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Scanner For Zotero


Note: There have been numerous complaints that the app no longer works. As I've not had time to fix it, and do not foresee myself fixing it in the near future, I'm making this version free.

Scanner For Zotero brings Zotero's magic wand tool out into the physical world. Scan the ISBN barcode on any book, and Scanner For Zotero will fetch that item's bibliographic information from the web and allow you to add it to your Zotero library.

Don't know about Zotero? It's an extraordinary tool which allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Learn more at http://zotero.org.

Scanner For Zotero is Free Software, the version you see here costs a few dollars just to cover development costs, but the code is licensed under the GPL. You can download the code, or even an APK, from https://github.com/jmschanck/Scanner-For-Zotero, but please consider downloading this version if you like the app and want to see its development continued. Thank you!

Features:
* Barcode scanning and manual ISBN entry
* Bibliographic lookups through Google Books and Worldcat
* Uploading to both user and group libraries
* Editing items before upload
* Note taking
* Tagging
* Batch uploading
* Multi-user support

Recent changes:
New method for creating API key. Should fix some of the problems people have been having.

Note: Does not work in Android 2.2.2 because of an error in how that version handles SSL.
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3.8
User ratings
71
Installs
1,000+
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File size
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About Scanner For Zotero
Note: There have been numerous complaints that the app no longer works. As I've not had time to fix it, and do not foresee myself fixing it in the near future, I'm making this version free.

Scanner For Zotero brings Zotero's magic wand tool out into the physical world. Scan the ISBN barcode on any book, and Scanner For Zotero will fetch that item's bibliographic information from the web and allow you to add it to your Zotero library.

Don't know about Zotero? It's an extraordinary tool which allows you to collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources. Learn more at http://zotero.org.

Scanner For Zotero is Free Software, the version you see here costs a few dollars just to cover development costs, but the code is licensed under the GPL. You can download the code, or even an APK, from https://github.com/jmschanck/Scanner-For-Zotero, but please consider downloading this version if you like the app and want to see its development continued. Thank you!

Features:
* Barcode scanning and manual ISBN entry
* Bibliographic lookups through Google Books and Worldcat
* Uploading to both user and group libraries
* Editing items before upload
* Note taking
* Tagging
* Batch uploading
* Multi-user support

Recent changes:
New method for creating API key. Should fix some of the problems people have been having.

Note: Does not work in Android 2.2.2 because of an error in how that version handles SSL.

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A Google User
Sep 4, 2014
Simple, but effective There isn't much to this app but it does what I want it to: scans the upc code and inserts the book into my zotero library. Would be nice if future versions could handle older books, perhaps by looking up titles.
A Google User
Sep 2, 2014
Fundamentally doesn't work. I am fine paying for an open source app...if the installation routine works but this doesn't. Won't be recommending this.
A Google User
Jan 23, 2014
Does the basic job once it is set up. Very easy to enter ISBN Codes with Barcode Scanner or manually. Listing of scanned library on mobile device would be a useful feature. Can also manage app settings via personal Zotero web account. The set up and web interface is not very intuitive or user-friendly as some have mentioned and need to play around a bit to figure it out, using manual entry of of the "key" that is requested (long alphanumeric string). On set up attempt also got message that account did not have write permission (i.e., ability to upload scanned item to Zotero.) If you have this message, select the appropriate permissions under "manage key" and then enter the new key in the appropriate field.
A Google User
Sep 25, 2013
Great I was able to get things set up with the API key, etc. but now that I"m scanning and uploading items, they never reach my online Zotero. Not sure how to address the problem as there is no settings feature within the app. EDIT: Have it working now and I now can really enjoy it. More development is needed - tinkering with options is next to impossible. Likewise, the ability to have scans go to particular collections, subcollections would greatly increase the utility of the app. I'm happy to have supported the developer and I hope the app can continue improving.
A Google User
Aug 12, 2013
Awesome App! This app is simply awesome! This will save me so much time on generating references! Great work.