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Reference management and bibliography software.

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Bookends overview

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

  • Bookends uses the cloud to sync reference libraries on all the Macs you use. Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2016): 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, Manuscripts.app, and LibreOffice/OpenOffice 4 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor.
  • Bookends allows you to share your references over the Internet with anyone, on any platform. And with Bookends, you can directly search and import references from numerous sources:
    • PubMed
    • Web of Science
    • JSTOR
    • Google Scholar
    • Amazon
    • Library of Congress
    • arXiv
    • and hundreds of other online sources
    Or use a built-in browser to download references with PDF's and/or Web pages. Also, with automatic searches of PubMed, you can discover articles as soon as they're published. Bookends allows for powerful group-based searches, with static, smart, virtual groups, and smart folders as well as tag clouds that make hierarchical searches easy.
  • Bookends also offers a robust assortment of file attachment features:
    • Attach any file (such as a PDF) to a reference and view or open it instantly.
    • Automatically rename and organize PDF files on-the-fly.
    • Automatically download and attach the PDF of an article from the Internet if you have access permission.
    • Automatically locate and attach PDF's on your hard drive.
    • Annotate and markup PDFs and have the information instantly accessible in notecards.
    Easily migrate references and attachments from other reference managers to Bookends.
  • Sync your library with Bookends for iOS on your iOS devices, so that you have your references and PDF's with you wherever you are.

What’s new in version 14.0.9

Updated on Jun 09 2022

  • Color labels for groups and folders. Groups and folders can be assigned a color defined in Preferences (Lists tab). Select a group color from a to right-click contextual menu, the action pop-up menu beneath the group's pane, or the keyboard shortcut Control-Command-# (the number of the color is defined in the preferences Lists tab). You can only assign colors to groups and folders you create; the color of default groups (All, Hits, Attachments, and Recently Viewed) can't be modified .
  • Ignore citation delimiter metacharacter. When the open citation delimiter, typically a curly bracket, is immediately followed by a tilde (~), Bookends will ignore it during a scan. This is useful if you need to use the citation delimiter in another context, such as a mathematical formula, and don't want Bookends to mistakenly think it is the beginning of a temporary citation. When ready to submit the manuscript, do a search/replace in your word processor and replace the open delimiter plus ~ with the open delimiter (for example, replace {~ with { ).
  • Perform a live search for a unique ID by preceding it with the # character (e.g. #43237). You can already select Unique ID as a field to search in using the live search field pop-up menu; this is another way to do so that is arguably more convenient.
  • The library name output by the formatter will no longer include the file extension, .bdb
  • A colon will be used in place of an underscore before the unique ID when generating a citekey as Author + Year + UniqueID
  • If a file in the destination folder has the same name as an exported attachment, Bookends will move it to the Trash and then proceed with the export
  • Small UI tweaks. Updated Help menu wording. The right-click contextual menu for references in static group reads "Remove From Group" instead of "Delete". Improved display of edit pane when no reference is selected.
  • The note steam will scroll to a newly-imported notecard
  • Added a warning that importing from Papers 3 can't be done when running a macOS version later than Big Sur 11.2
  • Bookends will import issue numbers exported from Mendeley as EndNote XML.
  • Right-clicking on empty space in the groups pane will bring up the contextual menu
  • Previously you had to right-click on a group.
Bug fixes:
  • Dumb quote marks won't be escaped when BibTeX Markup is used for formatting references. Fixed a bug where a right click on empty space in the reference list caused an error warning. Unicode characters in the WiFi sync list are now rendered correctly. Fixed a bug where the BibTeX "don't change case" status wasn't correctly shown when preferences was opened. Fixed several bugs in generating citekeys. Fixed a bug that prevented smart SQL groups with predefined content from being created. Fixed a bug in the format window where changing the Type in one tab didn't update the field names pop-up menu in the other. Fixed problems with the display of scrollbars in the library window right pane. Fixed a bug on library open where the various panes weren't updated to reflect the first selected reference's content. You can once again change the color of text in the edit pane. Fixed a problem where searching for some DOIs failed to find the reference or generated an error. Fixed a bug where the wrong reference was shown in the edit pane. Fixed a bug where the Notes tab could contain light gray hint text. The PDF tag enter field expands if necessary to accommodate pasted text. Fixed a bug where the reference list would become invisible when invoking full screen while the library was in the widescreen view. Fixed a bug where searches for PDF tags could incorrectly match a PDF with a similar name. Fixed a bug where the issue number wasn't imported if it was identical to the volume number. Fixed a reference duplication bug where the new reference was selected but edits were recorded in the original.
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Information

