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Day One

July 10, 2014
I have been journaling my life since I was a junior high student. Even then I don’t really like writing on paper. It’s tiring! After writing so much at school I really don’t want to touch any pen at home. So, I usually write my journal in Microsoft Word.
Back then I don’t have any laptop, so I just write when I am at home. Many ideas and stories are lost on the way home. And it’s still happening until recently.
I have a habit of installing the App Store’s app of the week and try it. In my defend, it usually is a paid app so it should has a lot of plus feature compared to the free one, so I’ll definitely not miss the chance! Long story short, I tried the Day One and this is the kind of app that you never know you need it until you find it.
Before Day One I’ve tried several note taking apps, such as Evernote, but none has caught my attention. Some apps have too many features, some others are good, but the interface is bad, some others are not updated anymore, and so on.
The first thing that I notice from Day One is how simple the interface is. The menu is not overwhelming and what I like the most is the little details below the writing space.

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Do you see those icons? It’s very easy to format our writing and add little details into it, such as where do we write it, what’s the weather at that time, or how many km have we run today.

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The bar is divided into 4 tabs. The first tab is the document related options, such as share and delete options. The second tab contains details that I’ve mentioned before. You could format you writing by choosing the option in the third tab and in the fourth tab you may see how many characters and words you have written. Isn’t it neat?

Besides the formatting bar, Day One’s menu is also beautifully designed.


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Simplicity at its best!
Here is how the timeline looks like:

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Within the timeline you may see summary of your entries, picture attached in those entries (if any), and also weather and location (if any)!
Living in the life of social media, almost everybody becomes a social-media-junkie, thus Day One doesn’t forget to provide you the options to share your journal with others. You can share your Day One journal as a Facebook status, a Twitter or Foursquare update, or even a Tumblr post.


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And the most important thing above all is its ability to be convert THE WHOLE journal to a PDF. And it’s a painless process too. All of your pictures and additional details are included in the PDF.


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I know I’m not good at reviewing anything and this is my first attempt in reviewing an app, but this app is really good, that’s why I am moved to write this blog entry. With Day One I could write my journal anywhere, anytime and so that I won’t lose any ideas anymore. Also, if you are a slacking one, you could set a reminder there so that Day One will tell you that you have to write at the specified moment.
For you who wants to write very personal journal, Day One also gives you an option to assign a passcode. So, start writing already!
Go grab your Day One! It’s available in App Store and Mac Store.
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