Suggestions on improving bookends IOS

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sherryxiaoxue
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Suggestions on improving bookends IOS

Post by sherryxiaoxue » Thu Apr 06, 2017 12:32 pm

Hi,

I'm new to bookends and have become a customer for some specific reasons -- I need reference manager that allows syncing between my iPad PRO and macbook pro, on top of other things. After learning to use bookends on both devices for a week (it's not an easy learning process either), I am a little frustrated about bookends IOS for the following reasons.

1. the requirements on where to put your attachments/library in order to make the sync work... I've already paid dropbox for a larger space, and dropbox has become my working space. It is very unfeasible for me to move more than 1000 papers into iCloud just so that I can read and organize them on both iPad Pro and Macbook pro.

2. when i searched for an article on google scholar within bookends IOS, it returned incomplete author names, article name, journal name, etc (see attachment for example). then I use the save button on the top right corner (the one with a downward arrow) to save this reference list in the hope that it will be complete when saved to the device -- it turned out everything is still incomplete. I clicked the webpage button (the first button on the top right corner) and see the complete information, but cannot automatically save the information I see to the library.

I've been using BibDesk for a long time and only switched to Bookends because BibDesk does not have IOS app. My need for the syncing function is so strong that I initially only bought bookends IOS, and then bought the more expensive desktop software later. If bookends IOS does not improve, I might as well go back to BibDesk and ask for a refund for both bookends software.

Thanks for your time,
Sherry
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Re: Suggestions on improving bookends IOS

Post by Jon » Thu Apr 06, 2017 3:58 pm

You can use DropBox (or any file sync service for that matter) if you restrict syncing to Macs. For iOS, however, it's more complicated because of the sandboxing provisions. It's something we'd like to support and are working toward that end, but it's not available at this time. In the meantime, I don't know how many GB your 1000+ PDFs consume, but there is a free 5 GB account available for iCloud Drive, and 50 GB costs $0.99 per month.

As for Google Scholar, they recently changed the method needed to access the full metadata. That's been implemented in Bookends for Mac (try the same search/import there), and is coming for Bookends for iOS. What you're seeing now is the scraped HTML -- it should improve once we've implemented the new retrieval requirements.

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Re: Suggestions on improving bookends IOS

Post by sherryxiaoxue » Thu Apr 06, 2017 4:46 pm

Thank you very much for the detailed explanation, Jon. As my career progresses, I'll sure to expand well over the current number of papers. More importantly, Dropbox is something I've grown used to, and most of my collaborators use it so we typically share file/work using Dropbox. If we can get syncing from mac to iPad working, that would be a great feature and I would stop my perpetual search for a perfect reference management software. For now, I guess the best solution for me is to use BibDesk on macbook and PocketBib on iPad. Since PocketBib cannot add reference, when I'm reading on iPad and come across some interesting paper, I'll need to use bookends to add it to the reference and attach the paper, then sync to bookends OS, then export to BibDesk, and finally sync PocketBib on iPad with BibDesk on Mac to be able to read the attachments in iPad....

Thanks for letting me know that the issues with google scholar will soon be resolved! I really liked the one click reference adding on iPad! I also liked how quickly you guys respond to my emails and to this post, and will continue to keep an eye on future developments in your software.

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