Sente
Sente
6.7.11

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Sente6.7.11

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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56 Reviews of Sente

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Causeypike
22 February 2010
Version: 6.0.28

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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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gbz
15 November 2017
Version: 6.7.11
Discontinued.
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Jcarter
12 November 2017
Version: 6.7.11
its discontinued
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gbz
18 October 2017
Version: 6.7.11
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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GranadoMJ
17 October 2016
Version: 6.7.11
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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xcoxco
11 March 2016
Version: 6.7.6
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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xcoxco
04 March 2016
Version: 6.7.6
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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-NM-
14 January 2016
Version: 6.7.6
Abandoned - unsupported - developers do not respond to support requests from "Premium" accounts and the user forum was closed.
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gbz
24 September 2015
Version: 6.7.6
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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0.5
greenery
20 February 2014
Version: 6.7.4
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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4.5
Garys
14 November 2013
Version: 6.7.3
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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Mrtomato
25 September 2013
Version: 6.6.2
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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Nontroppo
19 September 2013
Version: 6.6.2
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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5
Sofakinbd
07 June 2013
Version: 6.6.2
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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taja
12 March 2012
Version: 6.5.12
MacUpdate is there any way you can get changelogs for Sente up here?
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Sherman-Wilcox
23 January 2012
Version: 6.5.1
Huh? 6.5.6 is the current version.
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4.5
Billcl
19 December 2011
Version: 6.5.0
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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Goodwill-:)
18 December 2011
Version: 6.5.0
Wow, the new user interface in this update is brilliant!! I would give it five stars for this improvement.
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Goodwill-:)
24 October 2011
Version: 6.2.16
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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Mar6473
17 July 2011
Version: 6.2.13
I've used both Bookends and Sente. I was very happy with Bookends, but switched to Sente because it offered an iPad version. It is so handy to read my pdfs and annotate using my iPad. Since then, I have been very impressed with the feature set of Sente 6. Sente also offers a very affordable version for those that have smaller libraries. The UI of Bookends is quite rough and unpleasant to look at. Sente has a very nice look to it (Endnote looks the worst). I'm very happy with Sente right now. The developer continues to add fixes and tweaks. Both Bookends and Sente are very good, but personally I'm going with Sente 6.
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Goodwill-:)
15 June 2011
Version: 6.2.11
have the exact same comment as Couseypike below feature regarding update of incomplete reference that Sente lacks. This has resulted in many duplicated references in my library, which is really annoying. 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.
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Peternsteinmetz
24 September 2010
Version: 6.1.15
Also thanks, a very nice comparison of Sente & Bookends. Guess I'll stick with Bookends for now, as it also scans openoffice documents natively.
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Mwarner7
01 May 2010
Version: 6.1.7
Not impressed. I've spent the past three days trying to use the latest version of Sente and have found the experience incredibly frustrating. I have 100's of pdf files already on my computer that I need to get into a good ref. database manager. The error rate for Sente not recognizing a recently published journal article is quite high. In many cases, there is a viscous loop where the program seems to be jumping to PubMed and back to Google Scholar to find the article automatically. After several minutes of waiting for something to happen (hitting the cancel button does nothing), the search ends unsuccessfully, or I have to force quit the app. A quick search on PubMed or Google Scholar directly takes me right to the reference. When automatic importing and paper matching does work, there is a good 7-10 second lag for every paper, and this is running on a late 2009 MacPro loaded with ram. After digging into the user forums, it seems that there are serious problems with auto matching that have been unresolved for 4-6 months. The other major deficiency on the front end of this program is that it does not support EZproxy so I cannot directly import papers from journals while working at my university computer. Summary: I got so frustrated with trying to get things into this app. that I did not even make it to testing how well it handled scanning and making bibliographies.
