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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.

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In The Community

Obsidian Updates

It's been awhile since the last Obsidian update, and traditionally there are a bunch of people secretly worrying that this means the app is dead, no more updates are coming, the team has stopped production, etc. 😅 so I just wanted to put a little note here and remind everybody that before mobile and live preview went live, there was also a gap of a month or two between updates.

If you're curious what's being worked on, you can check out the roadmap – it looks like metadata improvements and a core canvas plugin are the next big things to expect.

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.

  • Omnisearch by @scambier  uses a smart weighting algorithm to show more relevant results.
  • Rapid Notes by @valteriomon  lets users create and place notes quickly in specific folders based on predefined prefixes.

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.

  • D2 by @berniexie adds functionality for a diagram scripting language that turns text to diagrams.
  • Crumbs by @tgrosinger is a new alternative to Breadcrumbs that seems more focused on Dendron-style dot hierarchies.
  • Copy Note URL by @juliuszfedyk  lets users copy a note's URL based on a predefined domain and file extension.
  • evergreen by @zk4  is similar to the "no dupe leaves" plugin in that it will automatically switch the focus to open notes instead of reopening them, but works with stacked tabs.
  • Chord Lyrics by @nevernotmove  will display chord names over lyrics. Supports line wrapping, section headers and auto-detection.
  • Surfing by @Quorafind  makes it easier to browse the web within Obsidian.
  • Text Dataset Aid Plugin by @conneroisu  makes fine-tuning datasets for language models a lot easier, which allows for increased accuracy, better style, more control, increased flexibility, etc. in text prediction/generation.
  • Obsidian Stylist by @ixth  makes it easier to add classes and styles on markdown blocks.

Updates

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

  • Tasks can now explain what your queries are doing.
  • CardBoard now honors the RTL editor settings and got some tag-related improvements.
  • Commander has startup macros for running commands on startup, color-coding, and other bug fixes.
  • RPG Manager v3.4 changed how elements are identified, allows Scenes / Acts / Sessions / Adventures to be reorganised by a simple drag-and-drop. It also saves all the relationships at the bottom of the note, which helps with the graph view.
  • Database Folder 3.0.0 got a design refresh, configurable shortcuts, improved display options, and mobile pagination.

Ancillary Code

Guides

Discussions

Showcases

Ancillary Tools

Housekeeping

My birthday is this weekend. Look at the pretty new desktop tower holder my husband installed for me to celebrate:

desktop tower under a standing desk beside a bookshelf with a lot of wires on all sides

If you have any hot tips for cable management, consider joining the discussion in Discord, pinging me on social media, leaving a comment, or sending me an email.

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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