Anytype was one of my most anticipated apps this year. I found it about a year ago when it was still in early stages, but I never got around to trying it out, until now. I think it was worth the wait because it’s incredibly polished and such a joy to use.
If I were to describe it in one sentence, it’s like a baby between Apple Notes and Notion. It’s got that elegance and simplicity of Apple Notes with the power and flexibility of Notion.
How Anytype Works
One of the best things about Anytype is that it is local-first, meaning all of your notes are stored locally on your computer just like in note apps like Obsidian and Logseq.
This is great for privacy and security as well as speed. Since everything is local, it’s super quick to open your notes and write something down.
But of course, that’s not the only thing it’s good at.
A great design makes using the app a joy. Anytype is probably one of the best designed apps I’ve used. It’s similar to that of Craft, which arguably has the most beautiful UI out of all note apps.
But I also see a bit of resemblance to Apple Notes or iOS in general. For instance, there’s this sidebar you can customise. I’ll get into this later, but when you edit it, they jiggle like on iOS: