Notion 1.0 Web + Mac App

Docs, wikis, tasks – a minimal & unified workspace for teams

Desktop ProductGolden Kitty 2016
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Notion co-founder here. We were accidentally hunted 10 months ago. Since then we have been rebuilding the product from scratch – it's now finally ready for you all. 🙂 To give you some background, our goal is to create the general purpose work tool for a post-file, post-MS Office world. My cofounder and I often joke that this was like the "hot startup topic" of the 90s. Unfortunately, tools for knowledge workers haven't advanced much since then. The state of art is either Google Docs/Quip/Dropbox Paper (multiplayer WordPerfect), or rigid SAAS apps (Visual Basic on the web by outsourced IT). To end users, all the knowledge and workflows are trapped in different "silos", the best people can do is to duct-tape everything together, previously with emails, nowadays with Slack. Notion wants to challenge this status quo of "software as silos". For the 1.0 release, we are bundling real-time documents, wiki-like organization, and lightweight tasks into a unified tool that can handle pretty much all your team's knowledge needs – and this is just the beginning. 😉 Thanks for the up-vote. Don't forget to download the Mac app (it's a beautiful and distraction-free writing tool on its own). Happy creating! ✌️
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@ivanhzhao Just played around with it for a while and I'm amazed. The organization and structure possibilities are endless. It will totally replace all my Google Docs + Trello + Dropbox Paper + bunchofotherstuff craziness. Thank you for the great product 🙌
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@ivanhzhao I've been using it for a few weeks now, and I'm really impressed. The thinking that went into designing Notion was clearly a cut above the rest. Nice work on it so far, can't wait to see where you all take it.
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I love it, also they are very reactive and take user feedback seriously.
@ivanhzhao this looks very promising..
@ivanhzhao I have been using this for about two weeks now and I've been really impressed with the structure and balance of simplicity and complexity. Immediately it felt like an Evernote replacement, where so many snippets are buried uselessly for me. My GF and I are using it in Quip/GDocs-like fashion to work through our "move-in checklist" - furniture purchases, to-dos, etc. It's been a great collab tool. Very excited for upcoming mobile updates, imports (bye bye Evernote, GDocs collabs) and (rumor has it) GIF goodness.
I have clocked 50+ hours on Notion, having written our startup’s internal knowledge base in it. I love this product. The editor may seem rough around the edges at first, but it reveals itself as a power tool with a slight learning curve. It produces great looking documents and has much more flexibility than Medium for example. This lets me stay away from static site builders and HTML and still produce complex layouts without losing maintainability. This actually gives you MORE tools than Markdown too, mainly because of the columnar layouts and (limited) style and colour options. The best part is structuring. Being able to nest pages, link across and control access domain/email/public is killer. The team reached out to me for feedback and have been integrating some of my suggestions which feels great. Being a power tool though I would say the only drawback is that you need to be a pretty advanced user to maintain and build documents. For my use case that’s fine. In theory this is easier to learn than Google Docs, but the Word UI is just so hard wired into people’s brains that anything else scares them away. I hope this style of editing becomes widespread.
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I must echo the sentiment that so many people here share; Notion is a well-conceived and expertly executed tool for knowledge work. I have used, and considered the merits of so many solutions purporting to solve the problems involved in contemporary knowledge work, and to my mind, none understand the problem quite as well as the team behind Notion. This is evidenced by the unique approach the app takes. Treat the document as a canvas, and each block as a type of information brush. You can compose the blocks on the canvas towards whatever end you want with just enough structure, and just enough freedom. We do not conceive of the world of knowledge as a nested hierarchy of ideas, but as a network of ideas — a network of hierarchies. Notion gives you the ability to represent your knowledge in this way. Having used Notion for almost a year now, I can attest to the team's ability to consistently evolve the core ideas and add interesting new ones. I am excited to see the future of this app.
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@skywinston thanks for the "network of hierarchies" concept.
Notion is awesome. It's different from most (web) content editors because it's *not* entirely subservient to document flow. It actually gives a few well-picked layout tools, and that makes all the difference. For example, I've been using it to do translation work. My layout looks like this (Draft template in two columns):
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This looks excellent. I'm a sucker for tools like this, but my first criteria is usually, "is this a tool that I would want to use as a single user without any team involvement?" It looks like Notion could well be such a tool.
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@frassmith my team has read only access (which is free since only active collaborators are billed)