Bookends  version 12.2.4
The reference manager you’ve been looking for

We didn’t stop at 11. Yosemite-ready and Retina-enabled Bookends 12 has been rewritten from the ground up. It includes configurable spell checking, database journaling, integration of the built-in browser with the library window, enhanced formatting options, PDF markup and annotations that integrate with the note stream, PDF watch folders, Attachment Flow (think Cover Flow for PDFs), and much more. Here is a list of what’s
new in this version.

Download and use the introductory version of Bookends for free. It will not timeout and is fully functional except for a 50 reference per library limit. If you need more than that, you can purchase Bookends and the registration code you receive will allow an unlimited number of references per library.

For owners of Bookends 11 and earlier who bought before January 1, 2013, Bookends 12 is a paid upgrade that requires a new serial number. This version of Bookends is free for anyone who bought or upgraded to Bookends 11 on or after January 1, 2013 or who has a license for Bookends 12. See the order page for details.

Reference management entails the collection, annotation, curation, and citation of published information. Bookends simplifies these tasks. Bookends can perform Internet searches to retrieve references and associated pdfs or web pages, or immediately find and import references for which you already have the pdf. Versatile groups (static, smart, and virtual), Term Lists (keywords, authors, etc.), reference cross-linking (links), multiple notecards per reference, PDF annotation, tag clouds, and instantaneous live searches help organize and find information in your personal collection. Highly configurable displays let you view the reference information and attachments the way you want. Scan your word processor manuscripts to create publication-ready documents complete with bibliographies and footnotes. Sync references and pdfs in your library with your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (requires separate purchase of Bookends On Tap from the iTunes App Store). Create and edit PDF annotations and highlighted text, which instantly appear as Bookends notecards. And much more. Compatible with Microsoft Word, Mellel (including Live Bibliography, updating of citations and bibliographies as you type), Apple Pages '08, ’09, and Pages 5, Nisus Writer Pro, and OpenOffice 4.

Bookends is a CNET Editor’s Pick and a MacUpdate featured app, with 4-5 star user reviews.

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Take our whirlwind introductory tour


Have it your way


All the world’s a search…

Attach and organize original sources automatically


Get it in writing

Note to self…

annotation with note stream

No book is an island

Get your head
into the clouds (tag clouds, that is)

And no matter what you’ve heard, you
can take it with you—Bookends On Tap

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Available from the App Store
Bookends On Tap - Sonny Software, LLC

Want to take your Bookends references and pdfs with you? Import references and annotate pdfs on your iPad or iPhone? And then sync them all with Bookends on your Mac? There’s an app for that…Bookends On Tap


Reference Miner version 4.0.9

Available from the Mac App Store Reference Miner - Sonny Software, LLC

A subset of the Bookends Internet search functionality is available in Reference Miner, a standalone lightweight version of Bookends’ online search. Reference Miner lets you explore PubMed, the Library of Congress, Google Scholar, JSTOR (requires access privileges and ip authentication), and Amazon. See it for yourself in the Mac App Store, or take a tour on our web site.