Day One ($1.99), the king of journaling apps on iOS, was updated once again late last week. The app icon has been given a very nice overhaul and looks fantastic on both the iPhone and iPad. The new icon is less reminiscent of a traditional journal, but the preservation of the white bookmark is a nice, classy nod to the app’s design roots.
The general browsing experience in Day One has improved in this update, thanks to a new scrolling mechanic that allows you to navigate between entries once you reach the end of the screen. A quick pull at the top or bottom of a given entry will switch you to the next or previous one, making it much easier to simply meander through old memories.
The new sound effects added to both the iPad and iPhone versions also help make the apps feel more responsive, or at the very least, more polished. The makeover of the main screen of the iPhone app, which now features an extremely large “new entry” button, is also a welcome change. The “new entry” button is probably a little on the gigantic side, but the design does look very clean.
Finally, iCloud syncing, which was added a few versions ago, seems to be working reliably in this latest update, although you may need to reinstall the app to keep iCloud sync from activating simultaneously with Dropbox sync (this must be a bug). Dropbox still seems a little more reliable overall, and iCloud still can’t initiate a manual sync, but as of this last week, there are now two reliable options for wirelessly syncing your entries within Day One.