October 22, 2021

MacStories Weekly: Issue 295

In this issue: John shares his favorite moments from Monday’s Apple event and a macOS widget tip, Federico continues his series on his Obsidian setup with a look at how he’s using templates and a custom mobile toolbar, an announcement that we’ll be taking a one-week break soon, plus the usual App Debuts, Links, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes.


October 15, 2021

MacStories Weekly: Issue 294

In this issue: Federico recommends Remind Me Faster and shares a Reminders tagging tip, John imagines the ideal modern read-it-later app, plus the usual App Debuts, Interesting Links, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes, and a recap of MacStories articles.


October 8, 2021

MacStories Weekly: Issue 293

In this issue: Federico tries a new approach for personal tasks with Due and a shortcut, John reviews the Roomba j7, Club member Peter Zarko-Flynn’s desk setup, plus the usual App Debuts, Interesting Links, the latest happenings in the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes, and a recap of MacStories articles.


Episode 3October 6, 2021

AV Club Town Hall, Ikigai: The Japanese Secret to a Long and Happy Life

Club MacStories Town Halls are part of the monthly and other special live audio events we hold in the Club MacStories+ Discord community. The show is a recorded and lightly edited version of the Town Halls that we produce, so Club MacStories+ and Club Premier members who can’t attend the event live can listen later. To learn more about Club MacStories+ and Club Premier, visit our Club plans page.

October 1, 2021

MacStories Weekly: Issue 292

In this issue: Craft, Federico’s shortcut for manually installing Obsidian plugins on iOS and iPadOS using Working Copy, an iPhone drag and drop tip, Club Member JC’s setup, plus the usual App Debuts, Interesting Links, a preview of upcoming MacStories podcast episodes, and a recap of MacStories articles.


September 30, 2021

The Macintosh Desktop Experience: Four Task-Based Ways I'm Using the Loupedeck Live Daily

Last month, I kicked off The Macintosh Desktop Experience with a review of the Loupedeck Live, focusing on the hardware and previewing a few of the ways I’ve been using it since mid-summer. Today I want to go deeper on four scenarios where I’ve found it works best:

  • Dashboards: One page that acts as a home base where I start my day, plus project-based dashboards.
  • App Sets: Collections of apps and webpages I need for particular projects
  • Keyboard Shortcut Extenders: Pages that surface functionality without having to remember a keyboard shortcut or other series of steps
  • Simplifying a Complex App: Providing focus in a complex app


September 25, 2021

MacStories Weekly: Issue 291

In this issue: A recap of the week’s perks and where to find them, Federico digs into the Obsidian plugins, shortcuts, and apps he used to write this year’s iOS and iPadOS review, Brian King covers how the animation and chapter images were created for the review, plus a long list of App Debuts, Links, highlights from the Club MacStories+ Discord community, a preview of next week’s episode of AppStories, and a recap of MacStories articles.


September 23, 2021

Export Markdown with Embeds: An Obsidian Plugin to Compile Documents with Embedded Notes

Compiling a table of contents.

Export Markdown with Embeds is a customizable plugin that compiles documents with embedded nested documents into a single document. Obsidian’s note embed feature allows you to embed a file or note in another note using the syntax: ![[My Note]]. The contents of embedded notes will be shown in Obsidian’s preview mode in place of the link. The feature is a good way to break up longform writing into sections but still be able to review it as a single document. However, when you export a note that has others embedded in it, the exported text includes the note, not the contents of embedded notes.

When the Export Markdown with Embeds plugin is run, it swaps the contents of any linked notes into the note that you’re exporting. This makes it easy to to create a note that serves as a table of contents of embedded notes for navigating between sections of a long document. You can use Obsidian’s built-in preview functionality to read the full document in the app or use Export Markdown with Embeds to export it as Markdown-formatted text.


September 21, 2021

Markdown Insert: An Obsidian Plugin for Creating Markdown-Formatted Web and Image Links

Markdown Insert is an Obsidian plugin that takes advantage of your system clipboard to let you link text and images as you write using Markdown syntax. The process is simple:

  • Copy a URL or image
  • Highlight some text in Obsidian
  • Invoke the Markdown Insert command in Obsidian

That’s all there is to it. The highlighted text becomes linked text. If you have a URL on the clipboard, it’s linked to the text you highlighted. If you have an image link on the clipboard, an Obsidian image link is created instead, which can be viewed when you switch to Obsidian’s preview mode.

Markdown Insert also works if you haven’t highlighted any text. In that case, the plugin creates a Markdown-formatted link with no title, placing the cursor between the square brackets, so you can easily add the linked text.

If you spend a lot of time writing in Markdown, this simple plugin saves a lot of keystrokes over time, which makes it much faster to write in Obsidian.

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