Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Just Journals and Junk

J is for Journals, Journeys and junk

A-Z challenge 2016: Apps in April

Journals and diaries have similar functions but some distinguish between the two. My take is that a journal is what you make it, perhaps a record of your day or a tool to capture your thoughts and ideas.
The ideal journal has a calendar built in so that it opens on the current day and presents a clean easy interface for entering text, adding photos and indeed drawings. It should also have easy export options should one wish to use the information entered elsewhere.

Maxjournal

The fate of discontinued apps is my lament today. This is/was Maxjournal which I have been using for several years on iPad but it has now been withdrawn from the App store. It is still working with the latest software update. I’ve exported my content as with each new iOS update I fear its demise. Export options include choice of start and end dates and PDF or text options.

I’ve been pondering a replacement and Day One 2 Diary + Journal + Notes has good reviews however since I’ve been using Evernote more and more my need for a specific journal app has waned.

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Journeys toolbox

Tripit




Tripit is my number one app for keeping track of travel and accommodation bookings. As emails arrive confirming bookings they are forwarded to plans@tripit.com Tripit then creates and itinerary complete with times and transport options.
Maps show exactly where accommodation is located complete with check in and check out times. The itinerary can be shared with a travelling partner and interested parties can be added as viewers. Tripit is available across all platforms iOS, Android and web.


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Evernote

Before a trip, create a notebook containing a note for each day of your journey to store photos and notes. This can be accessed on phone and added to by voice, camera and text. The date last edited is the date that shows on the note so be sure to put the day’s date at the beginning of your note. Tag with location, name of trip or some other keyword for easy retrieval later.

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J for junk those apps

With new apps appearing constantly one is tempted to try new tools and toys. Delete those apps you downloaded to try but now never use. No need to clutter your device with unused apps. If your device came with bloatware, apps from the manufacturer that you never use, consider dragging them into one folder out of sight if they can’t be deleted.

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Next up – K for Keeping and Kindling

This post first appeared on http://librarycurrants.blogspot.com/2016/04/just-journals-and-junk.html

13 comments:

  1. I find Evernote to be very handy place to store all sorts of things but haven't tried the other apps you mention.
    I found that some unwanted apps on my iPhone couldn't be deleted or dragged into folders, so I moved them so many screens away from the start that they may as well not be present!

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    1. Yes Evernote is so useful I find myself using it daily. I've got quite a few of the unused Apple apps on my iPad in a folder out of sight.

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  2. Evernote is fast replacing my failing memory. As for a journal I use good old excel. when I'm travelling I create a google sheet that I paste into my main excel diary on my return home.

    One of my Grandkids, master 8, was complaining about lack of memory on his tablet the other day and I told him to uninstall some apps. Removing digital junk was a revelation to him. I think his grandmother should do some of that too.

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    1. Do you start a new excel every year or have it all in one ginormous workbook?

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    2. I have one ginormous file. http://geniaus.blogspot.com.au/2010/10/recording-my-lifes-stories.html

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    3. WOW! Wise Older Women retain all their memories and teach the young pups a thing or two!

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  3. Thanks for another great post - I use Evernote every day

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  4. I love how you can email the airline & hotel confirmations and tripit automatically updates you trips. No need to fill in forms. This is one app I recommend too.

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    1. Yes it is very user friendly, we've been using it for a couple of years now.

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  5. I am finding your posts very interesting and educational. So many people have mentioned Evernote. I think it is time to look into it.
    Thinking I may need to look into Tripit also.
    Thanks again for great posts :)

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    1. Do try Evernite - it is fantastic.

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    2. Thanks for the kind comments Sharon. I second Jill's comment, Evernote is ever so useful.

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