Regarding Day One

Day One 2 Is Pretty, Pretty, Pretty, Pretty Good

Recorded on February 28th, 2016

I threw my hat over the wall and moved to Day One 2, despite my earlier nervousness. A few things made me just about comfortable enough with the idea of Version 2 to decide to go with it:

  1. Bradley Chambers’s endorsement on Mac Power Users #304.
  2. A positive review on MacStories.
  3. A comment on iTunes that said something to the effect that people didn’t freak out when OmniFocus or Evernote ran their own sync services, but everyone was piling on Day One for doing the same.

Still, I wanted to keep a finger on the pulse of Day One Sync, wanted to know if the nerd community had settled into it, wanted to know if there were catastrophic failures. After searching Twitter enough times for “@dayoneapp” and “sync” and coming up with a disturbing number of reports of duplicate entries caused by Dropbox syncing (and it being a “known issue”—awesome), I figured it was actually less risky to just go with the new, actively developed version 2, and their new-ish sync service, than stay with Day One Classic.

To mitigate against disaster, I first exported from the old Mac app to (1) a giant PDF of all of my entries, (2) a Markdown file of all of my entries, and (3) a plain text file of all of my entries. Then I breathed deeply, switched the classic iOS app over to Day One Sync, waited for it to upload everything, and bought the 2.0 version, which is still $4.99. I don’t know how much longer it’ll be on sale.

Everything seemed to go ok and I don’t think I’ve lost any data. Besides that, I love how you can set colors for different journals, because it finally means I can mostly get rid of that pukey light blue that I’ve always hated in the app. It’s still there when you look at Settings, but you don’t see it much otherwise.

The multiple journals are nice, and being able to add more than one photo to an entry is welcome. I also like having the map view in iOS, which was only available in desktop before. And you can now export from iOS to a text file, which I don’t think you could do before. I still look forward to private key encryption. I hope that comes with version 2.1 as they’ve been promising.

I know that iCloud sync had issues in various apps that used it. I don’t know how Dropbox sync works under the hood, but my gut tells me that with the way that Day One works, Dropbox is a less than great fit for it, although I never had any problems when I used it. Many reviews praised the new Day One Sync service as being fast and solid; so far, it seems to be very speedy and reliable. If I find otherwise, I will report back!

Bradley Chambers on Mac Power Users Episode 304

Recorded on February 16th, 2016

One of my favorite tweets to see is when Bradley Chambers announces a guest appearance on Mac Power Users. His recent episode 304 cameo about Day One 2 has me inching closer to sticking with the app. He’s a fan and has had no problems with their sync service. I may buy the iOS version when 2.1 comes out, if their promised private key encryption works.

Bradley wisely recommended taking a fresh look at whether you use the Mac version enough to justify buying the upgrade. I can think of only a handful of times I’ve used it in the past year. Most of my use of the app is limited to iOS like his is. And he listed numerous ways you can back up and export your version 1.x entries before switching to version 2. If the worst happened, at least you’d have plain text and pretty PDF renditions of all your stuff.