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Day One 2 upgrades the journaling experience for both Mac and iOS [Giveaway]

Day One 2 (Featured Image)

The team at Bloom Built has today released the latest version of its journaling app Day One. Five since its original debut, with 40 free releases since then, Day One 2 sets the precedent for the direction of the new app. Albeit awkwardly titled, version 2 of Day One includes new overall features for both the iOS and Mac versions. Having been built from the ground up with data reliabilty and security in mind, Day One 2 lays the foundation for exciting new features to come in later versions.


Day One 2 comes with two major features for both the iOS and Mac: the ability to have multiple journals (up to ten with unique colors and names) and multiple photos (up to ten per journal entry). Allowing users to create multiple journals sets the stage for better journal organization. Each journal can be configured with a unique color, from a multitude of colors to select from. Multiple photos per journal entry ensures that each person can further capture their day or adventures all in one entry.



Users can navigate through past journal entires in Day One 2 using the List, Photo, Map, and Calendar views. The Map view, new on iOS, shows users all their past entries nearby to their current location. This feature alone is something I’ll be excited to use whenever I travel. Being able to return to a location within a few years, and then read back on my previous thoughts will be quite interesting. On both platforms, but new to the Mac, the Photo view allows users to scroll through a visual layout of all their journal entries.

Adding on to that, Day One 2 provides a multitude of filters that gives users further methods to quickly find previous journal entries. All of these entries can be easily tagged, deleted, and reorganized in bulk.


Day One Sync

Noting that it was “not the majority of user experience” but that they had “too many cases of data loss and duplication”, Day One 2 puts a heavy focus on syncing and data reliability. For users currently using the original Day One (now renamed to Day One Classic) their data is compatible with Day One 2 when used in conjunction with Day One Sync. Day One Sync is the only supported sync service in Day One 2. For users who still want other methods, they are able to back up and export data locally or to other shared cloud services like Dropbox. Bloom states that Day One Sync is fast, free, and security-wise is comparable to iCloud and Dropbox. Bloom’s most important security point here is that private-key encryption is to be expected in the next point release of Day One 2. For more info on Day One Sync, be sure to check out the official page available from Bloom.

With a roadmap laying out multiple other features (Audio Recording, an Activity Feed, and Night Mode amongst them), Day One 2 raises the bar for improving upon the journal writing experience.

Day One 2 is on sale at 50% off for the first week of its debut. For iOS it is currently on sale for $4.99 and is compatible with iPhones, iPads, and the Apple Watch. Day One 2 is also available for the Mac at the sale price of $19.99 and is compatible with El Capitan and higher. (If the links don’t work immediately, give it sometime as it propagates throughout the App Stores.)

The team at Bloom has also provided us with promo codes for 9to5Mac readers:



Filed under: Apps, iOS, Mac Tagged: Bloom Built, Day One, Day One 2, Day One App, Day One Classic, Day One Sync, Dropbox, icloud, journal, launch, private-key encryption, promo codes, release

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Greg Barbosa

February 4th



VLC media app gains Split Screen + Touch ID features on iOS, much more


[Update: VLC incorrectly included Apple TV support in today’s release notes. That release is coming “very soon” but not available today. The iOS/watchOS updates are out today.]

The popular VLC app for playing a variety of media formats not supported by iTunes has now made its way to the new Apple TV. We heard in September that VLC for Apple TV was in the works, and last month the team started accepting beta testers. Today VLC for Mobile delivered a major update that includes the first Apple TV version as well as a handful of new features on iPhones and iPads.

VLC is especially useful for playing video and audio formats on Apple products that would otherwise require converting to compatible formats. The iOS app can plug into cloud services like Dropbox and even iCloud Drive to pull source files. The app is in the entertainment/utility category similarly to Plex which wouldn’t have been whitelisted for the old Apple TV model but is possible on the new Apple TV thanks to the App Store model.

In addition to including the first Apple TV version of VLC, the latest update includes an updated watchOS 2 app for Apple Watch users and several new iOS 9 features for iPhone and iPad.

VLC now supports system wide search through Spotlight, Split View for side-by-side apps on the latest iPads, and Touch ID unlocking on iPhones and iPads with fingerprint scanners.

