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🌠 Tricks for Mobile, Quick Capture, & Outliner Interoperability

Featuring more Zotero to Obsidian workflows (including mine!), a bunch of QoL improvements, & some neat tips & tricks for developers.

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.

5 min read.

In The Community

Obsidian Updates

0.12.4 is now available to insiders. Featuring:

  • Quick switcher now has an option to show links to files that haven’t been created yet.
  • A new core plugin “Outgoing links” is now available, which is basically the opposite of the backlinks panel but works very similarly. Example here.
  • Graph view’s right click menu now has an option to open the note in a new pane.
  • Obsidian Sync’s status icon will now show red when not connected to the server.
  • Status bar elements now have a css class of the plugin ID added to it, for example, plugin-word-count.

Plugin News

New

  • The 'Collapse All' plugin for the file explorer is one of those nice little quality of life updates that can fly under the radar but really improve things.
  • Obsidian Dictionary adds a View to the Sidebar in which you can search for Words in many languages (including: English, German, Hindi, Spanish, French, & more) and now comes bundled with the "Synonym Popover Feature" from @mgmeyers.
  • Obsidian Zoom from @vslinkso (creator of the outliner plugin) lets you zoom into headings and lists.

Updates

  • Supercharged Links 0.2.4 lets you add a missing field by right-clicking the link. You can also show/hide the field options in the context menu, so that you can choose which plugin suits you for modifying fields. Example here. 0.2.5 lets you give your note a category to specify which dataview/frontmatter field should appear in your note links' context menu. Demo here.
  • It is now possible to hide note files automatically in Obsidian Folder Note.
  • Excalidraw 1.1.6 adds functionality for links with the generated images.
  • Kanban 0.3.9 lets users search (demonstration here). 0.3.10 and 0.3.11 were smaller fixes.
  • MetaEdit added toggle for UI elements. You can now hide menu options, etc. There's also now an API with auto property handling.
  • Outliner added an update to support line breaks.
  • NoteTweet (which lets you tweet threads straight from Obsidian) now supports images.

Templater Scripts

  • @Murf created a new Templater script that lets you quick capture — a modal popups up so you can input a new note (title and content) quickly, without having to change your workspace.  Note: This was the thing that pushed me over the edge into downloading Templater, and it's amazing.
  • @Chhrriissyy has an even more powerful version called QuickAdd that lets you quickly add new pages or content to your vault. It allows you to quickly add new pages from templates, as well as quick capture anything. You can customize practically everything about it. There's even custom templates, just for formatting titles and values. It even lets you put stuff below a particular heading in your daily note.
  • @death_au uses this Templater script to have a line in their daily note template to create a different day planner schedule depending on the day of the week.
  • This Templater script lets from @Murf lets you open a [[Link]] under your cursor in Search pane with regex to show its Backlinks. Here's the Github Discussion
  • @Bejasc put together a Templater Script that lets you highlight text, run the template, and then choose an admonition type and give it a title. It makes it easier to use some less-common admonition tags without having to look them up. Hopefully this functionality gets added into the admonition plugin soon ;)

Resurfaced

  • Obsidian Sortable allows users to make tables (including those created by Dataview) sortable with clickable arrows, like on Wikipedia.
  • Obsidian Tasks is still getting a lot of love.
  • The Markdown Formatting Assistant plugin has some LaTeX helpers, and I want to share it again because there have been a couple of discussions lately about taking math notes in Obsidian.

For Developers

  • @liam shared that you can set the app badge count with javascript, which might be useful for task management plugin devs (but if you choose to go this route, be sure to make it an optional setting!).
  • @shabegom put together a helpful writeup on how to write templater scripts with plain javascript, which is advised where possible since it's much cleaner to read.
  • @pjeby released Hot Reload 0.1.8 to support symlinked plugins on Windows and OS X.
  • Reminder: if you want to track usage statistics or something for a plugin, it should be off by default, have a toggle in the settings panel, and explicitly explain what the purpose of the trackers are.
  • Where possible, avoid including "Obsidian" in the name in the plugin settings so that the plugin settings are in alphabetic order to make it easier for users to find.

Workflow Stuff

  • Francisco Bricio's presentation, hosted by @nickmilo of Linking Your Thinking, got resurfaced this week as being particularly useful for entrepreneurs.
  • This Discord example of how to assign multiple values to a piece of inline metadata (which can be used by Dataview and Obsidian Tracker) was really helpful.
  • Relatedly, here is a video demonstrating how to create a graph from table data interacively using Tracker v1.5
  • Logseq and Obsidian can work together. @shuyunzhang99 put together a demonstration of their interoperability on the same .md file.
  • When looking at the backlinks/outlinks panel, you can open a note in a new pane using middle click from the scroll wheel.
  • @foreveryone put together this handy pro-con chart to help decide whether to split vaults, particularly for creative vs. knowledge vaults.
  • This iframe trick via SlRvb got resurfaced: it lets you use a dropbox link to embed a generated fantasy map into your vault, which is super useful for worldbuilders.
  • @StPag added some admonition bits on top of the Zotero-Zotfile-MdNotes workflow and assigned a colour to highlight keywords and used some regex to build an index of the topics covered. There are details on the forum but the actual hacky rscript code is in the discord.

Mobile

  • You can use a shortcut to get .css snippets into your mobile vault if you're using iOS with Obsidian Sync. Toolbox Pro required.
  • For Android users, you can use Markor's quick note widget to let you take notes directly into your inbox folder in your Obsidian vault; the two programs synergize well. (thanks for the tip @brimwats ).

Feature Requests

Appearance

  • @Chetachi released the Yin and Yang theme.
  • This css will let you hide a particular folder, i.e. your Attachments folder, from the file navigator.
  • If you don't like the way that Obsidian's default font uses ligatures, you can disable them with CSS.
  • This css from @SlRvb lets you format inline keys (i.e. the :: metadata) with a dv cssclass.
  • This css (also from @foreveryone) will let you rotate an image, which can be really handy if you're on mobile and your phone takes stupid pictures.

Knowledge Management

  • @Artefice shared some really nice advice about how to use Obsidian and personal knowledge management principles that are poplar in the community as a student.

Ancillary Tools

  • @MrChad recommended Refind as a read-later/bookmarking/link-curation app. It's got a browser add-on that you can click on any article and save for later - and categorize if you want to. It reminds me of Mix.com except it seems to try to curate a more strict "top five" daily reading list with deep dives on different subjects.
  • @nvanderhoeven shared how they use  Obsidian + revealJS + Hugo + GitHub pages to create presentations and publish them online.

Housekeeping

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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