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What Is Roam?

Roam is a cloud-based note-taking software solution that helps users keeping their documents and research organized.

The software offers users an online workspace with features that can organize and evaluate their knowledge. The platform is built on a directed graph which lets users connect and remix notes and ideas in different overlapping hierarchies. It offers features such as bullet notes, note linking, auto save and allows them to work with it open in a tab side by side whilst conducting research.

Who Uses Roam?

Intended for research and note-taking

Roam Software - Note taking

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Reviews of Roam

Average score

Overall
4.4
Ease of Use
4.1
Customer Service
3.9
Features
4.4
Value for Money
3.4

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5
53%
4
29%
3
18%
Harsh
Harsh
Senior Quant Researcher in India
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Review for Roam

5.0 2 years ago

Pros:

The aspect of Roam that has delighted me the most is how having it open in a tab changes my perspective on research as a whole.

Cons:

The integration with our everyday used software was a little difficult.

Anders
Anders
Knowledge and Digital writing in Sweden
Verified LinkedIn User
Writing & Editing, Self Employed
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Roam, the good and bad about it

4.0 2 years ago

Comments: In the beginning, it was super fun and quite a good experience. But down the road, it lost me due to the need for maintenance.

Pros:

The networked linking made so much sense.

Cons:

It's too much maintenance to have a PKM in Roam, or as I put it 'Too much heavy lifting' meaning coding. Take time from my creative process

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Research, 11–50 Employees
Used the Software for: 6-12 months
Reviewer Source

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The "first-mover" in associative knowledge management, but lacks innovation and is expensive

3.0 last year

Comments: Overall, it was not so bad of an experience at first. It taught me a new way to think about writing notes. But it has fallen behind many other alternatives and I don't see their developers making the effort to catch up and innovate. Time to move on.

Pros:

Roam was the first to open the eyes of the general user base to the idea of taking notes and associating them, creating an expansive networked knowledge base over time. Roam really changed my way of thinking on how to organize my scattered thoughts into a graph database. It's UI is relatively clean and writing individual notes is pretty simple.

Cons:

It lacks innovation and major feature updates. I need inline LaTeX equations and made numerous requests for this and other features, but was met with rude responses from support. It's handling of multiple graphs is rather clunky. And if your graphs are sufficiently large, you'll encounter performance issues (at least I did). And it is extremely expensive given its lack of features and feature development.

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 2–10 Employees
Used the Software for: 1+ year
Reviewer Source

Excellent note taking tool

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: Great experience with Roam

Pros:

Organization of thoughts, note taking abilities, being able to search through easily

Cons:

Very simplistic interface, sometimes the nectar becomes the poison

Verified Reviewer
Verified LinkedIn User
Computer Software, 51–200 Employees
Used the Software for: 1-5 months
Reviewer Source

Best product for knowledge management

5.0 2 years ago

Comments: 10/10. Love it, best note taking application I've used/

Pros:

The graph structure in which the information is stored is so amazing. It is very intuitive, linking notes from one page to other. Becomes so easy to do referencing, revisiting notes. Each note taken is not independent anymore.

Cons:

The product is very good but very expensive.