I’ve been working on this project for a while now, and I’m excited to announce that my apps for the Zotero reference and bibliography management platform are now available.
- Sync libraries to the device
- Search all metadata for library items
- Create, edit, and delete library items
- Download attachments
If you try out Zed (or are just interested), you should sign up for the Zed email newsletter so that I can let you know when the app is actually available. You won’t get any update notifications within the app.
- Browse your Zotero library
- Search titles and authors
- View references and share to other apps or via email
- Follow links (from the Zotero URL field) and share links to other apps or via email
- See library call numbers (when stored in the Zotero item metadata)
- Download attachments
If your organization has a Zotero library (say, a group library) and wants to give access to the library through a mobile app (or website), I can make a customized version of Zed Lite with your branding and exposing the metadata important to your users. Just get in touch.
Why two apps?
Zed Lite is a very light app, both in features and code. The full Zed app is actually a completely different program, and is much more complex than Zed Lite. Thus some features are (at this time) still a bit rough around the edges. Creating Zed Lite gave me room to experiment with some different ways of doing things without having to work within my ongoing Zed project.
Due to the amount of time it takes to develop something like the full Zed app, it will likely be a paid app, whereas Zed Lite is available for free. (The source code may be released under an open-source license, I’m still working out the details.) Remember, unlike the fine people involved in core Zotero development, I don’t sell subscription services or have institutional backing. That said, if you or your organization wants to sponsor the development of Zed and release it on the app store for free, I’d be happy to talk with you. Which leads me to…
As I noted above, I don’t have institutional backing or receive funds from service subscriptions. Developing apps takes a lot of time and effort. If you find these apps useful, please consider supporting me financially. Thank you in advance.
(Remember, any gifts are not tax-deductible.)
I’m considering creating versions of these apps for Windows Phone devices – it should be fairly simple to do once I have Windows 10 up on a laptop. If this would be helpful to you, please let me know. I’m also considering translating the apps into French, as quite a few of the people who first downloaded the Zed Beta were from France or Quebec.
Issues, feature suggestions, and other email
You can comment here with feature ideas or questions, but if you are having a particular problem it would be best to send an email. I have a handy form for this purpose. I’ll try to address any issues that come up, and I welcome your ideas on how to make these apps better.
Note: Zed and Zed Lite are not authorized or produced by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media, the primary developers of Zotero, or by the Corporation for Digital Scholarship, the owners of the Zotero trademark. Zed is a client that accesses Zotero databases through the Zotero web API.