Bookends
Bookends 12.1.2
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Bookends is a full-featured bibliography/reference and information-management system for students and professionals.

Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): 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, and OpenOffice 3 files, or RTF files saved from any word processor.

Bookends allows you to share your
What's New
Version 12.1.2:

Note: Bookends 12.x is a paid upgrade for owners of Bookends 11 and earlier and requires a new serial number. It is free for anyone who bought or upgraded to Bookends 11 on or after January 1, 2013. The upgrade price for a single license is $29 for those who bought Bookends before January 1, 2013.
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  • Amazon Spain (Amazon.es) has been added to Online Search.
  • The last conditional group in a series will be used even if it has fields that are empty.
  • Better handling of the warning you receive when using Mellel's Live Bibliography and the Bookends database is not open.
  • The size of PDFs synced with Bookends On Tap can be limited to 2 MB.
  • Bug fixes.

  • Version 12.1.2:

    Note: Bookends 12.x is a paid upgrade for owners of Bookends 11 and earlier and requires a new serial number. It is free for anyone who bought or upgraded to Bookends 11 on or after January 1, 2013. The upgrade price for a single license is $29 for those who bought Bookends before January 1, 2013.
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  • Amazon Spain (Amazon.es) has been added to Online more...
  • Requirements
    Intel, OS X 10.7 or later



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    Bookends User Discussion (Write a Review)
    ver. 12.x:
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    Stoneman reviewed on 13 Apr 2014
    This has been around for years, and the developer keeps updating it, not only for features, but also the database itself. I turned to this over 10 years ago after I saw EndNote charge for upgrades that fixed year-old bugs and introduced new bugs.

    This handles in-text citations, endnotes, and footnotes. It can help manage your PDFs and notes too.

    I was less sure about the app once the iPad came along, but the developer offers a great and affordable iPad client too.

    BTW, the developer answers his email.
    [Version 12.1.2]


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    Shiny22 reviewed on 04 Jan 2014
    Been using Bookends for more than a year now and still sometimes feel that I'm really only scratching the surface - it's the powerful an app. It does the basics very well. Input your sources and you can cite while you write, then scan the document at the end and produce in-text properly constructed citations and a bibliography.

    That alone makes it worth the price.

    It also has extensive notes, key wording, ratings and other categorisation tools and it links into other apps like DevonThink. I manage Citations on Bookends and data in DTP.

    If I had to nitpick: I'd like to be able to choose what fields appear in what tab - for instance, have the ISBN on the main tab of the inspector rather than as additional info - and I've not found a way to do this. That Inspector pane is not the prettiest either. There: a couple of nits, picked.

    There is a learning curve, and it take take a while to get the hang of some of it, but well worth the effort. That's true of all citation managers.

    That said, a robust citation manager that does exactly what it says on the tin, with extraordinary support (issues resolved within hours in my case) and well worth the money.

    By comparison I've used Sente, End Note, Zotero at different times but keep coming back to BE.
    [Version 12.0.7]


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    ChrisM9317 reviewed on 12 Oct 2013
    Always wanted this.
    [Version 12.0.5]


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    Sherman Wilcox reviewed on 29 Sep 2013
    Bookends is the best. I've tried them all -- Papers, Sente, Endnote. All have nice features (well, it's hard to say that about Endnote). But Bookends has it all: power features, reliability, exceptional customer support, and a long history of continued development and refinement. It may not be the prettiest of the bunch (but Jon is constantly improving that as well, as in this latest update), but this class of application is one where function is more important than style.
    [Version 12.0.5]


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    Mar6473 reviewed on 04 Jul 2013
    I don't get it. Bookends is so unpleasant to look at. It seems useful, but if I'm going to use a reference manager with such an unsightly UI, I'd just use Endnote. I guess there should be a category to rate the aesthetics of an application. Bookends is functional, but has not even been updated Retina displays. I bought version 10, and now I'm using Sente. It's too bad. Some developers need to hire a designer to help them out a bit. I acknowledge that it has great support too, but people use Macs because they're functional AND visually pleasing.
    [Version 12.0.1]

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    Sonny Software (developer) replied on 04 Jul 2013
    I'll just point out that Bookends 12 is in fact Retina-compatible.

