For the past few years I’ve been keeping a sporadic diary in an application called Day One. I have liked several aspects of the software:
- It has an elegant, uncluttered interface.
- It has versions for OSx and iOS, and these have sync’d flawlessly
- It allows me to write my journals using markdown if I wish
- It has an effective, but not intrusive tagging system to organize entries beyond dates
There are many, many other features, but those are the ones that matter to me most.
One of the reasons I had not used Day One for more than a casual diary is because it only allowed for one journal, which had to store everything.
Today the developer of Day One has issued a new and improved version called Day One 2. There are several improvements in this version, but the one that matters most to me is I can now create multiple journals.
I’m not doing a full review here. If you’d like more information about the new version, you can get the details here.
The screenshot above shows the five journals I’ve created (three of them are empty, one has one entry, and the other has imported all my entries from the previous version of Day One). In that screenshot, my entry is in edit mode so I can do my writing. Note that I’m using markdown to add some formatting.
Having to switch back and forth from edit mode is a very mild annoyance, one I can live with. It was that way in the previous version of Day One, too.
The other significant change, at least for me, is that I now need to use the propriety Day One cloud service to keep my two MacBooks and my iPad in sync. In very limited testing, this has worked fine so far. This is what the iPad version looks like (notice it is sync’d):
The developer claims moving to the proprietary service is necessary for additional features they are planning. I hope one of those features isn’t a subscription fee for using the sync service — right now it is free, but I’m not sure if there is a guarantee this will always be the case.
The developer is charging even current users a fee for the new versions on both OSx and iOS. For the first week, the price is half the normal price, so you can get the OSx version for $20 and the iOS version for $5. Some people might gripe at that, but to me $25 is a bargain for a useful application like Day One. I am happy to support the continued development of this fine software.
Anyway, so far, so good. If I run into blips, I will update this article. But I wanted to get it posted as soon as possible since the special pricing is for a limited time.