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🌠 Conference Announcements & Collaborative Sync

Improved YouTube notetaking experience, better search, upcoming courses, & a theme that is actually a minigame.

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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In The Community

The Linking Your Thinking Conference is a week of free workshops that "explores how to use linked notes in practical and powerful ways." It's hosted by Nick Milo, and runs from Mon, May 16 to Fri, May 20. Speakers include Ramses Oudt, David Sparks, Nicole van der Hoeven, Bianca Pereira & me.

I'll be speaking at the Linking Your Thinking Conference about Synthesizing Research into Using Notes Without Plugins. The talk will be May 17 at 11:00 AM PDT. Here's a registration link. I started a new vault for this, using everything I've learned from the last year or so about notetaking and my own workflows 👀 Here's a sneak peek of day one of the graph, on Discord.

Obsidian Updates

The big update this week was collaborative sync improvements, which are currently being tested by Insiders. You can now share your Obsidian Sync vaults with others. Collaborators must have an Obsidian Sync subscription, but joining a Sync vault will not count towards the 5 vault limit for collaborators.

Plugin News

New in Community Plugins

These plugins went through code review and are now available in Obsidian's plugin list. For the full list, check out the plugin stats page.

  • Obsidian Enhancing Export by @mokeyish is a new Pandoc plugin that allows to export to formats like Html, DOCX, ePub and PDF or Markdown(Hugo) etc.
  • ePub Reader by @caronchen lets users open .epub files.

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.

  • Date in metadata by @salmund automatically inserts the date in YAML frontmatter on file creation.
  • Nuke Orphans by @sandorex deletes orphaned files and attachments.
  • Weread Plugin by @zhaohongxuan syncs Weread(微信读书) hightlights and annotations into your Obsidian Vault.
  • Upcoming by @charliecm lets users open upcoming daily notes in their own panes.
  • BBCode Convertor by @salockhart can convert your markdown files to BBCode.
  • YouTube Timestamp Notes by @juliang22 allows side-by-side notetaking with YouTube videos; it lets users annotate notes with timestamps to directly control the video and record where each note comes from.
  • Local Quotes by @ka1tzyu is an interesting new take on spaced repetition that collects your quotes from all over the repository and embeds them.
  • Obsidian Functionplot by @leonhma offers another method for displaying mathematical graphs.
  • Code Embed by @Y-jiji allows users to embed files (like xx.c xx.hs xx.cpp) into notes just like .pdf files; this is useful for taking competitive-coding notes (on ICPC, Codeforces, ... etc.).
  • User Plugins by @mnowotnik allows users to use .js files or snippets to code quick and dirty plugins.

Updates

If you want a comprehensive list of what plugins updated this week, check out this plugin updates index by Ganessh Kumar.

  • Omnisearch 1.2.1 added support for "quoted expressions" and -exclusions.
  • Another Quick Switcher plugin v4.10.0 & v4.11.0 both improved support for headers.
  • Advanced Slides 1.10.0 added support for webp images and autocomplete suggestions. 1.11.0 added support for Obsidian charts, embedding slides into Obsidian notes, syntax suggestions, and more documentation.
  • Various Complements plugin v6.1.0 added support for Custom dictionary files in JSON format.
  • The Database plugin (like Dataview, but editable) added support for a dropdown control with multiple values, improved color handling, added checkbox support and clickable link fields (also with possibility for multiple values).
  • Pandoc Reference List will now indicate when a citekey does not exist in your bibliography file
  • Enhanced Copy Note will let users duplicate a selected folder and all its contents.

For Developers

Feature Requests

  • Better plugin management to allow for grouping plugins by topic, especially linking plugins to particular workspaces, is a neat suggestion.

Appearance

  • The Shimmering Focus theme is now a minigame. "Hardcore mode" doesn't have a settings button, hotkey descriptions, or most UI elements. "Madness mode" is basically a short puzzle game, purely made out of CSS hacks. There are more details on Discord.
  • Modern Dark by @roberts-code is new :)
  • Willemstad v0.5.0 Jordaan got its biggest update yet; it now has callout styling, new icons, prettier highlights, and more.
  • Minimal 5.2 added block widths to Live Preview, new sidebar tab styles, active line highlighting, custom font headings, and more. Minimal 5.2.4 allowed for all the helper classes for tables to be activated globally via the Style Settings plugin.
  • Primary v.1.4.7 added progress bar styling, slides support, and more.
  • Prism v2.1.0 now officially supports mobile, has styling for query blocks, new custom icons, new style settings, and more. It does come with a few breaking changes for graph colors and header margins.

Ancillary Code

Guides

Discussions

Ancillary Tools

  • the Raycast Obsidian extension got a bunch of updates, like improved support for Templater and new preferences and lists of pinned notes.

Housekeeping

Thanks for the well wishes, everyone! I've still got a lingering cough from my bout with COVID, but my kid is allowed to go back to school on Monday (after sixteen very long days) and I'm finally able to sleep through the night without medicine. More importantly, I can think straight again, so hopefully I continue to get better and am all back to normal in time for the LYT Conference, which I'm very much looking forward to.

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).