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Obsidian

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Developer
Dynalist Inc
Version
Varies between devices
Downloads
500M
Category
Productivity
Android OS
Varies with device
Content rating
Rated for 3+

Taking notes is a simple task that can save us a lot of time and improve our productivity. There are many apps to do this, but most of them have only basic features. What if we need or want a complex system to organize all of our information and manage knowledge easily? For this, there is Obsidian, a powerful app that is revolutionizing the way we capture, connect, and cultivate ideas. 

We are big fans of productivity apps, so we wanted to explore Obsidian. In this post, we share with you our experience with it, its strengths, weaknesses, and everything in between. Below this post, we included a shortcut to download Obsidian on your Android or iOS device. 

A new way to connect ideas and build knowledge

There are moments in life when we need to analyze, research, and find new ways to think about a subject. Note-taking apps can help us do this, but most of them are just helpful to collect ideas together. Obsidian is a new way of thinking and organizing knowledge because allows you to create, organize, and explore notes with a web-like structure where concepts and thoughts can be easily linked and expanded upon.

By facilitating the interconnection of notes, you can easily create a network of ideas that inspire new ones, highlight important ones, and show you patterns that you may have not noticed before. For students, researchers, writers, journalists, and entrepreneurs, Obsidian seems like a must-have app. 

Obsidian: the platform for deep research and exploration

As soon as we downloaded Obsidian, we realized that this app has incredible potential. For sure, at the beginning can be overwhelming and hard to understand all of the features that it offers. The platform uses markdown syntax, so it is similar to other apps, and you can organize all your notes and information by using folders and tags

To actually explore the depth of this tool, you need to start using it, and you will see the benefits after a while. Once we had enough documents made and linked them (which is an extremely helpful tool to navigate among many documents), we could access Graph View, an amazing feature that shows you all the links made between notes in a bird-eye perspective of your knowledge base.

Customize your experience

One of the features that we loved most about Obsidian was the possibility to customize our experience. The app not only allows you to change the theme, but you can also add plugins to improve or change the functions of the app. 

Plugins are made by users, and you can explore them in the Obsidian plugin store. The community uploads plugins, and you can discover new tools that improve the app, make it easy to use, add tools, add features, and so much more. Even though many other apps offer plugins, this app offers them for free. You can install them easily without paying for anything. 

Open source and private server

Obsidian is an open-source platform and tool. This means that you can download it and use it for free, and users can check the code, change the code of the app, and improve it. This is the reason why users can create and test plugins, and you can do it too. You can change the code, add features, syntaxes, and more. 

The app is also a private server, meaning nobody is storing your information anywhere and your data is safe. All the information is stored on your phone, tablet, or computer. If you worry about losing your notes, you can subscribe to Obsidian Sync, or use a free alternative to backup your files.

Pro

👍 Interconnectedness with your notes and ideas that help you create new knowledge.

👍 Plugins available to improve the app.

👍 Completely free. All features are available without paying with the exception of Sync.

👍 Customizable. You can change the code since it is open source.

Con

👎 It has a learning curve to fully understand all features and functions.

👎 It is possible to lose your files if something happens to your device. It is important to synchronize all information with a cloud.

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Ratings

4.3

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