1-May-22 – Logseq 0.6.7, Workflow and Discussion Videos, Todo Management, Plugins

Pinch and a punch for the first of the month. Already May. Time is flying by and yet sometimes it feels like the amount of information we are trying to take in means that we need a good few extra hours per day. I have come to the conclusion that selective intake is important. We are trying to build a second brain with all the information possible so put ourselves under pressure to record everything possible and when we miss something or put too much pressure on ourselves to ensure we meet the Create part, we lose the joy.

Just being present in the now and taking in what feels important suffices. We should enjoy filling our PKM with what is important to us. And if nothing comes of it, so be it, at least we had some fun on the way.

Last week was also the first real post-Covid trip abroad. Had a week in Miami and everything went smoothly. It was interesting to see the number of inconsistencies that exist between the countries when it comes to Covid restrictions but hopefully travelling will become normal again soon.

With those inconsistencies out of the way, let’s see what Logseq has in store for us this week.

Releases

0.6.7

The devs have been hard at work and released v0.6.7 – Some highlights are:

Some highlights:

  • Parsing progress bar
  • Fix code block in published graph is not copyable
  • Custom query title may also render rich texts
  • expose start-of-week to plugins
  • Do not display onboarding card in published graph
  • Resolve datascript query inputs with Logseq DSL for plugins
  • Add start-of-week config to default config.edn
  • Docker arm64 build
  • Add smooth-select action
  • Add shortcuts for opening file in default app and directory
  • Fix logbook clock-summary
  • Fix error in mailto link
  • logseq:// protocol non-darwin OS support
  • Expose start-of-week to plugins
  • Core outliner operations refactoring
  • Custom query title may also render rich texts
  • plugin API enhancement and bug fixes
  • Add shortcuts for opening file in default app and directory
  • Capture invalid PDF error
  • Fixed issues
  • Wrong condition when handling incoming graph URL
  • Editor freeze when cut and paste blocks at the bottom
  • Input of ordered list numbers
  • Cmd-v sometimes pastes wrong content

The current version is 0.6.7 and you can download the latest version from here.

Logseq News / Events

  • Did you miss the last Workflow Wednesday in the Discord auditorium channel? Listen to the recording! @Ramses deep dived into how to structure notes for learning, developing the habit of revisiting notes, using flashcards, creating a Zettelkasten for learning, and much more.
  • @logseq is looking for a talented design/front-end engineer to work on the next generation of note-taking software.
  • @cldwalker pushed an initial release of nbb-logseq. This is a foundational library for supporting more complex logseq functionality in the npm ecosystem. It allows for easily doing things like querying logseq graphs from the commandline and soon writing automation scripts. While nbb-logseq is a dialect of clojurescript, any of the npm libraries are available for use with it. More info here.
  • As a reminder, Logseq is building a community hub and are looking for content that has helped you on your Logseq journey. If you come across any resources that you would like to share, please do fill in this form.

Logseq Mobile

To access the mobile apps, please use the respective link for your OS below.

iOS 0.6.7

  • Parsing progress indicator.
  • Add instruction to lead users to select valid directory.
  • Switch indent and outdent button on mobile toolbar
  • Add more extensions support to audio link.
  • Add version number to settings panel.
  • copy to clipboard failure
  • playing video goes into editing mode
  • pasting in src block not working
  • mobile toolbar order not persisting after restart
  • quick capture template not working
  • share failure after cold launch
  • search panel jumps when initialling.
  • scroll lags on iOS images

