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Heptabase Update - Left sidebar upgrade, Custom filter upgrade, Mobile performance upgrade, and more!

Dear Heptabase User,

We hope you are doing well!

Two weeks ago, we held an AMA event on Reddit. During the event, there were some questions that stood out to us, such as "Can you define complex?" If you want to learn more about Heptabase and its vision, we encourage you to check out the complete discussion of this AMA event. If you find any answers that you like, feel free to share them with us or others. We would be delighted to hear from you!

Use case - Learn about childcare through Heptabase


In our last newsletter, we introduced a use case of planning a trip and writing travel journals with Heptabase. We believe it would be very helpful if you’re planning your end-of-the-year vacation!

In this newsletter, we’re back to the “learning” use case scenario. We’d like to share with you how one of our Discord community members, 蔡阿蔡 (rtsai1202), uses Heptabase to learn about childcare.

After reading this use case, we were very impressed. We believe that this use case is not only suitable for learning about childcare, but it is also great for studying any complex knowledge with the help of associated images.

You can find more information about this use case through the following link.

In the past, we received frequent complaints from users regarding the confusing logic of Heptabase's left sidebar. Users reported difficulties in organizing tabs based on their preferences and faced challenges when trying to adjust the order and pin their favorite cards and whiteboards. Furthermore, the lack of tab synchronization across devices reduced the usefulness of this feature.

We are happy to announce that all of these issues have been resolved! This week, we have completely upgraded the left sidebar, introducing new features such as tab groups, tab folders, pinning tabs, and clearing tabs. With these improvements, you can now:

  • Create different tab groups for various usage scenarios, such as work, learning, or personal use. For example, you can have a dedicated tab group for studying a complex topic.
  • Within each tab group, you can pin important tabs to ensure they are always visible when you enter that tab group. For example, you can pin a whiteboard titled "2023 November". Additionally, you can organize these pinned tabs using tab folders.
  • All of the above changes can now be synchronized across devices. When you log in on different devices, you can seamlessly continue your learning or research without any interruptions.

During our internal testing, our team found this upgrade incredibly helpful in achieving a focused state and easily picking up where we left off. We are confident that you will love this new feature as well!

Card Library: Filter bar upgrade

After introducing image, video, and audio elements, many users have asked if we plan to support the ability to turn them into cards, allowing for tagging or mentioning of these elements. We are pleased to announce that you will soon be able to do so later this year!

However, before implementing the full upgrade, we need to first upgrade the Card Library's filter bar. Following yesterday's update, you will notice a slight change in the appearance of the Card Library.

On the left, there is a menu called "Card Type," which you can open to select the types of cards you want to filter. Currently, you can choose standard cards and PDF cards. However, in the future, there will be more card type options available, including Image, Video, Audio, Journal, Highlight, and more. Stay tuned for updates!


Tip: Mention a date by using natural language

Did you know that in Heptabase, if you want to mention a specific date, in addition to typing the full date, there are other easier input methods?

For example, there was a meeting last Wednesday where an important matter was discussed, but you don't know the exact date. All you need to do is enter "@" followed by "last wed", and it will automatically bring up last Wednesday. We support many natural language syntaxes to mention a date, such as today, tomorrow, yesterday, this week, next week, and last week, making date entry much easier. Feel free to give it a try!

Updates from the Heptabase Team


A few days ago, our customer success manager PJ saw a meme discussing various monitor setup camps. He shared the meme in the team channel, and started a heated debate. According to statistics from the Heptabase team, there are:

  • True Neutral: 2
  • Lawful Evil: 1
  • Lawful Neutral: 1
  • Neutral Good: 1
  • Chaotic Neutral: 1

We're curious to know which camp you belong to. If you're extremely satisfied and proud of your setup, feel free to share it with your Heptabase screen on Twitter for us to admire!

We hope that these updates will improve your experience on Heptabase and make your learning easier and more enjoyable.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, or you want to share your use cases or contents related to Heptabase, please don't hesitate to chat with us in our Discord Community or send to .

Stay tuned for future updates, and we hope you have a great day!

Best regards,

Heptabase Team