![[Product Info#^embed]] ## Popular Articles - [Needs Before Tools: A Pragmatic Approach to AI Workflow Integration](https://tfthacker.substack.com/p/needs-before-tools) Define your needs before diving into AI tools. A strategic approach focusing on specific problems ensures technology enhances productivity and creativity effectively. - [The Power of Small Contributions: Supporting Obsidian and its Community](https://tfthacker.substack.com/p/support-indie-devs): Quality software is worth paying for, argues @stephango. We take tools made by indie developers and plugin authors for granted, expecting them to be free. But supporting their work ensures continued innovation. In this article, I discuss why it is important to think about how we can tangibly support the indie devs making the tools we love. - [Demystifying Obsidian’s Outlining Superpowers](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/demystifying-obsidians-outlining-superpowers-20c077793356): I will explain what can be done with “native” Obsidian to accomplish outliner-like editing along with some plugins, which takes Obsidian outlining a few steps further. - [Zen-like Focus with Obsidian Bookmarks](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/zen-like-focus-with-obsidian-bookmarks-a60d24382eb): explore an alternative way to organize files in your vault. - [Dashboard++ — a simple organization and navigation method for Obsidian Vaults](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/dashboard-a-simple-organization-and-navigation-method-for-obsidian-vaults-2b1982d023a0): Dashboard++ is a unique project to provide an alternative way to index our vaults. - [Obsidian: Understanding its Core Design Principles](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/obsidian-understanding-its-core-design-principles-7f3fafbd6e36): This is a fundamental read for all new users of Obsidian to understand the crucial things that make Obsidian unique! ## Obsidian Articles on Artificial Intelligence - [Needs Before Tools: A Pragmatic Approach to AI Workflow Integration](https://tfthacker.substack.com/p/needs-before-tools) Define your needs before diving into AI tools. A strategic approach focusing on specific problems ensures technology enhances productivity and creativity effectively. - [AI and Your Obsidian Vault — Practical Advice to Protect Your Privacy](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/ai-and-your-obsidian-vault-practical-advice-to-protect-your-privacy-27a75d28965a): Two tips that will make you feel safer when using AI in your vault. - [Speech-to-text in Obsidian using OpenAI Whisper Service](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/speech-to-text-in-obsidian-using-openai-whisper-service-7b2843bf8d64): Whisper is an Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) system, which means it can convert spoken language into written text that can be used in Obsidian. - [How to get your own API Key for using OpenAI ChatGPT](https://tfthacker.medium.com/how-to-get-your-own-api-key-for-using-openai-chatgpt-in-obsidian-41b7dd71f8d3): What is an OpenAI API key and why do you need one? How do you get yours? ## General Topics - [Welcome to the Obsidian Observer](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/welcome-to-the-obsidian-observer-e54e495996a2): I started a Medium publication for all the Obsidian authors on Medium. This is a great growing collection of Obsidian focused information - [Battle Royale: Obsidian vs Logseq — Which is Better?](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/battle-royale-obsidian-vs-logseq-which-is-better-42cfa1a66d8d): Which is better, Obsidian or Logseq? The time has come for the answer to this timeless question. The answer will shock and amaze you. - [The Power of Small Contributions: Supporting Obsidian and its Community](https://tfthacker.substack.com/p/support-indie-devs): Quality software is worth paying for, argues @stephango. We take tools made by indie developers and plugin authors for granted, expecting them to be free. But supporting their work ensures continued innovation. In this article, I discuss why it is important to think about how we can tangibly support the indie devs making the tools we love. ## Outlining in Obsidian - [Demystifying Obsidian’s Outlining Superpowers](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/demystifying-obsidians-outlining-superpowers-20c077793356): I will explain what can be done with “native” Obsidian to accomplish outliner-like editing along with some plugins, which takes Obsidian outlining a few steps further. - [Are Long-form Note-taking Tools Better than Outliners?](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/are-long-form-note-taking-tools-better-than-outliners-65714834d89c): In this article, I talk about the two types of “note-taking minds,” the advantages of each approach, and some general advice for us in the Tools for Thought community. ## Visual notes - [Spatial canvases and your notes](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/spatial-canvases-and-your-notes-6acae204a98c): Tools for Thought are adding new ways of visualizing our notes with spatial canvases. - [Tufte Style Sidenotes in Obsidian](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/tufte-style-sidenotes-in-obsidian-89b0a785bc54): Exploring the idea of bringing Tufte style sidenotes to Obsidian. ## Article Series - [[Obsidian Quick Tips Series]] - [[Hacking Obsidian Series]] # Integration with Other Tools ## Readwise - [Using Readwise’s highlight\_id as a single source of truth in Obsidian](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/using-readwises-highlight-id-as-a-single-source-of-truth-in-obsidian-b1de98a8b87c): When exporting your notes to Obsidian, the export can be tweaked to use the Highlight ID from [Readwise](https://bit.ly/rwreader) to create a single source of truth for your highlights. - [Leveraging Backlinks in Obsidian and Readwise Export](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/leveraging-backlinks-in-obsidian-and-readwise-export-aebb52ffa9d4): You can make your imported Readwise highlights stand out in your Daily notes pages with a little work. ## Napkin - [Get Inspired with Obsidian and Napkin](https://medium.com/obsidian-observer/get-inspired-with-obsidian-and-napkin-60ef1176fc73): This article describes a tool I made to help in adding notes to Napkin from Obsidian. # Say Thank You If you are enjoying my writing, please consider [[Help Sponsor my Research]].