Chronicle - A Personal Journal / Writing Diary

Last modified
Saturday, October 24, 2020

Description of App

Take note of life with Chronicle, a simple journaling app that offers more than bound sheets without overcomplicating the writing experience.

Focused writing. Multiple photos per entry that you can move, resize, rotate - your words flow around them. A recent New York Magazine article cites research showing people experienced improvement in "physical and mental well-being. They were happier, less depressed and less anxious" after writing about emotional or stressful events for a few days.

Start writing more, today. Reliable storage, autosave, and passcode lock protect your words; share or read them on your computer with PDF, text, and email export. You can also create backups and save them to other apps such as Dropbox, Drive, and Evernote.

Your journal will never run out of pages, but you can manage different topics or years in separate journals with the notebooks add-on.

Take a break from social networks. Write comfortably knowing you can find anything you wrote with built-in search. Search results include relevant snippets of text so you can easily find the exact entry you’re looking for.

According to a Harvard Business School paper, taking 15 minutes to reflect on your work at end of the workday can boost job performance (the study's journaling group performed 22.8% better on a test than the control group that simply continued working).

Start keeping a journal or diary. Organize chapters for a novel. Jot down notes and ideas. You can always export what you’ve written for safekeeping.


  • "A great app - probably my favourite app on my new iPad actually. Thanks!" - Jennifer N. v1.1.3

  • "This is a developer who cares about quality product and is willing to consider any feature and solve any problem." - rbart09 on v1.0.6

  • "Be assured that even with zero changes, this app is a real winner and a bargain at that!" - DeborahJay on v1.0

  • "This is an elegant app that makes journaling with the iPad a snap, pretty much any time anywhere." - chaletchic on v1.0.3

  • "I love the ease of use and simplicity, it really promotes getting your ideas down quickly and efficiently." - Tim Thomas on v1.0.2


  • Distraction free writing in portrait or landscape mode
  • Put photos where you want. The text wraps around them.
  • No limit to the number of photos you can put on the page
  • Pick a font and font size just like you do in iBooks
  • Customize the text color of your journal
  • Easy back-dating; tap to adjust the entry date as needed
  • Resize and rotate photos. Tap for a fullscreen, zoomable version.
  • Customize your journal's page color
  • Crisp PDF export preserves layout and photo placement
  • Export your entire journal as a plain text file
  • Fast search that provides context around keywords
  • Support for Dynamic Type means text is never too small to read
  • Extended keyboard makes it easy to insert timestamps into your writing
  • Turn word count on to see a total as you type
  • Optimized scrolling; scroll back a whole year in a few seconds
  • Set a password to protect your journal entries
  • Export single entries via email, with photos embedded
  • Quick launch. Chronicle remembers the last entry you were on.
  • Arrange your photos by dragging them; rotate with two fingers
  • Autosave and undo while you're writing


If you need a way to organize your writing, get the Notebooks add-on with in-app purchase. The cover is styled based on your text settings within the notebook. Unlimited notebooks you can drag and reorder.


No need to squint. In addition to being able to adjust the journal's font size, you can change the system's Text Size from the Settings app to make the UI text in Chronicle easy to read. I've also added accessibility and VoiceOver improvements.

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Apple Watch Support


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Accessibility Comments

Extremely accessible and easy to use.

There are two buttons that are slightly strangely labeled: the compose button on iPad and the delete button for photos. But you can easily figure out what they are for so I don’t believe it should count to the rating.

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

As far as I can tell the app lacks formatting functions for entries such as bold and italic, but the thing that sets it apart from other accessible journal apps is that it allows you to navigate your entries by paragraph. This and the lack of a subscription model are the reasons this is my go to journaling app since Dyrii’s development was discontinued.


2 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Zoe Victoria 1 year 3 months ago



Submitted by WellF on Wednesday, December 30, 2020

can you assign tags to your entries? Mood, location and these stuff.

Submitted by Zoe Victoria on Thursday, December 31, 2020

In reply to by WellF

Sadly, no. You cannot.

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