Category: PKM

  • Is Obsidian Slow on the iPad?

    Is Obsidian Slow on the iPad?

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    Recently I engaged in a short discussion with Chris Lawley on Mastodon about Obsidian feeling really slow on my iPad. In short, I’ve been using my iPad less because Obsidian has been slow. I’ve been unable to scroll on notes and typing is possible, but painful. This doesn’t feel like it should happen on an…

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  • Collecting Book Ideas in Obsidian

    Collecting Book Ideas in Obsidian

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    About once a month I’ll write a blog post and the idea will stick with me for a day or two. The most recent time this happened was with the post We Own Nothing – The Broken Promise of the Information Age, I think that idea has legs to it. I have a personal story…

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  • Handle PDFs Natively in Obsidian

    Handle PDFs Natively in Obsidian

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    While I currently don’t store PDF’s, or really anything but text files, in Obsidian I know that many other users like to have everything in Obsidian. I’m still also not entirely sold on Zotero for my storage needs after leaving DEVONthink behind so let’s look into how Obsidian handles PDF files. Native PDF Handling To…

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  • Fix Obsidian Book Search Error

    Fix Obsidian Book Search Error

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    I love the Obsidian Book Search plugin, but it has an issue…everyone using it shares the same key. That means you can exceed the API connection limit for the day based on the interactions of other users. Luckily vityav has a fix in a GitHub comment which I applied and works. Today I’ll walk you…

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  • Add Icons to Obsidian Content

    Add Icons to Obsidian Content

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    While I’m not a huge icon/emoji person, I know a number of people really love them and want to be able to use icons directly in their content easily in Obsidian. For those people we have Obsidian Icon Shortcodes, which is a plugin that lets you add icons, even custom ones easily. To get the…

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  • Research with Me – PARA Method by Tiago Forte

    Research with Me – PARA Method by Tiago Forte

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    In today’s research session we looked at The PARA Method by Tiago Forte. When I started reading this book I was thinking of it as a PKM or Zettelkasten book, but it’s not. It’s a productivity book, a new take on some ideas from GTD and other productivity sources. When I start evaluating the book…

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  • Can Joplin Replace DEVONthink

    Can Joplin Replace DEVONthink

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    Today we’re taking a live look at Joplin for note-taking. Ultimately I’m looking for a DEVONthink replacement. I’m now in a mixed operating system environment and DEVONthink doesn’t support anything but macOS. Some highlights from the video. Joplin supports embedded PDFs but you need to create a note, then drop the PDF into the note…

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  • Research With Me – The Good Enough Job

    Research With Me – The Good Enough Job

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    Today we’re going to look at my notes from The Good Enough Job by Simone Stolzoff. Some highlights of the topics the book addresses: During the video, I show you how I take notes. How I turn some notes into writing ideas for my members newsletter and how I clean up my vault as I…

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  • Bear 2.0 First Look

    Bear 2.0 First Look

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    Today we’re going to take a first look at Bear 2.0 released by Shiny Frog software. Bear is an excellent note-taking application for macOS, iPadOS and iOS. That means if you use Linux or Windows…you’re out of luck when it comes to this beautiful application. During this first look we tested out the formatting of…

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  • Obsidian Graph Analysis Plugin

    Obsidian Graph Analysis Plugin

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    One of the big things you need to do with your notes is look for connections between a single note and the other notes in your vault. This is where it’s helpful to get outside tools to help you analyze your notes, and where I recommend Graph Analysis. Graph Analysis Setup To start, head to…

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