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Bookends for Mac

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Mac users have several good choices available when it comes to bibliography-management applications. Bookends is among the best, and its trial version certainly merits a look from anyone who spends much time working with large numbers of academic and technical citations. This app makes it easy to search for, download, and organize reference materials, as well as quickly create tightly formatted bibliographies in a variety of word processors--including excellent integration with Mellel and Word 2008.

You can search across and save documents from any standard source, from PubMed, JSTOR, and the Library of Congress to Amazon, Google Scholar, and even any individual institutions to which you have access, and Bookends can even import journal articles into existing bibliographies. The interface is not particularly attractive but it's hard-working and fairly customizable, with many different options for ordering, labeling, and groups. Bookends' styled virtual note cards can be a big help when you need to annotate your references, and its new features like tag clouds and metatypes can be invaluable in organizing and navigating your documents.

With a built-in HTTP server and good third-party app and database integration, Bookends is also a good choice for collaboration, even with users using other reference-management applications. There's a lot of competition in this category, and Bookends has only gotten better in recent versions.

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5 stars

"Excellent customer support for a great program"

April 19, 2012  |  By andy136

 |  Version: Bookends 11.2.8


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


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.


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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 11.2.8
  • Updated the Google Scholar online search to account for changes made by Google.
  • Scripts for Word 2011 SP2 (version 14.2) will be installed in the new Office scripts folder. Microsoft changed the location of the scripts folder in this version of Word.
  • URIs in the notes pane are active. Right-click to see the list of URIs (e.g. links to items in DevonThink or other apps). This already works in the reference fields in the Main tab.
  • Citation groups containing literal text will not be sorted when scanned. If any citation in a group has leading quoted text (e.g. \See also\), the entire group will not be sorted even if the format calls for it. This ensures that reference order won't be altered in a nonsensical way.
  • Find dialog improvement. You can now choose to search for a Unique ID directly (not as an option in text searches). The search type changes to "is", reflecting that only exact matches will be found.
  • Option to suppress a warning when Bookends database sync can't find the remote library In the sync configure sheet you can turn on (default setting) or off a warning that the remote library is unavailable. Turning off this warning may be useful because it is redundant if the remote library is on a server that can't be mounted (Mac OS will display a warning in that case). If this is a common scenario for you, turn off the warning generated by Bookends.
  • View the references in the Hits List in their order in the library window. If you turn off sorting of the reference list in the library window (in preferences), clicking on the Hits group will show the references ordered by their position in the Hits List. If you use Hits -> Sort Hits List, the library window will be updated immediately.
  • The formatted reference display in the library window will update automatically when leaving edited fields.
  • Bug fixes. Fixed a problem with spurious characters sent to Bookends by Mellel when syncing. Fixed a rare problem that could occur if the reference Type was set incorrectly. Fixed a bug that caused incorrect scanned citations when using the 'et al. in italics' feature with cited pages. Fixed a bug where adding a reference to a static group via the menu option would cause any edited text not yet saved to be lost. The live search for "all fields" will now find entries in User19 and User20 (you'll have to Reindex any libraries made with previous versions of Bookends for this to work). Fixed a bug where the Edit menu was not refreshed properly in some cases when the note stream was closed. Fixed a bug where the ¬ character in the Misc tab text fields in an import filter was not being converted to a Return. If you limit Finds to "Any Groups", Bookends will now only show matching references that belong to one or more static groups.
  • General
    Publisher Sonny Software
    Publisher web site http://www.sonnysoftware.com
    Release Date April 19, 2012
    Date Added April 19, 2012
    Version 11.2.8
    Category Educational Software
    Subcategory Reference Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC/10.5.6 Intel/10.6/10.7
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 34.87MB
    File Name Bookends.dmg
    Total Downloads 13,608
    Downloads Last Week 12
    License Model Update
    Limitations 50 reference limit
    Price $99

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