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🌠 Obsidian Out of Beta, Obsidian October Extended

Table generators, advanced project management options, & a guide to Charles Darwin's note taking method.

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

Note: a bunch of great things happen in Discord every week, but the links require you to be logged in to the community server and generally launch in the browser version of Discord unless you paste them into your app directly. Sorry!

  • 1.0 has dramatically changed how to create new themes, which is why the original Obsidian October event did not include a "Theme" category. Now that 1.0 is available to everyone, they added a Theme category and extended the deadline for Obsidian October entries by 2 weeks. The deadline is now November 13th. You can find out more in the Discord channel for the event.

There will be an hour long live session every Saturday throughout October.

  • At 1PM Eastern, Stephan (@kepano), designer of Minimal and the new default theme, will be doing a live walkthrough of how to create a theme for Obsidian 1.0. Here's the Discord link, the YouTube link, and the Twitch link.

Also, the videos of the 2nd week of Obsidian October live sessions are up!

Obsidian Updates

Obsidian is officially out of beta! Version 1.0 launched on ProductHunt and HackerNews. It was also announced on Reddit, the community discord and Twitter. Some of the discussions with the team were pretty interesting 👀

As per the shiny new in-app release notes, it comes with a big redesign and the introduction of tabs – which you can now stack, a la the (now mostly deprecated) Sliding Panes plugin. It's a big redesign so might be a little jarring at first, but the devs have been saying that 1.0 means the API will stabilize for as long as I've been using Obsidian, so hopefully this should be the last big breaking update for a good long while.

Here's a video from Nicole van der Hoeven going over the update. And here was a great discussion about options for if the change to file titles displays impacted you.

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.

  • Sakana Widget by @Quorafind add a fun little Sakana! Widget to your vault.
  • Table Generator by @Quorafind is a plugin to generate markdown tables quickly like in Typora.
  • Min Width by @doitian can set the minimum width of the Active Pane.
  • Aosr by @linanwx is another obsidian spaced repetition option.
  • Custom File Explorer sorting by @SebastianMC allows for manual and automatic, config-driven reordering and sorting of files and folders in the File Explorer.

Pending (as of Friday morning)

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.

  • Projects by @marcusolsson enables advanced project management for Obsidian. It lets users create folder-based projects and switch between three different views: Table, Board, and Calendar. It also lets you configure note templates for each project. It's beautiful and makes me desperately wish I could use Obsidian at work. Here's a really thoughtful post in Discord he wrote about his motivations for writing it, and how he's planning an API so more views can be integrated 👀
  • Colorful Tag by @rien7 makes it easier to style your tags.
  • Obsidian ava by @louis030195 uses OpenAI API and stable diffusion to generate text and enhance reflection in Obsidian.
  • Capitalize My Titles by @joss-enet will automatically capitalize titles.

Updates

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

  • Tasks plugin 1.15.1 improved the next-date calculation for monthly and yearly recurring tasks, to prevent skipping months and years in many cases. Check out the detailed documentation.
  • CardBoard (which provides a kanban-style board for your tasks wherever they are in your vault) updated so that boards can be scaled using a css snippet, tags used in the definition of Boards can be hidden from view on Cards., or Board filters can be used in either Allow (previous behavior) or a Deny (new behavior) mode.
  • Among other things, Metadata Menu can now create a custom values list with a dataview query. Here's a demo.
  • The appearance of the Floating Table of Contents plugin can now be more easily styled, using the Style Settings plugin.

Betas

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

  • Omnisearch can now handle PDF indexing – on desktop. Results are cached, and this is still in beta, but it's a really neat feature.
  • The 2.0 beta of Longform (which is useful for handling long form writing projects) corrects outstanding bugs and updates styling to use the 1.0 style system. If you're using BRAT you'll need to manually remove and re-add the plugin, as the version number hasn't changed.

Appearance

Guides

Showcases

Ancillary Tools

  • There is an unofficial Chrome extension for Obsidian that allows you to create or add to existing entries in your notes with information you've found online in your browser. It uses the "Local REST API" plugin, which is also helpful for automations.
  • nb is a command line and local web note‑taking, bookmarking, archiving, and knowledge base application with pretty good compatibility with Obsidian as far as I can tell. If you decide to try it out, let me know how you liked it!

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).