1st Week of using Anytype in an Artist's POV 🎨

This is my first week of using Anytype. I have imported almost all of my stuff from Notion to Anytype, except for my mood board. I now use Anytype as my go-to tool to organize my personal stuff, such as notes, to-dos, reminders, and personal bookmarks.

On my fifth day of using Anytype, I was manually importing a page with a database from Notion called “Mood Board.” This page is where I put all of my personal picks of pictures for value study, model references, and so on. In Anytype, I created a collection for this page, with a default object type of “Board,” which I created myself. In the Mood Board collection, I tried to copy the setup I have from Notion (table view): Image | Tags | Name. However, I faced a major problem with efficiency.

As an artist, it is important for me to be able to access my stuff quickly and easily. In Notion, I can instantly view an image in the Mood Board database with just one or two clicks. But in Anytype (using the Gallery layout), I have to make four clicks (or three clicks in the Grid layout) before I can view the full image. I can’t even zoom the image like I can in Notion with Ctrl+wheel. This is too much wasted effort.

To add to this, I use collections because I use custom tags in each board to organize each image. Since there is no way to put a tag in an object file (image, video etc…), the only way to do this is to create a collection with a custom object type in it, and then put the tags and file attachments in the relation.

Another option I tried was to create a custom object relation called “Image Object” with an object type of “image.” However, this resulted in the same problem: I have to make three clicks to view the full image.

I believe the only possible solution for this is to redesign the image viewing function. I have postponed importing my mood board for now. If you have a temporary workaround to efficiently view images, I would love to know.

Other than that, I am loving Anytype! Compared to Notion, I can personalize my pages more. I would rate Anytype a solid 8 out of 10. Here are the features I would like to see soon in Anytype:

    • Custom colors of blocks
    • The ability to put relations in an object file
    • A web version or web view
    • Image zooming

I appreciate all of the efforts and patience of the Any team with the community. Sending virtual hugs!

Gallery View


Table/Grid View



Nice little review and I agree with your points.

Anytype handles files and tags poorly to be honest and I think Anytype can really level up when both files and specially tags have a huge upgrade!


Hi. Nice to see another artist here!

Image management in Anytype does need more refinement. I believe they are aware of this, but it’s not yet a priority.

For the meantime, below are some feature requests that might interest you. :slightly_smiling_face:

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I’m glad you mentioned those. I’ll definitely check them out :eyes:


Howdy, @emarpiee! We’ve got your message about the file issues. Fixing it is a big task and will take some huge architecture changes, but don’t worry—we’ve got a plan, and it’s in the plans for next year. Thanks for sticking with us :heart_on_fire:

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Waddup, @ignatovv ! It’s been almost a month since I started using Anytype, and I have now fully migrated all of my documents from Notion to Anytype. I am at ease using this app as a management tool and have not encountered any serious problems so far.

I fixed my Mood Board image viewing and zooming issue by creating a new custom object type called “inspo.” This object type has two custom relations: “Board Img” (Attachment) and “Board Tag” (Tag). When I want to add a new image to my Mood Board, I simply insert the image into the “inspo” object. This allows me to resize the image to fit my needs. Once the image is uploaded, I add it to the “Board Img” relation. This ensures that the image will be displayed as the card cover when viewing my Mood Board in gallery mode.

For now, this method works best for me, but I’m still looking forward to the upcoming architecture changes.


Very cool, you should consider sharing this in our Showcase section!

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agreed! My main thing right now for me is understanding and figuring out how to use these 2 things the right way but they all seem to do almost the same thing.

I also found a way to create tags just by using a set of objects as tags and then adding them to any set you want.

the 2 ways



Damn, it’s frustrating to face difficulties with tagging and file management, but at this point, I think most frustrations are surpassed by the sheer joy of observing (and using eheh) the workarounds the community comes up with.

Guess that’s creativity! Thanks for sharing :slight_smile:

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