Archive for July, 2010

2-thumb power surfing on the iPad

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

(Just released YouTube demo video on what you can do on an iPad using WizFolio)

After having undergone 3 months of intensive testing, we are proud to announce the official release of the iPad version of  WizFolio.  This is the first web-based iPad application for managing research information on the cloud and for reading your research papers from the cloud.  What do you have to do to get the iPad version?  Nothing.  It is free and there is no download required. Simply login to your WizFolio account from your iPad using the built in Safari browser.  The iPad version of WizFolio will be automatically loaded.

We have configured this version to make use of the best iPad features for an outstanding user experience.  In particular, the navigation is highly optimized for smooth touch screen navigation.  Our focused group studies revealed that the best way to navigate on an iPad for reading content is to cradle the iPad in your palms and fingers and navigate with your two thumbs.  This is 2-thumb power surfing with ease and elegance, an experience currently not available on another class of device. Use your left thumb to control the folder panel and use your right thumb to flip through the individual items.  It is as simple as that!


More on how to navigate around WizFolio on iPad see here.

The WizFolio team has taken special care to maintain the clean look and feel of the original version of WizFolio, including many of the useful features such as search, copy items, colleagues,  flags, tags, notes, edit, locate PDF, summary, view, sort by and find.  Even the advance search function is available. The highly popular duplicate check is also maintained in the iPad version. A single tap will rapidly load the PDF for viewing.  For those of you who like to organize your YouTube play lists in WizFolio, not to worry, Youtube continues to be viewable inside WizFolio.  Spreading your thumb and index finger will make the YouTube video full screen.  Cool.

If you are a Zotero or Mendeley user and you want to try the WizFolio experience on the iPad, simply sign up for an account in WizFolio and then import your Zotero or Mendeley collections (including PDFs) to your WizFolio account using our recently released WizImporter.  If you encounter upload limitation because of your large collection please contact us at techsupport@wizfolio.com.

If you are an EndNote or RefWorks user you can export your bibliographic collection as an RIS file and then import it into your WizFolio account.

We hope you will enjoy the magical WizFolio experience on the iPad.  We love to hear feedbacks from you.

Casey Chan MD

Press Release – Breakthrough Cross-Platform Citation Technology

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

(I-Newswire) July 10, 2010 – WizFolio is an online research collaboration tool for knowledge discovery. With WizFolio you can easily collect all types of information such as research papers, patents, documents, books, YouTube videos and web snippets in a citation-ready format.

Wizfolio announced its latest upgrade that uses a patent-pending citation technology for cross-platform compatibility. WizCite can be used to cite collaboratively across different platforms and across different formats including MS Word (Windows), Open Office (Win, Mac, Linux), Google Docs, Zoho Writer and even Google Sites. This format-agnostic citation tool allows free exchange of documents amongst co-authors using different word processors.

With WizFolio’s new WizImporter, users can now seamlessly import their collections from their Mendeley and Zotero accounts. This will provide Mendeley and Zotero users an alternative citation tool for collaborative writing.

Also, WizFolio’s integrated search feature can be used to search Google Books, Scholars Portal and CiteULike. References can then be transferred to a personal collection by a simple drag-and-drop.

WizFolio Upgrade – Dragon Ball

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

In order to serve you better, we have scheduled an upgrade of WizFolio. Please note that WizFolio will be down during the following hours:

US Eastern Time: July 4, 2010 (Sun) 9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

London Time:      July 5, 2010 (Mon) 2 a.m. – 3 a.m.

Singapore Time:  July 5, 2010 (Mon) 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Some of the new features are:

1.     WizCite can cite collaboratively across different platform and across different format – MS Word (Win), Open Office (Win, Mac, Linux), Zoho Writer.
2.    WizAdd now supports additional publishers’ websites including Social Science Research Network, SciFinder, American Mathematical Society and many others.
3.     WizImporter – One-click import of bibliographic data and PDFs directly from Mendeley and Zotero into WizFolio.
4.     Integrated Search within WizFolio can now search Google Books, Scholars Portal and CiteULike.
5.     Upload PDF is now more powerful in detecting bibliographic data.

Please note:
1.    Google Docs has rolled out major changes to their platform on June 17 2010 to accommodate new features such as quick sharing options, allowing real time collaborations and so on. WizCite is NOT compatible with the new Google Docs platform. New version of Google Docs is being implemented incrementally and may not affect all the users.
If you would like to collaboratively cite on Google Docs using WizCite, you can do so on the old version of Google Docs (prior to June 17 2010). Google still gives you an option to use the previous version of Google Docs:
•    From your Google Docs page, go the Settings -> Document Settings
•    Click on the Editing Tab
•    Uncheck “Create Documents using the lastest version of Google Docs
2.    We have decided not to include the streaming reader for this upgrade. We will be implementing the streaming reader in the next upgrade along with an annotation platform.

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