“My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I am right.”
My posting about wanting to move from Papers to a different citation manager got a couple of interesting responses. Some voices for Sente, and strong support for Bookends.
The problem with Sente
At the time, I thought about moving to Sente, but after trying it out I buried that idea. The problem is syncing the literature to my iPhone/iPad. Sente uses cloud storage and transferring the papers and books (PDFs) takes ages. Work literature is about 1.3 GB (a couple of full book scans and the like) and while the premium account can accommodate up to 20 GB, it takes ages to sync (and I do have an extremely fast Internet connection here). Not only because I do not want to openly “share” the literature, I think I prefer a more direct syncing option. Papers 2 and Bookends provide it (via WiFi, which I can control).
Bookends as an interesting Option
I did only a quick test of bookends (have yet to buy the full version), but it looks like it would work. Of course, you should have a look at the settings — I tried to import a couple of PDFs from DEVONthink and did not notice that it moves the PDFs, not copies them. And DEVONthink did not inform me that the file is no longer available, only when I clicked on it. Another argument for redundancy.
Regarding switching from Papers to Bookends, Luísa did forward me an eMail asking the developer for advice. Apparently, a more direct import is planned. But until this is implemented, the advice was:
Export from Papers as EndNote XML and import that. I think Papers 2 also has a direct Export To Bookends under the File menu.
All you should need to do is move the pdfs to the Bookends default attachment folder OR point the default folder (in Bookends preferences) to where Paper stores them.
The Bookends demo is fully functional, so you can try all this before you buy.
Looks like a good customer support. And as long as you can export your data from Bookends as well (imagine what would happen if the company folds or the developer dies), it is my current favorite for the next citation manager.
For the next few months I’m continuing using Papers 2, however.