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Posted by Daly de Gagne
Nov 30, 2011 at 01:11 AM


I just checked the Qiqqa site for the first time in a few months, and it seem like the developers are moving ahead.

Here’s the main url: http://www.qiqqa.com/

Here’s the url to a chart comparing Qiqqa with other players, such as Mendeley and Zoetero: http://www.qiqqa.com/About/Features#Compare/




Posted by Alexander Deliyannis
Nov 30, 2011 at 10:05 PM


The pricing model is quite extraordinary http://www.qiqqa.com/About/UnlimitedStorage


Posted by dan7000
Nov 30, 2011 at 11:49 PM


It looks like Qiqqa is positioning themselves as a “documents anywhere” provider. 

I’m interested in that, because I need to read tons of documents on multiple machines.  According to their webpage, I should be their ultimate customer.  But in that arena (docs everywhere), they are not even close to the competition (dropbox, sugarsync, etc.)  While they claim to offer “sync,”  it looks like they require internet access to view your documents, so instead of syncing to your local machine they are really just providing a front end to view your documents stored in the S3 cloud.  Other providers do this same thing, but also allow true sync to your local machine and without the pdf-only limitation.  E.g.FolderSync for Android, AJC Sync for Windows.  If you are looking for a way to view and categorize documents stored in the cloud, Syncplicity is better and is not limited to PDF.

I understand the Qiqqa provides more than just documents anywhere.  They seek to provide a way to categorize and cross-reference documents with academic citations.  I would like something like that too, but I’m nervous about storing all my documents solely in a proprietary medium—I’d also like to be able to open them directly in Windows and email them to other people.  And I don’t want 2 different copies, one in Windows and 1 in Qiqqa - because I do a lot of PDF annotations and I want the annotations to be in the file whether I open it from Windows or from the cloud. 

So I was excited to see Qiqqa trumpeting itself as a sync provider - but disappointed to discover it’s not totally true.  I would use it in a heartbeat if it synced PDFs from regular Windows folders, into Qiqqa’s system and into the cloud, and onto my android tablet.  I might even live with the PDF-only limitation, and use something else for DOCs. Unfortunately, since it doesn’t sync to Windows or Android folders, I’ll stick with traditional sync providers like Dropbox. 


Posted by dan7000
Nov 30, 2011 at 11:51 PM


Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
>The pricing model is quite extraordinary

Re the pricing model - as it says on their page, they are using Amazon S3 - so it’s S3 that has the extraordinarily cheap storage. http://aws.amazon.com/s3/#pricing.


Posted by Dr Andus
Nov 30, 2011 at 11:55 PM


Alexander Deliyannis wrote:
>The pricing model is quite extraordinary

Indeed the pricing models and the cloud aspect are what put me off in the first place, not only with Qiqqa but all the other similar referencing software that wants to entice people to upload their stuff. If you get involved with the type of academic research that requires this sort of referencing app, you will exceed the free 200MB within a couple of months. After several years of doctoral study I have 4.5GB of PDFs (over 1,100 PDFs), so the costs of uploading, downloading, syncing, getting it hosted etc. would add up, both in terms of money and time.

Basically I’m not convinced of the benefits of the cloud aspect when it comes to referencing software. I imagine most academic researchers still end up carrying around a laptop if they need to be mobile. And you can still have your data backed up by other cloud services such as Mozy, along with all your other files.


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