Synapsen free download for Mac


06 October 2011

Hypertextual card catalog manager for bibliographies.


Synapsen is a hypertextual card catalog, which is to say a storage system on the basis of an electronic literature database that enables the management of bibliographies. However, in contrast to normal literature management software, synapsen offers a very distinct advantage: with catchwords entered by the user, the program connects individual cards automatically and creates not only a network of cards whose relation to each other might have been forgotten, but also creates completely unexpected connections and relations between individual entries. Synapsen is therefore not only for electronic literature management, but also a helping hand when writing scientific texts, which participates in communication with the author in order to augment lines of argumentation and the generation of ideas.

Synapsen is a hypertextual card-catalog written in Java, that is housed on a SQL-database based in the literature networking structure from Niklas Luhmann.


  • Very easy installation procedure.
  • Automatic or individual connections between all cards through common headwords.
  • Easy editing, searching and viewing of reference entries.
  • Direct search and download from OPACs like Library of Congress or GBV via the z39.50 interface.
  • Produces fully BibTeX compliant output, tight connection to LaTeX, but also to word processors via RTF and copy & paste.
  • Many individual formatting features while creating the bibliographical output.
  • Data import and export via BibTeX und RTF.
  • Complete support of Unicode, i.e., you can simultaneosly work with many different alphabets like Cyrillic, Hebrew or Chinese, etc.
  • Support of SQL for the internal database server in order to procure future compatibility of your data. Linkage to external databases like mySQL also possible.

What's new in Synapsen

Version 3.9:
  • Special filter for Citavi (BiBTeX-Import)
  • Several minor improvements

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