What are some tools every PhD student should use?
There are lots of tools you can use for lots of things especially given different disciplines but the one thing we all need is a citation manager. The sooner you find a citation manager the easier your life will be. I personally like EndNote. You pay for that but can usually get it free or discounted from your school technology center Some people like Zotero; it free. I like EndNote so that what I will talk about. With google scholar you can directly download citations into EndNote. You can also save the pdf of the article and attach it to your entry. This is how you begin to build your personal library. This is important. The body of literature you draw from will have core pieces and you will find yourself downloading and re-downloading things if you don get organized. Also there will be an article you remembered reading once and it will be perfect to cite in your current lit review but you won remember who wrote it or where to find it. This adds hours to your work that could be avoided by just getting into a routine. Find an article you like download the citation add the PDF to the EndNote entry. Whatever tool you use is unimportant it the routine that will save you. (NOTE Immediately after downloading a citation from Scholar you want to make sure the citation information is correct and all there. A lot of google scholar citations don have all the info. You can get it right away because youve got the manuscript in front of you. If you do this upfront it saves a lot of time fixing by hand later.) Another EndNote bonus is that you can use Cite While you Write a plugin for Word that allows you to insert citations into your . Then if you submit to a journal that uses a different citation style you can just click a button and the citations and Reference list will be reformatted automatically. This saves you hours of work that is otherwise done by hand. Also when you import a citation and create an entry you can add keywords to the entries and you can add notes. Keywords makes searching by topic really easy and the file is attached so you can find the PDF quickly. In addition to adding keywords I keep all my reading notes about an article saved in the EndNote entry (there a space for it). Taking good notes and knowing where to find them reduces the amount of time you spend re-reading an article or trying to find your notes somewhere. You will amass many of these documents over the course of your career so the sooner you can start organizing the better. This is the one tool you want to figure out as quickly as possible because the sooner you start using it the more it pays off. Best of luck to you!
PhD students: How do you keep your notes while reading scientific papers?
This is a great and important question the ability to efficiently sort and access your papers is such a crucial part of doing effective research. During my PhD I have spent my fair share of time to explore and experiment with different notes taking and literature organization techniques for scientific papers. Here is my conclusionn For the legendary papers you should print them out use your pen and highlighters as you study them bring them with you on the train in the bathroom and while you lay on bed so you can ensure easy access and high reading frequency to remember all the important details and get inspirations from them. I highly rmend to use binders to organize the hard copiesn For this method I only print the highly relevant papers. You can use different binders for different projects different fields or different time era whatever works for you. Personally I found this old school method (versus using software) to be extremely useful and versatile. Since after school this habit has carried over and I use it to organize work related documents such as project & client information. The ability to just grab a folder turn to the page for information and jot down notes at any time without electricity withoutputer without launching and searching smokes anyputer based techniques out of the water! And a nice bonus when your bosses to your desk asks for quick information nothing beats impressing your superior. You should the binders sit on your desk within the reach of your arm at any moment n n In terms of digital notes taking (for the non-crucial papers) I rmend simply explore the free Adobe Reader. UPDATE I used to rmend AcrobatPro for this task but then I discovered the current Adobe Reader XI has all thementing feature I need! n Whatpany can work with PDF files better than Adobe? Adobe Reader you can easily highlight and notes and draw shapes (much like PowerPoint) and save them and be permanent part of the original PDF document. Screenshot of usage of drawing markups I made on some patent (red color are insertted with the Drawing Markup tools) as you can see you can make sufficient markups for note-taking purposes n Below screenshot shows how I typically highlightment as I read PDF documents all are achieved by the features under Comment column nOfficial document from Adobe about drawing markup toolsn Annotations and drawing markup tools overview In terms of paper organization I can not stress this enough Mendeley is the way to go ! I have tried themon ones such as Zotero EndNote EverNote Google products Microsoft products without going into details (there are many parisons on the web that you can read) let me repeat this Mendeley is the way to go! Mendeley actually has a built-in notes taking highlighting feature. The key here is that all info. are stored in the cloud. Which means if you take notes or highlights on a paper at work it will show up in your otherputers! Personally I haven't explored this feature a lot (was bit buggy back then). But seems like a great solutionn n
What are some very useful but not so popular iOS apps?
