Day One 2.0

Ground-up rewrite of the best journal for Mac and iPhone

Day One 2.0 is an easy way to keep a journal, and a powerful way to organize thoughts, ideas, moments, quotes, links, notes, and anything else with text and photos.

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  • Aishwarya Hariharan
    Aishwarya HariharanMarketing at Freshworks

    Simple. Beautiful. Minimalistic.



    My favorite feature in Day One 2.0 is the daily prompt. Instead of letting my journal become the 'Rant of the day' entry, Day One attempts to help me create a rich and personal record with their creative prompts.

    Aishwarya Hariharan has used this product for one year.
  • Pros: 

    Pretty, easy to use, syncs



    I bought the iOS app awhile ago, so I was on the grandfathered Plus plan. I wanted to sync with the Mac app, so I went ahead and bought the 50% discounted premium plan. I like it, but I thought the Mac app would have more formatting options than the iPhone. It doesn't. It's basically a larger version of the iOS app.

    It's way too expensive if you're not on the plus plan. It's expensive even with the plus plan. You can't use iCloud for storage either, which I don't understand. Having cloud storage can be expensive for companies, so they increase the prices, but they removed iCloud sync, so now everyone uses their cloud storage.

    Michael Adams has used this product for one month.


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Zach Holman
Zach HolmanPro@holman · Founder at @duringapp
Really dig Day One, although it's kind of a bummer seeing iCloud/Dropbox sync options pulled out. I generally trust Day One, but having my journal entries laying on a small company's servers is pretty sketch. That said, looking forward to whenever they ship private-key encryption this year — — since that'll go a long, long way to easing these concerns.
benburns@benburns · Product Manager, Bose
@holman Hm -- what has the Dropbox backup been replaced by? Can you still export to PDF and get that out of the app?
tom meagher
tom meagher@tomfme · now is good.
@holman No idea for sure, but Day One probably uses AWS or something similar. I doubt their method for storing it is sketch.
Paul Mayne
Paul MayneMaker@paulmayne · Designer, Day One
@benburns @holman Yes, we have improved PDF Export, plain text / Markdown export and are working on JSON and HTML export flavors.
Zach Holman
Zach HolmanPro@holman · Founder at @duringapp
@thomasmeagher They do use AWS, but I'm more worried about their employees getting popped, or making a mistake, or who knows. My complaints are less about the technology and more about the wisdom of sharing your private thoughts with *any* third party.
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𝔻𝕒𝕪𝕝𝕖𝕟 𝕊𝕒𝕨𝕔𝕙𝕦𝕜@askdaylen · 𝒮𝓉𝓊𝒹ℯ𝓃𝓉 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒲𝒾𝓀𝒾𝓅ℯ𝒹𝒾𝒶𝓃 𝒾𝓃 𝒱𝒶𝓃𝒸ℴ𝓊𝓋ℯ𝓇
@holman @thomasmeagher I totally agree. Remember what happened with Wink (
Ryan J A Murphy
Ryan J A Murphy@ryanjamurphy · Student?
I don't see anything on it here, but I really hope they've opened up an API a little bit. I currently use a couple of hack-y solutions to log events from the tools and services I use into Day One (the result, for example, is that I have a log of the day's added tasks, completed tasks, posted photos, social media posts, sleep, steps, workouts, etc.) But the hack-y solution isn't nice to maintain... All I want is a Day One - Zapier/IFTTT connection. ;D Still, looks pretty. Good work, Day One makers.
Thibault Lemaitre
Thibault Lemaitre@itibz · Digital Marketing Consultant
@ryanjamurphy Yes! Some of this is actually mentioned in the FAQ: planning on supporting IFTTT! :)
Paul Mayne
Paul MayneMaker@paulmayne · Designer, Day One
@ryanjamurphy We've been working on our IFTTT Channel the past couple weeks. Looking to launch it soon.
Joshua Dance
Joshua Dance@joshdance · Engineer, Product, athlete, indie hacker
@paulmayne @ryanjamurphy Stoked about that.
Kurt Madsen
Kurt Madsen@damenleeturks · UX Designer and Strategist
@paulmayne Can't wait!
Josh Enderle
Josh Enderle@shakenbake1980
I still haven't seen a legitimate response/answer regarding pulling iCloud and Dropbox sync. This is quite worrisome. So here are some of the responses from Day One - "iCloud is terrible to support" "In our experience, iCloud = Data loss", "iCloud has always been terrible"
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell ·
@paulmayne - what are some of the most important things you have learnt over the past 5 years on Day One? What are some of your assumptions from the beginning that you have found are no longer correct? I'd love to keep up a journal of some sort but just feel like it's too much effort and wouldn't know where to even start with something like that. What would you sugest for a first timer looking to get into it?
Paul Mayne
Paul MayneMaker@paulmayne · Designer, Day One
@bentossell Most important things? Related to the product I would say that slow and steady is a legitimate path to success. We started very small and have grown this idea of a simple journal into something substantial. I no longer assume something is easy or can be done quickly. Every detail and feature takes time to dial in and get just right. Start casual with your journaling. Treat it like Twitter used to be answering the question: What's happening? or What are you doing? "Eating Lunch" is the beginning of something.
tom meagher
tom meagher@tomfme · now is good.
I snagged Day One when it was a free app (July 2014). 660 entires later, I would gladly pay the Day One team back!!!
Paul Mayne
Paul MayneMaker@paulmayne · Designer, Day One
@thomasmeagher Thank you Tom. Love to hear stories like this.
tom meagher
tom meagher@tomfme · now is good.
@paulmayne Just bought Day One 2 for iOS & OS X :)