Author Archives: Aleh Cherp

About Aleh Cherp

Aleh Cherp is Professor of Environmental Sciences and Policy at Central European University and Associate Professor of Lund University. He is also the coordinator of MESPOM, an Erasmus Mundus Masters course operated by six Universities in Europe and North America.

Papers 3: still disappointing

I was very optimistic about the most recent build of Papers 3. The company announced some change in file management (which I could not quite understand but decided that any change would be for the better). I have also found … Continue reading

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Tags or folders? Depends on the file.

The  introduction of tags in the latest Mac OS has re-ignited the debate on tags vs. folders (e.g. in Mac Power Users episodes 172 and 167). For the last three years, I have consistently used folders for project files and tags for … Continue reading

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Papers 3 is here

Papers 3 have just graduated from the beta version! Here is a couple of first quick impressions. There is a change in handling of files, which many people intensely discuss here and which is a make-or-break feature for a pdf manager. In … Continue reading

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Smooth transition from OpenMeta to Mavericks Tags

I was not the only one initially confused about OpenMeta and Mavericks tags. In the latest Macpowerusers,  David Sparks asks Brett Terpstra what is the difference. It turns out OpenMeta and Mavericks tags are the same thing. I  figured this … Continue reading

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Typography for writing focus and reading flow

Typography affects writing as much as it affects reading.  Yet paradoxically, the fonts that help me to write are not always those that are best for reading. For example, for email, I have recently discovered Avenir which practically forces composing short and … Continue reading

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Should PowerPoint be banned?

Originally posted on Academic workflows on a Mac:
My favorite podcaster Lucy Kellaway went into an open attack on PowerPoint (for those who wonder, Power Point is Windows presentation software also used by Mac users who have not discovered Apple Keynote). Not…

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Steve Jobs’ lesson on email and job priorities

Some of Steve Jobs’ lessons on email and job priorities were captured by Lucy Kellaway of Financial Times  in 2010, about a year before his death. I especially enjoy this one: “The first lesson is about brevity. Her initial message was 473 words. His … Continue reading

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Renaming and moving files from within apps in Mavericks

I have previously written about Mountain Lion’s mini-revolution of renaming and moving files from within apps. Well, Mavericks went further. All you need to do now is to click on the file name at the top of the page and … Continue reading

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One more reason to use Scrivener for thesis writing

In addition to the  five reasons to write your thesis in Scrivener there is at least one more: Scrivener provides a possibility of seeing and editing concurrently several snippets of texts. It’s invaluable if you want to align several distant parts of your … Continue reading

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Hazel, Mavericks tags and reference files workflow

My workflow for storing reference files includes three elements: 1. Tagging (most often by DefaultFolderX) reference files while saving them to the Downloads folder; and 2. [for scientific articles and other citable pdf documents ] renaming and automatic archiving by Papers2 (see … Continue reading

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