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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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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September 20, 2021

Todoist Tasks: An Obsidian Plugin to Create Tasks in Todoist with Two-Way Linking

The Todoist Tasks plugin in Obsidian.

Todoist Tasks is a plugin for Obsidian that enables you to create tasks in Todoist directly from Obsidian. As you take notes or write in Obsidian, you can create inline tasks using syntax describing the project, label, section, due date, priority, and any notes associated with a task.

Running the ‘Create and update tasks in current file’ command in Obsidian will find new tasks in the current note, create the task in Todoist using the Todoist API, and add a link to the task in Obsidian using the Todoist URL scheme.

Tasks can then be marked as completed in Obsidian or Todoist, and they will be marked as completed in the other when running the command next.

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September 17, 2021

MacStories Weekly: Issue 290

In this issue: A collection of John’s favorite moments from this week’s keynote, iPad mini accessory recommendations, an announcement about perks coming alongside Federico’s annual iOS and iPadOS review, plus the usual Links, App Debuts, spotlight on the Club MacStories+ Discord, a recap of MacStories articles, and a preview of upcoming podcast episodes.

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