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Posted by NickG
Dec 5, 2019 at 03:22 PM


That’s right - at present, it’s solely a cloud service. The “app” is simply a frontend to the web - saves having to open the browser and navigate, or maintain open tabs/windows

Franz Grieser wrote:
Beck wrote:
>>Oh, it’s all completely web-app, same as in any browser window, just
>>evoked through an “app” named “Roam.app” and running it its own
>>so I can easily ⌘+Tab to it and the like. Sorry to be unclear.
> >So: Your data are stored on the Roam server not on your local disk.


Posted by Franz Grieser
Dec 5, 2019 at 03:50 PM


Thanks, NickG


Posted by MenAgerie
Dec 5, 2019 at 04:36 PM


https://appmaker.xyz/  does a similar job in windows


Posted by Dr Andus
Mar 8, 2020 at 11:33 AM


Beck wrote:
It’s been a month since Roam came on my radar and wondering if anyone
>here is finding it useful?

Still just experimenting… It does take some concentrated effort to watch the videos and play around in order to start imagining the possibilities.

I am a heavy WorkFlowy user and I also use Dynalist for some specific purposes (and a longstanding ConnectedText user), but RoamResearch offers some competitive features those don’t have, enabling entirely new ways of managing tasks (which is what I’m focusing on right now).

Initially I was sceptical about the forced creation of the daily (dated) notes, thinking that I’ll ignore that, but I’m starting to realise that the lack of that is what may the the big weakness of WorkFlowy/Dynalist.

You can of course create such daily notes with a date manually, but there is something about enforcing the discipline that makes a difference. In WorkFlowy I just wasn’t able to stay consistent doing that manually.

Ultimately my huge WorkFlowy file is a massive forest of thousands of trees and branches, and while search is good, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to manage related items as the database grows (with many duplications, triplications etc.), especially when needing to find stuff on the spot, under time pressure (e.g. to recall info in a meeting).

This is where Roam excels. The bidirectional links allow a whole new way of relating to and organising data, and finding important stuff.

The filtering system is the other killer feature. You can create all kinds of customised ways of focusing on information (by including or excluding info).

Being able to display a second note in the same window is also very helpful (and something WorkFlowy/Dynalist can’t do).

I haven’t found the graph view all that useful yet, but it’s early days.

As it’s still a beta, there are some bugs and limitations.

For me to fully commit to this system I’d need an automatic daily backup to Google Drive or Dropbox and similar.

Also, the system would need to become much faster, which I presume is a matter of investment into resources.

But it is an ingenious system already, definitely one of the more exciting developments since WorkFlowy/Dynalist have appeared.

BTW, I recommend using the Stylus extension with this dark themed stylesheet:



Posted by Dr Andus
Mar 8, 2020 at 02:54 PM


Actually I was maybe a bit too reserved in my comment.

I bl**dy love this thing!!!


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