To anyone in research/academia: how do you use your iPad? Let’s share workflows and tips!
I’ve seen quite a few academics and researchers posting tidbits on how they use their iPads in their workflows. I’d love for people to share tips and strategies! Here are some of mine:
-I highly recommend using Zotero, which allows you to extract your annotations with the Zotfile extension. You can send PDF’s to your iPad, read and annotate them with PDF expert (with typed comments), and then extract the highlights/annotations so that you do not need to re-open the article when writing a paper. It’s crazy to me that Zotero is the only citation management software that allows for extracting highlights, but it’s such an amazing feature that I’m willing to sacrifice a lot to get it! (Even though Zotero overall is also a good program). The main point of using Zotero is to install Zotfile add-on to extract highlights & notes (e.g., I make highlights and sometimes add a text note to the highlight). They are extracted as italics for the highlights and plain text for notes. The only annoying thing about PDF expert is that it doesn’t sync too well with Zotero….but it’s not that bad because I don’t read 10-20 articles at once, but rather focus on each one individually. I view sending the PDF to my iPad as “printing” the PDF, with the huge benefit of being able to put it back on my computer, synthesize the highlights, and extract my notes.
-Scrivener is great for grant applications and longer papers that have lots of complex parts – you can break up each one and write them individually, then compile into the overall grant application
-Pages is amazing for creating diagrams and figures, especially on the iPad where you can drag things around
-Numbers is also great (though usually on a Mac) for creating bar graphs; I typically paste data from Excel once I’ve formatted it correctly (data still lives in Excel), and just use numbers to create the graphs