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🌠 Plugin Indexes, Help Updates, & Discounts

Vim improvements, URI appending instead of overwriting, & tips for iPad use without a keyboard.

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


The Obsidian Hub is a community knowledge base designed to help organize information about the Obsidian ecosystem. It's an excellent companion to this Roundup, which tends to be very chronological in nature. Here are some of the recent updates:

Obsidian Updates

Obsidian now offers 40% off education and non-profit discounts for Obsidian Sync and Publish.

From Insider 0.14.3 & 0.14.4

  • You can now move, rename or locate your vaults directly from the vault switcher.
  • The local help vault has been replaced with a sandbox vault; there's also a new in-app help page with links to the online help docs, Discord, forum.
  • You can now set the font for the interface and the editor directly under appearance settings. Note that some themes may override this font setting.
  • Vim mode up/down now goes into rendered code blocks, embeds, callouts, or tables in Live Preview instead of skipping them.
  • Pasting and dropping images or media files that are already located in the vault will now link to it directly instead of duplicating the file.
  • Obsidian Sync now has a fully customizable sync folder exclusion system. This allows you to add exclusions to folders even if they don’t exist locally.
  • Toggle bold/italics will now smartly skip over the closing markers when at the end of the block, instead of adding more marker symbols.

Plugin News

Pending (as of Friday morning)

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.

  • Control Characters by @joethei lets users see control/non-printing characters in edit mode.
  • Text Toolbar by @farux is customizable toolbar that allows CSS snippets, markdowns, and built-in macros to be applied to selected text.
  • File Explorer Toolbar by @oslog displays currently open files in the toolbar of file explorer.
  • Chat View by @adifyr can create an elegant Chat UI in Obsidian markdown files.


If you want a comprehensive list of what plugins updated this week, check out this plugin updates index by Ganessh Kumar.


Note: these plugins have not yet been submitted for code review, and are being made available primarily for testing purposes.

  • List Modified is a neat new plugin where, when you modify a file, it will automatically be linked to your daily note. You can create tag blacklists that prevent notes with certain tags from being linked to.

For Developers

  • As of Insider 0.14.3, callouts have metadata, DOMPurify, Turndown, Mermaid, PIXI.js, and Prism.js got updated, and there were a bunch of URI updates, including an optional append flag that should make things easier for developing shortcuts and such. Also, CSS variables related to fonts have been renamed.
  • Admonitions v9.0.0 got a breaking change that will impact styling; it now mimics the structure of callouts.

Feature Requests


  • Here's a snippet to get Craft-style tabs in the Minimal theme.
  • Dracula + LYT is a blend of LYT Mode and Dracula color schemes.
  • Minimal is now compatible with the new and improved Hover Editor plugin and several others.
  • Willemstad X v0.3.0 Bryggen reworked the Style Settings menus and added a bunch of stuff for tables, admonitions, and callouts.
  • Primary is now more customizable.



Ancillary Tools


If you've ever been curious about what my vault looks like when it's actually in Obsidian, instead of just poking around the public published versions, now's a good time. The .zip version ships with my stories and newsletter notes, which aren't on the Publish site. Plus, next week I need to increase the price since my hosting costs went up — The Iceberg has 1,000 subscribers now 🤯!

There's a bunch of metadata and such that gets commented out on the live version, but it's a very messy "working" vault, not a "template" vault. When you load it up, you get a timeline of my stories in chronological order, and can work outward from there to see how everything relates — something that's not currently possible on the Publish site, since for obvious reasons (e.g. the viability of my my writing career) the fiction isn't all public.

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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