In addition to word processors, Bookends makes it easy to integrate your work DEVONthink, Scrivener, SlipBox, and OmniOutliner so that you can instantly. I have my Bookends attachment folder in iCloud and when I try to index my pdfs with Devonthink Pro it does not not respond. When I contacted. Several folks raved about the tight integration between Bookends and Devonthink as well as Bookends and Tinderbox—two other programs I.

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Some of you may know that I’m studying for my Masters degree in Computing Software Engineeringthis naturally requires me to write more than a few essays with full referencing.

My Migration from Papers to Bookends

Being a nerd I want to make this as easy as possible for myself, whilst still being accurate – and the simplest way to do this is to use software to manage my references. After doing some comparisons I settled on Zotero – it’s free, which is perfect for a student budget, and you could program your own bookeends if needed.

More importantly it has a Word plugin which as I am bookend to submit my assignments in Word format is extremely useful. For those of you not familiar with referencing plugins and software you usually write your essay, and as you get to a place where you would insert a citation then you use the plugin in Word to do so. This software later generates a complete bibliography for you.


EndNote, Mendeley, Bookends and Zotero are all capable of handling different citation formats, and Zotero even has one for my university’s exact styling which is a great timesaver. At the start of each course or module I save all of the recommended reading into Devontnink, they have browser plugins for Safari, Firefox, and Chrome which is ideal.

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By default Zotero saves PDFs if one is available for the reference, or a web devontjink. I prefer to save these items to DevonThink so use DevonThink’s plugin to save bookendw actual files to it instead. When saving the files I use the format Author – year – title which makes it easy to find the relevant reference.

To remove these attachments from my Zotero library you only get MB of sync storage for freeI have created a saved search. It has Item Type is Attachment as the bkokends criteria, and searches the whole library.

As I prefer to use the search in DevonThink to find references I remember this isn’t a problem, and I can also use the NEAR search parameter NEAR man, cat would find items where the word man is within 10 words of the word cat, you can expand on this with NEAR man, cat, which would do the same but within words – this is a massive timesaver for me.

Sometimes items added to Zotero do not always have the complete metadata – this tends to be my university website in my case. To fix these items I have a very useful smart folder and Keyboard Maestro Macro. The smart folder filters for items from my university website, which have no date or creator, the keyboard maestro macro requires me to set the number of items it should process and then goes through and uses the “click at image” action to set both the author and the date of the item in question.


Zotero does have an API, but sometimes the best automation is the one you can set up the fastest which achieves the needed results – and this certainly fits that bill. DevonThink and Zotero are a very useful pair for me and I honestly think that without them I would struggle to complete my assignments.

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