Object databases and collections
Object databases are the central storing unit in Capacities. Use object databases and collections to create workflows around your notes.
All your objects are organized in databases, you can find them in the sidebar on the left.
Databases are the storage units of your space. All your pages are stored in one database, all images are automatically added to another. Let's see why they are useful. Open your pages database and focus on the navigation section on the top first.
View all content
Here you can first of all search all your pages or create a new one on the right. In the area below you have the option to switch between different views: List, grid, wall, or table. Choose the one that works best for you. Grid, wall, and list are great if you need an overview while tables are great to get an in-depth view and to edit multiple items in one view.
On the left side, you can toggle between seeing all your objects and the database dashboard. Let's see what this is useful for.
The database dashboard
As soon as you have hundreds of pages in your space browsing through all of them can be overwhelming. Your database dashboard is a curated view that helps you not get lost in your second brain. Let's start at the top.
Here you have a section with collections. Collections are units to organize your database. You can think of collections as something like a folder within your database that holds multiple objects. But they are way more powerful than that, as we will explore in a second.
The section below is your inbox. Capacities automatically looks for all pages that you did not organize in collections yet and displays the ones you created last. That way you can create a new web link or a new image from everywhere without thinking about where it gets stored. Later you can come back to your database and organize them in collections if you want.
The last section shows the pages you edited last. These are the objects you are currently working on. If you want to get an overview of your current work next time you just need to open your database dashboard.
More on collections
Let's create a collection in your weblinks database. You can give your collection a name first if you want. On the top right, you can search through your collection or add new content.
Removing items from a collection in the data view
To remove items from a collection in the data view, click on the three dots on the top right of the item, then go to "Collections" and deselect the current collection (or any other collection you want to remove the item from).
You now know what object databases are and how you can use them to be more productive. Next time your friends ask you something you can proudly answer: Give me a second, I'll search my databases. 🤓
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