Category Archives: Files

What software do I really need for academic work on Mac?

A reader has just challenged me to re-think the software I use for academic work on Mac. Well, there are over 250 items in my Applications folder, but how many do I need to remain productive? So imagine that I have a completely new Mac with no … 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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OS X Mavericks and OpenMeta tags

I have been checking Mavericks ability to handle OpenMeta tags which are essential for organizing academic reference files. I really hoped that the tags integrated in OS X would be compatible with my existing tagging system. At the moment I have … Continue reading

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Sending files which are too large for e-mail

I have recently asked a colleague to share one of her publications with me. I did not hear from her, but after a week or so, while cleaning my @SaneLater box, I discovered an email sent by her from an unfamiliar address and … Continue reading

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Mountain Lion’s mini-revolution: renaming and moving without closing files

A nightmare had followed me for decades on both PCs and Mac. I am working on a file and decide that it should be called differently or be placed in a different folder. So I switch to Finder/Explorer, look for … Continue reading

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Guest post by Ez: Annotating PDFs in Papers, Sente, Skim and other apps

Ez responded to the post on annotating pdf in Papers with a comment so useful I reworked it, with Ez’ kind permission, in a separate post. It was prompted by John asking about a “simple workflow”: ‘… [to create] referenced notes … Continue reading

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Removing duplicate reference files with Gemini

The best way to find a reference files management system which works for you is trial and error. However, all this trying and erring might leave a messy trail of duplicate files. You end up with more duplicates after sharing your … Continue reading

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Annotating pdf documents in Papers

Until recently, when asked whether Papers provide good annotation tools I would say “not really… but they have other advantages …”. There is no longer need for such an excuse. Papers’ support for document annotation is as good as in their competitor, … Continue reading

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Openmeta tags, DefaultFolderX and Papers

A simple search is usually sufficient to locate a reference in Papers2. It is triggerred from any application by pressing Ctrl-Ctrl and typing search terms (e.g. author’s name or title). This is excellent for citing, emailing or quickly consulting individual … Continue reading

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Papers 2 is here!

My earlier post on Papers and Sente said that the biggest disadvantage of Papers is that it does not allow working with bibliographies. This has changed in Papers 2 immediately bridging the gap between pdf file management and scholarly referencing. As a … Continue reading

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