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New ways to group tasks, customizable spaced repetition buttons, & default theme discussions.

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.

Obsidian Updates

  • You can now buy Obsidian merchandise, mostly hoodies and t-shirts so far, but I've been hearing a lot of requests for stickers. You can use the code SHIPSFREE until August 31, to get worldwide free shipping when you spend over US$100.

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.

  • Document Editing Shortcuts by @happy-grizzly  makes it easier to remap document editing shortcuts, which allows users to use the mouse less.
  • PodNotes by @chhoumann  helps users write notes on podcasts.
  • Dynamic Background by @samuelsong70  is for adding dynamic background effects to the Obsidian editor, like floating stars behind your text.
  • Obsidian-Count-Down by @hamolicious  adds a count down to selected dates for easier timing and tracking of TODOs or events.
  • Open Related Url by @dpickett  opens URLs found in a note's YAML frontmatter
  • Gitlab Issues by @benr77  makes it easier to import issues from Gitlab into Obsidian.


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.

For Developers

Feature Requests


  • Here's a discussion on Twitter about what people would like to see out of the upcoming default theme.
  • Silence by @luke-rmaki is a new dark theme  using the Fira Code font and some nice blues and teals.
  • Sanctum for Obsidian v0.15.8 improved keyboard navigation, added a placeholder icon for incomplete tasks: - [/], got some bug fixes, and updated callouts to support pseudo-admonitions.
  • ITS Theme added background images to workspaces, Word document style display, and more alignment options for headings.

Ancillary Code




Ancillary Tools

  • Smort (a markdown-based app to easily edit, share, and save articles) now supports ArXiv articles and allows for permanent saving. It has an Obsidian plugin.


  • The Roundup now has over 6,000 members 🤯 I hope you all find it useful 💚 We're officially moved over to the new Ghost version and I think everything is stable, but let me know if you run into any issues, especially if you're one of the folks who tends to read the web version and not get the emails.

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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