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Zotero 1.5 Research Tool Now Synchronizes Collections
Zotero 1.5 (www.zotero.org) has been released in public beta. Users can now access their Zotero collections from anywhere and synchronize them across multiple machines (of any operating system). Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox extension to help users collect, manage, and cite research sources. It requires the new Firefox 3.0. Zotero 1.5 also offers significant performance improvements over Zotero 1.0.
The Zotero 1.5 Sync Preview introduces a slate of new features, including the following:
- Automatic synchronization of collections among multiple computers, e.g., sync your PC at work with your Mac laptop and your Linux desktop at home
- Free automatic backup of library data on Zotero’s servers
- Support for thousands of existing Endnote export styles—While the CSL styles utilized by Zotero are a more robust and long-term solution for styling references, Zotero offers users the ability to use Endnote styles where there are currently no available CSLs.
- A new style manager allowing you to add and delete CSLs and legacy style formats
- Preliminary support for local sharing of collections through ZeroConf on OS X—Other platforms and full support to come with the final release of Zotero 1.5
Zotero is a production of the Center for History and New Media (http://chnm.gmu.edu) at George Mason University. It is generously funded by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (www.imls.gov), the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation (www.mellon.org), and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (www.sloan.org).
Paula J. Hane
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