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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.

Sample

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 😉

Themes

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.

GDPR

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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Comments

Frank

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.

Nicolas

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.

Frank

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.

Nicolas

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 info@ngehlert.de so we can work together on this problem and I can support you directly?

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