In a recent session, Jeremy Caplan, a well-known figure in the world of digital journalism, shared his insights and experiences. The session was a deep dive into the world of digital tools, with Caplan sharing his favorite resources and answering questions from the audience.
The Power of Whimsical
One of the session’s highlights was Caplan’s demonstration of Whimsical, a tool for creating diagrams that works as a plug-in for ChatGPT-4. He used it to create a diagram detailing how a story goes from being a raw idea to a completed story accessible to the public. This example showcased the power of Whimsical in visualizing complex processes.
The Notion Question
A participant asked Caplan about his preferred tool for a “second brain” and whether he still prefers Notion over other tools like Coda, Obsidian, or Google Keep. Caplan shared that while Notion is well-designed and useful, it’s not his go-to tool for a second brain. He prefers tools that are non-hierarchical and link-based, which don’t require him to decide where a note goes before he starts. He mentioned tools like Obsidian and Rome Research and also mentioned that he’s exploring new ones like Capacities and Tanner.
The Otter AI
Another participant asked about Otter AI, a tool for generating transcripts. Caplan confirmed that with Otter AI, users should be able to print, save, download, and translate transcripts. He also mentioned other tools like Firefly and Pilot that other participants were using.
The New Database
Toward the end of the session, Caplan shared a new database listing all the sites he has recommended in his Wonder Tools series. This database, made with Listium, is a searchable and filterable resource for anyone interested in the tools Caplan has written about in the past.
The session was a treasure trove of information for anyone interested in digital tools. Caplan’s insights and the interactive Q&A made it a valuable experience for all participants. As digital tools continue to evolve and multiply, sessions like these provide a much-needed guide to navigating the landscape.