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Tech Resources

Helpful (and free) tech resources for your academic and professional needs. Please email me about failed links.

Math-friendly editors:
Scientific computing and Computer Algebra Systems (CAS)
Data Banks:
PDF Tools:
  • CamScanner – creates scan-like pdf files from photos (great for HW submissions, document “scanning,” etc.) (for iPhone)
  • pdfFactory – allows printing to a PDF file from any document with many features (just like printing to a printer device)
  • eXpert PDF Reader – free PDF reader (allows attaching files and basic editing)
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro – great tool for all sorts of PDF editing (student’s version  $$120)
  • FoxIT – (free for 30 days) equivalent of Adobe Acrobat Pro (most key/popular features are included)
  • NitroPDF – (free evaluation) and similar to FoxIT
  • More freeware and shareware on CNet.com
Research Tools:
  • Zotero & Mendeley – great for collecting, organizing, sharing of research articles
    • I evaluated both and greatly prefer Zotero because of its several distinct features:
      • It grabs the PDF and all its meta data from most research sites with one click
      • It opens PDF files with your default viewer so you can edit (highlight, OCR, crop, etc.) PDF and save changes
        • Mendeley uses its viewer, but opening with another viewer is possible with more clicks
  • Calibre – great for organizing all types of books (PDF, DJVU, EPUB, CHM, etc.) on your PC.
    • Not designed for publications, but awesome for textbooks
Create Personal websites:
  • Rice.edu (this) site (managed by WordPress)
  • Google Sites – easily create your personal site for CV, research, business, etc.
  • LinkedIn – great CV tool, but a poor job search site (original concept)
  • WordPress – create academic, professional or personal website. Available through Rice University (hosted via Rice.edu)
Security Tools:
  • Roboform – excellent password manager (about $30 personal license) for your web accounts needs. Mobile phone friendly

Disclaimer: I do not endorse any software listed here. I’m not responsible for any software or it’s maker’s malicious intent. It’s student’s responsibility to remain cautious.