Notion 2.0

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

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#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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  • Rees VinsenFounder, CEO - Adduco
    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

    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.

    Rees Vinsen has used this product for one week.
  • 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

    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.

    Nagarjun Palavalli has used this product for one year.

Discussion

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Ivan ZhaoMakerHiring@ivanhzhao · Co-founder, Notion
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
Jacob Bøtter@boetter · Founder, author, etc.
@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!
Andrew Mutavdzija@andym_dc · JD
@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...?
Samuel BeekHiring@samuelbeek · Makes Digital Product
@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?
Chevy@chevykmd · Audiovisual and Multimedia Communicator
@ivanhzhao great update! I can't wait for the Android app, it's the only thing holding me from fully switching to Notion.
Joseph Wood@iamjmw · Social Media Coordinator
@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.
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.
Yaser Ahmady@yaserahmady
@zee Exactly how I feel.
Rick Sheahan@cucumbur · Software Engineer in Seattle. 🐹❤️
Notion is so powerful, it's the first thing since mind mapping to seem like a viable way to get out my rapid stream of thoughts and organize them! The new release, from my short view is just another step in a massive featureset that feels like the perfect mix of desktop wiki, notes app, markdown (or markdown-esque) editor, with collaborations and now tables. My only issue is.... it's so much! I am overwhelmed with the abilities and have trouble building workflows that I can use with ease or quickly enough to not just resort to bookmarks or bookmark service extensions and notes widgets. It would be super cool to see interviews with devs ala thesweetsetup (and im sure plenty of other sites) to see how they use Notion for whatever, to get inspiration. Takes the onus off of the team to make tutorials that are subjective, too, so you don't limit imagination with your knowledge-base.
Rick Sheahan@cucumbur · Software Engineer in Seattle. 🐹❤️
these seem to be along the lines of what I'm looking for, but not always great quality and very few, limited perspectives. (sorry, the thumbnails auto appear)
Raphaël Chabaud@raphchabaud · Growth & Product Marketer
@cucumbur Same for me. I believe all-in-one products will always be less refined than specialized platforms. It is more tools to maintain but they come together well with tools such as Station. Notion is still an impressive product and one of the best note taking app on the market with evernote, slite, bear...
Francesco D'Alessio@francescod_ales · Productivity App Reviewer
@cucumbur Thanks for featuring me here! Sorry for the intense thumbnails!
Dragan Babić@draganbabic · Designer @sprawsm, founder @funnelnow
An incredible update! Any plans on integrating with Zapier? I'd die for an option to be able to send stuff into Notion.
The Sultan of Sex@thesultanofsex
@draganbabic I need this as well. The ability to tie Zapier into Airtable / Asana is crucial for me.
Jerome Darker@jeromedarker1
@draganbabic @thesultanofsex +1 This would be very helpful
Ivan ZhaoMakerHiring@ivanhzhao · Co-founder, Notion
@draganbabic It's in our top 5 requests right now ;-)
William Nutt@william_nutt
@draganbabic @ivanhzhao Add my vote, please! I can't fully "replace" my other tools until this is in place.
Dragan Babić@draganbabic · Designer @sprawsm, founder @funnelnow
@ivanhzhao That's great to hear! Thanks for taking the time to reply.
Sarah Hum@sarahhum · Founder of Canny
We've been using Notion at Canny on a daily basis for a while now. From our daily standups to our interview pipeline, Notion is the home for our docs. I was stoked to see the updates this morning—they add so much more power. Excited to see which tools I can stop using now 😅 Congrats to the team, you're killing it!