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🌠 Huge Publish Improvements, a Telegram integration, & more LLM options

New plugins for scientists & storytellers. Guides for knowledge management & new features. Plus, a review of a year in Obsidian.

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.

4 min read.

In The Community

Obsidian Updates

  • Obsidian Publish now offers more for less: a lower price, with new features, improved SEO and accessibility. For Insiders on v.1.2.5 there's also new navigation customization options, along with a series of fixes. Specifically Obsidian Publish now supports overriding SEO/social metadata with three new YAML keys: description overrides the meta description (you can remove Markdown that way if you want). permalink overrides the URL/slug. image or cover accepts an image URL or vault asset, and overrides the auto generated share card. Kepano also announced on Reddit that there will be news about plugin support for Publish in the future.

Plugin News

New in Community Plugins

These plugins went through code review and are now available in Obsidian's plugin list. For the full list, check out the plugin stats page.

  • Find orphaned files and broken links by @Vinzent03 lets users find files that are not linked anywhere and would otherwise be lost in your vault.
  • Draw Harada Method by @yildbs is used to draw the harada method for goal setting.
  • Vim Toggle by @conneroisu enables the toggling vim mode to on and off inside of the editor.
  • Bulk open selected links by @autohub7 allows users to easily open all selected links in edit mode.
  • Tab Rotator by @autohub7 rotates opened files to the left or right with a specified interval
  • No Tabs by @TS-Tobias replaces the previous tab when creating a new note.
  • File Order by @lukasbach makes it easier to use number-prefixes in your file names to define a custom order, and drag-and-drop the files to update that order.
  • Frontmatter Alias Display by @muhammadv-i shows front-matter aliases as display names in the File Explorer.
  • Whisper by @nikdanilov facilitates hands-free note-taking with Whisper.
  • Get Stock Information by @mikejongbloet takes a stock symbol and returns a callout block with the latest stock information.
  • Character Insertion by @TakamiChie makes it easier to insert a specified symbol under the cursor
  • Search Obsidian in Google by @qazxcdswe123 includes your Obsidian notes in browser-based search engines.
  • Colorful Note Borders by @rusi makes it easier to add customizable colorful borders to notes based on folder location or frontmatter metadata, enhancing visual organization in Obsidian.
  • Unfilled Stats Highlighter by @White7292 is designed to streamline your stat/habit tracking process by automatically identifying and prefixing unfilled stats, making them easier to spot and fill out.
  • Cron by @cdloh is a simple CRON / schedular plugin to regularly run user scripts or Obsidian commands.
  • Code Files by @lukasbach allows users to edit code files in Obsidian with VSCode's powerful Monaco Editor.
  • WuCai highlights Official by @makediff is an official WuCai highlights <-> Obsidian integration
  • Companion by @rizerphe adds a github copilot-like interface for obsidian that can use ChatGPT under the hood.

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.

  • ZettelGPT by @OverRaddit is optimized for creating question notes and answer notes, where the answer notes use the question from the question note and the history of the conversation up to that point; the goal is that by providing only the relevant conversation history, you can save GPT tokens and optimize the plugin's efficiency.
  • Footnote Shortcut by @Comprehensive-Jason makes it easier to insert and write footnotes faster
  • Telegram Sync by @soberhacker makes it easier to transfer messages and files from Telegram bot to Obsidian.
  • BMO Chatbot by @longy2k is a highly customizable chatbot option.
  • Ketcher by @yuleicul makes it easier to view or draw chemical structures and reactions using Ketcher, a web-based molecule sketcher.
  • Game Search by @CMorooney helps you find games and create notes.
  • AI Mentor by @clementpoiret is oriented around asking questions, getting answers, and learning new things.
  • April's Automatic Timelines by @April-Gras is a simple timeline generator for story tellers.
  • Persistent Links by @ivan-lednev will automatically repair internal links to blocks and headings.


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

  • improved sync support, got a new backend that's more reliable and responsive, supports "smart spaces," dynamic views, and new documentation.
  • Tasks 3.2.0 added "created today" to the autosuggest menu. 3.3.0 supports Dataview's bracketed inline fields.
  • Notion Like Tables v6.3.0 thru 6.3.3 added improvements for mobile as well as date format options to date cells, settings for table file paths, the ability to drag and drop rows, aria labels to buttons, and more.
  • Task Collector fixed a bunch of bugs and now has a modal for selecting checkboxes in reading or live preview modes.


  • Synthwave '84 by @G2Jose is a yellow and purple theme that reminds me a bit of Dracula with a hint of Rose Pine.
  • Olivier’s Theme by @OlivierPS focuses on legibility and simplicity, and takes inspiration from pencil and paper.
  • Prism 3.2.4 improved hover states, padding, and spacing.




Ancillary Tools

  • The Alfred Workflow for Obsidian has now been admitted to the Alfred Gallery as a featured workflow, and now is easier to auto-update and install.
  • Duckbase centralizes information from Obsidian, Notion, Evernote and Chrome, then uses a LLM to answer questions based on your personal knowledge base.

Programming Note

  • The Roundup is taking a week off; the next edition will ship on May 6. I'll be flying home from Ireland on April 29 and it seems irresponsible to promise that I'll manage to get much done given the week I'm expecting to have 😅

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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