Logseq Workflows

  • Leverage using SmartBlock to render YouGlish in Logseq with a page name as a search keyword(s). YouGlish is a free service that searches YouTube videos for given keywords. They support about 18 different languages. If anyone is interested in learning foreign languages, I highly recommend to give it a try. For example, using the word epiphany: Thanks Sangmin for the hint.
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  • @Abuafia shows us that as part of a python script he is developing to download Telegram messages and convert them to logseq-flavored markdown, he found that a telegram message which shares the location of the user has embedded the latitude and longitude. Embedded in logseq using an iframe which uses google maps…it worked!!
- **08:16** [[➢]] GPS Location:
[:div {:style {:margin "0 auto" :width 400 }} [:iframe {:src "https://maps.google.com/maps?q=40.778374,-73.970855&hl=en&z=14&output=embed"}]]
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  • @sus asks “Can I study cards of multiple graphs? Would be awesome”, Maybe a query with the url of the graphs? logseq://graph/<graph name>?page=<page name>. Solution (from Logseq team): “Cross-graph page/bock embeds and queries are on our roadmap”. This sounds very interesting.
  • @ts_elephant asks: I’m a software engineer, and have a bunch of personal hobby projects. Along with my main logseq repository where I collect all my thoughts, I often want to maintain separate short notes for each of these projects (design doc, development notes, TODOs, etc). These typically live in README.md’s, in the folder of each hobby project. What is the best way to integrate these with my main repository? (so, I have my main repo in ~/brain, and then have a bunch of singleton files in ~/dev/project1/README.md, ~/dev/project2/README.md, etc). Suggested to check out this plugin.
  • You can use hiccup to add your audio files and it works in spaced repetition. [:audio {:controls true :src “your audio file path here.mp3”}]. Thanks @Dario!
  • @StefanB observed: my own behaviour (and reactions on replies), it looks like there is an interest in peoples workflows and especially templates. I used the search here a few times to get inspiration how to structure my thoughts in logseq. Therefore I was thinking, would it be nice to have a central place where people can submit and share their templates? It could be a Marketplace-like section within the app itself or website. A first version could be a GitHub repository, but this may excludes and makes it harder to contribute for less technical people. How does that sound? Great Idea
  • Top 5 things that @Jeffrey Webber likes about Logseq:
  • @itsmemario asks us “Anyone have a good workflow for copying Google Docs content into Logseq? I have an issue with the bullets not being pasted in correctly and wondering if there is a better export / import function. I found that Logseq –> Docs is handled well by copying and pasting the HTML code, but haven’t found a solution for Docs –> Logseq.”. Solution seems to be copy to Notion (or other tool) and then paste into Logseq. Or use MarkDownload (or other chrome plugins)
  • @Vicrergdz posted. Hi folks! I was asking the other day on Twitter about a workflow to deliverable document/article. As of now what I’m doing is: – 1st draft in the main panel – I gather relevant notes in the sidebar and alt+drag blocks as needed in the main panel. This includes images – Add “glue text” to extend some thoughts or to add anything I find might fit that it’s not in an existing note – export page as text with no indents and paste it into a .md file in Marktexr for final editing. I have a folder in my logseq graph called drafts where I place all the files that I edit or finish with marktext, that way markdown image links work without issues since the relative path is the same. How do you guys do it? Any recommendations or tips?
  • @Tobi (Shopify CEO) shows us their Logseq Graph after 1 year of usage. Pretty impressive:
  • @Agnes provides us with a Logseq introduction video for Polish speakers. Video available here. Dziękuję Agnes!
  • @Sangmin gives us a useful tip. Today I just learned that one could toggle page width with the key combination. t + w . I often select an area in research papers when there is a table or graph and realized the block referenced images are too small. Then, stumbled upon this t + w combination and it literally made my day.
  • @Kiernan provides us with a video on how to use flashcards in Logseq for our Spanish friends. Definitely worth checking out.
  • @Yurii asks “Do you ever wishes to have possibility to know “Which links (articles, videos, etc.) are already in my PKM (Logseq)?” For example you found something interesting on the web, wanted to add it to resources in some topic note in Logseq, but understand that its already there. Lots of great discussions here.
  • @Luhmann gives us some food for thought on todos. Been thinking of an easier way to explain how I use TODO/NOW/LATER/DOING etc. – both so I can explain it to other people and so I can be more consistent in my own usage. Basically I use “TODO” for two different reasons: (1) if I want to have a checklist (like a shopping list) that isn’t part of my larger agenda workflow, or (2) if I want to surface items via a query (TODO + [[page tag]]), such as my list of books I want to read. NOW is any task I am currently working on. I then use priorities (A/B/C) to surface these on my daily journal page where the default query is modified to only show items with priorities. LATER is any items with a future scheduled or deadline attached to it. DOING is for like NOW, but for projects. (These have multiple sub tasks associated with them.)

