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Bookends for Mac

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

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    12.5.9
  • Total Downloads:
    13,631
  • Date Added:
    Aug. 25, 2015
  • Price:
    Free to try (50 reference limit); $99.00 to buy (Buy it now)
  • File Size:
    34.87MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    23
  • Platform:
    Mac
  • Product ranking:

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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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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Full Specifications

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General
Publisher Sonny Software
Publisher web site http://www.sonnysoftware.com
Release Date August 25, 2015
Date Added August 25, 2015
Version 12.5.9
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Reference Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.7/10.8/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 34.87MB
File Name Bookends.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 13,631
Downloads Last Week 23
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 50 reference limit
Price $99

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