Notion.so - the free for all workspace

mikhomikho AdministratorHosting ProviderOG

Got this tip when I was looking for an cloud alternative for evernote.

https://www.notion.so/product

According to their webpage, it replaces products as Confluence, Github Wiki, Trello, Asana, Jira, Google docs and Evernote.

Anyone used it? It is free for personal use. Which indeed will save me a couple of dollars on Evernote and other software.

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  • sahjanivishalsahjanivishal Content Writer

    I have very recently started using it to store tutorials URL and create a go-to place for some repetitive basic server tasks, the product is very extensive in its features and while I am only using it as a digital notebook as of now, there are plenty of content creators who swear by and use Notion to manage their workflow.

    For e.g.

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  • I've been using it for a while, so far so good!
    Haven't really found the perfect setup yet.
    It can get overwhelming as there's so much you can do with it, plus tons of templates and different ways to do things.
    I'm using their web app since they don't have a Linux app (Only Mac and Windows), though they do have apps for Android and iOS, which I haven't tried yet.
    They bought notion.com domain and they said they will start using it soon AFAIR.
    Check out r/notion, great community and you can find a lot of resources, tutorials and templates.
    P.S. You get a premium account for free if you signup using an edu email.

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  • It does kind of everything, but it does nothing exceptionally well. However, it really depends on what you want to do with it.
    I'm currently using it to keep track of my projects, linux commands and some notes. From time to time I use it for some basic budgeting and task management (supplementary to Excel and Things).
    It cannot replace Evernote for me, simply because they are superior in archiving notes and webpages.

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  • @Naix @Mew Do you have any idea how it compares to OneNote?

  • mikhomikho AdministratorHosting ProviderOG

    @Mew said: It cannot replace Evernote for me, simply because they are superior in archiving notes and webpages.

    I'm very basic in my usage of Evernote, it is basically a notebook where I add random notes of things done to remember them next time.

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  • MewMew
    edited December 2020

    It really depends on the usecase. Like for example; the app of Notion is super unresponsive and has quite a lot of bugs. So if you plan to take notes on a tablet with it or even handwritten notes, One Note wins hands down. I’m not sure about workflows and projectmanagement in One Note, because I’ve not used it for that purpose.

  • @user123 said:
    @Naix @Mew Do you have any idea how it compares to OneNote?

    No idea, I don't use OneNote.

  • @mikho said:

    @Mew said: It cannot replace Evernote for me, simply because they are superior in archiving notes and webpages.

    I'm very basic in my usage of Evernote, it is basically a notebook where I add random notes of things done to remember them next time.

    If notes is all you need, then I'd recommend StandardNotes.

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  • lentrolentro Hosting Provider

    Yep, it's pretty cool - at FluidStack, we kinda use it as our internal knowledgebase + task tracking board.

  • @Naix said:

    If notes is all you need, then I'd recommend StandardNotes.

    +1 to this. It's very lightweight compared to Evernote plus it has the ability to automatically back up your notes to Dropbox.

    I use it together with Evernote, with the latter for archiving notes that contains images and for PDF files.

  • Can we get the data if leave them because that is not a hosted product.

  • I use notion for almost everything!

    planning projects,
    writing notes
    blog post drafts
    saving logins
    todo
    life goals.

    you can do much more like hosting your blog from notion.

    notion is one of the products i am really excited using about.

    if one is not using notion, definitely they should spend their time on it

    real power of notion lies in their template system

    this is a small preview of my notion

    i keep notion opened as much as chrome!


    @Fritz said:
    Can we get the data if leave them because that is not a hosted product.

    they have options to export

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  • AsimAsim OGServices Provider

    Notion is pretty cool but I use Dropbox Paper (since I already have a dropbox account)

    https://paper.dropbox.com/
    saves and syncs using DROPBOX :)

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  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer

    Some years ago I had published a post on Medium about note taking apps.
    https://medium.com/@amarvyas/comparison-of-notes-taking-apps-evernote-onenote-simplenote-zoho-notebooks-15550f3fd11b

    Working on an update to it. The market seems to have exploded, with over 35 apps and sites that I can list down :-)

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  • edited December 2020

    I tried it and enjoyed it, but it’s not compatible with my job privacy-wise, unfortunately. Besides that, my biggest gripe is close to zero offline usage support.

    I’m now using https://obsidian.md for notes, drafts, and knowledge management. It’s self-hosted. Project management is also in there supported by imdone.io.

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  • @Fritz said:
    Can we get the data if leave them because that is not a hosted product.

    To the best of my knowledge, Notion doesn't have a way to export data nor an API. One group of colleagues has started using it and they're slowly beginning to realize that all the data they added is stuck there.

  • @quicksilver03 said:

    @Fritz said:
    Can we get the data if leave them because that is not a hosted product.

    To the best of my knowledge, Notion doesn't have a way to export data nor an API. One group of colleagues has started using it and they're slowly beginning to realize that all the data they added is stuck there.

    Good point. I will need to rethink to use it for my work.

  • tldr;

    Open Notion
    Go to “Settings & Members” in the left panel
    Click on “Settings” to bring up the Settings page
    Click on “Export All Workspace Content”
    Select the export format
    Exporting will start, when complete, select where to save exported files and click “Save”

    URL https://theproductiveengineer.net/how-to-backup-notion-the-complete-guide-with-video/

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  • @seenu said:
    tldr;

    Open Notion
    Go to “Settings & Members” in the left panel
    Click on “Settings” to bring up the Settings page
    Click on “Export All Workspace Content”
    Select the export format
    Exporting will start, when complete, select where to save exported files and click “Save”

    URL https://theproductiveengineer.net/how-to-backup-notion-the-complete-guide-with-video/

    Yes, I can also attest that you can take out data from Notion. Have done this in the past.

  • edited December 2020

    I am still not comfortable with my plaintext notes/journal being on a machine/service I don't physically control.

    I use Zim wiki. I can literally just sync/backup/transform/re-render the zim folder containing the (plaintex) zim-markup any way I want.
    The Unix-way.

    Remember, #shitHappens

  • Hearing about notion more & more.

    I've been burned by proprietary note taking systems before though. The vendor lock in is off the charts if all your knowledge is on it

    Busy moving towards a git/md/obsidian combo

  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer
    edited December 2020

    I spent a couple of hours playing around with Simplenote (again) this morning and I am impressed.

    Only Zoho notes comes this close IMO

    The seamless integration across devices, ability to share (and unshare) a note publicly and import/export of notes as text documents, json, etc. is great. iosApp, Mac App, web browser all work seamlessly. Dark mode helps.


    Too bad this is a free product. I would have happily paid for it.

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  • @vyas said: Too bad this is a free product. I would have happily paid for it.

    Oh, when did it become free? It used to be a pay to avoid ads service, unless you bought plus/premium before that (like I did).

  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer

    Paid plans for Simplenote?

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  • flipsflips OG
    edited December 2020

    @vyas said:
    Paid plans for Simplenote?

    As I recall, they switched to a subscription to avoid ads (at least on iOS), but those who had already purchased Pro/something stayed ad-free ... (But I haven't paid attention for quite a few years, service works great still.)

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  • vyasvyas OGContent Writer
    edited January 2021

    I started compiling a list of note taking apps to update my old post from 2016.

    I decided to use Nimbus Notes for this list.
    https://nimbusweb.me/s/share/5068547/e7glm3pll91kdplsgg82

    To Do :

    • Sort by : Free, Freemium, Premium
    • Tag if Open Source
    • Availability (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android, Web..)

    I might keep updating the list in days to come and post here

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  • @flips said:

    @vyas said: Too bad this is a free product. I would have happily paid for it.

    Oh, when did it become free? It used to be a pay to avoid ads service, unless you bought plus/premium before that (like I did).

    Seems simplenote is owned by Automattic, wordpress .com owner.

    https://simplenote.com/help/#cost
    Simplenote is a free service provided by your friends at Automattic.

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  • For short notes, I use tiddlywiki and push to github; For long documents, I use hackmd.io, once I complete the writing, I will copy the whole makedown and hexo it.

    Action and Reaction in history

  • mikhomikho AdministratorHosting ProviderOG

    I’m a Confluence user and so used to how it works. Page includes, reports.

    Haven’t found a similar solution now that they announced that they focus on their SaaS solution.

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  • @Naix said:

    @mikho said:

    @Mew said: It cannot replace Evernote for me, simply because they are superior in archiving notes and webpages.

    I'm very basic in my usage of Evernote, it is basically a notebook where I add random notes of things done to remember them next time.

    If notes is all you need, then I'd recommend StandardNotes.

    Only downside I found using StandardNote is that dark mode is a paid feature and I do like dark mode on my writing apps...

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