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The Archive + Obsidian

After bouncing around, testing different tools and software in my Zettelkasten workflow, I have finally settled on the combination of The Archive and Obsidian.

The simplicity of The Archive really helps in my writing and making connections within my Zettelkasten. But sometimes I want a visual of my Zettelkasten and some added functionality to interact with my notes. This is where Obsidian comes in. Not to mention the mobile app as well on iOS makes entering things quickly, on the go, a breeze.

Does anyone else use these two brilliant applications in their workflow? Do you have any tips or tricks in using them together?


  • It is a 50% perfect solution with 50% dilution. :smiley:

    Just kidding. What are you using Obsidian for specifically?

    I am a Zettler

  • @sfast I am using Obsidian for the mobile app and the graph view mostly. To see emergent topics in a visual rather than list format. As well, some plugins for daily journaling in the same vault, which The Archive ignores, and some plugins such as tag wrangler to mass edit tags as needed.

  • edited January 7

    I do this too. I also like the graph view and the tag wrangler of Obsidian. I also rely on dataview for a variety of literature review efforts. But I head back to the archive when I start fiddling too much with the many distractions of Obsidian ;)
    (I also have my Zettelkasten indexed by Devonthink for more complex searches and to use the ai)

  • From my end, I find that Obsidian’s far from perfect outlining mode is useful for working on my zettelkasten when ever I need that function. But I find the sync wonky and the system slightly too cluttered sometimes (the Archive excels in that it does not get in my way, this is it’s best feature). However, I’m still needing some type of functional tool that replaces folding text or just opening the files on sublime text. Why is there not a good markdown outliner, this is something that I still wonder about.

    I wonder which types of complex searches you use through devonthink. I’m quite keen on keeping a plain text approach but am intrigued about different modes of cutting across our knowledge systems.

  • edited January 8

    I sometimes use Absurdian and Logseq to view graphs, those these are of limited utility if it isn't possible to edit the connections between notes graphically. Logseq is the better of the two, especially if you like folding outlines. Both feature the nauseating Solarized color scheme, which has the salutary effect of propelling me back into Zettlr on Windows 10.

    Applying a distance metric to the graph could be useful (a hyperbolic metric), following network analyses I've seen. I think the digital ZK field could borrow from an extensive literature on network analysis.

    Digital ZKs could also benefit if they incorporated the automated review system developed by @Will Simpson. This is close to Piotr Wozniak's incremental reading facility in the spaced-repetition memorization program SuperMemo.

    ZK implemented with Zettlr+Pandoc+MikTeX+Zotero+BetterBibTex. Erdös #2.

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