Smart programs

I had a discussion about which software tools I use for my research, so here is a list of the most important (in no particular order):

  • Firefox: with adblock and mouse gestures.
  • NetNewsWire: for handling all the blogs I am reading.
  • MarsEdit: to write blog entries. Publishes directly to my WordPress driven blog.
  • OmniGraffle: for making diagrams. I even made my last conference poster with this program, works great also with photos.
  • OmniPutliner: for making nested lists of everything
  • BibDesk: for handling all my references + linking all the relevant PDF-files.
  • DevonThink Pro: for storing texts and PDFs of information. I also use the built-in AI-improved search tool for finding relevant stuff in my BibDesk library.
  • TeXshop: for writing my dissertation. Greatly simplifies writing a LaTeX document.
  • TextWrangler: for batch processing of text files.
  • Max/MSP/Jitter: for all my programming needs.

And some web services that I couldn’t live without either:

  • Google Scholar: for searching for documents. The best thing is that it even links to documents that the university have access to.
  • Amazon: for finding boooks, browsing through them and getting bibliography information.
  • CiteUlike: for extracting bibliography information automatically from various sources. The best thing is that it formats the reference as a bibTeX entry which I paste directly into BibDesk.
  • WordPress: for handling my web page and blog.

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Alexander Refsum Jensenius is a music researcher and research musician living in Oslo, Norway.