Tana Weekly 2023-07-01: Tana Updates, Ask Me Anything, Tana Capture (Android), Mastering Commands, Mind Exercise, Prioritising and much more

The latest Tana news, updates and thoughts during the past week. Tana Weekly 2023-07-01: Tana Updates, Ask Me Anything, Tana Capture (Android), Mastering Commands, Mind Exercise, Prioritising and much more

Tana Weekly 2023-07-01: Tana Updates, Ask Me Anything, Tana Capture (Android), Mastering Commands, Mind Exercise, Prioritising and much more

Hi Everyone,

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month. So there we have it; we are now in H2 of 2023. Soon enough, we will see AI prompts in Tana like "Give me the list of top Christmas presents", and "List of Christmas dishes with their recipe".

While waiting for that to happen, we have had another jam-packed week of events and content being published. There may also be a surprise for a certain type of mobile OS users who have been (patiently?) waiting :)

To kill the suspense, let's get to it.  


This past week Tana released the following:

Friday Release Node


  • 🔖 You can now group by tag. 🎉
  • 💬 You can now filter and group by contextual content. 🎉
  • 📆 You can now use ‘Move node’ to send a node to the date it was created. There is also a new command to do this: ‘Move to created date’.
  • 🫸 We changed the ‘Move to’ command. ‘Move to’ no longer leaves a reference—instead, use the ‘Move to and leave reference to’ command if this is needed.
  • ☣️ We no longer show the warning “Move stopped as it would overwrite existing information” when dragging items with contextual data between different groups

Bugs squashed 🐞🐛:

  • Filtering on text was a bit finicky. It now plays nicer in multiplayer
  • Day calendar didn’t reflect changes to clock settings (12/24 hour clock.) They do now!
  • We fixed a bug with dragging events in calendar—when Sunday was set as start day, nodes would disappear when moving between weeks.
  • Fixed bug where mismatched nodes sometimes disappeared immediately in searches when values were changed. The same thing happened with checking off items. We fixed.
  • We fixed an issue where ‘Group by month’ did not show all nodes.
  • Hide field when not empty now let’s you finish writing before hiding.
  • Fixes bug where ‘Hide all fields’ also removed nodes.
  • You can now move nodes from “not defined” into a date group. You couldn’t before.
  • Pasting a URL over a selection created wrong associated data. No longer!
  • Group by tags didn’t work for cards view. Now it does.
  • We had some bugs when deleting empty search nodes in some circumstances. We fixed it.
  • We fixed display of filter on fields with no name.
  • ‘Save for everyone’ button appeared too frequently due to how view diffing worked. We improved the detection of changed views in multiplayer mode.
  • Pasting text at the end of a line sometimes created a new node instead of just adding text to the current node. We fixed this.
  • We fixed some bugs around placing date nodes in the right week around New Year’s.
  • We had some bugs with selection. We improved this.

The Summer of Bugs is well and truly upon us! And, of course, we also had a lovely improvement to the sidebar. Love the video!

Tana Weekly

Reddit AMA with Tana

Tana CEO (Tarjei Vassbotn), COO (Olav Kriken), Community Team Leader (Matt McKinlay) and Engagement Manager (Brage Bang) took part in what can only be described as a fantastic first live Ask Me Anything session.

They answered some great questions posted by the community, including:

  • Android App
  • Encryption and Offline
  • Longform writing and folders and files notion
  • Highlights and Lowlights
  • Plans for the future
  • Many more questions

Check out the recording below. The Reddit thread with questions and answers is here.

Thank you to the Tana team for taking the time and for the great questions from the community. Can't wait to see more of these.

Tana Android Users Rejoice

After the recent AMA, the Tana team posted the following message for us fellow Android Users:

"Hello everyone! We are looking for early testers of our Android Capture app.

If you’re interested, send me a DM, and I’ll add you to our Android Testers Channel.

NOTE! You should be comfortable installing the app via an APK that we provide. If you don’t know how to do this, it’s probably not the right time for you to test.

If there are many testers, we will prioritize those with devices/android versions we don’t have testers for."


For any users wanting to test it out, please visit the line and post a DM. For those that are not so keen, don't worry - from the AMA, we should have an app with us around August / September time.

Mastering Tana Commands

Andrea posts about A Sneak Peek into My Tana Commands Workshops in his latest article.