License

Shareware

Size

105.9 MB

Developer’s website

https://www.sonnysoftware.com/

Downloads

169328

App requirements

  • Intel 64
  • Apple Silicon
  • macOS 10.13.0 or later
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robertgunn2019
robertgunn2019
Jan 15 2022
14.0.4
0.0
Jan 15 2022
0.0
Version: 14.0.4
I really wanted to use this in combo with Mellel. No dice. Bookends is a non-starter for serious doctoral academics. Pls correct me if this is factually inaccurate - but Bookends does not allow for any importation of necessary style guides - you get what's there, end of. Zotero has them all by default. (Bookends has one Harvard style, when at least 75 exist). If you need a specific style for your university.department, you are forced to suddenly become a code editor to tweak the one that's there --- if I were interested in doing all that, I'd just learn LaTex to begin with. Also: scanning workarounds for citations on a 250,000 word dissertation is not an option when Libre + Zotero do it seamlessly, albeit they are not as good for the word processing. --- When Mellel ("By academics for academics"), Bookends, or both choose to accomodate flexibility and realistic options, I'll gladly try again - and happily pay for the luxury. They are onto something here, I need a viable alternative to MS Word and the other litany of stuff out there - not headaches, endless forum searches, etc. completing my PhD. C'mon folks! There really is a market out there if you want us! peace.
clemons_Z
clemons_Z
May 24 2021
13.5.4
5.0
May 24 2021
5.0
Version: 13.5.4
tried it recently with Microsoft Word, works seamlessly and make work so much easier 100% recommend
Meitnik
Meitnik
Apr 5 2021
13.5.3
4.0
Apr 5 2021
4.0
Version: 13.5.3
Wow, finally "Set the font and font size for PDF comments in Preferences" Am legally blind so this is much valued fix.
Maddogiam66
Maddogiam66
May 27 2019
13.2.3
4.0
May 27 2019
4.0
Version: 13.2.3
Great app. Use it with my Word docs and works flawlessly. Been around forever.
lawmom
lawmom
Oct 13 2018
13.1.3
4.5
Oct 13 2018
4.5
Version: 13.1.3
Nice program!
Tedg
Tedg
Jun 26 2018
13.1
5.0
Jun 26 2018
5.0
Version: 13.1
Been using for many years, usually with Nisus, but sometimes Word and Mellel. It has never let me down. I've tried others and nothing else works as well. Constantly updated. Support is fantastic.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Jan 29 2018
13.0.5
5.0
Jan 29 2018
5.0
Version: 13.0.5
Microsoft released a major rewrite of Word, which broke compatibility with Endnote and Bookends. Bookends had a workaround available to users in hours, and has been updated (V13.0.5, and a backport for V12 users too!) now to fix this . Endnote? Forces users to run beta software and no ETA when an official fix will come. This just gives you a flavour of the difference in support you will receive with both pieces of software (apart from the fact Bookends is far more powerful than Endnote, and far cheaper).
chancellor
chancellor
Dec 1 2017
13.0.0
4.5
Dec 1 2017
4.5
Version: 13.0.0
Bookends may not be the prettiest software out there but it does the job done. The support is outstanding with the main developer being super-responsive. The community is booming on the forums with a lot of people writing scripts or filters for the others. Bookends has a VERY comprehensive format editor/generator. The manual is something like 450 pages long. The software is also very stable despite being a new major release (as of 01.12.2017, v13.0). I also find Bookends support in almost any third-party software (where applicable) which is a nice surprise as well. The only thing I miss there is the ability to insert a citation without fully switching to BK. Something like Magic Citations in Papers (from which I switched to BK, hence I might be spoiled). This and the somewhat old-looking interface are the reasons I cut half the star.
ealvarez-1
ealvarez-1
Nov 22 2017
13.0.0
5.0
Nov 22 2017
5.0
Version: 13.0.0
I'm using Bookends for more than 10 years. Since then, the developper has stayed focused on its software with regular updates and the support is just great. Clearly one of my best choice of software.
Dellu
Dellu
Nov 21 2017
13.0.0
5.0
Nov 21 2017
5.0
Version: 13.0.0
Best reference manager ever.

I have tried all of them. I like Zotero. I also use BibDesk and Jabref for my latex references. I have been user of Sente for many years. I have also used Papers for a while. But, Bookends stands as the richest and most reliable of all. I love the Global tools that help me to manipulate my references.
The automatic data extraction has gone from DOI to Justor and recently even to iSBN. You don't have to go and search for reference data from Google Scholar. It magically picks the data from the PDF and autfills it.
Cassady
Cassady
Nov 18 2017
13.0.0
5.0
Nov 18 2017
5.0
Version: 13.0.0
Well, probably the best supported, and as a result, flexible, reference managers on the Mac just received a significant update. I purchased it immediately, with a fair amount of relief. Relief since Bookends is easily the most frequently updated applications of all my Mac apps, and I had been wanting to pay again, as appreciation for all the work that is put in to both the Mac (and iOS companion) application. If you are looking for a reference manager, across iOS and macOS, look no further. The others might be bigger, but how many of them frequently pose a question in their forums asking how many would support a user-request change, and then implement that change within weeks, if not days? Bookends has been in existence since the very early days - and it shows, in a mature and powerful app that often is an example of "way more than what you expect under the hood"!
GranadoMJ
GranadoMJ
Nov 12 2017
13.0.0
0.0
Nov 12 2017
0.0
Version: 13.0.0
Actually I like what I see from this new version (13.0) thus far. I've always had a license for Bookends, but ended up gravitating towards Papers (so many years ago till the 2nd version started crashing), followed by Sente (till it stopped receiving regular updates a couple of years ago), and now Mendeley. However, now that people using Macs are having problems with Mendeley on HIgh Sierra (with no official support for 10.12 or 10.13), I've begun revisiting Bookends. I always had problems with how Bookends managed and viewed PDFs, which is where Sente and Mendeley excelled (full screen, tabbed views, easy to read, simple and straightforward UI, etc).

