[Zotero Better Notes] New Feature: Programmable Note Template

edited 2 days ago
The update v0.3 supports the note template.

Thanks to Zotero's search & tag functions, you can easily filter items/notes and insert them into the main note with your programmable template!

See here for more: https://github.com/windingwind/zotero-better-notes/issues/23


The Knowledge4Zotero is renamed to Zotero Better Notes to show its features more clearly.


Hi everyone,

I'm glad to share with you that the Zotero Better Notes addon is released! This will be a great improvement to the Zotero Note ecosystem.

It brings a full knowledge management workflow to Zotero.

The homepage is here: https://github.com/windingwind/zotero-better-notes

A 30s video about the best note practice(no sound):


- Note as you go. Open note links as your will;

- Quick link from note/annotation with just a click;

- Foward-link to sub-notes and back-link to PDF attachments;

- Export your knowledge including linked sub-notes in MarkDown/rich-text format.

Zotero Better Notes realized Citavi's knowledge management workflow in Zotero.

New to Zotero Better Notes? We have a user guide wizard for first-run users. Documentations are available on GitHub as well.

Thanks to all test users! Thanks all Zotero developers!

Download link: https://github.com/windingwind/zotero-better-notes/releases
  • Test is easy: just give some feedback and report bugs. I think it will be a perfect tool if you are used to note something when reading papers, or are using note manage tools like Obsidian.
  • Thank you all testers, the addon will be officially released soon.

    The update v0.0.2 added the mind map feature. You can now view your note outline, link, and attachments in a mind map.
  • Obsidian user here. Looking forward to trying your addon! :)
  • The addon is officially released now!
  • Export note to markdown with images is supported in the latest version v0.1.1
  • Hi! I've had a look at this new Zotero plugin and it looks very promising. I've been searching for something like this for a long time, and I'm very happy to see this becoming a reality.
    My main use case would be to create outlines for writing academic papers, etc. For this, being able to promote and demote headings, and in general move stuff around by dragging and dropping headings and chunks of text, is essential. Right now it is possible to do this in outline view, but it's a bit clunky.
    It'd be very nice to have some kind of visual clue of where things are gonna fall when dragging and dropping. The new zotero note editor does it very well (although it lacks the outline mode that your plugin introduces).
    Could you improve this? Thank you!
    BTW, I'd like to make a donation to kelp make this project sustainable. Is this possible? :)
  • Highlights
    + Add note/pdf annotation to knowledge outline
    + Back-link to PDF attachments from your note
    + Export your knowledge notes in markdown/rich-text format

    People who had used the Citavi should not forget the knowledge management panel. Now, Zotero can do that thing (manage your notes and back to pdf) simply with this addon. As a result, I think this addon is going to change your workflow in Zotero.

    Thanks for the developer "windingwind" made this wonderful addon.
  • @vjjaimez
    Thanks for your like!

    A UI improvement of drag-drop in outline is planned. I'll let you know once it's ready.

    Currently only I developed this addon(though many kind people helped with other issues like the test) and seem like it will also be me myself to maintain it in the future.

    Personally speaking, a sponsor is not that urgent: it makes me feel stressed/guilty if I fail to fix the bug or respond to your need as soon as possible. Unless the donation allows me to hire a team to do the maintenance. LOL. Just joking.

    Anyway, sponsor or not I'll keep maintaining this addon for months until no one like it or use it anymore. Don't worry about that.
  • @hsiangyu_wong
    Unfortunately, I don't have enough money to pay a whole team. I wish! LOL
    Thank you for your work, anyways. I think this has the potential to improve my workflow and that of many people.
  • @vjjaimez
    The drag/drop in note outline tree view is supported in v0.1.3
  • This is marvellous, supporting note export to markdown, word and onenote. Great add-on, hope your further maintenance to improve!
  • @hsiangyu_wong
    Drag and drop is now much better! Thank you so much!
    In this version, promoting and demoting headlines in outline view don't seem to work yet. I guess this is planned for a later version, am I right? (no need to rush, just asking)
  • @vjjaimez
    Will support.
    Actually, I'm planning to place these buttons in another place.
    The left sidebar is a little crowded. Any suggestions on where to place new buttons, like 'update note link text' and 'open/save note template'?

    Maybe a menu list on the top of the window?
  • @hsiangyu_wong
    Yeah, definitely not in the lower part of the left sidebar. It'd be too crowded. A menu at the top might be a good solution
  • edited 11 days ago
    Hi, could you please help me add this addon to the Zotero plugin page? Just like my PDF Translate plugin.

    The homepage is https://github.com/windingwind/zotero-better-notes

    I guess maybe it could be filed to the Word Processor and Writing Integration > LaTeX, TeX, and Text Editors, or New Features and Enhancements > Interface Tools, considering its' knowledge workspace window & note link enhancement?

    Thanks a lot!
  • edited 2 days ago
    The update v0.3 supports the note template.

    Thanks to Zotero's search & tag functions, you can easily filter items/notes and insert them into the main note with your programmable template!

    We provide several templates for importing metadata/note links in the document.

    Welcome to contribute your template!

    See here for more: https://github.com/windingwind/zotero-better-notes/issues/23
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