Note Taking Apps

7 promising new personal knowledge management apps to watch in 2022

Here is a roundup of new, emerging, rapidly growing, and promising personal knowledge management apps to watch in 2022 and beyond.
Elizabeth Butler, MD, PhD 3 min read
7 promising new personal knowledge management apps to watch in 2022
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The last few years have given us some amazing personal knowledge management apps. For those of us who have embraced digital note-taking, we’re kind of spoiled for choice. Of course, that can mean it’s difficult to decide how to choose a personal knowledge management app, but that’s another issue… I love discovering exciting new apps for managing digital notes and building a personal knowledge management system.

If you’re happy with your current app (whether it be Notion, Roam, Obsidian, Bear, Evernote…), please don’t change! If your PKM setup is working for you right now, just keep enjoying. ☺️ But if your current digital note-taking setup could use an overhaul, and you’re in the market for a new personal knowledge management app, one of these just might be the right fit for you.

In alphabetical order, here is a roundup of new, emerging, rapidly growing, and promising personal knowledge management apps to watch in 2022 and beyond.


Website: Heptabase
Twitter: @heptabase

A note-taking tool for visual learning. Make sense of complex topics. See the big picture of your learning topic. Remember what you’ve learned, even after a long time.


Website: Logseq
Twitter: @logseq

Logseq is a joyful, open-source outliner that works on top of local plain-text Markdown and Org-mode files. Use it to write, organize and share your thoughts, keep your to-do list, and build your own digital garden. A privacy-first, open-source knowledge base.


Website: Napkin
Twitter: @napkin_one

Inspiring thoughts on top of your mind. Collect thoughts, see connections, be inspired.


Twitter: @nota_md

Pro notes app designed for local Markdown files. From simple notes and todo lists, to articles and journals, to wikis and second brain — no accounts, no subscription, no vendor lock-in — coming to macOS in 2021. Can request invite or pre-order.


Website: Organizedly
Twitter: @organizedly

Put your thoughts to work. Organizedly is where smart note-taking meets getting things done

Tangent Notes

Website: Tangent Notes
Twitter: @tangentnotes

Tangent is designed to let you write the way you think. Your thoughts are connected; Tangent lets you link to existing notes and make new ones with ease. Let your mind wander along the path of interest. Don't suppress thoughts, embrace them.


Website: Unigraph
Twitter: @thesophiaxu

Organize, relate, and discover everything in your life on your knowledge graph, all in one workspace.

PS - Build your personal knowledge management system with Calmer Notes

Hi friend! 👋 If you're searching for promising new note-taking apps and software, you might be the kind of person who's interested in personal knowledge management.

If you're a busy person who would like to create an intentional, mindful, flexible personal knowledge management system that fits your busy life, the Calmer Notes method may be the right fit for you.

I've created Calmer Notes: Personal Knowledge Management for Busy People based on my own two-decade experience of applying personal knowledge management in a wide variety of work environments. The Calmer Notes method will take you through the process of creating and maintaining a tailored, mindfully-designed personal knowledge management system to organize your digital notes and files.

This self-paced course (which includes digital book + workbook + PKM app database) is now available for purchase at Gumroad.

If you'd like to learn more, check out an overview of the Calmer Notes approach or visit Calmer Notes.

You'll also get a free guide to the 5 most common note taking myths (that just might be stopping you from building a sustainable personal knowledge management system) when you sign up for my newsletter.

Wishing you all the best on your personal knowledge management journey!

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