Skip to main content

Obsidian is the best note-taking app that you've never heard of

You've never heard of it, but Obsidian is the best notes app out there

As someone who is a bit too obsessed with the world of productivity apps, including the best to-do apps, it feels like there's always something different to try out. Google Keep reigns supreme for many, thanks to its simplistic yet powerful design and set of features. But there's just something about it that keeps me from using it on a daily basis.

For years, I relied on an app called "Drafts" by Agile Tortoise, but the problem there is that it's only available for the Apple ecosystem of devices. For quite a while, I thought Notion would turn into my "all-in-one" productivity solution until I discovered that actually writing articles and long-form pieces in it created another set of unnecessary frustrations.

Then, I started hearing rumblings about an app called Obsidian. I was wary about diving in because the app was still early in its development. I didn't really have the time to try and move everything over to another application, even though my existing solution was already pretty much broken.

Another reason for my hesitation was that I learned about Obsidian from some Apple users I follow on Twitter. Therefore, I assumed that it was going to end up as an alternative to the aforementioned Drafts and was limited to just the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Thankfully, I was wrong.

There are apps for Obsidian on Apple's platform, but the app is also being actively developed for both Windows and Android. Luckily, I managed to get in to join the Android beta program, which simply consisted of downloading a separate APK file. Since then, it's become available to download from the Play Store, although the app is still considered a "beta."

As someone who constantly switches between the best Android phones and my iPhone 12 Pro Max, along with hopping between my M1 Mac Mini and custom-built Windows PC, Obsidian is my dream app. It syncs across all platforms, and now that it's available on the Play Store, you can download it to your favorite phone or even one of the best Chromebooks.

In fact, this entire article has been written from start to finish in the Obsidian app on my Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. Sure, part of the reason for doing so was because it's still incredible to me that this is possible, but it was also an excuse to use the Z Fold 3 and the Samsung Trio Keyboard 500 that just landed on my doorstep. Paired up with the Logitech MX Anywhere 2S, and I have a portable writing machine that I can take anywhere and everywhere.

What is Obsidian?

Okay, enough backstory. Let's dive a bit deeper into what Obsidian is.

Head over to Obsidian's website, and you might think that there's a lot more going on here than just your standard notes app. And that's kind of the point. Following the success of apps and services like Notion, Roam Research, and others, Obsidian attempts to roll many of those same features into another app. But instead of relying on "blocks," you're just presented with a blank canvas so you can start putting down your thoughts.

Once you start looking around the Obsidian website, you can see that there's a lot more going on with this single app. Obsidian is touted as being your "second brain," something that I didn't realize I needed until I started trying to juggle too many things at once, including planning a wedding and still managing all of my different projects.

This brings us to the defining feature of Obsidian that I don't even use, and that's the "Graph View." From here, all of your notes are connected in some form or fashion, and you can get an overview of what that looks like. Scroll far enough out, and it shows up just like a brain with different points representing different notes or topics. It's something that is really neat to look at, but it's definitely not anything that you would actually need to use unless you wanted to.

Other than offering a blank sheet of canvas, Obsidian is also a markdown text editor. Ever since joining Android Central a few years ago, Markdown has become my preferred way for writing articles or taking notes. It's just something that has clicked for me, but the problem is that there really aren't that many great Markdown editors that don't have a slew of compromises.

So now, I can have my folder of upcoming articles, write them all in Obsidian, copy and paste them into the editor, and not have to worry about frustrating formatting problems. And with the ability to create templates, I can hit a keyboard combination and have a template for an article automatically inserted into whatever document I'm already working on. It's an invaluable tool that has saved me tons of time already, even though I haven't even been using Obsidian for that long.

Not just a text editor

Plugins. In my opinion, this is the real bread-and-butter for Obsidian. Not only can you download and use plugins that the developers have created, but there's also a library of "Community Plugins." Other Obsidian users create these to add some extra functionality to the app that the developers have not added or don't plan to add.

One example of this is a basic calendar plugin that appears on the right side of the screen. This can also be used to create "daily notes" if you are a fan of journaling or like having somewhere to write down the most important tasks of the day for a quick glance. The one that I'm using the most currently is one that converts Markdown into a Kanban-style board for my tasks.

