Day One (Journal/Diary)

App review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Functionality problems detract from otherwise beautiful app.

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Ease of Play

The entered content can be synched with DropBox for easy backup. The basic functions are very intuitive. Writing, creating new entries, and reading older entries all work well. The extra options, such as the ability to mark up language with bold, headers, block quotes, programming code, etc., has no instructions for use. Also, these extra features only appear in the text when it is not being edited. Some simple word processing options with WYSIWYG would be useful.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Day One (Journal/Diary) is a journaling app that allows users to keep a diary of events in their life. Users can add new entries (which are automatically set with the current date and time), edit old entries, mark favorite entries with stars, and read entries by year. Other options include deleting an entry, emailing an entry, or changing the date and/or time of an entry. The app can be protected with a passcode for privacy. Entries can be synched with the Mac app of the same name, as well as be backed up using DropBox. Users can set reminders to help them remember to write journal entries. The side column shows users their past entries, sorted by date and time, along with the first few lines of each entry. Text can be given attributes such as bold, italics, hyperlinks, and block quote.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byMomma Dukes36 June 6, 2012

Easy to Use!

Great App! Easy to use, syncs seamlessly between iPod/iPhone/iPad and MacBook or iMac. Encourages writing.

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Is it any good?

DAY ONE (JOURNAL/DIARY) is an attractive, uncluttered journaling app that makes it easy to enter, edit, and read through entries. The added functionality of being able to protect entries with a passcode, back up (but not view) entries with DropBox, and email entries to others helps users keep control of their content. The app is lacking any instruction on adding attributes to text, such as bold and italic. The included reminders are only for remembering to write entries and cannot be used for anything more specific. Also, to make new paragraphs, two line breaks are needed, which isn't intuitive. One line break merely inserts a space, once out of the editing screen. There is no way to give entries a title. The app can only really be used as a diary and is not a place to compose or organize other kinds of writing.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: July 19, 2011
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Size: 4.90 MB
  • Publisher: Bloom Built, LLC
  • Version: 1.3.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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