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Sente is the premier academic reference manager for OS X. Sente's iTunes-like interface makes finding, reviewing, organizing and using the academic literature in your field easier than ever.

Sente (pronounced sen-tay) makes literature searches easier by providing a front-end to hundreds of data sources around the world, including: PubMed, Web of Science, Ovid, many university library catalogs, various Ovid databases (e.g., Books in Print, CAB Abstracts, Current Contents, PsychINFO -- all by subscription) Agricola, the U.S. Library of Congress, and any other literature database that supports Z39.50 or SRU, and MARC or more...

What's New

Version 6.7.6 (Build 11672):
  • Corrected problem that caused bibliographies to be generated without newlines between entries.
  • Removed the license acceptance step when launching new releases.

Requirements

  • OS X 10.6.7 or later

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I decided that I need to write some positive reviews on MU of the software I use most often and Sente is a good candidate because I have it open almost every day. Why? Because all of my references are there! But far more informative are my reasons more...

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Version 6.6.2
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greenery Member IconReview+12
greenery
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I purchased a Sente 6 license and installed it under Mavericks, following directions. All attempts to add the registration number failed with an odd error ('signature failed'). Part of this was my fault (I used the wrong email address), but I followed directions to fix this. Still no success. The support person then made a series of suggestions, all of which failed. I supplied the logs he requested and detailed reports on what I had tried. After two days of trying to sort this out, he simply stopped responding to my inquiries. After four days, when I was still unable to register and got no response despite multiple politely worded requests for help, I wrote a more firmly worded message saying basically that I required some kind of reply, and if I didn't get one, I would be compelled to file a complaint. I got an answer back almost immediately saying: No need to file a complaint, I have issued a refund you should see within a day or two. They would have saved me a lot of trouble if they had just admitted that they didn't know how to fix the problem. It's great software, but I was very unhappy with this unprofessional and rude treatment by support. And I still haven't seen the refund.

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Version 6.7.4
Garys Member IconReview+4
Garys
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Reference and document syncing between the desktop and iPad version has worked flawlessly for me through the past term, including annotations. One of the features of Sente that has amazed me the most is the web browser which auto-detects citations while browsing academic sites and auto-adds PDFs to the relevant reference.

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Version 6.7.3
Mrtomato Member IconReview+77
Mrtomato
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I decided that I need to write some positive reviews on MU of the software I use most often and Sente is a good candidate because I have it open almost every day. Why? Because all of my references are there! But far more informative are my reasons for using the application.

Like any hopelessly disorganized grad student, as comprehensive exams loomed ever closer, I decided I needed some applications to do some digital organizing for me, particularly one to keep track of my references. References when you're an undergrad are a doddle. Pull up a giant stack of books and dutifully type out your references in alphabetical order! At least that's what I did. But grad work is long and complex. So, as I churned out little papers for my last semester or two of classes, I started testing out these reference managers.

I started with Endnote because I asked for advice and it seems to be the only program IT departments have ever heard of. Endnote was very "wasn't." If it wasn't crashing, it wasn't generating references as it should have. I am forced, against my will and better judgement, to use MLA (the despiser of footnotes and jewel of the wordy) and Endnote was still using MLA formatting from the late eighties (or something). In fact, I found this to be the case with Bookmarks too. Can you imagine how annoying it is to go through your bibliography and type "print," "web," etc. at the end of every reference of a (rather overambitious) 140 reference paper? If you can, perhaps you've used these apps before.

I knew something better had to be out there somewhere. After days of extensive searching on Google, I finally typed in "reference manager mac" and discovered Sente. Sente imported all my references from the other programs and, when I asked it to generate a bibliography, it actually added those irritating "print" and "web" tags. It struggled a bit with journal articles, but reference formatting is fully and easily editable so just a wee bit of tinkering and the app was back on track.

That was enough to convince me. So for years I've been storing my references on Sente. And in that time, the developers have added lots of features that I never use. I'm sure they're great for someone looking to start anew, but if, like me, you'd been using other programs, you probably aren't too interested. For instance, you can now add pdf files to Sente and even tag them. Unfortunately, Sente doesn't use OpenMeta so my years of tagging in Yep! would be undone in Sente.

