Zotero + Ulysses 3 + pandoc workflow

Ok, just a quick post as a note to self on my Ulysses 3 + Zotero workflow:

Zotero settings

Zotero has a hidden preference setting called extensions.zotero.recursiveCollections (or just recursiveCollections if using the desktop version). Setting the value of this to true, instead of the default false value, selecting a folder also displays the contents of its sub-folders. I think this behaviour makes sense for a document management system (where finding a document is more important than knowing where it resides).

To change the value of extensions.zotero.recursiveCollections, just go to about:config, find the preference name and then double click the value.

Moving messages with MailActOn

Here’s a good tip from the Indev Support Forum:

If you set your sow recent folders to “0” you will get the behaviour you want. The space tels the system to not interpret what you are typing as a quick key for the recent items. if you have no recent items, no neet for the spacebar.

Now, having assigned ‘move messages’ to a press of the ‘V’ key, moving messages with MailActOn works even better than in Gmail (as Gmail uses a “starts with” search for the folder/label name, whereas MailActOn searches for a substring).


I started out my re-booted e-mail workflow using MailMate. It’s really powerful and fast and it is great when sorting and organizing email. However, I have to say that I prefer Apple Mail when reading e-mail, the layout is that much better: one line preview of e-mail in widescreen layout + simpler view of the conversation (which Apple Mail is better at identifying too).

Together with Apple Mail, I am using MailTags, MailActOn. I also have MailPerspectives installed, but find that at the moment, I prefer having e-mail as a “main” task, rather than something that I do inbetween, or in the middle of other tasks.

Workflow: Papers 2, XeTeX, XeLaTeX, biblatex, biber, TeXShop, Latexian

I think I am on to something. I am now writing my XeLaTeX document in Latexian which has command suggestion, syntax highlighting, tabs and parses the LaTeX/XeLaTeX document and gives you an outline which you can use to navigate your document. It also has a live preview, but I don’t use it since Latexian does not do biber (pun not intended).

For typesetting, I instead use TeXShop which I have configured to use an external editor, so the editor does not pop up. I just get the console and the PDF output windows.

Also, since I am using XeLaTeX and biber, UTF-8 is no problem at all!