Zotero Releases Syncable Web App, Fixes HeinOnline Translator & Impoves Bluebook Format

Lots of good news from Zotero today! If you’re not familiar with it, Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. See my earlier post for further explanation.

  • Zotero has announced the release of both Zotero 1.5 and the first release of Zotero’s web application. The big improvement is that Zotero now supports automatic synchronization of collections across multiple computers. Or, with the web app, you can browse your collection on line from anywhere. Check out the screencast demo for more.
  • Zotero’s HeinOnline translator is now fixed. So, now when you’re in a document from HeinOnline, you can simply click on the paper icon in the Firefox address bar and Zotero will capture the full citation information -and the PDF of the article itself.
  • Finally, Trevor Owens at Zotero tells me that ” there has also been quite a bit of movement on the Bluebook format, which should now be better than ever. There are a few web developers in our forums that are really fired up to improve the usability of Zotero for law.”

This is all wonderful news. If I was a big fan of Zotero before (and I was), I’m an even bigger fan now. I think it is one of the most useful tools for research and writing that I’ve seen in a long time. And, best of all, it’s free.