RemNote has incredible useful concepts and I would be keen to start using it, but one thing still keeps me way from using and recommending it to others. I can’t export my data with the full meaning, because the automatically available link functionality inside the RemNote webapp gets lost during export - I feel locked in. The concept of the flat markdown export is not fully functional for me, though at the same time it’s essential to me for the use of RemNote.
Example. In the webapp, when you sort Documents into each other via the left sidebar, a directory structure is created. Then in the main view you have icons in front of the Document names or folder names that live in this folder / document you are looking at, currently.
Please see the screenshots and RemNote Export appended for better understanding.
By clicking those icons in front of document / folder names that work as links (see pictures above), you are going to the document / folder that is named right after the icon (the main view changes to this document).
This means you automatically have documents / folders linked that live inside a folder.
But when you export markdown, there’s no link!
To have the link in markdown export you have to create it in the webapp before, explicitely.
1. Maybe you don’t want extra clutter in your webapp for just to have links in markdown. Maybe you want the contents of the webapp as clearly defined as they already are without extra clutter.
2. There seems to be no simple way to just make a link out of the document / folder name in the web app. In the webapp itself it also would not make a lot of sense since the icon in front of the name represents the link, already.
3. You could create a extra Rem Reference, but probably this is not want you want, since it’s doubled / redundant content then.
So it seems, the straight forward solution for this would be automatically generated links during the markdown export - named from the folder / document names in the webapp and linked to the same destination the icon in front of that name links to (in markdown just a link where there was the name before) - since the icon itself is not present in markdown to represent the link. This would make sense at least for the export option ‘Documents are exported in the way they appear in RemNote, potentially with some children hidden’ because you have not all the contents in one markdown document then and rely on links to reach the other contents. An extra option for export to automatically generate markdown links or not would also be possible, then you would have total control what happens during export. I think this should be easy and fast to realize, since the link destinations itself are already available within the icons in the RemNote webapp.
This might sound like a feature request and maybe it is, but for me the absense of these links in markdown looks like a conceptional bug, because functionality is lost during export for no good reason, since both markdown and the webapp are supporting links. And to change my contents in the webapp just to have this link functionality in markdown seems not to be a good solution since I like my webapp contents as they are. Since it is crucial to me to own my data it is also crucial to me to be able to export my links out of the webapp, since they are part of my data. A unlinked exported document structure would not be worth much - ‘owning your data’ this way would be a fake. So I really would need this functionality to start serious and sustainable working on projects in RemNote.
Thanks for reading.