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2021-05-15: Better Footnotes, Plugin Synergy, & an Electron Update

New showcases, typography convos & lots of great knowledge management discussions. New plugins like incremental writing, inline variable support, & OCR support via Templater.

Eleanor Konik
Written by Eleanor Konik

I write stories & articles inspired by all eras of history & science... so I wind up putting notetaking software like Obsidian & Readwise thru their paces.

4 min read.

In The Community

Obsidian Updates

  • v0.12.3 rolled out to the public. It bundles 12.0, 12.1, 12.2, and 12.3.  Highlights include better plugin management, the ability to pin commands in the command palette, and improvements to search. "Backlinks in document" is now a core feature.
  • The biggest news is that you should grab the new installer from the website because there was an Electron update that has a bunch of security and speed improvements.

Plugin News


  • Better Footnotes is pending review for admission into the community plugins list, but the long-awaited feature of getting preview-on-hover for footnotes is finally here (and I am HYPE).
  • The Incremental Writing plugin (in the community plugins list, doesn't require manual install). There are a bunch of great videos explaining it on the repo.
  • Inline Variables allows the setting, referring, and rendering of inline-variables in real-time. It currently requires manual install.
  • Supercharged links allows for customization of internal links based on the target note's front-matter attributes. It also lets you trigger Array, Boolean and Number in front-matter values to style your internal links. There is a showcase on the forum.


  • Buttons had a big update, with a nifty button maker command, inline buttons, and the ability to put a templater command inside a button. There's also a new showcase for the buttons plugin.
  • Dataview's new link(url, alias) function allows you to create aliased wikilinks (example via @SkepticMystic). The contains(key,value) function is also pretty useful if you have more than one value possible for a key and therefore can't use where x = y (example via @Zicon).
  • v0.0.7 of the Readwise Community plugin lets you configure a sync interval so that the plugin will pull new highlights from Readwise every X hours.
  • The Spaced Repetition plugin now has support for flashcard decks.
  • Tracker v1.4.0 has better support for chart scaling and positioning.
  • Hotkey Helper 0.3.2 has an enhanced plugin browser.
  • Kanban v0.3.0 has some bugfixes and added time picker & time support.
  • There's a new plugin that adds Org Mode support for Obsidian.


Under the Radar

For Developers

  • manifest defines which version to look for as the latest version, while versions defines which version works with which Obsidian version. (Thanks, @zsviczian!)
  • @Liam shared the obsidian-daily-notes-interface lib, which handles lookups and weird edge cases for date formats and supports the Periodic Notes plugin.
  • Obsidian uses Icons8 for icons. @Licat & @Silver have a membership, but if developers need an icon for a plugin that Obsidian doesn't currently support, @Silver is willing to add them. (Discussion here). Here is the list of icons currently available. @Chetachi recommends anyone needing icon use Iconify & the Icon Swapper plugin.

Workflow Stuff


  • @DukeCephalopod was able to use MGit with their vault, although it's not automatic (requires manual push/pull, but it has GUI buttons so you don't have to mess with the command line on your phone).
  • @ankushg uses Toolbox Pro (the free version) to get into the dotfolders (i.e. .obsidian) on iOS.

Feature Requests

  • Folder Nodes on Graph View has 25 upvotes on the forum, and I'm resurfacing it rather selfishly because it's something I've been wanting for awhile, as someone who does a lot with folders.
  • There's been some interest around functionality to make it easier to resurface old notes.


Knowledge Management

Ancillary Tools

  • came up as a useful research tool with a nifty GUI for tracking down articles related to a starting point.
  • Nebo is a mobile app with excellent handwriting detection, it can indent bullet points and exports well to clipboard, allowing for easy pasting into Obsidian.
  • A lot of people enjoyed this color palette generator for creating color schemes for graphs and folders and such.
  • LiquidText was recommended as a great tool for projects, as it allows for the opening of multiple PDFs in a single "project" and has a nice highlighting app.
  • You can use AutoHotKey to rebind the insert key to do literally anything else, which I highly recommend based on how often people think that its behavior of deleting everything after the cursor as you type is an Obsidian bug.
  • @koala created a CSV to Markdown converter.


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).

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