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Obsidian App

Reading Time: 4 minutes A review on Obsidian note-taking application.
February 16, 2021
Reading Time: 4 minutes

While giving examples of note taking applications where you can apply the Zettelkasten method, I briefly mentioned Obsidian. You can create your personal wikis and knowledge-bases with this powerful application that allows you to take notes in markdown format. Obsidian app is a local-first and markdown note-taking app that has block-backlink feature.

In addition, it will be possible to open your own blog site with some features that will come soon.

Obsidian note application

The Features of Obsidian App

Markdown Note Taking App That Works Offline

In my opinion, among the numerous cloud application alternatives, Obsidian is at the forefront with this feature. You can download and install it on your personal computer and your notes remain completely with you. Cloud synchronization is also available as an extra, but is included in the paid plan.

Since Obsidian is a markdown note taking app, it is easy to carry, write and transfer to other platforms.

No WYSIWYG Editor Yet

When using Word or similar text editors, you instantly see how every change you make will look on the text. This type of editor is referred to as WYSIWYG (What You See is What You Get) in English.

WYSIWYG Editor

For example, you press the Bold key to make a word in the text bold and you will see that the selected word is written in bold font. How else could it be, you might say anyway. Very normal.

Obsidian currently does not have such an editor, but it is among its long-term plans. Probably another markdown editor is planned to have an editor like Typora.

You might like to take notes by seeing your articles pictured rather than markdown them. In this case, you can divide your screen in two and use the spelling and pictured version simultaneously.

You can split your Obsidian screen into numerous small windows and open another note, or see an image of the document you are currently working on.

A Different Look at Your Notes with Graph-Map

You know the graph theory. There are different applications of this theory, which started with Königsberg's Seven Bridges problem, which was first proposed by the mathematician Leonhard Euler. We know that Facebook frequently uses these data structures. Anyway, let's go back to our topic.

Graph theory examines nodes and the connections between these nodes. Similar to graph data structures, if we think of your notes as a node, the view where the relationality between these nodes is matched by the user is called a graph map. Obsidian offers the opportunity to view your notes in a non-hierarchical structure with this graph-map feature.

For example, when we look at some of my notes with this graph-map, a view like the following is created.

Note Taking Application that Offers Freedom of Design

One of the advantages of Obsidian compared to other note taking and information management tools is that you can customize the appearance of the application with different methods. It is possible to customize these parts, which we call the user interface, with themes and CSS code and give you a look of your own.


How to Use Obsidian Application?

As I mentioned before, Obisidan is a note taking application that works locally, you can install on your computer, and does not require internet.

Add and Change Obsidian Themes

To add or change a theme to the Obsidian application, you need to click the settings button in the lower left corner, then select the Appearance tab on the left panel and select your theme under the Themes heading.

Settings -> Appearance -> Themes -> Browse

Customizing the Obsidian Application with CSS Code

I said that we can customize our Obsidian application as we wish by using CSS code. For this, you need to go to the folder where your Obsidian notes are located and select the ".obsidian" folder here. If there is a file named obsidian.css in this folder, you have to select it, otherwise you have to create such a file yourself. You should also activate the customization with CSS code from the settings.

To replace Obsidian note-taking app with CSS:
Obsidian directory -> .obsidian folder -> obsidian.css
Settings -> Appearance -> Apply Custom CSS (must be activated)


Showcase Your Notes with Obsidian Publish

With Obsidian Publish, which is currently in beta, you can display your notes. This feature, which is especially suitable for concepts such as the Second Brain, Common Book, Digital Garden, which are popular concepts of recent times, can be used for a monthly fee of $ 8 - $ 10 for now.

Obsidian Publish

Making Your Notes Open to the Internet with Your Custom Domain Name

Obsidian Publish will roll out the feature this week that will allow you to use your own custom domain name. (January 25, 2021, week starting Monday)

To learn more about Obsidian Publish, you can visit the link below.

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