Grid Diary is a new iOS app from Sumi Interactive. It’s available now as a a $1.99 download from the App Store, and is presently featured on the store’s front page.
Grid Diary is an app intended to get users thinking about their day, and to keep a diary allowing them to track their feelings about subjects that are important to them. The app is based around a “question” structure, in which users are asked the same eight questions every day, and through answering them, they get into a good habit of keeping a diary and indulging in self-reflection. The user can even set the app to remind them to fill it in at a specific point each day, encouraging good habits. Those concerned about privacy may also lock the app with a passcode.
Each day, the user is presented with a 3×3 grid representing the eight questions, with the center cell being taken up by the date, weather conditions (which must be set manually by the user) and a “star rating” according to how they felt that day. Surrounding the center cells are the eight questions, which the user may begin answering by tapping on. The selected question then fills the screen, and the user is able to fill in a response using the standard iOS keyboard. They can then either switch back to the grid view or navigate forwards and backwards through the questions using on-screen arrow keys.
If the default questions are not to the user’s liking, they can replace them with predefined questions on a wide variety of topics ranging from health to “success, failure and reflection.” Each topic has several possible questions to choose from, or if none of them are to the user’s liking they can also compose their own questions if they desire.
Once a diary entry has been completed the user can review a summary of their answers either on the grid view if their device is in landscape orientation, or as a list if it is in portrait orientation. Swiping up a toolbar from the base of the screen allows the user to switch to an overall calendar view where they can see at a glance how many entries they have completed and how many questions they have answered. This toolbar also allows quick navigation between days and the ability to share the completed entry as formatted HTML text via email — there is no compatibility with social media, as the diary the user writes is primarily intended for their own reflection rather than publicly sharing with others; this isn’t a blogging platform. The complete entry for a day may also be cleared in one go if the user wishes to start again.
Add in solid iCloud compatibility, allowing for a single diary to be updated from several devices, and the promise of future native iPad and OS X support along with Evernote and Dropbox support, and it’s clear that Grid Diary has a great deal of potential. It’s a well-designed, good-looking and intuitive app with a clear purpose — while that purpose won’t be to everyone’s taste, that’s not why this app was created. For those who enjoy self-reflection or who find it helpful to their mental wellbeing, this is a good means of supporting other therapeutic techniques; for others, it’s simply a good means of recording various pieces of information on a daily basis.
You can follow Grid Diary’s progress with AppData, our traffic tracking service for mobile and social apps and developers. Note that the current listing for “Grid Diary” on AppData is for a different application to that referenced here; the full title of Sumi Interactive’s offering is “Grid Diary — The simplest way to get started with keeping a diary” and has not yet reported any leaderboard information. Check back shortly for a full breakdown of its performance.