Bookends
Bookends
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Bookends for Mac

14 September 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 14.0.0:
  • Bookend 14 has a new bundle id: This means that older versions of some apps that integrate with Bookends (e.g., Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, DEVONthink, and Tinderbox) will not be able to send AppleEvents to Bookends 14. We have worked with each of these companies and they have or will release updates that work with Bookends 14.
  • Introducing cloud sync version 2 (v2): The original Bookends cloud sync (version 1) used Apple's CloudKit JS APIs, which give web apps access to iCloud. Bookends now uses Apple's native CloudKit. You must be signed into iCloud and have enabled iCloud Drive in System Preferences to sync. The major advantage at this time is that v2 uses your macOS iCloud account information, meaning that there is no need to log in separately to iCloud in Bookends. Importantly, native CloudKit will allow us to expand Bookends' sync capabilities in future releases.
  • Much improved PDF search results: The results of a PDF search will be listed, with the bolded search word shown in context along with page where it was found. Clicking on an item in the list will take you to its location in the PDF.
  • New Cited By Inspector: If the parent reference has a PMID this inspector will use PubMed to find all of the references in which it has been cited. You can view a reference in your browser by double clicking on it, or import it by clicking the download button, right-clicking, or drag and drop. When using the first two methods, you have the option to automatically link the imported reference to its parent. Note that the references found by PubMed may or may not correspond to other sources that track citing references. Hover the pointer over a reference to see the full contents in the help tag.
  • Cited In Inspector adds PubMed as a source: If the parent reference has a PMID Bookends will use PubMed to find which references are cited in the parent reference. PubMed has much more information about cited references than CrossRef and the results are resolved much more quickly. If there is no PMID and the parent reference has a DOI, Bookends will use Crossref as before. From the inspector you can view a reference in your browser by double clicking on it, or import it by clicking the download button, right-clicking, or drag and drop. When using the first two methods, you have the option to automatically link (work: work cited) the imported reference and its parent. Hover the pointer over a reference to see the full contents in the help tag.
  • The two Cited Inspectors won't change the parent when used to import references
  • The way that Link Inspector relationships are created and synced has been completely rewritten. Although transparent to users, this will make it easier to add improvements in the future.
  • The Attachments Inspector now shows each attachment’s path name
  • Added a peer-to-peer relationship to reference links: This is useful if you want to link references that do not have a hierarchical relationship, for example references cited in a paper (article-to-article) or chapters in a book (chapter-to-chapter).
  • Various modifications to the Link Inspector: The ability to add comments to individual linkages has been removed. Cosmetic improvements.
  • Double clicking on a reference will not toggle the edit pane or PDF viewer if the Links, Cited In, or Cited By Inspector is open. In those cases it will simply set the Inspector parent to the reference clicked on. Previously, it would do both.
  • Show attachment names in the reference list column view: You can set this in preferences (Lists tab) or with a right-click contextual menu in the reference list. Names of multiple attachments belonging to the same reference will be separated with semicolons.
  • Use Bookends Browser to replace an orphaned attachment: Select the reference with the orphaned attachment and open Bookends Browser in the display pane. Depending on the URL stored with that reference, the browser will display either the PDF or the reference's web site from which you can navigate to the PDF. Click the paper clip attach icon and the PDF will be downloaded and replace the existing orphaned attachment. Note that if you have more than one attachment, orphaned or not, Bookends will simply add the PDF to the attachment list and you should detach the orphaned attachment yourself.
  • The reference list contextual menu "Sort By Label" has been changed to "Group By Color". This reflects the difference between sorting the Label column, which is ordered by the text assigned to each color, and this function, which groups references with the same color.
  • Bibliographies sent to disk as UTF-8 or UTF-16 will have the extension .txt. If output as Plain Text, the extension will be set to .ris if the RIS format is used.
  • There is a new AppleScript property to get the path to a library's default attachment subfolder, if any (library attachments subfolder path). If no library subfolder has been set, Bookends will return the path to the default attachment folder itself.
  • Typographic quote marks will be converted to their BibTeX equivalents when "BibTeX Markup" is specified for the formatted output
  • A reference’s unique ID can no longer be changed by the user: Too many features that depend on the unique ID and would break if it were changed.
  • On launch Bookends will check for and "forget" ad hoc attachment folders that are in the Trash
  • The reference list right-click contextual menus have been modified. Right-clicking on the paper clip icon now only shows options relevant for attachments.
  • Improved user control when downloading PDFs: A Skip button in the PDF -> Download From Internet dialog immediately stops the attempt to get the current PDF and moves to the next selected reference, if there is one. This is useful if the online source is slow to respond or hangs, and is more reliable than pressing Command-.
  • Online searches can be stopped by clicking the progress wheel. This is more reliable than pressing Command-.
  • Improved Autocomplete Paper UI: The sheet remembers its dimensions between openings during a session. When references are found, the default button changes from Search to Import, and import will be triggered by pressing the Return key.
  • When fetching metadata using PDFs downloaded from pre-print servers like bioRxiv and medRxiv, Bookends places the name of the pre-print server in the Journal field
  • Note that once the paper is published that version will receive a new DOI.
  • Any text in the live search field will be selected after you select and group and the reference list is updated. This makes it easier to delete if you no longer want to filter the results.
  • If present, the following characters will be removed from automatically-generated BibTeX keys: ’&^
  • When attaching a PDF whose reference already exists in the library, you will still have the option to attach to a new reference and import the metadata. This is be useful if, for example, you are adding separate PDFs for a book and its chapters.
  • Bug fixes:
  • Fixed the format of the date in the Added column when duplicating a reference. Cosmetic fix for the display of the selected reference’s text in the Link Inspector when it is in the background. Fixed a crash that could occur in Big Sur when running the Bookends demo on the same machine where there was an old version from the Mac App Store. Fixed a bug where failure to close the color picker in preferences could lead to an error message. The Google Books online search now responds to Command-. Fixed a bug that prevented changes to Types and field labels from being synced via the cloud. Fixed a bug where styled text in the Short Title field wasn't toggled to plain when it should be when formatting. Fixed a bug where the Attachments Inspector and pop-up menu of attachments weren't updated immediately after reattaching a file. The Attachment dialog subfolder pop-up menu will no longer show folder aliases the user placed in the default folder. Fixed a bug where the links column didn't update immediately when replicating a book as a book chapter. Fixed a bug where starting the watch folder without it first would result in the import of hundreds of files from the Bookends bundle. Fixed several bugs in the marooned file inspector that could cause a file to be listed as marooned even if it wasn't. Fixed a bug in several printing functions that resulted in white text on a white background when in Dark Mode. Fixed a bug in Pages scanning where the format's hanging indent setting was only honored for numbered bibliographies. Fixed two bugs in creating a bibliography in Dark Mode where the output was either black text on a black background or the file sent to disk was empty. A leading > for a comment will be excluded when copying the contents of a notecard. Fixed an error that could occur when the library was synced as it was closed. The color for a color label is now positioned correctly in the Summary view. Fixed an error that could occur when clicking on certain types of PDF annotations. Fixed a bug that in rare instances would cause an "illegal cast" error. Fixed a bug where user-defined Term List weren't remembered between launches. Fixed a bug in the PDF search field when a recent menu item was selected. Fixed a bug that prevented autofilling of individual fields from working. Fixed a bug that could cause a PDF to be scrolled to the end when opened by changing references using the arrow keys. Fixed a bug that caused the text of a field edited in the enlarged field window and then saved in Dark Mode to be 2 points too large and black. Fixed an error that could occur when dragging a reference from the floating citation window to a Mellel document.
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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"!
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