{ "version": "https://jsonfeed.org/version/1", "user_comment": "This feed allows you to read the posts from this site in any feed reader that supports the JSON Feed format. To add this feed to your reader, copy the following URL -- https://appademic.tech/feed/json -- and add it your reader.", "home_page_url": "https://appademic.tech", "feed_url": "https://appademic.tech/feed/json", "title": "The Appademic", "description": "Technology, productivity and workflows for academics, students and other nerds", "items": [ { "id": "https://appademic.tech/clipboard-shortcut-for-bibliographic-data/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=clipboard-shortcut-for-bibliographic-data", "url": "https://appademic.tech/clipboard-shortcut-for-bibliographic-data/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=clipboard-shortcut-for-bibliographic-data", "title": "iOS Shortcuts: Clipboard Shortcut for Bibliographic Data", "content_html": "

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I recently shared an iOS\u00a0Shortcut for scanning citations directly from the barcode of a book. Handy as it is, I have another shortcut I\u2019m getting a lot of mileage from when I write on my Mac. Both Zotero, and Bookends 1 can add references to your library directly by scanning different metadata, including any book\u2019s ISBN. You can obviously search for the numbers, or type them out by hand, but this little trick can add items to your library by using an iOS device as a scanner.

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Zotero can add items to your library automatically using metadata, such as the ISBN
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The shortcut works by scanning the ISBN from a barcode of any book and copying it to the clipboard.\u00a0 If the\u00a0Universal Clipboard\u00a0is working properly, the ISBN will become immediately available on the nearest Mac to paste into Zotero, or Bookends. I have also set it to copy the number to my clipboard manager in case the universal clipboard fails, as it does far too often 2.

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This version of shortcut is configured to use my favourite clipboard manager,\u00a0Copied. You could also use the equally impressive Paste, which is included with Setapp. Or any other app\u00a0 with a URL scheme that uses iCloud sync, like Gladys or Yoink. You could even use Apples own Notes App in a pinch.

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Download the shortcut and adapt it to your needs here: IBSN Scan To Copied

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  1. These are the two I recommend, but other reference managers will do this too\u00a0\u21a9
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  3. I have lost hours troubleshooting the universal clipboard when it stops working, it\u2019s not worth it. \u21a9
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The post iOS Shortcuts: Clipboard Shortcut for Bibliographic Data appeared first on The Appademic.

\n", "content_text": "Permalink: iOS Shortcuts: Clipboard Shortcut for Bibliographic Data\nI recently shared an iOS\u00a0Shortcut for scanning citations directly from the barcode of a book. Handy as it is, I have another shortcut I\u2019m getting a lot of mileage from when I write on my Mac. Both Zotero, and Bookends 1 can add references to your library directly by scanning different metadata, including any book\u2019s ISBN. You can obviously search for the numbers, or type them out by hand, but this little trick can add items to your library by using an iOS device as a scanner.\nZotero can add items to your library automatically using metadata, such as the ISBN\nThe shortcut works by scanning the ISBN from a barcode of any book and copying it to the clipboard.\u00a0 If the\u00a0Universal Clipboard\u00a0is working properly, the ISBN will become immediately available on the nearest Mac to paste into Zotero, or Bookends. I have also set it to copy the number to my clipboard manager in case the universal clipboard fails, as it does far too often 2.\nThis version of shortcut is configured to use my favourite clipboard manager,\u00a0Copied. You could also use the equally impressive Paste, which is included with Setapp. Or any other app\u00a0 with a URL scheme that uses iCloud sync, like Gladys or Yoink. You could even use Apples own Notes App in a pinch.\nDownload the shortcut and adapt it to your needs here: IBSN Scan To Copied\n \n\nThese are the two I recommend, but other reference managers will do this too\u00a0\u21a9\nI have lost hours troubleshooting the universal clipboard when it stops working, it\u2019s not worth it. \u21a9\n\nThe post iOS Shortcuts: Clipboard Shortcut for Bibliographic Data appeared first on The Appademic.", "date_published": "2018-10-20T12:32:28+13:00", "date_modified": "2018-10-20T12:32:28+13:00", "author": { "name": "jbp", "url": "https://appademic.tech/author/rambler/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a7a11ff0b88da92baf9177f57c80dce5?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://cdn.appademic.tech/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/iOS-Shortcuts-Book-Scanner-1.png", "tags": [ "iOS", "macOS", "Referencing", "Shortcuts", "zotero" ] }, { "id": "https://appademic.tech/digital-privacy-at-the-border/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=digital-privacy-at-the-border", "url": "https://appademic.tech/digital-privacy-at-the-border/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=digital-privacy-at-the-border", "title": "Digital Privacy at the Border with 1Password and DEVONthink", "content_html": "

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For whatever reason, people think of my country as progressive. A recent change to customs law might go some way to challenging that. Customs agents in New Zealand now have the power to demand security information including passwords, PIN numbers or biometric access to digital devices. They call it a \u2018digital strip search\u2019. If New Zealand has long been thought of as pioneering, I\u2019m embarrassed to list this among our firsts. Assurances from customs that the threshold for search is high make no difference, the fact remains, the law exists.\u00a01\u00a0 What follows are some suggestions for apps and services that can help protect your digital privacy at the border.

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First, note this is not legal advice, neither am I qualified to offer any. I am also basing this upon New Zealand customs law, which only covers the search of physical devices, and does not compel anybody to provide access to cloud services. 2 To state the obvious, you would do well to know the laws the that govern your border crossings, no matter where you travel. For the U.S, you could do worse than familiarise yourself with the recommendations from civil liberties group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Digital Strip Search, an Apt Phrase

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Most Academics have cause to travel often, and many carry sensitive information with them of one kind or another. My own work might be considered seditious in some parts of the world, 3 and I know plenty of academics and even grad students working under embargo, simply because that is how universities operate. To say nothing of our actual \u2018private\u2019 lives; iPhones with photos of family, personal messages, journal entries, medical information and so on. The phrase \u2018digital strip search\u2019 is apt, being submitted to such an invasion of privacy would make anyone would feel naked. If you would rather not put yourself through such an ordeal, 4 there are steps you can take to protect yourself.

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Apps and Services to Manage Digital Privacy

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This assumes you are traveling with iOS devices and not a Mac. That is not to say this cannot be done with a Mac, just that the entire process is more involved for Mac users. The principles still apply. If you\u2019re travelling with a laptop, you could do worse than follow the advice of Bruce Schneier. Either way, it is getting to the point where traveling with as little tech as possible is the right way to go, even if it is impractical. And what gear you do travel with should be kept as clean as possible. Time willing, I may come back to the idea of travelling with a Mac.

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1Password's Cloud Vaults provide security and convenience for border crossing
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I cannot bang the 1Password drum loud enough. In my experience it is the best password manager available. It actually includes a feature called Travel Mode, designed for this situation. There is a school of thought, however, to suggest it is a nice idea that is a bit misguided\u00a0in practice. Whether or not you decide to use it, it is a nice option to have.\u00a0\u00a0Although it's not obvious that travel vaults are missing, that the feature exists is not a secret, so I do understand the argument.

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At the same time, if you have a subscription to 1Password, the cloud vaults provide a better option by making it possible to remove the app entirely and download everything at the other end. This way you are not setting a flag that advertises you are ‘hiding' something.\u00a0\u00a0It does mean holding on to an extra piece of information, as you will need the encryption key, as well as your password to set it all up again. See below for places you might put that.

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Secure Private Data with DEVONthink\u2019s Strong Encryption

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I have written about using DEVONthink for this purpose. DEVONthink goes beyond being outstanding software for managing data by including strong AES 256 bit encryption. Again, you hold the keys, which means anything you put inside a DEVONthink database can be locked behind first class encryption. DEVONthink can store practically any kind of data or document, making it ideal for this scenario. Syncing is easy to setup with your choice of providers, including iCloud Drive.

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\"Devonthink
DEVONthink's iOS app can help maintain privacy with its strong encryption and flexible syncing
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Among DEVONthink\u2019s strengths is its ability to compartmentalise data in different ways. Whether you do that by group, or you setup a separate database for the documents. It can give you granular control over what you sync and when. It will even let you use multiple cloud services simultaneously as it sync\u2019s each database separately.

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You can work out for yourself how best to set this up, but my preference would be to setup a special database and download it to my device when I need it. That way I can be deliberate about what data I need, and organise it accordingly. I can also avoid using excess data.

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Boxcryptor and Sync.com

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If you have no use for DEVONthink, you might consider using encrypted cloud storage. If you're serious about privacy, using DropBox or \u00a0iCloud is not enough. In\u00a0the past I have happily endorsed Sync.com for approximating the convenience of Dropbox while offering much better security with end-to-end encryption. I still hold that service in high regard, especially now the app has better integration with the iOS Files app. They offer 5Gb of storage for free, which should be plenty for this scenario.

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If you prefer the flexibility of sticking with your existing cloud storage service, then take a look at Boxcryptor. It is free to use if you only need to secure one service, but you will need a paid account to encrypt file names so bear that in mind when naming your files.

