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Posted by Luhmann
Aug 28, 2021 at 05:50 PM


Sorry, I am a Paperpile user, and so still not very familiar with Zotero - I’ve considered switching just to have tighter integration with Logseq, but with over 6000 references stored in paperpile migrating to a new system isn’t something one does lightly…


Posted by Dr Andus
Oct 15, 2021 at 09:41 PM


What would be the closest alternative to Roam that could be run exclusively online, from a browser, the smoothest possible way (or at least on par with Roam)?

I’m a Chromebook user, and so I’d prefer to use an online alternative to Roam, ideally being able to save my files to Google Drive.

I know that many of these alternatives were created to provide an offline version of Roam, but I actually have the opposite need.

Even on a Windows machine I’d prefer to access it via Chrome, unless there is a compelling reason to use a Windows client.

An Android app would be a bonus.

Fingers crossed, there is such a thing?


Posted by Lucas
Oct 16, 2021 at 02:40 AM


For a web-based alternative, I would suggest Notabase.io, which was only just launched. No mobile app yet. And here are some other alternatives:

- Hypernotes comes pretty close. It has many of Roam’s key features, although the UI for managing pages is quite different. Import and export options are limited, although basic Markdown export has finally been implemented (as a single file).
- RemNote feels quite different, but it’s very powerful and has many of the same key features.
- Amplenote is more note-based than bullet-based, but it is somewhat Roam-like and has Roam import.
- Reflect.app will probably be a very good alternative soon, but it is still lacking in features.


Posted by Jerome
Oct 16, 2021 at 08:17 AM


Dr Andus wrote:
What would be the closest alternative to Roam that could be run
>exclusively online, from a browser, the smoothest possible way (or at
>least on par with Roam)?

Hi Dr Andus, I am in a very similar situation and I am currently experimenting with logseq using the web UI at https://logseq.com connected to a private Github repo. As mentioned in another thread I started last week (https://www.outlinersoftware.com/topics/viewt/9630/0/browser-only-outliner-note-taker), logseq’s developers might deprecated the Github backend and replace it with another solution. So far, I’m very happy with this setup and it fulfills all my requirements.

I’ve personally chosen logseq because it is open source, it stores all files in markdown, and it has an active, vibrant community.





Posted by Stephen Zeoli
Oct 16, 2021 at 11:28 AM


Dr. Andrus,

I would also recommend checking out Organizedly:


It is similar to Amplenote, but has a less cluttered interface. It is still a work in progress, but has come a long way in the past few months.



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