I was thinking of making feature reviews, focussing on a single feature, writing a small review and see how it compares to a handful of other apps. This first one is for simple tables.
!! Note, these are not feature requests or bug reports. !!
As of version 0.27.0 we can enjoy simple tables in Anytype and I must say, from all the new features up until this point this one is the most complete and solid feature added so far.
It is as you expect a simple table! You can add rows and columns and adjust the width of the cells by simple dragging the border behind a cell. You cannot adjust the height of the cells. The height is based on the amount on content in a cell (ctrl+enter allows for empty rows within a cell).
You can only add text and (@)mentions to cells (for now) that you can add some basic styling and color too like bold/italic/backgrond color/etc. Sadly no images, callout blocks, cards, bullet points, toggles, checkboxes, etc can be added nor can you merge cells into one (like excel). Which is a shame and is something I hope gets added in the future.
But there are also few surprising features like, sorting of columns (A-Z and Z-A), horizontal AND vertical alignment in the cells and being able to make any row a header row. Excluding it from sorting and placing it at the top. You can even add multiple header rows.
Another cool feature is you can easily drag and drop rows and columns to change the order which does have it’s use cases (change order for a simple task manager for example) and feels really polished.
Overall simple tables feels really solid and feature eventhough there are a few things left on my wishlist.
Notion’s simple tables might be most comparable to Anytype. It has the same interface and features with a few additions like you can add a header column, change the table width to page width and it’s standout feature would be to turn any simple table in an inline database (and turning a database back into a simple table)!
Coda doesn’t have simple tables.
Evernote’s simple tables compare a lot with Anytype. It’s biggest advantage is that you can combine cells (in a row) to a single cell and you can adjust the width to page width or screen width.
Notesnook (Evernote alternative in development) has more basic simple tables. It only has merging of cells as a standout feature to Anytype but feels much less polished.
Onenote’s simple table is a completely different beast. You can add ANYTHING and EVERYTHING in a cell including new tables and with the ability to hide borders you can create almost any template/screen layout you wish (table-ception)! This makes Onenote’s simple tables stand far above it’s competition in my opinion.
Obsidian’s simple tables are markdown tables making them very cumbersome to edit and set up and very basic without plugins. I wouldn’t say these have any standout features other then plugins but that is more a feature of the app then a feature of the simple tables.
Roam Research’s simple tables are like Obsidian but even more of a weird beast that I would not compare to Anytype.