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iA Writer as a Zettelkasten Note Archive

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  • Cool! Has anyone put together a quick comparison of iA Writer and The Archive?

  • edited January 17

    @Eurobubba said:
    Cool! Has anyone put together a quick comparison of iA Writer and The Archive?

    Glad you enjoyed the article! :smile:
    I'd say these can be considered to be the biggest differences, among others:

    A couple of things iA does not have which the Archive does:
    - Custom theming (other than light and dark mode)
    - Quick shortcut to create files when the app is not open
    - [[this]] style of linking

    And things iA has:
    - Multiple working folders simultaneously, indexed
    - iOS, Android, Windows apps
    - Customizable templates for exporting .md files to pdf, .docx and other formats

    But yeah, the really main difference is that Writer is not a Zettelkasten-focused app, it's just a writing app which happens to work well with the method. The Archive, on the other hand... it's super Zettelkasten-y. I use Writer for mine mainly because I was already using it before for school assignments, lecture notes, and I already made the monetary commitment, but I reckon if I had to pick one solely for the Zettelkasten, I might have picked the Archive.

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