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Obsidian Features

  1.  Support for MarkDownObsidian supports MarkDown for document formatting.
  2.  Works OfflineObsidian can be used without the need to connect to the internet.
  3.  No registration requiredYou can use most of the features in Obsidian without registration.
  4.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsObsidian can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
  5.  Dark ModeObsidian supports dark mode for comfortable usage in low light conditions.
  6.  No TrackingObsidian will not track you or use your personal data.
  7.  LightweightObsidian consumes less device resources compared to similar apps.
  8.  Ad-freeObsidian doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
  9.  No Coding RequiredObsidian can be used without an coding or programming skills.
  10.  Syntax HighlightingObsidian supports syntax highlighting for various programming and markup languages.
  11.  Privacy focusedObsidian is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
  12.  Spell CheckingObsidian can detect and correct all types of grammar and spelling mistakes.
  13.  Hierarchical StructureOrganize your notes, pages, documents, etc., hierarchically with Obsidian.
  14.  Full-Text SearchObsidian lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
  15.  Support for LaTeXObsidian supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
  16.  Code FormattingObsidian supports code formatting for multiple languages and code styles.
  17.  WYSIWYG HTML EditorObsidian allows you to make and preview changes to an application or website in real time, without needing to know code.
  18.  Built-in viewerObsidian shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
  19.  Live PreviewInstantly see what your files and documents look like as you create them.
  20.  Distraction-freeObsidian has a distraction-free mode for when you need to focus.
  21.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
  22.  File TaggingObsidian can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
  23.  Calendar ViewObsidian has a built-in calendar view to have a clear overview of your content over time.
  24.  Support for ThemesYou can use themes and templates to change the look and feel of Obsidian.
  25.  PortableObsidian can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
  26.  Handwritten NotesObsidian supports writing by hand (or a stylus) and your text will be converted to text.
  27.  AutocompletionObsidian can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.

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Top positive comment

Well beyond a simply repository of notes, it really links ideas together and provides knowledge related. Great software.

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A great knowledge tool based in simple markdown files. You're in charge of your own data.

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Isnt open source

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See This Post to know why.

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yes bullshit post, but yea I will change my rating from 3 to 1

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Positive comment

Excellent for longform notes (as opposed to block based like Logseq). I personally use it for my studies using the Spaced repetition plugin for flashcards

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Positive comment

I use it for note-taking on a daily basis; it's become my go-to. There are numerous cool ways to tweak it and make it fit just right for you. A vast array of plugins allows you to expand its functionality almost endlessly. You can integrate it with various services and apps like TickTick, Todoist, or Omnivore. I highly recommend it—100%!

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I love Obsidian! Not only is it a great way to mind map, take notes, journal or pretty much anything you could need a local-stored publisher for, but the community is super friendly and willing to share (for the most part; there are a few early adopters that think everyone should be devs, but that's not at all the majority), there are a ton of ways to use it, and there are near-infinite plugins and themes to customize it exactly how you want it.

I find myself backlinking/wiki-linking way less than I initially wanted to (and am considering splitting vaults: one for individual thoughts and mapping tangents, and one for at-hand information on things like games, instructions, studying, etc) but that's the joy of it -- you can use it however you want! If you want to use it as a giant reference for your novel project: that's also great!

It's totally replacing my (absolutely unhelpful) habit of leaving random notes for myself all over my desktop (and my literal desktop) or going through journals trying to find where I scribbled something down. Such an easy and responsive system. And while it is technically a freemium model, they don't hassle people who provide alternatives to things like Publish and Sync -- there are easily accessible, published ways to do that on their official forums (though I will probably support them at some point, because I like the program).

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Gerard Pyuan
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Light and highly efficient note taking app. Linking notes without bothering about data safety is super easy with Obsidian.

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