Zotero for Tablets
Use ZotFile to send PDFs from your Zotero library to your tablet to read and annotate and then send them back to your Zotero library. To begin, you will need a folder on your computer that syncs with your tablet’s reader app. Dropbox is a good option. Choose an appropriate name for the folder, such as “Zotero to tablet.” Next, get the ZotFile Add-on.
Select Add-ons from Firefox’s Tools menu:
Find ZotFile and select Add to Firefox:
Then Allow, Install, and Restart:
When you open the Actions menu in your Zotero, you should now see ZotFile Preferences listed below Preferences. Select ZotFile Preferences.
In the Tablet Settings tab, check Use Zotfile to send and get files from tablet and choose the folder you have created to sync with your tablet’s reader app as the Base Folder. Then select OK.
And OK again:
When you right click on an item in your Zotero library with a PDF attachment, in Manage Attachments, you will be given the option Send to Tablet:
When you select Send to Tablet, you will see Zotfile working to send the attachment in the lower right-hand corner of your screen just like when you save items to Zotero:
You can get your attachments back from your tablet by once again right clicking on the item, selecting Manage Attachments, and then Get from Tablet:
Once again, you’ll see Zotfile working to get the attachment from your tablet in the lower right-hand corner of your screen:
The attachment in your Zotero library will now contain any annotations you made while working with it on your tablet.
Use ZotPad to read and annotate the PDFs in your Zotero library on your iPad and save them back to your Zotero library using the ZotPad app.
Once you download the app, login to your Zotero web account and accept the default ZotPad key:
Your Zotero library will look similar to this:
Once you select a collection, you’ll see all of the PDFs in that collection. Initially, the PDF icons will be grayed out as long as you have selected Active items in the Attachment files options in ZotPad Settings:
Once you select an item, the PDF icon becomes active and your attachment is downloaded.
You will then send your PDF to your favorite app to annotate. To do this select Open in… from the Actions Menu:
And then chose the app you’d like to use to annotate your PDF:
If you have purchased the GoodReader app, you may select this directly from the Actions Menu or in ZotPad Settings to always open your Zotero attachments in GoodReader:
Your PDF in GoodReader will look like this:
Use GoodReader’s annotation tools and then save your work as the same file.
Finally send your PDF back to ZotPad by selecting Open in ZotPad from GoodReader’s Action Menu at the lower right hand corner of your screen:
This process looks slightly different with other annotation apps.
In iAnnotate you’ll send your PDF back to ZotPad via the Actions Menu on the left panel, again using Open In ZotPad:
In Adobe Reader you’ll send your PDF back to ZotPad using Open In ZotPad from the Actions Menu in the upper right hand corner of your screen:
You can use the Zotero Bookmarklet to add items to your Zotero library from a mobile device. A bookmarklet is different from a typical bookmark in that it provides extra instructions for your browser. To make a bookmarklet, first make a regular bookmark by using your browser’s bookmark function.
Your bookmark is given a default name and web address. In this case the HKS Library Homepage will be bookmarked once Save is selected.
After you’ve created your bookmark, you must edit it.
Then select the bookmark you are going to edit.
Change the name of the bookmark to reflect its future function. In this case something like "Save to Zotero" would be appropriate, so change “Harvard Kennedy School Library” to “Save to Zotero.”
Finally, copy the code specific to your device from Zotero Bookmarklet and paste it below Save to Zotero, replacing the current web address.
Then paste it as the address for Save to Zotero.
Now you are ready to use your Zotero bookmarklet to save items to your Zotero library from your mobile device. To do so, make sure you are logged in to your Zotero web account. When you find an item you want to save from a database, simply select the bookmarklet you’ve named “Save to Zotero.”
This will instruct the browser to send that item to your Zotero library. You will see the article being sent in the lower right hand side of your screen.
Your item is now saved in your general Zotero library. You’ll be able to see your item was added to the general library if you sort by date. Then you may move your new item to your desired location.
In this case, I will move my new article to the appropriate collection.