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2021-10-15: More WYSIWYG Functionality & Some Really Nice Documentation

Improved snippet management, a GUI for multi-color highlighting, & chart generation from markdown tables.

Eleanor Konik
Eleanor Konik
4 min read

In The Community

  • Capiche is doing a "notetaking app showdown" and Obsidian is in the "final showdown" with Mem. Apparently they're a "community for app power users" to crowdsource information about different products instead of relying on marketing-speak.
  • The Obsidian Hub community vault is growing exponentially. Most of the Roundup's back issues have been added, along with the Obsidian Awesome project. It does incredible work at consolidating community resources and categorizing plugins and themes.

Obsidian Updates

  • Insider v0.12.18  has a bunch of fixes.
  • Insider v0.12.19 does too, and also comes with a command for renaming headings instead of always needing to use the context menu.

Plugin News

New

  • Pipe Tricks will convert [[Apple (fruit)|]]s into [[Apple (fruit)|Apples]] (etc).
  • MySnippets adds a status bar menu for snippet management.
  • Key Promoter will tell you the keyboard shortcut of an action when you do something with the mouse. Maybe now I'll actually remember all my shortcuts 😅
  • Limelight spotlights your active pane to make it more obvious which pane you're working in.
  • Lumberjack lets users jump straight into edit mode on a logging note or daily note.
  • Mousewheel image zoom lets you increase or decrease the size of an image.
  • Highlightr adds a menu with pre-defined colors for the <mark> html tag to allow for an easier multi-color highlighting experience.
  • Obsidian Hypothesis syncs highlights from Hypothesis.
  • Calculator evaluates math expressions right inside your notes using the Fcaljs library.
  • Link Headers Directly hides the file name in preview mode so you only see the heading name. So for example One of my favorite trees is the [[Trees#Birch]], because it reminds me of spring. would render in preview as the Birch, because instead of the Trees > Birch, because

Updates

  • The new Image in Editor update only works with the new Insider build for Obsidian, but it now renders MathJax blocks, file transclusions, has better excalidraw support and allows for custom css for the transclusions.
  • CodeMirror Options 0.3.1 has a ton of new WYSIWYG-supporting features and bugfixes. @NothingIsLost is doing incredible things with this plugin. I think the main things this week are better table and inline image support.
  • Supercharged Links got some updates that allow CSS styling of links based on tags and frontmatter. It really extends the functionality of the backlinks pane.
  • Obsidian Charts has some exciting new features including an API that can be used with Dataview, chart generation from markdown tables, and more.
  • File tree alternative is now much "smarter."
  • Linter has a bunch of new rules and settings and improvements.
  • Ghost Fade Focus lets users change opacity levels from the plugin settings.

Betas

  • Citation Translation works with the Citations plugin to convert regular in-text citations to Pandoc citations.

Advanced

  • Livesync lets users use self-hosted CouchDB or Cloudant server to sync their vault between devices. This is a beta. Make backups.

For Developers

  • There have been a bunch of updates to Marcus' plugin docs, which are incredible.
  • Here's a discussion on Discord about how to add plugin dependencies to your plugin.

Feature Requests

Appearance

Guides

  • My community talk about project management in Obsidian is live on YouTube. I focused mostly on fiction, but it's a comprehensive overview of my workflow from beginning (ideation) to end (tracking the marketing for a finished product).
  • Here's a new and very comprehensive getting started" guide for PKM in Obsidian from @_Nick
  • @ryanjamurphy put together a guide to creating an Obsidian homescreen for iOS. It includes detailed instructions for each of the shortcuts and a video walkthrough of what it looks like to use each button/widget.
  • @joshduffney tried out a paper Zettelkasten and then re-read How to Take Smart Notes to get a better understanding of the practice and shared his new understanding on YouTube.
  • Here's a guide for how to build a plugin using Svelte.

Discussions

Ancillary Tools

  • Keypoints is a forthcoming macOS PDF Annotation Extracting App. The plan is for it to save annotations locally as markdown files. You can sign up to get alerts.

Housekeeping

  • Sorry I sent this early last week — I know I confused a couple of people! I hit the wrong button in Ghost because I was in a hurry, totally my own fault.
  • If the lack of dark mode for the Obsidian Roundup website has been annoying you, please buy @phibr0 a coffee, because he fixed the Roundup's CSS so that it updates based on your system preferences (and made a few other tweaks that I have been putting off).
  • I did not forget about the topia community coworking space, but we ran into some technical limitations that didn't get caught in testing (we uh, we have more than 9 people who show up to events). I have some meetings with various software folks next week to see if we can't find something that works for the numbers of people who show up. Most stuff seems geared mostly for workplaces or conventions? If you have any recommendations please reach out!

Eleanor Konik

Professionally, I teach pre-teens about ancient civilizations. In my downtime, I enjoy combining storytelling with my love of sharing obscure history and science.