The code may look like a whole bunch of nonsense at first, but after the plugin has been enabled, that page full of techno-jargon is transformed into something actually useful. It's pretty much identical to what you would find in something like Trello or Todoist. But each one of the cards that you create can also be linked to a note. For instance, I created a "To-Do" board, added this article title as a task, then created a linked note. Now, I can start writing and then come back to it with just a click of a button or by searching within the Obsidian app.

Obsidian is the best note-taking app for everyone

As I get older and my memory continues to worsen, having too many apps to handle my task management system is just too much of a hassle. I don't have the time to sit and transfer tasks and descriptions and notes and due dates in between apps, just hoping that something will "stick" in my brain. With Obsidian, I don't need to.

There's a lot going on in this app and service that I haven't even scratched the surface of. It's all in the cards for me once "techtember" has reached its conclusion. But for the time being, Obsidian is the best notes app that you've never heard of, and if you want to try something new, customizable, and downright amazing, this is the way.

My second brain

Obsidian

Free at Google Play

An incredible and powerful app

If you're looking for a new note-taking app to replace whatever you currently use, Obsidian should be your first stop. It's available to download on all major platforms, including Linux, and can be transformed into pretty much anything you need.



Source: androidcentral

Popular posts from this blog

How to watch England vs India: Live stream Fourth Test cricket online

Having bounced back from defeat with an impressive win in the third Test at Headingley, Joe Root's men will be hoping they can now forge an advantage as the series moves to London - watch every ball of this fourth Test with our England vs India live stream guide below. England managed to dismiss India for just 78 on Day 1 in a scintillating bowling display, but there was even better to come from the hosts' top-order batting, with all of the top three managing to notch up half-centuries in their first innings. Skipper Root meanwhile continued his extraordinary 2021 form, clocking up yet another three-figure score. With a buoyant home side now hoping to carry on where they left off, India captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri must unravel how their attack was so routinely undone with the new ball last time out. Kohli himself will also need to do more leading from the front, with the normally reliably prolific batsman having scored no more than 55 during any inni

Google Pay on Wear OS expands again, is now available in 37 countries

More people will be able to use their Wear OS watch for payments. Update, Sept 8 (5:30 p.m. ET) : Google Pay support expands to more countries. What you need to know Google Pay is getting expanded support in more countries. 16 additional countries will support contactless payments on the Galaxy Watch 4. The expanded support will also come to older Wear OS smartwatches "in the coming weeks." With the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 , Google has highlighted some of the new app experiences that will come with the new Wear OS 3 update. Google Pay is among the apps that are getting a redesign based on Material You, but Google also announced that it's expanding support for more countries. As it stands, Google Pay only supports a handful of countries for contactless payments on Wear OS. Google is now adding 16 additional countries to the list, which include the following: Belgium Brazil Chile Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland Hong Kong Ireland New Zeal

How to watch the Djokovic vs Medvedev: Live stream the US Open 2021 final o

History beckons for Novak Djokovic as the Serbian legend goes in search of two significant tennis records in this afternoon's grand finale at Flushing Meadows. Read on to find out how to get a 2021 US Open live stream and watch Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev online no matter where you are in the world. A win here for the 34-year old would see him overtake eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles won, with all three veterans currently tied at 20 wins a piece. Victory in New York this afternoon would also see Djokovic complete the first male calendar slam in the Open Era. Aiming to make a piece of history of his own but stopping Djokovic is Russian star Daniil Medvedev who will be looking to finally claim his first slam title. The 25-year-old world no.2 has been in some of the best form of his career in the Big Apple having given up just a single set on his way to today's final. The match marks Medvedev's second major showdown

How to watch the Raducanu vs Fernandez: Live stream the US Open 2021 final

It's a battle of the teens at Flushing Meadows this evening as two youngsters who have stunned the tennis world go head-to-head - read on to find out how to get a 2021 US Open live stream and watch Emma Raducanu vs Leylah Fernandez online no matter where you are in the world. The last time the final at the Arthur Ashe Stadium was contested by two players yet to reach their 20s was when Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis to take the title back in 1999 in a match that signalled a new era for the women's game. While both players in that match were something of a known quantity - Hingis was already world no.1 - both of today's finalists' trailblazing journeys to today's clash has come as something of a bolt out of the blue. Britain's Emma Raducanu had to go through the qualifying stage on her incredible route to this showdown, yet has yet to lose a set so far in the tournament. The 18-year-old now stands on the brink of becoming the first British woman