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WizCite now supports Microsoft Word 2013 (32/64 bits)

Monday, April 27th, 2015

If you are using Microsoft Word 2013 (32/64 bit) please download and install WizCiteWinWord v5.0 beta from here .
For users of other versions of Microsoft Word there is no need to upgrade to this version as WizCite v5.0 beta is for Word 2013 only.
If you are using Word 2013 and have previously installed WizCiteWinWord.v4.0, please uninstall WizCiteWinWord.v4.0 before installing WizCiteWinWord v5.0 beta.

WizCite Desktop in Windows for OpenOffice/LibreOffice and Word 2003

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

We are pleased to announce the official release of WizCite Desktop in Windows for OpenOffice/LibreOffice and Word 2003.  The Window version of WizCite Desktop uses the same interface as the Mac version.  Download installation package here.



WizCite DeskTop for Mac Beta Release

Friday, April 20th, 2012

We finally have the beta version of WizCite for Mac ready.  This is a desktop version that access your bibliographic data from your online WizFolio account.  We have spent a considerable amount of resources and time coming up with this Mac version for Word 2011, OpenOffice Writer (v3.3)  and LibreOffice 3 Writer (v3.5).  The beta version has undergone very extensive in-house and focus group testings and is now ready for your feedback. We used the same citation engine as in the other versions, so the performance and work flow are similar. The latest WizCite Desktop package (beta) can be downloaded here:

WizCite DeskTop for Mac is officially released on April 30, 2012.
Download the latest version version here.

Introducing… Zoho Writer for WizCite

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Apple users, as a rule, are an incredibly patient lot. Because the market is hugely dominated by Windows users, it is inevitable that most software products are initially only Windows-compatible. Most times, they have to wait weeks or months before the Mac-compatible version is released.

While WizCite for Mac is currently in the works, it will take a little time before its release. But fret not, dear Mac users. Below are some handy work-arounds which you can use instead of having to download OpenOffice (which is essentially redundant if you already have Word for Mac):

1. Publish your citations to your Profile Page

Note: For this method, users will generate the required citations as a downloadable text file. Also, before you begin, make sure that you have enabled your profile page. Go to Settings found at the top right hand corner and check the box under Profile Page Sharing Permission.

  1. Create a folder under Publicly Shared Collections (found at the outer left panel).
  2. Drag and drop the items which you want to cite into the newly created folder
  3. Click on the icon.
  4. Check all the articles and click the export icon (the icon with a green arrow)
  5. Select the citation format which you want and download the references as text.

In order to use WizCite on Zoho Writer:

1)    Simply drag and drop the WizCite bookmarklet onto the Bookmarks Bar.
2)    Log into Zoho Writer and open up a new document
3)    Click on the WizCite bookmarklet on the Bookmarks Bar
4)    Click on “Insert Citations” and you are ready to begin citing!

Here’s a visual guide to using Zoho Writer for WizCite:

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Importing references from text to a journal reference manager

Thursday, May 5th, 2011
How does one get their reference list from a Word document into their reference manager?
Most reference managers do not allow for the importing of text citations with ease. Users, very often, are reduced to manually adding the citations from the document into their respective fields. This method of transferring references is arduous at best.
However there is a way around the problem! Because WizFolio allows for the easy import of text – through its “Copy from Clipboard” feature – and subsequent export of references in RIS or BibTex format, the University of Missouri has suggested using WizFolio as a conversion tool. Their article offers clear and succinct instructions on how to convert references from text to Endnote using WizCite. These instructions can similarly be generalized to apply for other reference managers such as Zotero and Mendeley.
Importing files in RIS format is not perfect, as each reference manager uses a slight variation of the RIS format. Users whose reference managers can import in the BibTex format will have an easier time importing their references.


Overview of the process

A visual guide on How to Import Text References into WizFolio

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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

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

iPad versus HP Slate

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Have you seen this slick video from HP?  Over 1.3 million hits in less than 3 weeks!

This video generated a number of articles and discussions online including this article from PC World discussing and comparing the features between the devices.  The same goes for comparison of software.  Librarians when evaluating different journal reference management software often rely on comparison charts.  For example Martin Fenner’s beautifully done chart comparing Zotero, Endnote, Mendeley, Refworks, CiteUlike, Refworks, JabRef, Papers, Citavi gives a very quick and concise comparison of features of these applications.  I wrote to Fenner not because he did not include WizFolio but to point out to him that perhaps he would like in the future to include a column where he would give his subjective score on how he liked the overall implementation of the listed features.

This brings me to the point that in comparing hardware or software, it is not just the features alone that matters but more importantly how the features are implemented.  I have been following mobile computing devices for 15 years dating all the way before the Apple “Newton” era.  I have not come across a mobile device that I feel as comfortable as the iPad.  Ultimately it will be the “user’s experience” that will win the day and not the features alone.  The lack of a camera, USB port or support for Flash player pales in comparison with the great ease of use and the beautiful and crisp display in HD.

Now that there are sufficient people that have used the iPad to read the Wall Street Journals, New York Times, National Geographic and USA Today, it is no longer a discussion if the iPad (or similar tablet devices) will change the publishing industry but a matter of when.  I have used the iPad rather intensely for the last two weeks and is quite convinced that there will be a sea change in the way we scientists and researchers will manage our research papers.  The potential for WizFolio on iPad is far beyond our initial expectation.  We are fortunate that we made the decision two years ago to built WizFolio on the best Web 2.0 technology we know how.  We will keep you posted on the development soonest.

Can you read research papers on an iPad?

Sunday, April 11th, 2010
I was eager to find out if you can read research papers on an iPad.  We had an iPad shipped from the US over to Singapore as soon as it was available last Saturday.  Here is a sneak preview of how WizFolio will work on an iPad. The read-only functions work really well.
It is an interesting idea to read research papers on an iPad sitting in your couch.  Having played with the iPad for 3 days, I must say it is a life style changing device.  iPad as a “Couch Surfing Device” would not be too far off as a descriptive term for this new category of net device.
Loading of PDFs is fast, even faster than a laptop or a desktop device.  I am not sure why.  This is a very pleasant surprise.  Zooming in and out is very conveninet with the multi-touch screen.  WizFolio is one of the first journal reference management applications that works on the iPad straight out of the box.
The company is committed to making the functionalities even easier to use on the iPad in the near future. One of the reasons why WizFolio works on iPad (at least for the read-only functions and the non-Flash dependent functions) is because two years ago we made a commitment to build WizFolio as a Web 2.0 app from the ground up using the latest Web technology.
Please have a look at the video and judge for yourself.

Double click above image to play the YouTube video (link updated July 31, 2010).

If you don’t have an iPad yet, try on an iPhone. WizFolio actually works fairly well even on the  iPhone’s smaller screen.
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