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Causeypike
22 February 2010
Version: 6.0.28
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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Jon-Stovell
13 December 2009
Version: 6.0.24
I bought Sente when it was in version 5, mostly because it was the first bibliography software to add support for iWork Pages documents. (That is no longer a selling feature, since the competition does now too.) During the time that I used it, they added some nice time-saving features like targeted, one-click importing from online databases. There were a few spots where the interface seemed a little odd, mostly because these particular UI elements looked like they would behave in one way, but would subtly differ from the norm that one expects in Mac applications. Nevertheless, the application itself was fairly pleasant to use. The bibliography format builder (for creating or customizing formats) took a little bit of getting used to, but once I figured out what all the parts did, it was quite powerful. Unfortunately, Sente does not adequately perform its core function as bibliographic software. To be precise, Sente cannot properly handle one of the key components of bibliographic data: the author's name. Sente only supports a given name, a surname, and optionally some customized initials (i.e. the initials to use in place of the given name when a particular bibliographic format calls for them, not some extra initials aside from the given name). Sente is simply incapable of handling prefixes (e.g. "von") or suffixes (e.g. "Jr.") in names. So the only thing the user can do is to shove these things into either the given name or the surname. But this results in problems. For example, let's say I am following the Chicago Manual of Style, and I have to deal with an author named John Smith, Jr. I can try entering his given name as "John" and his surname as "Smith, Jr." But then my bibliography looks like this: Smith, Jr., John. Some Book. Big City: Some Publisher, 2009. Alternatively, I can try entering his surname as "Smith" and his given name as "John, Jr." But then my footnote citations look like this: John, Jr. Smith, Some Book (Big City: Some Publisher, 2009), 65. Either way, it is wrong. No matter what I do, I have to go back through the generated paper and fix the errors. At first, this might seem like a simple job for Find and Replace to fix, but in practice this is not so simple. It is very easy to end up with leftover bits of punctuation, or with punctuation that has gone missing, or one spot here or there where due to a particular eccentricity of the reference and its situation the Find and Replace function misses an error. Thus, I always end up having to scrutinize all the generated formatting anyway. But more importantly, I have to remember to go over every single source I have used and check to see if there are any prefixes or suffixes in the name so that if necessary I can run Find and Replace. If I forget, then my paper almost certainly will have errors. I should neither need to remember to clean up after Sente nor need to waste the time it takes to do so. The entire point of bibliographic software is to eliminate these problems for me. Unfortunately, the developers at Third Street do not seem keen to fix this seemingly small but ultimately time-consuming defect. I initially filed a bug report for this nearly two years ago, occasionally attached follow-up messages to the report, and asked in the support forums as well. On the occasions when any response was forthcoming, it was only ever to say that the issue was on their list of things to improve. After two years, it seems clear that it isn't very high on that list. As a result, I have had to drop Sente and move on to other software. Some of the others may not have all the shiny features that Sente has, but they get the job done properly. After all, luxury reclining seats and a built-in GPS navigation system are of no use if you need to take your car to the shop every time you try to drive it.
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Alanterra
16 November 2009
Version: 6.0.19
I have used Sente 5 for almost a year now, and am just upgrading to Sente 6. Pros--powerful management of references for reading, browsing, filing, and including in bibliographies. Able to take large databases in a single bound! Great support for downloading papers from the web. All-in-one solution for management of references, including web references, journal papers, books, scans of xeroxes. And now including synchronization of libraries between computers. Cons--occasional user interface glitches, undo not fully implemented, no comprehensive user manual. While I still have not used all the parts of Sente, it has changed my life researching various topics. I right now have 3,000+ references, and this is growing quickly. My research is in various old corners of the biological world, so I can't use PubMed, and Sente's integration with Google Scholar is great. (In spite of all the data problems in Google Scholar). I often am using old journals, and I xerox the articles and scan them, and it is easy to add these to Sente. Integration with JSTOR is great. Sente 6 now has "keywords" and "tags", keywords being supplied by the author and skimmed from the journal's online site, and tags being supplied by the user. Not the most obvious solution, but I think it is pretty common. You see the same solution in Papers. I am not using the synchronize feature, but the word is that it works well, but causes some limits on how other programs can link with saved pdfs (because Sente needs to copy, rename and delete pdfs behind the scenes to implement synchronization). I just spent a few hours looking at some of the competition, and here are some comments: Papers: Nice but incomplete. For instance, you can't add books to the reference database. And, while you can add tags to references, you can't add the same tag to multiple references at a time. Reading their forums, it is obvious that many people want these features, but the authors have not had time to implement them yet. Papers focuses on reading pdfs, not compiling and filing them. While it is useful, it might be just as useful to use the Finder + a good pdf reader like Skim. Mendeley: I couldn't transfer my Sente database to Mendeley--the pdfs did not transfer (meaning that I would have to drag and drop 2,000+ pdfs one by one). Other fields that I use in Sente to organize my database (like Status, or Library Call #) also didn't transfer. It seemed like a better solution for a lab that is working mostly with recent documents, not a person who still uses a physical library like me. Mendeley is still in beta, but the price can't be beat (free), and Mendeley is cross-platform. For me, the time I have saved keeping my references organized in Sente is more than repaid by the cost.
