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In The Community
- The Apply Patterns plugin lets users search & replace with regex. Ben Hamilton is trying to encourage users to create a gallery of patterns to help users understand the value; if you have something to contribute, please consider adding your own examples.
- Some folks on Reddit are trying to collect printable learning guides for Obsidian and markdown.
- We just passed the 500 plugin mark! Thank you to all the wonderful developers who have helped build the Obsidian ecosystem.
The Obsidian Hub is a community knowledge base designed to help organize information about the Obsidian ecosystem. It's an excellent companion to this Roundup, which tends to be very chronological in nature. Here are some of the recent updates:
- There's a new index for spaced repetition plugins.
- Here's a new overview about pitfalls of using Obsidian for protected health information
- Here's a really helpful introduction to dataview.
- There's a new iOS Shortcuts index.
If you'd like to help out with the project, check out the good first issue tasks or, for example, search the Roundup archives for "iOS shortcuts" and add them to the index above.
- Obsidian got a major update from Electron 13 to 16, please grab the latest installer from the website, not just in the app. Insider builds were mostly bugfixes, but you can check the release notes on the forum.
New in Community Plugins
A bunch of plugins went through code review and are now available in Obsidian's plugin list. Licat had a busy week! Here are some highlights, but for the full list, check out the plugin stats page.
- Extract PDF Annotations by
@munachextracts PDF Annotations (Notes and Highlights) and sorts them by topics
- File Cleaner by
@Johnson0907helps you to clean empty files in the vault.
- Kindle by
@SimeonLukaslets users send
- Steemit by
@anpigonhelps with publishing Obsidian documents to Steemit, a blockchain-based blogging and social media website.
- Text Generator by
@nhaouariuses OpenAI to "finish" texts based on inputs. Here are some examples.
- Full Calendar by
@davishlets you create a "proper" calendar in Obsidian, complete with connections to your notes.
- Digital Garden by
@oleeskildis a new third party publish option with a handy guide. It supports transclusions, code blocks, admonitions, and footnotes.
- Remember File State by
@ludovicchabantremembers your cursor position, selection, and scroll location after you navigate away.
- Todoist Text by
@wesmoncriefintegrates Todoist tasks with markdown checkboxes.
Pending (as of Friday morning)
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.
- Novel word count by
@isaaclymandisplays a word or page count for each file, folder and vault in the file pane. I was surprised how useful I found this for deciding what to work on next.
- Card View Switcher by
@qawatakeis an alternate quick switcher that has a card view so users have more context when searching files.
If you want a more comprehensive list of what plugins updated this week, check out this plugin updates index by Ganessh Kumar.
- Settings Search can now open directly to the setting you searched for, instead of just the plugin that has the setting.
- Banners now supports Live Preview. You can also lock banners in place.
- Icon Shortcode v0.8.3 supports the new icon packs, live preview, and loads faster.
- Smart Typography, Indentation Guides, and LanguageTool now have mobile support.
- The Backend for Sekund is now open source. If you're interested in how to use it, contact the developer.
Note: these plugins have not yet been submitted for code review, and are being made available primarily for testing purposes.
- Hover Editor enhances the core Page Preview plugin by turning the popover into a fully functional editor instance which can be dragged, resized, and pinned to the workspace. It is incredible.
- Here's a way to access the Obsidian Sync version history over the command palette/with a hotkey. The dev isn't likely to submit to the community list, but it would be wonderful if someone could figure out how to add it to the Hotkeys++ plugin as a pull request...
- Primary got some nice bugfixes and redesigned panes.
- Willemstad added support for the Full Calendar plugin, and improvements to a bunch of modals and panes.
- Cardstock now has a dark mode option.
- Here's a guide on how to do card-based writing outlines using the Kanban plugin, with a good overview of the benefits and limitations.
- Tracy Winchell wrote a tutorial and a template to demonstrate how the "note to next day self" journaling technique works.
- I participated in a great discussion about why taking notes on messy concepts like "democracy" and "oligarchy" and "Phoenician identity" can be difficult, and how very specific notes focused on the questions and problem spaces can help. You can listen to the recording if you're interested in learning more about history timelines & the difficulties of classification.
- Here's a handy discussion about best practices for iCloud on Windows to help troubleshoot slow loading and other problems.
- Here's a discussion about using Obsidian for cybersecurity work.
- Here's a discussion about the limitations of Obsidian as a team wiki.
- Here's a pretty good discussion about practical ways to use tags and the struggle to create a good tagging taxonomy.
- Here's a discussion about different ways to manage a glossary in Obsidian.
- Here was a good one about how to denote ideas you disagree with in your notes.
- Nick Milo will be giving a presentation called The Joy of Thinking and the Rise of the Note Maker as part of Tiago Forte's free, virtual Second Brain Summit. The Summit is March 14-18. Nick's presentation will be Fri, March 18 at 12 pm ET. Dan from Readwise will also be presenting on Wed, March 16 at 12 pm ET.
- An archivist wrote a guide for a simple way to categorize things in your vault that is designed to grow in complexity as your notes do.
- Here's a neat visual for how to track team interests.
- Here's a QuickAdd macro that pulls in github issues from a github repository specified in the
gh-repofrontmatter on the current file and formats them in a list.
- The Sample is my favorite way to find niche, high-quality newsletters written by real people. They just added a neat new feature; now instead of just getting one algorithmically selected newsletter in your inbox each morning, they have a "show a random newsletter" page where you can get on-demand recommendations.
In The Wild
Last week's Roundup got emailed to over 4,000 people. When I originally started this project, I only thought about 30 of the most active people hanging out in Discord would read it — and even then, I assumed it would only get used for catching up after things like illnesses and vacations.
Knowing that so many of you get so much value out of the Roundup is incredibly motivating. Thank you all for your kind words, encouragement, and support 💚
Next Thursday is the third Thursday of the month, which means I'll be sending a new supporters-only article. Continuing my theme of pushing back against popular wisdom, this month the topic is the value of creating an index of quality resources, even if you never have time to read them.
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).