Citavi Alternative?

Aybars O. shared this question 4 months ago
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Hello all,

Could you advise me if there is an alternative of Citavi, please? I don't care of the reference management function. For me, note taking, marking, and search functions are important. I mean "knowledge management" for PDFs.

Which software do you suggest me? Thank you in advance.

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Probably Mendeley or Mendley is a better alternative for the same functionality that Citavi provides

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Hello everyone,

Hope you are doing great.

Due to many recent problems in citavi, many of us started searching for alternatives or backup plans in case of the probability of similar issues recurring without proper support.

As a suggestion, Zotero can partially act as a partial alternative. With Zotero 6 introducing built-in pdf editor with annotations feature, it may be attractive to export citavi projects to Zotero at least as a backup plan.

The following steps can be used to export most of project components, including comments and quotations:

-Save your citave cloud project as as a local project

-Create a backup of the local project

-Unzip the backup (using 7zip or any similar program)

-Change the extension from .ctv5 or 6 to .xml : This step is necessary but it is not mentioned clearly on zotero website and in previous citavi forum discussions.

-Copy all pdf and other attachments of the project in the same folder of the uzipped backup

-From Zotero, import the xml file

Done!

Please find more details on the following links:

kb:import from citavi [Zotero Documentation]

Citavi is still much more advanced than zotero, but this is only a backup or plan B option.

Best regards,

Al

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Hello,

Thank you so much for such useful information. I was not aware of possibility from Citavi to Zotero. To be honest, reference management is not important for me. The important feature is "knowledge management". I cannot find an alternative :(

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Thanks Aybars. The latest version of Zotero(6) goes beyond reference management and more towards knowledge management with ability to add comments and annotations as well as arranging references and comments by collections, groups and tags.

Best regards,

Al

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Hello Al,

Thank you for your message. I was not aware of the new features of Zotero 6. It seems interesting and really could be a competitor for the Citavi. I will follow Zotero closer. Thank you so much.

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Hi Aybars,

we've been having issues with the reference management functionality in Citavi Web, so that PDF attachments were not displayed properly. This issue has now been resolved. We'd be happy to learn what else is causing you to move away from Citavi?

Best regards

Sebastian

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Hi Sebastian,

There are many problems/bugs with Citavi 6 (e.g. https://help.citavi.com/en/topic/201044-shortcut-bug-ctrlalto ). But the essential problem is support. It has been great before. However now, it is terrible. Thankfully, now Zotero with 6 version is a really good alternative of Citavi for us.

Best regards,

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