MAC soft­ware

Jour­nals ga­lore, but how se­cure?


Write a jour­nal, get on top of tasks, and ex­plore

the great out­doors

£22.99 FROM Bloom Built, day­ needs OS X 10.10 or higher

Day One has had an unas­sail­able lead over other jour­nal­ing apps for five years, thanks to its ele­gant ap­proach to dig­i­tal di­ary keep­ing.

Day One 2 tries to im­prove on the orig­i­nal’s tag-based or­gan­i­sa­tion and meta­data smarts with some wel­come new fea­tures, but it’s not all good news.

The over­hauled in­ter­face loses the big-but­toned side­bar and moves all func­tions to the top of the jour­nal win­dow for a cleaner, Ever­note-like look, but the big change is an op­tion to keep mul­ti­ple jour­nals, which live in a col­lapsable left­hand pane. A new Photo view op­tion sits above the en­try pane and lets you browse jour­nals visu­ally (you can now use up to 10 photos in a sin­gle en­try), while ad­di­tional time­line fil­ters and a mul­ti­ple en­try se­lec­tion op­tion add to the ease with which you can man­age your thoughts.

The app uses a pro­pri­etary sync ser­vice, but drops the iCloud and Drop­box sup­port of Day One. Users who have been vic­tims of data loss may ap­plaud the move, but Day One Sync cur­rently lacks end-to-end en­cryp­tion, so it feels like a back­ward step.

But over­all this is a solid se­quel. Ask­ing £23 from ex­ist­ing Day One users is harsh, but if you’re new to jour­nal­ing and happy to trust your data to an un­proven sync ser­vice, Day One 2 is a charm.

Individual jour­nals can be as­signed iden­ti­fy­ing

cus­tom colours.

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