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A Method for Digital Privacy at the Border

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Once you have handed over your passcode, or consented to unlock your device with TouchID or FaceID, anything on it is fair game. Many apps provide an extra security layer, but the passcode is all that is needed to change either the finger, or face to get beyond most of them. The safest approach is to have nothing on your device. Setup these apps before you leave, and remove everything from your device. Myself, I would even setup a different iCloud account altogether.

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Before you leave

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Back everything up, obviously. Now do it again. Don't rely on iCloud backup alone. Ideally you will have at least a secondary location. I use iMazing for this, and all my backups are included in my Time Machine Off-site clone, and my Backblaze continuous cloud backup. Incidentally, if you use Backblaze you have another means for client-side encrypted storage. You can retrieve anything you need to on demand from your Backblaze locker. The way I figure, that even leaves me room to make the kind of screw ups that come with having attention madness.

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If you're an iOS only user, I would seriously consider investing in some external storage to add a secondary backup. The Sandisk iXpand Drives tend to be the best, not only for the drive quality but they include software to handle the backup.

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Once you are backed up, setup a new iCloud account. Note, your devices can be logged into more than one account for different services. For example, you can log into the App Store with one iCloud account, and use a different one for Photos, iCloud Drive and so on.

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When you Arrive

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This should be obvious. Either download the necessary apps to your alternate iCloud account, or log back into your ordinary account and do the same. This is time consuming and annoying \u2014 and it will cost you data \u2014 but consider the alternatives. In this part of the world, it now means a choice between being digitally naked or a NZ$5000 on the spot fine for refusing access. Considering how you will maintain your digital privacy at the border is no longer optional.

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Photo by Matt Artz on Unsplash

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  1. New Zealand customs have form that should make anyone wary \u21a9
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  3. Anyone with eyes can see how stupid this makes the law, so stupid it hurts. \u21a9
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  5. Posting this probably doesn\u2019t aid my cause \u21a9
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  7. And you don\u2019t have a spare $5000 to throw at the problem \u21a9
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The post Digital Privacy at the Border with 1Password and DEVONthink appeared first on The Appademic.

\n", "content_text": "Permalink: Digital Privacy at the Border with 1Password and DEVONthink\nFor whatever reason, people think of my country as progressive. A recent change to customs law might go some way to challenging that. Customs agents in New Zealand now have the power to demand security information including passwords, PIN numbers or biometric access to digital devices. They call it a \u2018digital strip search\u2019. If New Zealand has long been thought of as pioneering, I\u2019m embarrassed to list this among our firsts. Assurances from customs that the threshold for search is high make no difference, the fact remains, the law exists.\u00a01\u00a0 What follows are some suggestions for apps and services that can help protect your digital privacy at the border.\nFirst, note this is not legal advice, neither am I qualified to offer any. I am also basing this upon New Zealand customs law, which only covers the search of physical devices, and does not compel anybody to provide access to cloud services. 2 To state the obvious, you would do well to know the laws the that govern your border crossings, no matter where you travel. For the U.S, you could do worse than familiarise yourself with the recommendations from civil liberties group, the Electronic Frontier Foundation.\nDigital Strip Search, an Apt Phrase\nMost Academics have cause to travel often, and many carry sensitive information with them of one kind or another. My own work might be considered seditious in some parts of the world, 3 and I know plenty of academics and even grad students working under embargo, simply because that is how universities operate. To say nothing of our actual \u2018private\u2019 lives; iPhones with photos of family, personal messages, journal entries, medical information and so on. The phrase \u2018digital strip search\u2019 is apt, being submitted to such an invasion of privacy would make anyone would feel naked. If you would rather not put yourself through such an ordeal, 4 there are steps you can take to protect yourself.\nApps and Services to Manage Digital Privacy\nThis assumes you are traveling with iOS devices and not a Mac. That is not to say this cannot be done with a Mac, just that the entire process is more involved for Mac users. The principles still apply. If you\u2019re travelling with a laptop, you could do worse than follow the advice of Bruce Schneier. Either way, it is getting to the point where traveling with as little tech as possible is the right way to go, even if it is impractical. And what gear you do travel with should be kept as clean as possible. Time willing, I may come back to the idea of travelling with a Mac.\n1Password\n \n1Password's Cloud Vaults provide security and convenience for border crossing\nI cannot bang the 1Password drum loud enough. In my experience it is the best password manager available. It actually includes a feature called Travel Mode, designed for this situation. There is a school of thought, however, to suggest it is a nice idea that is a bit misguided\u00a0in practice. Whether or not you decide to use it, it is a nice option to have.\u00a0\u00a0Although it's not obvious that travel vaults are missing, that the feature exists is not a secret, so I do understand the argument.\nAt the same time, if you have a subscription to 1Password, the cloud vaults provide a better option by making it possible to remove the app entirely and download everything at the other end. This way you are not setting a flag that advertises you are ‘hiding' something.\u00a0\u00a0It does mean holding on to an extra piece of information, as you will need the encryption key, as well as your password to set it all up again. See below for places you might put that.\nSecure Private Data with DEVONthink\u2019s Strong Encryption\nI have written about using DEVONthink for this purpose. DEVONthink goes beyond being outstanding software for managing data by including strong AES 256 bit encryption. Again, you hold the keys, which means anything you put inside a DEVONthink database can be locked behind first class encryption. DEVONthink can store practically any kind of data or document, making it ideal for this scenario. Syncing is easy to setup with your choice of providers, including iCloud Drive.\nDEVONthink's iOS app can help maintain privacy with its strong encryption and flexible syncing\nAmong DEVONthink\u2019s strengths is its ability to compartmentalise data in different ways. Whether you do that by group, or you setup a separate database for the documents. It can give you granular control over what you sync and when. It will even let you use multiple cloud services simultaneously as it sync\u2019s each database separately.\nYou can work out for yourself how best to set this up, but my preference would be to setup a special database and download it to my device when I need it. That way I can be deliberate about what data I need, and organise it accordingly. I can also avoid using excess data.\nBoxcryptor and Sync.com\nIf you have no use for DEVONthink, you might consider using encrypted cloud storage. If you're serious about privacy, using DropBox or \u00a0iCloud is not enough. In\u00a0the past I have happily endorsed Sync.com for approximating the convenience of Dropbox while offering much better security with end-to-end encryption. I still hold that service in high regard, especially now the app has better integration with the iOS Files app. They offer 5Gb of storage for free, which should be plenty for this scenario.\nIf you prefer the flexibility of sticking with your existing cloud storage service, then take a look at Boxcryptor. It is free to use if you only need to secure one service, but you will need a paid account to encrypt file names so bear that in mind when naming your files.\nA Method for Digital Privacy at the Border\nOnce you have handed over your passcode, or consented to unlock your device with TouchID or FaceID, anything on it is fair game. Many apps provide an extra security layer, but the passcode is all that is needed to change either the finger, or face to get beyond most of them. The safest approach is to have nothing on your device. Setup these apps before you leave, and remove everything from your device. Myself, I would even setup a different iCloud account altogether.\nBefore you leave\nBack everything up, obviously. Now do it again. Don't rely on iCloud backup alone. Ideally you will have at least a secondary location. I use iMazing for this, and all my backups are included in my Time Machine Off-site clone, and my Backblaze continuous cloud backup. Incidentally, if you use Backblaze you have another means for client-side encrypted storage. You can retrieve anything you need to on demand from your Backblaze locker. The way I figure, that even leaves me room to make the kind of screw ups that come with having attention madness.\nIf you're an iOS only user, I would seriously consider investing in some external storage to add a secondary backup. The Sandisk iXpand Drives tend to be the best, not only for the drive quality but they include software to handle the backup.\nOnce you are backed up, setup a new iCloud account. Note, your devices can be logged into more than one account for different services. For example, you can log into the App Store with one iCloud account, and use a different one for Photos, iCloud Drive and so on.\nWhen you Arrive\nThis should be obvious. Either download the necessary apps to your alternate iCloud account, or log back into your ordinary account and do the same. This is time consuming and annoying \u2014 and it will cost you data \u2014 but consider the alternatives. In this part of the world, it now means a choice between being digitally naked or a NZ$5000 on the spot fine for refusing access. Considering how you will maintain your digital privacy at the border is no longer optional.\nPhoto by Matt Artz on Unsplash\n\nNew Zealand customs have form that should make anyone wary \u21a9\nAnyone with eyes can see how stupid this makes the law, so stupid it hurts. \u21a9\nPosting this probably doesn\u2019t aid my cause \u21a9\nAnd you don\u2019t have a spare $5000 to throw at the problem \u21a9\n\nThe post Digital Privacy at the Border with 1Password and DEVONthink appeared first on The Appademic.", "date_published": "2018-10-16T12:01:43+13:00", "date_modified": "2018-10-17T14:13:13+13:00", "author": { "name": "jbp", "url": "https://appademic.tech/author/rambler/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a7a11ff0b88da92baf9177f57c80dce5?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://cdn.appademic.tech/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Border-Privacy-DEVONthink-1Password.png", "tags": [ "1Password", "DEVONthink", "iOS", "Privacy", "Security" ] }, { "id": "https://appademic.tech/show-and-tell-8-october-2018/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=show-and-tell-8-october-2018", "url": "https://appademic.tech/show-and-tell-8-october-2018/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=show-and-tell-8-october-2018", "title": "Show and Tell \u2014 8 October, 2018", "content_html": "

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Collected links for academics, students, and other nerds

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Markdown Converter | OU Libraries Tools

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I shared my Docverter Workflow recently. When I have the time, I will update it with a Stylesheet. In the meantime, here is a web service using Pandoc that has a few different styles for converting Markdown documents

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Times Newer Roman Is a Sneaky Font Designed to Make Your Essays Look Longer | the Verge

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File this under amusing. I\u2019m not advocating you use it. In fact, it\u2019s a shame to think of classes so boring the inspiration can\u2019t be found to write the minimum. My problem was always the opposite, how to keep under the word limit.

