My Diary – Private Journal… Just a “Plain” Average App

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 | 0 comments

mdAfter reviewing several really good journaling apps, My Diary – Private Journal was quite a letdown.  In all fairness I must state that I am a bit of an App Junkie and I enjoy apps that are feature rich as well as apps that are highly customizable.  My Diary – Private Journal is neither.  What you see is what you get, and you don’t get much.  Nevertheless, how can one complain when the price is right… it is free.  When an app is free what could you lose?  All you invested is the time it took you to determine whether you like it or not.

Before moving on, let me make it clear that this review is on My Diary – Private Journal (MDPJ).  There is another app called My Diary that has an icon very similar to MDPJ.

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Memoires: The Diary – A Very Capable and Attractive Journaling App for Android

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 | 0 comments

2After using Memoires: the Diary for the past week, a very feature-laden android journaling app, I find that there is a lot to like about this program.  First of all, the price is right, as it is available for free on the Google Play store – what’s not to like about that?

The journal entry process is very easy and straight forward.  You can enter text, photos, audio and emoticons.  In addition, the program will automatically add the weather and a map of your location if you desire.  The user interface is very attractive in the timeline view and in the editing view.  Photos taken in portrait mode however, are handled oddly, and that is that they show up in the entry rotated 90 degrees from how you had taken them.  If you go into editing and tap on the photo there is a menu option to rotate the photo 90 degrees while viewing it in full screen, however when you return to the entry the photo reverts back to the sideways view.  One other disappointment with using photos is that they don’t show up as thumbnails in the timeline view, rather there is an icon indicating that your entry has a photo in it.

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Let’s Be Honest Here: Have You Ever Erased Something From Your Journal or Diary?

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 | 0 comments

Photo Credit - Vanessa

Photo Credit – Vanessa

I know I am tip-toeing in taboo land with this, but I know I’m not the first one to dwell on it. What place does erasing/crumpling/burning/ripping/deleting have in journaling? Many who preach this practice usually point out that true journaling is free and careless. It is honest, open and true. What is written is who you are and should remain.

A better way to understand this issue is to think of the opposite. What if your favorite way to journal was with a pencil and fat eraser? What if you thought about carefully crafting your words before writing them and editing them if you didn’t like them? It seems like that approach would be against the spirit of keeping a journal, but maybe it’s just me.

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Journal App Review: I Journal For Android (It’s Free Too!)

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 | 0 comments

Some journal applications come out of the box with a little more direction to how you should write your entries. I Journal for Android is just one of those as it is set up around Shawn Achor’s book, The Happiness Advantage. I Journal is based around the same four core principles as the book:

– journaling as a means of moving from task-based activities to meaning-based activities
– write down something you are grateful for every day: gain a more positive perspective on life
– record how you exercise: boosts your mood and enhances your work performance
– capture moments of meditation: increases happiness, lowers stress, and can even improve immune function
– make note of your acts of kindness: feel much happier

Supposedly following these principles can increase your productivity and give you a ‘happiness advantage’.

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Journal App Review: Sorting Thoughts For Palm Pre/Android/PC/Mac (!)

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 | 0 comments

I’ve just taken Sorting Thoughts for a quick test drive on a Verizon Palm Pre and there are some good things to be said about this app and the platform the developers are building around it. Most notably, the availability of the software not only on WebOS (Palm Pre) AND Android, but Windows and Mac as well.

Recently I spoke of available methods to sync a journal between an iPhone and a computer. Although there are some promising applications, there is still much to be desired. Perhaps this is why I find the discovery of Sorting Thoughts so refreshing- journaling software that syncs between multiple devices (including computers) and has a bunch of good features. (You can see the bottom of this post for a full listing of features of both the free-version and full version)

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Screenshot Capture Is A Super Easy Way To Journal

Posted on Dec 30, 2011 | 0 comments

Let’s end 2011 with a simple and amazing tip for your smartphone journal or diary app, okay?

Photo Credit – Sam Lytle

A few months ago I made a goal to include a picture with every entry I wrote, which is usually every day. This has improved the experience several-fold and also had the residual effect of forcing me to take more pictures of my life and record the early years of my son’s life. Sometimes, however, I come to the end of the day and begin to write my entry only to find out I hadn’t taken a picture for that day, *gasp*! Even if it wasn’t dark, I still wouldn’t want to take a picture of myself or my bedroom at 10pm. What’s the point of that?

One of the first few times this happened, I had an epiphany. I simply found a website from a popular news outlet on my smartphone and, since I do this sort of thing, I took a screenshot of the page. I attached that screenshot to my entry just like I would have any other picture. Now it is there forever with that entry as an interesting anecdote of what happened on that day in history. I have since done this several time, but not only of news stories.

I have found that screenshots are an incredible way to capture tiny snippets of my life and store them for future enjoyment. Unfortunately, the experience isn’t consistent for all smartphone users. Palm Pre and iPhone users will have the easiest time with this as it is as simple as pushing a combination of buttons. Blackberry screenshots require an app to be installed first, but taking a screenshot with Androids requires you first to root your operating system so it is the most difficult. For more detailed instructions on how to take snapshots with your smartphone, click the link below:

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Penzu Just Raised The Bar… Again

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 | 0 comments

In most industries there are a bunch of little guys and there are just a few players in the big league.

And no, this won’t be the last time I compare America’s favorite pastime (trademark?) to journaling. Probably.

As far as online big league (personal, not Live Journal!) journals go you have LDS Journal and Penzu. In the mobile world there are a few more as well including Mac Journal, Day One, Wonderful Days and Momento. Maybe a few more I haven’t run into yet.

Penzu is great enough that this is the third post dedicated to the service (along with a few other mentions) when I haven’t even given another journal two! Super duper encryption, tons of backgrounds, multiple journals, media entries and much, much more. Today they shook it up and took their game to a whole ‘notha level-

-a dedicated app for not only the iPhone, but Android as well.

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