Is Anytype Similar to Capacities?

Anyone looking at the Capacities - it seems to bare some similarities to Anytype. Thoughts?


It looks like Capacities brought the Anytype object/graph approach to Notion, and even managed to improve a few things. But then again, it shares the same basic flaw: a cloud-based software-as-a-service that will work for a few years until it doesn’t work anymore. Not to mention privacy, security, surveillance, data-ownership and the like. The basic premise-- that all of my work is stored on a remote server that I have no real control of-- requires an exceptional amount of trust.


The ideal tool would be a mix of Anytype and Capacities.
These two programs are European, which is a good thing for me (I’m French). Capacities is much more flexible than Anytype, more customisable and less buggy. Anytype has an Android application, works offline and has better control over data. Capacities is too expensive (€120 per year) whereas Anytype is still free.
Both are still in development, so we’ll have to wait and see who wins the object-oriented PKM match.
We need to marry them!


The biggest advantage of AnyType to me compare to capacities is working offline. I prefer a knowledge base that can be accessed anywhere, anytime.


I’ve used Capacities a lot and really like it, but yeah, offline is big. Offline seems to be a superpower for PKMs. If you have offline capabilities then your app will be way more attractive. I still like AnyType’s mobile app better than Capacities for now. But Capacities is getting good really fast.

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I still have to say “meh” about Capacities because of the UI bugs I experienced when I used it, the cluttered workspace, the online-only experience, the poor desktop app (which was just the site in an Electron wrapper), and now they are into the generative AI hype like everyone else. It’s useless compared to Anytype personally.


Specifically, capacities has the genius daily note with date in the header and directly linked to a calendar view. THAT’s what I’m missing most in Anytype…


capacities is ugly and bad. tried it before finding anytype.

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Anytype also uses Electron. But with its Mac OS app, the interface feels like it was built for the OS to an extent. And the default typeface (some variant of Helvetica?) is very pleasing to the eyes.

To my knowledge, most all of the newer PKM tools utilize either Electron or Progressive Web App technologies.

Yeah, I did know that Anytype was an Electron app :wink: - but it’s an actual full-fledged electron app, not just a website embedded into an Electron wrapper (literally anyone could do that). I do feel that the app was a bit more on the MacOS spectrum as per inspiration and as for the font, it’s Inter, which is a lot like the Helvetica typeface but a bit cleaner and is widely used. For example, the PaaS company Vercel uses the font - or just to see a list of websites that use it, check out this: Websites using Inter font - Awwwards. And, yes, the web in some way, shape, or form (whether a standard web app, PWA, or native Electron app) is the main choice for note-taking apps (unless you leave it to Microsoft or Apple - whose apps aren’t that great in comparison).

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What they have nailed (in my opinion) is how intuitive it is to use, and how for now, it has just enough to be familliar to Notion, obsidian and outliner users. The side bar, Backlinks, integrated journal, and a nice toggle “outlining” feature make it easy to write n’ go. Creating, embedding and swaping object types is also easy. It works well for storing and creating content - whereas I’d say Anytype is probably better at flexibly storing information, but quite friction heavy with content creation without the ease of moving information around, or easily opening it in a side bar.

My workflow fits Capacities like a glove, so I’d be a happy for Anytype to take inspiration in some of these aspects. That said, AT nails the offline first, sync and flexibility. At the end of the day it’s nice to not be reliant on someone else’s server, and feel safe enough to store some arguabily sensitive information. Bith apps are in development, but for this alone I think many people will support Anytype in the long run :slight_smile: It is one of a kind.


I was about to try capacities until I saw that it isn’t available offline. :neutral_face: complete deal breaker for me.

I also feel like when everything is stored on cloud, the bigger your system gets the slower it takes to load and work (which is what happened with my notion) so i’m not really willing to give it a try either… also anytype is currently free.

i could imagine capacities is a huge plus for anyone who wants to share work though.


Welcome to the anytype community . I’m new here too

btw… being just free, I think isn’t the point of Anytype.

I recommend watching this video to understand better:

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I started with Capacities and really liked it. It’s gorgeously designed. But I got frustrated by their slow speed of development progress. I also really need collaboration and this doesn’t seem to be happening for at least a year or two whereas Anytype is hopefully doing it this quarter.

Capacities is simpler too. And it has some features that I wish Anytype had - like proper tags function for example. And a preview in card view.

And there are some things I don’t like in AT. For example, when you create a new type, you have to go through about 6 different steps to do it (go to the library, create the object, then add all the relations, the create a template, add all the relations to it. Then you have to create a set, then add all the relations to the table. Then if you want to use the new set of objects as a relation, you also have to create a relation for it. It is tedious as hell )

But overall, Anytype has more functionality and is progressing faster