Weekly summaries of the latest tips & tricks from the Obsidian community.
In The Community
- There’ll be a community showcase for themes, plugins & snippets this Saturday 24th (today!) at 17:00 (CET) (about 4 hours after the roundup arrives in your inbox). It will kick off with
@SkepticMystic’s breadcrumbs and
@SlRvb’s snippets! To sign up for a timeslot, use this form.
- Insider 0.12.11 has some nifty upgrades and improvements, particularly for the new Note Composer core plugin, but the main thing seems to be some library upgrades and the very exciting (for developers) API to perform HTTP requests without any CORS restrictions. The API is called
- There’s a new advanced mobile toolbar plugin. It lets the toolbar always be visible and show two rows at the same time. It's probably handy for tablets!
- You can now get rich links / link cards in Obsidian!
- You can garble text using the command palette now.
- You can access the spellcheck menu from the keyboard now.
- You can define a “Home” note for startup.
- The lead developer of the Dictionary API is not a member of the Obsidian community, but if you are using the Dictionary plugin, you are using his work—and he needs help! The API is not free to maintain and it’s costs a bunch of money in AWS bills, so if you’re a frequent user, please consider donating.
@Christianis working on a video guide so if you have questions about (or requests for) QuickAdd please fill out this survey.
- Dice Roller 5.0.0 has support for rolling random blocks of notes.
- Breadcrumbs can now generate an index for you.
- The status bar pomodoro plugin can now log completed pomos.
- Obsidian Filename Heading Sync is back and better than ever!
- Leaflet is now mobile compatible! Here’s an example of how cool it looks.
Under The Radar
- Don’t forget, you can use formulas in markdown tables with the advanced tables plugin!
- Tidy Footnotes renumbers your footnotes if you add on in after the fact.
@Roamhackerput together this diagram of the main css classes in Obsidian.
- You can iframe a calibre ebook to read an ebook in one Obsidian pane while taking notes in the other.
- I did a video of how I go from research to notes to stories with
@nickmiloSunday and now it's live on YouTube, along with the q&a portion. If you were present and asked questions in the chat that I missed, I answered them on my blog.
- There was a nice conversation about the pros and cons of different tools for highlighting browser articles over on Reddit.
- Here’s a nice guide for how to build a habit tracker in Obsidian.
A bunch of people shared their vaults this week, including me!
- My working vault isn’t so much a pruned digital garden as a raw dump of my working files. I published it to make it easier to point people to examples of things. The raw .zip is also available on my website behind a small paywall, since it also includes my actual WIP articles and fiction.
- Mister Chad’s beautiful art resources were created for his students, but it’s an absolutely beautiful exemplar of an Obsidian publish vault and has a lot of great visual design resources. Here’s the git repo for the theme.
- Singlanguages is a vault about the languages of Singapore and has resources for learning a second language.
@tallguyjenkshas 4 hours of PKM content going live on Monday at 08:30 UTC-7. It’s a comprehensive look into personal knowledge management, with lots of definitions covered, an overview of his system, and a skeleton vault for people to play with.
- A bunch of folks are interested in having Graph View presets to save and load filters & display settings. In general there’s definitely a desire for a more robust “core” graph experience for people who don’t need the fancy Juggl stuff… ;)
- There was a lengthy discussion on the forum about how much folks would like a concept map plugin (as opposed to just a mind map). Think Scrapple & Miro.
@pseudometaput together code to merge embedded notes into one
.mdnote and was hoping someone could help out by turning it into a plugin.
- Minimal theme has improved support for iOS.
@vainilieshared their snippets and tricks for getting an absolutely beautiful daily note widget over on GitHub.
- The Horizon theme was added to the community themes list.
- This css snippet will iteratively color folders.
@hstangershared part three of their digital smart notes series, about taking permanent notes in Obsidian.
- Quartz is another option for hosting your digital garden as a webpage for you, with no web experience required. The developer seems nice and its optimized for Obsidian. It even has graph and backlinks support, although I don't think it supports wikilinks yet.
- YiNote is a Chrome extension that lets you take timestamped notes while watching YouTube videos.
- The book Professional Git was edited by a community member and comes recommended for people who like textbooks for learning computer concepts. Git is a tool to help manage collaboration and version control that is pretty popular in this community, but can be overwhelming at first. If you want an easy start with git, check out Github Desktop.
Note: There are a couple of affiliate links & codes scattered around, but these always come from links I was already recommending and usually I share them because they benefit you too (i.e. getting you extra time on trials).