An alternative to Evernote and Notion
I am puzzled by articles like these that somehow attempt to connect Obsidian as an alternative to Notion. I suppose the line “Obsidian has a steeper learning curve than Notion” or even relegating Notion as just a note taking app should tip me off that Jared hasn’t truly utilized Notion. Sure, Notion _could_ be used as a simple note-taking app, but that would be like owning a Porsche without an engine. The soul of Notion is its database functionality – until Obsidian gets that, it’s really in the league of OneNote or Apple Notes to me.
For me the killer feature of Notion is the database structure. Linking between databases and having filtered contextual views means that Obsidian (while extremely nice for note-taking) is almost a non-starter. I have inventories of various collections that would be cumbersome to replicate in Obsidian. I've poked at Dataloom a bit, but it's just not there yet.
The other thing is the WAF. Notion's easy enough to get my less-tech-savvy wife on board for house projects and other documentation. Obsidian appeals to my techy side but the syntax and presentation is too clunky for her. I do keep checking in on Obsidian - love just about everything else about it, but for now I remain tied to Notion.
It's funny - I used to be an Obsidian fan, then I discovered Notion.
I love software evangelism! 😂 Seriously, though, nice job, Jared! You've piqued my interest. I normally use TiddlyWiki, but I have restricted it to a couple of projects. Obsidian seems like an possible alternative to Standard Notes, which is where my old Evernote content is stashed. (I'm not looking forward to SN's planned price hike.)
Is the link syntax something that a plugin can handle?