Monday, December 17, 2012

Why The Mac App Of The Year Is The Mac App You Need In Your Mac Life

Day OneWho doesn’t like a Best Of list? Whether it’s the Best 5 of this or the Best 25 of that, we all love a list of someone else’s favorites, no matter what it is.

That’s where we find apps that are highly rated. And, it gives us a chance to compare and contrast and criticize what the so-called experts think should be the Best Of anything.

Apple’s Best App Of The Year 2012 is a good example of how much fun Best Of lists can be.

Is this Best Of app some kind of super duper productivity app? Is it a social app that combines Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and other top social networks?

Nope. Day One is, Apple’s idea of the Best App of 2012 is a journal for your Mac. It’s a digital diary. An app that can go with you wherever you go (iPhone and iPad versions sync to iCloud or Dropbox).

Uh huh. That’s right. Day One is an Apple-like journal app (once you see how it looks and behaves you’ll see why Apple liked it so much).

Click on the Plus button, add a title and start writing about what happened.

Day One

Drop in photos, check out all the entries in calendar view, set reminders, writ in full-screen mode, and much more.

Yes, it’s just a digital diary. The key to Day One’s success lies in two areas. First, it’s just so easy to use. The Mac version has a Menubar button to make it easy to create a quick entry.

And, second, it all syncs up nicely between Mac and iPad or iPhone via iCloud or Dropbox. All that elegance comes at a price. You can password protect your entries but there’s no tags and no encryption and any decent journal needs both.

Still, no digital diary was ever easier to use no matter where you go.