Linked cards

Linking inside Muse is one of the most-requested features. Today we’re making a beta of linked cards available to all Pro members.

Transclude content, create shortcuts, and experience a new way of navigating your boards with location switching—our take on backlinks. Read on for more context or jump to the bottom for details on the beta.

Linking has a rich history as a way of connecting, building, and sharing knowledge. Citations in scholarly work; hyperlinks on the web; small-scale team wikis and the planet-scale wiki of Wikipedia; and the proliferation of the [[double-bracket linking]] and backlinking in today’s notetaking and team knowledge management software.

Muse is a tool that helps you make sense of your creative materials and generate insight from new connections. And while you can link out of Muse with link cards and into Muse from other apps with museapp:// links, it’s about time we also supported native linking within Muse.

So we’re pleased to introduce a beta of what we simply call “linked cards.”

Adding a linked card from the context menu

Linked cards are identical and tied together by locations. All linked cards are equal in rank; there’s no “original” card.

Any changes you make to one linked card will be reflected on all others. With linked cards you can transclude the same content in multiple locations. Create a moodboard from your existing content without losing context or make a start to your next article using material from other projects.

Editing a linked note card

Linking in Muse is as much about where the card is located in your spatial memory palace as it is about what it shows. Linked cards allow you to connect boards and cards living in different corners of your Muse. Create shortcuts to boards you’re actively engaging with or ones nested deeply in the board hierarchy. Easily switch from one board location to another from a list of board names.

We think linked cards can become an important mechanism for navigating and organising your “board multiverse”. Hence we’re using “locations” and “location switching” as part of the language. Location switching is our version of backlinking on an infinite canvas.

Adding a linked card, then switching locations

About the beta

If you’re a Pro member, you can opt in to linked cards in your Backstage Pass (Muse → Preferences on Mac, or the star icon on iPad). You’ll also find a link to the beta manual there.

This is an early experiment and we have many ideas for future iterations (e.g. built-in search). But we need your feedback before we decide on how to develop this further. Let us know of your thoughts and use cases—screenshots, videos and bundle exports are always much appreciated!

Update: linked cards are available to everyone as of Muse 2.3.

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