    Jon
    Sonny Software
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    Stoneman replied on 05 Jul 2013
    Bookends is so much more functional than Endnote. And one doesn't have to wait for a paid upgrade before bugs are fixed. The developer keeps on working on the thing---for many years now.
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    Mar6473 replied on 12 Jul 2013
    My apologies. I would not want to undermine your hard work. In my opinion, the interface's icons are blurry when I compare Bookends to other applications. There has also not been any stylistic updates that were introduced in Lion and Mountain Lion. For example, the all gray icon sets (for example, the Finder, Evernote) look very nice I think.
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    Sonny Software (developer) replied on 12 Jul 2013
    We tinker with the UI all the time (some changes were added in the Cocoa release) and we're actually going to be addressing the icons you mentioned in a future release. Please feel free to contact us (support@sonnysoftware.com) directly with ideas of what you'd like to see, or post on our forum, where others can chime in).

    Jon
    Sonny Software
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    pprofpopp reviewed on 18 Jun 2013
    A definite 5 stars. BE11 is one of my most used and best loved software progs and I have just bought BE12. Really looking forward to it.

    And HUGE praise for Jon at Sonny who must provide the best software support on the planet.

    Reference manager no-brainer. If you are still using Endnote etc, run while you still can :-) OK bit much maybe :-) but Bookends is the Biz!
    [Version 12.0.0]


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    Androse reviewed on 12 Jan 2013
    The best bibliography/reference manager... and it keeps getting better. The best support on the planet. I have a database with over 25,000 references and Bookends handles it with ease. If you are in the market for a bibliography/reference manager look no further.
    [Version 11.3.5]


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    spacejockey reviewed on 08 Sep 2012
    I use Bookends together with Mellel for my dissertation and the integration of both apps is very good. My favorite feature: Live Bibliography.
    Bookends support is very good and fast.
    [Version 11.3.2]


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    Tedg reviewed on 21 Aug 2012
    I've tried them all. This is just the very best in features and usability. But I need to mention the very best aspect of this software, and that is the support.

    Chances are that you will use this the way I do, for mission critical professional work. If something goes wrong, you just cannot diddle.

    Sonny Software responded quickly when I got into trouble. They didn't even get upset that a good part of the problem was me. You need someone like this covering you. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
    [Version 11.3.1]


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    Markus Winter reviewed on 13 Aug 2012
    I just started a new project (BRAF V600E mutation in cancer) and did a literature search in BookEnds. There were a few little problems which sometimes the author literally fixed within minutes and provided me with a new build - I'm amazed that he managed to stay calm as I must have driven him bonkers with all my requests for improvements or changes (I sometimes send 5 mails within 10 minutes) and I can be quite argumentative ;-)

    The absolute killer feature for me is the "import pdf from internet (if available)". Out of 3337 citations in my library 1084 now have a pdf of the article attached without me needing to do anything - and if I can figure out how to use the library subscription to access the PDFs on ScienceDirect etc then Bookends should be able to get many more for me without the need for my involvement.

    I still haven't used all the features - not by a long shot - but usability and support alone make this a 5 star app!
    [Version 11.3.1]

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    Markus Winter replied on 13 Aug 2012
    P.S. I used to use Endnote, have Papers, and tried Mendeley and Sente. I think I will settle on Bookends - the range on features is impressive and makes the competition seem lacking.

