Clone (display item in multiple places)


I think if we go down that path, the global memory usage is be a problem for some people forever. It’ll get harder and harder to “unload” unused documents from the memory because you want to count tags, count clones, and get the latest item name in the case of internal links…

Other than that, very cool idea.


That’s in interesting point. I always envisioned that clones/mirrors/references would be local to a document.


Yeah, it would be definitely be less resource consuming if we limit everything to local.


I also assumed clones would be allowed only locally (document-wide).
That said, I use only few dynalist documents with little overlap. With more documents and more overlap I might think otherwise.


Totally! To be most flexible, I would allow full recursion and manage expansion state like you said.

Yes! I imagine: click on the [3] and you get a pop-up as for “Open item finder” with the 3 parent nodes being displayed, so you can jump to them!
In a previous post, I proposed to print all parents like the breadcrumbs (path) of the node. But my proposal is less flexible because it is only visible for the zoomed in node and it wastes real estate on the screen. Now, I’m in favor of your proposal.

A more general note:

We argue about implementation details but I would like to point out the importance of this feature. Clones would extend the core of Dynalist: the node graph structure! This core is already strong in Dynalist and distinct from other apps.
We could emulate this feature with tags or links but both are on top of the core node structure; I consider them extra features.
I am aware that other features are important, like recurring tasks, to-do’s, calendar sync, reminders. But none of them extend the core of Dynalist, they just sit on top. None of them are also unique to Dynalist: other apps offer them as well and Dynalist competes against those well-established apps.

I do use those extra features in Dynalist, but I could easily get them from other apps if Dynalist didn’t exist.

But I still use Dynalist daily as my main app for notes and personal knowledge! There is no other App that organizes notes in such a beautiful and easy-to-navigate way. It’s 80% of my motivation to use (and gladly pay for) Dynalist. I would love to see Dynalist build on its core (in addition to introducing useful extra features).


I’ve just been skimming through various topics for fun . . . What’s the difference between cloning and the linking done with [[ ? I think 90%+ of the cases described can be handled simply with this feature. If you want, stick certain items frequently used into one file and then refer/link to them everywhere else. Just curious what I’m missing here.


Hi Malcolm. I do my best to explain why clones are a separate use case from links in the second half of my very long post above. Here’s a link to it:


Craig, Thanks for prompting me to read this thread in greater detail. My guess is—it’s just a guess and without judgment—that the participants in the discussion have been influenced by a knowledge of computer programming (what is possible) more than by thinking about useable solutions.

For instance, the My Day list referred to by Jordan is just a bookmarked search of things with today as a tag. Delete the individual nodes or edit them from that list, and your data is consistent from every view.

If following a link is too distracting because it takes you out of context (and by that I think you mean it’s too hard to navigate back to where you were, or at least that’s a problem I have with links), then add the ability to show and edit a link in a pop-up window/bubble.

If you want to have multiple instances of the same node (of any size) that then act independently, add a copy function to the current (extremely useful) move function.

If none of these options quite work, then maybe your data belong in 2 files, where the main file links to the data entries in the supplementary data file.

To me it seems like 90% of what you want already exists, while only about 20% of the date and calendar features I want exist. You’ll never guess which I think is more important, LOL.