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Sans Forgetica | RMIT

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Apparently it's fun with fonts week. I find this more interesting. It is designed to help you remember by making you work at reading your notes. Maybe an antidote to handwriting being the best cognitive medium for notes? Come to think of it, looking at my handwriting, illegibility may always have been the real advantage.

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Firefox Monitor | Mozilla

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\u00a01Password\u00a0 runs a service called\u00a0\u00a0watchtower, which is built in to their apps. A basic version is available from their website, but the public version will only scan for affected sites, and not email address. This, from Mozilla, is more like a proactive version of Have I Been Pwnded. Mozilla's contribution to privacy and security has to be admired, the improvements to Firefox are making it more an more attractive give the developments with Chrome, \u00a0and Apple's decision to cash in on user security.

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Why I'm Done With Chrome | a Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering

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Speaking of Chrome, \u00a0here's Google again. It appears the time has come to delete Chrome. Sadly, like so many of these things that will be easier said than done

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Bypass \u2018Safari no Longer Supports Unsafe Extensions\u2019 in Macos Mojave | George Garside

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As for Safari, not that long ago I praised its new security features. Unfortunately, for all its convenience\u00a0I'm now looking at the browser sideways.\u00a0Say what you like about Apple's commitment to user security, but they are not without choices in how they enact it. If you have extensions you already trust but no longer work, workarounds are available. About that convenience….

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Troy Hunt: Mmm… Pi-Hole…

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If you want a more nuanced approach for controlling ads, and you enjoy tinkering with Raspberry Pi, this could be for you. Incidentally, there are ways to do something similar on some routers (such as the Synology), or a blunt force approach can be to edit your hosts file.

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How to Build a Low Tech Website | Low Tech Mag

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Another one for the tinkerers, I fancy this idea for a class project.

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A Visualized History of Philosophy

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More fun with web design and philosophy. This is an interactive, summarised and visualised history of philosophy. I will spare you the comments on auspicious absentees, or indeed on the philosophical decisions involved in drawing lines between names. \u00a0Although, for philosophy nerds that will be half the fun. Enjoy.

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Photo by Andrew Neel on Unsplash

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The post Show and Tell \u2014 8 October, 2018 appeared first on The Appademic.

\n", "content_text": "Permalink: Show and Tell \u2014 8 October, 2018\nCollected links for academics, students, and other nerds\n\nMarkdown Converter | OU Libraries Tools \nI shared my Docverter Workflow recently. When I have the time, I will update it with a Stylesheet. In the meantime, here is a web service using Pandoc that has a few different styles for converting Markdown documents\nTimes Newer Roman Is a Sneaky Font Designed to Make Your Essays Look Longer | the Verge \nFile this under amusing. I\u2019m not advocating you use it. In fact, it\u2019s a shame to think of classes so boring the inspiration can\u2019t be found to write the minimum. My problem was always the opposite, how to keep under the word limit.\nSans Forgetica | RMIT \nApparently it's fun with fonts week. I find this more interesting. It is designed to help you remember by making you work at reading your notes. Maybe an antidote to handwriting being the best cognitive medium for notes? Come to think of it, looking at my handwriting, illegibility may always have been the real advantage.\nFirefox Monitor | Mozilla \n\u00a01Password\u00a0 runs a service called\u00a0\u00a0watchtower, which is built in to their apps. A basic version is available from their website, but the public version will only scan for affected sites, and not email address. This, from Mozilla, is more like a proactive version of Have I Been Pwnded. Mozilla's contribution to privacy and security has to be admired, the improvements to Firefox are making it more an more attractive give the developments with Chrome, \u00a0and Apple's decision to cash in on user security.\nWhy I'm Done With Chrome | a Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering \nSpeaking of Chrome, \u00a0here's Google again. It appears the time has come to delete Chrome. Sadly, like so many of these things that will be easier said than done\nBypass \u2018Safari no Longer Supports Unsafe Extensions\u2019 in Macos Mojave | George Garside\nAs for Safari, not that long ago I praised its new security features. Unfortunately, for all its convenience\u00a0I'm now looking at the browser sideways.\u00a0Say what you like about Apple's commitment to user security, but they are not without choices in how they enact it. If you have extensions you already trust but no longer work, workarounds are available. About that convenience….\nTroy Hunt: Mmm… Pi-Hole… \nIf you want a more nuanced approach for controlling ads, and you enjoy tinkering with Raspberry Pi, this could be for you. Incidentally, there are ways to do something similar on some routers (such as the Synology), or a blunt force approach can be to edit your hosts file.\nHow to Build a Low Tech Website | Low Tech Mag\nAnother one for the tinkerers, I fancy this idea for a class project.\nA Visualized History of Philosophy \nMore fun with web design and philosophy. This is an interactive, summarised and visualised history of philosophy. I will spare you the comments on auspicious absentees, or indeed on the philosophical decisions involved in drawing lines between names. \u00a0Although, for philosophy nerds that will be half the fun. Enjoy.\n \nPhoto by Andrew Neel on Unsplash\nThe post Show and Tell \u2014 8 October, 2018 appeared first on The Appademic.", "date_published": "2018-10-08T11:06:41+13:00", "date_modified": "2018-10-08T11:06:41+13:00", "author": { "name": "jbp", "url": "https://appademic.tech/author/rambler/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a7a11ff0b88da92baf9177f57c80dce5?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "tags": [ "Fonts", "Links", "Markdown", "Privacy" ] }, { "id": "https://appademic.tech/referencing-on-ipad-zotero/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=referencing-on-ipad-zotero", "url": "https://appademic.tech/referencing-on-ipad-zotero/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=referencing-on-ipad-zotero", "title": "Automate Referencing on iPad with Shortcuts and Zotero", "content_html": "

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For as long as the iPad has been an excellent device for focused writing, it has never been good for citations and referencing. Referencing on iPad remains the final, stubborn piece of the puzzle to fully untether iOS from the Mac for academic writing. It appears, without exception, the iOS is not yet viewed by developers of referencing software as a fully fledged computing platform. That leaves us with a choice between poorly designed companion apps, or hacking together a solution of our own. I have opted for the latter, by configuring different workflows using Apple\u2019s Shortcuts app and the excellent Zotero API.

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What follows is not a primer on referencing, rather it is a means for managing citations on iPad, or even iPhone in a pinch. It assumes some knowledge of Zotero, but that is not difficult to acquire. These tips will be useful regardless of whether you work with both macOS and iOS, or do everything on an iPad. With a little help from iOS Shortcuts, referencing on iPad is that little bit less painful.

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Getting Material into Zotero on iOS

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Maybe one day we'll get extensible browsers on iOS. Until then, we still have JavaScript bookmarklets. Most of your research is done online anyway, so using the Zotero Bookmarklet in a web browser works just fine. The only real caveat is you want to get your references from a source that Zotero will recognise. That will usually mean a university library, and my EZProxy shortcut can help with that.

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Another convenient option is to use the WorldCat Catalog. The WorldCat option has the added virtue of not needing a login, which makes it a hassle free way to get full bibliographic records. I have setup a shortcut that can be invoked from the widget to send a search query to WorldCat, and open the results in Safari. 1 Once you have the bibliographic record up, as long as you are logged in to Zotero, the Bookmarklet will scrape everything you need to populate your library with that record. Download the shortcut here:

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Cite as You Write on iOS

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There are different ways to come at this. The method you choose will depend on a few variables. The biggest distinction is likely to be whether you work iOS only, or you also operate a Mac. However, there is also a question of how complex your work is, and whether or not you want to automate the process entirely, or you\u2019re happy to manage a few aspects manually. If you are looking for the more comprehensive option, see the section below on rendering a bibliography.

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If you write exclusively on iOS, and all you want to do is insert references from your Zotero library as you write, the following shortcut will do that. Invoke it from the widget to search your collection, and it will place a formatted in-text citation on the clipboard, eg. (Dickens, 1837, p. 21) 2\u00a0\u00a0

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See below for how to automate the creation of your reference list.

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Cite as You Write on iOS for macOS Users

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If you are also using a Mac, you only need to know how you intend to process your finished works so you know which cite key style to use. If you intend to use Zotero\u2019s own RTF scanner, your citations must be enclosed by {curly braces}. If you\u2019re a Pandoc user, no doubt you already know you need [square brackets], among other things. 3 You can download a workflow for either here.

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Automate Rendering a Reference List or Bibliography

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Depending on the complexity of your needs, this is where it can get tricky. If you're writing anything genuinely long form \u2014 a dissertation, thesis, or a book \u2014 then this is the last remaining task where it is useful to have access to a Mac, or PC if necessary. That doesn\u2019t mean you need to own one. Workarounds exist to make this possible from an iPad.

