A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.
For kids who love to express themselves
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