The benefits of keeping a digital journal over a classic, hand-written journal are clear and growing every year. It is now more secure, private, convenient and enjoyable to keep a digital journal than the more old fashioned methods.
As I speak to you through email and social media, however, there is one aspect of hand-written journals that many of you aren’t willing to fully let go of- the hand-written part. For some reasons there is a perception out there that there are fewer benefits of journaling via your fingers on a keyboard than using your wrist with a pen. I’m not sure where this came from but I’m fairly confident that it is false. I am many times more distracted writing by hand than when I type because it flows so much better.
But do you know what? This concern is essentially irrelevant because of one important fact:[...]Click here to continue reading...
I 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.[...]Click here to continue reading...
If you are in the hunt for an iPhone or iPad journal, you may have to look no further than one of the newer contenders, My Daily Journal. Packing in functionality, customization and features, MDJ is just about as good as you will find on iOS.
Perhaps the best feature is universality. Buy this app once and you have it on your iPhone, iPad and even iPod touch. Although I reviewed it on my iPhone 4, the iPad version utilizes the large screen, scaling accordingly.
Another very important feature is that MDJ can be backed up in the ‘cloud’, something I recently mentioned no digital journal should go without. You can sync your entries via the popular Dropbox service (free account) or you can export it as a PDF if you want to store it or print it for yourself.
Most of the other features on my checklist are marked one after another. Password protection (letters and numbers), automatic saving, retroactive entries (make an entry for a date in the past), photos, search, landscape and a bunch of customization. And I mean a ton. I didn’t take the time to count the fonts, but there are dozens which you can either use for a single entry or set it as the default. Additionally you can change the size and color of every font. There are also 7 different cover colors and paper styles.[...]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: