Right now I have very few folders in Obsidian. I’m using MOC or TOC type notes to collect links to notes that would exist in a group in DT. I am also indexing the Obsidian vault but the lovely wiki links can’t be followed in DTTG so that isn’t a total solution for me.
I don’t use search all that much in DT, maybe once or twice a day at most and some days not even that. So far I have not missed searching. But I am also at the beginning stages so I may come across something that I do need search for that I can’t do in Obsidian as my Obsidian vault gets bigger. I’ll just have to see how it all plays out over time.
I had believed that the easy integration of many file types and the sync to a reasonable if not full featured mobile solution was worth the problems of DT storing documents inside a package and therefore somewhat hidden right up until the data loss issues that surfaced in DTTG. That totally destroyed my trust in the DT ecosystem. Combine that with the attitude of the developers that reasonable use cases that could use modifications to their system are totally ignored and that critical features are eliminated (3-pane view) means they no longer if they ever really did care about what actual users need and value about their product. The attitude is we know best so basically tough to the users who depended on those features. I’ll put up with a lot but DT has used up my store of goodwill and I’m now just planning how to get out.
I’ll add one more thing. I’m experimenting with Obsidian to draft my presentations instead of using Craft. It renders beautifully. Attached is a screenshot of a portion of my opening remarks to a group of investors. This is a screenshot from my iPad (which I always use for my presentations). I’m biased, but I think this looks great.
Notwithstanding all of my posts today, I am actually working.
I thought I’d settled on my workflow too. But, the truth is I’m still almost there. The only real change, still being assessed, is from Craft to Obsidian. I don’t like Obsidian nearly as well as Craft as far as ease of use and GUI. That said, here is why I’m seriously considering landing on Obsidian, in no particular order:
I like the idea of all of my project, research and meeting notes being on my computer as plain text files exclusively. Future proof and easily transportable
I like being able to index all Obsidian files with DT
The amazing plugin that scrapes Kindle highlights and notes to Obsidian was the key for me…I do a lot of reading and writing. Having all of my Kindle annotations and notes in Obsidian is a big boost to thinking and writing. Connecting ideas is extremely helpful.
Obsidian renders beautifully
It has an active community constantly expanding its capablilites
FWIW, while Craft’s native app-ness will always give it an edge, I think Obsidian can go toe-to-toe with it—with a bit of fiddling. Try the Minimal theme, and install the Minimal Theme Settings plugin to maximize customizability. The California Coast theme is also very “macOS-like”—it uses the Style Settings plugin for further customization.
I would also add that one thing: Obsidian allows for assigning a custom keyboard shortcut to nearly every aspect of the app. If properly set you can fly through the interface and even tie some Keyboard Maestro macros to its functions.
This is a great help, thanks! Regarding menu items/services, the one I miss the most is text to speech. I use this to proof text. I find that reading the text as it is spoken helps me catch typos and notice stylistic issues that I sometimes miss when reading text I’ve written. Is text to speech possible in an electron app.?
I don’t think we’ll see the conventional macOS right-click/context menu anytime soon, but I do think it’ll be possible to run macOS services on selected text via a plugin. It’s in my list to figure out! (Otherwise, add a vote to the relevant feature request thread on the Obsidian forum to encourage the devs to work on it in core Obsidian.)
Files are not “in” Obsidian – they are in folders that Obsidian monitors. I haven’t reached a data saturation point with Obsidian, but wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an upper limit for file references in a document that could slow down processing. It’s probably a high threshold.
Sure, go for it. Obsidian on an iPad has essentially the same features as on the Mac. Even if you never used it on a Mac, it’s a great iPad app. It’s not complete – they need a share extension and a few key things. But, it outshines a lot of other apps in its category.