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

Posted on Oct 15, 2013 | 0 comments

md After 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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Orange Diary – More than just a Diary/Journal

Posted on Sep 10, 2013 | 1 comment

Orange_Diary (2) Orange Diary was quite a delight to use.  One could call it the Swiss Army Knife of diary and journaling apps.  Not only can it do many different things, but it can do them well.  It is a great tool for someone who, in addition to making journal entries, has projects and task to keep track of.  For instance you can add an entry that is a project and within the entry you can add a task list.  This will show up in your timeline and you can choose a specific icon of your liking to identify your non journal entries.  In addition, you can have folders appear in your timeline that contain many different diary entries, project entries or task lists.  It is quite versatile when it comes to how you can structure your entries.  This would be a great tool for someone who is writing a book or articles in addition to keeping a daily progress log.

The app can store photos, videos, audios, files, tasks and expenses.  You can manage your entries through the use of icons, tags, templates and attachments.  The app also has the ability to set reminders which can be a huge help when working with projects and tasks.  In addition, it is highly customizable as to colors, text size, and format for date time and currency.  It has the capability to use templates so that frequently used information does not have to be entered repeatedly.

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

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 | 0 comments

2 After 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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Everyday.me and the Automated Journaling Movement

Posted on Aug 17, 2012 | 1 comment

What if I told you that you could journal without even journaling? That you could go to bed at night knowing that your entries had been written, complete with pictures?

This may sound far off, but with a new app called Everyday.me, it is closer that you imagine. The thing that gets me even more excited is that I have been thinking about taking journaling in this direction recently- a direction I call the automated journal.

This new way of journaling hinges on the fact that in this day and age we are constantly leaving notes and pieces of our lives. Tweets, Facebook posts, emails, Instagram pics… and so on. We are leaving more of this personal information out there, usually for sharing with our friends and family, but why not collect it for personal use as well? What if we could collect this digital footprint and store it privately?

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

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 | 1 comment

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 | 2 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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Penzu Just Raised The Bar… Again

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 | 2 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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