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A new tool for diffing PDFs, a new method for managing RPG campaigns, and guides for using Obsidian with Devonthink or Dendron.

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 ;)

5 min read.

Housekeeping

  • I'll be in Chicago for Worldcon the first couple of days of September. Here's my official schedule if you're planning to attend or happen to live in the area and want to grab coffee or something.
  • I was able to install Obsidian on my new work laptop! This is very exciting — I wasn't expecting to be allowed to. I'm glad I procrastinated on figuring out how Docker works 😂

In the Community

  • There's a new book club being organized via discord. So far most of the interest seems to be around genre fiction books. Here's the resource document, here's the list of proposed books. Consider joining in and signing up!
  • There's a guy who is active in the Obsidian community who has low code integration experience but is looking to break into a software engineering role. He's primarily comfortable with Python but has recently picked up TS/JS. He's contributed to a few plugins you might have used like the SRS plugin and Dataview, but has no prior software dev experience and is looking for a junior role. He's open to remote contract work (lives abroad) but is willing to move back to the US as well. Please let me know if you'd like to get in touch.

Plugins

  • If you use the File Hider plugin please consider contributing to the discussion about the future direction of the plugin.

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.

  • Heading Shifter by @k4a-dev makes it easier to shift and change markdown headings.
  • Open File by Magic Date by @SimplGy lets users define a Moment.js date pattern that specifies the file that is most important to you (eg: your daily/weekly/monthly note). It'll create the file if it doesn't exist.
  • No dupe leaves by @scambier makes sure you don't open the same note multiple times.
  • Better Inline Fields by @dsarman enhances Dataview style inline fields.
  • Hide Sidebars on Window Resize by @NomarCub automatically hides the sidebars when your window is resized to be narrower.
  • Tagged Documents Viewer by @mgeduld opens a modal with scrollable content of all documents that contain a specific tag or tags.
  • Meeting notes by @TimHi automatically creates a meeting note if a new file is created in a meeting folder.

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.

  • QuickShare by @mcndt lets users securely share notes with one click. Notes are end-to-end encrypted with no API keys or configuration required.
  • Auto Hide by @skelato1 collapses sidebars when clicking on the editor/viewer panel.
  • Dashing cursor by @9r0x enables a dashing cursor that follows the page scroll.
  • Obsidian Git Isomorphic by @Vinzent03 is another way to backup your vault with git... that works on mobile.
  • Anki Synchronizer by @tansongchen is another spaced repetition app for Anki.
  • URL Namer by @zfei retrieves the HTML titles to name the raw URL links. I think it's manual instead of automatic the way Auto Link Title is.
  • Obsidian Header Format by @dbarenholz makes it easier to format the current line as a header.

Updates

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

  • Another Quick Switcher plugin had a major update with lots of new featurs, including "insert all to editor," grep support, custom searches, an option to hide hotkey guides. Some settings also got removed, so make sure you check the release notes before updating. 6.1.0 added vim-like navigation, too.
  • Obsidian Plaintext now supports Obsidian Mobile.
  • Obsidian Linter 1.4.0 lets users format YAML arrays, tags, and aliases. Incidentally, I recently (re?) learned that this plugin lets you enforce * or _ for bold/italic throughout your whole vault, if you're  like me and sometimes vary between the two.
  • Metadata Menu 0.1.11 has a new field type: file which can be populated with a file in your vault. Here's a demo.
  • Obsidian Database Folder 2.2.0 makes it possible to hide columns, and made filters accessible from the navbar. You can also sort and search tags.

Betas

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

  • RPG Manager requires dataview but is setting-agnostic and focuses on helping writing campaigns and linking various elements of a campaign together for ease of running sessions.
  • Virtual Hotkey Board lets you see what hotkeys you have set in a nice keyboard layout style.

Ancillary Tools

Feature Requests

Appearance

  • ITS Theme now has support for turning dataview lists into columns, and got some other callout updates.
  • Primary added variations for callouts and alternate checkbxoes, improved accessibility, and more checkbox styles.
  • Wyrd got some bugfixes.
  • Mado Miniflow 0.2.0 has an improved mobile experience.

Guides

Showcases

  • Here's an example of a flexible working environment for folks in the biodiversity informatics area, along with a twitter thread explaining its purpose. It's basically an extensible notebook for open science on specimens — "a working environment that allows researchers to write, access data and create links between literature, specimens, names, institutions, people, traits etc."
  • OB Templates got a new template for creating a word dictionary.
  • Here's a recording of @mapogatari researching and processing the notes for those who find "working examples" and models more useful than lecture-style explanatory guides.

Food For Thought

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).