Tana Weekly 2023-11-25: Tana Updates, Pricing, Australia Meet-up, Showcases, Reviews, Quotes, Trip Planning and much more

The latest Tana news, updates and thoughts during the past week. Tana Weekly 2023-11-25: Tana Updates, Pricing, Australia Meet-up, Showcases, Reviews, Quotes, Trip Planning and much more.

Tana Weekly 2023-11-25: Tana Updates, Pricing, Australia Meet-up, Showcases, Reviews, Quotes, Trip Planning and much more

Hi Everyone,

What a quick week. Feels like only yesterday that I was publishing the latest version of Tana Weekly, especially after all the will they, won't they, saga at OpenAI in the past week. I am sure it will all come down to that it was pre-fabricated and they are all lathered up in baby oil, jumping in a pool of $100 bills to see how much sticks on them and towel-whipping each other in laughter, but there we go, that's just my cynicism coming through. I feel like the internet has corrupted me and made me question everything. Ahh the good old days of receiving a link on MSN to the person who dug through the earth to reach the other side and not having to question its authenticity.

Anyway, what is certainly not in question is the great Tana content from the past week.


This week, we had an impromptu release of Dates and Calendar nodes.

We want to make it easier for you to actually use the week/year nodes to take notes on. If you have a default day tag set up, opening the configuration of that day tag will prompt you to upgrade your setup. Or you can run the command “Convert old calendar setup”. Right-click on the bullet on any calendar node let’s you create a default tag if you don’t have one set already.

The main change is that new nodes in the week/year nodes will no longer have default tags attached. We’ve also hidden the calendar node children under a collapsed header, to make it easier to focus on the content of your year/week nodes (“Goals for this week, Reflections about this week” etc).

The above is in preparation for a larger visual overhaul which will be coming.

For the full list of recent releases, see below:

2023 / wk45

Tana Weekly

Pricing and Workspaces

OP asks: I have been checking out the Tana pricing https://tana.inc/pages/pricing.

I wonder if this pricing would allow for multiple workspaces? Or would there be workspace limitations?

Asking because, without being able to have multiple workspaces within the same pricing, information could get very cluttered with awesome supertags schema in Tana.

Good question and timing because in Slack the devs posted the below:

Calling all Tanarians!

As we approach the next phase of Tana, we want to create a subscription model together with our community. Tana is and will continue to be community-built, and we also like your input on pricing. We’ve created a quick survey to get us started, and everyone that answers and leave their email at the end, receives two invites to their account. If you want to be anonymous and don’t care about invites, don’t put in your email; it’s only needed to send you invites.

We’ll send this out to all active users later, but we want input from the community first. We hope as many Tanarians as possible will answer - you are the ones with the answer.


Tana Help

Shande needs some assistance.

This is hard to admit, but Tana makes me feel stupid. It’s been 1 year since I have had access to Tana and I still feel like the game is set to hardcore. It hasn’t gotten any easier. I can see the potential of it all, but I just don’t seem to be smart enough to make it work.

I hit a brick wall mid-September and I have barely been able to look at Tana since. I feel defeated by it. I am not a programmer and I feel like Tana is the programmers golden tool. Smart queries, Commands, AI prompts. These are wonderful and offer so much promise but the learning curve is so steep.

Does anyone else feel the same? Does it get easier or do I have to just admit defeat and move on to something else? Reaching out to this wonderful community which has been a constant friend to me for a year now. Need a pep talk

The good thing, Shande, is that you are definitely not alone. Check out the posts here and here for more insight.

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Tana Pages to Showcase Open AI Qualia

A great example of using Tana Pages to showcase the recent news / a topic of information.

2023 Open AI project, not the philosophical term

Test-Driving a New Generation of Second Brain Apps (inc Tana)

Tiago Forte recently decided to evaluate a few of the newer generation of Second Brain apps. He has been using Evernote for 10 years and wanted to see if any of the up-and-comers could take over as my platform of choice.

I tested three of the most promising ones – Obsidian, Tana, and Mem – as my daily driver for about two weeks each. Applying my criteria for any knowledge management app I adopt, here is my evaluation as to whether they could qualify as my Second Brain platform.

Concerning Tana, Tiago mentioned:

  1. Encountered much the same experience as I did with Obsidian: too much complexity, most of it front-loaded and unavoidable, making it difficult to get to the task of writing
  2. had to learn and keep in mind new terms like Reference links, Properties, Schema, Supertags, Views, Filters, Fields, Nodes, and Subnodes, and a whole series of shortcuts that had nothing to do with any other software I’d used
  3. appreciated some concepts like “everything is a node,” live searches, and the ability to have separate workspaces
  4. lack of a mobile app

And in conclusion:

My evaluation: Tana is doubling down on the “programming” paradigm of notetaking pioneered by apps like Roam. It’s a bold bet that some people want even more sophisticated, even more customizable, even more database-like behavior from their notes. Some people undoubtedly will, but this is the furthest thing from a mainstream challenger to Evernote’s ease of use I can imagine

See the full article here

Test-Driving a New Generation of Second Brain Apps: Obsidian, Tana, and Mem
Tiago Forte tested the most promising new notetaking apps and evaluated whether they could qualify as his Second Brain platform.

Although I fully agree with a lot of the findings Tiago had, some of the conclusions don't sit quite right. I also could not help but get the impression that he tested out 3 main up-and-coming apps that are continuously mentioned and slanted the article in such a way that Evernote was always going to come out on top - which coincidentally coincided with Evernote releasing a Black Friday discount. I could of course be wrong, but that is the beauty of life.

Organizing quotes and notes in TANA

A great video on organising quotes in Tana to make sense of them all

Calling all Australian Tanarians

Time for a Tana Meet up in Sydney Harbour.

Tuesday 19th of December. 5.30pm - 7.30pm. Enjoy a summer catch up with other Tana community, including some of our favourites-

  • Ev Chapman and Emmanuel Galanos will present some workflows
  • Matt will talk + we will also have a live cross to the Tana office in Oslo/Olav in SF.
  • Also we have Belinda Barnett, author of Evolution of Hypertext to discuss some of pioneers of computing relevant to Tana

Will send out some emails to those in Sydney, but if you are close, come say hello. Sign up here- https://lu.ma/nsdidu3t

Trip Planning Workflow

Send things to Tana from ChatGPT

Build your own GPT with direct access to Tana. Never copy/paste stuff over again.

Easy Daily Log Set-Up

Krzysztof posted in Slack an easy way to set up a daily log

  1. Set a supertag #log for every entry in your Tana workspace.
  2. Inside the #log supertag, include fields ${sys:createdAt} and ${sys:doneTime}.
  3. Create a parent node and set its default children supertag as #log.

Now, whenever you add anything as a child under this parent node:
Your entry's creation time is automatically set to "now."

  • When you check a checkbox as done, your finish time is recorded.

Make sure your supertag is set to display as a checkbox for this to work seamlessly. 

On top of it, Stian pointed out that you can even calculate duration easily https://tanacommunity.slack.com/archives/C03MU8E2PC2/p1700719560037499

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.