Comments on: Reading Academic PDFs on the iPad (Tools We Use) http://savageminds.org/2012/07/28/reading-academic-pdfs-on-the-ipad-tools-we-use/ Notes and Queries in Anthropology Wed, 20 May 2015 20:39:47 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 By: Steve http://savageminds.org/2012/07/28/reading-academic-pdfs-on-the-ipad-tools-we-use/comment-page-1/#comment-745362 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 22:36:36 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8261#comment-745362 This workflow is really excellent. I love having my PDFs available in both Sente and GoodReader on the iPad.

There is a difficulty, however: although the annotations/highlights added to articles read on the iPad with GoodReader do show up in Sente (after a sync), it is not the case that highlights and annotations created in Sente will show up in the files on GoodReader (after a sync). That’s a bit annoying but it would appear that Sente does not store the annotations and highlights within the PDF.

I also find that I have to sync GoodReader with Dropbox manually by pressing the “Sync” button. Is this the case for everyone else? It’s not a big deal, but it’d be nice if the Dropbox folder were always kept in sync.

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By: Kerim http://savageminds.org/2012/07/28/reading-academic-pdfs-on-the-ipad-tools-we-use/comment-page-1/#comment-734932 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 01:03:02 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8261#comment-734932 @Grace, I think you might like using Sente for everything. The two issues I raise in particular: sync of >20MB files and the superiority of GoodReader for reading on the iPad won’t affect you on the laptop. I personally can’t imagine reading a long article on a laptop, but if you are used to doing so Sente should work for you as an all-in-one solution. I have to warn you, however, that I’ve never tried using it in this way so I”m just guessing…

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By: Grace http://savageminds.org/2012/07/28/reading-academic-pdfs-on-the-ipad-tools-we-use/comment-page-1/#comment-734886 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:09:15 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8261#comment-734886 I’m curious how much simpler this process might be for someone who uses one Macbook exclusively (no desktop, no tablet) and has it nearly everywhere they go to read. In this case, would you consider leaving out Evernote/dropbox and make highlights/notes in Sente? Or would you still use Evernote for its note-taking capabilities? I’m desperately searching for a one-stop solution. Currently, I use some combo of Zotero/Papers/readcube and am highly unsatisfied. Thanks for your thoughts.

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By: Dominik Lukes http://savageminds.org/2012/07/28/reading-academic-pdfs-on-the-ipad-tools-we-use/comment-page-1/#comment-734871 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 12:03:30 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8261#comment-734871 I use an Android based tablet and a Windows machine but I can get the same effect with Zotero and the Firefox extension called ZotFile. Zotero keeps track of the files and citations. Zotfile sends the files I want to Dropbox, DropSync syncs it to my tablet, I read it in RepliGO, save my highlights. Go back to Zotero and use Zotfile to update the attached file and retrieve the notes into Zotero. Works a charm. I wish there was a good native Zotero app, but this works just as well as I could have imagined in the days of pen and paper.

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By: Jesse Grayman http://savageminds.org/2012/07/28/reading-academic-pdfs-on-the-ipad-tools-we-use/comment-page-1/#comment-734810 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 01:04:51 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8261#comment-734810 Thanks Kerim, for this. I actually learned about Sente from you a few years ago, when you mentioned it a few times on Twitter. I’ve since thoroughly integrated it into my workflow. I was thinking about your comment: “it would be best if one could search and add PDFs to Sente directly from the system’s default browser.” I’ve had no trouble importing citations and pdfs from Sente’s default browser. I can log on to anthrosource, for example, and import both citations and pdf files directly. Same with my university’s library platform to access non-AAA journal articles. I guess it’s annoying having to switch between your regular browser and Sente when you want to look up and add files, but the ease with which Sente has integrated the import function with its built-in browser makes it much more preferable than downloading, say, from Chrome first and then importing into Sente.

There is a cool script for exporting your notes in Sente as opml files (or rtf or txt or a few other options) and then you can import them into Scrivener, where each note is a separate scrivening file within your project. So for example, after I do a close read with detailed notes on useful articles/books, I run the script on that citation and import my notes into Scrivener (as an opml file) as I’m working on my dissertation. The script is available here, and the guy who wrote it is very responsive to questions: http://sente.tenderapp.com/discussions/suggestions/205-new-script-to-export-notes-to-rtf-or-opml (note the latest update came out earlier this month).

Anyway, I love Sente, Scrivener, and Evernote too… I use them in slightly different ways than you do, but really enjoy finding out how others make the best of them for their needs. Thanks.

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By: Kerim http://savageminds.org/2012/07/28/reading-academic-pdfs-on-the-ipad-tools-we-use/comment-page-1/#comment-734634 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 02:49:39 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8261#comment-734634 Glad it was useful! It sounds complicated, I know, but once set up it works fairly seamlessly for me…

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By: John McCreery http://savageminds.org/2012/07/28/reading-academic-pdfs-on-the-ipad-tools-we-use/comment-page-1/#comment-734633 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 02:48:21 +0000 http://savageminds.org/?p=8261#comment-734633 Kerim, thanks for this. I have all the parts in place. Nice to have someone figure out how to combine them and not have to do it myself.

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