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What's the best new software from 2020?

What's your favorite software that you've started using this year? Anything special that improved your workflows and helped you be more productive in 2020? Or were there any major updates to software you already used that made you like it even more in 2020?

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Avi's avatar
2 years ago

Undoubtedly - Roam research.

5 points
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@maguay (replying to @Avi )
2 years ago

Roam as a product and wiki-style linking as feature absolutely feel like this year's breakout. Did you start using Roam this year? And have you continued to use it throughout the year?

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5_Point_Zero-'s avatar
2 years ago

This is the year of the 'backlink'. Obsidian and RoamResearch (and a bunch of other new or enhanced apps) are amazing and seem to be fueling their own note-taking resurgence. I never thought I'd hear 'Zettlekasten' in normal conversation. Not a Notion person but uh, be hard to ignore that beast too.

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@maguay (replying to @5_Point_Zero- )
2 years ago

Absolutely, feels like wiki-style linking is the breakout software feature of 2020, from Roam Research buzz in the beginning of the year to Notion adding wiki links later this year. Had you used the Zettlekasten method prior to 2020, and if so, what were you using it in?

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@5_Point_Zero- (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

Nope. Had heard of it, mostly in the index card form some people had tried from Luhmann. I was not going to do that. I used to read some really good articles at Zettlekasten.de too, they have some great content. But like so many, I was brought in by this slick new software.

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@maguay (replying to @5_Point_Zero- )
2 years ago

Gottcha! I'd heard of backlinks prior to Roam thanks to "As we may think" by Vannevar Bush, but it's the tool that got me actually using them.

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mikestaub's avatar
2 years ago
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@maguay (replying to @mikestaub )
2 years ago

Interesting, a cross-platform notes app with a terminal app, too!

What's your favorite thing about Joplin so far, and what were you using for notes before?

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@mikestaub (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

The fact that I can self-host and it's e2e encrypted. I was using Evernote before but realized I had super sensitive personal data on their servers.

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@maguay (replying to @mikestaub )
2 years ago

Great point—that’s one aspect of SaaS that’s often thought thought about enough.

1 point
Arminta's avatar
2 years ago

Coda - Everything
Integromat - Automations

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@maguay (replying to @Arminta )
2 years ago

Coda's really cool—love how you reference data from tables in standard text paragraphs. What got you originally to use Coda, and what's your favorite thing about it?

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bigal123's avatar
2 years ago
  • For basic illustrations - Canva
  • Editing audio - Audacity
  • Automating workflows - Google Apps Script
2 points
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@maguay (replying to @bigal123 )
2 years ago

Canva is surprisingly powerful; I'd rediscovered it earlier this year as an easy way to make social media banners. They've done an incredible job at curating templates, too.

It's wild how little Audicity seems to have changed since I last used it. Still gets the job done, I take it?

1 point
gentoftech's avatar
2 years ago
  1. Clickup
  2. Obsidian.MD

Both fundamentally changed the way I work and our company strategies.

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @gentoftech )
2 years ago

That is awesome to hear. Are you using Obsidian collaboratively with your team, or just on your own?

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bludrop's avatar
2 years ago

ClickUp - for personal work productivity, though unfortunately it won't scale for the business' needs

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @bludrop )
2 years ago

Interesting, what's keeping Clickup from being enough for your business at scale?

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@bludrop (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

It's less about the scale, I suppose, and more about the structure/design of the product. I think it is certainly capable to scale (and has a good price as well!), depending on the use case.

2 points
_jimmyrose's avatar
2 years ago

I'll second Integromat. Have been a big Zapier user for years (I consult and teach it) but have put off learning Integromat.

Some of the stuff I've automated for our biz wasn't possible in Zapier and it is freaking awesome to have it sorted now. Wish I started sooner

2 points
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@maguay (replying to @_jimmyrose )
2 years ago

Fascinating, I do need to give it a try, as my automation workflows are entirely colored by my Zapier experience.

What are your favorite Integromat automations so far that you couldn't do in Zapier?

1 point
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@_jimmyrose (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

One of the main ones, which is what drew me to try Integromat in the first place, is iterating over every row in a spreadsheet to do some kind of operation.

For example, I built a backlink checker to make sure people aren't pulling our links.

Another one is the synchronization of contacts from our billing system to Intercom. The Zapier contact lookup doesn't work very well. Integromat allows you to query the API manually, using the "authenticated API call" action - THIS is huge. If you know how to read API docs, you can do anything with the API.

Right now you can't do that in Zapier

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@maguay (replying to @_jimmyrose )
2 years ago

Those both would absolutely enable a lot of more advanced workflows. Thanks for sharing. On spreadsheets, I've always done that with Zapier by updating one column in the spreadsheet, but that does require that manual step.

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@iCanAutomate (replying to @maguay )
2 years ago

So glad to see Integromat mentioned multiple times here!

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