Day One
Day One
4.2

3.0

Day One free download for Mac

Day One

4.2
02 October 2019

Maintain a daily journal.

Overview

Day One is an easy, great-looking way to use a journal / diary / text-logging application. Day One is well designed and extremely focused to encourage you to write more through quick Menu Bar entry, a Reminder system, and inspirational messages. Support for Dropbox syncing allows easy backup and syncing with the Day One iPhone application.

Features:
  • Customizable reminder system
  • Quick-entry via the menu bar
  • Inspirational messages to encourage writing
  • iPhone application sync (via Dropbox)
  • Starred entries list

What's new in Day One

Version 4.2:

Note: While the software is classified as free, it offers in-App Purchases.

New:
  • End-to-end encryption is now enabled for every user - Key securely stored and synced using iCloud
Improved:
  • Click on Entry Date header to open Date Editor menu
Fixed:
  • Thumbnail being delayed when adding video
  • Menu Bar shortcut in full screen opens in proper position

56 Day One Reviews

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Balanchine
28 September 2012

Most helpful

Very attractive journaling app that syncs well with the excellent iOS version. However, it needs better exporting features. Currently only one day at a time can be exported to pdf and any photos are stripped in the process. I'd like to be able to archive off my entries to pdf a month or more at a time, including photos. The app also lacks encryption. You can password-lock your journal within Day One, but this seems a bit pointless as the database is unencrypted and anyone can read it by simply opening it in a text editor.
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Version 1.7.2
Gazman
10 August 2019
MacUpdate admins - the note at the end of your description says "Day One is not encrypted or password protected on this version. If this is an issue for you, please do not purchase this app yet". Day One has offered end-to-end encryption for quite some time now (from memory v3.1, it's now up to v4.1). From there website: "Privacy protected with industry leading end-to-end encryption."
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Version 4.1
100%MacSince1990
10 April 2019
This could be a great app, but it is missing an essential (to me) feature that was in the original DayOne app but which was removed by the developers. v1 allowed for setting a "Repeating Reminder" ranging from a selectable period from every 15 minutes to once a week. This feature was incredibly handy. The current v3 of the app, has a reminder feature, but there is no way to have it reapeat. Not only that, but the ability to customize a reminder in v3 is crippled by the inablity to duplicate it, so that each custom reminder has to be setup manually. If you want to see the Repeatable Reminder feature back (and the ability to duplicate a Reminder) please write to the developer using the Contact Support item in the Help menu.
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Version 3.0.4
Kitmos
14 December 2018
I like Day One, however it crashes upon launch and repeated emails to the developer go unanswered. Is this abondonware now?
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Version 2.9.2
Scott-C-H-
14 May 2018
Buyers, be aware; they just had a massive sync issues between May 7th ~ 10th, 2018, and the details of how it happened should scare you. http://help.dayoneapp.com/day-one-sync/may-2018-day-one-outage-postmortem In short, some unintended sharing of personal diary data took place due to some design flaws on the server side. There have been 106 users whose data was inadvertently exposed to another account. It should never happen. I can't believe they didn't catch what I would consider being an elementary level mistake with the way they designed the Day One sync service. Just imagine some of your intimate private thoughts are shared with random strangers, and you get locked out of your account due to account ID mismatch. It is not assuring at all considering that I have had some sync issues with entries with photos way before the May outage. I normally steer clear of this type of "bucket apps." But, last year, I decided to make an exception, embrace Day One and gave a glaring review last year. Never again. I am putting everything back on my encrypted disk image as a folder full of Markdown files and accompanying media files.
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Version 2.6.4
3 answer(s)
Funjoy
Funjoy
02 June 2018
Good thing they offer end-to-end encryption. Too bad those users didn't turn it on. OTOH, I have several journals and only encrypted my personal daily journal. If a bug let others see my cooking journal or my journal of pics of concert tickets I'm okay with that, lol.
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Odysseus
Odysseus
27 August 2018
Perhaps consider Agenda if it meets your needs? It uses iCloud (very successfully, I might add!).
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cig0
cig0
27 August 2018
+1 for Agenda.

Day One is awesome and if you enable E2E encryption all should be good, but the take on minimalism and agility that Agenda brings for note-taking finally won me.

From Day One & OmniFocus to Agenda & Things 3 -- quite a change, but couldn't be more happier.
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Sonnendeck
20 December 2017
Still the best journaling app, but I hate subscription...!
Like (3)
Version 2.5.5
3 answer(s)
JohnnyFave
JohnnyFave
20 December 2017
Agreed - will NOT upgrade / buy because of subscription model.
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Frodo-life
Frodo-life
20 December 2017
same here user sinve V1 but will not upgrade to subscription model
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476429
476429
24 September 2018
MacJournal has been rock solid for me for years. No problems at all.
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rw49
11 November 2017
The team are always trying to make this app better and succeeding too. With encryption now it's even better. Syncs perfectly between OS and iOS.
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Version 2.5.3
2 answer(s)
RogerKatz
RogerKatz
11 November 2017
Did you see the Note, above?
"Note: Day One is not encrypted or password protected on this version. If this is an issue for you, please do not purchase this app yet."
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rw49
rw49
11 November 2017
Yes, but the premium version to which I've subscribed has end to end encryption.
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Grug
04 October 2017
Day One Classic, was a good and pretty little app, Day One 2 a good proprietary app, Day One 2.5 a good racketeering app. To be honest it could be a good solution if you want multiple diary & picture storage, but if you just want to write your personal diary, try something else.
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Version 2.5.1
1 answer(s)
Ptk3
Ptk3
15 November 2017
So true ! I loved Day One classic, and be thankfull to the devs to maintain it after Day One 2 was out; but now it seems that it's time to go to another app before the subscription get your datas prisoners of the app. That's what I've done, using now Mweb which allow me to journal, blog, organise all my stuff written in Markdown, with all my datas saved both on my mac and on iCloud and/or Dropbox (and so syncronised with the iOS app). So long, Day One, I used to love you…
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YellowSubmarine
10 September 2017
Sorry, don't like subscriptions. Will stay with my previously purchased Mac/iOs versions until I find a better replacement for it ( or they revert back to offering perpetual upgradeable versions )

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Version 2.4.1
Markoh
30 August 2017
Day One is now subscription based. No thanks. Humanity has managed to live without subscription based software. However, greed has become uncontrollable.
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Version 2.4
Scott-C-H-
07 July 2017
It's a beautiful, well-crafted journaling solution that finally made me stick to journaling after years of off-and-on struggles to keep a personal journal. It is surprisingly versatile. I keep track of my activities, things I did for the day, exercises, communications with my clients, and, of course, personal thoughts. I love how it works with Mac/iPhone Location Service to automatically keep track of where I logged each entry and the weather information. In some way, it's like journaling version of Evernote. It has become my external memory repository. I also love how it tells me to look at journal entries from the past. I enjoy going along with Day One reminding me of some entries from the past. It's a lot of fun. Day One's data export has been very reliable and fast as well. I regularly export the entire journal in all available formats. It's wonderful. I gladly paid for the new Premium plan. I think it's a bargain at the full price, but I happily locked myself into $24.99/year plan since I was already a v.2x license user. Sure, I could keep a journal in Apple Note, or TextEdit.app for that matter, but why, when I have access to such a wonderful journaling app on the Mac? None of them do the things described earlier. Day One is way beyond some simple text journaling. Strongly recommended, and huge kudos to the developer!
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Version 2.3.4
Free

3.0

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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