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2021-09-11 Edit/Preview Autoswitcher & a Collaboration Guide

Save the date for October community talks, a defense of graph view, and a bunch of ancillary tool info.

Eleanor Konik
Eleanor Konik
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In The Community

Upcoming community talks (save the date, links to follow later in the month!):

  • Sunday, October 3, 2021 4:00 PM EST: @Eleanor Konik (that's me!) will discuss a comprehensive project management workflow for fiction writing: using folders, dataview, and tags. From ideation to completion, submitting to markets, tracking market preferences, branding work, and ancillary avenues for outreach like newsletters and tweets. If there's anything in particular you want to see, reach out. For now I'm working off of this request.
  • Sunday, October 10, 2021 2:00 PM EST: In this showcase, presenters will share how they set up and use iOS shortcuts in Obsidian Mobile.

Plugin News

New

  • We've got another proto-WYSIWYG plugin on the scene: Autoview will auto-switch the active window to edit mode when a keystroke is detected, and then switch back to preview mode a delay after the last keystroke is detected.
  • @luckman212  put together a small quality of life plugin that will let you assign a hotkey to reset your zoom level back to "normal" even on operating systems and keyboards that don't make it easy.
  • Podcast Note lets you easily pull metadata for podcasts and take notes on them.
  • I had to do a double-take because I wrote this last week about a different plugin: There's a new riff off of focus mode! This week we got stille.
  • Obsidian carry forward lets users copy a link to the current block.

Updates

  • the File Tree Alternative plugin allows users to  view the file and folder lists in a single view to have Evernote similar experience instead of switching between the views. Here's a demo video.
  • Excalidraw 1.3.1 has drag & drop support to create links from files in the file manager and improved zoom to fit. Images will fit fullscreen, (almost) regardless of image size. Also, the full package is now in one file and chunks no longer get loaded from the web.
  • The Dictionary plugin (which by the way has a fantastic thesaurus) just got a redesign to look more like the native Obsidian views, i.e. the search panel.
  • The Extract url plugin now has mobile support.

For Developers

  • @NothingIsLost shared a plugin to help theme designers inspect the "Export to PDF" styling output interactively in Dev Tools which should make debugging print mode easier.

Workflow Stuff

Advanced

  • Here's a powershell script to insert file titles into the front matter of all your notes.

Feature Requests

  • You can add your support to the feature request to send things to Obsidian via email and tweets and stuff, a la IFTTT but with Obsidian Sync.

Appearance

  • The Shimmering Focus theme is now compatible with the Style Settings plugin, which allows you to re-enable the title bar and/or the ribbons for a slightly less minimal appearance.
  • This absolutely incredible css snippet will make your vault look like a Diablo game. For a laugh, try it in light mode.
  • The Firefly theme is one of the few examples I've personally seen of a repository using SCSS, a Ruby program written in  that assembles CSS style sheets for a browser, and for information, SASS adds lots of additional functionality to CSS like variables, nesting and more which can make writing CSS easier and faster.
  • CSS for rainbow relationship line colors was shared in the Discord by @NothingIsLost.
  • Here's how you can hide attachment subfolders.
  • Here are some nice tips for printing to PDF.

Ancillary Tools

  • pseudometa shared a detailed academic workflow that offers alternatives to the Zotero/MDNotes process and discusses when to do what and why and what else you can do.
  • The creator of Gingko, a pane-based outliner-setup longform writing app is also an obsidian user and swung by the forums to share that Gingko now allows for importing from markdown and is looking for some discussion on how people would like to see the feature develop.

Research Rabbit

  • Research Rabbit ("Spotify for Research Papers") put together a playlist of Youtube videos with tutorials from users, starting with @dannyhatcher and his workflow (follow up with this video to see how he processes things into Obsidian afterwards).
  • @brimwats and Bryan Jenks and I also did a community talk on Thursday with some interested folks sharing our workflows with Research Rabbit: here's my writeup about how I use Research Rabbit for Worldbuilding Research.
  • PS: I'm deliberately not giving you a referral code because I feel weird taking their money and now that they're out of beta you can get in without it... but if you have trouble signing up (they require some kind of 'institutional' email, i.e. work or school, for the form) you can reach out via email and let them know you found them though the PKM community and they'll set you up.

Readwise

  • The folks at Readwise (subscription-fee app but too many pkm people love it to not include it here) just announced a big update coming — a read-later app with RSS, newsletter and pdf-reading capabilities. They're adding people to the waitlist now and while I'm not personally in the beta I'm pretty excited for it (finally a decent highlighting experience in an RSS reader that I can also read PDFs in? 👀) — I've heard it's great, and has nice hotkey support. Some Obsidian users are excited at the idea of replacing products like Highlights and Instapaper with their new Reader app.
  • They're also working on "native" feeling a web highlighter you don't have to send things to. Which also comes up in this community a lot, so, there's hope!
  • While I'm talking about Readwise, they also shipped focused highlight review.
  • Here's Dan Ollosso on the Readwise Obsidian plugin. Here's Curtis McHale video's. (Two in one week! I told you it was popular with Obsidian folks).

Housekeeping

  • both @liam’s Calendar and @tgrosinger’s Advanced Tables community plugins have surpassed 100,000 downloads in the Obsidian plugin gallery. So exciting!
  • When I logged in to work on this yesterday, my dashboard let me know that there are over 2,000 of you subscribed to this newsletter, which is orders of magnitude more than I thought would ever find value from it, so thanks for checking in with me every week! Ghost reports that about 70% of you read this pretty consistently (so I guess it's not getting lost in the ether!), which is incredibly motivating. Thank you!

Eleanor Konik

Professionally, I teach pre-teens about ancient civilizations. In my downtime, I enjoy combining storytelling with my love of sharing obscure history and science.