Zotero 1.5 Beta Released. The sharing features are here, and also getting meta data from existing pdfsFebruary 28th, 2009 by jose
This is an exciting release.
In a single stroke, Zotero may have added the most important feature of online apps such as citeUlike (collaboration) and the best feature of Mendeley (metadata extraction). I have no idea how well these work, as I have just moved to zotero recently and don’t want to risk trying the beta this soon, but if they work well, this is a quantum leap.
Here’s a list of the new features:
- Automatic synchronization of collections across multiple computers. For example, sync your PC at work with your Mac laptop and your Linux desktop at home.
- Free automatic backup of your library data at Zotero.org.
- Automatic synchronization of your attachment files to a server of your choice (e.g. iDisk, Jungle Disk, or university-provided web storage).
- Recover recently deleted items with Zotero’s trash can.
- Rich-text notes
- New style manager allowing you to add and delete CSLs and legacy style formats
- Automatic detection of PDF metadata (author, title, etc.)
- Automatic detection and support for proxy servers
New Website Features
- Browse through your library online.
- New user profiles tied to Zotero accounts.
- Preliminary support for following other Zotero users: In the future this will generate a twitter-like feed of users public research activity.
- WYSIWYG CV creator, with the ability to dynamically generate all or part of your CV from Zotero collections.
- Search for friends, colleagues, and other users by institutional affiliation, username, email address, or field of interest.
I’ve been using endNote for about 6 years now, so I have experience a hard case of vendor lock-in (I have plenty of text with references in the endNote format. This is giving me a really bad feeling about endNote makers, and the money I have invested in a clearly inferior product doesn’t make me happy either. Suing Zotero was the last drop. I finally moved to Zotero out of principle. What I find funny is that zotero uses less memory with the same database size, even building on top of Firefox. And Word integration is as good, if not better, than endNote’s.