People might wonder what my new column ‘Macs in Science’ will be all about, so I will try to give you a brief scope on what I want to discuss here… and what my idea was when the mayor talked me into this 😉 So first of all: I am a Biochemist from Germany doing […]
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Science and Your Mac

Macs in SciencePeople might wonder what my new column ‘Macs in Science’ will be all about, so I will try to give you a brief scope on what I want to discuss here… and what my idea was when the mayor talked me into this 😉

So first of all: I am a Biochemist from Germany doing a PhD getting myself busy with everything molecular biology has to offer, excluding some weird mathematical stuff they nowadays do to so-called “big pile ‘o data” – studies like Gene arrays and such – count me out there. I am nothing more than the average computer using scientist – which is what you need to know. Firstly for not falsely thinking that I can answer all weird questions, secondly to know that I am just like you (but maybe a bit bigger), trying to kick my a** to make that degree – while also getting now more involved in the process of writing for Mactropolis.

What I expect my column to be about is what I am currently missing no matter where I have looked: a forum from a scientist for Mac-using/potentially Mac-using scientists. Maybe because scientists are a group of ignorants – in order to believe in what you do makes sense we really sometimes need to have a very – say – obscured views on life itself. I trust that you, are one of those who like getting as much interaction as possible in order to grow in many more dimensions than just mere knowledge.

But now enough of that, this is the software I am currently using / have experience with, so this’ll be what I want to introduce to You!

  • Papers: amazing bibliography and search and storage All-in-one for (scientific) publications
  • Prism: The way graphs want to be displayed combined with the way You want to enter graphs
  • EnzymeX: Cloning part 1
  • 4Peaks: Sequencer can make mistakes, right?
  • Geneious: it is easier to name the tasks NOT performed by this program
  • SerialCloner: Cloning part 2
  • Cellquest Pro: For everyone working with a Cytometer from BD
  • Flowjo 8: form and functionality at its best for Your FACS analysis
  • PCalc: big small calculator
  • Freehand MX: Desktop publishing– or– I got the data and I want to publish them– what next?
  • Micromanager: seeing is believing

Obligatory excursions towards general apps in science:

  • Pages in scientific application
  • Numbers in scientific application
  • Keynote in scientific application
  • Safari in Science
  • Mellel with Bookends: the dreamteam for Your thesis?
  • Scrivener Gold gathering and writing in one place.
  • OmniFocus: How not to lose control over Your schedule.

I am already looking forward to each of these topics, so stay tuned!

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