Posted on Apr 14, 2012 | 7 comments
With an app store in the hundreds of thousands, it can be hard to find original names for your apps that still are catchy and accurate. My Wonderful Days had a tough run of luck when, almost a year ago, a new app burst onto the scene with a nearly identical name: Wonderful Days. If this sounds familiar, it may be because I just wrote a post blasting Wonderful Days for being unresponsive to my concern.
Strike two against Wonderful Days.
But back to MY Wonderful Days (which is a COMPLETELY different app by a COMPLETELY different developer). I am actually excited about this fun little application that brings a bunch of the must have features and even throws in a few surprises.
One thing you will notice when you first open MWDs is that there are a few screens to greet you. These not only explain what this journal app is, but also how it works and recent updates. I like this touch since I rarely see it in journal/diary applications. The art and animations are smooth and nice which gives the entire app a quality, high-end feel.
Once you get into the journal section, little arrows and graphics guide you around to show you how to use the app. To make a new entry, there is a prominent button on the right side for easy access. When you go into entry mode, a simple prompt will greet you “Today is…”. This encourages you to start out the entry explaining how the day was and can actually be changed to whatever you like in the settings.
Every day can be rated on a sliding scale at the bottom of each entry. You can also add the weather with beautiful icons for any season. Adding pictures is a breeze and you can include more than one if you would like. Text can be arraigned in a variety of fonts and sizes, password protection is included and entries can be viewed with a calendar.
One of the best parts about MWDs is that it is not only universal, but integrated with iCloud as well. What this means is that if you add an entry on your iPhone, it will almost instantly be synced with your iPad- pictures and all. It would be nice to see Dropbox or Evernote integration, but you can’t win ‘em all.
One thing that I really like about this app that I wish more developers would include is a stats section. With my engineering background, I am a stats nerd, so I was thrilled to see an entire section that shows you not only how many entries you have written, but how many of each type of mood and weather days you have had as well. The only addition I would like to see to this would be a word count.
Ultimately, My Wonderful Days is a keeper and well worth your time to check out. At $1.99 USD it is a steal of a deal and a great alternative if you are in the market for a pretty and well balanced iPhone or iPad journal.