Day One 2.0

Upgraded to Day One 2.0 just now. This is actually part of my first entry in the new app. I’m seeing changes but none that break the app, which is a pleasant change of pace. Seems that 2.0 of apps in recent times go too far to impress with cosmetic changes rather than feature substance, but we’re looking good here.

I love a three-column app layout. I like the use of light shadows and trimmings for the columns. I like that the tags and selectables (buttons) all match in the brighter Twitter-like blue. The icons make more sense along the top and bottom than the ones of 1.0. What I mean is that, at a glance, I can figure out what all of the icons and symbols are for. While the first generation Day One had excellent icons, some of them were ever so slightly unintuitive.

One of the largest design-in-the-details changes is the attention to the search magnifying glass above the list of journal entries. For OS X, Search’s magnifying glass has traditionally been on the top-right of an app’s window, like that of the Finder.

In iOS, a significant change took place. Search fields and buttons are often over top of a related list, like that of the Inbox in Apple’s Mail app. On an iPad, it makes total sense. A search for content in the list should put the search field atop of the list.

And that’s where the magnifying search button is in Day One 2.0. Kudos to the designer that took this leap for the OS X version. Everything to do with search is close together, which makes complete sense.

In making the transition to Day One 2.0 and reading others’ reviews, I realize that I haven’t used photos in my journal nearly enough. I regret that in three and a half years I only took 26 pictures with Day One. When I started journalling, I thought it would be mostly beneficial to write. I concentrated heavily on my writing technique and turned a blind eye to photo integration.

But Day One makes excellent use of text and images. Scrolling the photos is its own reward. The journal feels more like a living document or story with the photos tied to the text. So, for now, I plan to take pictures on a regular basis.

Anyone that’s disatisfied with Evernote but wants an app that can do what Evernote should — or could — be doing ought to consider using Day One 2.0 instead. Now with tags as well as multiple journals, and the ability to use up to ten photos per journal entry, this might be a better notes management solution.

Update: One thing I’ll miss is Day One 1.0’s app icon on OS X. I mean, yes, it’s a tad dark and dreary in a dated skeuomorphic kind of way, but it was attractive, like DeskPM’s typewriter is attractive. It just needed to be brightened up, and I would have liked the three dimensional book to remain.