A structured note-taking app for personal use

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  • penx

    A structured note-taking app for personal use.

    Apparently that's for development, the deployed production version is using a separate database: https://github.com/penxio/penx/issues/20#issuecomment-186770...

  • obsidian-dataview

    A data index and query language over Markdown files, for https://obsidian.md/.

    > Not really. Obsidian has its shares of problems too, and most of them originate from using Markdown.

    Aha. Which problems do you mean?

    > Markdown is a freeform text-format, and works very well for writing text, but it really sucks for data and structured content.

    Joplin is using md to. And if Joplin does a good job on "data" and "structured content" (whatever you mean by that) by separating that in their DB, it's a big NO for me since it's a closed silo.

    This: https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview works so wonderful for me, and it never breaks anything in my simple md files.

    > Most plugins and features in that area are very brittle and overspecialized, working only well enough in their specific use case.

    Aha. I don't think so. Which authority says that? And even if It's like that, my markdown files would survive everything, since they are a) in git. https://github.com/denolehov/obsidian-git and b) easy to fix since it's a text file. Gosh!

    > And gosh, Obsidian has really a huge amount of plugins for data-handling.

    And gosh, this is a good thing!

    > At some point, it was so bad that there were multiple competing task-plugins which broke each other just because they had different formatting for dates.

    Installing multiple task plugins shows that something is "broke" on the user side. It's not the fault of Markdown or Obsidian.

    Just have a look on: https://github.com/ivan-lednev/obsidian-day-planner but you dont need a fancy task plugin like this, if you know your way around https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview or https://github.com/obsidian-tasks-group/obsidian-tasks

    Since the Ecosystem around Obsidian and pure Markdown, most of the time I stay in my browser https://github.com/deathau/markdownload and nvim https://github.com/epwalsh/obsidian.nvim

  • SurveyJS

    Open-Source JSON Form Builder to Create Dynamic Forms Right in Your App. With SurveyJS form UI libraries, you can build and style forms in a fully-integrated drag & drop form builder, render them in your JS app, and store form submission data in any backend, inc. PHP, ASP.NET Core, and Node.js.

  • obsidian-git

    Backup your Obsidian.md vault with git

    > Not really. Obsidian has its shares of problems too, and most of them originate from using Markdown.

    Aha. Which problems do you mean?

    > Markdown is a freeform text-format, and works very well for writing text, but it really sucks for data and structured content.

    Joplin is using md to. And if Joplin does a good job on "data" and "structured content" (whatever you mean by that) by separating that in their DB, it's a big NO for me since it's a closed silo.

    This: https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview works so wonderful for me, and it never breaks anything in my simple md files.

    > Most plugins and features in that area are very brittle and overspecialized, working only well enough in their specific use case.

    Aha. I don't think so. Which authority says that? And even if It's like that, my markdown files would survive everything, since they are a) in git. https://github.com/denolehov/obsidian-git and b) easy to fix since it's a text file. Gosh!

    > And gosh, Obsidian has really a huge amount of plugins for data-handling.

    And gosh, this is a good thing!

    > At some point, it was so bad that there were multiple competing task-plugins which broke each other just because they had different formatting for dates.

    Installing multiple task plugins shows that something is "broke" on the user side. It's not the fault of Markdown or Obsidian.

    Just have a look on: https://github.com/ivan-lednev/obsidian-day-planner but you dont need a fancy task plugin like this, if you know your way around https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview or https://github.com/obsidian-tasks-group/obsidian-tasks

    Since the Ecosystem around Obsidian and pure Markdown, most of the time I stay in my browser https://github.com/deathau/markdownload and nvim https://github.com/epwalsh/obsidian.nvim

  • Monaco Editor

    A browser based code editor

    Fyi, if you are ever looking for a fun project you might be able to implement this. The vscode editor source is available as a library https://microsoft.github.io/monaco-editor/

  • plugin-kanban

    It allows notes in a notebook to be organized in a kanban board.

  • yarle

    Yarle - The ultimate converter of Evernote notes to Markdown

    FWIW, I exported all my Evernote notebooks just recently from my old free account. Used https://github.com/akosbalasko/yarle to convert them to Markdown. It also has support for various PKB formats, like Obsidian. Hope that helps!

  • obsidian-releases

    Community plugins list, theme list, and releases of Obsidian.

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  • anytype-ts

    Official Anytype client for MacOS, Linux, and Windows

    +1 and curious, too

    I would go further than that also. It directly mirrors https://anytype.io/ but without the desktop or mobile clients to actually store the workspace on your device.

  • obsidian-livesync

    Thanks for the pointer!

    https://github.com/vrtmrz/obsidian-livesync: self-hostable sync via CouchDB, MIT license, supports the visual conflict resolver and end-to-end encryption.

  • obsidian-vscode-editor

    Edit Code Files like VSCode in Obsidian.

  • foam

    A personal knowledge management and sharing system for VSCode

    You should have a look at Foam: https://github.com/foambubble/foam

  • siyuan

    A privacy-first, self-hosted, fully open source personal knowledge management software, written in typescript and golang.

    Try SiYuan Note. It's free and open source local-first mix of Notion and Obsidian.

    https://github.com/siyuan-note/siyuan

  • obsidian-day-planner

    An Obsidian plugin for day planning with a clean UI and a simple task format

    > Not really. Obsidian has its shares of problems too, and most of them originate from using Markdown.

