27-Nov-21: Logseq Releases, Mobile Preview, Plugins, Workflows, Videos

I hope everyone is enjoying the Thanksgiving weekend or simply the weekend and realises that it is less than one month to Christmas! Time certainly does fly. With the news that there is a new Covid-19 variant which is potentially stronger than the previous ones, I hope the below brings a smile.

In this release, we have several new Logseq Releases, a sneak preview of the mobile app (sshhh, don’t tell anyone), a a good few new and updated plugins in the Logseq Marketplace and some workflow tips and tricks. Let’s get started

Releases

0.4.6

  • Merging pages when renaming one page to the name of another page
  • Add copy block embed(s)
  • Delay query for linked references
  • Editing the main page should be fast no matter how many linked references it has
  • Cycle todos support cmd+enter
  • Display a warning if config.edn is invalid
  • Don’t add another set of (()) when copy block ref to embed
  • Remove built-in properties from search result
  • When depth level > 3, the breadcrumb displays an ellipsis
  • Rename page should delete the old page name from the search
  • Graphs disappeared (not data loss) after restarting the app
  • Pages with “.” in the title do not show Hierarchy at the bottom
  • Drag and Drop inconsistently not working
  • No more auto-complete if the cursor moves back to [[]]

With the above goodies, we were then presented with another few releases 0.4.7, 0.4.8 and 0.4.9, which fixed a few breakages (new word there for you, Grammarly). I have not detailed these releases as they were simply cut to fix some problems.

0.5.0

  • Windows desktop app is finally signed – ahh no more blue screen warning
  • Clean block’s referenced old orphaned pages when saving it
  • Can’t open a new graph on Linux
  • Git Auto commit not working
  • Don’t create empty pages for alias and tags page properties
  • Auto-complete doesn’t vanish after /current time
  • Query filters like and, or are case sensitive
  • Can’t rename pages with nested titles
  • Remove space when showing template popup
  • All Pages view lists all of the images
  • [[ doesn’t trigger auto-complete for non-English input methods
  • Convert highlighted word to a link when pasting a URL
  • Save a backup file to Logseq/bak if writes failed (EBUSY lock)
  • Separate plugins and themes in the marketplace
  • Create today’s page when redirect to the home or scrolling to the top of journals

0.5.1

There was a critical bug inserted in 0.5.0 in some changes might not be saved to files when using Logseq with OneDrive on multiple computers.

Please upgrade to the latest version to avoid any data loss. https://github.com/logseq/logseq/releases/tag/0.5.1

I like the frequency of the releases, but these last few have been a bit too frequent. The Devs are looking into implementing more vigorous testing of the latest builds going forwards to ensure consistency and usability are at the top.

Logseq Mobile

As a sneak peek, here is a simulation of Logseq running on an iPad, Be sure to keep this to yourself 😉

The first release should be with us any time soon, so I will make a special post when this happens.

Plugins / Themes

As a reminder, to activate the plugins, you need to

  1. Click the 3 dots in the righthand corner and go to settings,
  2. Got to advanced and enable Developer mode,
  3. Restart the app,
  4. Click 3 dots and go to Plugins, then Marketplace,
  5. Install the desired plugin(s).
  • Focus Mode – The purpose of the Focus Mode plugin is to quickly switch into a distraction-free mode or “zen” mode. This plugin allows you to quickly toggle into fullscreen mode and hide elements like the sidebar or properties section.
  • Markdown Table Editor – Easily tweak a table within Logseq
  • Imgur Upload – Adds /imgur command to Logseq which opens up a form to upload and insert the image from Imgur. This allows for easy sharing of files without having to upload the images elsewhere. Also good for saving space on your local storage.
  • Translator – An easy way to translate words directly from Logseq
  • I am revamping / updating the Plugins page to hopefully showcase everyone’s hard work a bit better.

Workflows

  • Longform Writing – @Luhmann presented us with a very well written and thought out document of how he could see / would like to see longform writing in Logseq. The article can be found here. The article looks at a few things, including:
  1. The use of plain text files
  2. Notes and citations
  3. Document Management
  4. Output and Standard formats.

Be sure to check it out, as it is very insightful.

  • Taking notes from PDF – My friend at @OneStutteringMind has produced yet another quality video, this time showing us how he uses Logseq to take notes from PDF using the inbuilt PDF annotation tool. Definitely worth a watch:
  • @Shu Omi also posted a great video on using Logseq to take notes and organise their life. Be sure to check it out.
  • Note taking format – @Sid P explains his approach here, and in essence uses the following:
  1. Read and highlight,
  2. Collect all highlights in a highlight page.
  3. Create summary notes from highlights.
  4. Permanent notes.
  • Alfred Workflow – @Danzu wows us with his published write up of using Alfred
  • @Dario gives us a very good explanation and his point of view on parent, sibling and child block.
  • @Philipp asks “I got a question: I am a huge fan of interstitial journaling, so I am jotting down tasks during my day. Some of them do not have a high priority and I do not have to tackle them straightaway. But on the other hand they are that important, that I want to keep track of them. Is there a way within Logseq to create some kind of backlog or inbox for tasks? So a place where I can come back to for any open tasks I jotted down on different days?” Lots of good points and interesting responses here, but my favourite was from @Sud P
    • I use a Master Task List page and most of my todos go in this page but occasionally I put todos in the current page (notes, summaries, journals). Basically, I create todos nearest to the context. If I’m reading my notes and think that I need a todo item like research some topic then I create a todo there itself.
    • On my Master Task List page I use the following query to pull todos that are defined elsewhere: {{query (and (todo todo) (not (page <% current page %>)))}}
    • This way I get all my todos in one page if I want while still having todos spread in other pages closer to their context.
  • @TfTHacker explored the glorious world of Logseq and prepared a very interesting thread for those that are still asking themselves what / who is Logseq?

I hope you found this latest edition of LogseqWeekly interesting and please do let me know if you have any questions or comments. Thanks as always for reading.