2-thumb power surfing on the iPad

July 22nd, 2010 by Casey

(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

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Press Release – Breakthrough Cross-Platform Citation Technology

July 11th, 2010 by Casey

(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.

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WizFolio Upgrade – Dragon Ball

July 3rd, 2010 by Casey

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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Really Useful Setup

May 30th, 2010 by Casey

From time to time, I will post interesting topics that may not be directly related to WizFolio but our users may find such topics useful.  Most of us who are heavy users of digital technology will find managing cables a bit of a struggle.  There are a number of commercial products out there but none are satisfactory.  Here is a simple yet elegant solution.

With permission from Axel Marazzi at http://observando.tumblr.com/post/466525800

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iPad versus HP Slate

April 22nd, 2010 by Casey

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.

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Can you read research papers on an iPad?

April 11th, 2010 by Casey
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 www.wizfolio.com on an iPhone. WizFolio actually works fairly well even on the  iPhone’s smaller screen.
Please forward this link to your colleagues who you think may find this information interesting or useful.

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