    Aha. Which problems do you mean?

    > Markdown is a freeform text-format, and works very well for writing text, but it really sucks for data and structured content.

    Joplin is using md to. And if Joplin does a good job on "data" and "structured content" (whatever you mean by that) by separating that in their DB, it's a big NO for me since it's a closed silo.

    This: https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview works so wonderful for me, and it never breaks anything in my simple md files.

    > Most plugins and features in that area are very brittle and overspecialized, working only well enough in their specific use case.

    Aha. I don't think so. Which authority says that? And even if It's like that, my markdown files would survive everything, since they are a) in git. https://github.com/denolehov/obsidian-git and b) easy to fix since it's a text file. Gosh!

    > And gosh, Obsidian has really a huge amount of plugins for data-handling.

    And gosh, this is a good thing!

    > At some point, it was so bad that there were multiple competing task-plugins which broke each other just because they had different formatting for dates.

    Installing multiple task plugins shows that something is "broke" on the user side. It's not the fault of Markdown or Obsidian.

    Just have a look on: https://github.com/ivan-lednev/obsidian-day-planner but you dont need a fancy task plugin like this, if you know your way around https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview or https://github.com/obsidian-tasks-group/obsidian-tasks

    Since the Ecosystem around Obsidian and pure Markdown, most of the time I stay in my browser https://github.com/deathau/markdownload and nvim https://github.com/epwalsh/obsidian.nvim

  • obsidian-tasks

    Task management for the Obsidian knowledge base.

    > Not really. Obsidian has its shares of problems too, and most of them originate from using Markdown.

    Aha. Which problems do you mean?

    > Markdown is a freeform text-format, and works very well for writing text, but it really sucks for data and structured content.

    Joplin is using md to. And if Joplin does a good job on "data" and "structured content" (whatever you mean by that) by separating that in their DB, it's a big NO for me since it's a closed silo.

    This: https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview works so wonderful for me, and it never breaks anything in my simple md files.

    > Most plugins and features in that area are very brittle and overspecialized, working only well enough in their specific use case.

    Aha. I don't think so. Which authority says that? And even if It's like that, my markdown files would survive everything, since they are a) in git. https://github.com/denolehov/obsidian-git and b) easy to fix since it's a text file. Gosh!

    > And gosh, Obsidian has really a huge amount of plugins for data-handling.

    And gosh, this is a good thing!

    > At some point, it was so bad that there were multiple competing task-plugins which broke each other just because they had different formatting for dates.

    Installing multiple task plugins shows that something is "broke" on the user side. It's not the fault of Markdown or Obsidian.

    Just have a look on: https://github.com/ivan-lednev/obsidian-day-planner but you dont need a fancy task plugin like this, if you know your way around https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview or https://github.com/obsidian-tasks-group/obsidian-tasks

    Since the Ecosystem around Obsidian and pure Markdown, most of the time I stay in my browser https://github.com/deathau/markdownload and nvim https://github.com/epwalsh/obsidian.nvim

  • markdownload

    A Firefox and Google Chrome extension to clip websites and download them into a readable markdown file.

    > Not really. Obsidian has its shares of problems too, and most of them originate from using Markdown.

    Aha. Which problems do you mean?

    > Markdown is a freeform text-format, and works very well for writing text, but it really sucks for data and structured content.

    Joplin is using md to. And if Joplin does a good job on "data" and "structured content" (whatever you mean by that) by separating that in their DB, it's a big NO for me since it's a closed silo.

    This: https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview works so wonderful for me, and it never breaks anything in my simple md files.

    > Most plugins and features in that area are very brittle and overspecialized, working only well enough in their specific use case.

    Aha. I don't think so. Which authority says that? And even if It's like that, my markdown files would survive everything, since they are a) in git. https://github.com/denolehov/obsidian-git and b) easy to fix since it's a text file. Gosh!

    > And gosh, Obsidian has really a huge amount of plugins for data-handling.

    And gosh, this is a good thing!

    > At some point, it was so bad that there were multiple competing task-plugins which broke each other just because they had different formatting for dates.

    Installing multiple task plugins shows that something is "broke" on the user side. It's not the fault of Markdown or Obsidian.

    Just have a look on: https://github.com/ivan-lednev/obsidian-day-planner but you dont need a fancy task plugin like this, if you know your way around https://github.com/blacksmithgu/obsidian-dataview or https://github.com/obsidian-tasks-group/obsidian-tasks

    Since the Ecosystem around Obsidian and pure Markdown, most of the time I stay in my browser https://github.com/deathau/markdownload and nvim https://github.com/epwalsh/obsidian.nvim

  • markor

    Text editor - Notes & ToDo (for Android) - Markdown, todo.txt, plaintext, math, ..

    Just curious, any reason you're using TMarkor instead of Markor? (https://github.com/gsantner/markor/ , https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.gsantner.m...)

    Only asking since this was also the editor I ended up settling on in Android, but it seems like TMarkor is just a repackaging of Markor without any references to its forked(?) source.

    My requirement was that the repo had to be open source so that I could audit the repo and compile the APK from source, as well as potentially fork it for personal modifications if needed.

  • WorkOS

    The modern identity platform for B2B SaaS. The APIs are flexible and easy-to-use, supporting authentication, user identity, and complex enterprise features like SSO and SCIM provisioning.

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