Bookends
Bookends
13.5.3

4.6

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Bookends for Mac

06 April 2021

Reference management and bibliography software.

What is Bookends for Mac

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 Bookends

Version 13.5.3:
  • Marooned Attachments Manager: A marooned attachment is a file in an attachments folder that is not attached to any references. File -> Show Marooned Attachments generates a list of files that aren't attached in any open library. It is important to note that Bookends can only check open libraries for the presence of an attached file -- if you have unopened libraries the "marooned" file may actually be attached in one of those. It's up to you to make sure all your libraries are open when you invoke this function. Once identified, you can press the space bar to open a file in Quick Look, double click to open it in your PDF reader, or show it in the Finder. A pop-up menu lets you move the selected files to a specified folder or the Trash. Some users may have attachments on the Desktop, making the Desktop an ad hoc attachment folder. Because the Desktop will undoubtably have files unrelated to Bookends, by default Desktop files aren't listed. However, there is an option to show potentially marooned Desktop files if you want to see them.
  • When attaching to a PDF to new reference with Autocomplete Paper, Bookends will import the PDF's title and subject if they are found in its metadata. If Autocomplete Paper is successful these will be replaced by the information imported from the online source.
  • Images (non-PDFs) in the display pane can be moved to the Finder or another app by drag and drop. A copy of the original will be delivered to the dropped location. To create an alias of the image, hold down the Option and Command keys and then drag.
  • When an image is showing in the display pane, the right-click hierarchical menu has options to open the image, zoom the image, and show the image file in the Finder. Opening the image with a double click has been removed because it conflicts with drag and drop.
  • The jpg files of cover art imported from Google Books will be named using the same rules as when renaming attachments. Previously, they were named "Download" followed by a random number.
  • Bookends Browser detects DOIs for articles from The Lancet journals and does a better job downloading their PDFs
  • When searching PubMed in Bookends Browser, Bookends will find a PDF's metadata even if it hasn't been assigned a DOI
  • Set the font and font size for PDF comments in Preferences
  • References of Type Review will be treated as Journal Articles when formatting an entry in the Vol (Issue) field. That is, the volume and issue can be output together or independently.
  • Live Search will perform a string (character) search for characters enclosed in quote marks. Previously this search would only match whole words.
  • Added PDF Viewer as an option for viewing in PDFs in another application
  • Bookends Browser will now allow you to download PDFs from OVID via the PDF proxy icon or the paper clip
  • If an article found on PubMed with a direct search lacks page numbers but has an electronic location, the latter will be inserted in the Pages field on import
  • Updated the PubMed parser to import the correct DOI when the data provided by PubMed contain multiple DOIs of cited references
  • Bug fixes:
  • Fixed a bug in which a name with an apostrophe caused an error when generating a BibTeX key. Fixed a bug in "Make PDF note from selection". Fixed an error that could occur when attaching hundreds of PDFs at once. Fixed a bug in cloud sync that caused an error when linking to an existing library in the cloud. Fixed a bug that caused an error when attaching a PDF whose contents could not be read. Fixed an error that occurred when doing a find again in a PDF with after changing the selection. Fixed a bug where the secondary order field in a format wasn't used unless the scan generated a bibliography. Fixed a bug that could cause an image in the display pane to persist when a search found no matching references. Fixed an error that could occur when switching references with an attachment being shown. Fixed a bug when deleting references from very large libraries. Fixed several problems with Wi-Fi syncing of attachments. Fixed a problem where using the Temporary folder as an ad hoc attachment folder generated errors in Catalina and later.
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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.
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