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2021-11-27: Rearrange Outlines & Integrate your Content Discovery Process

A new way to save tweets to Obsidian, more flexible hierarchy options, text to speech, and a new focused writing theme

Eleanor Konik
Eleanor Konik
5 min read

In The Community

  • Our newest moderator, @tzhou, is collecting tips you wish you knew when starting Obsidian. Note that this information will be public in an unsanitized Google sheet, so don't put anything private in there. Here's the announcement on Discord
  • @ClareMacrae is looking for people who would like to get some automated tests added for their plugin. It's background research for a new Community Talk called something like: "Easy automated testing for Obsidian plugin developers: find broken things before your users do..."
  • After some small bugs were found in a bunch of Obsidian themes, @pseudometa requested that someone write a guide for how to do CSS linting (particularly as it relates to Obsidian themes). I also think this would be helpful, so if you know of any such guides or can write one, please share.
  • @ryanstraight is organizing a conference panel for Online Learning Consortium’s Accelerate focused on Obsidian. Check out the discussion here if you're an academic and want to get in on this.
  • Moderator @ryanjamurphy was featured on the Automators podcast with David Sparks, where he discussed automation tips for Obsidian (and parenting!).

Obsidian Updates

The 0.13.5 Insider Build allows users to use drag and drop to re-arrange heading sections from the Outline pane. You can also drop an outline item into the editor to generate a heading link.

Additionally, Live Preview mode is iterating fast. There were a bunch of fixes, and 0.13.6 brought support for Inline LaTeX, HTML blocks, iframes, fancy checkbox css, and code syntax highlighting.

There is now a “copy share link” in the community plugin’s information page.

Plugin News

Note: Not all new plugins are available in the community list yet, as they need to go through code review first. You can manually install plugins that aren't in the community list yet by using the Beta Reviewer's Auto-update Tool. Note, though, that this is not as safe as waiting for them to go through code review.

New

  • For folks who like the idea of saving Twitter threads to Readwise but don't want to get a whole Readwise subscription just to do that, check out the Tressel app, which now has an Obsidian plugin.
  • The new Calibre plugin lets users access Calibre libraries and read books directly in Obsidian.
  • Obsidian Overdue Obsidian plugin that marks items as [[Overdue]] if they are not checked off by their due date

Updates

  • Flexible Pomo added an option for persistent workbenches for tracking multiple files during a Pomodoro sequence.
  • Breadcrumbs (which deserves to be more popular, got a bunch of updates. It now supports folder & tag notes (which I am hype for). You can add BC-folder-note: true to any note in a folder (or tag), and all other notes in that folder will now point upwards to that folder-note. You can also specify the exact upward fieldname to use with: BC-folder-note-up: fieldName. You can now specify "sibling" relationships with directionality, "next" and "previous."
  • the Contextual Typography plugin (v2.2.0) now surfaces detailed information relating to embeds and codeblock languages.
  • Excalidraw 1.4.11 has a bunch of fixes and small improvements, along with a new library element that allows users to publish icons from the stencil library to excalidraw.com (except on iOS).
  • Various Complements v2.0.0 got some bugfixes and a breaking change: custom dictionaries support description and aliases, but paths only support a relative path from Vault.
  • Dice Roller 7.8.0 adds support for inline dataview variables in dice rolls.

Betas

Tips

Appearance

  • This CSS for Live Preview mode will change the bullets to be similar to Microsoft Word / Outlook where each level is a different symbol
  • Here's some CSS to ensure monospace ligatures are working.
  • Typewriter is a nice clean theme designed for a focused writing experience.
  • Typomagical uses small caps for links, has some fancy ligatures, and a bunch of color schemes available via the Style Settings plugin.
  • Primary got a bunch of fixes and now supports sidenotes.
  • Minimal 4.1.3 added support for the Insider build's backlinks in document feature. 4.1.7 added a new set of composable helper classes for table and Dataview styling.
  • Ebullientworks got some cosmetic fixes.
  • There's a new Theme That Shall Not Be Named that sort of blends the Cybertron and Slytherin themes.

Ancillary Code

  • The Alfred workflow Shimmering Obsidian got a hotfix to the setup process, so if you were having trouble before, try again.

Guides

Discussions

Knowledge Management

In the Wild

Ancillary Tools

  • Mac users can use popclip to clip from Safari.
  • Readwise can now import highlights from Refind, which is probably best summed up by Liza Sperling: "Refind is a productivity game changer. Follow topics to stay on top of what matters to you. Search in the community to find the top links on any subject. Save links with the extension, and you’ll never hunt for a link again."
  • In the same vein, The Sample will send you a different newsletter each day (or week) based on your interests. It's my favorite newsletter discovery engine because it's got a ton of small, niche information instead of pulling from the "big names."
  • This link about how to get started with building a fictional world is totally unrelated to Obsidian, but it did hit the Discord starboard, so I guess it counts as Obsidian-adjacent.

Housekeeping

This week was Thanksgiving in America, which means two things:

  • First, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has signed up for a recurring membership or donated on ko-fi to help defer my hosting costs. This newsletter currently has 2,963 subscribers, and once we hit 3k, the hosting fees go up a fair bit 😅
  • Second, my life is about to get really hectic. This week was Thanksgiving and my husband's birthday, next weekend is my birthday, the weekend after that we're taking our toddler on his first vacation, the weekend after that is WorldCon, and the weekend after that is Christmas, then New Year's, then my son's birthday. I fully intend that the Roundup's publishing schedule not be interrupted, but if I'm slightly less responsive for the next month, please be gentle 💚

Eleanor Konik

I teach (& research) ancient civilizations, then write stories & articles inspired by all eras of history... which involves a fair amount of notetaking ;)