VLC for Mobile version 2.7 also includes a list of other changes and improvements as well:

∙ Dropped support for iOS 6.1. VLC requires iOS 7.0 now
∙ Added support for SMB file sharing
∙ Media stored in folders on remote servers is now played as a list
∙ Reworked networking UI
∙ Added improved UI support for Right-to-Left languages
∙ Added option to configure playback continuation
∙ Added option to configure gestures
∙ Added support for music albums with more than 1 disk
∙ Display chapter duration in playback UI
∙ Recently played network stream URL are now shared across all devices
∙ Stored login information is now shared across all devices
∙ Cloud login credentials are now shared across all devices

You can grab the latest version of VLC for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch from the App Store.

Filed under: Apple TV, Apps Tagged: audio, Dropbox, iCloud Drive, iTunes, movies, Music, TV shows, videos, VLC, VLC player

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Zac Hall

December 22nd



Dropbox Is Killing Mailbox and Carousel 

Dropbox Is Killing Mailbox and Carousel 

In an effort to get its business back on track, Dropbox will be shuttering two promising, yet unfulfilled ventures beyond its core cloud-storage service. Email app Mailbox will shut down in February, and photo app Carousel will follow suit in March.


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Mario Aguilar

December 7th


Dropbox shutting down popular Mailbox email client and Carousel photo app

Mailbox done

In a new blog post today, Dropbox has announced the shuttering of the Mailbox app it acquired in 2013, along with the Carousel photos app that launched last year. The beta build of Mailbox for Mac has not seen an update in quite some time, while the iOS version had been left to stagnate, leading many to believe this was the case already, but today’s announcement finally confirms it.

Dropbox says that the reason for the shutdowns was that company had “increased our team’s focus on collaboration and simplifying the way people work together.”

The Mailbox team released a separate blog post in which the developers conceded that “there’s only so much an email app can do to fundamentally fix email,” and noted that many of the new advancements in email management Mailbox had made were now available in other apps.

On a FAQ page, the Mailbox crew confirmed that the shutdown will take place on February 26 next year. Prior to that shutdown, users will be given an option to export their auto-swipe patterns to help recreate them elsewhere. Snoozed emails will be available in the “later” list.

On the 26th, all drafts, auto-swipe settings, and snoozes will be deleted. Messages falling into those categories should remain on users’ Gmail and iCloud accounts without any problem.

All user data will be deleted from Dropbox’s servers within the next 30 days. Users who earned 1 GB of free Dropbox space by signing up for Mailbox will not lose that extra storage. Mailbox has also confirmed it has no plans to open-source the app.

The teams previously working on these projects have been shuffled around inside Dropbox. Those who had been working on Carousel will see their work integrated directly into the main Dropbox app, while the Mailbox team will work on collaborative features in Dropbox Paper.

So proud of my son and his upcoming Mailbox app.

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Filed under: Apps Tagged: Carousel, Dropbox, Mailbox

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Mike Beasley

December 7th



Upthere cloud service launches first Home and Camera apps in beta

Upthere Home for Mac

Two weeks ago Upthere, the cloud company co-founded by former OS X chief Bertrand Serlet, officially launched after several years of stealth development. Details were still sparse on what exactly Upthere would offer aside from being a different kind of cloud service option for your data. Now Upthere is officially launching its first products in beta: Upthere Home and Upthere Camera.

The idea behind Upthere is that data connections are plenty fast for a lot of people but local storage is a growing issue. Cloud services like Dropbox and iCloud tackle different areas of the problem is different ways, but Upthere believes keeping everything on the server then bringing it to your device on demand is the suitable approach. I got the chance to try out each of the new apps overnight, and while my data is spread across iCloud and Dropbox right now, Upthere’s new apps make a good first impression and look promising.

The first app runs on the Mac and is called Upthere Home, seen above. For me, I started by sharing media with Upthere: my photo library from Apple’s Photos app, my music collection in iTunes, and even the fun snapshots from Photo Booth. (I use Apple Music and iCloud Photo Library, but I haven’t previously been able to easily sync Photo Booth to a cloud library before.) The app itself is basically a portal organized by your Photos & Videos, Music, and Documents. There’s a Flow section for seeing what’s been added in a timeline format, and other Upthere users can share collections called Loops with you that appear in the app. Adding and saving media is as easy as dragging and dropping content in and out of the portal, or you can share media with anyone using email.

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Over on iOS, Upthere offers two apps: the mobile Upthere Home and Upthere Camera. Once you’ve used Upthere Home for Mac, the iPhone version is easily familiar as it’s organized by the same Flow, Photos, Music, Documents, and Loops sections. Upthere Home on iPhone can really be the Music and Photos app plus iCloud Drive all in one (admittedly decent) app. There’s also search and sharing features included.

