After posting my previous video on Zettelkasten, together with tons of positive feedback, I also received some very valid constructive criticism, mainly regarding things that should be added or rectified. This video aims to address just that.
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.
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.
Use an iPad or iPhone for your Zettelkasten? Want to make your workflow a bit quicker? I hear you. I made a shortcut that allows you to quickly create Zettels on iPad and iPhone which works in a similar way as the one in my post “Knowledge Management with Zettelkasten and iA Writer.” But please first read the following.
In this post I will go through some of the thoughts I have about keeping and organizing knowledge in my Zettelkasten.
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.
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.
- 1.0: Initial release
- Dark 1.1: Fixed the unfocused background selection color. Huge thanks to reader Sebastian for the heads-up!
In this post I will talk about my personal knowledge management system, how it developed into a Zettelkasten, what Zettelkasten is, and why I think iA Writer is pretty much perfect for it.