Recently, I took a good hard look at my backup planner and realized that since the rubber is stretched to its limit that I had inadvertently turned it into a journal. Flipping through the pages, you will see not only appointments and reminders, but mementos from events (stickers and badges from BB Jam 10 NYC and CES 2012), postcards for concert announcements, business cards from interviews, birthday reminders, pictures, and even birth announcements. XLabz Technologies, the developer behind Groovy Notes and Sketch with Friends, makes replicating this a breeze with A Day in Life - Journal for the BlackBerry PlayBook.
A Day in Life is all about taking a digital snapshot of your life and being able to reminisce about it later. Therefore, creating entries is fast and supports photos to be inserted either from the file browser or from the camera. For now this application is only available in portrait mode, but this doesn't stop the layout from being rich and beautiful. It even mimics an actual notebook with spirals on the sides.
- Weather & Location tagging to add a personal touch to your journal entries.
- Add photos and images to your journal entries and notes. Import photos from your camera roll or just snap a photo as you create your journal entry.
- View all your journal entries and notes in 4 handy views:
- Visual Timeline: Browse through your journal entries in a visual timeline view.
- Photo View: Flip through your journal entries in collage style.
- Calendar View: View all journal entries and notes on a particular date.
Favorites: See only your starred journal/diary entries.
Everything you need is right in front of you in the easy to navigate layout. It allows users to designate a background image for the visual views from either your camera or from your existing media library. If you don't have an image, it's quite alright as a default color will automatically be selected if absent. So not only are your entries arranged in a visually appealing style, but they can be color coded as well. The colors do happen to be rich and vibrant although users are unable to choose what colors are selected and the palette change each time you view or modify an entry.
For those looking to preserve their precious memories and other activities then XLabz has created a fresh, appealing, and easy to use application. There are a few items I would like to see in future updates including the ability to scroll between days/entries rather than go back to the different views, a backup restore option (local or on the cloud), the ability to customize (i.e. colors and fonts), and a search feature.
Xlabz strives to develop quality applications and this is a great addition to their catalog with a lot of potential. A Day in Life Journal is available in BlackBerry App World for $1.99.