Sahil Lavingia has created an application called Dayta (in a week!) that allows you to track almost anything! The app gives you the freedom to choose the unit of measurement for your data log, leading to an almost endless variety of potential uses for the app.
Dayta is a unique application to the App Store because it doesn’t focus on tracking just one item. The only limit to what you can track is your imagination. Participants in the test group tracked data such as days absent from smoking, kill to death ratio in Call of Duty and even how many words they have memorised in Japanese.
In this review, we’ll be taking a look at how to set the application up, and how the process of inputting and tracking your “data” works.
It is very easy to set up your data log in Dayta. You simply click the ‘+’ button on your dashboard – much like you would do with any app. From here you fill out the name, icon and unit that this data will use. For example, for my car milage data log, I used ‘Distance Travelled’ for the name, a tyre for the icon (Dayta comes packaged with a large array of icons) and Km’s for unit. Once you have added in your data log, you can start inputting your information right away.
Once the data log has been set up, you can drill down into some more ‘advanced’ options. You can rename, change the icon, or even the measurement of unit that you put in before. In addition to this you can clear the data log immediately, email it off in a text format or in a .csv (comma-seperated values) file – used for Excel, and Numbers. If necessary, you can set it up so it resets to zero daily, or even consolidates all your data by day (e.g. if you drive around a lot and want to log your hours per trip, but want it all calculated by day).
A great feature of Dayta is the ability to add in a goal for yourself. We all have goals, and all know the power behind how tracking a goal helps us to improve. Think of it as a simple way to keep yourself motivated and raise your skills in Japanese?
Once you have added all your data logs you will see them on your Dashboard (the first page the application opens up to). From here you can add, edit or glance of your data.
Once you have tapped on your data log, a new window comes up with a very nice interface that allows you to add in your information very easily. You can tap the + or – buttons, or if it is a large number, swipe across and enter it in manually. As data is added, it goes to the recent history table beneath. If you want a full view, simply click on the arrow to the top-right of it.
If you click on the Visualization button beneath it, you can see a graph of your progress. You will notice it has a very simple, similar style to that of the Google Analytics graphs. The goal that you set will also come up as a red line across your graph so you can have a visual representation of how you are going.
Dayta is very flexible and allows you to track a lot of data. It is great to use as an all-in-one tool for measuring distance travelled, sleep had, weight lost, etc. It has a simple and beautiful interface and is utterly amazing for just one week’s development.
At the very cheap price of $0.99, it is definitely worth checking out to see what data it can track for you. I’d love to hear what you use it for, so please feel free to comment below!