Developer for Docear4Word (Mac) wanted

Since more than one year we are offering Docear4Word, an add-in for Microsoft Word that helps you creating bibliographies. Unfortunately, the add-in is only available for the Windows version of Microsoft Word. We would love to offer a Mac Version, too, but don’t have the skills to do this. If you know how to develop add-ons for MS Word on Mac please contact us at The add-on should be an exact copy of  Docear4Word (Windows) and you could use Docear4Word’s source code as “inspiration”. You wouldn’t have to do this for free, we would be able to pay some money, and I am confident that our users would also donate a significant amount! Just let us know how long it would take you to  implement this add-on and how much you would want for it.

17 comments to Developer for Docear4Word (Mac) wanted

  • Chicca

    I’d like to download it, very useful.

  • Felicien


    Any progress on the matter?
    I just really appreciated working with the add-on on Windows and wonder if a Mac version is coming soon.

    All the best

  • Brad

    I understand you’re having trouble getting a Mac Word add-on developed. In the interim, do you have any suggestions for a workaround, other than getting a PC,or running a Windows emulator on the Mac? What am I actually missing by not having this add-on? Is there a Linux word processor that is supported that would run on the Mac? Or some way to manually import my Docear work into Word ? (I’m not all that familiar with Docear but there seems to be at least 2 issues: (1) the citations themselves which may be relatively minor and (2) the drafting of article text in Docear based on PDF annotations.) The first could be fixed by using another reference manager for the citations. Docear appears to be such a different way of working that I wonder if a workaround might be worth the effort until the add-on is developed. Any thoughts here? I hate to think that all Mac users are out in the cold. You have the program itself for Mac, so somebody must be using it in some fashion! Can you describe the Mac workflow right now without the add-on?

    • You could indeed use Docear with e.g. Zotero or Mendeley for the reference management. I believe they have add-ons for Word on Mac, though I am not sure. If somebody else has some better ideas, please let us know.

  • Russ

    Zotero does have a plugin for Word. It is similar to the EndNote plugin.

    If you are looking for a Mac developer, I suggest sending a msg to MacInTouch ( This might help get the word out.

  • can

    hi joeran,

    I’d like to learn if there is any progress on issue.

    with my best.

  • Hi Joeran,

    I did not look at the source code of docear4word, but if it is written in .Net it may be possible to run it in MacOS without major changes as bibword does it.
    Look at this link:

    If I had more time I could have tried to do it myself.


  • edge

    Hi, is there any progress?

    We want to donate the development of the mac word plugin, are there any candidate developers right now?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Fernando

    Since the last post (Sept 2014) is there any progress on this issue for Mac users?

    I like a lot Docear, is not possible that Mac users are out of this world of Docear…

  • Duy

    I would love to have this tool. In the midst of writing my dissertation. How much are you needing to push this forward or is it a lost cause at this point? Thank you, Joeran. You’re the real MVP.

  • Fernando


    Any progress on this matter? I wonder if a Mac version is coming soon. We will love to have this tool the Mac community.

    Best regards,

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