Private Diary for Android – A Complete Journaling Package

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 | 1 comment

pd2 The handheld version of Private Diary along with its online version make quite a complete journaling package that will suit most anyone’s journaling needs. Let’s take a look at both and see how they may fit into your daily journaling life.

The handheld version has most of the necessary features you would expect to find in most top of the line journaling apps. These include a timeline view, calendar view, photo capability from within the app, auto location insertion, tags and categories as well as a host of other features. In addition, the timeline view can be customized as to fonts and color background. It has an attractive user interface as it stands however two components I wish I could change are the orange color used throughout and also the capability to remove the dotted lines that the developer has used to separate the title, entry, date and tags. The free version that I originally tried didn’t have the dotted lines. As a result, I personally think the free version’s timeline UI is much cleaner looking.

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

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 | 5 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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Draw Pad Pro: Keep A Handwritten Journal On Your iPhone!

Posted on Jan 27, 2012 | 2 comments

Draw Pad Pro Review

Draw Pad Pro : Amazing Notepads and Sketchbooks! - Fishington Studios

Alright. So you like the whole idea about keeping a journal on your iPhone because it is always with you and can easily be backed up. But there is just something about writing down your thoughts that cannot be captured with thumb-typing. Oh, what to do!

Fetter no more my friends. I present to you Draw Pad Pro, the culmination of the best of both the classic and digital journaling worlds. Of course there are other apps that will allow you to do basically the same thing, but I think Draw Pad Pro is one of the best and I have also just spent some quality hands on time with the mobile application.

DPP really has nearly all of the great features I encourage you to look for in a journal app with the only difference being the text input (handwritten vs typed). These include the option to create multiple journals, PDF export and even syncing with GoodReader or Dropbox! You can also choose from a ton of different backgrounds and pen colors and several sizes of pen thickness.

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Journal App Review: MyiStory For The iPhone

Posted on Jan 7, 2012 | 0 comments

My iStory - My iStory

I am a huge fan of innovation. I would much rather watch a movie, read a book or play a game that tries something new- even if it is risky. Unfortunately the general population disagrees and seems to prefer proven formulas. The result is blockbuster remakes of the same movies (with 3 sequels) and 50 solid selling Angry Birds clones smartphone games.

Because of this, I like one of the newest additions to the iPhone journal scene: My iStory The organization is accomplished by 5 icons at the bottom of the screen: Diary, Calendar, Galleries, Books and Slideshows. Diary is where you make traditional entries with text. Pictures can be included to these entries and can also be tagged. There is also an interesting function where you can add thought or speech bubbles to these pictures if you would like. Calendar view shows the days that have entries. Galleries show your pictures after you have organized them with tags. Search is also included which is also nice to see.

The books and slideshow section is where Marian Skehill really rewrote the script. I have mentioned several times that perhaps my favorite eJournal feature is the ability to export to PDF. The books section of MyiStory allows you to build a PDF of your entries, right within the app! From here you can view this PDF in iBooks or other apps or even export via email. While I am so excited about this function, it only includes the pictures and none of the text so unfortunately, at this point, this PDF won’t be a very good representation of your journal.

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Top 5 FREE iPhone Journals/Diaries

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 | 1 comment

Want to get started in a journal on your iPhone but feeling light in the wallet? This list covers the best available free journals and diaries for the iPhone. Some of these don’t have all of the features that I preach you should hold out for, but then again, they won’t cost you a penny so what will it hurt? Then again, a few of these are packed with the goodies many paid apps have and I’m not sure how they can be offered for free.

Also note that there are a ton of other free journal apps available, but many of them require an in-app purchase to unlock unlimited entries or other basic features. This list is made up of diaries that (I believe) are fully functional without additional purchase. Clicking on the icon will take you to the app in the app store and clicking on the name will take you to a full review here at Easy Journaling (except for My Tymz and MeDaily).

So try one or try them all and, as always, let me know if I missed one.

