Digital Storytelling

Day One 2 Preview

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Unfortunately, this isn’t an update. It’s a new app (iOS & Mac). It will be released February 4th with a 50% discount the first week. The original Day One app will continue to be supported. New features include multiple journals and multiple photos in a single journal entry. I look forward to tagging multiple entries at a…

Journaling in a Digital World

Having even a transcription of an ancestor’s personal journal is a blessing to any family historian. It gives us a picture of the person and the world surrounding him that no amount of vital records can provide. Should we also have letters and photos along with the journal, ecstasy ensues. Considering how precious we find…

Writing With Style

Many of us developed our computer skills in the business world. Although we are comfortable using word-processing and spreadsheet applications, we are often familiar with only a small number of the features available. Those features served us well to create letters, reports and memos. For those of us who wish to tell the stories our family…

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IMG_0029Before you pack your holiday decorations away, why not photograph the special ones and add a few words to tell their story. A couple of decades from now your grandkids will love you for doing it.

Tech Tip . . .

. . . a journaling app like Day One is the perfect place to stash those stories.

Journaling in the 21st Century

Why is it that even as we move further and further away from paper, we still look at things as “paper bound”. Take the journal. What is the first image that comes to mind when you think of a journal? A leather-bound book and fountain pen? A sketchbook and pencil? Today’s journal is more likely…

Phone It In

The best camera you have is the one that’s with you. Our grandchildren won all kinds of awards at this year’s Alameda County Fair. Thanks to their parents’ iPhones and Facebook, we’ve been right there with them even though we’re more than 3,000 miles away. And, because it’s so easy to snap and post photos…

Organize Writing Projects In Ulysses

Ulysses [Mac – $49.99, iPad – $19.99] is an impressive writing platform yet quite easy to master. Unlike Scrivener, where every writing project is a separate file, Ulysses creates a library package that contains all your writing projects. This package is very similar to the library used in Photos. When a project package is saved in iCloud and you…

Family History Writing Platforms

Are you like me and writing your family history one story at a time as your research discovers it? I’ve watched my collection of “little stories” grow significantly over the years. Now, it’s a matter of getting all of those stories collected and organized so they can be used to create family history projects to…