PhD students: How do you keep your notes while reading scientific papers?
This is a great and important question the ability to efficiently sort and access your papers is such a crucial part of doing effective research. During my PhD I have spent my fair share of time to explore and experiment with different notes taking and literature organization techniques for scientific papers. Here is my conclusionn For the legendary papers you should print them out use your pen and highlighters as you study them bring them with you on the train in the bathroom and while you lay on bed so you can ensure easy access and high reading frequency to remember all the important details and get inspirations from them. I highly rmend to use binders to organize the hard copiesn For this method I only print the highly relevant papers. You can use different binders for different projects different fields or different time era whatever works for you. Personally I found this old school method (versus using software) to be extremely useful and versatile. Since after school this habit has carried over and I use it to organize work related documents such as project & client information. The ability to just grab a folder turn to the page for information and jot down notes at any time without electricity withoutputer without launching and searching smokes anyputer based techniques out of the water! And a nice bonus when your bosses to your desk asks for quick information nothing beats impressing your superior. You should the binders sit on your desk within the reach of your arm at any moment n n In terms of digital notes taking (for the non-crucial papers) I rmend simply explore the free Adobe Reader. UPDATE I used to rmend AcrobatPro for this task but then I discovered the current Adobe Reader XI has all thementing feature I need! n Whatpany can work with PDF files better than Adobe? Adobe Reader you can easily highlight and notes and draw shapes (much like PowerPoint) and save them and be permanent part of the original PDF document. Screenshot of usage of drawing markups I made on some patent (red color are insertted with the Drawing Markup tools) as you can see you can make sufficient markups for note-taking purposes n Below screenshot shows how I typically highlightment as I read PDF documents all are achieved by the features under Comment column nOfficial document from Adobe about drawing markup toolsn Annotations and drawing markup tools overview In terms of paper organization I can not stress this enough Mendeley is the way to go ! I have tried themon ones such as Zotero EndNote EverNote Google products Microsoft products without going into details (there are many parisons on the web that you can read) let me repeat this Mendeley is the way to go! Mendeley actually has a built-in notes taking highlighting feature. The key here is that all info. are stored in the cloud. Which means if you take notes or highlights on a paper at work it will show up in your otherputers! Personally I haven't explored this feature a lot (was bit buggy back then). But seems like a great solutionn n
What does "recently opened files" mean in Adobe Reader XI?
When you save a file you update it's modified date. You have two files open. Let's say they are file A and file B with file A being opened a month ago. The file that you last saved was file B. That is the most recently modified file. File A you can have 1 changes to it but if you don't save it then it doesn't matter. The date modified will still be last month.
Where can I download the Adobe Acrobat version for Windows 7 that is not DC?
The last version of Acrobat prior to DC is XI. You can still buy licenses for it on sites like Amazon and eBay but be warned many of those are not legit. You can also still download the free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader XI from Adobe's FTP site. They like to hide it but it's still available (and being updated - latest version of XI is as of October 217).
Are the various alternatives to Adobe Acrobat nothing more than watered down versions of the actual Acrobat program but with a different UI?
Uhmm which version of Adobe Acrobat italic do you mean ? Adobe italic has changed Acrobat italic interface so often and so drastically it almost hard to keep up with. For example below you can see the 4 incarnations of form editing in Acrobat 8 9 1 (X) italic and DC italic I agree with you to some extent that the most recent version ( DC italic ) does look a bit awkward with all these big and often colourful buttons. The reason behind it is that Adobe italic expects more and more users to have touch interfaces available to them in stead of mouse and full-blown keyboards. So theyre gearing towards a more tactile italic design. Another reason for Acrobat italic to have sported so many interfaces lies in the fact that the application needs to cater for the most various kinds of users from typical office workers to designers and print workflow operators. Office people are well-acquainted with the ribbon-ridden Microsoft Office italic applications. Designers are more familiar with all those panels palettes tabs and windows. Trying to cater for both makes Acrobat italic 3 well like the name implies 3 an acrobat italic ! Some independently developed and sold tools like PDF Element italic s clearly bundle some of the most popular features of Acrobat italic in a much cleaner interface. Apps like GoodReader italic s perform specific tasks likementing much better (and earlier) on tablets than Adobe Reader italic did. So there's absolutely something to be said for these separate tools ! I wouldn call their approach watered-down but cherry-picking. italic And while Adobe italic is endorsing their Acrobat DC italic subscription models these tools and apps are still available as a purchased license (with a fair period of updates).
How was the PDF format created?
I was there for the whole thing. It was the 9's and Adobe was doing well. In addition to the Systems department which handled the Postscript business there was an Applications group which had Photoshop and Illustrator. John Warnock had the idea that every document that was ever printed or ever would be printed could be represented in a document. This was not an unreasonable idea since Postscript was designed for this purpose and Adobe also had some code from Illustrator that would handle the fonts and graphics and code from Photoshop to display s - this would be the second file format for the project. However there were requirements that were not being met. Requirements like forward and backwardspatibility streaming large documents through a printer driver where the printer driver has no idea how many pages there will be and opening a 1 page document and being able to jump directly to the 5th page without reading the whole file. Peter Hibberd had written a demo of an 'object oriented file format' so Richard Cohn and Alan Wootton went to work trying to adapt his work for use on the Carousel project. After many weeks of struggle it was decided that adapting his work was going to be more work than writing new code and that some of the 'object oriented' concepts were not applicable since it was finally bing obvious that a key-value format was going to be part of the solution. This was the third file format. Bob Wulff the manager of the project told Richard and Alan to 'go away' and to note back until there was a file format! The next Monday Richard and Alan started meeting at Richard's house in Menlo Park instead of going to work in Mountain View (where Google is now). By the end of Thursday Richard and Alan had described data structures and concepts for a file format on many pieces of paper. Alan went home pulled 4 overnights in a row and came back to Adobe on Monday with the fourth file format written and working in the current code. This file format became known as PDF.