Zotero the missing citation manager
Update: Even more usable by zotfile.
- Automatic extraction of pdf content?
- Automatic extraction of notes?
Yes, zotfile please!
The fun fact about Zotero is that I have never wanted to use it until I see it in action. In fact, I did not want to use any citation manager.
What is a citation manager? A pretty boring piece of software:
- You can browse all your pdf papers from one window. Well, file manager or Calibre can do it too, right?
- You can track affiliations and
BibTexentries for each article. Oh yes! I hate doing that!
- You can full text search through pdfs. Argh… simple with pdf2txt and grep, right?
- Synchronize it across devices.
That was my first reaction. The second one was wait, what?! Zotero can do it all out of the box?
Let me tell you how do I use it now:
- The new release of
Zotero 4.0introduced option to store the database and pdfs to particular path which can be synchronized via
Dropbox, etc. Nice start I have backups!
- I installed the
Google Chromeplugin, which allows you to store the affiliation, pdf names, in fact the whole
BibTexentry directly from http://scholar.google.com, http://research.microsoft.com, and other websites
- The cool thing that you can add almost any other raw pdf and download the meta information, the
BibTexentry directly from
- I just download the pdf
- Drop it from file manager to
- Open the menu for the pdf and click
Retrieve Metadata for PDF. See the picture below.
- Wait few seconds before Zotero do finishes its magic, and full BibTex entry is downloaded. This works for almost every paper. Even for mine … which totally got me!