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2021-07-31: Leveraging Graphs, a QuickAdd guide, & Plugin Changelogs

Code formatters, the Zettlr beta, & CSS admonitions.

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.

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Community Events

  • @NickMilo is hosting a live event tomorrow,  Sunday, August 1 at 10:00 AM PDT / 17:00 UTC to roll out version 5 of the LYT kit. You can ask & upvote questions for Nick to answer. Find out more from this Twitter thread.

Obsidian Updates

Insider 0.12.12 has arrived. Here are the highlights:

  • There is now a search bar to find core plugins better.
  • You can now use the keyboard to navigate and select context menus.
  • There is now a YAML frontmatter flag for publish:. This flag affects the UI when uploading files to your publish site.

Plugin News


  • Plugin Changelogs allows you to view the plugin changelogs right in Obsidian with a little Button next to the Update Button.


For Developers

  • @Licat strongly recommends using Editor when possible rather than directly using cmEditor because Editor is an abstraction that bridges the gap between Codemirror 5 & 6, and Codemirror 5 stuff won’t work on mobile. You can read the full discussion on Discord
  • @Licat also recommends avoiding using basePath directly, and here’s more about why.

Workflow Stuff


  • @markmcelroy is planning to write a novel using Obsidian, a chapter a day, in public. He’s going to share access to his notes as he goes; backstories, outlines, and commentary. Find out more.
  • @trulymavical has a GitHub repository for Obsidian resources including their daily note template, which they shared in a video about how they use daily notes as their bullet journal.
  • is an open-source guide to creating your own Digital Garden with Obsidian. It’s heavy on emojis but can be cloned via git or downloaded as a zip file to become a sort of starter vault.

Feature Requests


  • The community showcase for @SlRvb’s Image Adjustment CSS Snippet is live on the Obsidian Community Talks channel.
  • Did you know you can set the alt text of embed with a | pipe, i.e. [image.jpg|alt text]
  • @SlRvb shared CSS snippets to emulate admonitions on Obsidian publish. It’s not as fully featured as the plugin, but it’s a nice alternative for folks who don’t want to feel locked into the plugin and prefer pure CSS/HTML.
  • @chetachi shared how to set different icons based on file type using [data-type$(file type here)]

Knowledge Management

  • the LYT kit has been translated into Chinese.

Ancillary Tools

  • Prettier is a nifty code formatter that is opinionated and can clean up not only programming languages like Typescript, but also markdown and YAML. It works with Emacs, Vim, Sublime Text, and VS Code.
  • Folks who use Zettlr on top of Obsidian files for stuff like the Pandoc integration: Zettlr 2.0 is entering beta.
  • Here’s a nice free resource for learning git.

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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