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For the most simple version of this, Zotero can produce a bibliography online, but it\u2019s not pretty. Fortunately, Shortcuts can retrieve a formatted reference list from the Zotero API. If you want to use the Cite as You Write shortcut from above, you can retrieve the reference list, or bibliography from the relevant collection with the following shortcut.

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Zotero Bibliography Shortcut

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Note, these workflows don\u2019t know what references are in your document, there is no way to automate that via Shortcuts. They are by no means perfect, so proof your work carefully.

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Run the Zotero RTF Scanner from an iPad (almost)

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Should you wish to automate the process completely, you will need access to a desktop to scan your work through the Zotero RTF scanner. The good news about keeping your references in Zotero, being a web service you can make use of on demand computing. You don\u2019t need to maintain your Zotero library in a local database, it remains in the cloud. That means you only need temporary access to a desktop for the sole purpose of running your work through Zotero. 4

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If you cannot access a desktop directly, there is always Amazon Workstations. It\u2019s free to set one up, and you\u2019ll only need it briefly. Be careful to choose an option available on the free tier though, or you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when a bill arrives. The iPad app for Amazon Workstations is useable enough for this. You can manage your referencing on iPad with Zotero, then setup a workstation to run the finished project through the scanner.

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Portable Apps Zotero

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Often on campus it is easy enough to access a desktop, but installing software can be a problem. \u00a0For that situation, the unofficial\u00a0Portable Apps version of Zotero\u00a0should do the trick. \u00a0Install it on a portable drive and run it on demand. To be honest, I like this option more than using AWS.

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Zotero\u2019s Web API with the Shortcuts app is presently \u0101s good as it gets for referencing on iPad. I\u2019m not exaggerating when I say I have tried everything else, nothing comes close where iOS is concerned. From its communal, open source development, to its stance on privacy, Zotero is an antidote to the proprietary systems of giant academic publishers. 5 I cannot speak highly enough of the Zotero service. If you can spring for it, I recommend upgrading the storage option for both the utility, and to support their work. US$20 will buy you 2GB for a year, which is plenty for PDF documents.

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For Mac users, Zotero is not the only solution I can recommend. I have started testing the native macOS referencing solution, Bookends, recently. I can tell you, it is impressive. I will post a proper review at some point, but there is a free trial available. Both these solutions, Zotero and Bookends, offer and excellent alternative to EndNote, Mendely, and the other big commercial referencing solutions. But at this point, for academic writing on iOS, Zotero is the best option we have currently. Whether you use these workflows, or shortcuts as they are or adapt them to your needs, I hope you find them useful. If you need any help configuring them, don't be afraid to contact me via one of the methods to your left.

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\n", "content_text": "Permalink: Automate Referencing on iPad with Shortcuts and Zotero\nFor as long as the iPad has been an excellent device for focused writing, it has never been good for citations and referencing. Referencing on iPad remains the final, stubborn piece of the puzzle to fully untether iOS from the Mac for academic writing. It appears, without exception, the iOS is not yet viewed by developers of referencing software as a fully fledged computing platform. That leaves us with a choice between poorly designed companion apps, or hacking together a solution of our own. I have opted for the latter, by configuring different workflows using Apple\u2019s Shortcuts app and the excellent Zotero API.\nWhat follows is not a primer on referencing, rather it is a means for managing citations on iPad, or even iPhone in a pinch. It assumes some knowledge of Zotero, but that is not difficult to acquire. These tips will be useful regardless of whether you work with both macOS and iOS, or do everything on an iPad. With a little help from iOS Shortcuts, referencing on iPad is that little bit less painful.\n\n\nGetting Material into Zotero on iOS\n \nMaybe one day we'll get extensible browsers on iOS. Until then, we still have JavaScript bookmarklets. Most of your research is done online anyway, so using the Zotero Bookmarklet in a web browser works just fine. The only real caveat is you want to get your references from a source that Zotero will recognise. That will usually mean a university library, and my EZProxy shortcut can help with that.\nAnother convenient option is to use the WorldCat Catalog. The WorldCat option has the added virtue of not needing a login, which makes it a hassle free way to get full bibliographic records. I have setup a shortcut that can be invoked from the widget to send a search query to WorldCat, and open the results in Safari. 1 Once you have the bibliographic record up, as long as you are logged in to Zotero, the Bookmarklet will scrape everything you need to populate your library with that record. Download the shortcut here:\nWorldCat Web Search Shortcut\nCite as You Write on iOS\nThere are different ways to come at this. The method you choose will depend on a few variables. The biggest distinction is likely to be whether you work iOS only, or you also operate a Mac. However, there is also a question of how complex your work is, and whether or not you want to automate the process entirely, or you\u2019re happy to manage a few aspects manually. If you are looking for the more comprehensive option, see the section below on rendering a bibliography.\n\n \nIf you write exclusively on iOS, and all you want to do is insert references from your Zotero library as you write, the following shortcut will do that. Invoke it from the widget to search your collection, and it will place a formatted in-text citation on the clipboard, eg. (Dickens, 1837, p. 21) 2\u00a0\u00a0\nZotero Cite as You Write Shortcut\nSee below for how to automate the creation of your reference list.\nCite as You Write on iOS for macOS Users\n\nIf you are also using a Mac, you only need to know how you intend to process your finished works so you know which cite key style to use. If you intend to use Zotero\u2019s own RTF scanner, your citations must be enclosed by {curly braces}. If you\u2019re a Pandoc user, no doubt you already know you need [square brackets], among other things. 3 You can download a workflow for either here.\nZotero RTF Shortcut\nZotero Pandoc Shortcut\nAutomate Rendering a Reference List or Bibliography\nDepending on the complexity of your needs, this is where it can get tricky. If you're writing anything genuinely long form \u2014 a dissertation, thesis, or a book \u2014 then this is the last remaining task where it is useful to have access to a Mac, or PC if necessary. That doesn\u2019t mean you need to own one. Workarounds exist to make this possible from an iPad.\nThe Simple Method\nFor the most simple version of this, Zotero can produce a bibliography online, but it\u2019s not pretty. Fortunately, Shortcuts can retrieve a formatted reference list from the Zotero API. If you want to use the Cite as You Write shortcut from above, you can retrieve the reference list, or bibliography from the relevant collection with the following shortcut.\nZotero Bibliography Shortcut\nNote, these workflows don\u2019t know what references are in your document, there is no way to automate that via Shortcuts. They are by no means perfect, so proof your work carefully.\nRun the Zotero RTF Scanner from an iPad (almost)\nShould you wish to automate the process completely, you will need access to a desktop to scan your work through the Zotero RTF scanner. The good news about keeping your references in Zotero, being a web service you can make use of on demand computing. You don\u2019t need to maintain your Zotero library in a local database, it remains in the cloud. That means you only need temporary access to a desktop for the sole purpose of running your work through Zotero. 4\nAmazon Workstations\nIf you cannot access a desktop directly, there is always Amazon Workstations. It\u2019s free to set one up, and you\u2019ll only need it briefly. Be careful to choose an option available on the free tier though, or you could be in for an unpleasant surprise when a bill arrives. The iPad app for Amazon Workstations is useable enough for this. You can manage your referencing on iPad with Zotero, then setup a workstation to run the finished project through the scanner.\nPortable Apps Zotero\nOften on campus it is easy enough to access a desktop, but installing software can be a problem. \u00a0For that situation, the unofficial\u00a0Portable Apps version of Zotero\u00a0should do the trick. \u00a0Install it on a portable drive and run it on demand. To be honest, I like this option more than using AWS.\nBeyond Referencing on iPad\nZotero\u2019s Web API with the Shortcuts app is presently \u0101s good as it gets for referencing on iPad. I\u2019m not exaggerating when I say I have tried everything else, nothing comes close where iOS is concerned. From its communal, open source development, to its stance on privacy, Zotero is an antidote to the proprietary systems of giant academic publishers. 5 I cannot speak highly enough of the Zotero service. If you can spring for it, I recommend upgrading the storage option for both the utility, and to support their work. US$20 will buy you 2GB for a year, which is plenty for PDF documents.\nFor Mac users, Zotero is not the only solution I can recommend. I have started testing the native macOS referencing solution, Bookends, recently. I can tell you, it is impressive. I will post a proper review at some point, but there is a free trial available. Both these solutions, Zotero and Bookends, offer and excellent alternative to EndNote, Mendely, and the other big commercial referencing solutions. But at this point, for academic writing on iOS, Zotero is the best option we have currently. Whether you use these workflows, or shortcuts as they are or adapt them to your needs, I hope you find them useful. If you need any help configuring them, don't be afraid to contact me via one of the methods to your left.\nHappy writing.\n \n \n\nIf you use an alternate browser, you can change the final action to open the results there. \u21a9\nIf you are using footnotes, I have a post in the works to cover that \u21a9\nI have a follow up post that will cover using Pandoc on iOS. It includes a shortcut for extracting citekeys for the Better BibTeX Plugin \u21a9\nUnfortunately, the RTF scanner is a plugin, so it isn\u2019t available online or through the API.\u00a0\u00a0\u21a9\nEndNote once sued Zotero for having the audacity to offer users a means for transferring their data. Mendely is run by similar ghouls.\u00a0\u21a9\n\nThe post Automate Referencing on iPad with Shortcuts and Zotero appeared first on The Appademic.", "date_published": "2018-10-04T22:27:57+13:00", "date_modified": "2018-10-12T15:36:16+13:00", "author": { "name": "jbp", "url": "https://appademic.tech/author/rambler/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a7a11ff0b88da92baf9177f57c80dce5?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://cdn.appademic.tech/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Zotero-Shortcuts-Referencing-on-iPad-1.png", "tags": [ "Academic", "iOS", "iPad", "Referencing" ] }, { "id": "https://appademic.tech/setapp-mac-app-subscription-service-dropzone/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=setapp-mac-app-subscription-service-dropzone", "url": "https://appademic.tech/setapp-mac-app-subscription-service-dropzone/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=setapp-mac-app-subscription-service-dropzone", "title": "Setapp: Mac App Subscription Service Adds Dropzone", "content_html": "

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Setapp, the mac app subscription service, has added another of my favourite utilities to their collection. I mentioned Dropzone in one of the earliest posts on this site, and it continues to be one of the handiest automation tools I have on my Mac. I use it every day.

