BibUp allows you to easily create bibliographic references by scanning books barcodes and extracts of text. The references, including the OCRed text, can be viewed on a web page and collected using the Zotero plugin for Firefox (also available for Google Chrome Safari and Opera).
Note: the low quality of the iPod Touch camera doesn't allow neither for an efficient book barcode scan, nor for a correct OCRed text.

What's New

Version 2.0.2

Fix issue with the new transport security of iOS 9 preventing the books informations to be requested : "Verify your network connexion problem".

Ratings and Reviews

Great support for Zotero


(Although it comes from U of Freiburg, it's in English.)
This very handy app allows Zotero users to capture book information by
scanning a bar code on the back of the book or by entering the book number manually. A great way to enter all those books you've amassed over time!
The process is essentially 2 steps: 1) entering items into the BibUp data base at the U. Of Fribourg through this app; 2) transferring your items into your Zotero data base. If you are using the free-standing version of Zotero (Beta) you will still need to use the Firefox version to move your BibUp entries into your Zotero database. (Be sure to read the instructions carefully--they do work.) I'll go up to 5 stars when the app can work directly with the free-standing version.
Another improvement would be the ability to save the ID created at scanning to use later for the retrieval and transfer from the BibUp data base into Zotero, rather than having to enter it anew each time a title is scanned.
Still, an excellent supplement to Zotero.

Later: they have improved the tag by requiring that you enter it once, at the beginning of the session, and keeping it in place for an entire work session. This is a good enhancement, but the interface with Zotero is still kludgy.
With each use I am yet again bothered by not being able to view my Zotero data base on whatever hand-held device I'm using for input (iPhone, iPad). So, even though the app does exactly what it sets out to do, I'm still giving it only 4 stars because the intended niche is just too narrow and the interface between the U of Freiburg and Zotero is clumsy.

Don't get me wrong -- if you're in the Mac environment and want to scan titles into Zotero, this is the app for that. It's way better than manual entry.


Centre NTE, Universite de Fribourg
9.8 MB
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2016 Centre NTE


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