19-Mar-22: Logseq Namespaces, Upcoming Event, New Recipe plugin, Networked thinking with Logseq

So, last week we visited Dubai Expo. I was not too sure what to expect so went in with an open mind. Came out (a good few hours later) pleasantly surprised. The way Expo had been set up, the openness of it all, the cool designs of the pavilions and the content in them was nice. Some of the pavilions, I will admit, could have had better content that a simple video, but others were nice. All in all a very good experience.

For this week, we are looking at getting back into golf. Has been several years since I picked up a golf club so we will be going to a driving range to see how things go. I keep telling myself, that as long as I keep a hold of the golf club, everything will be ok 🙂

With that divot patched up, let’s see what Logseq has in store for us this week.

Releases

After the two releases that we were presented with last week, this week there is no new release. The current version if 0.6.3 and you can download the latest version, check here.

Logseq News / Events

  • As a reminder, on Wednesday 23 March at 3:00 PM, we have “How to Use Logseq for Research ft. Cara Antonaccio“. The episode with look at ​How Cara uses Logseq to do research amongst other very insightful topics. I cannot wait to see what Cara has in store for us. To register please follow this link. A recording will be available after the session.
  • @Ramses was part of the Thiago Forte’s Second Brain Summit 2022 and presented How to get started with Networked Thinking using Logseq. Lots of great insight which you can find in the video below.
  • Be sure to check this playlist out for all of the Summit 2022 recordings.
  • Logseq is building a community hub and are looking for content that has helped you on your Logseq journey.

Logseq Mobile

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Logseq Workflows

  • @LonelyMusicDisc writes: I wish there was a way for me to share my notes easier, at least on discord, the formatting looks weird and it’s slow to convert it to google docs so everyone can see. I know there’s publish but something free would be nice. You can export a page under “…” > “Export page”, the html can be pasted in google docs. as suggested by @Alex
  • @un_qui_et asks: Hey guys is there a way of auto generating tags /pages something. Something in the lines of /today but for something like a block ID. I usually make a couple of the words into a new page! The bit i need to refer to! But for something like notes halfway through a phrase its kind cool to hyperlink into a tag! But if do something like #nt0012 I’m pretty sure by number 25 i already lost track of what tag/page I’m in. Any plugins that help on this!? This isn’t yet possible within Logseq, but might be possible through using a text expander (espanso, fastkeys, phraseepress…) or a launcher like keypirinha to quickly generate uuid or unix timestamps ? eg a config example in espanso. Also check out the Tags Plugin manager in the Logseq MarketPlace
  • @Yurii Piskun presents a Workflow for organizing\grouping “Favourites” in sidebar. To achieve the below: Put attached files to your “pages” folder, Go to “➖ separator” page to see them all, Open each of them, then right click on title, select “Add to Fav”, Reorder separators on left sidebar as you wish.
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  • @pbernardo would like to see how other people are using Namespaces in Logseq to classify/organize pages. Are you aware of any examples that are available out there or would you be open to share? @Noted revert with not 1, not 2, but 3 possible solutions:

Example 1:
Logseq/Versions and issues
Logseq/Unresolved bugs that affect me
Logseq/My task workflow
Logseq/My notes on advanced queries

Example 2:
Shopping Research/Shoes
Shopping Research/Toaster

Example 3:
Book Summary/Book1
Book Summary/Book2

  • fcand1 and Alex had a bit of a brainstorming session on namespaces to try and resolve the following question. What I do in my daily journals is logging what I eat in restaurants or what I cook. I now link ingredients like “sword fish”. At the beginning, I created pages and hierarchies like “Food/Ingredients/Fish/Sword Fish. Because there are so many ingredients a, I switched the system to only one page “Food/Ingredients” and put nested blocks for all ingredients. I then link from my recipes or journals to these blocks. basically, my question is about when to use pages for an item and when to use blocks in a bigger page. I am not yet sure what is better for this food example. But now I have the little problem that while logging food, i can’t link to a new ingredients that is not yet on the ingredients page. I now link to the block “fish” and edit it later. While using pages for every ingredients, this was more straight forward. Do you have thoughts? Check it out here.
  • @Apallo asks what is everyone doing with the colors for highlighting a block? @charliie suggests the “#.v-border-children” in “logtool” plugin in marketplace, where you can achieve something along the lines of the below.
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  • @CCF asks: I just figured out how to create a link I can paste in logseq that will open a document in OneNote, which is where I maintain most of my project and meeting notes for work. Has anyone else integrated OneNote (or another note keeping system) into their logseq workflow? Any best practices, eg, where to draw the line between notes kept in logseq vs OneNote? FYI I’ve historically used OneNote for client meetings for the sake of confidentiality and archiving and because my firm is all-in on O365. I’ve been using logseq for daily log journaling and knowledge management. If you have any advice, please do let us know in the Discord.
  • @Ben shows us how we can bring in recipes to our Logseq knowledge base. It is a work in practice and should be in the Marketplace soon.
  • @Phạm My asks Does anyone know how to sync the settings of Logseq? I have a MacBook and an iMac. But when I install plugins on one device, the other doesn’t sync. This is not yet possible, but there is a feature request here.
  • @Cannibalox reminds us that /block embed (=transclusion) instead of /block ref (=hyperlink and display the block-title(the first line) as a link)
  • How to expand/collapse all blocks? t o is hopefully what you are after? If not you can also do ctrl + shift + a and then crtl + up / down arrow
  • Aliases in logseq do mean “pages that redirect to the main page”, which is a special use case. so for your use case i’ll refer to them as nicknames: 1. if you want nicknames to be query-able or at least see them in query tables, then in the first block write #+your_custom_attribue, for example #+nickname but note that a comma delimiter will always create pages, so the workarounds are a) put them in quotes #+nickname: "alias1, alias2" b) use other delimiters like alias1; alias2 or alias 1 / alias 2 2. if you don’t care about nicknames in queries, you can just leave out the #+, so you can continue using the word alias if you like, as in alias: alias1, alias2 , and preferably put them in the second block of the page

