I feel like I am late to the Obsidian train that has blasted its way across the internet, but having slowly tried it out, I feel like it has the right combination of “tweakability” and functionality that it feels like it’s the app I wanted a lot of other apps to be. I have long clung to OmniOutliner as my go to for creating outlines, especially when I knew the material would eventually end up in Word. (For long documents that I will be the only author on, I use Scrivener, but for those on which I need to collaborate or at least share drafts I almost always end up with Word because it’s so ubiquitous.)
The notes functionality in OmniOutliner has always gotten short shrift, a tough thing for a writer of complex documents to accept: dammit, there are headings and then there are body paragraphs. Folding Paper was a great app, and I used it for quite some time, but I appear to have been among a (too) small pool of users to support its development.
Now, along comes Obsidian and with its easily toggle-able edit/preview modes and the ability to fold headings … wow, this looks pretty impressive. I’ve ported a couple of outlines into it for some current documents I am working on – both production notes, lecture notes, and possible handouts for a course I am designing for a client – and we’ll see how it goes, but I have to say I am impressed with the functionality of the app out-of-the-box, let alone the community add-ins.