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iPad Journal Review: Max Journal

Posted on Nov 28, 2011 | 9 comments

Maxjournal - OmaxmediaI have just taken Max Journal for the iPad through its paces and I’ll have to say I’m impressed. It is almost everything you would want in a journal or diary for your iPad and a little more. That almost reservation is a bit frustrating though.

Max Journal is rather attractive. It keeps consistency throughout the interface, even when you change the color or background. It utilizes the larger screen by allowing you to see the pictures and tags on the side when in entry mode and when in calendar view you can see the text of the date selected in the side bar. Navigation is very speedy. You can jump to a month with the tabs and then you can tap on a date to add an entry. You can add multiple entries for a day if you would like.

It feels like this journal was built for pictures. You can add up to 30 per entry and they look great when you preview them. If you have an iPad 2 (which has a camera) you can take a picture and then include it in the entry. Users of the original iPad will have to import pictures to include with your text.

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The Top 5 iPhone Journals

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 | 9 comments

Looking for the best journal app for you? Try our free journal recommendation tool!

There is no doubt that iPhone developers have conjured up some incredible journals. Some look gorgeous, others are packed with features and some have both looks and brains. This is my ranking of the best journals and diaries available for the platform.

Note that clicking on the icon will take you to the full Easy Journaling review but if you want to go straight to iTunes to download the app, click on the black Available in the App Store button.

Wonderful Days – $2.99

Beautiful interface, tons of themes, in-line picture placement, Evernote backup and PDF export will make any journal app desirable. When you include the day rating, geotagged entries, search function, multiple fonts and customizable home screen, this app suddenly becomes the best available for the popular smartphone. Surprisingly, Wonderful Days is only a few months old and the developers have already added some evolutionary updates.

In addition to the standard review, I also wrote a road test review on using it for nearly a month.

Day One – $1.99

This is the app that Apple would have developed if they were in the personal journal market. Minimalistic and modern, Day One keeps a clean, consistent theme throughout. Additionally, you can backup your entries in the ‘cloud’ with the popular Dropbox. Spanning more than smartphones, Day One also syncs with its iPad and Mac versions by the same name.

Unfortunately, it is currently impossible to upload pictures into your entries, but developers promise that feature will be included soon.

Have a lot of memories on your iPhone? Back up all of your picture and text messages for $19.99!!

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Road Test: Wonderful Days for the iPhone

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 | 13 comments

It would not be within my best interest to express my allegiance to one particular eJournal. Doing so would only discourage you the reader from investigating the best journal for YOUR situation and probably make the developers of other applications take their ball and go home. It would kind of be like Simon Cowell dating one of the top 10 American Idol candidates while still telling the world he was impartial to the rest.

Luckily for me, I use a variety of journals for slightly different reasons. I have also used a few different ones over time. This balance helps me in this role as a so called ‘expert’ on eJournals and also helps fill different aspects of my life. I use one for keeping lists and another for notes and then another one or two for my main journal.

Therefore, when I say that I have used Wonderful Days – Diary with Style for the iPhone for the past few weeks, know that I am not saying there is not other journal to use. It is just a particular application that caught my eye when I first gave it a spin and I liked enough that I have decided to go on a road trip of undetermined length. The following few paragraphs describe this (rather delightful) experience.

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3 Great iPad Journals

Posted on Aug 5, 2011 | 0 comments

Love your iPad or iPad 2 but still haven’t found the right journal? Unfortunately not all iPhone journals work for the iPad. There are some great ones, however, and this list is a good place to start.

Day One (Journal/Diary) – Bloom Built, LLC

Previously reviewed and featured on Easy Journaling, Day One excels because they know how to diversify the journal process. You can use the iPhone, iPad or Mac version of the application and they all sync together and the iPhone and iPad version are one in the same (universal). Check out just a few of the features:

  • Dropbox syncing (Autosyncing)
  • Reminders
  • Rich text
  • Starred entries
  • Clean interface
  • Coming soon: photos
  • Coming soon: search
  • Coming soon: export
  • Coming soon: iCloud support

App Store Rating: 4.0 (269 ratings)

Day One (Journal/Diary) - Bloom Built, LLC

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