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I use Dropzone as often as I use my Mac, to trigger automated tasks and more
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At its most basic, Dropzone extends the drag and drop powers of your mac. It can do much more than that, using customisable actions that are bundled into \u2018dropzones\u2019 that act as triggers. It is once of those apps whose usefulness cannot be fully appreciated until it has been put to work. Which brings to me to the usefulness of Setapp more generally.

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The Value In a Setapp Mac App Subscription

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I have been meaning to do the math on this for a while, but it doesn't take much to recognise the value I get from Setapp. Looking at the growing list of apps I have installed from the service, it has become an integral part of the way I use my Mac. I have over forty apps installed from Setapp now 1 Many of the apps I use daily basis, or at least every time I use my iMac. Admittedly, I already own Dropzone, so it could be a stretch to include it on the list.

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Others Mac apps, like Ulysses, Marked, Forklift, and Taskpaper have become critical to the way I run this site. Then there are the apps that hold my Mac together, like iStat Menus, Gemini and Clean My Mac. And, probably the most overlooked value of Setapp, having a subscription allows me to use apps I might otherwise hesitate to buy, for how little I use them. For example, I have been playing around with API requests lately, using Paw. For my amateur twiddling, I couldn\u2019t justify the US$50 to buy that app outright. Setapp means I don\u2019t have to.

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It is a point worth contemplating. Take Dropzone, it might not be expensive, but it is the kind of utility you need to tinker with to get the most out of it. Trial versions never last long enough to gain a full appreciation of an app, and I for one never treat a trial version like I would a first class citizen. If anything, Setapp creates the opposite problem for the software tinkering procrastinators of the world.

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Setapp Subscription for Education

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The growing collection of apps for study, research and writing, make Setapp ideal for education users and students
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I have made this point before, yet it bears repeating. For a lot of people, the software necessary for studying at university \u2014 or if you call it college \u2014 is practically redundant once school\u2019s out. Dedicated apps like Studies for organising your learning, the wonderfully designed lab notebook app Findings, or the power user mind mapping tool iThoughts X.

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Education users are eligible for a 50% discount, so I\u2019m paying US$49 a year for Setapp at the moment. Half of that covers Ulysses alone, and the rest would be easily accounted for when even a single one of these apps receives a paid upgrade.

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I bang on about Setapp every chance I get. I don\u2019t want it to go away. The service saves me being pecked to death by a dozens of separate subscriptions or paid upgrades. We are in shallow waters with the new app subscription situation. I fear some developers are getting it wrong with pricing,2 where it is working for others. This strikes me as a better way to do things. The collective aspect of it appeals, and with apps like Dropzone being added all the time, Setapp continues to get better and better.

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If you want to check it out for yourself, you can download a trial for full access to the collection. Don\u2019t for get to apply for the discount of you\u2019re an education user.

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Setapp | Mac App Collection

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\n", "content_text": "Permalink: Setapp: Mac App Subscription Service Adds Dropzone\nSetapp, the mac app subscription service, has added another of my favourite utilities to their collection. I mentioned Dropzone in one of the earliest posts on this site, and it continues to be one of the handiest automation tools I have on my Mac. I use it every day.\nI use Dropzone as often as I use my Mac, to trigger automated tasks and more\nAt its most basic, Dropzone extends the drag and drop powers of your mac. It can do much more than that, using customisable actions that are bundled into \u2018dropzones\u2019 that act as triggers. It is once of those apps whose usefulness cannot be fully appreciated until it has been put to work. Which brings to me to the usefulness of Setapp more generally.\nThe Value In a Setapp Mac App Subscription\nI have been meaning to do the math on this for a while, but it doesn't take much to recognise the value I get from Setapp. Looking at the growing list of apps I have installed from the service, it has become an integral part of the way I use my Mac. I have over forty apps installed from Setapp now 1 Many of the apps I use daily basis, or at least every time I use my iMac. Admittedly, I already own Dropzone, so it could be a stretch to include it on the list.\n\n \nOthers Mac apps, like Ulysses, Marked, Forklift, and Taskpaper have become critical to the way I run this site. Then there are the apps that hold my Mac together, like iStat Menus, Gemini and Clean My Mac. And, probably the most overlooked value of Setapp, having a subscription allows me to use apps I might otherwise hesitate to buy, for how little I use them. For example, I have been playing around with API requests lately, using Paw. For my amateur twiddling, I couldn\u2019t justify the US$50 to buy that app outright. Setapp means I don\u2019t have to.\nIt is a point worth contemplating. Take Dropzone, it might not be expensive, but it is the kind of utility you need to tinker with to get the most out of it. Trial versions never last long enough to gain a full appreciation of an app, and I for one never treat a trial version like I would a first class citizen. If anything, Setapp creates the opposite problem for the software tinkering procrastinators of the world.\nSetapp Subscription for Education\nThe growing collection of apps for study, research and writing, make Setapp ideal for education users and students\nI have made this point before, yet it bears repeating. For a lot of people, the software necessary for studying at university \u2014 or if you call it college \u2014 is practically redundant once school\u2019s out. Dedicated apps like Studies for organising your learning, the wonderfully designed lab notebook app Findings, or the power user mind mapping tool iThoughts X.\nEducation users are eligible for a 50% discount, so I\u2019m paying US$49 a year for Setapp at the moment. Half of that covers Ulysses alone, and the rest would be easily accounted for when even a single one of these apps receives a paid upgrade.\nI bang on about Setapp every chance I get. I don\u2019t want it to go away. The service saves me being pecked to death by a dozens of separate subscriptions or paid upgrades. We are in shallow waters with the new app subscription situation. I fear some developers are getting it wrong with pricing,2 where it is working for others. This strikes me as a better way to do things. The collective aspect of it appeals, and with apps like Dropzone being added all the time, Setapp continues to get better and better.\nIf you want to check it out for yourself, you can download a trial for full access to the collection. Don\u2019t for get to apply for the discount of you\u2019re an education user.\nSetapp | Mac App Collection\n\nIt\u2019s true I like to write on my iPad, however, I still make good use of my Mac. \u21a9\n$40USD a year for a Pomodoro timer is ridiculous \u21a9\n\nThe post Setapp: Mac App Subscription Service Adds Dropzone appeared first on The Appademic.", "date_published": "2018-09-24T12:34:39+13:00", "date_modified": "2018-09-24T12:37:51+13:00", "author": { "name": "jbp", "url": "https://appademic.tech/author/rambler/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a7a11ff0b88da92baf9177f57c80dce5?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://cdn.appademic.tech/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Setapp-dropzone.jpg", "tags": [ "Apps", "Mac", "Setapp" ] }, { "id": "https://appademic.tech/ios-automation-academic-shortcuts-workflows/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=ios-automation-academic-shortcuts-workflows", "url": "https://appademic.tech/ios-automation-academic-shortcuts-workflows/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=ios-automation-academic-shortcuts-workflows", "title": "iOS Automation, Shortcuts: Workflows for Study and Research", "content_html": "

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For nerds wanting to automate their devices, iOS 12 is Christmas.\u00a0This week's new version of iOS brings with it significant developments to user automation. There has never been a better time to get to grips with iOS automation.\u00a0Between the new academic year in the northern hemisphere, and the release of Shortcuts, I figure now is a good time to share some workflows I have built specifically for academic work and study. \u00a0Among the good news is existing Workflow routines are fully compatible with the new Shortcuts app, so I can start sharing the workflows I have built up.

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Academic Shortcuts: EZProxy Library Workflow

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This first workflow is as about as basic as automation can get, and yet it is one of the best timesaving tricks I have set up. I use this shortcut every day to access the full pdf versions of articles I find via Google or DuckDuckGo.

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Most university libraries have an EZ Proxy server that can be used to reroute a URL through the library. If you come across an article you want to access, instead of tediously searching for it again via your library, you can use this workflow to access it via EZProxy. When you install the workflow, it will ask for the EZProxy address for your university library, so search for first and have it copied to the clipboard before you install the workflow.

