Bookends for Mac

Bookends for Mac


Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.8
out of 38 votes
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Quick Specs

Version:
12.2.3
File Size:
35.78MB
Date Added:
September 13, 2014
Price:
Update; $99.00 to buy (Buy it now)
Operating Systems:
Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9
Total Downloads:
12,113
Downloads Last Week:
33
Product ranking:
Additional Requirements:
Not available

Editors' review

Bookends helps writers, researchers, academics, or students collect, organize, and access references in an organized and easy-to-use way. While the free version allows you to store only up to 50 references in a library, the paid version removes that cap, but comes at the hefty price tag of $59.99.

Pros

Sheer power: Bookends impresses with its ability to store, search through, and organize references. For academics or students constantly researching and writing papers that require extensive citations, this app has the potential to be an effective time-saving tool.

Online search: Easily accessible with a few clicks through the menu bar, the online search works flawlessly. A variety of sources, including Amazon, the Library of Congress, Google Scholar, and a host of universities can be selected through a drop-down menu. From there, you can search for any title and immediately pull up the reference information and add it to one of your custom libraries.

Cons

Unintuitive interface: At first glance, the interface looks plain, with no indication of how the app is to be used. You have to go through a few tutorials to understand most of its functions. On the upside, there are several good video tutorials available on the company's website.

Pro feel: The app feels like many other professional apps, with lots of menu items and little explanation. This is fine for the professional user, but as the app is partly marketed toward students who are likely first-time users of this type of software, a more accessible design would have been more inspired.

Bottom Line

Although expensive, Bookends turns out to be a powerful program, an effective option for the academic or writer who is in need of a resource management software. If you're a student, you may find it inaccessible and expensive. Even so, you can still try the free version. However, if the 50 references cap annoys you, you should look for more easy-to-use and cost-effective alternatives.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great program"

    August 31, 2013   |   By scholle11

    Version: Bookends 12.0.3

    Pros

    Excellent support; very versatile; excellent coordination with Word; functions perfectly; well integrated with online search sources.

    Cons

    Complex but good customer support and good documntation

    Summary

    Far more reliable and useful than EndNote -- the best bibliographic program I know about.

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent customer support for a great program"

    April 19, 2012   |   By andy136

    Version: Bookends 11.2.8

    Pros

    I've received outstanding and prompt customer support from Sonny Software. Can't ask for anything better than that.

    Cons

    Only minor gripe I have is that there are fewer options and formats for reference entry and formatting than RefWorks. I could probably customize the fields but have not done that -- yet -- have not needed to do it.

    Summary

    All in all an excellent program with super customer support. I'll happily live with the minor glitches, they don't get in the way of doing what I need.

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  • 5 stars

    "Useful tool in research writing"

    November 10, 2011   |   By slusnia

    Version: Bookends 11.2

    Pros

    Manages large bibliographies, can reformat citations easily

    Cons

    none that I have found

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  • 5 stars

    "The best citation manager available in all OS"

    December 02, 2010   |   By gnoli

    Version: Bookends 11.1

    Pros

    All. Does function.

    Cons

    None. Try EndNote for believe me!

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  • 5 stars

    "Does everything that a Bibliographer needs"

    November 27, 2010   |   By pbrooks1

    Version: Bookends 11.1

    Pros

    Flexible and reasonably intuitive

    Cons

    A little complex

    Summary

    Comprehensive, therefore needs a little effort to get the best from

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  • 5 stars

    "Excellent Mac bibliographic/reference manager software"

    October 28, 2010   |   By Cynic

    Version: Bookends 11.0.9

    Pros

    Consistently works. Ability to search for pdfs of references on line. Developer very responsive to questions and problems and will incorporate useful suggestions in future versions.

    Cons

    Autocomplete paper from pdf works inconsistently. Integration with Word 2008 using scripts not as seamless as previous versions.

    Summary

    Migrated from EndNote several years ago and haven't looked back. This is an excellent mac bibliographic / reference manager.

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  • 5 stars

    "Great program & Support"

    July 26, 2010   |   By kenrey

    Version: Bookends 11.0.6

    Pros

    Excellent integration with all the major word publishing programs, provides rock solid database for bibliographic references

    Cons

    somewhat difficult to learn

    Summary

    Great academic tool. You won't be dissappointed.

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  • 5 stars

    "Works perfectly in all respects"

    January 02, 2010   |   By arent

    Version: Bookends 10.6.3

    Pros

    Handles references and bibliographies excellently, it is perfectly integrated into my word processor, Mellel. It produces as many formats as needed, and making specific formats for journals not in the list, is easy.

    Cons

    There are no cons

    Summary

    Bookends is way superior in all respects to other bibliography software.

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  • 5 stars

    "Better biblio app ever"

    March 11, 2009   |   By gnoli

    Version: Bookends 10.5

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    Full featured, stable, amazing support, great community (via forum), rich availability of formats for all sorts of biblio, never lost an entry .....
    This app is the only reason that makes MacOS the only OS for me .....

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  • 4 stars

    "best Bibliography app on the Mac"

    January 07, 2009   |   By ozean

    Version: Bookends 10.4.2

    Summary

    This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
    So many outstanding features that I cannot even start here. I only want to point out the quality of this app by pointing out the sort of features that are put into a .x.x release:

    * completely overhauled ability to define fields and thus generate formats that are much closer to official guidelines such as MLA or APA than those offered by other bibliography apps.

    * ability to define links between bibliography entries (more than that, they can even take specific values such as â??review ofâ??, or â??chapter inâ??)

    Definitely a five star app and definitely the app with the best user support I know.

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