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Posted by Paul Korm
Oct 13, 2018 at 10:47 AM

 

The AppStore says it includes the following.  The app is incomplete in that it is missing the things I listed above.  Although it is very fine the way it is.  If they add an iPhone version I would be interested in seeing if they flip over to subscriptions.  But it not yet using that payment model.

FULL VERSION FEATURES
• Seamless, secure multi-device sync via iCloud
• Encrypted and password protected access to your diary
• Custom themes
• Multiple journals
• Importing from markdown

Jeffery Smith wrote:
I parted ways with DayOne when they moved to subscription. Is the
>“full version” of this a subscription as well?

 


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 13, 2018 at 01:03 PM

 

The biggest thing for me about journal writing was about getting into the daily habit of it, and the biggest obstacle to that was needing to boot my Windows PC or laptop at the end of the day (which was associated with work in my mind, and therefore not relaxing, and took a long time to boot and was too big and heavy and noisy), just before I was trying to transition to sleep.

The search for a solution was the main factor that led me to trying out Chromebooks for this (I had a bad experience with iPads), with the main attraction being that it’s light, instantly on, silent, and the files are automatically synced with the cloud (to avoid data loss), and there is a physical keyboard.

My setup hasn’t changed for the past four years. I write the diary entry in plain text using a text editor called Caret (free from the Chrome Web Store), which is saved to Google Drive, and has nice dark themes. It’s one continuous “tape” with the latest entry on the top, starting with some ConnectedText syntax such as this

@@20181012
Friday, 12 October 2018

so I can import that file directly into CT (which I do a few times a year) to be parsed into “date topics”, which, as CT users know, have all kinds of magical properties in CT for further processing, display, and manipulation to get different views.

So Caret with Chromebook is the data capture end of the system, and CT thus becomes a database destination (on a Windows laptop, which gets backed up separately), as well as a sophisticated analytical platform for the diary data (allowing for interesting aggregation, e.g. pulling out and comparing only all the Monday entries, or viewing them by day, week, month etc.).

One effect of using a Chromebook for this was that my diary entries got longer and more involved, which I can put down to a Chromebook having a built-in keyboard and thus amenable to typing, lying within arm’s reach (the long battery life means it doesn’t have to be tethered much), and being instantly on when I open the lid.

Obviously by now the Chromebook is also the main entertainment centre, so I would be reading the news or watching some entertainment on it before the diary writing anyway.

Sadly CT is no longer being developed, but it works perfectly well on my Win 7 laptop.

There have been rumours that the next generation of Chromebooks will be able to dual boot into Windows 10, so one day I could have CT running on the Chromebook as well.

 


Posted by Krzysiek
Oct 13, 2018 at 02:13 PM

 

Paul Korm wrote:
The AppStore says it includes the following.  The app is incomplete in
>that it is missing the things I listed above.  Although it is very fine
>the way it is.  If they add an iPhone version I would be interested in
>seeing if they flip over to subscriptions.  But it not yet using that
>payment model.
> >FULL VERSION FEATURES
>• Seamless, secure multi-device sync via iCloud
>• Encrypted and password protected access to your diary
>• Custom themes
>• Multiple journals
>• Importing from markdown
> >Jeffery Smith wrote:
>I parted ways with DayOne when they moved to subscription. Is the
>>“full version” of this a subscription as well?


Hi Jeffery,

I’m maker of Diarly,

I’m planning to make the iPad version run on iPhone too, so there will be no separate version. As for the payment model - it would be pay once to unlock all functionality on the device. Syncing between Mac and iOS requires two purchases.

I will be working on iPhone - maybe next week and looking for beta testers - can offer free promo codes for interested. You can mail me at hello@pureformstudio.com if you are interested.

No plans for web version at this moment, want to make functionality there is now works perfectly, next update is more about making app nicer looking etc.
Biggest worry of my was that sync could be broken in some cases - so far there were no issues other than from beta testing but that was already fixed and patched in the Mac & iPad version.


If you got any requests happy to add them to my TODO.

Krzysztof

 


Posted by Krzysiek
Oct 13, 2018 at 02:25 PM

 

Ah Sorry meant Hi Paul :)

> Diarly on macOS does not yet have share extension or quick entry widget, both of which I use a lot to send snippets to DayOne.  I’ve asked the developer for both, so maybe someday we’ll see those too.


Don’t think i seen this request, maybe something wrong with my send feedback (had error that email was not sent - need to fix it in next update :/)

Quick entry - UI wise it’s simple, but problem i see is that if you have encryption on it would require password to encrypt, could store it in memory but it would still require typing in before using the widget. So will require bit more time than say 4 hours.. Definitely something i will consider.

How would you want share extension to work ?

Anyway, thanks guys for mentioning Diarly and your honest opinions about it. Worst thing for maker is if nobody noticed the app (which is quite frequent now with so many apps there). And looks like this forum is the first platform which mentioned app :)

Krzysztof

Krzysiek wrote:

>Paul Korm wrote:
>The AppStore says it includes the following.  The app is incomplete in
>>that it is missing the things I listed above.  Although it is very
>fine
>>the way it is.  If they add an iPhone version I would be interested in
>>seeing if they flip over to subscriptions.  But it not yet using that
>>payment model.
>>
>>FULL VERSION FEATURES
>>• Seamless, secure multi-device sync via iCloud
>>• Encrypted and password protected access to your diary
>>• Custom themes
>>• Multiple journals
>>• Importing from markdown
>>
>>Jeffery Smith wrote:
>>I parted ways with DayOne when they moved to subscription. Is the
>>>“full version” of this a subscription as well?
> >
>Hi Jeffery,
> >I’m maker of Diarly,
> >I’m planning to make the iPad version run on iPhone too, so there will
>be no separate version. As for the payment model - it would be pay once
>to unlock all functionality on the device. Syncing between Mac and iOS
>requires two purchases.
> >I will be working on iPhone - maybe next week and looking for beta
>testers - can offer free promo codes for interested. You can mail me at
>hello@pureformstudio.com if you are interested.
> >No plans for web version at this moment, want to make functionality
>there is now works perfectly, next update is more about making app nicer
>looking etc.
>Biggest worry of my was that sync could be broken in some cases - so far
>there were no issues other than from beta testing but that was already
>fixed and patched in the Mac & iPad version.
> >
>If you got any requests happy to add them to my TODO.
> >Krzysztof

 


Posted by Jeffery Smith
Oct 13, 2018 at 07:18 PM

 

The program mentions an in-app purchase of the full version, but I cannot find anything in the app that links me to a purchase option.

 


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