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Download: EZProxy Workflow

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Citation Scanner Workflow: Scan Barcodes for Formatted Citations

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There are a lot of web services and APIs one can find to format citations, but sometimes you need something simple. This shortcut uses a handy little web service called Ottobib that can return formatted citations via URL from ISBN numbers. I have used it to setup my own book scanner. It takes the ISBN from the barcode, queries the Worldcat database, and returns a formatted citation of the book in your choice of style. Consider it a basic version of Citationsy.

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Download: Citation Scanner Workflow

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Docverter Workflow: Convert Documents on iOS with Pandoc

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For academic users, the real value in using Pandoc is in the wonderful citeproc filter that formats referencing. Unfortunately, Docverter doesn\u2019t include that part of Pandoc. What it can do, however, is a fine job of converting markdown, or HTML documents into other file formats. 1

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I recently highlighted the dual document feature of Notebooks, along with that app\u2019s support for multiple file formats. One thing Notebooks can\u2019t do is create docx files for Microsoft Word. As much as I would like to avoid Word altogether, that remains wishful thinking in academia. Not only can this workflow help with that problem, it will save you from trying one of those janky conversion apps on the app store. It is also worth mentioning the other wonderful text editors this opens up. Drafts 5 is the first that comes to mind.

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Download: Docverter Workflow

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If you find these workflows, or shortcuts \u2014 whatever we are calling them now \u2014 useful, keep an eye out for more posts on iOS automation.

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\n", "content_text": "Permalink: iOS Automation, Shortcuts: Workflows for Study and Research\nFor nerds wanting to automate their devices, iOS 12 is Christmas.\u00a0This week's new version of iOS brings with it significant developments to user automation. There has never been a better time to get to grips with iOS automation.\u00a0Between the new academic year in the northern hemisphere, and the release of Shortcuts, I figure now is a good time to share some workflows I have built specifically for academic work and study. \u00a0Among the good news is existing Workflow routines are fully compatible with the new Shortcuts app, so I can start sharing the workflows I have built up.\nAcademic Shortcuts: EZProxy Library Workflow\nThis first workflow is as about as basic as automation can get, and yet it is one of the best timesaving tricks I have set up. I use this shortcut every day to access the full pdf versions of articles I find via Google or DuckDuckGo.\nMost university libraries have an EZ Proxy server that can be used to reroute a URL through the library. If you come across an article you want to access, instead of tediously searching for it again via your library, you can use this workflow to access it via EZProxy. When you install the workflow, it will ask for the EZProxy address for your university library, so search for first and have it copied to the clipboard before you install the workflow.\nDownload: EZProxy Workflow\nCitation Scanner Workflow: Scan Barcodes for Formatted Citations\n\nI have a much longer post in the works to cover managing citations with Workflow shortcuts, so consider this a preview.\nThere are a lot of web services and APIs one can find to format citations, but sometimes you need something simple. This shortcut uses a handy little web service called Ottobib that can return formatted citations via URL from ISBN numbers. I have used it to setup my own book scanner. It takes the ISBN from the barcode, queries the Worldcat database, and returns a formatted citation of the book in your choice of style. Consider it a basic version of Citationsy.\nDownload: Citation Scanner Workflow\nDocverter Workflow: Convert Documents on iOS with Pandoc\n\nFor academic users, the real value in using Pandoc is in the wonderful citeproc filter that formats referencing. Unfortunately, Docverter doesn\u2019t include that part of Pandoc. What it can do, however, is a fine job of converting markdown, or HTML documents into other file formats. 1\nI recently highlighted the dual document feature of Notebooks, along with that app\u2019s support for multiple file formats. One thing Notebooks can\u2019t do is create docx files for Microsoft Word. As much as I would like to avoid Word altogether, that remains wishful thinking in academia. Not only can this workflow help with that problem, it will save you from trying one of those janky conversion apps on the app store. It is also worth mentioning the other wonderful text editors this opens up. Drafts 5 is the first that comes to mind.\nDownload: Docverter Workflow\nIf you find these workflows, or shortcuts \u2014 whatever we are calling them now \u2014 useful, keep an eye out for more posts on iOS automation.\n\nIt can handle LaTeX, and a couple other formats too. I suspect if you\u2019re using those formats you will have no trouble adapting the workflow to your needs \u21a9\n\nThe post iOS Automation, Shortcuts: Workflows for Study and Research appeared first on The Appademic.", "date_published": "2018-09-20T10:00:20+13:00", "date_modified": "2018-09-24T10:51:55+13:00", "author": { "name": "jbp", "url": "https://appademic.tech/author/rambler/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a7a11ff0b88da92baf9177f57c80dce5?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://cdn.appademic.tech/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/iOS-Automation-Workflow-Shortcuts.png", "tags": [ "Academic", "Automation", "iOS", "workflow" ] }, { "id": "https://appademic.tech/alternatives-to-evernote-devonthink-and-notebooks/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=alternatives-to-evernote-devonthink-and-notebooks", "url": "https://appademic.tech/alternatives-to-evernote-devonthink-and-notebooks/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=alternatives-to-evernote-devonthink-and-notebooks", "title": "DEVONthink and Notebooks: Alternatives to Evernote", "content_html": "

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Rumours of Evernote\u2019s demise come around ever so often, but the recent ones appear to have more to them than usual. It seems a bunch of senior staff are heading out the door. If privacy concerns, and proprietary database weren\u2019t concern enough, the future of your data should be. I would be especially concerned for academic research. If you are looking for the alternatives to Evernote for Mac and iOS, I humbly submit a couple of options I have written about on this site, DEVONthink, and Notebooks. You may even find room in your workflow for both.

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DEVONthink, the Power User\u2019s Alternative to Evernote

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I have written at length about DEVONthink for iOS, but DEVONthink's real power still lies on the Mac. In fact, it is one of the remaining reasons I still use macOS. There are rumours of a major overhaul to DEVONthink on the Mac. I certainly hope to see those rumours come to fruition. For all its wonderful power, the interface has aged. Nonetheless, beneath that interface you will find the most powerful software available for information management and research. The AI heuristics and advanced search are some of the best study and research tools you will find in any form.

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If aesthetic reasons have stopped you using DEVONthink in the past, I would urge you to download a trial and see if you can\u2019t get over that. I wish had earlier than I did.

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OCR and Web Clipping with DEVONthink

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I know many users come to rely on Evernote\u2019s OCR and web clipper. Both of those abilities can be found in DEVONthink. 1 The OCR engine in DEVONthink Pro Office is as good as it gets. Between that, and the peerless\u00a0AI engine\u00a0you can see why DEVONthink has become the endpoint for all my research materials. The web clipper can clean a web page, and save multiple formats. It might be stripped back compared with the\u00a0Evernote clipper, but it does an admirable job at capturing what you need. The best part is, it speaks Markdown.

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As far as alternatives to Evernote go, DEVONthink is a significant upgrade. Not only is it smarter, but your data remains private and secure. Moreover, you have options for how you use DEVONthink. In short, where Evernote imperils your data, DEVONthink keeps it safe.

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Migrating your data to DEVONthink is trivial, as it can connect to Evernote directly to pull everything across with a single click. What\u2019s more, with the DEVONthink Education Discount you can buy DEVONthink Pro Office outright for the cost of one year of Evernote.

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DEVONthink can import data directly from Evernote
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If you happen to be an iOS only user, DEVONthink to Go is also an excellent app. And, with the help of Workflow migrating you data on an iPad is not as difficult as many would have you believe. I have even setup some workflow shortcuts to help with the process. See my post on migrating Evernote data.

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Notebooks: A Plain Text Alternative to Evernote

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In many ways, Alfons Schmid\u2019s Notebooks App is the antithesis of Evernote. It avoids all the pitfalls of a web based, proprietary system by building a stack on plain text. Not only is Notebooks a clever app, it is lean and your data remains future proof. If you want to avoid ever falling into the Evernote trap again, I would give this a serious look.

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I recently did a deep dive on Notebooks, but I'm still uncovering some of its tricks. I have just started putting the ability to extract tasks automatically to good use. Notebooks can be set to extract tasks from a line in any note, by nominating a special character or phrase to indicate a line as a task. In practice, this means I don\u2019t need to interrupt my own work when I have something to follow up. I have set Notebooks to extract tasks from any line that begins with two asterisk, so while writing I simply type a new line with ** followed by whatever I need to be reminded of. 2 Like so,

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That's it, I'm done. Notebooks will now extract the task from the text, and set a reminder. This is ingenious. It also opens up all kinds of possibilities with Siri Shortcuts,\u00a0 using Notebooks\u00a0 Siri integration.

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Mac and iOS users have options for alternatives to Evernote. Apple\u2019s own Notes app has developed into a solid solution. It has everything an everyday user might need, right down to document scanning and shared notes. I can also understand why Bear has become so popular, the interface is a delight. At the same time, both of those apps are built on a database that ultimately obscures the notes themselves. 3 With Notebooks, you can avoid that problem altogether, and you get an app that is much better suited to an academic workflow. For more on Notebooks, see links to my recent posts below.

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If you\u2019re wondering how these apps might work together, it is straightforward enough. I keep all my current notes and project materials in Notebooks, but archive everything in DEVONthink. DEVONthink can mange note taking well enough, but it doesn\u2019t have the greatest interface for composing notes \u2014 or for writing in general.

