CloudMagic

I will review another non strictly related to research app.
Though sometime I think that apps like CloudMagic do a lot more to researchers than other apps,  say origin lab and so on.

Most old fashioned researchers rely on paper, they print pdf they annotate them they use post it and so on. To my view it's a idiotic way of doing things but I was born in the 2.0 age (as a 'researcher').

For example I use Evernote to save all my thoughts and images and so on, what in the paper age would have been a huge collection of un-searchable post-it now is one or two searchable (did I have to mention, backup-ed in 3 places, everywhere reachable... ) Evernote note.

Then I use Papers app by Mekentosj, to save all my pdf articles and books.
Finally for the sake of universal access, I save the Paper's library on dropbox and use whatever app ( compliant to the pdf format rules) to highlight and annotate pdfs.

Bravó, you say, now you have to solve the problem you tried to solve in the first place.
You want to find the note regarding that python new module you made, and the pdf with the guide...

Here's where CloudMagic magic, no pun intended, comes in.

On my iPad, where I read most of my papers (god bless the human-retina saving retina display), I fire up the cloud magic app and voilà I can search in dropbox Evernote and so on.

Do you use google docs because you are more open than me, do you also wanted to search you teammate email regarding the same paper, or tweet, or status update,  yes CloudMagic will also do that (and a lot more, actually find out here).

May you hate iOS, sometimes I hate it to, well CloudMagic is available for :

Mobile apps
May you hate mobile stuff,  it exists as a browser extension and a web version. Albeit less capable than the mobile counter parts.
Browser extensions




I have some complaints though, first one is that the web version does not open the notes in Evernote and it struggles with dropbox item previews sometimes.
But I'm sure those little nuances will be fixed really soon and a osx app is also in the roadmap.

I don't give ratings, but you must try that service. If you are worried with privacy, I'm not,  FBI and Matrix are always watching me anyway, not CloudMagic (find out more here).

If you want a primitive stand alone app for cloud magic just use Fluid app, this icon here and make your own standalone app, add a shortcut with Alfred app (say cmd-f) and go:





Enjoy a cold beer, you will lose way less time searching stuff around and will be more productive, good luck measuring that crazy neutrino's speed now!


Installing a complete, interactive scientific python environment.

A small guide to have all the interactive goodness of ipython, wrapped in a nice qt backend.
Tested on osx 10.8 and super easy to install.
The first step is to install epd free python distribution, which is a well maintained  distro with most of the basic scientific packages.
The cool thing is that once installed you will able to add even more modules with easy easy commands.

Let's start: 
  • Download EPD free   http://www.enthought.com/products/epd_free.php
  • check your .bash_profile  

  • If it looks like that or very similar (the last 2 lines are important) go head if not, comment or delete other lines pointing to python in some way (be careful, if you need them).
  • Install pip to the epd python you will super user permission 1    
  • Check that the path where pip is installed is the right one, and check the modules version, if you want update them:
  • Also, now you can extend easily your python modules with:
  • Download Qt 4.7.4 libraries and PySide libraries
  • Install the .pkg files
  • Now you are ready to rock the qt console:
    ipython qtconsole --pylab=inline
  • Try this small program:
  • You will get this:


Ready to rock. Open a cold beer!

Now, there is no easy way to backup your installed modules. But you can sim-link  to dropbox if it is large enough. I have yet to try that approach, though.

Let me know if it works for you.



1. [Why, super user? because the default epd installation is in the library folder,good or bad it's up to you. But I like to have it installed there.]

Updated Latex editor wars.

Update on this post, with sublime text2 .
A full review will come soon.
But texpad is still winning.

Review: osx Pop Clip

Small  and quick review of one of my favorite utilities for os-x.

This small program will make a pop up appear every time you select some text, by default it will just give you the possibility to copy and paste or cut.
Time saving ( no more command ⌘ + c, ⌘ + V or right clicking...), but it doesn't stop here because PopClip supports extensions.
You can add a lot of them and new ones are popping every now and then on the dev website (here).

The lens will search on google.com the highlighted text.
1-copy note to evernote
obvious send text by mail
2-google translate
3- text to speech (english only)
4 - send to osx note app
5-send to the terminal window
6-send to reminder app
7 word count
And if you select a web or email address :

Option to open the link on safari 

Option to send an email to the selected email address.

Small utility with a very small price and very very time saving in a lot of situations.

Try it for free here or purchase it here for, one beer or five well worth dollars :

Mac App Store link

New graphic

I have changed graphics and layout to make the blog more legible.

Loads of new content is coming, so keep an eye open.