10-06-2019

Overview Since we shipped Polar we've been listening to feedback from our users as to the default behavior and functionality of web capture. Web capture (or just capture) is what we call converting an HTML page to a format that can be persisted and used within Polar. This code started off as an…

10-05-2019

The Future of Polar Cloud Sync We're going to be changing some features in the 'local' mode version of Polar and some new cloud features won't be available in this mode. I've tried to keep Polar's local mode as full featured as possible but I've decided that this just isn't possible moving forward…

07-26-2019

Minimizing Defection Might be the Solution to the Tragedy of the Commons. Being that my background is in CompSci I tend to think about thinks in terms of probabilities, statistics, game theory, and distributed systems. I've recently made what I think may be a unique observation about a number of…

06-02-2019

Polar 1.19.8 Released - Better Payments and Fixes Changes in 1.19.8 Include:

05-30-2019

GPT-2, the Destruction of the Web and Artificially Intelligent Textbooks GPT-2 is a deep-learning language model released by OpenAI a few months ago which is causing a bit of controversy in the deep learning community. Due to our concerns about malicious applications of the technology, we are not…

05-25-2019

13 Lucky Tips for using Anki and Spaced Repetition in 2019 For the past few years I've been using Anki to capture anything I want to remember long term. If I'm reading an important Wikipedia page I save it to Polar, annotate it directly, then create flashcards from the annotations. I do this to my…

05-11-2019

Portable Web Documents - An Alternative to PDF based on HTML5 and Web Standards Portable Web Documents are a technology similar to PDFs (Portable Document Format) implemented in Polar which support offline caching of full HTML documents, and with (in the future) improved support for video, charts…

05-10-2019

Polar 1.19 Released With Area Highlights and Updated Annotations View Polar 1.19 has been a lot of work but it's finally out the door. If you haven't updated Polar in a while make sure you're on the latest version by going to Help | About or Help | Check for Updates. There are a few we want to…

04-25-2019

Polar 1.18.0 Released This release mostly focused on improving stability and implementing a few key UI features. This upgrades us to Electron 5.x which as needed for some users who were experiencing severe latency using Polar on Linux. We also resolve a key issue with non-atomic writes. This…

04-11-2019

This document is under construction and still evolving. Polar Mission Statement and Design for a Personal Knowledge Repository Polar has a broad mission statement to provide high quality tools for document annotation, management of documents (tagging, storage, etc) and sharing of content. There's a…