Tuesday, 20 October 2009

iPhone Apps for researchers

iPhone Apps that might be relevant to researchers:

Evernote, which started out as a simple note taking tool, is now a solid information manager that can handle everything from voice notes to clippings pulled from the web. The beauty of Evernote is its versatility. You can use it to collect notes from meetings and whiteboards directly to mobile devices, adding voice memos for better clarity. It can make one more efficient, especially with its ability to sync with all the different devices on which I'm running Evernote. Take a note on iPhone/iPodTouch, and it gets automatically synced to home desktop, laptop, netbook, and work PC.
Price: Free
URL: http://www.evernote.com/

A bit like Mendeley. Bills itself (as Mendeley does) as "iTunes for research literature". Just as iTunes lets you sync your music with your iPod - the Papers app now has a companion app for the iPhone/iPod Touch that allows you to sync your collected journal papers. You can keep copies of all or some of your research papers on your mobile device for quick reading and reference. The built in pdf reader on the Papers app does the job comfortably and can be handled with versatile touch gestures. Papers also features "beaming" where users can send a pdf to another user or sync their library with a desktop wirelessly.
Price: $9.99
URL: http://mekentosj.com/papers/iphone/

PubSearch Plus
PubSearch Plus gives you the ability to search PubMed from the comfort of your iPhone or iPod Touch, and lets you read and email selected publications. Though the iPhone screen isn't ideal for viewing high resolution images in research papers, it definitely helps when you're looking up a specific piece of information from a particular paper. The app also supports EZProxy so you can connect to journals that are available only through institutional access.
Price: $1.99
URL: http://www.deathraypizza.com/deathraypizza/iPhone.html

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