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2021-10-23: New Calendar & Code Renders in Edit Mode

iOS guides, more WYSIWYG improvements, & some neat text tabbing & cursor tricks.

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

Plugin News

Remember: You can manually install plugins that aren't in the community list by copying the main.js, manifest.json and (optionally) the styles.css files into {vault}/.obsidian/plugins/{plugin-folder}. It can then be enabled like any other plugin (you may need to refresh the list first). Usually these files can be found at the GitHub repo under Releases. Conversely, you can install the new BRAT plugin and just input the repository's URL. Note, though, that this is not as safe as waiting for them to go through code review. I personally usually wait a week or so to see what the status of a new plugin is unless I really trust the dev.


  • Fantasy Calendar is already one of my favorite plugins — I literally downloaded BRAT so I could automatically get updates for it even before it's gone through code review, it's that good. It was technically made to manage events in fantasy worlds with non-standard calendars, but the Gregorian calendar works great for real life stuff too. It's dynamic, it's beautiful, it's flexible, it's literally better than any fantasy calendar app I've ever used in my life. I've been looking for something like for years and as a bonus it solves two huge problems for me.
  • The new Pikt plugin adds support for the Pikchr markup language for diagrams in technical documentations. It looks like a more flexible version of mermaid.
  • You can now tab out of markup.
  • Another Quick Switcher has a bunch of nice functionality for searching, including backlinks search, emoji support, and more.
  • Here's a nice daily quote plugin.
  • You can practice speed reading in Obsidian now.
  • Vim users will want to check out Vim cursor.
  • You can now autocomplete HTML tags.
  • There's a new prompt plugin for giving yourself writing prompts.
  • You can now directly download Tweets into your vault.
  • Obsidian now supports chess notes.
  • Stenography will translate code into plain language.
  • Here's autocomplete for LaTeX.
  • You can now archive links in a note to This means they'll be available even if the original site goes down or gets removed.


  • BRAT got some quality of life improvements.
  • CodeMirror Options 0.4.2 adds support for rendering HTML and certain code blocks (i.e. dataview) in edit mode.
  • Advanced Cursors now has support for VS Code style ctrl + d which lets users move to the next instance of the current selection and add another cursor at the next instance of the current selection. This is useful for making a bunch of changes at once to thing that are similar.
  • Code Editor Shortcuts v1.2.0 now supports expanding a selection to brackets and quotes.
  • The Linter plugin has a bunch of new settings added.
  • Advanced-URI v1.13.0 supports search and replace for daily notes.
  • The Map View plugin added marker clusters, inline tag support, and collapsible map controls to aid mobile usage.
  • In QuickAdd v0.4.17, input prompt file name search is now based on file names, rather than file paths. There's also a new WYSIWYG LaTeX formula prompt.
  • File Tree Alternative v1.5.7 allows users to change the default expand and close icons with the alternatives in the plugin settings. You can also focus in & out with certain folders within Folder Pane (as of v1.5.4)
  • Excalidraw 1.3.20 got an important performance update but represents a breaking change; once you use the new version, old versions won't be able to open the relevant image.


For Developers

Feature Requests


  • You can get WYSIWYG mode on mobile with the Style Settings plugin.
  • Sanctum got an update. It adds a little icon before a link, for example to Discord, so you know where the link goes in preview mode. It also has nice support for asides, graph colors, etc. I'm loving it so far.
  • ITS got some updates, especially with the icons.
  • Here's the CSS snippet for adding icons to external links.
  • The new Slytherin theme styles Minimal into Slytherin colors and adds folder icons, darker icons, bigger headers, and visually distinct headers.
  • Rose Pine Moon is new and has a nice floral color scheme.
  • Here's how to add pretty backgrounds to kanban boards.

Ancillary Code

  • Here's a shortcut for quick capturing notes from an Apple watch using Drafts.



Knowledge Management

Ancillary Tools


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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