Wonderful Days – Diary with Style ($2.99) by HandyPadSoft is a stylish diary application for your iPhone.
Yes, it’s clear that the space for diary apps on your iPhone continues to grow, and there are some strong contenders in this niche. But this new entry has some serious potential for being your next beautiful and intuitive diary or journal right on your iPhone — Wonderful Days – Diary with Style.
The biggest draw of this app for some people may be the Evernote sync integration — yep, that’s right, no Dropbox. The app will create a new notebook in your Evernote account called “WonderfulDays.”
When you open the app, you’ll be immediately presented with a clean interface. The main screen is a listing of your entries, along with more features. A search tool is at the top to search through all of your entries, and the “+” button is at the top to create a new entry.
Along the bottom of the main listing screen are more options: calendar, location, main screen layout (list, preview, or photo), sync, and settings (though I think the gear icon represents this better than the “i” does).
When you create a new entry to record your awesome day (or not), you’re immediately taken to a screen to write out what your thoughts are. There are two buttons above the keyboard: attachments and hide the keyboard.
The attachments button allows you to import a new photo from the camera or Photo Library, add a location, or just add in the mood/weather.
If you choose to add a mood/weather, it will insert a small image at the top of your entry with the date. You can choose the color of this strip, as well as the icons representing your current mood and weather (gloomy and cloudy? Happy and sunny? It’s up to you!).
When an image is inserted, it will show up along with your text, not separated. This is great if you insert multiple images and want to briefly talk about each one. The images can have a variety of frames applied to it (think of a scrapbook). This will also be how it appears in Evernote once you sync it.
For each entry, you can also change the font, text size, frame, and theme. There are several themes to choose from, and they all look good. This is great if you’re the type that likes to have the appearance fit with what you’re talking about in the entry itself. A star rating can be added as well, in case you want to rate your day overall.
In addition to Evernote syncing, each individual entry can be emailed (HTML or PDF), printed via AirPrint, saved as a PDF, or trashed (swiping on the entry in the list view can do this as well).
The main list view can be changed to either show a preview of your entry or photos that you have used. While these are nice, I still prefer just seeing the list view.
Calendar view will show you how many entries you have made days during the month. I did encounter an annoying little glitch here though. The app seems to show entries a day later on the calendar — e.g., entries I made on July 17 show up on the calendar under July 18. This irks me and I hope to see a fix very soon, because it currently makes the calendar view rather useless.
In the settings for Wonderful Days, you can configure your Evernote account, default styles, and photo rotation. Additionally, you can set up a passcode to protect your beloved diary entries (no one likes their diary being read), and also access those saved files (saving an entry as a PDF). Saved files can be transferred to your computer via iTunes File Sharing.
Wonderful Days is a pretty good app if you’re into keeping a beautiful little journal on your iPhone (or just note taking, even). The Evernote sync can definitely be a draw for some people, though it would be nice to see Dropbox sync for those that don’t prefer Evernote (like me, I hardly use Evernote anymore).
The Calendar glitch should be fixed up as soon as possible, though. It’s my only gripe with the app.
Otherwise, if you’re looking for an Evernote-compatible journal for your iPhone, then Wonderful Days – Diary with Style is the app for you.