Sente also has a cloud feature that I don't use. Maybe I've been avoiding my advisor in my log cabin in Montana too long, but I don't trust digital clouds. I'm certainly not going to store my beloved references in one! I'll just back everything up on my daisy-chained time machine.

Even though I don't use these features, I still believe Sente is a great app. It works with Scrivener. It generates references. It stores enough references for the i-ching and the complete works of Confucius. It'll even look them up on various sites and build them automatically (although I strongly recommend a human review - Sente may think it's a Cyberman, but it is still being upgraded).
Apologies.

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Version 6.6.2
lemon-kun
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Well, the hierarchical QuickTags are one of the main reasons for me to use Sente. Tagging in Sente is far superior to anything else.

The cloud feature is nothing to fear of: All your files remain on your own computer, it's just you can access them from anywhere and you can take them with you, using your iPad. The iPad app is free and great, BTW. Also, this way you have a backup for those files. And you can easily share them with other users.

Mrtomato
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Thanks for responding to my review, lemon-kun. I have not really used tagging in Sente because all of my files have already been tagged in Yep! I don't relish the idea of tagging everything all over again. I'm sure it's very useful if you haven't already started tagging elsewhere. If there was a tag import function, however, I might be more inclined to try it.

As for the Cloud: a few months ago, Third Street took their servers offline for some routine maintenance. They did a rather poor job of communicating this downtime to users so there were quite a few angry people on their forums complaining that they couldn't access their references. I did not have this problem, so I don't know if this was user error or something else.

Nontroppo Member IconComment+515
Nontroppo
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Wow, I haven't used Sente recently, but I've just read through the changes to Sente and its cloud model, and a look through how careful and open the developers are on their blog. Very impressive, I always leaned towards Bookends, and suspect Bookends is still a more powerful reference manager (in terms of lower-level database management), but Sente has done a brilliant job of making it very tempting to new users!!!

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Version 6.6.2
Nontroppo
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Oh, and V6.7 is released according to their blog ;-)

Sofakinbd Member IconReview+5
Sofakinbd
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Well supported by thoughtful and accommodating developers, this software is simply the best. As I complete my dissertation I'm always pleased to see what new features it has been given. Additionally, with the change to 6.6 the developers were very generous to existing users. Such a delight, and so well crafted, worth every penny.

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Version 6.6.2
taja Member IconComment+90
taja
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MacUpdate is there any way you can get changelogs for Sente up here?

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Version 6.5.12
Sherman Wilcox Member IconComment+171
Sherman Wilcox
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Huh? 6.5.6 is the current version.

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Version 6.5.1
MacUpdate---Ryan
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You are correct. Fixed.

Sherman Wilcox
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Oops. Behind again. 6.5.9 is current.

Billcl Member IconReview+0
Billcl
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Sente is an outstanding program. With each update, it gets better and better. The developers listen to user opinions and continually add features. I was a beta tester for the new interface and it is truly fantastic. I bought this software for everyone in my laboratory. And the synchronization with the iPad version makes this incredible.
(For some reason, Macupdate won't let me give it 5 stars for overall rating, only 4.5 stars - but its a 5)

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Version 6.5.0
Goodwill :) Member IconComment+15
Goodwill :)
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Wow, the new user interface in this update is brilliant!! I would give it five stars for this improvement.

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Version 6.5.0
Goodwill :) Member IconReview+15
Goodwill :)
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The problem of updating reference still persists!

Updating incomplete refs:
Bookends has a really nice host of tools to update refs. If you have a ref that got loaded in when it was online only, it's quick and easy to use a Bookends menu command to update the reference. There are a couple of ways of doing this, and it works well. Sente is supposed to do some auto-updating, but it doesn't seem to work nearly as well. I really like this handy feature.

Another thing Sente need to improve is its note-taking feature. It always asks you to specify a location (sentence or paragraph) when you make note. But sometimes we need to make comments/note on the whole paper but not a specific paragraph or sentence.
[Version 6.2.11]

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Version 6.2.16
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Version 6.7.4
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lemon-kun
Version 6.7.4
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Version 6.6.2
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lemon-kun
Version 6.6.2
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Version 6.5.13
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Version 6.2.15
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Version 6.2.15
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Version 6.2.11
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Version 6.2.11
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Date 03 May 2014
Platform Intel 64 / OS X
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