Weekly summaries of the latest tips & tricks from the Obsidian community.
In The Community
- The folks at Readwise did an interview with Nick at LYT about their Obsidian plugin, which brings highlights from around the web into Obsidian. I personally learned stuff from it so I'm glad I watched.
- I'm pretty sure this is the first Obsidian fanfiction I've seen so far, and it's frankly delightful.
- Here's a really heartwarming story about someone doing their master's degree research in Obsidian.
Insider v0.12.17 comes with:
- a big upgrade to the theme store.
- a new
/slash commandscore plugin that lets you use the
/key to trigger any command.
- a bunch of bugfixes
- a bunch of new stuff for developers, if you do anything with plugins or themes please click thru to the release notes.
- The Map of Content plugin offers another way to visualize connections in your vault. It creates an outline of your vault based on your link structure and a home note that you specify. It's like Breadcrumbs and Journey had a baby that grew up to be a sitemap.
- The Vale plugin brings a highly customizable (also free and open source!)tool for automated style guide enforcement to Obsidian.
- Link converter scans all your links in the vault and convert them to WikiLinks or Markdown format.
- Obsidian 42: Beta Reviewers Auto-update Tester ("BRAT") makes it easier to update plugins that aren't in the plugin store.
- Paste that Shizz lets you add "paste" to your mobile toolbar, which should help iOS users most.
- There's Another Quick Switcher Plugin option available.
- Obsidian Enlightenment is another focus-mode option.
- Cyptsidian will encrypt your Obsidian files with a password but warning this can also result in data corruption, make sure you know what you're doing before you use this.
- Obsidian vocabulary view is meant to help users review vocabulary flashcard style.
- The truth table plugin should be useful for people working with low-level computer math.
- SimpRead Unreader Sync exists now, for SimpRead users (which seems to be a browser extension for a clean online reading experience).
- CodeMirror Options v0.2.1 has a bunch of new WYSIWYG functionality. If you're waiting for WYSIWYG mode, check this out.
- Templater now has per-folder templating. This used to be possible with a combination of Vinzent's Hotkeys for Templates plugin combined with Templater, but now works natively in Templater.
- Initiative Tracker now displays encounter difficulty if players have levels.
- Block Reference Counts 0.2.0 moved indexing to a Web Worker and should therefore run much more smoothly.
- Dice Roller now has lookup tables. They even support recursion & nesting.
- Here's a plugin to build simple monster stat blocks in your notes for D&D 5e.
@Licatgave a good explanation of why not to statically reference a view and some other plugin best practices.
- There was a request for a plugin that adds PGF/TikZ support for vector graphics.
@Namworldmentioned that it would be awesome for screenwriters if there was a plugin to add interoperability with Highland 2. It should theoretically be do-able because they both work off of local markdown files, they just use different syntax for comments.
- Minimal had a major update, along with the Minmal Theme Settings plugin, to make it feel more native on iOS/macOS.
- Creature is a new minimal dark theme.
- Here's an article about UX practices for Markdown editors for theme designers to consider.
- This css code from Discord allows for picture-in-picture for a specific note.
- Here's a really cool interactive Zettelkasten guide
@curtismchalepublished a beginner's course on Obsidian on Skillshare.
- Here's a vim cheat sheet.
@Usarashared their Life-Disciples-Projects framework for productivity.
- Here's a detailed walkthrough about how
@nvanderhoevenuses Obsidian for D&D.
- Here's a nice entry point for using Obsidian as an undergrad. Here's a useful discussion on Reddit about the same topic.
- Apparently, Pandoc got an update that makes its markdown-slide-syntax compatible with Obsidian's.
- I'm working on migrating to Ghost Pro managed hosting (the headaches are just not worth the handful of dollars I'm saving at this point) so if things are slightly weird for the next week, I'm sorry and also, please let me know.
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