> If you use OBSIDIAN for work-related activities in a company with two (2) or more employees, you must obtain a commercial license.
I’ve tried Obsidian, Roam Research, and others, but Zettlr is simply a much more complete piece of software.
In addition, the developer’s perspective on their work and complete belief in open-source, privacy, open standards, etc., is really heart-warming .
Ultimately, it's not the tool itself, but the consistency with which I use it that had impact.
I don’t know how long the momentum keeps up, but it’s clear to me that Roam has captured a market segment that’s been mostly ignored by the bigger players who’ve focused on creating project management software.
It may not be for you or your company, but it is clearly resonating.
Any existing use of [[link]] style ones will work natively.
Most importantly offline first approach. My notes are stored on a NextCloud share so many backups and notes are searchable with ripgrep when looking for stuff not interlinked or tagged.
Also roam research used to mess up quite often until they built client side caching. Still very annoying and frustrating to have to look at the dot turning green or staying brown. Could have improved but they should offer a complete offline solution IMHO, at least for editing markdown in 3rd party tools and re syncing.
There’s a graph server that might be helpful but I never used it.
Another advantage being able to ripgrep through content for dirty searches.
The more content is there (not just links and pointers) the more likely it is you’ll surprise yourself finding links between different domains you’re interested in.
For me, word definitions in Arabic for example, tie into terminology used in articles I read in other languages, because I can use “aliases” to refer back to them.
The downside is that it's a bit too simple... After a while you'll probably want more features and I haven't seen them adding much in those six months. We'll have to see where it goes... they have a lot of competition! Seems there's more Zettelkasten software out there than there are Zettel in the average Kasten!
Genuinely Roam is the note taking app I've been looking for all my life, it lets me dump the contents of my mind in a way that I know I'll be able to re-establish context easily when I come back to the notes.
I'm happy to support them purely out of a wish to see how they can keep improving it.
I recall reading about some privacy policies issues a while back , I wonder if anything has changed.