Day One 2.0

Though I'm not someone who has kept an embarrassing journal since I was a kid, I have tried to do so at least since I went to college. And while much of it is just the complaints of a stressed out perfectionist, it is still valuable for me to look at.

In November of 2013 I moved my journaling from a Moleskine to the journaling app Day One. I loved it because I could easily include pictures from my phone, and I was obsessed at the time with being paperless. And while I have gone through seasons where I haven't journaled as much, it's so easy to drop in pictures from past events that automatically set the journal entry to the photo's date, time, and location, that memories can be preserved long after the fact.

Today, the developers behind Day One are releasing version 2.0 which is a complete rewrite of the app. The new version brings DayOne up-to-date with many of iOS 9's features (iPad Pro and iPad splitscreen/multitasking) along with some much requested user features such as multiple photos in one entry and even multiple journals per account.

Over MLK weekend, my wife and I spent time visiting close friends and I was able to put 10 pictures of our trip into one entry and reflect on the time we had together. I used to choose one picture that summed up an event preferring that to having 10 different entries. Now I don't have to do that.

I have also made a separate journal for professional reflection on lessons and school days. This is always something I had wanted to do, but had hesitated to use Day One because I didn't want these reflections mixed in with my personal journal. I could have used a work tag, but that wouldn't solve the problem enough for my liking. Now I don't have to worry. I just tap on the journal selector, move to work, reflect, and then go back to looking through my personal journal at pictures of fun trips I've taken with my wife.

Day One 2.0 releases today with these and a lot of other new great features on both Mac and iOS, though since I have moved to using iOS only, I haven't used the Mac app. On iOS, the app will be $9.99, but for the first week is $4.99 in the App Store. On the Mac it will be $39.99, but for the first week is $19.99 on the App Store.

These additions to Day One have allowed me to get even more use out of it, and solidified its place as one of my favorite apps.