Logseq Feature Requests

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

  • Link to external pdfs in local Zotero folder and Better BibTex supportProblem: Logseq uses fie links that are not relative, so it cannot be used to reliably link to pdfs stored in zotero. I would like to keep my pdf’s in Zotero and have a way not only to reference these documents, but also to link to these documents. Normal external links stop working if I change my computer. Solution: Zotero references in logseq should contain Better Bibtex enabled relative links to the pdf files in the local Zotero library. This would make it possible to link to external pdf files (saved in the local zotero library) with a simple reference. Clicking on the reference would open the file. These external links would not break, even if I switch to another computer.
  • Comprehensive Block/Bullet Level Timestamps – Although Logseq technically contains block level timestamps via :feature/enable-block-timestamps? in config.edn, the featureset is limited, unpredictable, and sometimes buggy. This makes it hard to use. Below is a comprehensive feature request around block level timestamps.
  • Export PDF with Highlights – I’d love to have a way to export PDFs with their highlights so that I can share the annotated version of the PDF with friends Right now, the highlights are stored separately in the PDF’s .edn file, which isn’t a format in which I’d ever share the data (though it’s really nice for personal use!).
  • In page search/filter – Dynalist has a in-page search feature which is very useful. You type an arbitrary string, and the entire page gets filtered by that string: every bullet containing that string and its ancestors get shown, and all else gets filtered out
  • Add an option to make the content after the link the content of the linked page – In many cases in daily notes, creating a link, and continuing to enter content after the link, the user may want that content to be directly the content of the linked page, rather than just appearing under the “linked reference”. So please consider adding a shortcut key or special symbol mark that allows users to decide whether to let the content of the block where the link is located directly become the content of the lined page.
  • Name of open graph in window title – It is desirable to put the name of the graph in the title of the window. If the left menu is collapsed, you won’t see which graph is open.

Logseq Plugins

  • Logseq Anki Sync V2.0.0 (Biggest Update) It introduces a whole new lazy syncing algorithm giving a speed boast of around 10 times. It also adds several new features like new settings page and a major bug fix related inline HTML not parsing properly when block contains Chinese characters.
  • Lucky Sheet – Embed Luckysheet (spreadsheet) into Logseq. Now you can easily create and maintain a markdown table with the new version of the Luckysheet plugin. Check the GIF in README.
  • Custom Workflow – Addresses one of the most upvoted feature requests on the forum. Set custom task workflows! Similar to how you can toggle through TODO, DOING and DONE, this plugin allows you to do that and so much more! You can even remap the default command enter shortcut to this!
  • Local Assets -Breaking change to the @logseq-localassets-plugin! Streamlined the workflow to just one option that autodetects file type and uses the appropriate hiccup to render it. Also, no more dealing with filenames. Just select! If you select a file from your assets folder, it will just render the file without duplicating it. If you select a file from outside the assets folder, it will copy the file into your assets folder.
  • RTL (Right to Left) – For all Arabic, Hebrew and Urdu speaker, here’s the @logseq RTL plugin. Adds a toggle to the toolbar by which you can turn RTL on and off. Working on adding more features and customizations such as the ability to add a tag to assign RTL and more!
  • Interstitial Heading – New plugin, for those among us who like interstitial journaling: this one adds either a bold timestamp, or a header and timestamp (because /time is way too much typing).#
  • Logseq Vim – Logseq VIM Shortcuts v0.1.4 was released! Did you ever feel the default block background colors on the block context menu are not enough to use? In this release, I enhanced the UX of block background color operation.
  • Logtools – Logtools is now available on the marketplace tag-based Kanban view, Image Gallery, Priority Matrix, etc… (uninstall/remove the unpacked plugin if you have installed it manually before)

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