Archive for March, 2010

Planet Earth Likes Zotero File Storage

The first results of Zotero’s new storage offerings are in, and we’re delighted to announce that researchers around the world are eagerly joining the ranks of file-syncing Zoterons. Indeed, individuals and research labs located on every continent except Antarctica—we’re looking right at you, McMurdo—have already purchased upgrades for their storage accounts.

Zotero 2.0 offers users the ability not only to store unlimited libraries, tags, and notes, but also to synchronize to the cloud attached files like PDFs, images, audio, video, word-processing documents, or anything else related to research. These files can be synchronized in personal libraries and shared in collaborative group libraries. They are available to any other Zotero client, or even via Zotero’s web interface at http://zotero.org.

Each Zotero user has free access to up to 100 MB of storage, and users may also purchase additional storage space of 1 GB, 5 GB, 10 GB, or more for a very reasonable cost. Reflecting the established international popularity of Zotero and the hearty endorsement of overseas universities, well over half of all sales have been made to scholars outside the United States. To date, researchers from no fewer than 40 nations around the globe have already purchased upgrades, and we fully support purchasing from an additional 170 countries—hello, Greenland?

Adding Zotero storage not only provides you with a valuable service, it also helps to sustain the Zotero project, so please consider upgrading your account today!

Zotero 2.0 Launch: Upgrade Today!

We are thrilled to announce that the full release of Zotero 2.0 has now been made available to the entire Zotero community. This release of Zotero includes an expansive set of new features and we strongly encourage all our users to upgrade to Zotero 2.0 to benefit from those improvements as soon as possible. Below are some of the highlights of Zotero 2.0’s new functionality. (For a full list of new features, please see the changelog.) The new Zotero homepage also makes it easy to browse the major new features.

Syncing


Automatically sync your library of collections among multiple computers. For example, sync your PC at work with your Mac laptop and your Linux desktop at home.

This also provides you with free automatic backup of your library data on Zotero’s servers.

Storage


You can automatically synchronize your library’s attached files through Zotero file storage.

You can also share files with your colleagues through group file storage.

People


Zotero users get a personal page with a short biography and the ability to list their discipline and interests, create an online CV (simple to export to other sites), and grant access to their libraries.

Easily find others in one’s discipline or with similar research interests.

Follow other researchers–and be followed in return.

Groups


Create and join public and private groups on any topic.

Access in real time new research materials from your groups on the web or in the Zotero window.

Easily move materials from a group stream into your personal library.

Even More Functionality That Makes Your Life Easier


Automatic detection of PDF metadata (i.e., author, title, etc.).

Automatic detection and support for proxy servers.

Trash can with restore item functionality so you don’t accidentally lose important materials.

Notes now work as  rich-text.

A new style manager allowing you to add and delete CSLs and legacy style formats.

Zotero is now licensed under the GPLv3.