Logseq Feature Requests

You can check out the full list of Feature Requests here.

  • Reminders plugin – Hi there, I’m moving my task management from Notion to Logseq, but I miss something: the remind function. It would be great a native or a plugin solution.
  • Making images a first-class unit of knowledge – When building up knowledge or writing some sort of content from my notes, I often want to re-use images I have. They might be images I picked up elsewhere or diagrams I’ve made myself with excalidraw or similar tools. So I came to realize that images can be also an atomic unit of knowledge that can be composed with others such as we do with notes and I think most of the tools don’t have a proper way for managing them. For logseq they are just assets, and as of now for me they belong to an specific note and I re-use them block-referencing the picture anywhere else but in my opinion we need more tools to proper handling them.
  • Add Statusbar to Logseq – Logseq plugin ecosystem has evolved and the community has built numerous plugins to enhance user experience. We need to considering a UI feature that enables plugins to display some information in a permanent way. The top bar could remain as the place to trigger actions and the bottom bar (status bar) for displaying info.
  • Block freezing option to avoid accidental editing – It would be nice to have the option of freezing a block so that it cannot be edited. It often occurs to me that I create a (markdown) table to display some data and then I’ve to select them. Every time I forget that clicking on the table will enable edit mode
  • Making images a first-class unit of knowledge – When building up knowledge or writing some sort of content from my notes, I often want to re-use images I have. They might be images I picked up elsewhere or diagrams I’ve made myself with excalidraw or similar tools. So I came to realize that images can be also an atomic unit of knowledge that can be composed with others such as we do with notes and I think most of the tools don’t have a proper way for managing them. For logseq they are just assets, and as of now for me they belong to an specific note and I re-use them block-referencing the picture anywhere else but in my opinion we need more tools to proper handling them
  • Beautiful Block Colors – I love that you can change the colors of the blocks by right clicking on the bullet points but the choice of colors are pretty poor in my opinion. Better colors are important for the following reasons: They make the app more pleasant to use, Better contrasting colors allows for clearer division of categorization, If we had clear red, orange and green colors, it allows the use of a traffic light color coding system that is very useful for rating / giving a status to blocks.

Logseq Plugins

  • Media Control – YouTube, video and audio controls made for Logseq, Playback speed control and Skip forward / backward.
  • Logseq Plugin TODO – A o-do list plugin for logseq. Quick add new to-do items to today’s journal page, Show all today’s to-do items (include scheduled & today’s journal page), Show all to-do’s without schedule, Ignore to-do items in the specified page
  • Logseq Writegood Plugin – This plugin leverages on btford’s write-good plugin to offer English prose suggestions to your writing. All suggestions are provided locally and no data is sent to any external servers.
  • Logseq Helium Plugin – Float videos for better note-taking in 2 ways: Block context menu (right-click on bullet). Slash (/) command
  • Logseq Todo Exploder – A quick plugin to add just a hint of dopamine to checking off your tasks to make it more enjoyable and encourage you further.
  • Logseq Anki Sync V2.5.0. This is a major release. It includes major speed improvements (upto 4x) and logseq uri support. Also includes some more features like cascading deck property detection, preview cards feature and bug fixes. Full Changelog.
  • Move Block plugin has an update! Now you can move blocks to “Current page” and select “Top” or “Bottom” which may be useful for quick refs for long blocks page.
  • Lucky Sheet – I released a new version of Luckysheet which stores data in the first child block of a Luckysheet. It’s compatible with old files and it will upgrade the storage automatically. Once upgraded, the old files will no longer be used. Finally your spreadsheet data can be in sync will your graph.
  • Logseq Calendars PluginV. 2.2.0 The plugin can now parse and display recurring events. It’s been an open issue for a while, but should be fixed now in the latest version which will make this fully equipped to handle most events
  • Smartblocks Update:

Many thanks as always for reading this latest edition of Logseq Weekly.