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Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals.

Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): Bookends allows you to scan your existing word-processor files and automatically generate finished manuscripts with properly formatted bibliographies. You can also scan Apple Pages '08, '09, and 5, more...

What's New

Version 12.2.1:

Note: Bookends 12.x is a paid upgrade for owners of Bookends 11 and earlier and requires a new serial number. It is free for anyone who bought or upgraded to Bookends 11 on or after January 1, 2013. The upgrade price for a single license is $29 for those who bought Bookends before January 1, 2013.

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OS X 10.7 or later

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Bookends is the best. I've tried them all -- Papers, Sente, Endnote. All have nice features (well, it's hard to say that about Endnote). But Bookends has it all: power features, reliability, exceptional customer support, and a long history more...

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Version 12.0.5
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Shiny22 Member IconReview+74
Shiny22
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Been using Bookends for more than a year now and still sometimes feel that I'm really only scratching the surface - it's the powerful an app. It does the basics very well. Input your sources and you can cite while you write, then scan the document at the end and produce in-text properly constructed citations and a bibliography.

That alone makes it worth the price.

It also has extensive notes, key wording, ratings and other categorisation tools and it links into other apps like DevonThink. I manage Citations on Bookends and data in DTP.

If I had to nitpick: I'd like to be able to choose what fields appear in what tab - for instance, have the ISBN on the main tab of the inspector rather than as additional info - and I've not found a way to do this. That Inspector pane is not the prettiest either. There: a couple of nits, picked.

There is a learning curve, and it take take a while to get the hang of some of it, but well worth the effort. That's true of all citation managers.

That said, a robust citation manager that does exactly what it says on the tin, with extraordinary support (issues resolved within hours in my case) and well worth the money.

By comparison I've used Sente, End Note, Zotero at different times but keep coming back to BE.

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Version 12.0.7
ChrisM9317 Member IconReview-1
ChrisM9317
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Always wanted this.

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Version 12.0.5
Sherman Wilcox Member IconReview+171
Sherman Wilcox
+4

Bookends is the best. I've tried them all -- Papers, Sente, Endnote. All have nice features (well, it's hard to say that about Endnote). But Bookends has it all: power features, reliability, exceptional customer support, and a long history of continued development and refinement. It may not be the prettiest of the bunch (but Jon is constantly improving that as well, as in this latest update), but this class of application is one where function is more important than style.

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Version 12.0.5
Mar6473 Member IconReview+164
Mar6473
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I don't get it. Bookends is so unpleasant to look at. It seems useful, but if I'm going to use a reference manager with such an unsightly UI, I'd just use Endnote. I guess there should be a category to rate the aesthetics of an application. Bookends is functional, but has not even been updated Retina displays. I bought version 10, and now I'm using Sente. It's too bad. Some developers need to hire a designer to help them out a bit. I acknowledge that it has great support too, but people use Macs because they're functional AND visually pleasing.

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Version 12.0.1
Sonny Software (Developer)
+2

I'll just point out that Bookends 12 is in fact Retina-compatible.

Jon
Sonny Software

Mar6473
+1

My apologies. I would not want to undermine your hard work. In my opinion, the interface's icons are blurry when I compare Bookends to other applications. There has also not been any stylistic updates that were introduced in Lion and Mountain Lion. For example, the all gray icon sets (for example, the Finder, Evernote) look very nice I think.

Sonny Software (Developer)
+5

We tinker with the UI all the time (some changes were added in the Cocoa release) and we're actually going to be addressing the icons you mentioned in a future release. Please feel free to contact us (support@sonnysoftware.com) directly with ideas of what you'd like to see, or post on our forum, where others can chime in).

Jon
Sonny Software

Psychiatry
+1

I've tried Bookends, Sente, Papers, and Endnote. Bookends is simply the fastest one in retrieving references. Since I deal with thousands of articles regularly in searches, Bookends is simply much more productive than its competition. After a while, I simply gravitated to using only Bookends.

pprofpopp Member IconReview+6
pprofpopp
+3

A definite 5 stars. BE11 is one of my most used and best loved software progs and I have just bought BE12. Really looking forward to it.

And HUGE praise for Jon at Sonny who must provide the best software support on the planet.

Reference manager no-brainer. If you are still using Endnote etc, run while you still can :-) OK bit much maybe :-) but Bookends is the Biz!

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Version 12.0.0
Androse Member IconReview+4
Androse
+4

The best bibliography/reference manager... and it keeps getting better. The best support on the planet. I have a database with over 25,000 references and Bookends handles it with ease. If you are in the market for a bibliography/reference manager look no further.

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Version 11.3.5
spacejockey Member IconReview+12
spacejockey
+4

I use Bookends together with Mellel for my dissertation and the integration of both apps is very good. My favorite feature: Live Bibliography.
Bookends support is very good and fast.

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Version 11.3.2
Tedg Member IconReview+40
Tedg
+3

I've tried them all. This is just the very best in features and usability. But I need to mention the very best aspect of this software, and that is the support.

Chances are that you will use this the way I do, for mission critical professional work. If something goes wrong, you just cannot diddle.

Sonny Software responded quickly when I got into trouble. They didn't even get upset that a good part of the problem was me. You need someone like this covering you. I cannot recommend this highly enough.

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Version 11.3.1
Markus Winter Member IconReview+360
Markus Winter
+3

I just started a new project (BRAF V600E mutation in cancer) and did a literature search in BookEnds. There were a few little problems which sometimes the author literally fixed within minutes and provided me with a new build - I'm amazed that he managed to stay calm as I must have driven him bonkers with all my requests for improvements or changes (I sometimes send 5 mails within 10 minutes) and I can be quite argumentative ;-)

The absolute killer feature for me is the "import pdf from internet (if available)". Out of 3337 citations in my library 1084 now have a pdf of the article attached without me needing to do anything - and if I can figure out how to use the library subscription to access the PDFs on ScienceDirect etc then Bookends should be able to get many more for me without the need for my involvement.

I still haven't used all the features - not by a long shot - but usability and support alone make this a 5 star app!

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Version 11.3.1
Markus Winter
+2

P.S. I used to use Endnote, have Papers, and tried Mendeley and Sente. I think I will settle on Bookends - the range on features is impressive and makes the competition seem lacking.

One minor critique: some features are only accessible from context menus - they are not necessarily in the menu at the top! Mac users tend to rely a lot less on right-clicks and context menus than Windows users, so some functionality is not immediately obvious when looking through the menus for it. So try the context menu (option-click or right click with the mouse).

Markus Winter
+3

Thanks to some quick improvements by the developer Bookends now finds and downloads a further 243 PDFs (out of 2249 refs without pdf) . Outstanding! :-)

I really need to get the linkup with our library going ...

pprofpopp Member IconReview+6
pprofpopp
+3

After 30 years in the Endnote wilderness I moved to Bookends for my macs. What a joy! So intuitive, so easy but with plenty of 'complexity' and deeper features that are there when I need them. Easy to synch across my iMac, air and iPad too using sugarsync or dropbox.

But the 5 stars apply particularly for the outstandingly fast and helpful user support from Jon at sonny software. As a brand new user, no question has been too 'obvious' and nothing has been too much trouble. If only all software and support was like this. LOVE IT!!!

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Version 11.3.1
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stevehone
Version 12.0.3
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taja
Version 12.0.3
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taja
Version 12.0.2
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Leonledragon
Version 11.3.6
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Exegete77
Version 11.3.6
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Version 11.3.6
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Version 11.3.5
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Version 11.3.3
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Version 11.3.3
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Version 11.3.2
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