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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.

5 min read.

Obsidian Updates

  • There was no release in the last week, but the team is planning on shipping 0.16 early next week. They're super excited for this one and jam-packed it with new features (like tabs!). Since it's such a big release, though, it might be a bit disruptive. There are likely to be some broken themes, and it will be a desktop update, not mobile. Most plugins aren't affected, but if you're in the middle of anything critical, you might want to turn off the insider build option until you're ready. Insiders can check out this preview of the new theme from @kepano. I've been using it for a week or so now and it's very nice, but I did have to tweak some of my settings to make sure I wasn't syncing my theme between desktop and mobile.

In The Community

  • @ladle was inspired to write and record an album by the Obsidian community. Here it is on bandcamp.
  • The folks working on the Kindle Highlights are hoping to improve user experience over the next couple of months. They want to interview users of the plugin to get a better understanding of how the plugin actually gets used and do a discovery of other interesting problems that we can solve. DM @hadynz#0075 to get involved.

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. That this is not as safe as waiting for them to go through code review.

  • Obsidian to Reader by @joerncodes lets users publish Obsidian documents to the Readwise's read-it-later service, Reader, which is currently in beta. It allows you to publish to Reader your Obsidian notes for later perusal, highlighting and reflecting with many settings and front matter options to finetune how you want your documents to show up in Reader. I spoke with Erin, the community manager over at Readwise, and she said that they're transitioning to an invite-based, self-serve onboarding for existing Readwise subscribers. If you shoot her an email at and let her know I sent you, she said she'd get you set up. I use Reader for all of my longform newsletters and articles I want to take notes on. If you don't already have a Readwise subscription and want to try it out, this link should get you a free month.
  • Embed Code File by @almariah  allows for embedding code files.
  • Script Launcher by @AlessandroRuggiero  allows you to add scripts shortcuts on your bottom bar and launch them with a click.
  • Embedded Note Paths by @b0o  inserts the note file path above each note, similar to how the Show Current File Path puts it in the bottom bar.
  • Literate Haskell by @jajaperson  makes it easier to integrate .lhs files into your vault.


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

For Developers

Feature Requests

New Themes




Ancillary Tools

  • The Sample is a fun indie newsletter aggregator that sends a random blog or newsletter meant to align with your interests. I've mentioned them before, but they've had a bunch of updates. You can now flip through samples at your leisure, and the developer recently put together a reading app meant to work with RSS, ebook, Pocket, and Twitter. It's still in the early days, but the developer is responsive and feels very strongly about open internet principles.


  • Ghost, the software that I run this newsletter with, now supports native commenting features. If you'd like to leave a comment on any of the articles or roundup editions, click the "view online" button and scroll to the bottom. You need to be logged in to comment, but you don't need to be a financial supporter. Login uses "magic links" so you should be able to sign in with whatever email address you use to access the Roundup. Folks who prefer RSS but want to comment can just register and unsubscribe to emails. I'd love to know which item in this week's Roundup was most useful for 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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