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🌠 Supercharged tags & a new Zotero integration

Lots of new color schemes are proliferating. Plus, inspiring stories about quitting marijuana and putting visual studio code inside of an Obsidian window.

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.

Obsidian Updates

  • v1.0.3 comes with a bunch of bug fixes, so if you ran into problems with v1.0.0, update and try again.
  • Mobile got a similar update and is now on v1.4.1.

Plugin News

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.

  • Mentions in Status Bar by @GRONADE457 displays all the mentions of the current file in the status bar.
  • Wordy by @nqthqn uses the Datamuse API to serve as a thesaurus, dictionary, and more.
  • New Bullet With Time by @Quorafind allows you to automatically add the current time to new bullet lines.
  • Pretty BibTeX by @sandrofigo shows raw BibTeX bibliography entries in a prettier way.
  • Vika Sync by @romantic-black lets users sync notes to a cloud-based database software in China that works similarly to airtable.
  • Scroll to Top Plugin by @cloudhao1999 adds a button to scroll to the top of the current note.
  • Custom File Extensions Plugin by @MeepTech associates views with custom file extensions via settings.
  • Edit Gemini by @Basil-Mori allows the user to edit and create .gmi files, which seem to be an alternative web protocol to HTTPS.
  • Colorful Tag by @rien7 makes it easier to add a prefix or suffix to a tag and change the tag’s background or text color.
  • Daily Note Outline by @iiz00 adds a custom view which shows outline of multiple daily notes with headings, links, tags and list items.
  • Awesome Flashcard by @AwesomeDog is another Anki integration for Obsidian.
  • Improved Random Note by @ShockThunder adds something a bit nicer for a wandering mode.
  • Trash Explorer by @proog lets users more easily restore and delete files from the Obsidian .trash folder
  • Ordered List Style by @erykwalder lets users set ordered list styles inline as alphabetic lists, roman numeral lists, etc.

Updates

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

Betas

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

  • There's a fancy new Zotero integration that can read data directly from the Zotero database, with no need to export data into a text-based format. It has templating, it has complete access to Zotero data, it has annotation views, as far as I can tell it has the kitchen sink.
  • Strange New Worlds (which I finally installed and is genuinely amazing at showing me all of the places a particular reference gets referenced in a nice hover pane) got mobile, tablet, and preview improvements. Here's a 2 minute overview of how the plugin works.

Appearance

  • Cyber Glow v7.2 got a new line highlighter to make it more obvious which line you're on. 7.4 improved mobile support, among other things.
  • AnuPpuccin v1.0.2 - 1.1.1 added a custom dark coffee theme and an alternative card layout option. v1.0.7 overhauled the style settings menu and added support for a bunch of new color schemes as well as custom callouts.
  • Ebullientworks v0.6.0 got a ton of updates and should be all set to go for Obsidian 1.0.
  • GitHub theme by @krios2146 has a color scheme reminiscent of Github.
  • Ultra Lobster by @7368697661 sounds very aggressive but is actually really nice looking with careful attention to fonts and typography.

Guides

Showcases

  • Here's a really inspiring story about how Obsidian helped one user quit smoking marijuana, complete with the relevant planning note and a ton of encouragement from the community. Sometimes the most important notes are short and to the point, no complex workflows required.
  • Here's a template for managing data about people that explains how to use Dataview, Templater, and QuickAdd.

Ancillary Tools

Housekeeping

I recently wrote a piece explaining how I need to consolidate my newsletters and rethink some elements of my publication schedule for a variety of reasons outlined in the post.

The upshot of this for the Obsidian Roundup is ironically that there will be more content available soon™. It's nothing to worry about, but I wanted to share it here so y'all know that changes are coming as soon as I can get this squared away on the "hiring a developer to help me pull this off" side of things. The short version is that there have been a lot of changes in newsletter software (and my life!) since I started the Obsidian Roundup, and I need to start taking advantage of some of those changes for my own sanity.

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Also, a few people have asked me, so if you've been interested in chipping in to help defer my newsletter hosting fees and the costs of hiring developers, but aren't really interested in a subscription, I do have a ko-fi page where you can buy me a coffee.

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).