Ratings of popular reference management GUIs

‘Software is like sex: it’s better when it’s free’ – Linus Torvalds

Ratings

macupdate (mu) versiontracker (vt) softpedia (sp) mean (mu, vt)
BibDesk 4.5 4.6 ni 4.55
Bookends * 4 4.8 3.1 4.4
EndNote * 2 2.2 ni (Mac version
not listed)
2.1
Papers * 4.5 3.4 ni 3.95
Sente * 4.5 4.4 ni 4.45
iPapers2/iPapers ni
Cloister ni ni 3.1
Yep 4 4.2 3.6 4.1

Dashes mean not yet rated; “ni” means not listed on site. Average ratings across mu and vt were 4.55, 4.4, 2.1, 3.95 and 4.45 for BibDesk, Bookends, EndNote, Papers and Sente respectively. Meanwhile, PDF manager Yep is quite popular. Data is from sometime this week.

Popularity

iusethis mu d’l’s mu d’l’ current version sp users download.com (dl) dl last week
BibDesk 565 23550 942 ni 253 0
Bookends * 97 43753 1005 28 814 6
EndNote * 78 18931 686 ni 26375 240
Papers * 327 10747 718 ni 253 0
Sente * 42 15304 56 ni 677 0
iPapers2/iPapers 10 2572 1,795 0 ni ni
Cloister 2 ni ni 10 ni ni
Yep 870 68267 2467 47 42 1

For iPapers2/iPapers, the iusethis users of iPapers and iPapers2 were combined.

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