    One minor critique: some features are only accessible from context menus - they are not necessarily in the menu at the top! Mac users tend to rely a lot less on right-clicks and context menus than Windows users, so some functionality is not immediately obvious when looking through the menus for it. So try the context menu (option-click or right click with the mouse).
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    Markus Winter replied on 14 Aug 2012
    Thanks to some quick improvements by the developer Bookends now finds and downloads a further 243 PDFs (out of 2249 refs without pdf) . Outstanding! :-)

    I really need to get the linkup with our library going ...
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    Lotuslight had trouble on 26 Feb 2010
    I'm trying out the trial version -- but am having trouble with formatting.

    I;m used to creating bibliographies that are numbered, and with having my references within the word document written in with numbers not author names. How do I use bookends to do this?

    I've played around with the format manager a lot, but it always just formats int he word documents by alphebetizing the authors, and not using numbers in text...

    If anyone has any advice, I would greatly appreciate it! I like that this software is better for mac users, but if I can't figure this out, then I don't think I'll make the switch over...
    [Version 11.0.0]


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    Martinbb had trouble on 09 Feb 2009
    On the advice of the developer I have rebuilt the database file. This seems to have solved the problem. My thanks to him for the rapid response.
    [Version 10.4.3]


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    Martinbb had trouble on 07 Feb 2009
    Powerbook G4 1.67 GHz 1 GB, OS 10.4.11 latest patches.
    I downloaded a trial a couple of days ago and imported 15 references from my Endnote library. Bookends "quit unexpectedly" within minutes and has done so several times when attempting to quit the application normally. More seriously, it has just crashed while I was simply moving the pointer from one item in the menu bar to the next. I have also been trying out Sente, and so far it has been completely stable. I haven't yet used the two applications enough to make any other useful comments about them.
    [Version 10.4.3]

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    Sonny Software (developer) replied on 08 Feb 2009
    This sounds like something that should be fixed by a Database Maintenance -> Rebuild (File menu). Please e-mail support@sonnysoftware.com for assistance if the problem is not resolved.

    Jon
    Sonny Software
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    Star-Affinity had trouble on 13 Sep 2008
    Ehhh.... at least on my girlfriends MacBook running Mac OS X 10.5.4 the screen freezes when pressing the + button to zoom the Bookends window to cover the entire screen. Only the arrow cursor can be moved around and force quite doesn't work. It seems a forced shut down is required. I could reproduce this two times.

    So, an app can still drag down the entire system. Like back in the 90's! :)
    But maybe this is a graphics driver issue? I hear something about a graphics core update coming in 10.5.5...
    [Version 10.3.2]

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    Star-Affinity replied on 13 Sep 2008
    I of course meant "force quit" not "force quite".

    Also to clarify; a forced shut down and restart of the comp was what I meant.
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    Sonny Software (developer) replied on 13 Sep 2008
    Hi,

    We have had a few other reports like this, and it is a conflict with some process running on your (her) Mac. The solution is to reboot the Mac in Safe mode (Shift key held down) and then reboot regularly. This should fix the problem. If it doesn't, please contact Sonny Software for tech support (support@sonnysoftware.com).

    Sonny Software
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    Star-Affinity replied on 14 Sep 2008
    Safe mode to be able to zoom a window so it covers the screen? Sounds a bit fishy to me... :)

    Well, I'll email you instead of communicating here.
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    Sonny Software (developer) replied on 14 Sep 2008
    As I said, you then reboot a second time (normally, not in Safe mode) after rebooting in Safe mode. In the two previous cases that have been reported, this cleared up the conflict.

    Sonny Software

    stevehone rated on 28 Aug 2013

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    taja rated on 01 Aug 2013

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    Leonledragon rated on 21 Apr 2013

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    pr16vs3 rated on 18 Dec 2012

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    mdothdot rated on 14 Dec 2012

    [Version 11.3.3]


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

    Access the power of Bookends directly from Mellel, Nisus Writer Pro, or MS Word (including Word 2011): 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, and OpenOffice 3 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:
    • EndNote
    • 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, and virtual groups.

    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.
    Sync your library with Bookends On Tap on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch, so that you have your references and PDF's with you, wherever you are.


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