Best Features, Pricing, Alternatives & Verdict
A new "object-based note-taking" for building notes, workspaces, and pages. But is this your new home for note-taking in 2024 and does Capacities live up to the hype?
What is Capacities?
Capacities is an object-based note-taking application with a focus on building relationships between your notes - popular for journalling, making notes & managing personal ideas.
What does Capacities do?
Capacities is on a mission to help you organize your mind, or what they call the "studio for your mind" allowing you more creative expression to manage ideas, thoughts, and notes that you collect over a day and how they have real-world practical use.
Unlike other note-taking apps we've covered, Capacities focused on objects. Objects underpin the experience by allowing users to create an object from some aspect of their daily lives - some good examples might people people they meet, meetings they attend, books they are reading, and so on - then create notes on those objects.
Capacities is a blend between a PKM (personal knowledge management tool) and a note-taking application we have traditionally seen over the years with an object-based spin.
Best Capacities Features
Let's look into the good, the bad, the ugly of Capacities and what it offers:
Here are the best bits of Capacities has to offer:
1. Daily Calendar
The way that Capacities opens on a calendar is very nice.
One of the things we liked about Capacities was the focus on the calendar experience. It feels like the home that organizes your notes and makes them contextual. This is something we haven't seen in other apps like Obsidian that dominate PKM.
Daily notes, as Capacities, and many other apps call them allow you to take notes and connect notes up to the correlated day you begin but one of the experiences that you get with Capacities is the focus on month, week, three-day, day, and other views that you don't get with other tools similar to this one.
Now, Capacities won't replace your calendar app, but it sure will make daily note-taking, lightweight journalling, and note connection easier.
2. Clean Design & Feel
The feel of the application is very good, especially seeing as it is independently developed.
One of the things to note about Capacities is that it is developed outside of a big company meaning you're getting a small team vibe with this app, you cannot tell - from our use of the application for notes and managing a few things around - no stutters and quick performance which we actually were pretty impressed at.
Using this and Notion, you wouldn't notice the speed differences when navigating the application. Of course, there's not databases going on, but this is still notable. Alongside this Capacities offers a clean design that oozes comfort and note organization.
Everything from the graph view to the calendar view is well crafted.
3. Graph Connections
Graph view is easy to use and friendly.
Connections between notes and objects are easy to zoom into, show more or show less. Out of all of the graph views, whilst this is one of the least complex, this might be one of the most useful for creating leads into the notes you want to resurface.
Many graph views can be over-complicated and deliver not as value insights. This is helpful, but practical, without being daunting to use and see how objects connect up. Maybe this super opinionated but we think this is a clean, easy graph mode.
Here's the things we didn't like about Capacities.
The learning curve for Capacities is very high.
Capacities offers a good experience, but for many objects, daily notes and building structures in object studio (what properties are associated with each object) can be time-consuming and overwhelming to get started with, especially if note skills are basic.
Capacities is a beautiful offering, but there's a lot to process when you get started.
Learn Capacities in 2024
Great segway? Want to learn Capacities? Here's the full Capacities Made Simple course.
Updated January 2024.
How much does Capacities cost?
Capacities costs $12 per month for the Believer Plan.
The full pricing is yet to fully launch, with plans to launch that soon.
Capacities is a unique note-taking application.
We recommend Capacities if you're hunting for a note-taking app with the power to create objects that underpin your notes. Objects can be super powerful and this concept works well for anyone looking to build better structure to their note-taking application.
Capacities offers a generous free plan, developed independently and bring a clean design that many people will love. The app is very much a PKM tool that we'd recommend for intermediate to advanced note-taking, or those who use it often.