Posts Tagged ‘Mendeley’

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.

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.