The New Sync Engine in Grid Diary 3.2.0

In Grid Diary 3.2.0, iCloud support was rewritten from the ground up to use CloudKit, a new technology from Apple that’s built into iOS 8 and OS X 10.10 (Yosemite).

For most Grid Diary Pro users, iCloud sync will work just as it did before—and it will also be faster and more reliable. But there are some important things you should know about iCloud sync in Grid Diary 3.2.0—especially if you aren’t planning on upgrading all of your devices to the latest operating systems. Read on to learn the full story.

What’s CloudKit, and why is it good news for Grid Diary?

Grid Diary has supported iCloud sync since the debut of the first version in 2012. From the beginning it was a critical feature for many of our users, but it wasn’t without its shortcomings. In its original incarnation, iCloud ran passively in the background, syncing your data on its own schedule. If, for whatever reason, a change to your database was not picked up by iCloud, there was little we could do to make sure the new data ended up where it was supposed to be.

That’s all changed with iOS 8 and Grid Diary 3.2.0. Thanks to CloudKit, we no longer have to wait for iCloud to send Grid Diary data to all of your devices. We now have the ability to connect directly to iCloud and ask for the data ourselves. The end result is that the new iCloud sync in Grid Diary 3.2.0 is faster, smarter and more reliable than ever before.

What are the requirements to use the new iCloud?

  • iPhone 4s or newer, iPad 2 or newer
  • iOS 8
  • Grid Diary 3.2.0

If I’ve previously been syncing to iCloud, will my database be migrated to the new sync system after I update my devices?

No. You will be automatically disconnected from the older iCloud sync, all data will be safely migrated to local. You must manually enable new iCloud sync in the Settings view of Gird Diary.

If you’re purchasing a new device that already has iOS 8 installed (e.g. an iPhone 6), it’s important to update your old devices first and sync them with iCloud before setting up your new device.

Can Grid Diary 3.2.0 sync over iCloud with older versions of Grid Diary?

iCloud sync was completely redesigned for Grid Diary 3.2.0, and the new implementation is not compatible with older versions of Grid Diary. If you upgrade one of your devices to Grid Diary 3.2.0, it will only be able to sync over iCloud with other devices running Grid Diary 3.2.0.

I’ve upgraded all my devices and read this FAQ but Grid Diary is still not working with iCloud. Help!

Don’t worry—we’re here to help. Start by following these troubleshooting steps:

  1. Make sure you’ve updated to the latest version of Grid Diary. (It will only show up in the App Store after you upgrade to iOS 8.)
  2. Make sure iCloud Drive is enabled.
  3. Follow the steps in our iCloud sync troubleshooting checklist.

If you’ve tried everything and you’re still stuck, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help. Please be sure to let us know that you’ve read this page.

Grid Diary 3.2.0 Update Notes

[NEW] Timeline

Timeline allows you to view your diaries in a new dimension.

[NEW] Memories

Do you still remember the day one week/month/year ago? Memories is an easy way to recall the exact same day back in time.

[NEW] Cloud Input

Tired to type on your iPhone/iPad? Visit in any of your web browser, scan the QR code on that page to connect to Grid Diary Type Service. You can now type at the comfort of your computer keyboard. Once you are done, the diary is pushed to your iPhone/iPad. It’s that easy! Even more, this service is FREE for all!!

[NEW] Sync Engine

The code related to data and sync has been completely rewritten, leveraging the full benefits of the new iCloud Drive. It’s not only faster and more reliable, but also supporting more online storage services like Dropbox and WebDAV.

Other Improvements:

  • Automatic night mode based on the local sunset time
  • Faster launch speed
  • Improved stability of exporting PDF
  • Fixed an issue that some of the diaries cannot be exported to Evernote
  • Backup now doesn’t require sync to disconnect
  • Enhanced external keyboard support
  • Improved overall data stability

Introducing Grid Diary 3.0


We always want to provide our users with the best, which is why it is important for us to make improvements. After months of hard work, perfecting old functions and adding new ones, today, we are beyond excited to introduce you Grid Diary 3.0.

Watch Grid Diary 3.0 in action:

Grid Diary with photos, a more visual diary experience!

Finally, instead of recording your days with only writings, you can now add any photos you’d like in your diaries. Document the bits of your life with images, and capture every happy, sad, motivating or touching moment! Moreover, with the addition of the photos, you will find your diaries more visually pleasurable than ever in the reading mode!

Get the most out of Grid Diary with pro upgrade!

From this version on, we’ve made an important change in our product strategy. In order for more people to have chances to experience Grid Diary,and therefore fall in love with and keep journaling, we’ve decided to make Grid Diary a FREE app. You can write as many diaries as you want and enjoy all the basic features. However, if you need more advanced features to perfect your diary experiences, we’ve prepared you Grid Diary Pro for a reasonable price: You can now get Grid Diary Pro for only $4.99. If you were Grid Diary 1.x or 2.x users,you can upgrade to Grid Diary 3.0 Pro for free!

The following table gives you a comparison between the basic and the pro:


Lastly, we want to say thank you for your support and patience! Please keep in mind that we are constantly trying our best to create a better diary experience for you. We take each and every piece of your advice into consideration.

We’re a small independent studio without investors, which also means that we have full agency in decision-making. One single review from you may lead to great advancement in our work. Please continue helping us improve by telling us how you like Grid Diary in reviews!

Hope you will enjoy the new Grid Diary (App Store Link). Your satisfaction is our motivation!

Sneak Peek: Grid Diary with Photo


Photo attachment has always been much requested feature since the debut of Grid Diary. We’ve worked hard on this for months and I can’t wait to get it in to your hands and hear your feedback. So let’s get stuck in and take a look…


The following GIF demonstrates how you attach photo to your diary.


And the video below shows how photo really shines in reading mode.


I’ve been testing the new version for a while. Soon I realized that my way of using Grid Diary was somehow changed by the photo feature. I was more used to add photos to my diary, which not only saved me some typing, but also made the diary more vivid and colorful.

There are more cool features in the new version that I didn’t cover today. Be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook for more previews and news in the coming weeks.