Notion 1.0 Web + Mac App

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

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Reviews

  • Kiran KunigiriAn iOS/Mac/web dev who makes cool apps!
    Pros: 

    Content blocks/pages organize content easily

    Shortcuts make it FAST

    Collaboration is seamless with others

    Customize pages for a unique look

    Cons: 

    Live editing with collaborators isn't seamless

    No iOS app available (yet)

    Most of the features that are missing are coming soon anyways.

    Overall, Notion is like a bunch of widgets and management apps combined into one awesome package. I've been using it for several months now, and it works really well. It's most useful for team projects, where you can make an entire directory of pages for the different types of tasks you need to handle, and keep all progress and information synced into one app.

    Being able to move content blocks and pages around makes it very easy to organize, and the comment feature makes it easy to start a new thread to discuss a topic. Integration is also great, since I can embed code, videos, and even Google Drive documents. You can also customize the look and feel of pages (I love being able to set icons and header images for each page) to make them easily recognizable, and create complex layouts. There is a huge list of features that makes it possible to do almost anything you would want to do in a management/organization app.

    It's still improving, and they have a list of new features coming soon (the one I'm excited for is being able to assign tasks to people). There's an iOS app beta (that doesn't work on my device currently). There are a few minor bugs that I come across, but it's nothing that distracts you from using it. It's a solid app that I'll continue to use for both group and individual projects.

  • Pros: 

    Appears to have unlimited depth and width in what pages and projects you can create. The template suggestions are outstanding

    Cons: 

    My greatest fear is dedicating time to learning, adoption, and populating the tool only to have the 3 principals abandon the project.

    I'm invested in Priority Matrix but find the UI terrible...thus the search and trial of Notion. Wunderlist is only good for grocery and Home Depot lists. And Evernote has lost it's way. This product appears to bring EVERYTHING together.

    Jeff Wedge has used this product for one week.

Discussion

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Ivan ZhaoMakerHiring@ivanhzhao · Co-founder, Notion
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! ✌️
Kitze@thekitze · kitze.io
@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 🙌
Alexander Obenauer@alexobenauer · CEO, Mindsense (Throttle & Mail Pilot)
@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.
Julien Terraz@targz · Creative Technologist DigitasLabs
I love it, also they are very reactive and take user feedback seriously.
Charles.@charlesfugitt · technology innovation
@ivanhzhao this looks very promising..
Derek Shanahan@dshan · GM @ SuperRewards
@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.
Jökull Sólberg@jokull · Co-Founder, Takumi
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.
Sky Winston@skywinston · Front-End Web Developer, W+R Studios
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.
@skywinston thanks for the "network of hierarchies" concept.
Louis-André Labadie@lalabadie · Designer at Hookt Studios
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):
Fraser Smith@frassmith · Software Developer, Shanghai, China
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.
Jökull Sólberg@jokull · Co-Founder, Takumi
@frassmith my team has read only access (which is free since only active collaborators are billed)