Made my day

September 29, 2019

Made my day

Click here to get it from the App Store

With this blog post I want to present my latest app for macOS - a minimalistic journaling app.
You might ask if another journaling app ist really necessary so I try to quickly explain the benefits of Made my day and differences to other common apps.


No subscription

Most of the apps I already tested in the past year require some sort of monthly/yearly subscription to get all features and fully use the app. Made my day is and will always be without a subscription.

Standard format

There is nothing worse than a proprietary file format and no (or complicated) way to export your data in case you ever want to switch apps.
I decided to use Markdown because it is pretty widely known and it is really easy to convert to other formats like HTML or Word.

Full file control

Personal journal entries are very sensitive files. Because of that I think it just make sense to give full control to the end user. Don’t rely on custom cloud solutions - everything is just stored locally on your system in a directory that you specify.

  • Want to save everything on your iCloud? Just select a directory in your Documents / Desktop directory (depending on

your cloud settings)

  • Google Drive? Dropbox? … ? Everything is possible
  • Even saving everything on an USB drive so no data is on your PC is really easy
  • And for the developers out there you can also use private repository 😉


Added in the first big update. Check the update Blog post for detailed information. There are a couple beautiful themes available. If your favorite theme is not available, leave a comment and I try to add it in a future update.


There are no external resources that get loaded. No HTTP requests are made. No user registration. Everything runs locally.
tl;dr: No personal user data is collected or saved

Future plans

I’m not quite done with Made my day but I decided it is time for it to get user feedback and suggestions. Most core functionality is implemented.
Things I have in mind for future updates:

  • Different themes (already added, Update notes)
  • Image support (also added with previous update)
  • Different languages (added with a second update in March 2020, Update preview)

If you have any ideas of cool features or feedback just leave a comment.

Personal Blog written by Nicolas Gehlert, software developer from Freiburg im Breisgau. Developer & Papa. Github

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May 11, 2021

Hi Jürgen, tut mir leid dies zu hören. Du findest deine geschriebenen Einträge immernoch in dem von dir ausgewählten Ordner und kannst sie mit jedem beliebigen Text-Editor öffnen. Was meinst du mit “Keinen Inhalt”? Ist die Seite einfach weiß oder siehst du deinen Text nicht mehr? Liebe Grüße Nico


April 25, 2021

Hat bislang Funktioniert und jetzt öffnet sich zwar das Fenster aber keinen Inhalt. Habe es auch deinstalliert und neu Installiert aber keine Änderung. Bin Enttäuscht, Schade!


March 18, 2021

Hi Per, thanks for the review. You can select a new folder with pressing CMD/Windows + O or with the file menu on top —> Open. I’m currently working on a new version and will try to add some print functionality. Best regards Nicolas


March 17, 2021

Hi Nicolas, maybe it’s there, but i can’t find where i change the save directory. I didn’t know each day saves as a new file, and i want to move the save directory into a new folder.

And i would like some neat print function. Now i can’t find any print, but maybe a print function that prints 2 days per paper or something like that.

I like the app, but the most important part for me is that i can export it to paper version later, and then i must be able to print it, and if i do this after some year, i don’t wanna print every day manually. And i don’t want to print all dates, since it might be a a week between my notes :) Best Regards Per


September 29, 2020

Hi Jeffree, Currently there is no search in place :( But I definitely will add search functionality. Never considered it before but I really like your idea.

Jeffree L

September 28, 2020

Does this Made My Day app have a search function as powerful and effective as the one available in Apple’s Notes app? I would need this app to serve as a memory aide to recall various events in the past.


June 19, 2020

Hallo Christoph, das Tagebuch ist nicht mit dem Kalender verbunden und hat keinen automatischen sync. Du kannst einen sync aber ganz leicht erzielen indem du die Dateien der App einfach in dein iCloud (oder anderen cloud Ordner) speichern. Ausdrucken geht aktuell aus der App heraus nicht, aber es gibt viele Tools die Markdown in andere Formate wie HTML oder Word umwandeln und diese können dann ohne weiteres ausgedruckt werden. Da es keinen Sync gibt müsstest du die Einträge von Hand übertragen.

Liebe Grüße

Christoph Schenk

June 11, 2020

Hallo Nicolas

Ich fasse mich mal kurz… Ist dieses Tagebuch mit dem Kalender welcher im iMac, iPhone, iPad integriert ist verknüpft/ verbunden?

Lässt sich Dein “Tagebuch” ausdrucken? Wie sieht so ein Ausdruck aus?

Ich führe im Standart Kalender Tagebuch über verschiedene Aktivitäten (verschiedene Kalender). Lassen sich meine Aktivitäten (letztes Jahr) von dem Kalender in Dein Tagebuch übertragen? Synchronisieren? … und dann Ausdrucken?

Danke für eine Rückmeldung.


March 15, 2020

Hi Frank, that’s a bummer and I’m very sorry. Tested it with various Macs and versions and currently I’m not able to reproduce this problem. Can you contact me at so we can work together on this problem and I can support you directly?


February 14, 2020

Hi Nicolas, I downloaded your Made my Day app on three different macs. I was using it without a problem until last week when the app stopped working on all the computers at the same time. They computers are: iMac with High Sierra, another Macbook air with Catalina and another iMac with Catalina. All the computers have different software as they belong to three different people and yet your app stopped working. When you open it all you get is a blank screen. Any suggestions for resolving this problem.


November 19, 2019

Thanks for your feedback. I appreciate it!

Themes are now available with the latest update. Photos will hopefully be in the next one.


October 31, 2019

Hi Nicolas,

Love your software made my day, it “made my day” it has all I’ve been looking for. As you quite rightly point out you don’t want intimate thoughts being shared withe anyone and the fact that it is local is great. Love it.

Thanks again.

Drag and drop photo’s great idea. Also different themes would be good to.

Thanks again.

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