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BibDesk Alternatives

BibDesk is described as 'bibliographic reference manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic databases in BibTeX .bib format' and is an app in the education & reference category. There are more than 25 alternatives to BibDesk for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Online / Web-based, iPhone and iPad. The best alternative is Zotero, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like BibDesk are Qiqqa, Mendeley, JabRef and ReadCube Papers.

BibDesk alternatives are mainly Research Managers but may also be Document Managers or Word Processors. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of BibDesk.
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  1. Zotero icon

    Zotero

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Google Chrome
    • Safari
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • LibreOffice
    • Firefox
    64 alternatives to Zotero 

    Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, share research and cite your research sources directly in your favourite word processor, with 300 MB free online storage.

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    1.  Support for MarkDownZotero supports MarkDown for document formatting.
    2.  Privacy focusedZotero is considered a privacy friendly alternative.
    3.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    4.  Ad-freeZotero doesn't contain any form of external advertising.
    5.  Extensible by Plugins/ExtensionsZotero can be extended with add-ons, plugins and extensions.
    6.  PDF annotationZotero support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    7.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Zotero simultaneously.
    8.  File TaggingZotero can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
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    Zotero vs BibDesk opinions
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    Zotero does not sync with Latex natively and it requires a third party software.

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    Qiqqa

    • Windows
    53 alternatives to Qiqqa 

    Qiqqa is a free research and reference manager. Search for, read and annotate your PDFs. Then review your work, write up and create bibliographies instantly.

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    1.  PDF annotationQiqqa support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Full-Text SearchQiqqa lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    3.  File TaggingQiqqa can organize and highlight your files with tags and labels.
    4.  Support for LaTeXQiqqa supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    5.  PortableQiqqa can be used from a USB stick or similar with no prior installation.
    6.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Qiqqa simultaneously.
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    Mendeley

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Online
    67 alternatives to Mendeley 

    Mendeley helps manage and share academic knowledge: Mendeley Desktop is free academic software (Windows, Mac, Linux) for organizing and sharing research papers and generating bibliographies with 1GB of free online storage to automatically back up and synchronize your library...

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    1.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in Mendeley simultaneously.
    2.  PDF annotationMendeley support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    Generate Bibliographies in Word and OpenOffice
    Annotate PDFs
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    JabRef

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Linux
    • Firefox
    • Google Chrome
    • Vivaldi Browser
    • Microsoft Edge
    40 alternatives to JabRef 

    Bibliography reference manager. The native file format used by JabRef is BibTeX, the standard LaTeX bibliography format.

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    1.  Full-Text SearchJabRef lets you search for specific words or phrases from inside a document or database.
    2.  Support for LaTeXJabRef supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
    3.  AutocompletionJabRef can predict and complete the rest of a word or phrase you're typing.
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    JabRef vs BibDesk opinions
    Almost everyone thinks JabRef is a great alternative to BibDesk.
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    portable since in Java, relies only on bib file (no separate database), generates clean bib files (no internal fields)

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    Works the best with LaTeX documents, as exporting citations is redundant: JabRef's database is a simple .bib file. Available for all major platforms, offers automatic addition of entries via DOI or arXiv-ID, has everything one needs as a citation and reference manager.

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    ReadCube Papers

    • Mac
    • Windows
    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Microsoft Edge
    • Safari
    40 alternatives to ReadCube Papers 

    Papers helps you collect and curate the research material that you're passionate about. This award-winning reference manager will improve the way you find, organize, read, cite, and share.

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    1.  PDF annotationReadCube Papers support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Cloud SyncSync your data (notes, documents, bookmarks, etc.) across your different devices and to the cloud.
    3.  Built-in viewerReadCube Papers shows you a quick preview of an image, page or file in supported formats.
    4.  Text to SpeechReadCube Papers allows you to transform written text into spoken text.
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    Paperpile

    • Mac
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    • Online
    • Android
    • iPhone
    • Android Tablet
    • iPad
    • Google Chrome
    • Microsoft Office Word
    • Google Drive
    • Google Drive - Docs
    • Google Scholar
    39 alternatives to Paperpile 

    Organize your research papers in a Gmail-like web app, sync your PDFs to Google Drive and cite your references in Google Docs.

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    EndNote

    • Mac
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    • Online
    • iPhone
    • iPad
    41 alternatives to EndNote 

    A reference management software, used for searching online publication databases, & managing publications / bibliographies, with the ability to insert the references into a word processor.

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    1.  PDF annotationEndNote support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
    2.  Real time collaborationMultiple users can work together in EndNote simultaneously.
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  8. ZoteroBib icon

    ZoteroBib

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Online
    10 alternatives to ZoteroBib 

    Powered by the same technology behind Zotero, ZoteroBib lets you seamlessly add items from across the web — using Zotero’s unmatched metadata extraction abilities — and generate bibliographies in more than 9,000 citation styles.

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    Weava

    • Online
    • Google Chrome
    47 alternatives to Weava 

    Weava is a collaborative workplace for research offering an easy way to highlight, organize and collaborate on your research articles.

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    1.  PDF annotationWeava support PDF Annotation for highlighting, notes etc
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    wizdom.ai

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    • Online
    • Android
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    • Android Tablet
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    36 alternatives to wizdom.ai 

    wizdom.ai (formerly colwiz) is a free and comprehensive research management software for researchers, academics and students. With the wizdom.ai android app, you can search, add and manage publications in your wizdom.ai library on the go. Sync instantly across wizdom.

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    1.  Support for LaTeXwizdom.ai supports LaTeX for text and math equation formatting.
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