App for reading annotating science articles

Discussion in 'iPad Apps' started by The Mercurian, Mar 18, 2012.

  1. The Mercurian macrumors 65816

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    Just got an ipad3
    I read alot of scientific journal articles and write the odd one too.
    I would like to do the following:
    Download a pdf on my MBP - move it to a 'reading list' folder - have that folder synced with ipad - have an app on ipad to let me read the pdf, highlight bits add comments if necessary - and finally have the highlighted, commented version sync/copy over to MBP again.

    What apps can let me do this kind of thing ?
     
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  3. The Mercurian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Cool thanks.
    How do you sync it ? Can you just drag and drop files to a folder on the desktop or you have to go through itunes ?
    Apologies if silly questions I am new to ipad!
     
  4. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    You can sync through iTunes, but also they have a stand alone app you can use to quickly transfer pdfs.

    You can read a bunch about it here.
     
  5. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

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    Is there a way to make particular folders on my Mac automatically sync with the GoodReader app using iCloud or perhaps even a shared wifi network?

    I download many journal articles per day and it would be nice to keep all of my devices up-to-date hassle free.
     
  6. The Mercurian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm wondering this too - it's why I started thread.
    Ive never used Dropbox but will it offer this functionality?
     
  7. mobilehaathi macrumors G3

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    I haven't tried auto syncing, but they say this on their website.


     
  8. The Mercurian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes I have tried it out. You can sync stuff through Dropbox, open it in Goodreader - do your annotations, save it under the old or new file name, then send it back to Dropbox which will sync it back to your computer.

    It works well, if a little clunky. Pity one app can't do it all.

    Anyone tried Mendeley for this kind of thing ? I have it on my MBP and use it to organise files, but I don't find it good for reading papers and so have not used its annotations stuff at all (also I'm not sure its then exportable). Ther eis a mendeley app - anyone tried it out ?
     
  9. The Mercurian thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok discovered something to streamline the process.

    In Goodreader there is a tab called 'Connect to servers'
    You can use that to connect to your Dropbox - that way you access your files directly through goodreader without having to bother with the dropbox app at all :D
     
  10. jojoba macrumors 68000

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    I use iAnnotate and PDF Expert for reading and annotating all my academic literature. I sync via Dropbox.
     
  11. Blue Sun macrumors 6502a

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    Yep, use the Dropbox feature built-in to GoodReader. It seems to be the best solution at the moment (assuming you've installed Dropbox on your Macs).
     
  12. Diveflo macrumors regular

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    A bit pricey, but worth it: Papers.
    Syncs with your Mac, iPhone version. Integrated search for google scholar etc.
    plus a beautiful interface.
     

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