The Day One Journaling Series, a special collection of articles by user Tulio Jarocki about journaling is now back online and hosted here on our site. Make sure to give it a read:
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We are happy to release a great update to Day One for iPhone and iPad version 1.12, a complete redesign to match the new style and feel of Apple’s beautiful iOS 7.
Since its launch in Spring 2011, distraction-free journaling has been a guiding principle in Day One’s user interface. With Apple’s release of iOS 7, Day One’s writing experience is even more refined with redesigned icons, navigation bars, and more.
Great improvements made to the iPad app take full advantage of Apple’s amazing Retina devices.
Apple’s new M7 coprocessor has inspired Day One to add even more context to your entries. Whether stationary at your desk or catching a flight home, Day One tracks what you were doing when you wrote your entry. (Available on iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and new iPad Mini)
Daily Step Tracking
Day One is designed to help you record your walk of life. Now you can do it literally—with no extra effort—using Day One’s new “Step Count” feature. (Available on iPhone 5s)
Background fetch for Dropbox sync using the new iOS 7 background updating
Even when its closed, Day One is still open for business. With iOS 7′s new background fetch for Dropbox, entries created on other devices are waiting for you in Day One.
Track currently playing Music (Display what track is being played on the device)
Day One automatically adds context—date, time, weather, and more—to your entries. Now, as you listen to music with iOS’s Music app, track titles are added to journal entries.
Today we are very proud to release an big update for Day One on Mac OS X. Taking advantage of the new Mapping features of Mavericks, we’ve added some incredible new ways to rediscover your history. Enjoy!
Check out this fantastic ebook written by Shawn Blanc called Delight is in the Details. An audio book, eBook, and interview series for people who make things.
A product is made great through all the little details that go into it. This, however, is easier said than done.
With 8 audio interviews including Day One founder, Paul Mayne. http://shawnblanc.net/thedetails/
A few recent Day One tweets from our great Day One fans:
.@dayoneapp has quickly become my favourite app – not just writing/journal related app either, but just in general. it's pretty great
— stephanie (@stephaniefaye) August 5, 2013
For those who don’t already know, Day One (@dayoneapp) is the best journal app for the Mac and for iOS. Get it.
— Steve Koterski (@FrowningSteve) August 4, 2013
— Marc (@qualitygrump) August 3, 2013
Also, I can’t say enough good things about @dayoneapp. It just feels… perfect… to me. Recommended on every platform.
— Rufo Sanchez (@rufo) August 5, 2013
We are happy to announce we’ve been invited to be a part of Apple’s 5 Years of the App Store celebration. Day One was selected a one of 5 paid apps made free for the week of the celebration (July 8th – 14th). At the end of this week, the price will return to $4.99 US, while the Mac app companion remains $9.99 US.
From the 500 apps available at launch in 2008 to the more than 900,000 at your fingertips today, it’s been a remarkably prolific five years for the App Store. To celebrate, we’re giving everyone five landmark games and five groundbreaking apps for a limited time*. Plus, look back at the key moments that have made the App Store the world’s most innovative destination for apps.
This is a great milestone for Apple’s platform that has opened the doors to indie developers and creators to turn ideas into profitable products and companies. Day One would not be where it is today without the App Store.
We’re grateful for Apple supporting and promoting Day One, and also for our dear users, whose positive reviews and 5-star ratings keep us moving forward with success.
Friend of Day One, Tulio Jarocki has gone above and beyond to share with us via his blog his impression, uses and methods for making Day One a vital part of his life and writings.
Take a few minutes and read through this fantastic series to get an idea of just how dynamic and flexible journaling with Day One can be. Not to mention how great it can be for your mental health.
- Why To Journal & Why Day One
- Journaling allows you to understand yourself better
- Journaling allows other people to understand you better
- Journaling reminds you of the little details of your life
- Journaling makes you a better writer
- Journaling is the best motivation you will ever have
- What To Journal
- Your Innermost Thoughts
- Things That Impacted You: Events, Articles, Quotes, Ideas
- Goals You Wish to Achieve
- Your Impressions on Movies, Books, Music
- Little Moments of Joy
- Memorable Meals
- Places You Visited
- The Keystone Habit Of Journaling
- How Habits Work
- The Journaling Habit
- A Keystone Habit
- Journal Organization: Tags & Markdown
- Tags (Reviews, Meals, Thoughts, Trips, Goals, Personal)
- Advanced Journaling: Automation & Templates
We’re happy to announce that Tags are now supported in the Day One Mac app version 1.7.3.
