Sente
Sente
6.7.11

3.7

Sente free download for Mac

Sente

6.7.11
17 October 2016

Academic reference manager and bibliography software.

Overview

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 Dublin Core record syntax.

Sente updates the results of your searches each day so that you can easily stay current with new results. This means that you will learn about important new papers as soon as they appear in any of the databases you search. And the results will remain available until you find the time to review them, even if that happens when you are not connected to the Internet.

Sente provides numerous tools to help you keep your reference library organized, including: unlimited custom data fields, unlimited custom keywords, star ratings, custom statuses, and filters that can use any of these criteria to automatically produce custom subsets of your data.

When it is time to write up your own research, Sente takes care of the details of properly formating citations and bibliographies. Sente includes over 100 pre-defined bibliography styles (e.g., Vancouver, APA, Chicago, Science, etc.) as well as an easy-to-use bibliography format editor that lets you modify the supplied formats or create your own.

A fully-functional, free version of Sente is available here at MacUpdate for download from www.thirdstreetsoftware.com. The pricing schema can be found here.

What's new in Sente

Version 6.7.11:
  • Improved compatibility with OS X 10.11.
  • Converted all PubMed search code to use https; supports pending PubMed change.

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Causeypike
22 February 2010

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EndNote has driven me slightly crazy for the last few years, so I don't really use it any more, but it's cite-while-you-write feature is still more powerful than anything else. Bookends and Sente... Both are excellent programs for managing your pdfs, maintaining a reference library, and generating bibliographies on demand. I've used both very extensively, including current versions and previous versions of Bookends and Sente. Details below... Stability: - Both are very stable programs, and don't crash (unlike EndNote, unless X3 has dramatically improved). They play very nicely with loads of word processors and are very reliable. Searching: - Sente: it's built-in browser uses webkit, i.e. it's basically Safari. You can do standard web searches from within Sente. I like the 'targeted browsing' feature, which quickly shows you what you and don't have in your library already when you do pubmed search. - Bookends has a straightforward PubMed/other site searching window that works very well. It doesn't look like a standard browser page, but obviously does the same thing. Refs already in your library are highlighted in yellow in PubMed windows. It is very good at finding and loading pdfs. 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. Speed: On a very large library (7,500 refs), Bookends is noticeably quicker at start-up (about 10 seconds quicker). Searches within the library are faster, and happen live as you type in the Spotlight window in the library. This is more responsive. Pdfs: Both allow you to quickly see your attached pdfs within the main window, open them into a standalone reader, etc. Sente supports pdf comments etc. Custom fields: Both allow you make and view notes etc very easily. Sending to colleagues: Bookends 'email ref' works reliably and attaches any pdfs to your email. Helpful for finding and sending stuff to colleagues. Technical support: Both Sente and Bookends offer good technical support, but Bookends is the best. Jon provides tech support, and is incredibly helpful. It's not that Sente is bad in any way, just that Jon and Bookends is superb. Working with Apple Pages: Both scan open Pages documents. Sente has a re-scan option that they are cautious about recommending. Haven't tried it myself - I use Pages all the time, but don't rescan a formatted doc, I always go back to the unformatted doc to edit. Working with Word: Both support scanning and rescanning with Word. I don't currently use them with Word, but have successfully used Bookends with Word in the past. You don't get the live formatting you see with EndNote cite-while-you-write, but this is no bad thing given the number of times it's caused hangs and crashes in my previous experience. Import/Export: I have a large Sente library which doesn't export the attachments absolutely reliably and puts them in the URL field rather than the attachments field. Bookends gets this right, and therefore it's easier to move a library out to EndNote from Bookends. Both import an EndNote library without problems. User help/ configuration of export filters etc. Online for Sente, a very thorough manual for Bookends. Formatting controls work fine on both. OVERALL: (If anyone cares) I used Bookends extensively, then switched to Sente when it was the first to be able to scan open Pages files. Bookends has now been doing this for a while. It's a bit quicker, and plays more nicely with EndNote (at least as things stand now). Reference updating is a bit easier. I slightly prefer the Sente online search (linking to the PubMed webpage), and Sente is very very slightly prettier, but the speed and other features of Bookends win out. Both are excellent, but I'm going to stick with Bookends.
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Version 6.0.28
gbz
15 November 2017
Discontinued.
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Version 6.7.11
Jcarter
12 November 2017
its discontinued
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Version 6.7.11
gbz
18 October 2017
Sente no longer recognises references on Google Scholar. No response to my email to support. I really regret Sente's demise, and the app having become abandonware. Once again, if only the developers would communicate to their (loyal) customers what is going on.
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Version 6.7.11
5 answer(s)
gbz
gbz
27 October 2017
JSTOR also not recognised.
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johnll
johnll
04 November 2017
The sync was offline for nearly two weeks as well
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gbz
gbz
06 November 2017
It is actually still offline and despite two emails to support in the past week no answer as to a fix.
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gbz
gbz
12 November 2017
Sente is now really abandonware.

