Well yesterday I finally got access to Roam and I have to admit after one day of use it was mind blowing. The sidebar (ahhh split screen as we would say here in dynaland) is a very efficient way to work when working on multiple documents or sections of a node. Really brilliant how they made it possible to have multiple documents visible in side bar.
I never understood the use of the backlink. Now I all I can say… I am not sure I can live with out it. The ability to interlink thoughts is very powerful.
Block referencing (aka transclusion in dynaland language) is as good as I imagined it would be. Totally reinvents the way you think about where data lives and is reused.
The ability to write a query in a node and have it renders content anywhere is an outliners time management dream come true.
So just a few features, and is a game changer.
Of course the price is outrageous. I can only hope the product rapidly improves. Missing some things (Outliner is inferior to Dynalist, the UI feels a little clunk, almost no UI configuration available without hacks, app documentation – or better said: what documentation? And no real central “user” community as we have here.
I didn’t want to write these thoughts, but after just a day of use, I rarely get this excited about a new piece of software and now understand why this thread is so long.
Frankly it makes me sad the team here didn’t combine the concept of Obsidian and Dynalist into a new tool. I think the Dynalist editor, along with the new knowledge and note taking capabilities of Obsidian would be very powerful competitor to Roam.