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2021-10-30: Community Initiatives, 8 New Themes (!), & an RSS Reminder

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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.

6 min read.

In The Community

  • The Obsidian Hub just had a major restructure. It now has support for searching for themes according to features like whether they support the Style Settings plugin. You can contribute — one easy way is to share your note templates. You don't need to know git you can use the GitHub web interface (I tried it this morning and it went fine).
  • If you're an Obsidian Publish site owner and you'd like to showcase your site, DM @Silver the link to your site. She's looking for more sites to feature on the Obsidian Publish page.
  • If you contributed to Obsidian October with a new theme or plugin, please submit your project!
  • According to @ryanjamurphy's notes, more than one plugin has been developed per day in the first year of the Obsidian API being available.
  • Discord users, if you see malicious bot messages, please reply to them with: !report <report reason> so the moderators know, thanks :) Also: please enable some kind of 2FA for your account and don't click suspicious links about free Nitro!
  • I've been asked a couple of times for my thoughts on community building and how to foster healthy communities like this one, so I collated some resources and wrote down the a (succinct? comprehensive? can it be both?) version of what came out of those conversations.
  • The Obsidian Community is doing National Novel Writing Month. Join us on the forum or the #nanowrimo thread in the #creative channel to update us on your progress and commiserate. You can also check out the Obsidian Word Sprint plugin (currently in beta and iterating fast!) to get in-app encouragement to focus on writing.

Plugin News

Note: Not all new plugins are available in the community list yet, as they need to go through code review first. You can manually install plugins that aren't in the community list yet by using the Beta Reviewer's Auto-update Tool. Note, though, that this is not as safe as waiting for them to go through code review.



  • CodeMirror Options 0.5.0 allows for Mathjax rendering in edit mode. Alternatively, you can check out Obsidian editor math which lets users preview latex math in obsidian CodeMirror editors.
  • Advanced Cursors got a bunch of updates — you can now copy the current selection of lines up/down (like Alt + Shift + Arrow in VS Code).
  • BRAT now has a command for quickly opening the Github repository page for a plugin
  • The status bar for the Pomodoro plugin was extended with some additional features that mimics some of the feature of TickTick.
  • Fantasy Calendar now has support for week notes.
  • Excalidraw 1.4.2 has a new arrow type, new command palette options to add images from the vault, some performance improvements, and new ways to resolve urls. Here's a getting started video guide for Excalidraw from @Santi Younger by the way.
  • Another Quick Switcher v1.1.0 allows users to create a new note by pressing Shift + Enter or Shift + Mod + Enter. This plugin supports mobile.
  • WordNet 2.0.0 has support for slash commands and templating functionality.
  • Link Archive got some bugfixes and improvements.


  • Luna: Dark Mode Switcher is a fork of @kepano's System Dark Mode. It adds the option for defining a manual time frame or following the sun, which is handy on mobile.

Under The Radar

  • Don't forget there's a regex search/replace plugin
  • Did you know that you can drag and drop from zotero into the kanban plugin?
  • You can generate other code snippets using dv.paragraph() from dataviewjs
  • You can copy a graph with a transparent background using the copy screenshot button in the "hamburger" 3-dot menu so you can paste graph screenshots to Discord without getting yelled at by people who hate light mode 🙃 or was that just me?
  • Did you know you can add progress bars to Obsidian notes with simple HTML? <progress value="6" max="10"></progress>

For Developers

Feature Requests



  • The External Link Icons snippet now has a Style Settings dropdown to change the default link icon to any browser icon or no icon at all.
  • Here's a snippet from Discord to make a blockquote look like a handwritten letter.
  • You can turn off spellcheck underlines in just the YAML.

Theme Updates

  • Sanctum 0.2.4 was updated to include basically all of the functionality from Palatinate (<blockquote class=paraphrase>, fancy footnotes, and <cite>, etc) and way more. Palatinate users should definitely check it out. It now supports dataview table row colors, progress bar colors, and enough other awesome features that it's the theme I'm currently using.
  • Shimmering Focus ⟡ has support for max size images, annotation tags, support for more plugins, new style settings options, and more.

New Themes

  • Obsidian You is a theme designed for Android mobile reflecting Google's Material Design guidelines. It has a floating button to make it easier to switch in and out of preview mode 😍
  • There's a fun new theme called Ebullientworks with a lovely plum/marigold color scheme.
  • Friendly Theme has a really nice HR bar and dark blue color & yellow scheme.
  • Prism is a new theme designed to be highly customizable.
  • Golden Book makes your obsidian vault look sepia-coloured, like an old book. It has some neat stylings for <aside> and headers.
  • Amethyst got forked into Carnelian (which supports <cite> 😍) and Ruby.
  • Pine Forest Berry is a riff off of Dracula with a nice green/pink color palette.
  • Cardstock is a light mode theme with nice founded corners.

Ancillary Code



Knowledge Management

In The Wild

Ancillary Tools


  • Moderator @koala reminded me that I've been writing the Obsidian Roundup for 6 months now. To celebrate the Roundup's Unbirthday, I want to be totally selfish. If you think I write a decent newsletter with a high signal to noise ratio and have any interest whatsoever in obscure history, weird biology, speculative fiction or worldbuilding, please check out my other newsletter, The Iceberg. It's the project I actually use Obsidian for, and I'm really proud of it. Thank you 💚

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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