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🌠 Documentation efforts, Mobile Live Preview, & Improved Startup Time

Ganessh Kumar built a mindblowly good way to navigate plugins, so hopefully developers will take advantage of the features it offers and write good release notes ;)

Eleanor Konik
Written by Eleanor Konik

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

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  • I wrote a (really long, I'm sorry) ... article? manifesto? about how I view my work in this community, why I'm not enthusiastic about creating courseware and guides, and some behind the scenes things I try to do. You can help by telling me what you need, what you want, and what kinds of opportunities you're available for.
  • This week's survey is about the dataview docs; if you've ever used Dataview, please consider filling this out so the folks helping out with documentation can best direct their efforts.
  • If you've got some time and would like to help out our developers put together more accessible READMEs and documentation, please check out the plugins seeking documentation help page. You don't need to be any kind of expert for this, but it has the potential to help a lot of people and is a great way to get involved in the community.

Obsidian Updates

Obsidian Mobile v1.1.0 is now available for public access! This includes all new functionality and bug fixes up to Obsidian Desktop v0.13.24, which means Live Preview works on mobile now. So does vim, but only do that if you have a keyboard attached to your device.

If you run into any problems trying to edit things like code blocks, you can get back into source mode by long-holding the 3 dot button on the top right and hitting "Toggle Live Preview/Source mode" (or run a command from the pull down menu or bottom toolbar).

Plugin News

New in Community Plugins

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Not all new plugins are available in the community list yet, as they need to go through code review first. This plugin stats page by Ganessh Kumar is incredible; if you want a quick list of which plugins were recently made available in the community plugins list, click through. Note that it also lets you find similar plugins.

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.

Updates

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I'm not going to cover every single update to every single plugin that happened this week, because thanks to the plugin stats page I know there were sixty-two (!). Here are some highlights:
  • Better Word Count got fixed! Yay! Only update if you use Live Preview mode, though, the dev is still working on adding support for the legacy editor. Please read the Readme for an explanation; it had to be entirely rewritten.
  • Snippet Manager v2.3.1 lets users download and update a particular snippet.
  • Divide & Conquer now has support for bulk disabling of CSS snippets to help with troubleshooting.
  • Various Complements v5.6.0 suggests and completes the text with front matter properties only when the cursor is in the front matter.
  • File Tree Alternative now supports Folder Note functionality, with or without the Folder Note plugin.
  • Tabout now works in live preview. It lets users hit "tab" to move the cursor outside of markdown formatting.
  • Excalidraw 1.6.13 brings improved handling of saving & sync. You can also compress Excalidraw JSON to keep it from cluttering search results. v1.6.14 lets users search for text elements.
  • Initiative Tracker v7.2.0 has support for multiple parties, custom status effects, and auto updates for player stats.
  • As of 2.0.9, Image in Editor works on mobile.
  • The Rest API plugin added new /search/ endpoints.
  • Tweet to Markdown added toggles to customize tweet downloads: date, frontmatter, etc
  • Orthography, a spellchecker plugin, added support for Grammarly.

Betas

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Note: these plugins have not yet been submitted for code review, and are being made available primarily for testing purposes.
  • v0.2.0 of Full Calendar now has read-only views of Google Calendar, and multiple calendar colors with configurable colors.
  • Graphvidian is an Obsidian plugin to generate hierarchical graphs, with the nodes are from your Obsidian vault. It works by converting a breadcrumbs database into a format Graphvis can use. Here's the overview and proposal about the problems it solves. I really need to get off my butt and set up a proper Breadcrumbs hierarchy for my notes so I can use this.
  • Quick Jump is a port of the Jump to Link plugin that works in Live Preview.

For Developers

Feature Requests

Appearance

If you're on the Insider build you should probably update your themes; several were tweaked to accommodate a new change.

  • Obsidian You got a big redesign to comply with Google's Material Design standards and now supports live preview. Android users should definitely check it out.
  • Minimal 5.1.6 added some support for the Tracker plugin, the ability to add outlines to images, and got some bugfixes and other small improvements.
  • Willemstad X v0.1.3 got a bunch of really incredible table support for Live Preview. Admonitions look the same in Live Preview and Reading modes.
  • The Dataview cards from the "Notion Inspired Color Scheme" from the ITS theme are available as a snippet.

Guides

Discussions

Knowledge Management

Ancillary Tools

  • the MarkDownload browser extension added support for MathJax to LaTeX, some extra keyboard shortcuts, downloading images as Base64 embedded urls (!), and more. The full release notes are worth a read.
  • iDoRecall is a nifty freemium Anki alternative for creating spaced repetition flashcards. It's designed to be a bit more social, more tightly integrated into the learning materials (they have a browser extension for highlighting), and is meant to be easier to use than Anki. They're interested in developing an Obsidian plugin, and when I mentioned I planned to include it in the Roundup, they created a 20% off coupon code that'll be good until March: ObsidianCommunity20
  • Elicit is the best implementation of machine learning + natural language search of academic databases I've ever personally seen and as far as I can tell it's free. One of the developers happens to be an Obsidian user, and is active in Discord.

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).