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On the other hand, something DEVONthink excels at is indexing data. This means you don\u2019t need to store data in a DEVONthink database to make use of its intelligence. Instead, you can index any folder, anywhere on your Mac. Because Notebooks stores data in native file formats, which are accessible directly from the file system, DEVONthink and Notebooks are very compatible.

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As Notebooks files are stored in the native file system, I can easily keep my notebooks indexed and make use of DEVONthink\u2019s search super powers. This works well for the simple fact that both these apps work with the files system, instead of against it. Believe it or not, this means I can even use my old favourite plain text utility, nvALT, alongside both these apps. I will leave that workflow, however, for another time.

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What about handwriting? On iOS, I use GoodNotes for handwritten notes. And like everything else, those notes pass through Notebooks and eventually end up archived in DEVONthink.\u00a0 While wither\u00a0one of these apps is a wise investment, they play well together.\u00a0 Notebooks is available on the App Store for both macOS and iOS, and\u00a0DEVONthink is available directly.

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The post DEVONthink and Notebooks: Alternatives to Evernote appeared first on The Appademic.

\n", "content_text": "Permalink: DEVONthink and Notebooks: Alternatives to Evernote\nRumours of Evernote\u2019s demise come around ever so often, but the recent ones appear to have more to them than usual. It seems a bunch of senior staff are heading out the door. If privacy concerns, and proprietary database weren\u2019t concern enough, the future of your data should be. I would be especially concerned for academic research. If you are looking for the alternatives to Evernote for Mac and iOS, I humbly submit a couple of options I have written about on this site, DEVONthink, and Notebooks. You may even find room in your workflow for both.\nDEVONthink, the Power User\u2019s Alternative to Evernote\nI have written at length about DEVONthink for iOS, but DEVONthink's real power still lies on the Mac. In fact, it is one of the remaining reasons I still use macOS. There are rumours of a major overhaul to DEVONthink on the Mac. I certainly hope to see those rumours come to fruition. For all its wonderful power, the interface has aged. Nonetheless, beneath that interface you will find the most powerful software available for information management and research. The AI heuristics and advanced search are some of the best study and research tools you will find in any form.\nIf aesthetic reasons have stopped you using DEVONthink in the past, I would urge you to download a trial and see if you can\u2019t get over that. I wish had earlier than I did.\nOCR and Web Clipping with DEVONthink\nI know many users come to rely on Evernote\u2019s OCR and web clipper. Both of those abilities can be found in DEVONthink. 1 The OCR engine in DEVONthink Pro Office is as good as it gets. Between that, and the peerless\u00a0AI engine\u00a0you can see why DEVONthink has become the endpoint for all my research materials. The web clipper can clean a web page, and save multiple formats. It might be stripped back compared with the\u00a0Evernote clipper, but it does an admirable job at capturing what you need. The best part is, it speaks Markdown.\nThe DEVONthink web clipper is a capable alternative to Evernote\nAs far as alternatives to Evernote go, DEVONthink is a significant upgrade. Not only is it smarter, but your data remains private and secure. Moreover, you have options for how you use DEVONthink. In short, where Evernote imperils your data, DEVONthink keeps it safe.\nMigrating your data to DEVONthink is trivial, as it can connect to Evernote directly to pull everything across with a single click. What\u2019s more, with the DEVONthink Education Discount you can buy DEVONthink Pro Office outright for the cost of one year of Evernote.\nDEVONthink can import data directly from Evernote\nIf you happen to be an iOS only user, DEVONthink to Go is also an excellent app. And, with the help of Workflow migrating you data on an iPad is not as difficult as many would have you believe. I have even setup some workflow shortcuts to help with the process. See my post on migrating Evernote data.\nNotebooks: A Plain Text Alternative to Evernote\n\nIn many ways, Alfons Schmid\u2019s Notebooks App is the antithesis of Evernote. It avoids all the pitfalls of a web based, proprietary system by building a stack on plain text. Not only is Notebooks a clever app, it is lean and your data remains future proof. If you want to avoid ever falling into the Evernote trap again, I would give this a serious look.\nI recently did a deep dive on Notebooks, but I'm still uncovering some of its tricks. I have just started putting the ability to extract tasks automatically to good use. Notebooks can be set to extract tasks from a line in any note, by nominating a special character or phrase to indicate a line as a task. In practice, this means I don\u2019t need to interrupt my own work when I have something to follow up. I have set Notebooks to extract tasks from any line that begins with two asterisk, so while writing I simply type a new line with ** followed by whatever I need to be reminded of. 2 Like so,\n** follow up on citations for Science of Logic\nThat's it, I'm done. Notebooks will now extract the task from the text, and set a reminder. This is ingenious. It also opens up all kinds of possibilities with Siri Shortcuts,\u00a0 using Notebooks\u00a0 Siri integration.\nMac and iOS users have options for alternatives to Evernote. Apple\u2019s own Notes app has developed into a solid solution. It has everything an everyday user might need, right down to document scanning and shared notes. I can also understand why Bear has become so popular, the interface is a delight. At the same time, both of those apps are built on a database that ultimately obscures the notes themselves. 3 With Notebooks, you can avoid that problem altogether, and you get an app that is much better suited to an academic workflow. For more on Notebooks, see links to my recent posts below.\nNotebooks Coverage \nNote Taking Automation with Notebooks, Workflow etc\nNote Taking, Research and Organisation with Notebooks iOS\nElements of a Note Taking and Research Workflow\nIf you\u2019re wondering how these apps might work together, it is straightforward enough. I keep all my current notes and project materials in Notebooks, but archive everything in DEVONthink. DEVONthink can mange note taking well enough, but it doesn\u2019t have the greatest interface for composing notes \u2014 or for writing in general.\nOn the other hand, something DEVONthink excels at is indexing data. This means you don\u2019t need to store data in a DEVONthink database to make use of its intelligence. Instead, you can index any folder, anywhere on your Mac. Because Notebooks stores data in native file formats, which are accessible directly from the file system, DEVONthink and Notebooks are very compatible.\nAs Notebooks files are stored in the native file system, I can easily keep my notebooks indexed and make use of DEVONthink\u2019s search super powers. This works well for the simple fact that both these apps work with the files system, instead of against it. Believe it or not, this means I can even use my old favourite plain text utility, nvALT, alongside both these apps. I will leave that workflow, however, for another time.\nWhat about handwriting? On iOS, I use GoodNotes for handwritten notes. And like everything else, those notes pass through Notebooks and eventually end up archived in DEVONthink.\u00a0 While wither\u00a0one of these apps is a wise investment, they play well together.\u00a0 Notebooks is available on the App Store for both macOS and iOS, and\u00a0DEVONthink is available directly.\nDEVONthink Education Discount\nNotebooks on the iOS App Store\nNotebooks on the Mac App Store\n\nYou will need the pro version for OCR \u21a9\nYou can set the task indicator to anything you like\u00a0\u21a9\nI\u2019m talking about Notebooks. But yes, I understand DEVONthink keeps material in a database. It doesn\u2019t have to though. \u21a9\n\nThe post DEVONthink and Notebooks: Alternatives to Evernote appeared first on The Appademic.", "date_published": "2018-09-15T15:43:34+13:00", "date_modified": "2018-10-06T21:12:40+13:00", "author": { "name": "jbp", "url": "https://appademic.tech/author/rambler/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a7a11ff0b88da92baf9177f57c80dce5?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "image": "https://cdn.appademic.tech/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Alternatives-to-Evernote-Logos.png", "tags": [ "DEVONthink", "iOS", "Mac", "Note-taking" ] }, { "id": "https://appademic.tech/show-and-tell-13-september-2018/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=show-and-tell-13-september-2018", "url": "https://appademic.tech/show-and-tell-13-september-2018/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=show-and-tell-13-september-2018", "title": "Show and Tell \u2014 13 September, 2018", "content_html": "

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Some forgotten moment of madness led me back to Apple Mail, but as always happens, I\u2019m starting to tire of it. This extension isn\u2019t about to solve my troubles, but if you deal with your email from the browser, or with Thunderbird it might help yours.

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Python Environment in Web Browser| PyPy.js

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One of my aims for this year is to learn to code with Python. To be fair, I\u2019ve barely even started yet. I can think of a few use cases for this. Sure on iOS you have Pythonista, but sometimes all you have is a web browser.

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Think Julia | How to Think Like a Computer Scientist

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Even if your aims are modest. Perhaps you want to do a little Workflow automation, or learn some scripting. The first challenge is always conceptual. This is the kind of resource that can help get you started.

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This project hasn\u2019t been updated in a very long time, so I\u2019m surprised to say it still works as advertised. If you\u2019re unsure about markdown and want to play around, this is ideal. I have forked the project to see if I can\u2019t do something with it. No promises though, time is not exactly abundant.

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ZoteroBib | Zotero

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There are any number of ways to get formatted references quickly online, but as a service, Zotero stands out for me. It is a wonderfully open project that enables all kinds of tinkering. Zoterobib is not new, but there may be readers who will find it useful for creating a bibliography on the fly. Just don't go clearing your browser cache while you're building one.

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Photo by Christophe Hautier on Unsplash

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The post Show and Tell \u2014 13 September, 2018 appeared first on The Appademic.

