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🌠 Community Contest & Spaced Repetition Improvements

There's a new interactive medical terminology dictionary, & a step-by-step guide to setting up a second brain in minutes per day.

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 ;)

4 min read.

In The Community

  • It's almost October, so it's time to gear up for this year's annual Obsidian October event. The theme is "Back to School" (best creation for college students, graduate students, and specific subject matter will earn bonus prizes) and they've expanded the categories to include: new plugin (or significant update), video, demo vault, or written content. Here's the daily progress and learnings thread, and the official hub page. There's more clarification in Discord. If anyone is looking to contribute to an existing plugin, the Hub has collected some issues of interest.
  • Despite how many fiction options there were, first book for the book club is going to be How to Take Smart Notes. The current season will end December 13. Here's more in Discord about how the voting looked.

Obsidian Updates

Insider v0.16.3 Highlights:

  • The new Insider now has per tab history, which marks another plugin feature getting sherlocked into core; thanks to @pjeby for pioneering Pane Relief and helping out with this feature that I for one rely on. If you are using insider builds, please update your Pane Relief version to 0.4.0 before you launch Obsidian 0.16.3.
  • The Sliding Panes plugin will now automatically be disabled on startup.
  • They added an option to Export to PDF to show the name of the note at the beginning of the document.
  • Legacy themes are no longer deleted when updating to 0.16 compatible themes. This should improve compatibility when syncing to a device that’s not yet 0.16 compatible.

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.

  • Quick snippets and navigation by @aciq  adds up/down keyboard navigation for headings and the ability to copy code blocks via a keyboard shortcut.
  • Google Calendar by @YukiGasai  lets users interact a Google Calendar from inside Obsidian.

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.

  • HTML Reader by @nuthrash  lets Obsidian open documents with ".html" and ".htm" file extensions.
  • Obsidian Sqlite3 by @windily-cloud  gives Obsidian the ability to manipulate sqlite3 databases.
  • Aosr by @linanwx  is "another obsidian spaced repetition" plugin.
  • Week Planner by @rwirdemann  defines commands for creating planning documents and moving tasks between them.
  • Sakana Widget by @Quorafind  adds a cute character widget to your interface.
  • Imgbb Plugin by @notmmaoo  uploads images to Imgbb for Obsidian.
  • obsidian floating toc by @cumany  is a floating Toc plugin that hovers a table of content containing a header level on the notes sidebar.

Updates

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

  • Templater 0.14.2 updated to the most recent version of Obsidian's API and go some nice bugfixes, including that syncing a new note with templates no longer... triggers the template. Also, I have a sneaking suspicion that if enough people joined the #templater thread in Discord that we filled up the thread and had to add a new channel, shabogem (one of the maintainers) would be overjoyed. So if you wanted to say thank you to the devs who work on this project, I suspect that's a good place to do it ;)
  • Bulk Rename lets you use RegExp to search files to rename.
  • Linter has a new project board, and added custom commands, formatting for ordered lists, and the ability to copy tags into the frontmatter.
  • Literate Styles v0.2.0, for writing theme css in Obsidian itself, changes the flavour of css from sass to less, to improve bundle size and performance.

Betas

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

For Developers

  • The developer of the new bullet-point-backlinks plugin Influx is a bit stumped on how to get it working right in reading view, if you've got any insight into that or want to take a look at the puzzle I'm sure @jensmtg would appreciate it.

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Housekeeping

  • I got a chance to see Noteshare in action in the wild (i.e. used by someone in a discord server totally unrelated to Obsidian) this morning and it was really slick! If you want to quickly share a single Obsidian note with folks, this is a great way.

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).