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Day One’s iOS 7 Update Is a Keeper

Once in a while, an app comes along that’s so good at what it does that it’s hard to believe its low price. These apps become essentials, favourites, apps we use nearly every day to document the things that matter. For me, Day One is one of those apps. It’s an iPhone app that’s as important to me as the built-in camera, one that changes the way I live and gives me some much-needed time for reflection every day. It’s an app that has changed the way I live my life.

I was so excited to give the iOS 7 update to Day One a shot and see what the team has brought to the app. I wasn’t disappointed. Read on to find out what makes Day One such a winner, and how it changes the way we look at making journals.

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Narrato Journal: Life-Logging at Its Beautiful Best

Personal history is something most of us hold dear. The heart-warming nostalgia of looking at old family photos, or reading the written-out thoughts of our younger selves, is a special feeling.

In most respects, technology has enhanced the recording, storage and accessibility of these memories. We will have more photos of ourselves than any previous generation — video likewise — and every single image is in a format that can be converted again and again to suit future media standards. But what of written records? Not the social type — that is just airbrushed fakery. The writing down of our innermost feelings and everyday happenings is something few of us find the time for in the always-on world of today — a world which technology has shaped.

At last, though, technology is reversing this trend. Digital journals are gaining popularity, in part, because apps make it easy for us to record our thoughts anywhere, at any time. One such diary app is Narrato Journal, which has just hit version 2.0, complete with a brand new design and several notable extra features. But can it provide a compelling personal archive whilst making life easy to record?

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Keeping a journal is a great way to write introspectively and is just as important for some people as formal writing. The App Store holds a select number of journal or diary apps, but I stuck with Maxjournal.

Maxjournal is free and allows for creating multiple journals. Its interface is a good balance of style and function. It’s also pretty easy to use, which makes starting a journal less about the fluff and more about the content.

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There is no shortage of writing apps for the iPad.

Some focus on being as minimal as possible, others focus on new and innovative features to take advantage of the possibilities afforded by a 9-inch touchscreen. Many of these are focused on publishing, but what of that most intimate form of writing, journaling?

The iPad is the same size as many of the journals that used to reside under beds or in secret cupboards hidden in a nightstand; what better way to marry the old and the new than with a journal? Day One aims to do just that.

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