Sente 6.5, Preview 5 is now available for download. There are some nice new features in this preview. We are getting very close to the official release of Sente 6.5, so if you have not yet taken the time to try out the previews, this would be a great time to get started.
A New Notes Interface
The notes editor has been significantly updated. Visually, each note is now presented as a "sticky" with the same color as any related highlighting (if any). This means that if you are one of those users who use highlighting color to convey meaning about the selection, it will now be easier to spot particular kinds of notes in the note editor. And if you do not currently use highlighting color to signify anything, perhaps you will start once you use the new design!
Also, each note now has a menu of commands. This menu appears when the mouse hovers over the note. This menu of commands includes:
- Open / Close (this replaces the disclosure triangles from Sente 6.2)
- Source (to jump to the text in the PDF that was originally selected when creating the note)
Holding down the Option key before clicking on a command in a note changes several to apply to all notes (e.g., Open All).
Revised Add File Interface
We have made some important changes to what happens when you drop one or more files onto Sente.
In this preview, if Sente is able to locate the citation information using the first DOI in a PDF, the reference will be immediately displayed for review.
If Sente is unable to reliably identify the citation information for a PDF, you will be given the chance to retrieve the citation data using targeted browsing.
Conveniently, if you select some text in the PDF in the Citation Lookup sheet, you will immediately be presented with a list of web pages that Sente can load to help you find the correct citation. This list will contain your favorite bookmarks. Also, the list will include any autolink-based URLs that are designed to work with a text selection, rather than data in a reference. These links might, for example, perform a search on a data source using the selected text as the search string. This makes it very easy to search many literature sources.
By supporting targeted browsing in the citation lookup sheet, Sente now makes it easy to use many more data sources for citation information than were supported in version 6.2.
For more information on this new feature, please download the new version of the user manual and read the chapter on Adding PDFs and Other Files.
Scan-in-Place Support for Pages
This release also adds support for scan-in-place with Apple Pages. This new approach to the file scanning process makes it much easier to work with documents in which all the citations are in their final format. This feature is currently still in testing, so there are probably some bugs. If you write with Pages and have a few minutes to test, please send us bug reports.
Ignore Cover Page on PDFs
This is a small, but important, change. There is now a command that lets you tell Sente to ignore a cover page on a PDF. The command appears in the Edit > Attachment menu, and in the context menu when viewing a PDF. You can toggle this setting on and off on a per-PDF basis. When turned on, the first page in the PDF will not appear, and page number calculations for notes will be adjusted accordingly. Existing page numbers on notes will not be affected by toggling this setting on or off.
Here are the download links:
and the current draft of the user manual:
If you click on the EPUB link in Safari on an iPad or iPhone, you should be given the chance to load the file into iBooks.
As always, please provide feedback through this forum:
If you have not yet tried any of the Sente 6.5 previews, please also read the announcements for the earlier versions on this blog. There is important information there that you will want to know before you get started.