A friend of mine recently suggested me to try Mendeley Desktop to manage my references and pdf files.
According to the website:
Mendeley Desktop is academic software that indexes and organizes all of your PDF documents and research papers into your own personal digital bibliography. It gathers document details from your PDFs allowing you to effortlessly search, organize and cite.
After using for a few days I find that is a really good tool, key features are:
- Fully featured free version
- Automatic pdf files scanning
- Semi-automated importation from Google Scholar for incomplete entries
- Bibtex importation and automatic exportation
- Online space to store your database (up to 1Gb in free version)
- Shared collections for collaborators (up to 5 in free version)
I had not time to test it thoroughly but the feature list is long and promising, in particular with the possibility to automatically retrieve citation information from common databases.