Friday, December 16, 2011

pdf annotator/organizer

Amidst being stressed or depressed, have any thoughts on the best way to organize your pdfs and take notes? Have a good system?

I'm playing with Mendeley and ReadCube. I like how both let me collect, search, highlight & take notes (I tend to like the note taking on ReadCube better - I don't like the yellow quote bubble that you have to click on to read the notes). Both seem to have some issues as reference managers, though Mendeley seems to win here.

Any decided preferences? Other program suggestions?

--Second Suitor

ps Grahl pdf annotator served me well letting me write on the pdf if you have a tablet pc (but it's not free).

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

On a Mac, Papers is a very nice PDF organizer and notetaker/annotator (it just added the ability to annotate PDFs in an update). I like having the ability to take a continuous stream of notes alongside the PDF *and* annotate.

It's got a very promising reference manager feature that's much easier to use than the other ones I've used on mac (bookends, endnote)—but that feature is new and still too limited for real use (e.g., as of right now it can't scan and format citations entered in footnotes!).

Anonymous said...

I use Sente (mac only) and generally really like it...but I wouldn't recommend it for one reason--it can't search within pdfs. If they added that feature, it would be great.

Eric said...

I use PDF expert on my iPad, in conjunction with the note taking app Notability. Most of my papers and things I'm reading are stored on my iPad as well as my CPU but I find myself using the iPad for reading.

Anonymous said...

I use iAnnotate and Goodreader; I prefer Goodreader.

I haven't found an "iTunes for PDFs" that I like more than Sente, but Sente is very expensive. Mendeley is free, but its bibliographic "auto-lookup" function is terrible compared to that of Sente. Does Papers's auto-lookup work as well or better than Sente's? And I'd be interested in hearing more about how Sente's non-free reader for the iPad works.

Anonymous said...

I love index cards!

readingandphilosophy said...

Just went to party where a professor started to talk about the importance of using index cards! Oh boy what a party.......

Anonymous said...

If you use a Mac, Papers is by far the best. It even has a built-in annotation system that interfaces with Bibtex and it can import and format citations in pretty much any WYSYWIG program.

Anonymous said...

does anyone use a PC anymore? what about for us

Anonymous said...

I suggest to give a try to FingerPDF from CampaSoft (Mac only). It is still in Beta
http://www.campasoft.com