\n", "content_text": "Permalink: Show and Tell \u2014 13 September, 2018\nAn almost regular collection of useful links for students, academics and other nerds.\n\n \nMarkdown, Pandoc and Make \nThis is pretty neat. A navigable demonstration of nerdy research tools. It\u2019s essential a fancy archive of bookmarks put together as a presentation.\nMarkdown Here\nSome forgotten moment of madness led me back to Apple Mail, but as always happens, I\u2019m starting to tire of it. This extension isn\u2019t about to solve my troubles, but if you deal with your email from the browser, or with Thunderbird it might help yours.\nPython Environment in Web Browser| PyPy.js \nOne of my aims for this year is to learn to code with Python. To be fair, I\u2019ve barely even started yet. I can think of a few use cases for this. Sure on iOS you have Pythonista, but sometimes all you have is a web browser.\nThink Julia | How to Think Like a Computer Scientist \nEven if your aims are modest. Perhaps you want to do a little Workflow automation, or learn some scripting. The first challenge is always conceptual. This is the kind of resource that can help get you started.\nMarkx \nThis project hasn\u2019t been updated in a very long time, so I\u2019m surprised to say it still works as advertised. If you\u2019re unsure about markdown and want to play around, this is ideal. I have forked the project to see if I can\u2019t do something with it. No promises though, time is not exactly abundant.\nZoteroBib | Zotero\nThere are any number of ways to get formatted references quickly online, but as a service, Zotero stands out for me. It is a wonderfully open project that enables all kinds of tinkering. Zoterobib is not new, but there may be readers who will find it useful for creating a bibliography on the fly. Just don't go clearing your browser cache while you're building one.\nPhoto by Christophe Hautier on Unsplash\nThe post Show and Tell \u2014 13 September, 2018 appeared first on The Appademic.", "date_published": "2018-09-13T21:55:31+13:00", "date_modified": "2018-10-06T21:14:27+13:00", "author": { "name": "jbp", "url": "https://appademic.tech/author/rambler/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a7a11ff0b88da92baf9177f57c80dce5?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "tags": [ "Links", "Markdown", "Referencing" ] }, { "id": "https://appademic.tech/productive-music-steve-hauschildts/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=productive-music-steve-hauschildts", "url": "https://appademic.tech/productive-music-steve-hauschildts/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=productive-music-steve-hauschildts", "title": "Focus Sounds: Steve Hauschildt\u2019s Productive Music", "content_html": "

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Thoughtful Music for Concentration

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In the last edition of Focus Sounds, I mentioned electronic music was once a form of torture for me. Much like rap music for John McClane.\u00a0 Of course, I knew nothing. I still do, but at least I have widened my appreciation for different music.\u00a0 Nowadays finding just the right electronic music is often the key to facilitating focused work. Of all the sounds I turn to for getting work done, the most productive music is electronic. Recently I have been exploring the variety of sounds in Steve Hauschildt\u2019s back catalogue. It has turned out to be a treasure trove of music for writing, reading and anything in between.

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Hauschildt\u2019s former band, Emeralds, produced a lot of atmospheric music of their own. The band was eclectic though, so perhaps more an acquired taste for creating a working environment. Nonetheless, if you\u2019re disposed to minimalist electronic music for concentration, Hauschildt\u2019s work is worth exploring, whether solo or otherwise.

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I have more success finding music for writing than for reading. Especially if we\u2019re talking about the intensely focused reading for academic work. Studying a text is as different to leisure reading as race walking is to rambling. To do it right the pacing is deliberate and careful. I envy anyone who can maintain the level of concentration required with lyrical content in the background.

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My only option for concentrating is instrumental music, and even then the intangibles of cadence and tone require careful selection. Emeralds is a good example. I can happily write with Just to Feel Anything in the background, but when reading, the Casiotone arpeggios and distant rasping guitar is too much for my easily heckled attention.

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Hauschildt seems to have slowed the tempo since the split from the band. A couple of post Emeralds albums have quickly become some of my favourite electronic music for reading. I find that both Where All Is Fled from 2015, and Strands of the following year can shape the right kind of atmosphere.

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On the other hand, the most recent album Dissolvi has been better in my experience for writing. Dissolvi is supposedly minimal techno, whatever that means. I would hesitate to call it techno \u2014 then again that word is tainted for me by all those bell bottomed trippers I couldn\u2019t avoid in the nineties. A couple of tracks include vocalists, but they are of the instrumental kind with no lyrical content. The subtlety of Hauschildt\u2019s compositions make that work better than I would anticipate.

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If Dissolvi doesn\u2019t work for you, Hauschildt\u2019s been prolific since the demise of Emeralds, and the variety in his former band\u2019s discography is worth exploring in itself.

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Find Steve Hauschildt in all the usual places, Apple Music, Spotify Bandcamp, Amazon, or Boomkat for you old school music nerds.

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The post Focus Sounds: Steve Hauschildt\u2019s Productive Music appeared first on The Appademic.

\n", "content_text": "Permalink: Focus Sounds: Steve Hauschildt\u2019s Productive Music\nThoughtful Music for Concentration \nSteve Hauschildt's Strands is one of my favourite albums for reading\nIn the last edition of Focus Sounds, I mentioned electronic music was once a form of torture for me. Much like rap music for John McClane.\u00a0 Of course, I knew nothing. I still do, but at least I have widened my appreciation for different music.\u00a0 Nowadays finding just the right electronic music is often the key to facilitating focused work. Of all the sounds I turn to for getting work done, the most productive music is electronic. Recently I have been exploring the variety of sounds in Steve Hauschildt\u2019s back catalogue. It has turned out to be a treasure trove of music for writing, reading and anything in between.\nHauschildt\u2019s former band, Emeralds, produced a lot of atmospheric music of their own. The band was eclectic though, so perhaps more an acquired taste for creating a working environment. Nonetheless, if you\u2019re disposed to minimalist electronic music for concentration, Hauschildt\u2019s work is worth exploring, whether solo or otherwise.\nSubtle Differences Between Music for Reading and Writing\n\nI have more success finding music for writing than for reading. Especially if we\u2019re talking about the intensely focused reading for academic work. Studying a text is as different to leisure reading as race walking is to rambling. To do it right the pacing is deliberate and careful. I envy anyone who can maintain the level of concentration required with lyrical content in the background.\nMy only option for concentrating is instrumental music, and even then the intangibles of cadence and tone require careful selection. Emeralds is a good example. I can happily write with Just to Feel Anything in the background, but when reading, the Casiotone arpeggios and distant rasping guitar is too much for my easily heckled attention.\nHauschildt seems to have slowed the tempo since the split from the band. A couple of post Emeralds albums have quickly become some of my favourite electronic music for reading. I find that both Where All Is Fled from 2015, and Strands of the following year can shape the right kind of atmosphere.\nOn the other hand, the most recent album Dissolvi has been better in my experience for writing. Dissolvi is supposedly minimal techno, whatever that means. I would hesitate to call it techno \u2014 then again that word is tainted for me by all those bell bottomed trippers I couldn\u2019t avoid in the nineties. A couple of tracks include vocalists, but they are of the instrumental kind with no lyrical content. The subtlety of Hauschildt\u2019s compositions make that work better than I would anticipate.\nIf Dissolvi doesn\u2019t work for you, Hauschildt\u2019s been prolific since the demise of Emeralds, and the variety in his former band\u2019s discography is worth exploring in itself.\nFind Steve Hauschildt in all the usual places, Apple Music, Spotify Bandcamp, Amazon, or Boomkat for you old school music nerds.\nThe post Focus Sounds: Steve Hauschildt\u2019s Productive Music appeared first on The Appademic.", "date_published": "2018-09-05T20:43:34+13:00", "date_modified": "2018-09-24T10:51:56+13:00", "author": { "name": "jbp", "url": "https://appademic.tech/author/rambler/", "avatar": "https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/a7a11ff0b88da92baf9177f57c80dce5?s=512&d=mm&r=g" }, "tags": [ "Focus", "music", "Study" ] }, { "id": "https://appademic.tech/devonthink-back-to-school-2018/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=devonthink-back-to-school-2018", "url": "https://appademic.tech/devonthink-back-to-school-2018/?pk_campaign=feed&pk_kwd=devonthink-back-to-school-2018", "title": "Students, get our Mac apps for 40% off until September 16th | Devonian Times", "content_html": "

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Devon Technologies is offering their customary back to school discount\u00a0 for\u00a0DEVONthink\u00a0on macOS. I have been writing a lot about iOS lately, but I haven\u2019t forgotten the Mac. DEVONthink remains one of the most compelling research solutions available on the Mac, and a singular argument for using macOS for study or academic work. The more information it has, the smarter at gets at making connections.

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Our software is created with this in mind: DEVONthink helps you collect and organize your knowledge on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. DEVONagent Pro finds information on the web no matter how deeply it is hidden, and DEVONsphere Express does the same on your computer.

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We give 25% educational discount all year long but we want you to have a great start into the new term. So, students and teachers get our Mac apps for an exclusive 40% discount until September 16th, 2018. If this isn\u2019t the best time in the year to get prepared for school, then when is?

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If you\u2019re an education user on Mac, the discount is available until 16th September 2018

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