This is a minor improvement as we’re working hard on a major update for Day One Mac with many fantastic upgrades and features.
The next update will include PDF Exporting, Printing, Location and Weather for Mac.
Enjoy tagging your entries and keep writing!
We are happy to announce PDF Exporting, a great enhancement to your Day One journal. With the release of version 1.10 on iPhone and iPad, you now have the ability to export your entire journal, selected filtered entries or a single entry to a beautifully formatted PDF file.
You can send the PDF directly to cloud services, email or even print directly to AirPrint compatible printers. You can also retrieve the PDF files in iTunes. We love sending our PDF exports to Apple’s iBooks app—the navigation and reading mode is the perfect way to browse the PDF copy of your journal.
With the export filter options you have the ability to only include specific tags. For example, you can export a PDF of all your “European Vacation” tagged entries. There’s also a easy to use date range filter to help you further refine your export.
This feature assures that these treasured entries are backed up and available to you in a format that you can save, share and store forever.
The 1.10 update (Release Notes | Download Here) also includes some great speed and sync improvements as well as 30 days of historical weather data. We’re on a mission to make Day One better and better. Thanks for supporting us.
Give us a rating review on the App Store if you find it useful. Thanks.
We’re so honored to have Day One awarded with the Mac App Store 2012 Mac App of the Year.
As we approach the two year anniversary of launching Day One, I’m excited to report that the success of Day One has allowed us to continue improving these apps for the foreseeable future. I cannot wait to roll out the many great features we’ve been working on that will enhance your memories. All while keeping a focus on the core concept of Day One, which is writing and recording your life in a simple and elegant way.
Big shout out to Ben Dolman, the lead dev for Day One and the core Mac app developer. We are lucky to have him on our team.
Thank you all for your continued support and enthusiasm for Day One. Thanks to Apple for creating these wonderful devices and platforms and the recognition for our efforts. It definitely lights a fire in us to go the extra mile.
Day One 1.9 is now available for download on the iPhone and iPad App Stores.
The new features in 1.9 are Search and Tags, two items that have been a long time coming. It wasn’t due to lack of users requesting these items, we’ve got a fair share of those, rather we felt that improving the core functionality of sync, stability and ease of input needed to be better established first.
We worked hard to make entering tags an elegant task with autocompletion using Hashtags or quickly pulling down to type a tag into the top entry area, also accessible via the tags button int he Edit Bar. You can even add tags from the Timeline view by swiping an entry and tapping the Tags icon.
Search is fast and really intuitive. Finally we can tell our friends the last time we had lunch together or exactly when we took that vacation. This update really does tie the core concept of Day One Mobile together.
For the geeks out there like us, we are happy to add Footnotes support for MultiMarkdown. See a full list of features added in this update in the iOS 1.9 Release Notes.
Start tagging away!
Ellis Hamburger reporting from the popular tech news website, The Verge recently interviewed Paul for the ‘5 Minutes on the Verge‘ section.
People have been creating digital journals for years, but Day One feels different. What’s the most important thing that contributes to its success?
I think the idea of micro-blogging or short status updates based on popular social media sites, Twitter and Facebook, allows users to easily grasp the concept of Day One. It’s capturing personal thoughts and ideas in a way people are already familiar with, without having to share these writings publicly. It’s focused, it’s designed in a way that’s clean and not overwhelming, and it’s easily accessible in a way that makes the idea and motivation of keeping a journal fun.
It’s been six weeks since the major update that added Photos, Locations and Weather, which have been very well received. Today we’ve released a minor update to address several nagging bugs and issues as well as a good handful of cool enhancements including auto embed support for Vimeo and YouTube videos.
This makes it really easy and elegant to place a hosted video inside your Day One entry. We are working on and planning many more media types in the next update, so look forward to that.
We’ve also added the ability to auto link @twitter usernames and support for the new iOS 6 and iPhone 5 with 4-inch vertical screen. See a detailed list of updates in the Release Notes.
Download: Day One 1.8.1 for iOS
There’s a lot more in store as we improve and work on the next major update, so stay tuned and keep on logging your life with Day One!
ps. If you enjoy the app, the best way to show appreciation is by leaving a rating in the app store. Thanks so much.
We pushed a quick update on the Mac to resolve several unexpected issues with the Dropbox migration and Sandboxing.
- Temperature scale setting (defaults to Celsius outside of US)
- Fixed Menu Bar app issues
- Fixed multiple “Lost access” dialogs on 10.7.4
- Fixed issues with custom Dropbox folders
- Fixed issues with non-English Dropbox languages
- Fixed bug with keyboard shortcut
Sorry if you were affected by any of these issues.
