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Introducing the Studio for your Mind

Hi, welcome to the Capacities Docs! 👋

We live in an age of information abundance – and constant distractions by social media and attention-grabbing apps. This can be quite overwhelming. Capacities is made for individuals who want to take back control and build lasting, specific knowledge around their interests and professional domain. Capacities is a calm place for your intellectual endeavors – a studio for your mind. Your journey into the next generation of note-taking and personal knowledge management starts here!

Capacities is based on three fundamental pillars. Let's explore them, so you can have the best Studio for your Mind. They are:

  1. Networked note-taking
  2. Object-based note-taking
  3. Time-based note-taking

Let’s explore how these pillars will transform your note-taking experience 🚀

You can either watch our video or read on below.

Networked note-taking

Pillar 1: Networked note-taking

This pillar allows us to move away from the restrictive thinking that comes with files and folders. Folders suggest notes are only useful in that one place, but this is not true, your notes can be useful for many different use-cases and you need an app that supports this reality.

Networked note-taking in Capacities is the answer.

There is no need to think about which precise folder a note lives in, you simply create your page, write your notes and connect them to other relevant notes, either via links or tags. You can visualize these links in a graph view, and use that to explore your connections. You can use each link as a route back through your notes too; there’s no need to remember the exact file path or second-guess where you put it. This lets you take notes naturally and intuitively, meaning you can stay in flow better, and get the content out of your head and into this Studio for Your Mind. Networked note-taking will change the way you work with knowledge and information.

Object-based note-taking

Pillar 2: Object-based note-taking

The endless possible connections of a network is part of what makes them so powerful, but sometimes we want to some repeated structure to these connected notes too.

In Capacities, we say every piece of content is an object, and every object has a type. You define the object type at the point you create the new object. This way of working aligns with how our brains work: we naturally categorize information, grouping similar items together as a way to understand them. Some examples in a note-taking context could be meetings, books, people, or projects.

Within each of these types of information, you may want to know specific things about them. For example, when was each meeting, who was involved in which project. You can add in these repeated pieces of information as properties to your object types. You can choose the properties, the layout, the icon, the label color and create templates. Once defined, these settings will be applied to every object of that type. In other words, Capacities will do the work to encourage you to track the date and attendees of each meeting. You just need to configure this setting once. Or, let us do the work for you with some pre-added templates.

It’s not just these custom object types either. Capacities comes with basic types like images, tweets, web links, or PDFs, which offer additional functionality. Add notes to your images and weblinks, they’re also important!

Time-based note-taking

Pillar 3: Time-based note-taking

Whilst you're focusing on taking your networked, object-based notes in Capacities, everything that you create is automatically part of a timeline because the third pillar of Capacities is time-based note-taking.

All content made on a given day is displayed in the central Capacities calendar, which you can browse through time. Here you’ll also find your daily note for any random notes, tasks, or to check in during the day. It also has sections that show when the date was mentioned, and when the time was mentioned in your notes.

All of this information is created automatically. We believe it’s important to be able to resurface your notes by date, and to have a central calendar where everything comes together, giving you a chronological view of your thoughts to better understand, review, or browse your content.

Focus on the Individual

Focus on the individual

We believe the best way to build Capacities is to focus on making it the best thinking studio for individuals. This is what drives every development decision we make.

There will be time to add collaboration features in later, but we want to make Capacities work amazingly for you first.

You can read more about this here.

How they work together

Capacities’ set up allows us to start simple and watch connections intuitively emerge through the freedom of linking notes and never again wondering where a file is saved, whilst giving us some repeated structure through objects to take some pressure off remembering what we want to include in our notes.

We can move as fast as our brains do, and customize the set up to the exact level you need over time, whilst behind the scenes we know everything is also discoverable through the calendar. With easy, quick methods to create and connect notes, and multiple avenues through which to rediscover these notes, Capacities gives you the best environment for building out the Studio for Your Mind.

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