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Lots of exciting updates and forks of the Tasks plugin, a quickstart guide for Breadcrumbs, & new zettelkasten discussions.

Eleanor Konik
Written by Eleanor Konik

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

5 min read.

In The Community

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.

  • Advanced Codeblock by @lijyze  adds line numbers and line highlights to code blocks.
  • Simple Dice Roller by @yeeshue99  is a simple plug and play solution that allows you to average and simulate dice formulas.
  • Copy Image and URL in Preview by @NomarCub  can copy images and URLs, as well as open PDFs externally using the context menu in preview mode.
  • Booksidian by @MichaBrugger  can connect Obsidian to your Goodreads.
  • Obsidian Camera by @aldrinjenson  lets users take photo and video recordings and have them saved in vault, and create and paste links to the recording automatically if a markdown file is open.
  • Expand Bullet by @Quorafind  lets users transform bullet contents into individual notes.
  • ExcaliBrain by @zsviczian  is a clean, intuitive and editable graph view for Obsidian
  • Media DB Plugin by @mProjectsCode  can query multiple APIs for movies, series, anime, games, music and wiki articles, and import them into your vault.
  • Packrat by @therden  makes it easier to process completed recurring Tasks
  • Note Auto Creator by @SimonTC  will automatically create notes when links are created to them. It also now lets users trigger link insertion with a character like @ and automatically create a new note when inserting a link to a non-existing note. It also supports applying Templater templates to new notes.
  • State Switcher by @lijyze  adds a graphical user interface for changing YAML metadata more safely.
  • Sequence Hotkeys by @moolmanruan  lets users set hotkeys with key sequences instead of a single chord.
  • Local Quotes by @ka1tzyu  collects your quotes from all over the repository and embed them in different locations with refresh delays.
  • Obsidian Functionplot by @leonhma  is another plugin for displaying mathematical graphs in obsidian.
  • Bellboy by @shakedlokits  automatically renames files with kebob-case based on the first header.
  • DB Folder by @RafaelGB  gives users the capability to store and retrieve data from a folder like database. It's intended to feel Notion-like. It's up to 1.5.0 now and has a new "file task" column, supports checkbox columns, sorting improvements, and support for frontmatter arrays.

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.

  • obsidian echarts by @cumany  allows users to render apache echarts in Obsidian.
  • Stack Overflow Answers by @bramses  is exactly the sort of thing I expect to see from this community 😂 it lets you copy and paste stack overflow answers directly into Obsidian using their "share" link.
  • Linkify by @matthewhchan  lets users set up regex patterns to automatically turn matching text into links, for example everything prepended with @ to become a link to twitter or github.
  • Table to CSV Exporter by @metawops  allows for exporting tables from a pane in reading mode into CSV files.
  • Tasks SQL Powered by @sytone  is a preview fork of the Tasks plugin that is backed by SQL queries.
  • Tag Summary by @macrojd  will pull together lists of paragraphs or blocks of text that share the same tag(s). It's not designed for task management but if I'm reading the example correctly, it could be pretty handy for a tag-based task management system.

Updates

  • The Tasks plugin got a big update, with some nice sorting for tags, more documentation for contributors, css class support, and more. It has also moved, as ClareMacrae is now the core maintainer. The documentation also moved, but everything else should work as normal.
  • The Text to Speech plugin now has automatic language detection and supports listening to the text, as seen in reading mode, if the note is in reading mode.
  • The Extract URL plugin added a custom site extractor for github repos. Now if you archive a link to a github repo it will pull down the readme for later reference. Here's a video guide on how it works.
  • Latex Suite 1.2.0 has a new "conceal" feature that should make it easier to read big unwieldy expressions.
  • Code Editor Shortcuts v1.9.0 now has support for delete to start of line and a couple of other nice enhancements.

Betas

Feature Requests

Appearance

  • Minimal 5.2.9 has new helper classes for wide and max sizes, some improvements with Style Settings and the Minimal Theme Settings plugin, support for notion-like tables, and more.
  • Willemstad v0.5.2 Jordaan has a new Cornell Notes CSSClass that styles callouts to look like paper notes. It also fixed mobile and got some print improvements.

Guides

Discussions

  • There were a lot of discussions about the fundamental nature of zettelkasten (and a new thread got created in Discord for it, under #knowledge-management) but my favorite part was this photo of these slipboxes used by @slono's father and grandfather.
  • There was a heartwarming discussion about how the Bubble Space theme is delightful and how some use-cases call for minimalist color schemes and others call for joyful ones.

Ancillary Tools

  • Smort v2, the markdown-based highlighting & annotation app, lets users save articles permanently and build a library. Here's a demo.

Housekeeping

I will be hosting another "5x8 Event" for financial supporters on June 9. The name is an index card reference, but mostly refers to 5 people presenting on an interesting topic for no more than 8 minutes each. The last one was really fun!

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