Day One’s visually appealing, classic and simple black and white Main Menu page reminds me of every girl’s must have” little black dress”. It may look simple, but it dresses up very nicely. The screen is split 60/40. The white area shows a camera and a large plus sign icon. Easy to figure out and pretty simple, right? Lower black section lists the features of Day One such as timeline, photos, tags, calendar, starred, number of years you’ve kept the journal and settings.
To begin a new entry, simply press the plus sign. The bubble popping sounds for each action are cute but they can be turned off in the settings if they are not an accessory you care for.
My entry page was white and black is the only font color. Much like a Google search page, it offers icons along the bottom. They offer the weather for today, the selection of a location, or use of a photo within your entry. Click on the star to indicate favorites, or a tag icon for typing in your own tags based on your content. Using the + sign again opened a healthy selection list of all the tags I had used in previous entries. That’s petty handy if you use the same tag often.
When I completed writing, I clicked on Edit. Along the bottom of the entry screen are 5 right to left sliders from which you can take advantage of Markdown for rich text editing, character and word count. If you decide to eliminate an entry, the delete key is among those icons. The small grey editing symbols were a little difficult to see against a white background. I’d appreciate larger ones in a contrasting color even if it means adding another slider.
Clicking on Timeline. opens a listing of the journaled dates starting with today and a preview of each entry, picture, etc for that date. No emoticons, graphs or line charts here, thank you very much. Simply tapping on any entry opens it for editing. One of my favorite features is that Day One puts the most recent entries at the top of Timeline. In other journaling apps, I’d be scrolling all the way back through months of journaling to find and edit the newest entries. Options available include Share (Twitter and Foursquare), Go Up One or Down One entry (a bottom to top swipe will also take you back day by day), a Plus (+) button adds another entry, and it has a button that will enlarge the image used. Tapping on any image opens it in full screen.
In the Settings, user selected pass codes support privacy, and the ability to export in PDF is a relief to see. Entries can be printed, emailed, copied, exported, and backed up in DropBox or iCloud. They can be opened in Chrome, read as PDF’s in DocsToGo, SmartOffice, and Adobe among quite a few others. The font and sizes are adjustable to your liking and mood. Social networking integration is through Twitter or Foursquare. I LOVE the simplicity of Day One.
What’s missing? Not much. There is a limit to how much user customization can be done; but the Settings and Advanced settings offer auto add locations, auto embed Media and Browser and Hashtags are converted to native tags. Reminders can be set for forgetful new journaler. A “must have” for me in a journaling app is the ability to search for an entry. Day One passed with flying colors. Entries can be searched by tag, any word or multiple words, the year, a complete phrase, or by prefix matching. IPhone and iPad guides, support pages, top issues, FAQ’s, a Markdown guide and tagging tips make Day One’s an all encompassing app. All in all, unless happy face mood indicators and fonts in color are vital to your journaling experience, Day One is stylish, good looking, loaded with accessories and its a cheap date, too. I’m a Day One convert.
Written by M. Jelley- EJ Staff Writer