VizzyWig 217 It's the priciest camera app in the app store it has lot of controls to fine tune photography & videography but its USP is somethingpletely different. When this app is installed on iPhone SE 6S 6S Plus 7 and 7 Plus then it lets you record 5K videos on them something no other mobile phone can do. Wondershare PDFElements This app is a PDF editor for iOS and by PDF editor I mean a real full fledged PDF editor not like those stunted and crippled ones like Xodo PDF Nitro PDF etc. It lets you edit or delete in pdf reposition images add or delete pages has scanner with OCR technology sign documents fill forms etc. It's literally like a Adobe Acrobat Editor in your pocket. Now many of us think that who needs a full fledged PDF editor on his phone but believe me this app is indeed quite nifty to make last moment edits in your PDFs. Pixelmator When we think about photo editors for phones we often think about Adobe Photoshop Elements or any other editor which essentially have nothing more than few curve adjustments brightness & contrast adjustments and few filters. But how about having an advanced raster graphic editor on your phone well if you are one of those few who crave for an advanced graphics editor with layer support brush tool etc then Pixelmator is the best tool for you. xkcd-Open Source It's an open-source xkcd client for iOS and hands down the best xkcd client for iOS. As of xkcdics well they are indeed quite funny with witty remarks about scientists engineers.puter programmers etc. YACReader The abbreviated name for Yet Another Comics Reader. It hands down the bestic book reader for iOS and it also available for Mac & Windows. The best feature of this app is to keep yourics synchronised between your iOS device and your Mac or Windows PC. It UI is beautiful (the onlyic book reader Ive seen with better UI is the Cover Comic Book reader but it a UWP app available only for Windows 1 Mobile & PCs)
What is free screen annotation software?
Ty ! for the A2A Screen annotation or screen marker software allows to annotate whole desktop screens and its applications and save the result. It can be categorized as abination of presentation whiteboard screen capturing and note taking tool. Such software is very useful for teachers who present in class a mix of software pictures and other stuff and who don't want to spend time preparing slides vs. preparing cool teaching activities and useful materials.... It is also a very useful screen capturing and annotation tool. People like me usually forget something when we make a screen capture. After some annotating we figure out that we should restart (or keep the one that includes missing stuff). With screen markers you can take the screenshot after italic the annotation... Features such a system may have are Various drawing tools such as highlight pen arrow rectangle box and free hand Be able to delete and move objects undo erase etc. Smooth on annotation (usually ESC or right-click) Capture of the whole screen and a region (preferably in an editable format but here we are dreaming) Works with any software (including applications like CS5 or web browsers) Some sort of focus tools (e.g. a spotlight equivalent) magnification of areas (lens) Automatic numbering hiding (itself and certain things on the screen like the icons) Ink2Go is an extremely simple yet powerful screen annotation and recording software. You can easily write on top of any other application that is currently active on the desktop even on a running video. You can then save your annotations as an image file or even record the whole session as a video for sharing. It is a useful tool for presenters tomunicate and share ideas during a live session for educators to create effective video tutorials and for salespeople to create impressive video presentations.n n Ink2Go is available for both Windows (XP Vista and 7) and Intel Mac OS X 1.7 (Lion) or later . Use Xodo on any device FREE italic ! With Xodo you can edit annotate italic sign and share PDFs on desktop mobile and web. Xodo makes working with PDFs quick and easy so you can get things done. You can check the following s and go through their respective homepages and see throughly. I haven used these softwares yet so I want you to see the tutorials available how to use and can download further. Ty ) On-screen annotation XODO PDF Reader & Annotator s ordered-list
Which are the best Windows apps?
