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Obsidian 1.0 Released: Store of Personal Knowledge in the Form of a Notes App

Obsidian 1.0 Released: Store of Personal Knowledge in the Form of a Notes App

More than two years after its initial release in March 2020, Obsidian, a personal knowledge base in the form of a Markdown note-taking app, is now at version 1.0.0. After a long development phase, the application for Windows, Mac, Linux, Android and iOS went from version 0.16.5 to 1.0.0 in a few days. There have been significant changes like the introduction of tabs and changes in appearance.

What obsidian What makes it special is above all the possibility of connecting notes with each other. On the one hand, these links are used to quickly access another note from within a note, which is mainly useful for larger collections. On the other hand, these relationships with each other can also be visualized in the form of a graph.

The developers’ self-made claim to have created a “second brain” stems from this possibility. Similar to synapse formation, this connection of personal notes aims to promote learning processes and give users ideas, as can be seen from the enthusiastic feedback from developers, scientists, and other users.

Another notable feature is Obsidian’s expandability. In addition to the 25 basic included plugins that extend the functionality, users have access to almost 670 community plugins and 131 themes to customize the application.

In order for the files to remain accessible in the future, even if Obsidian is no longer developed, everything is saved in plain text format. Formatting is done in human-readable Markdown. In the editor, the entries appear directly after the line break in the expected format. Also, the application relies on local file storage. The user must take care of the cloud synchronization by himself or can request it from the provider for an additional charge. In any case, the application must not make users dependent on cloud providers.

Obsidian is freely available for personal use. Users who pay $25 or more will get early access to future updates. A commercial license costs $50 per user per year. Faster support is also included. There are also additional services such as synchronization for US$8 per month and the ability to make your own database available as a website. This costs $16 per month per site.


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