Sync has been offline for three weeks and despite several emails no answer from support. time to move on.
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gbz
gbz
13 November 2017
The Sente website has gone offline too.
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GranadoMJ
17 October 2016
I cannot believe they updated this as I've already left and gone to Mendeley. However, I am happy to see that there's still a heartbeat left. The iOS app hasn't been updated since 2014. Let's see if the updates and support come back online. In my opinion, Sente was the best when it was still chugging on all cylinders. Let's see what happens from here.
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Version 6.7.11
xcoxco
11 March 2016
I migrated to Bookends from Sente, with considerable regret. Sente is far superior to Bookends and Papers 3 for doing online research. Indeed I continue to use it for this purpose and then import the references to Bookends. Sente puts online search results into Sente's own internal database. This allows one to interrogate large found data sets in far more detail than other apps allow. It also allows for automatic updates to search results based on any number of variables. Bookends and Papers merely display the results found in PubMed, etc. They are not downloaded into a database. So one cannot even do further searches, to narrow down the found data set, without re-running the entire search again. Sente can. This makes further ad hoc analyses of the found data set extremely quick and easy. I do hope Sente can come to life with a successful business model ...
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Version 6.7.6
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Jda
Jda
18 March 2016
@xcoxco
You are incorrect, Bookends (and Papers) can import as many references as you like from PubMed and hundreds of online sources to the local database, where you can do whatever you want with them (refine searches, cite in manuscripts, annotate, etc.). Please contact tech support (support@sonnysoftware.com) and we'll help you with this. Note that these topics are covered, with images, in the various PDF and video tutorials and the Bookends User Guide (Help menu).

Jon
Sonny Software
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xcoxco
04 March 2016
Sente is a terrific app, especially for research purposes. However, it no longer seems to be supported (as of Mar 2016). I converted my Sente library (n>10,000) for use in Bookends. After two weeks with Bookends, I really do miss Sente for research. Plus I am finding Bookends quite buggy - I had to rebuild the database three times today already. Though - I am learning - its database rebuild capability works well. Bookends has some nice features, like searching for duplicates, that Sente lacks - though not for technical reasons. The apparent loss of Sente is a huge blow as far as I am concerned. I will continue to use it for research and import the results into Bookends. Bookends support has been excellent so far. But it does seem to be a one-man shop with very limited resources ... a concern. I will also look at Papers 3 in a few weeks.
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Version 6.7.6
-NM-
14 January 2016
Abandoned - unsupported - developers do not respond to support requests from "Premium" accounts and the user forum was closed.
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Version 6.7.6
gbz
24 September 2015
Beware before investing time, energy and money in Sente.

It’s a great piece of software but seems on track to become abandonware. The last update to both the Mac and iOS apps has been at least a year ago. A coming update will only ensure that the app keeps functioning with El Capitan. In the past months the support site has been all but ignored by the TSS team. User requests are ignored as a matter of policy. Several threads have been launched in recent months by worried users inquiring what the future of Sente looks like. These questions have been ignored and met with deafening silence, as have personal emails.

Meanwhile Sente’s main competitor Bookends has released an update recently with vastly improved import from Sente, a clear sign. To be clear: I own Sente as well as Bookends and actually switched to Sente over a year ago because of its Quicktags system, ability to nest smart groups into smart groups, and overall better GUI. I have invested a lot of time in transitioning from Bookends to Sente and my academic workflow is very much built around it. I also rely heavily on the iPad app which is also great. I can understand temporary silences and I am willing to give a lot of credit to developers if the app is worth it. But the company's current disdain for its customers suggests the end of the app might be in sight.
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Version 6.7.6
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Jeremyan
Jeremyan
04 October 2015
I am a recent convert and I am also deeply concerned about the future of this app. It is also not clear when, if ever, Sente will support Word 2016.
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-NM-
02 January 2016
I think you are correct. I have not received any response for my support tickets as a "premium" Sente account customer. What is worse is that their "tenderapp.com" user forum has also been closed. All points to abandonware. They probably blundered with their pricing structure and it is obvious that an app such as Sente will reach a level of market saturation and be too costly to maintain, especially after the developers' initial enthusiasm wears out. I think the best option is EndNote (I have been a customer for almost 20 years now back and forth between Windows and Mac, now allowed to use a single license on both platforms and sharing the same libraries between platforms). It is more expensive and the interface less Mac friendly. However, it is absolutely solid and unmatched by any competitor in terms of overall features and reliability.
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gbz
gbz
08 January 2016
Yes the disappearance of the user forums, without any prior announcement, is a clear sign of the end coming. As is the fact that all requests for information on the future of Sente has been ignored so far.

As for alternatives I would highly recommend Bookends, which easily matches Endnote in terms of functionality, and support is absolutely stellar.
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greenery
20 February 2014
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
3 answer(s)
xcoxco
xcoxco
26 August 2014
Hi. You had a bad experience, it seems. I am sorry to hear.

It was very unusual. As a longtime Sente user, I have found the product excellent, and the company's support responsive and valuable. My PhD, written long ago in a previous century, was done using End Note.

I replaced End Note (thank goodness) with Sente. I have tried Bookends and Paperless as well. All the products have relative strengths and weaknesses.

Do give the Sente software a chance if you are serious about bibliographic databases.

I do also find, from time to time, that the adage, "the customer is always right" to be a bit misleading. Knowing the company, and its diligent team, I do wonder whether there may have been some shortcomings on your end , too.

I only mention the latter because you have made your concerns public in a global (Internet) forum. I thought another perspective might be worthwhile.

Good luck!
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greenery
greenery
26 August 2014
Xco-- I was very careful to present my experience step by step, including my own error. The fact remains that customer service failed to solve the problem and did not handle the issue professionally. You had a good experience, fine. Don't try to minimize my experience, which is equally valid. You come across like a professional (that is, paid) cheerleader for this product.
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xcoxco
xcoxco
26 August 2014
Dear Greenery. Believe what you will. I am anything but a "paid cheerleader" for any product or person. Having used Macs since 1985, and done much more before that, I am from a period when "paid cheerleaders" were an anathema. I am sorry you had such a bad experience with the company.
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Garys
14 November 2013
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
$79.99

3.7

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  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.6.8 or later
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