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APPSNAP: Day One is a new way to journal

Four out of five stars. If you like to record your daily thoughts, adventures and wonderings, but a traditional journal just isn't for you, you might want to try Day One for $4.99. Day One is a simple journaling app available for iPhone that allo...

Day One is a $4.99 journaling app
Day One is a $4.99 journaling app available for iPhone that allows users to add text, photos and map locations to their entries.

Four out of five stars.

If you like to record your daily thoughts, adventures and wonderings, but a traditional journal just isn't for you, you might want to try Day One for $4.99.

Day One is a simple journaling app available for iPhone that allows users to document their lives with text, photos, map locations and even weather conditions.

To start a new journal entry, users simply push the big plus sign at the top left of the screen. A new post will open, allowing users to type their entry. Along with text, users can add the temperature, a specific location and a photo. If an entry is of certain importance, the user can star it, which will put the entry in a special category making it easily accessible for future reference.

Users can view their journals by timeline, calendar or individual post. They also can add tags to each of their entries, so their journal is easily searchable. There's also an option to download entries as a PDF, which allows users to save the entries for easy printing.

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Worried about losing your phone, and therefore losing all your deepest, darkest secrets? No worries. Day One has its very own pass-code protection option. Users can pick a four-digit code for more personal security.

The best part of the app, though, is its ability to connect to the cloud and sync with a user's Mac and iPad. This makes journaling from any location super easy.

The only two problems with this app are that it only allows users to upload one photo per entry, and it can be slightly glitchy when trying to read long entries.

Overall, Day One is simple, easy to use and offers more features than the standard notes or reminder apps. It costs $4.99, but that's a lot cheaper than some hard copy journals. If you're looking to journal every day and don't mind doing it via your smartphone, Day One is definitely worth the download.

Maki covers Arts & Entertainment and Life & Style for the Herald and can be reached at (701) 780-1122, (800) 477-6572, ext. 1122; or jmaki@gfherald.com .

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