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Ottawa, Ontario

Just a little corner of the interwebz where I occasionally jot down a thought or two. Why do I do it? Partly to communicate in some way with you, the reader, and partly because it's some sad way of leaving a legacy of some kind I guess.


day one

Jonathan Tom

If you had told the 9th grade version of me that I would be interested in writing in any way, shape or form I'm relatively sure that I would have laughed in your face. Well, Richard Callan (my 9th grade English teacher), you'd be laughing now - I blog on a semi-regular basis and I keep a journal. Not a journal of the usual sorts mind you but I use an app, or rather a collection of apps, to keep my written thoughts in line. The app suite, in question, is Day One and I use it on both my Macbook Pro and on my iOS devices.

The Day One application on the Mac is very well designed from a user experience point of view. There is a simple menu along the left side of the window featuring five buttons starting with New Post, List View, Calendar View, Location View, and Reminder.

The composing view is spartan, allowing you to focus on the content rather than all the fluff that normally accompanies these applications. The top of the composing view is a small pane which offers some inspiration on what to write about. As an example as I look at tis view now it reads "What is the farthest you have ever walked, run, ridden a bike and swum"? The date is displayed below that along with buttons for changing the post's date and time, location toggling, tagging, adding an image, closing or starring/favouriting a post.

The three view modes (list, calendar and location) are self-explanatory and, as with the rest of the application, well designed and clean. While I write when the mood strikes me, some people need or prefer a reminder to do so and that's where the reminder button in the lefthand menu comes in. The options are simple: on/off, the frequency of the reminder and the time at which you want to be reminded. The frequency is set by a slider ranging from 15 minutes to 1 week.

The iOS version of the application has fully embraced the iOS7 flat design introduced by Sir Jonny Ive. The functionality is identical to that of the Mac application and, best of all, the two versions of the application stay in sync across both platforms via iCloud. I can begin writing an entry on my phone while sitting at the gate waiting to board a flight and finish the entry up on my laptop while cruising at 36,000 ft.

wrap it up

If you journal in any way and you operate in the Apple ecosystem then this app is for you. It's probably the best of the journaling apps out there. Go to the app store or the itunes store and pick it up today.