What’s a Zettelkasten, Anyway?

I talk about Zettelkasten a lot in my blog, but always indirectly. “Here’s the best tool for it,” or “Here’s how you can maintain one in the long term.”

But what’s a Zettelkasten, anyway? In this video, I answer exactly that question, and briefly tell you how you can have one too.

First Look at Obsidian – A Promising Zettelkasten App

You know it’s a good day when new Zettelkasten software comes out. And today is a tremendous day, since Obsidian just came out of the blue with a spectacular app to manage our Zettels.

This time I thought I’d try something a little different: here’s a first impressions video from me instead of the usual wall of text.

The Archive Custom Theme: iA Writer

The Archive is an outstanding piece of software for personal knowledge management, especially of the kind I spoke about in my last post. Among its strengths1 is its custom theme engine, allowing users who are willing to tweak a few .json files to create new color schemes from scratch. Since I love iA Writer‘s design, I thought: why not make The Archive look like Writer? So that’s what I did, and you can download the results.

To download the themes, right-click on the themes you want below and save the files in a place you’ll remember. Then, open The Archive’s preferences and go to the Theme tab. Click on “Open Theme Manager” then “Open Theme Directory.” Move the files you downloaded there.

Dark ThemeLight Theme

I tried to stick as closely as possible to Writer’s color palette, in both its light and dark mode. I highly recommend using one the same fonts Writer uses, which they graciously release for free to the public.

Changelog

  • 1.0: Initial release
  • Dark 1.1: Fixed the unfocused background selection color. Huge thanks to reader Sebastian for the heads-up!