Links Roundup #20

A PhotographerComputer Coding for Web Design and Development

Bento is a curated guide to the best resources for web design.  Robin Good describes it on

Bento is a website that, thanks to its author Jon Chan and the many user contributions, has gathered, organized and curated the very best resources available online where you can learn how to code.

From html to javascript, ruby, php, Java, perl, Bento offers learning guidance for over 80 different technologies and coding languages.

Great resources for those who need an introduction to coding for the web.

Citation Management

Docear (pronounced dogear) is a reference manager/mind mapping software which is a totally rewrite of SciPlore.  It now has a user manual, so even more worth taking a look.

Digital Workflows

Although my library is predominantly Windows, Francis Hittinger on Columbia’s Butler Library Blog has started an exciting series Digital Workflows for Academic Research on the Mac.  It starts with an introductory post, then one on PDF Management, and Sente for PDF Management.  Looks like the best way to follow the series is by selecting the Francis Hittinger link above.

Evernote/OneNote/Notebook Software

A lot of people are re-evaluating whether to use OneNote now it has added some features and is free.  Lifehacker has an article Migrate Your Data from Evernote to OneNote with This Tool, which discusses a third party tool to export data from Evernote to OneNote, since OneNote doesn’t itself support such an import.

Michael Hyatt has written extensively on Evernote, and has a post that links to all his posts on Evernote.  He also has a category on his blog for Productivity posts.

Eric Griffith‘s 20 Tips Every Evernote User Must Know is a good introduction to Evernote.  Yeah, I know I mention a lot of similar posts, but since the program changes constantly it is always nice to have an up-to-date article.  This one also captures the essence of Evernote better than most.  Show this to someone you want to introduce to Evernote.

Mickey of the BLOSSOMING-Fledgling Researcher has created something marvelous for academic researchers.  It is a downloadable OneNote Binder Tailored for Academic Researchers and Writers.  Take a look at the video to see some of the features, but it provides a great place for researchers to start organizing.

Evernote, LinkedIn Team Up to Tackle Business Cards – this post from Rachel King on ZDNet discusses a recent partnership by the two companies to make electronic capture of business cards easier.  Taking a picture of a business card in Evernote will prompt LinkedIn to open.  iOS support now, Android support promised.  Also see the official Evernote blog post, and just to be obsessively complete, the LinkedIn blog post.

Julio Ojeda-Zapata provides yet another OneNote vs. Evernote article, now that OneNote is available on so many operating systems.  It is amusing, after reading several of these articles, to see how people respond so differently to the two.  Mr. Ojeda-Zapata is a major Evernote user, so comes down on the side of it as the better of the two, mainly because of the Evernote web clipper.  Your mileage may vary.

Google Drive

Mashable’s 8 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do with Google Drive discusses features that aren’t obvious unless you know about them.  For example, I didn’t know you could crop photos with Drive.


IFTTT now has an Android app as well as an iOS app.

The Big List of IFTTT Recipes: 34 Hacks for Social Media Productivity – this post from Buffer by Kevan Lee is one of the better articles I’ve seen on recipes you can create with IFTTT.

Organizing Conference/Meeting Notes

David Lee King was at Computers in Libraries recently, as were Crystal and I.  In the post Taking Useful Notes at a Conference, he discusses ideas for making the notes taken at a conference and in a meeting more useful.

Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

Howard Rheingold via Chuck Frey, gives an excellent overview of how to create and maintain a PLN in How to Cultivate a Personal Learning Network:  Tips from Howard Rheingold.

Productivity Tools

ProfHacker is doing a series of posts called Back to the Basics which revisits foundational productivity tools.  A recent one is Back to the Basics: The Urgent/Important Matrix, discussing Stephen Covey’s four quadrant matrix that ranks activities as to how urgent and how important they are.  The previous post in the series is Back to the (GTD) Basics: The Two-Minute Rule.

 Reference Management

The post In the Year E+1: A Mendeley Update Victor Henning, one of the founders of Mendeley, discusses what has happened since Mendeley’s acquisition by Elsevier.  The main item of interest to me is that they are increasing Mendeley’s integration with Scopus, Science Direct, and SciVal.


Smartpens Wise Up is a brief article from Ask Bob Rankin that serves as a useful introduction to smartpens.  I keep mentioning smartpens because I think they are great for students.


Ask Bob Rankin has a column GO FREE! Replace Your Paid Software!  It discusses alternatives to Microsoft Office and Outlook, Anti-virus software, backup, personal finance, photo/graphics creation and editing, and operating systems.

Stress Management

Mother Jones recent article Are You Checking Work Email in Bed? At the Dinner Table?  On Vacation? discusses the stress that comes from always being connected to work electronically.  Two small studies – one of employees unplugging nights, weekends, and vacations – and the other on being totally unplugged showed no decrease in productivity while considerable reductions in stress levels.

Task Automation

Belle Beth Cooper published an article The Beginner’s Guide to Putting the Internet to Work for You:  How to Easily Save 60 Minutes a Day.  She mentions IFTTT, Zapier, Alfred, and Keyboard Maestro.  The latter two are Mac only.

Text Editors

The Lifehacker post Five Best Text Editors is the result of votes from readers.  Text editors are useful for writing computer code and for distraction free writing of any kind.

Text Recognition from Images

ProfHacker has a post Grabbing Text from Images with Project Naptha, about the Chrome browser extenstion Project Naptha to do basic optical character recognition (OCR) on web images.

To-Do Lists

Todoist is a task management software.  Lifehacker, in a recent post, discusses new features such as adding attachments, photos, and voice notes.  These features are free only if you have shared a project with someone else, otherwise they are part of the premium subscription which is $20 per year.

Karol K. of the blog New Internet Order has a useful post 1 Simplistically Simple Way to Simplify Your To-Do List that discusses using paper (which I disagree with for my personal system), but having no more than 5 goals to achieve in one day.  That sounds like a truly valuable idea.

Video Annotation

Adeline Koh in ProfHacker writes a review of Vidbolt, which allows one or more people to make comments on YouTube videos.  She is excited about using it in class assignments, but I can see it also might be useful to librarians creating tutorials or other library-related videos.

Writing Apps

Thorin Klosowski writes an excellent roundup of writing tools for Lifehacker in The Best Apps for Any Kind of Writing.  Included are tools for any kind of writing (Microsoft Word), Novelists (Scrivener, Ulysses III), Distraction-Free Writing (FocusWriter), Screenplays (Final Draft, Fade In, Trelby), Editing (Hemingway, Marked 2, Phraseology), and Journaling (Day One, RedNotebook), Writing on the iPad (Editorial), and Writing on an Android Tablet (Write).  We’ve mentioned before that a lot of academics like Scrivener.



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