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Leverage markdown's semantic line break features with help from a new plugin, or check out the new guide for using Zotero6 with Obsidian.

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 ;)

4 min read.

Obsidian Updates

As of Insider v.0.14.11.

  • You can now move or delete multiple selected items via the right-click context menu in the File Explorer. (which for me personally is a huge deal)
  • The backslash escape character will now be hidden when your cursor is not on the same line in Live Preview.
  • When exiting in-document search, the last searched result will be selected automatically.

And Mobile Insider v1.2.2...

  • Includes all new functionality and bug fixes up to Obsidian Desktop v0.14.10.
  • Fixed rename vault functionality gets stuck.
  • You can now setup Obsidian Sync right from the starting screen.

Plugin News

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.

  • Semantic Line Breaker by @chrisgrieser  lets users apply and remove Semantic Line Breaks (SemBr). Here's a discussion about why they're useful.
  • RequireJS by @cstrahan  makes it easy to write reusable JavaScript code using ReactJS.
  • Media DB Plugin by @mProjectsCode  can query multiple APIs for movies, series, anime, games, music and wiki articles, and import them into your vault.
  • Image Gallery by @lucaorio  makes it easier to get a masonry image gallery for Obsidian
  • Sequence Hotkeys by @moolmanruan  allows users to set hotkeys with key sequences instead of a single chord.
  • Note Auto Creator by @SimonTC  will automatically create notes when links are created to them.
  • Packrat by @therden  adds functionality to Obsidian Tasks plugin to process recurring tasks to the bottom of the active note file, append the task to a designated archive file, or delete the task since it's done.
  • State Switcher by @lijyze  adds a modal / graphical dropdown menu for changing a value in your YAML to keep you from making mistakes.
  • Better Audio Recorder by @salmund  allows users to pause and resume recordings.

Updates

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

  • Notion Like Tables got Live Preview support. The # symbol is now optional for tags. The textarea box now changes size as you type, and there are a bunch of other small fixes along those lines.
  • Excalidraw got an improved collaborative experience.
  • Linter has a demo gif, some new options for folder linting, and more. This is a heartwarming update because there are a bunch of contributors to the plugin.
  • Another Quick Switcher lets users star recent search & see the full path of the directory.
  • Advanced Slides 1.12.0 added support for the emoji shortcodes plugin, but also templates, embeds and layouts are now more stable in interaction with each other.
  • For Database folder v1.1.0, calendar columns exist now. They support time select. The text columns allow Obsidian links.
  • Obsidian List Modified (a plugin that links modified files to your daily note) now creates your daily note automatically if it does not exist.

Betas

Note: these plugins have not yet been submitted for code review, and are being made available primarily for testing purposes.

  • Omnisearch 1.3.0-beta added support for Chinese, a Settings page for tweaking how results are weighted, and improved indexing.
  • Codeblock Completer works better with the Codeblock Labels plugin and allows you to ignore certain codeblock types, so that they don't appear in the suggester options.

Feature Requests

Appearance

  • Here's a css snippet using the Minimal card view css. You can use it to enable card view with any theme you like, and make notes look like index cards. Just include cssclass: zettelkasten in the YAML section.

Ancillary Code

Discussions

Knowledge Management

Showcases & Guides

Ancillary Tools

Housekeeping

  • If anyone had questions I didn't get a chance to answer during my presentation about taking notes without plugins or themes during the LYT Conference, check out this thread on Twitter.
  • My article about notes bound by time and location was sent to financial supporters this week. It's about the importance of being specific, aware of your biases, keeping track of your sources, and breaking down information into its component parts for easier remixing.

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).