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Posted by MadaboutDana
Nov 1, 2020 at 08:15 PM

 

Well, this backlink support in NotePlan is a bit of a game-changer. It brings it into direct competition with apps like Roam and Obsidian. And makes much more sense of the relatively high price. What’s more, you can see backlinks from Notes to Daily Notes, Notes to Notes, or Daily Notes to Notes.

Those unfamiliar with NotePlan (macOS/iOS) should know that there are two categories of notes: Daily Notes, which are attached to specific days/dates, so can be used for journaling, daily task management etc., and Notes, which are general pieces of info stored separately from Daily Notes, but are capable of assigning individual tasks within the note to specific days/dates. This ability to assign individual tasks in (often lengthy) general notes to specific days is NotePlan’s unique feature, as is the ability to link from any note to any note. NotePlan also integrates with Apple Calendar and Reminders.

Backlinks refer to the specific section of the note in which the original link was included, incidentally (i.e. to the nearest header within the note), so effectively act as paragraph-specific (assuming you’re using headers for your paragraphs).

Cheers,
Bill

 


Posted by jaslar
Nov 1, 2020 at 11:40 PM

 

A very clear and concise explanation. Thanks.

MadaboutDana wrote:
Well, this backlink support in NotePlan is a bit of a game-changer. It
>brings it into direct competition with apps like Roam and Obsidian. And
>makes much more sense of the relatively high price. What’s more,
>you can see backlinks from Notes to Daily Notes, Notes to Notes, or
>Daily Notes to Notes.
> >Those unfamiliar with NotePlan (macOS/iOS) should know that there are
>two categories of notes: Daily Notes, which are attached to specific
>days/dates, so can be used for journaling, daily task management etc.,
>and Notes, which are general pieces of info stored separately from Daily
>Notes, but are capable of assigning individual tasks within the note to
>specific days/dates. This ability to assign individual tasks in (often
>lengthy) general notes to specific days is NotePlan’s unique
>feature, as is the ability to link from any note to any note. NotePlan
>also integrates with Apple Calendar and Reminders.
> >Backlinks refer to the specific section of the note in which the
>original link was included, incidentally (i.e. to the nearest header
>within the note), so effectively act as paragraph-specific (assuming
>you’re using headers for your paragraphs).
> >Cheers,
>Bill

 


Posted by satis
Feb 10, 2021 at 01:09 AM

 

Folding text added to NotePlan. (Must…resist…)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKOrZ554Ag8

 


Posted by MadaboutDana
Feb 10, 2021 at 10:52 AM

 

Heh heh – I’m afraid I’ve made NotePlan (macOS/iOS) my definitive task management application, even though we use Pagico at business level.

The folding just makes an exceedingly efficient to-do app even better. What is is about NotePlan that’s so good? Someone summed it up very well on the Discord forum last night: there are no constraints. You can start writing anywhere, there’s no need to decide whether you’re creating a task, or writing a comment, or putting together a bullet list. After you’ve written stuff down, that’s when you can decide how to use it. It’s easy to add tasks (or subtasks: NotePlan does now differentiate) to your daily list from anywhere.

Folding (currently based on the simple heading/subheading model, like FoldingText, but folding of tasks/subtasks is on the roadmap) has made the app even more flexible. Now you can run very large projects from a single “note”, adding tasks under whichever heading you like so that they appear on the dates you specify (for those who don’t know: NotePlan has two separate groups of notes – general Notes, which are basically markdown text files, and Daily Notes, which are basically… well, they’re also markdown text files, but attached to a specific date, hence displayed alongside a calendar view which also shows Apple Calendar events; you can add times to your tasks in Daily Notes so they also appear in the calendar view).

The other huge advantage of NotePlan? Everything is text-based; NotePlan data files are simply standard text files with markdown formatting (the latter becoming ever more sophisticated after Eduard the developer opted for a preview-style hybrid display, like Typora’s; markdown code only appears when you move to a particular heading/sentence and start editing it). This means you can open NotePlan files from anywhere, and save them out effortlessly. Even if you’re using Apple’s CloudKit (and Eduard makes that optional – otherwise NotePlan uses the standard iCloud setup), NotePlan allows you to open the parent folders in Finder, so you can easily back them up/copy them or open the files in another editor.

It’s not the cheapest app, subscription-wise, but it replaces so many other apps that it’s well worth the outlay. What have I sacrificed on the NotePlan altar? Ulysses, Bear, MWeb, Typora, Obsidian, all my to-do apps including Things 3, Todoist and others… the list goes on. Even if you never use the Daily Notes, the general Notes function is so flexible it’s ridiculous: you’ve got folders, nested tags, nested mentions, backlinks – all the things info management apps are expected to have nowadays. And now folding!

Cheers,
Bill

satis wrote:
Folding text added to NotePlan. (Must…resist…)
> >https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKOrZ554Ag8
> >

 


Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Feb 10, 2021 at 02:38 PM

 

Eduard is one of the great developers. More proof.

The one thing that prevents me from diving whole-heartedly into NotePlan is that I spend my work days on a Windows computer. But Eduard has said that developing a web interface for NotePlan is on his road map.

Steve

 


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