Please note most of the apps in this list are for Windows 1 Mobile Ill try to add some Windows Phone 8.1 apps too but theyre quite limited. Explorer for 9GAG 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s Unofficial 9GAG client for Windows 1 Mobile it has all the features of the official client including uploads downloads up vote down votements video etc. Awesome Tube - Best Youtube Client 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s The unofficial YouTube client for Windows 1 Mobile it has all the features of the official YouTube client including uploadsment like etc. However it does contain one additional feature i.e. it lets you download videos even videos which aren allowed to be preloaded on official YouTube client can be downloaded via this app and by download I mean full fledged downloads to your storage not just preload. 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Store s nUnofficial Pinterest client for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 1 Mobile it has all the features of the official Pinterest client with some additional features like multiple account support user boards interests categories. Its UI is better than the official Pinterest client. Baconit 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Store s nUnofficial Reddit client for Windows 1 Mobile it has all the features of the official Reddit client and it one of the rare cases wherein a unofficial app has a better UI and more user friendly than the official app. Pushile Windows Phone s nUnofficial Pushbullet client for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 1 Mobile and as of now it the only Pushbullet client which works without any problems. It was taken down from Microsoft store due to copyright infringement issues but you can download it from the given above. nAfter downloading it launch the Settings menu under Update & Security open For developers menu. In that menu youll see 3 it you would see three options-nWindows Store AppsnSideload AppsnDeveloper ModenEnable Developer ModenThrough file explorer navigate to your download folder and click on the .xap file to begin installation. If it doesn happen at first then click on it multiple times till it throws a error that there some problem with the package (Usually after 2 or 3 trials). Now go to your main menu and you would see Pushile successfully installation do remember to disable the Developer mode. Do remember I don promote piracy. The app called Pushile provided here is an free app and Im providing it because it no more available in the store. Poki for Pocket 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s Best Pocket client for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 1 Mobile it has all the features of the official Pocket client. ScummVM 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s If you miss the old school point and click games then this emulator is for you. It lets you play old LucasArts point and click games like Monkey Island 1 and 2 Curse of Monkey Island and other point and click games. The Windows 1 Mobile version is hands down the best mobile version of ScummVM Ive ever used. Due to some odd reason it is faster and smoother than its Android counterpart and it got a lot of additional features like ure improvements and HQ3X rendering mode which aren't available on ScummVM for Android truth be told those options are found only on PC and Mac versions of ScummVM Xodo PDF Reader & Editor 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s Hands down the best PDF Reader and Editor for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 1 Mobile. Forget Adobe PDF reader as this app has way more features than any PDF reader for Windows 1 Mobile. Kobo Books 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s Best eBook store and reader for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 1 Mobile. Their book catalogue is great and their prices are cheap. Other than that if you are on Windows 1 Mobile it lets you import your own eBooks (ePub) files. It syncs bookmarks and last page across all devices. This app is the near perfect iBooks and Google Play Books alternative for Windows Phone although Ive to admit that the page transition effect isn as stylish as iBooks or Google Play Books. Client for Google Photos Free 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s One and only Google Photos client it has all the features of the official client good for those who need it seriously I see no reason using it because I never use Google Photos to back up my pictures. Client for Hangouts 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s Unofficial Hangouts client for Windows 1 Mobile almost all features except video and audio chat is implemented. Good for those who need it I see no reason in installing it either I see no reason in using Hangouts instead of Facebook Messenger WhatsApp Telegram or Skype. Free Music Player Online - Stream music and download mp3 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s Yeah it has a long ass name but for suckers of free music it a great app. It available for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 1 Mobile. Everything about this app except its UI is disturbingly similar to Fildo on Android (A free music downloader) most probably it is based on the same API anyway Fildo is open source so most probably the developer used the same API. On Windows 1 Mobile this app lets you download mp3 files straight into your storage and you can either use Groove Music player to play those files or play them with its in-built player however on Windows Phone 8.1 you need to rely on its in-built music player. Almost all the mp3 are downloadedplete with their album art and metadata just like they do on Fildo. Ringtone Saver 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s# Best ringtones software for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 1 Mobile. It lets you set mp3 wma m4a m4r and .ringtone files on your device or Onedrive as your ringtone. After saving the files as ringtones you can easily set the tones on a contact. You can set ringtones on different mail accounts sms messages and other notifications other than that you can keep personalized ringtones to Contact. It works great on Windows 1 Mobile because of in-built file manager and file system access but it doesn work that good Windows Phone 8.1 as it doesn have a in-built file manager. Monocle Giraffe 3 Windows Apps on Microsoft Storen s Best unofficial Imgur client for Windows 1 Mobile it has all the features of the official Imgur client although Ive do agree that the name of the app is ridiculous and the icon looks stupid but the UI is better than the official Imgur app.