Notion 2.0

The all-in-one workspace - notes, tasks, wikis, & databases

#1 Product of the MonthMarch 2018
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Notion is the all-in-one workspace. From notes, tasks, wikis, to database, Notion is all you need. Works great for teams and individuals. Available in the browser, iOS, Mac, and Windows.

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Hey Product Hunt, Notion founder here. About 1.5 years ago, we released Notion 1.0 on Product Hunt. At that time, the company was just my cofounder Simon and I, and we were nearly running out of money (thanks mom for the bridge!) If not for the Product Hunt launch and the overwhelming support from this community, we wouldn't have made it... Today, we are launching Notion 2.0. In all honesty, Notion 2.0 is really the 1.0 for us. It finally delivers on our promise – a singular tool that handles all your work outside email and Slack. With the addition of tables, Kanban boards, and calendars, along with the existing notes and wiki features, we think we have done it with this release – Notion is now truly the "all-in-one workspace". We have all kinds of users running on Notion every day, from larger customers like Airbnb, Intercom, and Slack, to small creative agencies around the world, or just individuals who want a flexible notes app to stay organized. We want Notion to grow into the general purpose tool for our generation, very much like what Microsoft Office did a couple of decades ago ;-) Next up: - Android app (This could be as soon as early April!) - Much better mobile and offline experience, especially for iPad. - ... and many more. Message us your requests in the app (via the little '?' on the bottom left), and we'll build it. Thank you again for this community. We wouldn't be here without you guys. Ivan Cofounder, Notion
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@ivanhzhao A big thanks from me. Currently paying for Notion as its an indispensable tool for writing my next week, pretty much everything is being done in Notion and with the latest update I am heavily considering moving *everything* in the process to Notion. The tool also gets a nice shout-out in the book itself!
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@ivanhzhao hi, thanks for your hard work on an excellent tool. question, though: where is v2.0? App store still lists 1.1 and no update available...?
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@ivanhzhao First of all: congrats on the update. My company uses Notion a lot and I think these are great improvements. One thing I'd say is a hassle in your service right now and might help adoption for Notion inside companies, is that it's hard to integrate with other tools. I agree that it's best to have everything in one place but the reality is that it's very hard to switch a whole company and all its tools at once. So are you considering building integrations or a more powerful way to embed other tools, like how Slack does that? I think it'd be great if I could somehow link my kanban tool to my teams notion page. Is iPad a big market for you at the moment and is that why you're prioritizing it?
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@ivanhzhao great update! I can't wait for the Android app, it's the only thing holding me from fully switching to Notion.
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@ivanhzhao @andym_dc - This is what I've been wondering all day. I'm super excited to try it out, but I have no idea when it's actually coming out. I assume it's an update that is being rolled out some time today, but I don't really know.

HANDS DOWN 🙌🏼 THE BEST PRODUCTIVITY, ORGANISATION AND RESOURCE WORKSPACE myself or my team have ever touched 💯

We're huge advocates of Trello, power-users of Slack, data-hungry Google Sheet/Doc fanatics and unloyal downloaders of many productivity, Wiki, task management and organisation apps. With my CTO I often mused the idea of building an all-in-one workspace for internal use that sat as our Pandora's box of goodies ranging from development wiki's, onboarding information and branding resources all the way to task management, meeting notes and even time tracking - lo and behold I stumbled across this gem of an app.

We decided to run Notion for a week in tandem with Trello (for our highly-granular level project management) starting by spending an hour in the evening porting over info to populate a few spreadsheets, wikis etc. I also went ahead and threw personal pages up to trial it on an individual level. 📝Note: if you have a super high turnover of to-do's and an active team you won't find switching over from another app to be a lengthy process. After 6 years of managing a creative agency I reckon I have seen enough task management and organisation apps to last a lifetime, so take my thoughts here with that consideration.

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After a week we drew the following conclusions:

⏱ We worked faster with Notion than we did with Trello, Evernote or even a physical whiteboard.

📦 Today I solely used Notion for the entire workday. This time last week I would have used Trello, Slack (sending meeting notes and memos), Google Sheets, Google Docs, the native OSX notes app and GithubWiki just to get my day ORGANISED!

📚 Managing client editorials, project budgets, to-do lists and even basic memos and planning has been a breeze. It's great as a lightweight CRM too.

🛠 We were more organised than ever before. It's great to have a knowledge base for our products, plans and company sitting right amongst our task management tools.

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We have also been left wanting for nothing (👏🏼 Congrats, Notion team) but dreaming of a few things:

💵 Beefier finance organisation/support. Integrations with Quickbooks, Xero maybe? Make it easier to build budgets and organise our money plans!

🗣 Room to annotate and collaborate on images/PDF's etc.

🔐 Function to lock pages so you can't edit, and the little hover tooltip to edit doesn't show up.

🎨 Integration with design apps - Sketch, UXPin, etc. Many many many creatives will use this app and be left wanting in this area. Think: a creative agency collabs, annotates, refines, develops and more...keep them in Notion.

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The TLDR: Notion 2.0 kicks a** and we'll be using it for a long long time in place of a myriad of other productivity apps and tools. You should too.

