Im dying for a ‘side note’ for notes- ive used scrivener once and it was one of my favorite things(also the scrivenings- multiple docs as one- and being able to make files sub-files of one another).
But sidenotes is the main one- ive done that in EVERY app i could; in Onenote i just wrote in a text-box besides the main text; In Notion 99% of my pages had 2 or 3 columns, precisely so i could write on the sides…
Sadly dragging notes to the sidepane or using a backlink would mean a separate note- that would mean 2 notes for every file a user want comments (in my case 90% of them i guess), inflating notes numbers nedlessly, creating noise on search (for every file a ‘sametitle notes’ one)…
For me a proper one would be tied to the document, the same document.
But for the time being i found a quick workaround using the Hover Editor Plugin:
Hover Editor is an awesome plugin that turns obsidian hover preview editable AND window popups that once dragged stay on top of the screen, can be pined, resized, minimized… just turn previews on hover on, install the plugin and its good to go
Now heres the thing- it works just as well for block(^) and headings(#) links.
So my plan is making it as template for every note a Heading or bullet at the bottom called ‘sidenotes’, and wrapping it as comments (%%)
Then on every note adding a link to itself, to said sidenotes at the top
(blank) - anything on a note written above the last header
All that is left is hovering over that link at the top, wich will open the hover editor plugin, and pining/dragging it aside- it will focus directly on the sidenote header and stay there. Then the user just writes as usual while the hover editor stay on the side- and at any moment you can just type under that header in the hover editor window.
In essence we will be typing on the same note, just at different positions
The same could be done opening the same note on a right pane or the sidebar and scrolling to the bottom in one of the views- a way without plugins- but opening every note twice, arranging panels etc etc is cumbersome
A template and this plugin makes that a breeze- and putting said header under comments hides everything on reading view/export.
Ive already tested and it works really well.
Btw ive just ‘developed’ that workaround in my plans (im planing how i will setup my Obsidian in Obsidian) but i havent figured out one last detail- i wish to make the template for every note ‘work by itself’ and so far my schema would require me to type the sidenotes link on every note, the
But im a newbie, im guessing there must be a way to put a wildcard in the template to make that for me, like
[*(current note title wildcard)*#Sidenote], also making the sidenote header better like
# *(current note title wildcard)* Sidenotes,but i dont know if thats possible or how to type that into a template yet.
If anyone knows and could share would save me a good time!