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Newsletter #14: A Better PDF Reader, Sync, Whiteboards, and New Community Creations

Newsletter #14: A Better PDF Reader, Sync, Whiteboards, and New Community Creations

Hi Logseqers!

This month's newsletter is chockfull of exciting announcements and new features. Together with the community, we've been polishing some core features and working on new ones that will surely make you a better thinker and learner.

If you have suggestions on how we can keep improving, please let us know in the Logseq forum or the official Logseq server on Discord.

For now, let's see what we've been building!

New in 0.8.9.

Today we released version 0.8.9. of Logseq Desktop and Android. The new iOS version will soon arrive in the App Store.

We've added a slew of new features and refined some existing ones. These are our favorite changes:

📑 PDF reader improvements
One of Logseq's most popular features just got much better!

We've added full-text search for PDFs, one of the most requested features.

Next, we added a highlights pane where you get an overview of all highlights in a PDF.

Last but not least, the color of your highlights also gets more meaning as the highlight reference now matches the highlight color. See the demo below:

🎨 Block highlights
Not just the PDF reader got a lick of paint; you can now also add a splash of color to individual blocks. Right-click on a block's bullet, and you can select what color to highlight it with:


🔌 Persistent plugin list
Better plugin management was another popular request. Many of us work on multiple desktops, and having to maintain two or more lists of plugins becomes old very quickly.

That's why we've added the plugins.edn file, which saves your list of plugins and makes it easy to share them with your devices—or members of the Logseq community. Read in our documentation how to use plugins.edn.

Sync status

In our previous newsletter, we mentioned that we would soon open the Sync service to our Backers. Unfortunately, the alpha testing phase is taking longer than expected. It seems Babbage's Law still holds true: "No computer ever gets built on time."

For the moment we're limiting Sync access to those on the Sponsor tier because we still have to do quite a bit of troubleshooting. That means we can't scale by adding many more Sync users at once, as it would clog our support channel.

If you really cannot wait, feel free to become a Sponsor. Please do realize you'll be using alpha software. While we've been using Sync mostly without issue for months, sometimes we run into issues requiring time and attention.

A side note for those who have donated more than $15 but can't access Sync: our alpha functionality is available to those on our Open Collective Sponsor tier. Donating $15 does not automatically result in being on this tier; you must select it explicitly. By becoming a Sponsor, you commit to donating $15 per month until you cancel the recurring donation.

If you can wait, please know that we're working very hard to open Logseq Sync to more of our financial backers. In the meanwhile, here's a taste of what Sync looks like (status indicator and page history):

Whiteboards are now available for Sponsors

If you're a Sponsor, you can also access the alpha version of the whiteboards functionality starting today. Based on tldraw, whiteboards let you use your outlines on an infinite canvas and draw any shape you like.

You can activate the whiteboards feature via ... > Settings > Features (only for those on the Sponsor tier!):

If you missed what the whiteboards feature is about, here's an early demo:

New plugins

A few useful plugins from the hand of Yurii Piskun dropped in the marketplace in the past weeks. Initially part of his (beautiful) Solarized theme, you can now use this functionality with any theme. Search for them in  ...  >  Plugins  >  Marketplace -> Plugins  within Logseq.

🎨 Awesome UI
This plugin polishes some of Logseq's rougher edges, like the search panel, queries, and even the popular tabs plugin.

🪧 Sticky Headers
With this plugin, the H1-H5 headers will "stick" to the top when the page scrolls, always showing you what section you're in.

🔗 Awesome Links
Want to see the favicon of external links and the icon of internal links? This plugin does exactly that!'

✍️ Logseq Pen
While we're busy polishing our whiteboards feature, Richard Yu has already created this neat plugin that lets you annotate your notes in Logseq.

New themes

Are you tired of the standard Logseq colors? Check out the beautiful new themes that dropped in the marketplace. Search for them in  ...  >  Plugins  >  Marketplace -> Themes  within Logseq.

Spruce up your headings with the beautiful and minimalist Atmos theme.

Another gorgeous minimalist theme is this one inspired by Arc Browser.

Choose from one of the many color palettes with the minimalist Flow theme.