Pros:

- Clean, unobtrusive and customisable UX

- Lightweight and unrestrictive

- Perfect balance of tools

- Best productivity app I have ever used

Cons:

- A document/page 'lock' so you aren't prompted to edit would be nice

- No usability, UX, functionality or other cons

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Okay so after using Notion 2.0 for two months I have a few more comments to add, moreso if anything is hinging decisions on the prognosis of long-term use. For any agile-esque or multi-layer project or task planning it does lack a little support. For super granular planning, you may be better looking at a planning-specific application like Taiga or something. That is to be expected though - it's kinda like taking a sportscar 4wd-offroading; it'll get you there but it's not made for it. Our only other gripe is where it comes to support for financial planning, such as lightweight budgets or cost tracking. Understandably it's not meant to be used for heavy financial/numerical calculations or planning, but it is something that we are left wanting for. It's nothing bad - simply if you're looking for anything more than lightweight planning you're better off sticking to your spreadsheets. I do want to reaffirm that these aren't marks against my review or recommendation - they're simply very small things that could make Notion all the more powerful as the app progresses. If you're looking at taking a large team over or if you spend majority of your day working out of productivity apps then hopefully these reflections after two months of use will help you. Still a stellar app 👍🏼
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Will try it out. We currently use Trello a lot and I like this alternative kindly presented by you.

I want to move from Evernote (I am a premium subscriber) to Notion, I really do but I don't think Notion wants me to. Whatever I am about to say, I say it with nothing but respect for Notion and in the hopes that it will continue to improve at the same pace.

First, the good - Notion has the best note editing interface I've ever used. A close second might be OneNote (it's a high bar, mind you) and Bear. It combines the simplicity of Evernote or Markdown with the power of OneNote although, it is missing the ability to use handwriting and doesn't support iPad with Pencil just yet. When it does, it will be perfect. I also like that I can save code snippets. Why is this so hard for Evernote?

Notion 2's tables, boards and other updates are huge. While I'm sure the in-built kanban board is not as feature complete as Trello, it should be more than enough for most projects. Same for tables. Airtable has a bunch of really cool advanced features but for most use cases, tables within Notion are just fine. Notion is on the right path and I am sure these features will only improve.

Now for what I don't like - The price is definitely my number one complaint. I will happily pay for Notion when it can do everything that other apps can. Until then, why not let me stay connected to the product with a cheaper paid plan or a better free tier? I pay for Evernote but if I were to consider switching, I can't do so purely because Notion doesn't do a bunch of things that Evernote can (even though it does a lot of things that Evernote doesn't) - Chrome extension to clip articles, emails, images etc., powerful mobile app with business card and document scanning, iPad support etc.

At $8 a month, it is more expensive than G Suite on a per-user basis. Why not give me 100 - 200 free blocks per month? Let me grow to love it. Let me build a workflow around it. Give me some incentive to tell my friends about it. When you have the features I want (I'm sure you're working on it), let me pay for it.

Price aside, I would also like to see how Notion fairs for quick note-taking, It's designed to be a wiki-style product and I get that but I'm sure a LOT of people are using it for personal notes. I use Evernote to save one-line notes - phone numbers, quotes, URLs etc. Notion's wiki-style UX is too heavy duty for that kind of use. It would be really cool if there was a "scratchpad" or "quick notes" feature that was not as heavy duty. For these simpler notes, I don't want to organize them into pages, I just want to save them and may be tag them. Which brings me to another feature I could really use - tags. Why limit users to only folders? Why not allow users to just tag notes?

I could go on but ultimately, I won't be switching to Notion right now, even though I really want to. Cost is too prohibitive but I'm sure I'll be on the hunt for future updates.

Pros:

- BEST & most powerful editing interface hands down

- Brilliant, simple UX

- Lightweight Kanban and Airtable-like tables are huge

Cons:

- COST: Highly prohibitive free tier

- No way to organize random snippets

- No browser extension, no handwriting support

- Mobile scanning

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It does not do really well at quick note taking or brainstorming alot. I use mind maps or just Bear if I have to.
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Underrated review, up up :)
They do have a Personal Plan now and it's really cheap. They set the barrier for entry quite low. I hope you consider. I love this app :)
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Its only 4 bucks right?
I would recommend Bear App. Simple compared to Evernote. https://bear.app/
I've been using this in private beta and can't emphasise enough how impressed I am with what the team have built. I was impressed with Notion 1.0 but never felt it did anything quite good enough to replace other products ... Notion 2.0 is a different story. This can legitimately replace your task management app (particularly Trello), your spreadsheet app (e.g. Airtable), your notes app (e.g. Evernote), your documents app (e.g. Dropbox Paper), Lists/Outliner (e.g. Workflowy) and it integrates them all incredibly elegantly - on desktop AND mobile. Massive kudos. Haven't been as excited about a product like this in literally 8+ years.
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@zee Exactly how I feel.
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@zee exactly this. What a masterful tool it is!
An incredible update! Any plans on integrating with Zapier? I'd die for an option to be able to send stuff into Notion.
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@draganbabic I need this as well. The ability to tie Zapier into Airtable / Asana is crucial for me.
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@draganbabic @thesultanofsex +1 This would be very helpful
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HunterPro
@draganbabic It's in our top 5 requests right now ;-)
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@draganbabic @ivanhzhao Add my vote, please! I can't fully "replace" my other tools until this is in place.
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@ivanhzhao That's great to hear! Thanks for taking the time to reply.
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