Three Pane view like Evernote is better compared to current navigation


Navigation is such a pain in Anytype. There is a lot of back and forth involved. I slowly find myself moving back to evernote just for quick navigation.

As a Evernote user I find it easy and comfortable with the three pane view, I can customise the second pane to list view and can shuffle through various note quickly and with Anytype I can’t do those. Maybe All Documents page can have a three panes view. It would be miles better what many other note taking apps all documents page looks.

If you’re previously an evernote user how do you feel/deal with this?
Feel free to give suggestions. We can learn if it’s a minor but manageable problem.

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Hi @Srinath! Thanks for sharing your suggestions. I fully agree that navigation is not optimized for productivity.

I made some suggestions here and I’m curious about what you think!

@sambouwer I made some of the request you mentioned there. They help in certain workflow like when you want to reference one note to the other side by side.
Multiple windows, tabs are great they have their use cases.

With three paned view If I have a bunch of notes I can’t preview them quickly.

But Mail, evernote, ulysses, bear does this brilliantly with three paned view. They solved the biggest problem word processor has. The ability to quickly open different document quickly.

We can have three paned view for All Notes view or for Inbox View.

*Advantage I think three paned view will have:

  • Evernote users and mail app user doesn’t have to think much when using Anytype.
  • Folder Structure is easier in three paned view.
  • Reduces the barrier to usage. Three paned view can be a simplied view for Anytype as most people would be comfortable.

@Srinath sorry, I did not check the authors of those posts!

Your point about email vs word processors is a great argument for having different kinds of application views to cater for different scenarios. This is also discussed here:

I think the combination of these features could make Anytype a productivity monster (in a good way ;)):

  • A “multi-window framework” with a default view (how Anytype is currently displayed, or a three-pane view like you suggest) and some additional predefined views to help you get started.
  • A hotkey to switch between different views for different scenarios. Browsing around to find the content you need? Use the predefined three-pane view. Need to focus on writing new content without distractions? Go back to the default view and only see the object you are currently editing. Need to compare different notes? Go with the built-in side-by-side view! Do you find yourself in a scenario that does not have a fitting built-in view? Make your own!
  • Optionally, another hotkey like described in the topic above to switch between block edit and text edit mode. I suspect this second hotkey should be an additional hotkey, but only actually using these features (given they are ever implemented :wink: ) will probably tell you whether a single hotkey could be enough to cycle through or switch to different application view, and between block vs text edit mode.

Obsidian handles some of that in a nicely (IMO) more flexible, adaptable way by using a “Workspace Manager” function where you can Save and Reload workspace configs at will. This in combination with its basic “panes” function that lets you split your working view into as many sub-“views” (panes) as you like, each displaying a different doc/page/file. So you split up and arrange your view as you wish (in a theoretical Anytype scenario relevant to this thread, perhaps you create a 3-pane-like setup) and then you Save it, then you can recall it any time, and perhaps even set a hotkey to recall specific Workspace Layouts. Some default Workspace Layouts could be created and included with Anytype, such as this “three-pane” common approach.

That said it all relies on some core functionality that doesn’t exist yet: some kind of multi-window/simultaneous content view. Obviously the existing Sidebar nav is a more specific, limited, but focused aspect of this whole area of consideration. Having more dedicated functionality like that, which could also be saved in its position and overall state along with other layout elements, would be a key part of making the 3-pane workflow possible.

I’m quite curious to see what the team comes up with for multi-pane/window/panel workflows as there are lots of potential ideas, etc.