Ever since I started getting into digital notes, I’ve been on the hunt for a note-taking system that’s a perfect fit for me. After playing around with the AnyType, I think the app has the potential to do just that.
I’m a fan of the object-oriented approach. The templates for objects give my notes structure. On other note-taking apps (I mainly use Notion and Obsidian), I sometimes get distracted with formatting my notes and making sure I leave no parts of the content forgotten. I always hate myself afterwards because I feel like I’ve lost productivity.
I believe the objects system does come with a bit of a learning curve. At first, I was overwhelmed because there were plenty of options to choose from. Although AnyType is packed with features, I only find myself using 10-30% of it.
Having elements of notes as blocks feels comfortable. It’s a clean WYSIWYG interface without any fuss. I appreciate the simplicity of being able to drag and drop parts of my notes and make a layout with ease.
After using many note-taking apps, I found that file structures are not my thing. AnyType allows me to link notes together. Even though it is messy, I think connecting my ideas is more intuitive than organizing my notes through folders. As someone who’s trying to make a PKM, I think AnyType has the tools for the job.
I know the project is in its early stages and I’m looking forward to the day I can use this as my go-to note-taking app.
Here are my suggestions for the app:
- inline LaTex support. I’ve always wanted to organize mathematical concepts that I learn in class. The lack of inline LaTex makes it difficult for me to use AnyType for writing my school notes.
- A basic built-in spelling checker. I find it frustrating that I have no way of knowing if I make a spelling mistake. This becomes apparent when I write notes spanning multiple paragraphs and have to look for a single spelling mistake. It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack!
- A way to search a specific note or my entire notes. It’s a great quality of life feature that will make navigating notes easier. Obsidian has this feature and I think it would fit right in with AnyType.
- Add h3 and h4. I’m not sure if people agree with me here, but I think we need more subheadings. Sometimes, the heading-subheading combo just isn’t enough for my content.
- Support for custom and user-generated themes! I’m sure there are people like me who appreciate personalization the looks and aesthetics of our note-taking app. I wanna make AnyType feel unique to me I guess.
Overall, AnyType is a great app. It takes the best from Notion and Obsidian (two of my other favorite note-taking apps). It’s promising… and I really wanna keep using this in the future.