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Achiever reviewed on 19 Sep 2012
I have been using Day One as a MacJournal replacement for a couple of months now and on the whole I love it. It has been stable for me since the beginning, the syncing has been very reliable and the development is very active, with important features seemingly being added in every release. I love the clean and uncluttered interface, which takes all of 30 seconds to master. Also, and I cannot state this enough (especially as compared to MJ), the price points are ideal both for the desktop and iOS versions. Plus, unlike MJ, the iOS versions also sync flawlessly through iCloud and have universal iPhone/iPod compatibility with a single app purchase.

There are still a few shortcomings of Day One which prevent it from being a 5 star app for me at this point. The first is the lack of support for multiple journals. This is a big one for me as I keep multiple journals for multiple people/projects. The developer has indicated this feature is forthcoming and I can only hope it comes soon. Second, and despite other reviewers having different experiences in this regard, I have been unhappy with the customer support. I submitted a simple question of how to import a MJ journal through the developer's website support portal several weeks ago. When I didn't receive a response for about 10 days, I re-submitted. Nothing. The absence of such support on the website's FAQ section (after all, they offer a step by step tutorial for importing from another journaling app and advertise the MJ importing capabilities as a feature) and upon direct contact of the developer through their own support channels is both disappointing and a bit unacceptable. It also speaks to a possible need for a community/support forum on the website where users can ask such questions and assist each other. Absent this, the developer needs to be much more responsive to formally submitted help requests from its users.

Still, I highly recommend this application and look forward to its continued growth and development. They are a single feature away from making me a full time convert from their competitor and becoming a 5 star app.
[Version 1.7.1]



burypromote
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Achiever reviewed on 24 Aug 2012
I am a long time user of MJ, but am no longer sure I can recommend it to others. In fact, I believe the app may be at a crossroads right now (at least it is for me). While MJ is certainly, by some length, the fullest featured, most well established journaling app out there, much of the recently added functionality (especially that added from v. 5.X to 6.x) will not be useful or necessary to the average user looking for a simple journaling application. Power users looking for an app to help them multitask with multiple blogs/journals will likely still find MJ to be the best for their usage. Additionally, I find the interface to be less intuitive as major versions are released, as well.

There are a lot of journaling apps which have popped up over the last year or so, and at substantially lower prices (and with substantially better iOS complements and syncing). I would recommend strongly following the development of those apps before jumping in here. I know I am a feature update or two away from jumping to one of them, full time.

For those who decide MJ is for them, I would strongly urge you to purchase it from Mariner's website and not through the MAS, where updates can take a long, long time to be released. As an example, a Mountain Lion compatible version (6.0.5) was released to direct purchasers on 7/26. As of the date of this post - almost a month later - no MAS (and hence no ML compatible) version is available through the MAS (and with no word or updates by Mariner to its customers). Also, the iCloud syncing promised on this product long ago has yet to be implemented, so even if you want to buy the accompanying iOS apps, Dropbox is the only way to do so at this point, further negating any reason to purchase through the MAS.

Bottom line: while this may be the fullest featured journaling app out there, I no longer feel as though it's feature set is worthy of its very high price tag (relative to the other apps in the category), development of the other apps seems to be progressing at a much faster rate and purchase through the MAS will lead to frustration and delay on the part of the user. Recommended only for power users in need of a blogging/journaling app.
[Version 6.0.5]



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