This new version of Bookends (along with its reputation of always being updated with stellar support) has me hopeful. I don't have a license for this new version, but I'm going to spend the better part of the next 30 days or so experimenting with it to see how it goes. In the end, I'm not so sure if there really is any viable alternatives on the Mac right now (and don't talk to me about Endnote). Unless Mendeley gets updated or Readcube finally puts it together, I'm going to seriously look at Bookends and I like what I see thus far. We'll see after a month or so.
Nontroppo
Nontroppo
Nov 12 2017
13.0.0
5.0
Nov 12 2017
5.0
Version: 13.0.0
Bookends is overall the best reference manager for macOS. The major advantage lies in the fact its database engine is the most flexible/accessible, allowing powerful group editing of the reference data. Bookends has been continuously developed for the Mac since 1984, and still receives regular updates. In V13 there have been major improvements to the way you can view and annotate PDFs. For example, there is a sticky tab bar for multiple reference PDFs so you can quickly add several PDFs then switch between them effortlessly, while being able to view the annotations note stream (metadata about your PDF annotations are automagically extracted into the main database for you). Full screen is now contextual, if you are editing reference lists, it opens into the reference list, if you have a PDF panel open, it opens into the PDF. The automated Pubmed search has been improved, and it greatly enhances the speed at which we can scan through new potentially interesting references. There are many more interesting features and Bookends really offers the best mix of detailed reference management, search interface, PDF handling, flexible bibliography generation and more.
bdikkat
bdikkat
Nov 12 2017
13.0.0
0.0
Nov 12 2017
0.0
Version: 13.0.0
Might as well be a subscription now, because that's what these regular price hikes amount to. Or perhaps you could see it as a dilute form of extortion: if you want a 64-bit app (i.e., if you want to keep running the software into 2018), then cough up $40 (*evil laugh*). Not sure it's a wise move, as it may persuade some to just pirate the thing (which is not recommended, unless you want alien custard pouring out of your Mac at some point). So what's new? Well the dev finally worked out how to allow you to actually view PDFs. Whoopee. There's also some stuff like "New AppleEvent for getting the name and paths of attachments".. Really? Is he rambling in code? It's good, but it's not gold dust (except for the developer maybe). Sigh. Oh well, in for a penny...
Deibel
Deibel
Feb 3 2017
12.7.8
5.0
Feb 3 2017
5.0
Version: 12.7.8
Best publication database out there, I am impressed by both programme and support. Very stable and functional. I like the new iCloud Sync to Bookends for iOS, giving me access to all metadata and pdfs on the go: awesome.

I also know Mendeley (ok, but ugly and Elsevier), Papers (own V1, 2 and 3, and while V1 was ok, just a bit buggy, I would not recommend the newer versions), Jabref (Non-native but reliable) and Bibdesk (native, free, I like it, but BE has the powerful sync which is difficult to beat).

Bookends: highly recommended.
ES.knight
ES.knight
Dec 28 2016
12.7.7
5.0
Dec 28 2016
5.0
Version: 12.7.7
Awesome tool for writhing thesis, I was wondering how Bookends would work with my MS Word '16. So, the app surpassed all my expectations. It works great perfectly storing all my books references.
cmezes
cmezes
Oct 10 2016
12.7.5
5.0
Oct 10 2016
5.0
Version: 12.7.5
I used Mellel (writing) and Bookends (reference management) to write my PhD thesis. Both applications were very reliable over the years. The developer of Bookends was very responsive when I had questions or discovered small bugs. Of course I still use Bookends (mostly when researching and writing papers) and I think it is a very valuable tool for researchers.
Ervins Strauhmanis
Ervins Strauhmanis
Aug 10 2016
12.7.4
5.0
Aug 10 2016
5.0
Version: 12.7.4
As owner of EndNote X5 and X6, and its ex-user, I find Bookends to be more straightforward and user friendly. People at Sonny Software are friendly and responsive too. Highly recommended for any earnest writer—whether you are writing a blog, a research paper, or a book. And it costs less than EndNote too!
michelphilips5771
michelphilips5771
Jun 14 2016
12.7.1
4.0
Jun 14 2016
4.0
Version: 12.7.1
Bookends really helps me a lot! It is very brilliant and easy to use. I just spend little time to learn this app and now i can use it very skillful.
Alvin-H
Alvin-H
Jun 11 2016
12.7.1
5.0
Jun 11 2016
5.0
Version: 12.7.1
i love this app, even looks scary on first run, after learn a bit, i can handle it, so i just concentrate to what i what to write not how to write and find reference. i've try the others but found this one is better than what i ever try, trust me download the trial, learn how to use it, the next day you'll enjoy it
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