7-May-22 – Logseq Funding, Official Blog, Upcoming Event, Workflow and Plugins

End of the English Football Championship today and glad to see the mighty Fulham being a good spot and letting Sheffield United into the playoffs. At the time of writing Fulham are 3-0 down but thankfully the Championship title was already in the bag. Just hope the second half will not get worst. For those wondering, it finished 4-0 to Sheffield. Looking forward to the Premier League next season

With the half-time team talk out of the way, let’s get to Logseq, especially as there has been a number of interesting and exiting announcements in the past few days.

Releases

No new releases as such this week, but with the great work of @cldwalker, an initial release of https://github.com/logseq/nbb-logseq is live. 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

Remember you can download the latest version of Logseq from here.

Logseq News / Events

  • Logseq’s future is more secure than ever! The first seed round closed at $4.1 million and the investment will be used to grow the Logseq team. The funding comes from a group of investors, many of whom are part of the thriving community on Discord and other parts of the web. Want to know more – read the full press release here.
  • What processes do you run with Logseq? Join Logseq community manager Ramses on Wednesday, May 11th (check link for time in your location), as he demos and explains how he uses Logseq to write a curated newsletter. From collecting useful resources to publishing a 1,000-word piece, he will show you every step of his process. If you write a newsletter for your job or hobby, this is a must-attend session. Click here to sign up for How to Write a Curated Newsletter with Logseq
  • The official Logseq blog went live this week and can be found at https://blog.logseq.com. It will contain content by both the Logseq team and community contributors. The Logseq team will also start sending an official newsletter every Monday, starting on May 9th. Click here if you want to suggest a resource for the newsletter, and click here if you want to contribute content to the blog.
  • A reminder that @logseq is looking for a talented design/front-end engineer to work on the next generation of note-taking software. Click here for more info.
  • Not directly Logseq related but might be of interested to all you Tools For Thought fans out there – ​Do you love the idea of creating links between your notes (including in its paper form) but have no idea where to start? Join me in this Webinar on Sunday 8th May (check link for time in your location) to discuss: ​How to take notes that can help you be more creative (we are knowledge creators after all!) – ​Differences between folder-based Note Management and link-based Note Management – ​What are links, backlinks and Maps of Content™️ and how to use them. ​Examples using Obsidian, Notion, Scrintal, Logseq, Evernote, Google Docs and even pen and paper!

Logseq Mobile

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

Logseq Workflows

I am trying out a slightly different format for this section of the blog / newsletter to try and make the text and flows as simple as possible to follow. In some previous flows, it appeared like a wall of text, and no-one wants to read that, Hopefully this is a lot easier to read and more pleasing on the eyes.


@Abulafia wrote a Python script to get messages from Telegram using its API. It is not a bot, no need to have a server to run the script. It simply fires from command line, downloads the messages from the indicated channel, saves them as markdown (optionally directly in the journals/ and assets/ folder), optionally deletes the messages from the Telegram channel, and ends.

My usage is, when I’m on the mobile and want to share something with logseq, I send the info to a private Telegram channel I created just for this. When I arrive to the PC, I use this script to download these messages (deleting them from Telegram), and store the contents in logseq. Then I use logseq to further edit/move/tag them as desired.

https://github.com/abul4fia/teletolo


Logseq are sketching out a “marketplace for templates”. For now though, the community hub is probably the best place to find content on Logseq – https://hub.logseq.com/. There is a bit of a backlog being worked though, so expect more content soon.


Ok, I promised I would not raise hopes on the Readwise plugin again (I have mentioned it is likely to be released “soon” a few too many times)…but, how does this look – we actually have a view of what it might look like 🙂 Looking very cool.


Sticking with Readwise. Interested in using Readwise with @logseq and / or @obsdmd? Definitely check this video out by @prductivitytool. Great video


Going on the theme of Properties, @OneStuttering gives us a very thought provoking thread where he explains why he believe that page properties are going to become an ever-increasing part of @logseq workflows and systems in the future (possibly more so than block properties). Adding properties to pages (and blocks) adds resolution to links by specifying the nature of the relationship. The thread in all it’s glory is below.


@AnuVinod ask – Not sure if this is the right place to ask but, Is there any way to manually search for a specific linked reference in this view (linked references filter). Would certainly make finding something in the below a lot easier.

The devs are focusing on Logseq Sync and Real Time Collaboration, but hopefully this is something that can be implemented soon.


