Tana: The Ultimate Note-Taking App — A Review of its Key Features and Innovations

9 min readJan 15
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I tried Tana for 12 days, and my impression is fantastic. Tana’s homepage said that you could cancel half of the software subscriptions. That’s true. At least I don’t have to worry about Roam, Notion, Obsidian, LogSeq, etc. Which one to choose? If the most significant innovation of note-taking software in the past two years is Roam’s double chain, then Tana’s Supertag can be regarded as another major innovation.

What is Tana? To put it simply, it is Workflowy + Roam + Notion, which integrates the core features of these three major software, Workflowy’s outline, Roam’s double chain and Notion’s database, Tana’s two significant features, unity and flexibility, truly achieve the note-taking software Quick notes and stress-free organization.

Today I will tell you about his three highlights and the current problems. At the end of the article, I made a very simple data management Supertag to share with you for free (Chinese). It is used for beginners to understand Supertag and inheritance.

Standard configuration of mainstream note-taking software

First, Tana has the standard configuration of the current mainstream note-taking software, such as daily records; click Today or press the shortcut key to enter Today’s diary and the calendar displays on the sidebar by Week and Day.

There are also Bi-links. Press @ to create a link. A reference to the original Node will create if you use @ to create a link on a new node. If you enter some content and create the link, it is inline.

Then there is the Tag. Although it looks like an ordinary tag, it has been entirely reborn. This is Tana’s unique cheat book, Supertag, which we will discuss later.

This is the standard configuration of mainstream note-taking software, daily records, bi-links and tags. Let’s take a look at what are the…


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