By Sonny Software, LLC
This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
Bookends is a reference management app for your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch. You can search PubMed, PubMed Central, Google Scholar, JSTOR, Web of Science (requires access privileges and ip authentication), arXiv, and the Library of Congress for references and download them, with pdfs (requires access privileges), to your personal library. Use the built-in browser to access Web sites (EZProxy compliant). Organize your references by groups (static and smart), annotate your pdfs directly within Bookends, and email references from your device to yourself or others in a form suitable for reading or importing into reference management applications.
Use iCloud to sync all your libraries and attachments across iOS devices and with Bookends running on the Mac, and have full access to your references and sources whether you're at your desk or on the go.
Bookends for iOS without a Standard Version in-app purchase is limited in the following ways: searches return a maximum of 20 references, only 50 references can be stored in your local database, PDFs that you annotate on the iOS device are watermarked, and ads are shown. To have full access without these restrictions you must make a purchase from within the app ("in-app purchase”).
Pro Features Yearly Subscription (cloud sync of references and attachments, multi-library support) is a separate in-app purchase ($9.99) and requires a susbcription that is renewable on a yearly basis.
Subscription is for one year and can be auto-renewable. The subscription can be managed in iOS -> Settings > iTunes & App Store > Subscriptions. The subscription might renew if it wasn't canceled more than 24 hours before the renewal date.
If the subscription is not renewed, Pro Features will be disabled.
No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during the active subscription period.
Standard Version - $9.99
Pro Features Yearly Subscription - $9.99
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Terms of Service: http://www.sonnysoftware.com/bookendsontap/termsofservice/
What's New in Version 3.1.4
• Updated PDF component with greatly improved Apple Pencil support.
• Fixed a problem causing some data to be lost on cloud sync.
Best reference manager in my opinion
If you use Mac and iOS, I think this app is worth looking at. It works very well for me. The main advantage of Bookends over other apps like Papers or the seemingly abandonware Sente is that Bookends saves your PDF annotations like highlights and notes in the actual PDF. This means that if someday, you decide to stop using Bookends, you can take all of you PDFs to some other system/app and all of you annotations like highlights and notes will come with you because they exist in the actual PDFs. With Papers, Mendeley, Sente, and all other apps I have tried, the annotations are not actually stored in the PDF but in a app specific database and cannot be easily bulk exported. Good luck transferring from Papers to some other app and realizing that none of your highlights come along unless you individually export every single one of your possibly thousands of articles.
Another great advantage of Bookends is its iCloud sync of the files. It all just works.
So far quite promising!
After a bit of difficulty getting the sync set up, I was able to get this set up, and so far it's worked remarkably well. Be aware that there are sample libraries when you bout to the program, so you may inadvertently add some of those references to your program. I've tried several similar programs and always lost annotations in the sync process (papers 3, mendeley) or had other problems (sente). It's been about a month since I started using this, and so far the sync had been seamless. The program itself is quick and intuitive once set up. I also very much appreciate the responsiveness of the developers to questions and problems. I would highly recommend this program. Definitely worth the small annual free to have the piece of mind.
It looks like a really useful program. I converted my Sente database on Mac to Bookends on Mac, then synced it to the iPad version. Once I had the programs set up and running, all the data moved over with no problems. The iPad version is basic - I wish it had the ability to open a web page and extract a reference from a site like Nature or Science, but it gets the job done!
- Category: Productivity
- Updated: Mar 19, 2017
- Version: 3.1.4
- Size: 86.7 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: Sonny Software, LLC
- © Sonny Software
Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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