This one is for you, Apple fans. (Sorry all of you Android owners, you are coming up next!) In episode 5 of the Capturing Life Through Technology podcast I discuss the top 5 journals and diaries for the iPhone with a few honorable thrown in at the end.
I am actually an Android user now but I was an iPhone guy for almost 2 years and my wife still has an iPhone. To be honest, the iPhone journal and diary selection is much better on iOS than it is on Android. They just look nicer and work better!
In this episode you will also hear a special guest appearance where my son was gracious enough to stop watching a pirate cartoon and put down his sippy cup long enough to say hi.
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Visitors come to Easy Journaling for a variety of reasons but the most popular is to find the best journal app for their favorite device. Just type “best android diary” or “best iPhone journal” into any Google search bar and you will probably be directed to this website.
As nice as the ‘best journal app‘ posts are that you will find here, they aren’t really that helpful because each user has such different criteria. The top 5 apps for Jack won’t be the same for Jane. Everyone approaches digital journaling differently and a simple list cannot appropriately serve unique individuals.
I have tried as often as possible to give personal journal app recommendations to those who have bothered to ask. And as much as I enjoy the challenge of taking the differing criteria and using several years of app research to give the best journaling solution, the Easy Journaling community is getting to the point where it isn’t practical to serve everyone in this manner.
There was a solution to this problem all along but it took me over a year to finally pull the trigger and automate my journal recommendation process. Thanks to a paid developer, an online researcher and a skilled friend, we have built an entire journal app recommendation tool from scratch and I am excited to announce that it is now available… and it is free. It will always be free.[...]Click here to continue reading...
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.[...]Click here to continue reading...
The longer I have been running Easy Journaling, the more people come to me with questions referring to journaling on their devices. These questions come from readers like you and also the friends and family in my life. The questions vary, but one pops up much more frequently than the others: What can I use that will allow me to journal from my iPhone, but that I can also write entries with on my PC or Mac?
This should be an easy answer. If I were a developer, the first thing I would do (Hint, hint) would be to make a service that works flawlessly from smartphones, tablets and computers. I understand that this is easier said than done, but in the world we live in, consumers expect to use services that sync between devices with the data stored in the cloud. This is the way our email, ebooks, shopping and many other services work.
Why not journals?
If you have this same question, you have some options. I will be honest that there isn’t yet a perfect solution, but a few are getting closer with each update. All of these options can basically be divided into two categories: iPhone apps that work with computers or online services that work with iPhones.[...]Click here to continue reading...
The first thing you notice when you open Windbell-Diary is that it looks nothing like a diary. It looks more like a relaxation gardening app, really.
When it comes to features, Windbell checks off one after another. Google docs and email backup- check. Picture insert- check. Customizable backgrounds- check. Emoticons and weather icons- check. Lite and iPad versions- check.
Random grow your own flower feature you never knew you needed but is kind of cool- check.
And we are just getting started. I haven’t even gotten to the unmatched 58 fonts, ability to record notes or built in music player function. The home screen is beautifully rendered and dynamic and the theme is constant throughout. There is also Facebook and Twitter integration if you would like to defy my advice of keeping your private journal private. Passwords are available though, as well as landscape mode and most other basic features you should expect out of a upper tier journal application.[...]Click here to continue reading...
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.
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: