ZotDroid Help

ZotDroid was designed by me, a bioinformatics student, to help me read the various academic papers I need to read in comfort, on my tablet. As such, it's primary focus is reading and downloading, rather than editing. What follows is a brief help guide for new users, describing the basic features.

Authenticating with Zotero

The first step is to authenticate. Select synchronise or reset and sync and you will be presented with a second screen with a button that will launch your web-browser in order to authenticate with the Zotero servers

You will be presented with the official Zotero webpage, with the username and password boxes. Enter your details into the webpage. If successful, you will be asked to create a key, and set the various permissions. Simply accept the defaults, by pressing the appropriate button on the page.

On some Android devices, the browser will automatically return you to Zotdroid but if this does not happen, you can press your device's back button and you should return to ZotDroid with the correct credentials.

Synchronising your collection

Once you have authenticated, click synchronise and the process will begin. For large collections, this can take several minutes, as the data is pulled over the internet and processed. It is important this completes as any partial syncing will leave your library in an incorrect state, and you will need to reset your collection.

Resetting your collection

Things can occasionally go wrong, as sync is hard. If your collection ends up in an incorrect state you can perform a reset and sync. This clears the database and downloads the latest Zotero collection again.

Browsing your collection

Zotero collections appear in the left hand drawer. Pressing the drawer icon in the top left will reveal the left-hand drawer and the list of collections. Group collections are listed first, with your local collection listed at the bottom. Click on any of the collections marked top to expand them. Child collections should then appear and the list of records on the main screen will be updated accordingly. You can go back up a level by tapping the BACK entry.

ZotDroid is designed to support large collections. Therefore, it doesn't show all items at once. The first 50 items are displayed to begin with. To load more, simply keep dragging the main list and the next 50 items should be loaded from the database.

The right-hand main menu has options for ordering by Author, Title and the date modified.

At the top of the screen is a search bar. You can type in a search query here. ZotDroid searches authors and titles.

Viewing attachments

Attachments are listed in the sublist underneath each entry. Tap the entry to expand the list. At the bottom of the list you will see entries with the word attachment at the beginning. Tapping on these will start the attachment download. If you have an application that can read this attachment, that program will be launched. You can cancel this download at any time.

Editing Tags

Tags are listed underneath each entry with the starting word tag. Tapping this entry pulls up the tag editing dialog.

Editing Notes

Notes are listed underneath each entry with the starting word note. Tapping this entry pulls up the note editing dialog. At present notes can only be edited, not added or deleted.

WebDav Settings

ZotDroid supports both the official Zotero storage (the default option) and custom webdav storage. If you have your own storage, you will need to go into the webdav settings page and activate this function. Select settings from the main menu and then webdav. The first option asks if you want to activate personal storage. Turn this switch on to activate personal storage. You then need to enter your webdav details such as username, password and address.

Font Settings

If the text is too small or large for you, you can change this in the General settings page.