I thought I’d take a moment to share some frustrations with SuperNotes that is leaving me conflicted and failing to use it as my daily driver for note taking.
The biggest challenge is the primary interaction with cards and sub-cards. Using a hierarchy for my cards is definitely a superpower, but that also means I need to edit cards that are close together in that hierarchy often. Having to move up and down the hierarchy with SuperNotes is pretty painful. Opening a note board doesn’t work. I feel this should work like a file explorer on my computer. When I am in a card, I should have access to subcards on the side and there should be some fluidity in the way I can move around.
I don’t know what the answer is, but this is definitely the biggest cause of frustration for me.
Next, tagging. Tagging inline within a card is also really important to understand why the tag exists. The tags are part of the natural language of a note and having them as metadata on the card makes it too difficult to keep those tags up to date and removes them from the cognitive model when reading the card.
Inbox. I was excited when you said this was coming, however it’s only for sharing. When creating new cards and no hierarchy can be inferred (or even as quick capture on mobile), I would like a triage / inbox for my own cards. A place for them to live until I triage them and add the appropriate metadata.
Finally, dates. Even with the challenges above, I have been able to enter cards and get value from SuperNotes. However, I immediately need to leave SuperNotes the moment I want a card to be surfaced on a certain date. The ability to add dates and reminders to my cards will allow me to keep the majority of my notes in SuperNotes without the escape hatch.
With regards to my escape hatch, I keep falling back to RoamResearch. I’m sure you’ve played with it and I hope there’s some inspiration for improvements to SuperNotes to come.
- Daily Notes
- Frictionless Inline Page Links / Page Creation (SuperNotes does OK here, but opens the new card when creating within a card, and also - slash commands don’t work on mobile)
- Backlinks are surfaced better (SuperNotes doesn’t display breadcrumbs / context)
Looking forward to more updates, I am a huge fan of SuperNotes and I hope this feedback helps and SuperNotes can become my daily driver.