There are so many journaling apps available on the Apple App store that it is hard to choose which ones will actually work for you.
I’ve tried my fair share of journaling/note taking apps – some dazzle you with an array of features that oftentimes you won’t really have any use for. David Charlton, the developer of new journaling app Stenosaur has gone the opposite route and has produced a journaling app that basks in its simplicity.
As a journal Stenosaur eschews the usual page-centric design philosophy. Instead, it has taken a page from how Twitter works. Instead of typing in long entries as you normally would, Stenosaur encourages you to unload your thoughts as you think of them. Think of it as Twitter for your mind. Adding an entry is as simple as tapping on the “New Entry” icon. Once you save your typed in thoughts, that’s it – it appears on your Stenosaur app. Your entries appear based on the time and date you’ve placed them. You also can’t edit your entry – which plays into the Stenosaur philosophy that the app should be used for dumping your thoughts and ideas. You can only delete the past entries you’ve made by swiping an entry to the left. To further help you sort out the entries, each entry has an avatar/image attached to it. You can customize the avatars, for example, so that the picture of a notebook could represent your entries regarding your work ideas, a photo of a dreamcatcher can be used to identify your dream journal entries. It’s an extremely simple way of sorting out entries, and I think it works perfectly.
While Stenosaur is a joy to use and is so simple that you can type away from the moment you install the app, there are two areas where I think it needs a bit of improvement. First, you can only back up your entries through email. This also means that if you install Stenosaur on your iPad and iPhone you won’t be able to synchronize the data. Dropbox or iCloud synchronization, in my opinion, should be integrated into the app so that backups become seamless. Also, Stenosaur only comes with one avatar/image – that of a dinosaur. While you can use your own images from your Camera Roll, I still think it would be a good idea if there are more available images that come with the app. These are minor niggles that I hope will be addressed soon in a future update.
So who will benefit from an app like Stenosaur? People who are looking for a simple “stream of consciousness” journaling app, creative people who want an app to dump their ideas, thoughts and brainstorms, or people who want a simple dream journal are just some of the people who will definitely benefit from this app. It can also be used as a medical journal if you’ve got some health issues that you need to track.