I’m happy to report the new update has been a success and users are happy to be adding photos and locations with weather to their entries now. There have been several reports of users going back into the past and adding several photos to previous entries. Myself included.
I’d like to share some of the excellent reviews and coverage of Day One in the media:
The Verge, Day One: journal app nirvana in the Twitter age by Ellis Hamburger:
Day One is a private log of your thoughts, and the other miscellanea you find worth noting in your daily life. Thanks to a simple and always accessible new kind of micro-journaling in Day One, I’ve again realized the value in smelling the roses and writing down the little things that matter.
If being able to add photos is Day One’s killer new feature, the icing on the cake is the automatic adding of location and weather data to your journal entries.
MacStories, Review: The New Day One by Federico Viticci:
Day One stands out because it’s not a tool, it’s a personal experience. I can tell you what Day One does, and I can write about the things I do with it. But I can’t tell you how you should use it.
Federico also shared this tweet:
And guess what? Most used app these days is Day One. That’s some serious life-changing software for me. Keeps me going.
Belated Praise for Day One by Matt Alexander
In essence, Day One has provided an invaluable semblance of coherence to the disjointed digital wilderness in which my data — and, therefore, my experiences — reside.
Ben Dolman and I were invited to speak on an awesome new 5by5 podcast called Systematic hosted by Brett Terpstra. Listen to us talk about design, programming for Day One and other geeky stuff.
Speaking of Terpstra, Brett followed up his nice giveaway of 10 sets of Day One promo codes with a really cool way to import your social feeds into Day One. See Slogger.
Day One released major updates today for the journaling software applications on Mac and the iPhone / iPad universal application.
Day One Mac, iPhone and iPad apps now fully support adding a photo to an entry. On the iOS platform we have integrated with the Camera+ app for editing, cropping and styling the entry photos. Which can be applied when creating a photo entry, or after an image is added for editing.
Photos with Date and Location data
Adding a photo will prompt the user to set the Entry date to the date and time of that photo. It will also update the Entry location with the GPS data included in the photo. It will also update the weather in the entry from that location (if it’s within the past 3 days, our current historical weather data limit provided by HAM Weather).
Location and Weather
Day One on iPhone and iPad now automatically add location, weather and temperature data to new entries. Location can also be edited via an interactive map or search feature.
Foursquare integration allows locations to be set as “Places” defined in the Foursquare database. Entries with Foursquare Places can also be used to “check-in” to Foursquare directly within the Day One app (Foursquare authentication required for check-in).
Syncing has been completely rewritten for vast improvements in speed and reliability
Both updates (Mac and iOS) takes full advantage of the latest Dropbox API features.
We’ve rewritten our Dropbox sync from the ground up to take advantage of these new features and we’re really excited about the result. By migrating all of our users from full dropbox access to app folder access for better security and to be able to use the /delta call efficiently to reduce network traffic and to provide faster sync updates to our users.
iCloud is faster and more stable than ever before. Syncing happens immediately and in the background.
We’ve added Notification Center as an additional option for the Day One Reminders, which now include the motivational quotes.
The 10.8 system Share panel adds Twitter, Email, Messages, Flickr, Facebook (this Fall) and many more that are activated through the Mac System Settings.
I’m also excited to take advantage to the new Avenir font, now included in Mountain Lion, which is set as the default font for new installs on 10.8. In addition, we’ve added several more font styles to the Day One Preferences.
Day One Mac is now fully compliant with the new Mac App Store “Sandbox” requirements, which make the app secure to Apple’s standards.
Full Screen mode has been improved to show a custom background as a nice distraction-free writing and reading environment.
About Day One
Day One is a high-rated journaling application on the Mac, iPhone and iPad. Day One makes your personal data available on all devices, backed up and secure via fast syncing with iCloud and Dropbox .
Day One is focused on helping users remember, record and track their lives in a a simple way that will provide a valuable resource in the future.
Contact Us for more information.
A quick update on how things are going for the next release. We’ve been working super hard to get photo support working, and syncing well with iCloud and Dropbox. It’s been a major undertaking to do it correctly, but we’re happy to report it’s working very well. I think you will really enjoy these new features.
In addition to Photos, the next update (version Day One 1.8 for Mac, iPhone and iPad, a free update to existing users) includes Location Data, a vastly improved sync speed, reliability and process, and several other nifty surprises!
Unfortunately, we’ve got a handful of additional tasks before this release is ready, largely because we feel it’s necessary to dual-launch the iOS apps with an updated Mac app, so it’s looking like a few more weeks until the apps on both platforms will be available for download. Also, it’s likely Tags and Search will not be included in this update, but soon after in a follow-up release.
