Day One – Capture Ideas and More

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Whether you are simply looking to get your thoughts, ideas or journaling done painlessly or planning on keeping better track of your time as a New Years resolution, you should get Day One on your Mac and iOS devices. The iOS version of Day One is on sale through Dec. 26 for 99¢.

The app was also a 2014 Design Award Winner from Apple.

Day One

This app makes journaling and capturing ideas relatively painless. It has the ability to automatically capture GPS information, weather information, date and time, photos, etc. all at the same time you enter your note or thought.

The Mac version is shown below. Note, the ability to enter a quick entry from the menu bar to capture that thought or idea no matter which app you may be using.

Day One Mac View

Importantly, no matter what device you are using (iOS or Mac), it can sync quickly and seamlessly to your other devices with Day One installed using iCloud or Dropbox. This means, when you enter information on one device, it will appear on the others.

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iOS views of Day One


The app is packed with simple to use and powerful features. Some of the features include the ability to:

  • sync (via iCloud, Dropbox)
  • capture photos
  • automatically add weather and temperature
  • automatically add GPS location
  • automatically add date and time
  • publish and share (via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
  • look at your notes from different views
  • search
  • use Markdown
  • reminder to enter
  • tag

The video below is from Day One that discusses Publish and social media options.



If privacy is a concern, you can read about that here. The policy is the company does not have access to the data unless you give it to them. You can use a passcode to log into the app or on iOS devices with Touch ID, your finger. You can even encrypt the data on your iOS device with a passcode.

Sync – Painless (and Issue Resolution)

Once all of your devices are using the same iCloud account and have internet access, the syncing is quick and painless.

The only issue noticed was my iPad Air 2 did not seem to sync the notes from my iPhone 6 and Mac via iCloud as expected. This is probably not an issue with the app but rather the way iCloud handles syncing. The problem was solved by turning off iCloud on the iPad in Day One’s settings. Then, powering down the iPad. After restarting the iPad, open Day One and turn on the iCloud sync feature. After performing this, the app immediately synced all the notes and entries from my Mac and iPhone 6. Have Wi-Fi access for faster syncing, especially if you capture photos.


The search feature allows you to The app does not appear to allow you to search Tags within the general search feature of the app. You have to tap on the tags and then search for your tags.


Run, don’t walk to get this app to capture and share your ideas, thoughts and events. Don’t forget, the Mac app is a separate purchase than the iOS app. Get both and begin journaling your life.

iOS 8.1.2 Released

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Apple has released version iOS 8.1.2. The update includes bug fixes and addresses a problem where ringtones purchased through the iTunes Store may have been removed from the device. To restore the ringtones go to this link. You can read more about the update at http://support.apple.com/kb/HT204076.

To update your iOS device, tap on settings, General > Software Update and then tap on Download and Install. As always, you should make a back up of your iOS device first and have Wi-Fi access.

2014 Apps of the Year Announced by Apple

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2014 Apps of the Year

The Apple Design Awards recognizes developers of exceptional apps that “combine design and technology in creative, compelling and powerful ways.” To learn more about the winners this year, visit the Apple Design Awards page.

Get Your Ideas Down – Paper by Fifty Three Updated

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If you are looking for a quick and easy way to jot down an idea, image or piece of art work, Paper by Fifty Three is an app worth getting…and it’s Free.


The update includes the following fixes:

Color Picker
Sample colors from the canvas and save them to your palette.

Paper Image

Swap Background Colors
Drop a color on to the canvas and swap out background colors without losing your drawing.

Global Search
Find and follow anyone on Mix by name or email.

Connect with Friends
Easily add friends from Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and your contacts list on Mix.


Garageband Update

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Apple has released an update to Garageband for iPad and iPhones. Version 2.0.6 contains “Stability improvements and bug fixes.” To get the update, tap on the app store and updates.

Apple describes the app as follows:

“GarageBand turns your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play a piano, organ, guitar, and drums. They sound and play like their counterparts, but let you do things you could never do on a real instrument. Enjoy Smart Instruments that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug an electric guitar into your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use a Touch Instrument, a built-in microphone, or a guitar and instantly record a performance with support for up of 32 tracks*. Record performances from third-party music and effect apps directly into GarageBand using Inter-App Audio in iOS 8. And share your song using email, Facebook, YouTube, SoundCloud, or AirDrop for iOS.”

Location Services Draining Battery?

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Location services, the use of your location by apps can be a great tool. However, if apps are using your location services when you are not using the apps, your battery life can be lowered because the location of your device is being refreshed all the time.

home location services

To see if location services are being used, look at the top right of your home screen. If you see the little directional arrow, at least one app is using location services. To see which app it may be, tap Settings.

Then tap Privacy and then Location Services.

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On the right column, in portrait view, you will see a list of apps. Tap on one that says always and see if you want to change the setting. For example, below, Replay is set to always use location services and the purple icon indicates that it is currently using the service.

Location Services

To turn off or modify the service, tap on the app and modify the allow locations access to never or while using the app if you prefer.

Modify location access

Note also that as soon as Never is selected, the location services icon goes away.

Never Location Services

Repeat this process for each app you do not want to access location services when not in use.

Separately, to see which apps may be using the most battery, tap Settings > General > Usage > Battery Usage. Then, you can review which apps are guilty of the most battery usage and adjust your usage accordingly.

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from Apple Inc.

For other tips on maximizing the battery performance of your iOS device, go to Apple’s page on battery usage.

Typed for Mac Released

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A new typing app for the Mac has been released. Typed is “a distraction free, zen based writing experience.” Put simply, less is more when it comes to focusing on your writing. When you want to get an idea, thought or part of a paper written without being distracted with formatting, colors or tons of font choices, Typed can help you.

Typed Focus

Typed uses Markdown, used for writing and creating information for the web, to structure your documents. You don’t need to know Markdown to use the app. However, if you blog or create other information for the web, this app can be used to create the post.

Zen Preferences

Another unique feature is the ability to choose white noise background noise including wind, rain, and more. These choices are available in the Preferences menu. Click on the image of the kind of background sound you want and you will hear it.

Features identified include:

  • Minimal UI
  • Stunning typography – Typed features a selection of great typefaces, including the app’s signature style that clearly differentiates headers from regular text.
  • Responsive layout – Typed scales the size of text to fit your window size.
  • Zen Mode – Cut the distractions, and focus on the words.
  • Six beautiful audio tracks to help you stay focused
  • Live character and word count
  • HTML Preview
  • Auto Save support
  • Full Screen Support
  • HTML, RTF and PDF (via print) Export
  • Intelligent cursor placement when adding links and formatting content
  • Full complement of keyboard shortcuts

If you are considering a minimalist writing app to use to focus on creating content or blog, try Typed. This distraction free app will help you get your ideas down without being distracted by all of the options available to format a document. Currently, the introductory price is $19.99.

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