DeepL translation in Logseq anyone? @Sangmin gives us this idea. If you have DeepL installed on your machine, you can bring it up using a shortcut. For me, I use Mac and the shortcut is Cmd + C Cmd + C. So, I select texts in Logseq and press Cmd + C twice. It summons, then, DeepL with the selected texts and translate the texts accordingly.


Performance – one of the key drivers to any app. There was a query / issue highlight on performance issues on a very long page – 260k words in a single page with 250 images and videos.

As long as you limit the page size, you’ll be fine. As a reassurance, @Canibalox has 13k pages and from memory has not complained on performance. Wondering what 13k pages in Logseq looks like? Isn’t it pretty

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@Sangmin gives us a some more thoughts. What I like about Logseq is that it makes me organize information deliberately. The fundamental building blocks of Logseq is literally a block. Since “loss” is tagged in three separate blocks, that is how it is shown in the “loss” page. It could be re-written as either

A) put details of “BTC loss” under one parent block or

B) using block references.

For the block reference, it shows one record in the “loss” page while marking the number, 2, to indicate the number of places the block is referenced. It all depends on how one wants to organize their data. I feel Logseq is so flexible and one needs to be intentional about how they use it.


Interested in how to take notes on Taking Smart Notes By Sonke Ahrens? Check out Alex’s posts on Twitter. Very insightful


@Anno asks: Is there any way to quick new a [[page]] under the namespace of current page? Like creating [[page 3]] under the page “page 1/page 2” turns out to be [[page 1/page 2/page 3]].

I am not sure, I like having the pop-up warning in case I had a case of fat fingers. What do you think – maybe an option in settings?


@Baltras asks. Hey hello everyone I am new at logseq and task-management at all, I have three questions:

1- It is possible to use logseq in multiple-displays (monitors), like multi-instance or using the “T R” division feature to divide on two monitors instead of using only one?

2- It is possible to open a browser (like chrome or something like that) at logseq? Or any plugin that give me this feature? Would be much easier using an internet browser inside logseq.

3- There is any way to copy a block without using embedded reference? Like just copying the whole thing, tbh I think I was successful doing that, but for some reason the embed YouTube videos were not showing when I paste in a new page.


For those not interested in the daily journal aspect of Logseq, remember you can turn this off in the settings:

Logseq Feature Requests

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

  • Separate collapse/expand state for branches opened in the sidebar – Currently, you can’t have a branch of blocks expanded in the sidebar and collapsed in the main window. Instead, when you collapse/expand in one part of Logseq, it will collapse in all parts of Logseq. It would be useful to be able to expand a branch in the sidebar but collapse it in the main window (like Roam Research does). That way you can reduce noise in the main window.
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  • Android UX quick commands customization – I would love to be able to change the order of the quick commands, eg. I do not need to embed youtube videos but adding a photo is key but not visible without swiping left (A drag and drop would be amazing). I was not able to see how one can change that in the config.edn
  • Support for Zotero 6 Notes import – Zotero 6 will be released in this half of the year with an embedded pdf viewer and a brand new note editor, which is under beta test right now. I eagerly advocate features of integrating and importing the notes in Zotero 6. Because it’s very likely the Zotero users will use the embedded pdf viewer and annotation tools to take preliminary notes. Bridging that gap would be of great convenience and value for the Zotero users.
  • Filters for note body, not just backlinks – In Roam one can add persistent filters to the blocks in the main note body, not just the backlinks. I would very much like to have this in Logseq as well. For instance, if I mark a number of blocks #ignore I would like to be able to hide them with a filter.

Logseq Plugins

  • Webpage Title – This Logseq plugin will extract the title of a web page and wrap the URL in markdown syntax to make it a little easier to read. Simply type /title in the block and it will find the first link after the command and wrap it.
  • Wordcount Plugin – Now allows you to customise the text shown in the word/character count button.
  • Logseq Anki Sync V2.6.0. – feat: include parent content (disabled by default, needs to be enabled from settings) – enhance: the bullet points syling now looks like that of logseq’s. – bug fixes
  • psummarise-plugin – now allows you to customise whether your layer 1 or 2 highlights use bold or ==highlights==, depending on your workflow. Also, able to now progressively summarise a block if you need to. Just right-click on a block.
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  • Power Plugin – Nonsense plugin to activate power mode in Logseq. Keep typing if not the combo chain breaks. But if you don’t stop to think, you will be rewarded by the Norse God, Thor.

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