All genealogists need a good citation manager to to keep track of all the papers they have read and accumulated. For years, the most popular citation manger has been Zotero. In fact, I recently recorded a podcast with Connie Reik in which she describe some of Zotero's awesome capabilities. (You can listen to our conversation at http://goo.gl/bgO7l.)
One of the primary drawbacks to Zotero is that it has always required the Firefox web browser. Some users see that as an advantage, others would say it is a disadvantage. In our conversation, Connie mentioned the Zotero would be releasing a free-standing version soon. Her prediction has now come true.
Standalone Zotero Alpha for Windows, Mac and Linux is now available as an alpha release. That means that it may still have bugs in it and the software developers have released the alpha version with a request for interested users to help with the debugging process. If you are not ready to deal with unexpected bugs and crashes, you might want to skip the alpha and beta releases and wait for the final version. However, if you enjoy using the latest software tools, warts and all, you might want to try Standalone Zotero Alpha for Windows, Mac and Linux.
All versions of Zotero remain available free of charge.
Head over to the project’s website at http://www.zotero.org/support/standalone and download the version of your choice. If you want to connect it to Chrome or Safari, download the relevant connector as well.
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