Au­to­mated jour­nal­ing

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Free (with sub­scrip­tions) From Dyrii, dyrii.com Needs OS X 10.11 or later

Jour­nal­ing helps you see what you’ve achieved and plan for the fu­ture, and can be good for your men­tal health. It can also be a chore, but Dyrii au­to­mates a lot of the te­dious record-keep­ing, leav­ing you free to work on more sub­jec­tive con­tent, like who you met and how you felt.

Dyrii has apps for macOS and iOS, and, to get the most out of it, you ought to run them side by side. That way, your phone can han­dle your check-ins, al­low you to quickly add photos and sketches and to log your phys­i­cal state as you pick ail­ments from a (very com­pre­hen­sive) list. It’ll even track your move­ments if you let it, and plot them on a map — a fea­ture that per­formed well in most of our tests, but oc­ca­sion­ally drew straight lines when it lost net­work cover­age. The re­sult is a time­line cat­a­loging your day-to-day life.

Your time­line can be pro­tected us­ing a pass­word or TouchID, and synced across de­vices upon pay­ment of a sub­scrip­tion. The life­time sub costs $24.99, but you might like to try the $0.99 one-month op­tion first to see if you like it.

The bot­tom line. Per­fectly bal­anced fea­tures and sim­plic­ity of use eas­ily jus­tify the sub­scrip­tion.

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