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Top 5 iPad PDF medical literature management apps for doctors

Iltifat Husain, MD contributed to this piece.

As doctors and hospitals embrace digital systems, many of us have found ourselves wondering, “what is the best app to manage my pdf library”?

Everyday doctors, students and healthcare professionals read and use PDFs on mobile devices for functions ranging from marking up medical literature to annotating lecture notes in PDF format.

We took a detailed look at a range of PDF literature apps available before and in separate posts. We summarized our findings into one post, and only took the top five PDF management apps we would recommend.

5.  Sente

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  • Multiple academic libraries which can be imported in multiple formats such as EndNote and BibTex
  • Sente has an advantage as it automatically syncs any updates, articles, annotations, and changes over the air whenever an internet connection is present
  • Papers can sync wirelessly but it must be connected to the same wireless network as the desktop app
  • The Sente Target icon detects references on webpages in the embedded browser which is supported on a wide range of commonly used sites including Google Scholar, PubMed, Web Of Knowledge, JSTOR among many others
  • Organization of references is accomplished using a combination of tags, statuses, and ratings as well as the more traditional formats such as Author, Journal, Year, and Type
  • Basic PDF annotation tools such as highlighting, comments and basic shapes

Summary:

Sente is a powerful feature filled app that offers a myriad of functions to manage an academic library. PDFs can be annotated and shared with colleagues, although, the best feature is the automatic syncing over the air which keeps Sente libraries in sync with each other effortlessly. There are a number of limitations such as difficulties importing PDFs from other apps which means Sente will have most utility to clinical researchers and academics alike.

 Sente iTunes Link