Posted on Mar 30, 2013 | 2 comments
Looking for that perfect journal app is just like shopping for any other item. Imagine wanting to buy a new desk and going to an IKEA store. That certain familiar feeling is there; you know what you want and you know you want it now. The only problem is that all of a sudden, all desks seem to look alike. That vision of the perfect desk is gone. What’s left is a room full of possible purchases that leave you catatonic at the very least.
Journal apps tend to be alike in some ways, especially if you have seen as many as I have. The general purpose of being able to help you create daily journals is there but with the number of choices available to you – you end up confused. Are all journal apps created equal?
Sockii’s Capture 365 begs to differ. In a sea of journal and diary apps, Capture 365 seems to go against the tide and forces us to believe that there is such a thing called the “chosen one” among the many.
Although first impressions are nice, it isn’t extremely intuitive and there is no tutorial or introduction video to help you grasp the basics. For example, adding a new entry on a specific date requires you do at least 2 things (including selecting dates and clicking a button). Two buttons might not be much but I bet this is much confusing than the usual + button.
It would be nice to see some sort of import feature (which feature is slowly growing in popularity these days) but it is possible to export via PDF, text and email. I wasn’t able to try the PDF export so I can’t promise that it exports nicely. It has password protection, iCloud backup and and tagging (although remember what I said about built-in tagging). There is also a Mac version available and the iOS version can be synced with the Mac version via iCloud. This is important because it allows you to journal from a mobile device and keyboard in the same journal. This also means that this is a (nearly) worthy alternative to Day One if you are looking for something with the same capabilities.
The general design of Capture 365 is clean, sleek and simple. You can customize the font size and styling, but only to a limited degree.
You can add a photo on Capture 365 but that’s just about it. It is too small to view since it is just embedded in an entry and you can’t browse your photos. I was frustrated when I realized I needed to go through 3 different screens in order to see my photos in the right size.
All in all, Capture 365 is good for any new hobbyist. It doesn’t do anything to help, motivate or give you inspiration to write (prompts, quotes…) but it does get the job done without unnecessary frills and features. Capture 365 isn’t in the top tier of Apple journals, but it is in the next tier below it. Day One is a better alternative that does all of the same things- and more- while looking better.