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Goodwill-:)
08 November 2009
Version: 6.0.17
I fixed the problem by simply do a permission repair. So, I retract my comments above.
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Goodwill-:)
06 November 2009
Version: 6.0.17
Another bug: when a local pdf file (downloaded by app other than Sente) is added to the library, it can only be read inside the Sente window but not by external app such as Acrobat. Nevertheless, pdf file download within the Sente can be opened either way.
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Goodwill-:)
27 October 2009
Version: 6.0.12
Compared to Sente 5, I noticed a much higher CPU usage in Sente 6. Anybody else have similar experience?
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Emchateau
01 October 2009
Version: 5.7.5
For me also the best i've tried (and i've tried almost all of them). Because of the mac interface, it's a really easy soft for mac users. But it is also very powerfull and truly manageable. I really enjoy the keywords system and the smarts collections. PDF meta data are easy to receive and it makes it really easy to add a new ref from the pdf on your computers. Compared to Zotero, it's really more powerfull and easy to use but it doesn't have the export of library on the web and share collection that zotero gives. Anyway the data are exportable in different formats so you can go from one system to anotherone witch makes your data really safe. I regret it doesn't support different language for the date citation as i'm french. But i hope they'll change this very soon. As i'm an historian, i also miss the circa citation in the date field. Even of that, i'm still using it, because it's so great !
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Keyboardpounder
06 August 2009
Version: 5.7.5
THE best research application around. I have tried them all, and Sente is amazing. The interface: like a Mac, so easy. Tools: all the features you will ever need. Get it and compare, that's all I can say. My hat's off to Third Street Software, you've made a true fan out of me.
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Keyboardpounder
06 August 2009
Version: 5.7.5
I have just now downloaded Sente 5.7.5 and I must say that I am soooo happy. I have tried them all, let me tell you, but NONE of them even come close to this amazing application. Seriously. The user interface is so intuitive for Mac users that you're up and running in no time at all, unlike many other programs that require the user to devote their lives to an entire course on the program, and that's just to do the basics! Sente is not like that all. The app just makes sense and is a pleasure to use. All the features a scholar, writer, educator ever needs is in this amazing program. Thank you so much Third Street Software for Sente! ...I am a lifer for your program.
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Just-A-User
12 July 2009
Version: 5.7.5
I like it, took some time ti figure out how to use it, but it has all the features I need and it works great.
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Asdfasd
26 April 2009
Version: 5.7.5
Without any doubt EndNote is still the best reference manager ever! You can share entire libraries between PCs and Macs, and this is essential for someone that works with both platforms, or when you collaborate with people that uses different OS. The integration of EndNote with Microsoft Word is great and now it can also work with Apple Pages. EndNote its ugly and it has a really bad GUI when comparing to Papers or Sente, but it works a lot better than those two together when you need to write a paper or a thesis. So do not even bother in buying Sente, it is expensive and it lacks the most essential feature on a reference manager the integration to Word and Pages...
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Alanterra
14 February 2009
Version: 5.7.3
I haven't explored all the features of Sente, but it seems to be head and shoulders above its competition. I spent the last few days looking at Sente, Papers, Zotero, and one programs that I didn't even bother to look at due to bad reviews (EndNote). For my needs, Sente is the best. I am trying to organize a couple of thousand pdfs (and a few other kinds of documents), and continue to research various areas from that base. Sente seems to have a strong emphasis on medical research (it uses PubMed as a default database to look for things, and I haven't figured out how to change that). But the tools of being able to look up bibliographic data automatically in Google Scholar, use keywords, and browse pdfs from within the program make the program exactly what I need. As of Feb 2009, the developers are giving some insight into the next version of the program, which looks to be a useful improvement. It will be a free upgrade to anyone who purchases the program after Jan 1, 2009.
