First impressions from a Obsidian user

This is great stuff at the alpha stage! My first observations (version: 0.29.0)…

  1. Bug: Tag options cannot be deleted from the drop down menu. This is a bug that needs to be resolved asap. Also, it would be nice to allow tags to be generated inline within a block or within some text (for example using # symbol). Ref: Tag options cannot be deleted from the dropdown menu

  2. LaTeX support: It would be nice if $ would generate inline equations in LaTeX and $$ would generate block LaTeX equations. This syntax should also be used when exporting to Markdown.

  3. Search feature should help search everywhere (notes, pages…, etc.) in anytype using plain text and when clicked display result(s) that take you directly to the place/block where the searched text appears highlighted within the object. Search feature is by far the most important and needs to be deep and comprehensive (match case, expand/collapse results, sort order, etc). Also, allow seeing and clearing search history.

  4. Import from Markdown feature… I can see that it is scheduled for a future release but kindly expedite. I have a bunch of MD files to import into anytype.

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+1 for this! Searching to, and linking to, blocks directly would be a huge one for improving linking and navigation

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Hi @jungfrau, welcome to the forum and thank you for the feedback!

  1. You linked the correct bug report, please like that post and let’s hope the devs will fix that (I find it really annoying too). For the “inline” tag, try adding a block with your tag relation to the body of the page, maybe this is satisfying for your situation, otherwise check this feature request (or make your own!).

  2. There is a feature request for that, please go and like it!

  3. There is indeed some work to be done when it comes to the search feature, maybe this forum search is interesting to you. :wink:

  4. It’s not “official” but if your files use the .md format you can try to use the notion import. Sadly the current state of AnyType is making our devs focus more on the infrastructure and other stuff but you’ll definitely get that import function in the future.

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About this topic in particular, there is a feature request:

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Hi there. Another Obsidian user here.

This (Anytype) is good. This is really good! The first thing that caught my attention is that, like Obsidian, Anytype is local-first. That checks the first of my boxes. Being free and open source also helped. Peer to peer sync is icing on the cake. The only thing missing in this regard is that Anytype, unlike Obsidian, doesn’t store data in plain text files.

What almost seals the deal for me is the user experience. The interface is much easier than Obsidian’s. Even more important are Anytype’s so-called Fundamentals, which are elegant and well-thought out. They make using the app almost intuitive. They also seem rather obvious, which makes you wonder why anyone hasn’t thought of them before.

I am seriously considering moving my PKM here. I like Obsidian, but Anytype apparently is also secure, it’s simpler to use (so far), and does more out of the box.

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Thanks for such a uplifting feedback @jmatienza
Hope you will enjoy our future updates, we gonna to introduce even more innovative stuff and polish existing ones as well

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I’ll say this as an Obsidian user, the front end it provides on the graph offering relationship types moves it beyond simple links. I do think, to really make the most of that underlying graph, we need to be able to query it, using either Sparql or cypher as a first step before then abstracting the user experience from the code.

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What would “seal the deal” for a transition from Obsidian - to me, at least - is the ability to link from Anytype to item links in other apps (like in DevonThink: x-devonthink-item://CE569063-12B9-4B06-957C-CB16F942F80F, or to a Bear Note: bear://x-callback-url/open-note?id=75ED3465-DA4F-4EC3-9DBF-1876E9C5066C); as well as being able to link to a specific object in Anytype from those other apps. Any hope, in 2023?

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Hi!

I believe we can provide anytype://... links for objects in our apps until the end of the year. We are currently considering implementing something similar for other purposes internally.

I apologize, but I’m not quite clear on the other part of your question. You can paste these links in Anytype, and they will be recognized as links. Clicking on them will open the corresponding app that generated the link. Could you please provide additional details?

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Hi, getting Anytype://… links for objects this year would be worth throwing a party!

About putting links to “documents” or “notes” of other apps into Anytype, I can tell you an experiment I have been running just now with (a) an iPhone 13 mini (up-to-date system and software) and (b) a MacBook Pro M1 (up-to-date system and software):

I have inserted links into Anytype (all links I have inserted in a Note in Apple Notes and checked all links and they were functioning):
(a) on the iPhone:

x-devonthink-item://375430CC-98A2-469F-B487-974B2940F63D

bear://x-callback-url/open-note?id=3F1037B5-DBEF-4F3C-857A-43998D1D8E52

every time, Anytype asked me whether I wanted to insert as link, bookmark or text - as intended.

(b) on the MacBook:

Der Rausch mit Mads Mikkelsen Ist Alkohol doch eine Lösung_ - Filmkritik - DER SPIEGEL

Die Frage ist, ob sich Europa retten lässt _ Republik

bear://x-callback-url/open-note?id=94EBFDB3-FFB4-4149-9649-07243E94EC35

Here, things started to behave weird. Only one of the two devonthink links was pasted as markdown link and later did work; the other was pasted only as the x-devonthink-item:… and later did not work

Now here’s how things worked or not worked:

  1. None of the links was “clickable” on the iPhone in Anytype - nothing.
  2. All links I had inserted on the iPhone, were “clickable” on the MacBook
  3. The Bear://x-callback-url that I inserted on the MacBook was “clickable” and worked on the MacBook
  4. Out of the two devonthink Links I inserted on the MacBook, only the one that got accepted as markdown link did work, the other - in the format: x-devonthink-item://DE92B943-311C-484C-9624-BC35BE7EB674 - and which was inserted on the MacBook without Anytype ever asking me whether I wanted to insert as link, bookmark or text - did not work. This same link, pasted into Apple Notes (a) got translated into a markdown link (with the “title” of the link showing up title and (b) worked also without any problem. By pasting into Anytype, this link “lost” its title part [title] and got pasted just as x-devonthink-item://7E1A5A1C-3E93-432C-862A-F4B20EB90B8E

Summary:

  • pasting such links in iPhone produces links that work on Macbook, but not on iPhone
  • pasting such links on MacBook produces links that partially work on MacBook, but not on iPhone - Bear links work; devonthink links sometimes work

PS: I later tested Obsidian links (“Copy Obsidian URL”), and they did work on MacBook but are not “clickable” on iPhone - example: obsidian://open?vault=OSyS23&file=50%20Resources%2F56%20Kindle%20Highlights%2FAhrens-Das%20Zettelkasten-Prinzip-1686343777318