Macjournal vs DayOne?

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  1. GuillaumeB macrumors 6502

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    So in addition to my ipad mini I plan to buy an iPhone 7 and a MacBook Pr this months. I'm looking for a journaling app and of course those two comes to mind.

    Which one should I go with ? Have you tried them ?
     
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    I have the iOS and Mac versions of MacJournal, and the iOS version of Day One. I got into MacJournal before there was a Mac version of Day One, and have used it quite heavily for a number of years... but I was using Day One on iOS before there was a version of MacJournal for iOS.

    My impression was that Day One for iOS had a nicer interface, but that MacJournal overall was a bit more powerful.

    Given your question, though, I took a look at how Day One has developed on MacOS since the last time I saw it. Day One version 2 has been out for almost a year now, and it looks like they've added some impressive features that I'd actually really like to see in MacJournal. So now my impression has changed a bit:

    For pure journaling, Day One looks like it might be the nicer option. If you're looking for an application that can be a bit more versatile (blogging platform, general information management), MacJournal might still be superior... but I'd need to use Day One a bit to get a feel for that. Pity they don't have a demo version; I'll have to examine the screenshots a bit more, I might just switch over, myself.

    Edit: Looking into the features a bit more, it looks like Day One may not support video import in journal entries. I actually save a fair bit of video clips (whether home videos or YouTube rips) into my journal. So MacJournal remains a more powerful option, but if you don't think you'd ever want video in your journal, Day One is still a strong-looking candidate.
     
  4. GerritV macrumors 65816

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    I'm using DayOne on iOS only, because I don't need a sync to my Mac.
    If you do sync, all of your entries will become easily accessible without password...
    My entries are mostly text only, I might have collected 4-5 photo's during the past year.
    So, for my needs, DayOne is perfect. Creating an entry is one tap away, in a nice UI.

    I never used MacJournal, but from what I just saw on their site, I think Ledgem's analysis is to the point.
    MacJournal looks like a more robust app to collect more than just thoughts.

    Another option you could check is DailyNotes.
    iOS only, but it syncs with Evernote.
     
  5. ManicMarc macrumors 6502

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    I'm using the original version of DayOne and love it. Unfortunately they removed Dropbox sync in version two, so I've not upgraded.
     
  6. GuillaumeB thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for you answers. Since I may I actually use such an app as a backend to a WordPress or Tumblr blog I might go with MacJournal. I do have to try the iOS version though. I read that it was a bit outdated compared to DayOne 2. Will Check
     

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