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Rachael-Garrett
18 December 2008
Version: 5.7.1
If you are a student is affordable if you purchase a group license for 10 users and then split the costs!! Plus a lot of schools will reimburse you for half of the cost of the software.
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Zeba
05 November 2008
Version: 5.6.16
One more thing... this is the price for 3 licenses. I need only one license for most of my programs, as most of other users (students) do, but developer is not willing to offer that in their business model.
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Asdfasd
17 September 2008
Version: 5.6.13
It aims to be used in academia, but at US $89.95 it's to expensive to be used by students! So two thumbs down.
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Ernie-Beal
17 September 2008
Version: 5.6.13
Can't wait to see which one (Sente or Bookends) ends up implementing direct support for OpenOffice 3.x.
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Lev
21 August 2008
Version: 5.6.4
Gosh, Sente and its competition Bookends don't need reviewers; at the moment, they need a sports commentator. Sente just pulled into the lead with totally customisable conditional fields ("print X unless field A is empty, in which case print Y"). Can't wait to see Bookends' response. Except perhaps I should do some work, instead of watching Sonny Software and Third Street doing *their* work...)
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Simonm
16 July 2008
Version: 5.6.3
Although you get an initial generous 30 day trial period, after this has expired you can no longer assess future versions of the software! How can we test out new features if the developer won't allow us to trial the software again???
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Lev
27 June 2008
Version: 5.6.1
For those of us in the (non-MLA) humanities, life just got a bit more difficult. With Sente's latest iteration, we now have two first-rate reference managers (Bookends being the other) and no excuse for sticking with the lamentable gouging corporatism behind EndNote ($100 a year, more or less, for “upgrades” which consist of bug fixes (more or less)). Sente now offers “tabbed browsing” -- an onboard WebKit browser with “data detectors” that enable you to home in on, for example, a JSTOR paper and grab its reference and PDF. It has great note-taking capabilities, RTF file attachments viewable from within the app., easily-customisable references for footnotes and in-text styles, and an excellent UI. The choice is hard. Bookends is probably a gnat's-whisker more customisable on the citations front (particularly with its ability to force, to some extent, the behaviour of a citation when an element is missing) and allows the user to rename the same field for different reference types (“Book title” in Books, the same field called “Article title” in Journal Articles, for example). Sente is a bit more authoritarian in this respect. For online searching and grabbing of references, Sente has the lead. Neither of them has two great killer features -- the ability to copy a note or a quote and have it appear in the target document complete with reference and pages cites, and the ability to link references/notes/quotes to other references with some cognitive functionality, as in the great and lamented Papyrus which never made it to OS X. (In Papyrus you could link My Great Book to His Lousy Book with the link “Cites” and lo!, His Lousy Book would be linked to My Great Book with the link type “Cited in”. Marvellous). But I imagine these things will come. The Sente guys and Jon of Sonny Software, author of Bookends, are now engaged in an excellent battle for mastery and for once the end-user is really benefitting from competition. Hooray! The only thing I can say is: try them out and decide for yourself. But for heaven's sake, do *decide*. Do *not* follow my example and end up with a Bookends database and a Sente database and *no real clue what's where*. The end decision will be down, as always, to personal choice. But it's really good to have such a difficult choice to make. Kudos (kudoides?) all round.
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Lynreid
10 April 2008
Version: 5.4
Sente's 5.4 upgrade takes it from amazing to phenomenal. This program (in version 4.x, if I recall) single-handedly converted me to a Mac. Nothing manages your searches, keeps you up to date on the literature, organizes your pdfs and other documents, AND functions as your citation manager. Sente does all that, and with the 5.4 upgrade you can now do your search, select a reference delivered by PubMed, and with one click, there's your imported, renamed, stored pdf. Sometimes you have to click twice. (If you're old enough to remember going to the library to photocopy an article, clicking twice is okay. Even if you're not that old, clicking twice is okay.) Just so you know going in, it's still only amazing if you work mostly in WoS; it's phenomenal properties are for PubMed. But "amazing" is still pretty good. I.e. on WoS you still have to go download the pdf through your own search, and then drag it onto the reference in your library to be automatically renamed, organized, and linked to the reference. This new release gives Sente many of the features that Papers has and Sente didn't. (Papers doesn't do the citation manager part, but it has some cool tricks that might have tempted you away from Sente. Now Sente has those cool tricks too.) It can sometimes be a little rough around the edges (I can't get the references to behave as reliably as in RefMan or EndNote), but the other features are so mind-bogglingly useful and easy that I don't mind doing a bit of tidying up.
