Use case or problem
I typically type my notes (which tend to be math-heavy) with the source on the left and the preview on the right. This works fine for very small note sizes, but even for moderately sized pages, the typing latency due to the the live LaTeX compilation becomes prohibitive in this manner.
Introduce a setting allowing for manual preview reloading. This way, one can type without being slowed down by the real-time rendering and simply compile occasionally to preview the results. This is more akin to a typical LaTeX workflow (e.g., Overleaf has this configuration as well, if I remember correctly).
Current workaround (optional)
Several workarounds that I use now are:
- Use an external editor (VS Code) to open the sources, and on the side, have an instance of Obsidian open in preview-mode. The preview will only refresh whenever I save the file in VS Code.
Drawbacks: Requires another editor, so it’s not as clean; Features like autocomplete when inserting links or inserting attachments from clipboard etc. are not very well integrated, so I would occasionally need to jump back into Obsidian anyway.
- Simply switch between preview and edit mode.
Drawbacks: While I’m typing, I can’t reference equations that are higher up in the note; Switching between views can be a bit disorienting, making the overall workflow a bit distracting.