Roam is a cloud-based notes tool, designed for 'networked thought'. It's less of a note-taking app and more of a long haul research tool. And it's deeply impressive.
Roam is built to both accommodate any structure and also accommodate changing structures. Its 'bi-directional links engine' and 'knowledge graph' mean you’re not tied to a folder hierarchy, but instead, you create connections between blocks and pages of information as you go.
Using Roam, you create connections between blocks and pages of information in its unique way of connecting all of your notes together in a flat structure. It leverages the way our minds work organically, producing a networked mindmap that evolves over time.
Unlike most note-taking tools where your information lives in a hierarchy, Roam allows you to move laterally across your information while retaining vertical references. It does this using what it calls a bi-directional links engine. to create pages that link to other pages around a particular topic.
Roam allows you to move laterally across your information while retaining vertical references. It does this using what it calls a bi-directional links engine to create pages that link to other pages around a particular topic.
Roam is all about making connections
with yourself over time.
The backbone of the Roam experience is it's Daily Notes. You start each day with today's date. The idea is to create new pages from the Daily Note so you'll be able to see when you created these pages, and your work will be visible when reviewing your days.
If you Shift-Click on a tag or title you can open that page in the right-sidebar. You can also left-click on a bullet point to open that in the sidebar as well.
The sidebar can be helpful for looking at multiple things at once, rather than jumping between documents -- so you can more easily follow tangents an "roam" around in your ideas, without losing your place.
Anywhere in Roam you can type a slash (\), for the option to insert a wide array of handy things
These are for Mac shortcuts for PC replace Command with the Control key
Roam wants to make it possible to collaborate with your past and future selves.
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