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2021-08-14: Highlights Syncing & a Minimal Editor GUI

Default view modes, emoji shortcodes, & CLI tools for plugin devs.

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.

3 min read.

Plugin News


  • Readwise shipped their official integration plugin this week and it’s generating a ton of buzz. Here's the forum thread but basically, Readwise lets you import highlights and annotations from pdfs, rss readers, twitter, ebooks and more. It also has the best OCR highlighter for dead tree books I’ve ever come across, and while checking it out again for the Roundup I discovered that they have half-price education pricing. Their team is also super nice and has been helping people out in the Obsidian Discord. You (& I) can get a month free using this link if you sync highlights to your account. Here's one overview of what to expect from the plugin, & here's another.
  • The Obsidian Pocket plugin allows users to sync Pocket reading lists into Obsidian.
  • It's now possible to use YAML to force the view-mode of a note, i.e. to set a note with a dataview block to always open in preview mode by default. The plugin is very descriptively called Obsidian Force View Mode of Note.
  • Obsidian Macros lets you combine commands from the command palette, with optional delays between commands.
  • Obsidian now has an integration with Toggl timers.
  • The Obsidian Customizable Sidebar Plugin allows you to add any command, including those of plugins, to the sidebar and assign custom icons to them. Here's information for how developers can add icons to their commands.
  • We now have support for Emoji Shortcodes in Obsidian, which for example makes :heart: turn into ❤️.
  • You can now automatically number headings.
  • Alx's Folder Note plugin is a bit of an update on the OG version by xpgo that lets you have a folder function as a note.
  • This customizable linter plugin will let you "fix" markdown styling to be more consistent within a note.
  • The new WordNet plugin is a dictionary plugin that works from the command palette instead of sidebar or right-click menu.


  • The absolutely gorgeous minimal text editor modal plugin cMenu from the developer of Yin&Yang now has a setting for custom commands on the little ui bar.
  • The original Todoist plugin released 1.8 with mobile support & a few other nice features.
  • Breadcrumbs had a breaking change update that allows for multiple separate hierarchies.
  • Obsidian Git v1.10.0 now has submodules support.
  • v1.0.3 of Longform has some bugfixes.
  • v1.6.0 of the Obsidian Spaced Repetition Plugin has single and multi line reversed cards function, the ability to ignore flashcards using HTML comments, and some caching improvements.

For Developers

  • Obsidian Tools is an unofficial package designed to help devs build plugins that has some nifty CLI stuff.
  • Here's a tutorial about how to do stuff with custom events.
  • @TfTHacker put together this object model diagram to help visualize the Obsidian API.

Workflow Stuff

Feature Requests

  • @arminta7 requested a plugin that can allow for better automations like what Hazel and Dropbox can do to automate stuff in vaults via Zapier, etc. Here's an example of how some folks are currently using Zapier with Obsidian.
  • The request for Smart Folders is still getting traction!


Knowledge Management

Ancillary Tools

  • Manubot lets you take a manuscript written in markdown track it with git, automatically convert it to .html, .pdf, or .docx, and deploy it to your destination of choice. Hopefully this helps all the folks trying to figure out how to collaborate using Obsidian.

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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