Software I use

This page is mostly so I can quickly get going on a new computer (and it’s a bit out of date)…

  • RΒ  (I miss decent type checking)
  • RStudio
  • Haskell (GHC)
  • Python.Β  The Pygame library is handy for psych experiment programming.
  • Crimon Editor: small and nice (and last updated in 2008 – I haven’t used it in years).
  • M$ Excel.Β  Useful for quick manipulation of tables, e.g., adding colours to make effects standout. I find it handy to copy output from R, paste into Excel, and then use Data… Text to columns… to make into a table, e.g., for pasting into a paper. Or you could do a write.csv to clipboard. Niki also told me about this handy LaTeX table plugin
  • M$ Powerpoint. Necessary evil. Β Faster than beamer and with a LaTeX plugin. OpenOffice fineish too.
  • LaTeX (MikTeX on Windows), WinEdt (one of the few shareware programs I’ve purchased – excellent) and LaTable. It’s possible though painful to make posters using beamerposter. Recently Adobe decided to break its Reader program so that it no longer works with WinEdt. The solution: install version 8.1.3 and ensure all PDFs open in the SAME window.Β  Now using the excellent TeXnicCenter which does very sensible compiling and sync with the pdf.
  • OpenOffice Draw.Β  Makes PDFs for inclusion in pdflatex files.
  • Mendeley
  • Firefox and Thunderbird.
  • Command Prompt Here powertoy – unnecessary in Windows 7.
  • ImDisk
  • VirtualBox
  • SFTPΒ SilverSHielDΒ (server) and SwishΒ (client) for Windows
  • Cmap, for making concept maps
  • ScreenToGif – “Screen, webcam and sketchboard recorder with an integrated editor”. As the name suggests, outputs to GIF.

Qualitative annotation

Inference engines of various kinds

Linear programming

  • lp_solve: a Mixed Integer Linear Programming (MILP) solver