2021-07-10: New UUID plugin, better mindmaps, & a user survey.
Fancy project cards, updates to a mobile-optimized theme, & .md -> docx without pandoc.
- The Insider Build is up to 12.10 now. It’s mostly sync fixes, but that means that since hotkeys are now stored in a separate file, if you’re using Obsidian on multiple devices you might notice that your hotkeys will disappear on non-upgraded Obsidian instances when using Obsidian Sync to sync your app config. To migrate, upgrade Obsidian and turn on the hotkeys sync flag to receive the hotkeys, then restart Obsidian.
- My hero
@mrjackphilis back creating plugins by request, this time tackling a plugin that will open notes by UID. It opens notes by UID by checking the frontmatter field.
- Enhanced Mindmaps can do a lot of nifty stuff for, well, making better mindmaps.
- tq v0.1.0 is a task management plugin that uses a separate note to back each task and renders them in customizable code blocks.
- Breadcrumbs now has support for Juggl-formatted links. It also supports multiple indexes.
- Tracker v1.8.0 has support for month view, displays color based on a particular value, and all around is starting to look really incredible for, well, tracking things based on metadata.
- Better Word Count 0.7.0 has some speed improvements, customizable status bar counters, and stats for the day. I don’t think I’ve ever updated a plugin so fast!
- File Tree Alternative now lets you search from within its file list view.
- I’m going to mangle this explanation, but
@kaelrishared how they make project cards using Templater and Dataview and it got bookmarked 66 times, so check it out if you’re somebody who enjoys content cards. One way to think of it is that it’s like a prettier / less table-like dataview view (thanks for walking me through it,
Under The Radar
- There was a fun discussion of everybody’s top 3 favorite plugins that I recommend checking out if you’re not sure where to start. Plus, it’s fun to see how different people have such varied use-cases.
- If you are trying to debug plugins for android, you need to have Android Debug Bridge on your computer installed; on your android phone you have to enable ADB (it's under developer settings – tap the build number three times to get these settings); then connect the phone to your computer over USB; open chrome (or chromium based browser should also work) and type
chrome://inspectin the browser. Open obsidian on your phone, then it should appear.
- Folks with Obsidian mobile on their android device might benefit from these tips about how to keep an app permanently running in the background. It makes the new sharing features a bit nicer.
@cotemaximeshared the second part of their productivity system explainer. It’s mostly task management and things on the weekly scale.
@tallguyjenksshared their kindle to Obsidian workflow on YouTube.
@hamstershared a quick and dirty way to get an obsidian markdown file into .docx format if you don’t want to mess with Pandoc or have to deal with footnotes: click on the 3 dots of the note - export to pdf, hen drag the pdf into google docs and then open it as a google doc and then save it as a docx.
- There was a discussion of daily note templates in Discord.
@sashinexistsshared a script that takes in a better bibtex json file and from it generates markdown notes and organizes them into folders based on type in your vault.
@joshduffneymerged Cal Newport's time-blocking system into Obsidian and created a short video on it.
@Thomas Curroshared how to automate filing notes into folders with templater.
- Reddit had an interesting discussion about how people use Obsidian to replace various other tools, with an additional thread about what plugins are useful when migrating from Notion.
- Keep Productive hosted Santi Younger for a what I would probably describe as an updated 2021 Obsidian Intro.
- A feature request to make it possible for opening certain files to default to a particular mode was made.
- This feature request to create a “heatmap” to color-code the graph view based on how recently a file & its linked associations was edited is a really neat idea.
- The Yin and Yang theme got an update. Among other things,
@chetachiadded base hue and saturation customization! You can now easily and uniformly change the base colors to the theme. Yin and Yang is an excellent theme all around, but is also one of the few I’m aware of that is optimized for mobile.
- This Reddit thread is a really nice collection of different ways to color code text.
- There was a nice Reddit thread discussing how to use Obsidian for managing recipes.
- Here’s an interesting read about history of notetaking shared by
- This YouTube video about personal knowledge graphs in various personal knowledge management software was shared. It was part of a conference and is pretty thought-provoking.
- Here’s a Reddit discussion about resources for how to take book notes in Obsidian and share them on a blog.
- If anyone is looking for a Working Copy alternative (aka iOS only), Polygit is $2/mo or $10/year and lets you clone a repo directly into the Obsidian folder. (via
- Anecdotally, MGit is the favored git-for-mobile option for Android, but I don’t think anybody has figured out a way to auto-sync a git repo on android (although the latest mobile update might have changed that, so if you get autosync of a git repo working on mobile please reach out).
A question for y'all: If a major update happens, would you rather I wait until the usual Saturday roundup or would you rather I send an email the day it happens?
I'm thinking of examples like, say, Obsidian mobile releases for the free tier. I spent like 10 minutes trying to come up with other hypotheticals and most of them I decided I wouldn't actually want to send an email for, so fundamentally you'd have to be trusting my judgment here. I'm thinking about the kind of rare situations (mobile, the API stabilizing, that kind of thing) where
@everyone gets a ping in Discord, but people who aren't on Discord would miss out even if they update Obsidian itself, not stuff like "an obsidian tutorial course is having a flash sale."
Anyway, email me if you'd like the extra email. If you don't let me know, I'm going to assume you don't want the extra email, tho. I promise not to spam you, though: it's extra work for me to send the email ;)
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