Today's post is quite unique, owing to an unforeseen circumstance - a bit of a fresh experiment on my end. If you've been keeping up with my updates, you'll remember that I recently held my second Tana Commands and AI workshop. This session was special as we not only delved into the depths of my Tana Capture strategies, but we did so amidst the enchanting backdrop of my garden.

Check it out below:

Mastering Tana Commands: A Sneak Peek into My Tana Commands Workshops
Hello everyone, Today’s post is quite unique, owing to an unforeseen circumstance - a bit of a fresh experiment on my end. If you’ve been keeping up with my updates, you’ll remember that I recently held my second Tana Commands and AI workshop. This session was special as we not

Tana.inc Has a Refresh

The Tana website https://tana.inc/ has undergone a major transformation. The new website provides a lot more information and includes:

  • Use cases
  • Features
  • Learning
  • Community

Love it. Congratulations to the designers! No image can do it justice, so check it out.

Clearing the Inbox

Syncretizm asks "Hmm anyone has a workflow to clear stuff from INBOX?"

Several solutions were offered, including: "cmd / ctrl + k move node to created date" or a "Command" like the one below:

I love these reminder-type questions - with so much under the hood at Tana it is easy to overlook things.

Embracing the Future: Rethinking Note-Taking and Written Text Production in the Construction Sector

A Great article by David Delgado Vendrell on Note-Taking and Written Text Production in the Construction Sector. The article compares old processes to new and modern note-taking solutions.

The construction sector is poised for a transformation in the ever-evolving digital landscape. As the industry progresses into the future, the traditional methods of note-taking and written text production are being reimagined to meet the demands of modern construction management. This article will explore the challenges construction professionals face in transitioning to more efficient and collaborative digital solutions. We will also delve into innovative tools like Obsidian, Logseq, Airtable, Notion, and Tana, reshaping how construction professionals capture, organize, and leverage information.

Check out the article here.

Fields Without Supertags

CortexFutura shares a tip on using fields without using supertags.

"This is so great because it means Tana doesn't force you to build structure immediately – you simply add it as needed.

I don't have a specific "reading time" supertag at the moment and I'm not sure I will. But I can still add information to this particular node."

How Tana is helping me rethink my research workflow

OP posted about a frustration with Tana concerning search results here.

"Tana's most irksome feature! In the context that I love Tana, it is REALLY frustrating that we don’t have an easy way to navigate upwards in search results.

By that I mean: in a search (or anywhere) we can easily click the disclosure triangle to see all of a node's descendants; and we can hover over a node to see a summary of its ancestors - but we can’t click on any of the ancestors. Even clicking on the node gives us only a slow series of clicks up the hierarchy, ending up way out of the context we actually want to be working in.

I know this is known and I know we are patiently waiting on better navigation tools - but is there any way to achieve a proper context search in the meantime? This was one area where Roam really shone - so brilliant for reviewing my quotes and comments on earlier notes."

Anything to improve QOL is a plus in my book. Hopefully something can be implemented to make navigation easier.

Project Management in Tana

Robert S is looking for feedback on their workflow.  I love a flowchart / process map so thank you for sharing.

"Does this screen capture look like it makes sense? Im using Semantic Function with a mix of SuperTags that Exented my Project SuperTag.

I tried to reduce the amount of supertags while still accommodating multiple states of what a company is as well as what a project is and what area it belongs to."

Tana Mind Exercise

Kam shares her new practice called "Mind Exercise". In this setup, she has two random topics with a GPT prompt to combine them and raise questions and different points of view on her topics.

I think this is a great way to go deeper into topics you are interested in and further your knowledge.

How to Prioritise

Ev shares how she structures her Tana tasks so that she knows which one to prioritise and tackle next. She is absolutely right, when things are front and centre, they capture our attention and get done.  That or an imminent deadline seems to work for me.

Check out Ev's setup below:

Tana For Beginners

A question I frequently see being asked on Social Media or Slack is along the lines of which resources to use when getting started.

I am wondering if anyone would be interested in sharing the resources they used to get started so that we can have a repository of information for newcomers. I have the sources I used and will look to issue something next week.

Until Next Time

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any comments or questions, please let me know.

Thanks again for reading, and I look forward to chatting with you again next week.