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Lev
05 December 2007
Version: 5.1.9
My earlier comment about footnotes is out of date and should be dismissed. Sente now does them, and seems to do them fine, although I've only just had a quick look at it.
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Odysseus
20 September 2007
Version: 5.0.19
This is now the golden standard of bibliography management programs: 1. Sente appears to have the cleanest, best-designed interface. For example, you can do *all* your work in the main library window - no need to open up a reference window, switch between tabs within that window, etc. 2. Sente is unique in that it doesn't force you to use arcane character codes and field names in order to produce working formats -- it's all done in a graphic interface, with popups and checkboxes.
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Lev
19 March 2007
Version: 4.2.1
No ability to format references in footnotes (despite "improved" functionality with Mellel? In that case, still no use in much of the humanities field. Sorry. But I'd love to know what's do very hard about the problem that we're on version 4 and still no progress.
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Scottg-
12 March 2007
Version: 4.1
Sente is by far the best bibliographic program that I have used. It even runs on my poor old 400MHz G4 laptop. Some of the reviews on this site seem to be for quite an old version of Sente- now it inserts citations into documents and builds bibliographies- but I think it's real strengths are in the way that it organises papers, and makes everything so searchable. The automatic download of pdfs based on pubmed or doi search is an added bonus.
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Sherman
05 February 2007
Version: 4.1
An academic reference manager that STILL can't format bibliographies according to APA standards. When will this get fixed?
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jibbe
20 May 2005
Version: 2.2.1
Sente is great but ... Please, please, multilingual support !
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Anonymous
23 November 2004
Version: 1.3.0
For legal research see Past Efforts X!
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Danfick
23 November 2004
Version: 1.2.3
Save time and increase productivity...boy have I heard that before. As a researcher I have converted a number of colleagues to the Mac platform and Sente has been the clincher for many. Often overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of our reading lists just keeping up to date, I find Sente helps identify relevant articles quickly by allowing me to skim abstracts. I then use the PubMed Linkout option to retrieve the articles deemed relevant. The Bibliography function is a welcome addition in communicating with others in the research group who do not have Sente....just export thru mail. If you're serious about a literature review then try Sente...
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mrsidoric
12 March 2004
Version: 1.1.1
Sente's filtering, speed, stability and ease of use are unrivaled by any competing propduct I've tested. While I understand concerns about student pricing, it is well worth the price -- and when you consider the time you can save (student time isn't free) -- Sente is truly a bargain.
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Anonymous
22 February 2004
Version: 1.1
I've found Sente to be an easy and intuitive way to execute, organize and review Medline searches. However, as a graduate student, the $50 cost of the program is hard to justify when most of us already own and use some version of EndNote that effectively accomplishes the same functions as Sente (if perhaps not as efficiently). I hope 3rd St. will consider lowering (at least) the student cost of the program.
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Anonymous
29 January 2004
Version: 1.0.3
Good program but I agree with Joe , I wouldn't pay more than 10$ for it.
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Anonymous
29 January 2004
Version: 1.0.3
I think this is a very useful program for every graduate student in biomedical sciences. I like the browser option: very clean interface. What I failed to understand was the steep student pricing! 50$ is way too much for this program. It costs me just a bit more to get Endnote 7 which has the same options, and in addition, and more importantly, allows me to insert citations into my manuscripts.
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mrsidoric
15 January 2004
Version: 1.0
Sente is an essential tool for anyone in bio-medical research. The interface is simple, and elegant, yet powerful -- and superb filtering helps narrow searches without having to re-run them again and again. The beta version was an awesome achievement -- and this latest release is even better. Third Street Software has done an impressive job, and with their aggressive pricing -- Sente should become an essential tool for anyone in medicine or bio-medical research.
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Anonymous
05 January 2004
Version: 1.0b5
This looks really quite useful. Perhaps linking in with ref software (eg BookEnds or EndNote) would maks this a great alternative to digging through the PubMed website.
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