Obsidian Part 1 💎 What and Why

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What is Obsidian?

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Why to use Obsidian

There is a quote in ancient Hebrew that says: ""just as the human face is not alike, so their minds is different"..
Obsidian allows you to create your personal and unique knowledge base, in your way and order, so that you'll be able to go back to your notes and thoughts with ease.
The app supports GFM(GitHub Flavored Markdown) and CommonMark, with additional elements like mermaid.js (create diagrams and charts) and reveal.js to create presentations.

Head to Settings and click Create new vault. The vault structure is similar to the file and folder hierarchy of macOS's Finder. The left panel displays files and folders with the ability to collapse the pane, create or switch the notes, and import markdown files from other apps. The right sidebar shows you backlinks and unlinked references.

Backlinks mean how the current note is referenced in other notes. If you have a master note on “Habits,” then a backlinks will show the entire instances of the term habits. When you click those links, it’ll instantly take you to old notes and ideas. This is different to making a wiki-style link with OneNote.

Unique Features of Obsidian

  • Edit and view multiple files in split-view mode. Press and hold the Cmd key while you click in Preview mode, or hold Shift + Cmd while in active mode. You can either split the current pane vertically or horizontally.
  • Add multiple vaults with their own set of plugins and custom styling for different projects. Since your data is text-based, you can carry them in a pen drive.
  • Embed files of different types, including audio, video, PDF, and Markdown for reference. You can take notes, make outlines, or even draw mindmaps along the files.
  • Organize notes with tags, folders, and backlinks, and view them in a graphical representation. Integration with third-party plugins is probably the strongest point.

Download: Obsidian (Free, subscription available)