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Bookends  version 13.5.5
The reference manager you’ve been looking for

See what’s new in this version of Bookends.

Note to ex-Sente, Papers, and EndNote users: We think you'll find Bookends a good fit. You can easily transfer Sente, Papers, and EndNote references and PDFs to Bookends. Bookends can also import from Zotero and Mendeley. Here are the details.

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

Collect, find, organize, annotate, sync, and publish with Bookends

Reference management entails the collection, annotation, curation, and citation of published information. This is exactly what Bookends does. Bookends performs 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, hierarchical, and virtual), Term Lists (keywords, authors, etc.), reference cross-linking (links), multiple notecards per reference, searchable PDF tags, PDF annotation, on-the-fly creation of tag clouds of reference information that can be organized into hierarchical metatags, and instantaneous live searches help organize and find information in your personal collection.
Floating citations, activated in your word processor by double-tapping a trigger key, lets you search for references in Bookends, read PDF attachments, create and insert temporary citations and more, all without removing your fingers from the keyboard or leaving the document. 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 among your Macs, and if you have purchased Bookends for iOS you can sync with your iPad and iPhone. Create and edit PDF annotations and highlighted text, which instantly appear as Bookends notecards. And much more. Compatible with Microsoft Word 2011/2016 and later, Mellel (including Live Bibliography, updating of citations and bibliographies as you type), Apple Pages, Nisus Writer Pro, Manuscripts, and LibreOffice/OpenOffice 4.

Selected Features

Have it your way

Library Window

All the world’s a search…

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Attach and organize original sources automatically

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Get it in writing

Bibliography window

Float like a butterfly…

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Note to self…

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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 for iOS


Bookends for iOS version 3

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 for iOS


Reference Miner version 4.2

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.