One of the most significant features coming in Sente 6 is the introduction of tagging to help people organize their libraries. I would like to give you a brief introduction to the new tagging feature and let you see it in action.
So, what is tagging and how does it differ from keywords? Well, there is no universal answer to this question, but here is our answer to the question.
1) In Sente 6, keywords are words or phrases attached to references by external data sources (PubMed, Web of Knowledge, JSTOR, etc.). Tags are words or phrases assigned to references by the Sente user.
2) In Sente 6, tags can either be created and assigned "on-the fly" by simply typing new values into the appropriate field in the reference editor, or assigned from the new QuickTag palette.
3) Tags in the QuickTag palette can be organized hierarchically. That is, one can organize QuickTags into categories that nest arbitrarily deep. Note that this is different from many tagging systems that do not permit nesting of tags.
For many people, it will be most efficient to work with tags using the QuickTag palette window. This window displays the entire hierarchy of QuickTags and shows which tags have been assigned to the currently selected reference(s). Toggling tags in this window will assign or remove a tag from the selected reference(s), which makes it easy to assign tags to many references at once.
In Sente 6, tags can be used in Smart Collection definitions and Sente automatically creates a hierarchy of built-in smart collections matching the QuickTag hierarchy, so you can easily see all the references that include any particular tag.
One thing to note about the QuickTag hierarchy is that if a reference is tagged with a tag several levels down in the hierarchy, it behaves as thought it is tagged with all of the parents of that tag. For example, if the QuickTag list included a category called "Bicycles" with sub-categories of "Mountain Bikes" and "Road Bikes", any reference tagged with "Mountain Bikes" would be included whenever references tagged with "Bicycles" are displayed. And these "implied" tags are evaluated on-the-fly, so if you were to change the hierarchy, the new structure would be used when determining which references should be included.
So, enough text about tagging. Here is a brief video introduction to the new feature:
A public preview of Sente 6 will be released in the coming weeks and officially released a few weeks later. Everyone who purchases Sente 5 now will receive Sente 6 for free when it is released.