Here are some resources that will help you learn and use Sente.

Sente Videos

A few short videos covering some of the key aspects of Sente.

• Setting up your Sente Account

• Using Synchronized Libraries

• Sharing a Library with Others

• Opening a Shared Library

• Targeted Browsing

• Importing PDFs

• Reading and Annotating PDFs on the iPad

• Upgrading from Sente 6.5

Sente User Manual

The complete user manual for Sente 6 is available in either PDF or EPUB format.

If you will be reading the manual on your Mac, you will probably want the PDF version:

• Sente 6 User Manual (PDF)

If you will be reading the manual on your iPad or iPhone, you may want to add the EPUB version to your Apple iBooks library. To do this, load this current page in Safari on your iOS devide and click on the link to the EPUB version below. Safari will download the file and you should be given the option of installing the file directly into iBooks:

• Sente 6 User Manual (EPUB)

Third Party Resources

Some links to resources from other people and organizations that many Sente users have found helpful.


Dana C. Leighton wrote a tool for exporting Sente notes as OPML, RTF or RTFD. It can be used to transfer data to other apps, such as Scrivener. There is also a nice video tutorial where you can see this in action.

• Export Sente Notes to OPML/RTF

• Video Tutorial

M. Roberts (Tokyo University) has created a tool that lets you tag individual Sente notes.

• Sente Assistant v0.72

• Sente Assistant on github


Francis Hittinger wrote a series of informative posts for the Columbia University Library blog discussing digital workflows, particularly in the humanities, with an emphasis on Sente.

• Introducing Digital Workflows for Academic Research on the Mac

• PDF Chaos? Digital Workflow Basics

• Sente for PDF Management on the Mac and iPad: Capturing and Organizing PDFs

• Capturing and Organizing PDFs, Metadata, Tagging, Statuses

• Capturing and Organizing PDFs, Metadata, Tagging, Statuses

• Quick Add, Zotero Workflow, and Automated (Re)searching

• Reading/Annotation in Sente and Power Note Taking with Sente Assistant

Joachim Scholz at academiPad wrote a number of articles about Sente and Papers. There have been important updates to both apps since these appeared, but they still contain important insights.

• What is the best PDF management system (Part 1)

• What is the best PDF management system (Part 2)


Malikaye (at the University of Toronto) put together some Sente video tutorials.

• Creating a Sente Library

• How to access journals through the University of Toronto libraries in Sente

• Importing citations and references into a Word document from a Sente library

Dan LaSota (at the University of Alaska Fairbanks) created a few tutorials on using Sente.

• Retrieving Research Articles at UAF with Sente

• Creating References in Sente

• Using Sente to Place Citations