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Skim and skimpdf

I've been using skim to read pdfs instead of preview. Preview on OS X Lion annoyed me because of huge startup times and some other really annoying behavior of windows and grouping.

However, I missed being able to merge multiple pdfs which was quite easy with preview. Then I discovered that skim supplies a command line tool called skimpdf that allows us to do this! It is located in Skim.app/Contents/SharedSupport/skimpdf

Setting numpy (pylab) printing options

Numpy (and pylab which uses numpy) can be instructed to change how it prints out arrays and other objects. The one I find most useful is:

pylab.set_printoptions(threshold=5)
If there are more than threshold elements in an array then pylab/numpy will use the ... (elipses) notation to print, which reduces clutter.