Sorry it’s not sooner, but this update required a lot of unexpected work related to sync and data storage. We are doing everything we can to have it ready as soon as possible.
Thanks for your support. This project is my passion and I’m very excited to work on it for you.
iCloud is the native sync solution for Mac and iOS platforms. It syncs automatically in the background which makes it faster than Dropbox. It’s also included with your Apple account and is automatically enabled if you’ve setup iCloud Documents and Data on your device. Bonus: there’s no need to create a new account.
That being said, iCloud is still very new and we’re currently working to improve integration with Day One. For example, the initial load of large libraries using iCloud can make it seem like the app is frozen. We plan to make this an even more seamless experience very soon.
Dropbox is still an excellent alternative and also offers some benefits that are not available on iCloud. It’s a proven platform, but since it’s not a native solution, we must perform the syncs on specified intervals. It also requires you to create an account, which isn’t convent for new users.
Dropbox does offer a great backup solution in that all data posted to Dropbox is saved with a history of up to a month (in addition to the auto-backups created in the Day One Mac app). So even if you delete all your entries, they can be recovered on dropbox.com.
Both options offer a great advantage to not syncing at all. Even if you’re only using Day One on a single device, your data can be saved in the cloud so you can regain access if your device is lost or broken.
You can’t go wrong with either option.
All the hard work that went into integrating iCloud has paid off in seeing so many new users try and love the app.
There have been lots of great comments from users talking about how Day One has given them the ability to stick with a regular journal. And about how much they have always wanted to keep a journal, but struggled to stick with it due to various reasons.
It’s so exciting to see all the promotion and praise the app is receiving. Yet I know there’s still a lot to be done and improved upon. iCloud is great and amazing, but can and will be so much better as we continue to work on and refine it.
Version 1.5 for Mac and iPhone / iPad has been available for a couple weeks now and very well received. This update brings the Mac app and the iOS apps together on the same version number as they both add a major new feature, iCloud.
iCloud becomes an alternative sync option to Dropbox. Since it’s integrated with the system, it becomes a very simple and easy solution that requires no setup or login. In fact, is a user has iCLoud enabled on the device with Documents and Data enabled, iCloud will be auto enabled on first use.
In addition to iCloud on the Mac, there’s a long list of new features I am very proud of including:
- Auto Save
- Auto Backup
- Markdown / MultiMarkdown (in Read and Edit Modes)
- Lion Full Screen mode
- Font Size preference
- Font / Styles (Sans, Serif, Monospaced)
- Auto Bold First Lines (Titles)
- UI Transitions
- Improved Day / Read layouts
- Entry preview on hover (Days & Starred View)
- Live sync UI updates
- Command S to Save
- Improved Export Format (with Markdown)
- Improved Dropbox sync
- On Startup Preference
- Journal Merging
- Settings cog on Main Menu
- Spelling and Grammar Preferences
- Keyboard Navigation and Controls
While the iPhone and iPad update adds:
- Custom List UI
- Read Mode Pull to Reveal Background
- Prev / Next Navigation Animation with bounce
- Auto Bold First Line Titles
Day One is honored to be selected in the App Advice: Top 10 Best Paid iPhone Apps of 2011
What better way to start the new year off right than to keep up with a personal journal? You won’t find a more beautiful, and easy to use, journaling interface on the iPhone than Day One.
Day One for Mac is extremely honored to be selected as the #1 spot under “Best Apps of 2011” in the Mac App Store! I’m thrilled to continually hear from people making great use of Day One to write about their lives in a way they never were able to before.
It’s almost like it’s a word processor that is designed around the idea of writing something every day, or writing something according to a calendar. Because the central user interface is indeed what looks like a hipper version of iCal.
See this segment of MacBreak Weekly episode #274.
A great piece written by Jared Erondu on Macgasm after a recent interview with me. Make it yourself! A talk with Paul Mayne, creator of Day One.
Day One is by far the best journal app on both App Stores (iTunes and Mac App Store). Its interface is beautiful and it’s obvious that the creator has a thing for design. Not only is the app on the iPhone, iPad, and the Mac, but they all integrate seamlessly. “Day One is designed and focused to encourage you to write more,” says Mayne. “Using the Menu Bar quick entry, Reminder system, Calendar view and inspirational messages, your memories and thoughts will be preserved. Dropbox sync allows easy backup and syncing with the both Day One iPhone and iPad applications.”
— Jared Erondu, Macgasm