while the Mac app costs $7.99/£5.49.

If you’ve been looking for a journal app then you can’t go wrong with Day One. The ease-of-use and great functions make this a must-have for every iPhone user out there.

Price: $1.99/£1.49

Size: 12.5 MB

Version: 1.3

Platform: iOS Universal

Developer: Pixite LLC

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Day One Review: A must-have journal app
Make Day One your official biographer as you capture your life and keep organized notes in the process
For
  • Clean and clear interface with the ability to add tags to help organise
  • Syncs easily with Mac and iPad
  • Lockable with a passcode to avoid prying eyes
Against
  • The companion app on the iPad is free, but you have to pay for the Mac version
4.5Overall Score