Any Day Journal

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Any day is a good day to start a journal…

Any day is a good day to start a journal; to promise, again, to tell the truth — the whole, nothing but, etc, etc. The gaps don't matter — it’s the writing down that counts.

The line is from one of Logan Mountstuart’s journals, in William Boyd's Any Human Heart.

Perhaps you’ve been meaning to keep a journal, or you wish that you had kept a journal. Today is a good day to start your journal, and Any Day Journal is a good way to start it.

Any Day runs on your iPhone. Why your iPhone? Because you’ll have it handy when you want to make a journal entry. Any Day has a clean, no-frills, intuitive interface, and leverages the iPhone’s built-in capabilities to keep track of the time and location of your journal entries, to incorporate photos and audio/video clips, all without getting in your way.

Any Day makes an ideal travel journal, birding journal (with photos and locations), project journal, whatever. It’s there when you want it.

Let’s give Logan Mountstuart the last word.

David Gascoyne once told me that the only point of keeping a journal was to concentrate on the personal, the diurnal minutiae, and forget the great and significant events in the world at large. The newspapers cover all that, anyway, he said. We don’t want to know that “Hitler invaded Poland”—we’re more curious about what you had for breakfast. Unless you happened to be there, of course, when Hitler invaded Poland and your breakfast was interrupted. It’s a point, I suppose, but I felt it would be worth picking up this journal again today if only because I’ve just walked out into my African garden and looked up at the moon. Looked up at the moon to marvel at the fact that there are two young American men walking around on its surface. Even Gascoyne would grant me that.

Features When You Need Them

Journaling is mainly about writing, though Any Day and your iPhone make it easy to incorporate photos, or even movies and audio clips, into your journal. When you’re ready to do more, here’s some of what Any Day can do.

Multiple Journals

When you start using Any Day, you’ll be writing in your main journal. This might be all you ever need, but you can create additional journals that let you keep your journal entries organized. For example, create a travel journal specifically to keep track of your experiences on the road, or a birding journal to keep track of your birdwatching (with photos and automatic location-tracking, including map displays), or a diet journal that tracks your weight.

Photos & Movies

Take photos and make movies from within Any Day. The photos and movies are optionally saved in your iPhone’s photo library for sharing and transfer to your desktop.

Private Journals

Any of your journals can be marked private, so that they require a passcode to be read. Keep your weight history, or your secret projects, private.

Structured Data

Each of your journals can have a data field associated with it. Create a weight journal with a data field for your daily weight record, or a birding journal with a data field for each new bird that you identify. A data field can be separately exported from Any Day to your computer, in a form suitable for importing into another program for further use — import your weight record into a spreadsheet and make a graph.

Export Your Journal

Export one (or all) of your journals, in a format that can be read by a web browser and transferred, if desired, to a word processor, or archived in PDF.

Locations

If you give Any Day permission to use your iPhone’s location services (it’s up to you), Any Day will automatically record the location of each journal entry, along with the time you wrote it. You also view the location of an entry on a map. The location feature is especially handy for travel journals and for birding and other nature journals.

Search

Search your journal for the name of the restaurant you liked on your last trip to San Francisco, or the name of the book you were reading a year ago. You were sure you’d remember it, but of course you didn’t.

Share

Share a journal entry with Facebook, Twitter, email or text (requires iOS 6).