Notion 1.0 Web + Mac App

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

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Ivan Zhao — 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 — 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 — 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 — Creative Technologist DigitasLabs
I love it, also they are very reactive and take user feedback seriously.
Charles. — technology innovation
@ivanhzhao this looks very promising..
Derek Shanahan — Pub Strategy @ 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.
Jon Wood — Product Designer
@ivanhzhao Awesome work! For some reason, anything I search doesn't return any results. :( also, are you guys working on an iOS version?
Pratik Sagar Mishra — Digital Marketer, VWO
@ivanhzhao This is beautiful :D
Damian Esteban — Passionate iOS and JavaScript Developer
@ivanhzhao This is a fantastic application! Even just playing around with it today so see the potential. I can't wait to dive in :).
Rotem Yakir — CEO/CTO Guggy - Fun-up Your Message
@ivanhzhao

The really cool thing is that it's automatically support GIFs. I just added a Guggy GIF to our board and it's looks great.

Do you have option to create addons, plugins, etc?
@ivanhzhao Notion looks really solid, and it's great to see it launch with a desktop app. Also stoked to see it's built with Electron - ping me and we'll get it added to http://electron.atom.io/apps/!
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Ivan Zhao — Co-founder, Notion
@jonw a lot of traffic yesterday. Search was lagging behind but should be working later today. Yes iOS is on the roadmap: https://www.notion.so/What-s-New...
Rotem Yakir — CEO/CTO Guggy - Fun-up Your Message
@ivanhzhao @jonw What about an Android app?
Alan Gao — Biz @Apple
@ivanhzhao will be great to see an iOS version.
Cyril Pavillard — Skeptic geek with free heels
@rotemthegolfer @ivanhzhao haven't tried yet but it browsing through the deluge of positive commentes while playing around, I was thinking just that. Stop using Trello, find a good reason to use Slack ;) ... what else ?

Stas Kulesh — Creative Director, Sliday
@ivanhzhao I've been trying to import .md and .docx for quite some time now. Notion gives me an error with no details.
- https://github.com/markets/aweso...
- https://paper.dropbox.com/doc/Aw... (same thing in Paper)

Am I doing it wrong?
Jökull Sólberg — 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.
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