Upthere Camera is even more interesting to me. It’s a pretty bare bones camera app with support for toggling flash on or off and switching between front and back cameras, and snapping a photo uploads it to Upthere so you don’t take up local storage and run out. Scroll down below your main camera and you’ll find your recently taken photos in a mosaic grid. Tapping one reveals metadata as well as share options.

Upthere Camera iOS 1 Upthere Camera iOS 2 Upthere Camera iOS 3

Upthere Camera also lets you snap and add to shared collections, Loops (similar to Shared Photo Streams), right in the app. You can also make new cameras that you share with other Upthere users right in the app. It works pretty well and overall looks really slick. Browsing and searching for photos in your whole library will take place over on Upthere Home, but the approach to taking a photo and it instantly going to the right cloud bucket with this app is a neat one.

Upthere is still in beta and only in the US and Canada so data tiers and pricing details aren’t yet part of the equation, but the company says it expects Upthere to be a paid service that’s “significantly cheaper” than paying for more storage each time you upgrade your device. Upthere is starting to add people to the beta today; you can sign up to join the beta at Upthere.com, then follow the prompts to access the apps once you’re added.

Filed under: Apps Tagged: Dropbox, icloud, Upthere, UpThere Camera, UpThere Home

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Zac Hall

November 12th



Dropbox Wants To Take On Google Docs… Good Luck!

You probably know Dropbox for one thing, and one thing only: storing shit. Maybe you’ve used its acquired Mailbox app or even Carousel , but storing photos, videos, spreadsheets, or other digital ephemera is what Dropbox is known for. Now the company wants to expand — into Google Docs territory.


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Darren Orf

October 15th


Adobe teaming up with Dropbox to strengthen Acrobat DC + Reader, eSign gaining new partners

Adobe Dropbox iPad

In an effort to make PDF documents more accessible and beneficial for customers, Adobe and Dropbox are teaming up to offer integration in Acrobat DC, Acrobat Reader, and in Dropbox’s site and apps. Dropbox and Adobe customers will first notice the integration in Acrobat DC and Reader on the desktop with Acrobat Reader and Dropbox for iOS picking up the integration later this year. For Acrobat users, Dropbox integration means three things: easily find and send files stored in Dropbox using Acrobat in a single workflow, manipulate and collaborate with PDF files using either service including Adobe eSign integration, and ensure documents are accessible through Dropbox wherever you’re working.

Adobe Acrobat Reader DropboxAdobe is also announcing new capabilities coming to its eSign service starting next month with more rolling out across the beginning of next year. All based around making digitally signing documents easier and more security-compliant, eSign is gaining a number of new enhancements and updates: Workflow Designer for creating processes that can be re-used for signing documents during hire onboarding, contract finalizations, and more; EU-compliant digital signatures through Acrobat and Reader; data centers in Germany and Ireland later this year that will support Document Cloud; and enterprise-class control over documents including “in flight” corrections in case of errors.

The mobile eSign Manager DC app will work with enterprise mobility management systems for creating Document Cloud apps for employees using Android for Work, Good Technology, and Microsoft Intune. Signature capture is also being added to eSign Manager DC, which will enable users to photograph written signatures that can be used within the app. Finally, Signature Sync will let users manage these signatures across devices. Adobe is also announcing three new partnerships with Document Cloud: Workday, Salesforce, and Ariba. These new partnerships will spread Adobe’s eSign system into more workplaces across the enterprise.

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Zac Hall

October 13th



Dropbox Now Lets You Save and Share URLs

In its continuing quest to amalgamate your entire digital life, Dropbox has introduced a new feature: you can drag and drop URLs into folders to save them for later, or share with other people.


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Chris Mills

August 21st


Dropbox Refuses to Explain Its Mysterious Child Porn Detection Software

Recently a US Army reservist was arrested for sharing child pornography. Here’s what makes his story different from dozens of others: He’d been turned in by Dropbox.


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Kate Knibbs

August 12th


Dropbox Redesigns Its Android App

Dropbox for Android 3.0 3 Dropbox today released a redesign for its Android application designed to streamline the process of sharing files and uploading folders. The new Android app, which will roll out in the next couple of days, is a redesign of the user interface that’s a little more seamless compared to its previous versions. The new app also includes a new spot for the company’s search function,… Read More

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Matthew Lynley

June 23rd


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