Bringing RSS into Obsidian, alone, is a breakthrough. Integrating note creation with the content of any item of an RSS feed, well, words escape me. The bar for Obsidian plugins is very high and Obsidian RSS exceeds it. Yes, I am gushing.
Assign terminal commands to hotkeys/command palette. I created this plugin for being able to easily run Git version control commands in Obsidian vault’s folder, and to open a terminal application if I want to do advanced stuff with Git. Moreover, people have used it to generate content to their notes from external sources, do regexp matching on note file content and copy the result to clipboard, open the current note in Visual Studio Code editor with the caret* being placed exactly where it was in Obsidian, etc.
I would like to nominate the plugin I created (Yeah, very humble of me ).
Default file explorer has files and folders in a single view and it is not very convenient for me. This plugin now creates 2 panes separated for files and folders. Since I first created the plugin, I have never touched the default explorer. It has almost all functions that are provided by the default explorer. You have additional functions like searching files by names, focusing on a certain folder, showing/hiding files from sub-folders, excluding certain folders, and many other just out of the box. I believe it can be considered at least as a candidate
This plugin absolutely changed the way theme creatores think about their themes, and how users interact with them! It opens up a TON of customization options, and enables users to fine-tune their favourite themes in order to reach their dream setups. The importance of this plugin to the community can’t be overestimated!
Greatly undervalued plugin flying under the radar in my view. The functionality is very straightforward, namely simply displaying your recently browsed files in the sidebar. But once you figure out how to adapt your workflow to it, it can become one of the most valuable plugins.
No need for sliding panes, tabs, multiple panes, or guess work how often you have to press the navigate back button. No need to have multiple panes open, when you can simply switch back to any note you recently used. And when you do not use a note anymore, it simply falls down in the list of recent files – no need for the good old “close your unused tabs/panes” problem many of us are familiar with from Browsers.
No need for a file explorer. Together with the Quick Switcher plugin, Breadcrumbs, or another plugin that allows you to navigate between notes, the Recent Files plugin allowed me to ditch the file explorer for good. The file explorer displays notes in the same folder, but more often than not, I am rather interested in notes I used recently than notes of the same category.
This is a great example how a really simple plugin can still provide great value.
Life changing for me. In fact, it’s the only plug in that I’ve installed that I kept. Often, I use images & spatial layouts to think & deep dive on notes, thoughts & topics. One of the limitations I often run into in most knowledge base apps is they excel in text but fell short with visual layouts. This plug in let’s me sketch things all & stay in my knowledge base (Obsidian). The fact that links work in the images is game changing. A feature I’ve always looked for but thought it was just a dream. Handy having visual index vs text & mindmaps are interesting as well. Dev introduced me to thinking maps which is interesting as well. Would love certain features added at some point but very powerful plug in
I prefered Obsidian over Roam, Dynalist…etc. I found Obsidian to be way more customisable for someone to build his PKB the way he wants. But the default style/format of the dashed/bullet list in Obsidian is still basic and this plugin solve many of the issues, which makes the reading and eye scanning of long bullet lists much better and faster. It’s to some degree add a Dynalist flavour into Obsidian so one can have both worlds in one unified dashboard & database.
Hopefully the developer will keep maintaining and developing it for years to come.
I was just about to nominate Style Settings but figured I’d better check first, and sure enough Daniel beat me to it. Not all themes use it yet or implement all the possible settings, but when they do it makes life much easier for those of us who aren’t fluent in CSS and would otherwise have to either try to find snippets somewhere (or beg for them on Discord), or else put up with details that aren’t necessarily bad but we’d always be wishing we could change.
I’ve never tried Self-hosted LiveSync, but it’s intriguing as a third way after Obsidian Sync and iCloud to sync iOS with other platforms, especially since (unlike iCloud) it’s encrypted and is supposed to also sync with Android, Windows, and probably Linux. Using it with the free IBM Cloudant account (which sounds like the simplest option) would only give you 1 GB, but for a vault that includes only markdown notes it would probably be sufficient.
I can’t believe this plugin isn’t more popular. Macros makes it simple (I mean, anyone can do it) to combine pretty much as many commands from the command pallet into one. You can even add delays if necessary to make sure a command has completed before the next one is called. This is POWERFUL automation that’s accessible even to nontechnical people.