As we approach the release of the full version of Sente for iPad, I am going to post a series of short articles describing some of the most important features of the new software. I hope these brief introductions help everyone get a sense of the features of the new software before it makes its official appearance in the app store. (Before you ask... we are not sure exactly when it will appear in the store. We hope to see it there in the next two or three weeks.)
Like desktop Sente, Sente for iPad includes support for targeted browsing, the feature that lets you import references and PDFs into your library from many web sites with just a couple of taps.
The display in the embedded web browser looks just like the display on desktop; small target icons are added next to each reference that the software detects on a web page. References that Sente believes are already in your library will be shown with a Sente icon rather than a target icon.
Tapping on a target icon will cause Sente to download as many of the reference details as it can locate and then to display them for you in a popover window. Tapping on Add to Library will add the reference to your current library.
If you next click on a link to the full text PDF for the reference, Sente will give you the option of downloading the PDF and attaching it to your reference (or any other recently added reference).
And that's it. The new reference and PDF are in your library on your iPad, and on their way to any synchronized copies of the library anywhere else in the world.
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