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Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Jun 30, 2017 at 07:07 PM


I’ve been looking at alternatives. If you just like jotting down notes about what happened on which day, NotePlan is pretty good. It isn’t the app for composing long journal entries, though. And it doesn’t allow you to have different “journals” as DayOne does.

Another interesting app I’ve recently found is called Lumen Trails. It is only for iOS, so that’s the first strike. Otherwise, it seems like a very useful way to track various aspects of your life. You create categories for everything you want to track, then select the type of “note” that category will hold. You can have straight journal entries, but you can also have number trackers (i.e. if you tracking your blood sugars for diabetes), and there are several other entry types to choose from. It seems well designed and runs well. It is a subscription service, but it only costs $10 a year and the first month is free, so you can evaluate. You can learn more about it here:


I love Ulysses, but I balk at keeping my journal in the same app as my other writing. That’s silly, I know, but it is a mental thing. The writing in my journal doesn’t have to be honed, but my “serious” writing does. I just want to keep the two types of writing separate.

So I too am leaning toward Bear as a replacement for DayOne.

Steve Z.


Posted by Paul Korm
Jun 30, 2017 at 08:07 PM


If the question of using the same app for business and private writing is not an issue for someone, I think Scrivener would be an excellent choice.  There are sure a lot of folks who write blogs about using Scrivener for at purpose.

A nice thing about Day One is the ability to send things to it with macOS and iOS extensions.  I send text snippets and pictures to Day One journals quite often.  So, if that’s a desirable feature, then beside Scrivener you also have Together and DEVONthink that can be used effectively for journaling.

Or, one could design a custom journal in Tap Forms and include fields for capturing health / diet / exercise stats in addition to text entries.  I frequently create travel logs in Tap Forms and use it as a capture method on the front end of Tinderbox—by exporting CSV from Tap Forms to Tinderbox.

I cannot answer @Lurmann’s encryption requirement about any of the above, though.


Posted by Dellu
Jun 30, 2017 at 08:25 PM


yes, encryptions are necessary. And, also, the entries should not be visible to Spotlight. Otherwise, the journals would be easily public. For that reason, I don’t think Devonthink and Tinderbox are great alternatives.

The json template seems better for export dayone. Ideally, the new journaling app should accept that format.

Do you guys know any of these apps accept json?


Posted by Dellu
Jun 30, 2017 at 08:28 PM


Bear can natively import from Dayone. that is interesting.


Posted by Dellu
Jun 30, 2017 at 09:30 PM


MacJournal looks much better because it supports encryption. The mutiple windows are also wonderful. I love applications that can open mutiple windows side by side (Devonthink and Tinderbox).

But, importing from Day One to MacJournal is a pain.

I am trying Bear as transition:

Day One—> Json—>Bear—>RTF—> JacJournal.

The problems is: the tags are lost in the transition. Bear is able expor the tags embedded into the text as #Tag.

But, that is not detected as a tag inside MacJournal. has anyone some script to transform those hashed key terms to Finder Tags (https://superuser.com/questions/1224583/assign-finder-tags-to-a-file-by-searching-within-the-content-of-the-file)?


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