Papyrus Author
Papyrus Author
9.10a

1.0

Papyrus Author free download for Mac

Papyrus Author

9.10a
25 October 2019

Word processor with integrated speadsheet and more.

Overview

Papyrus Author provides a powerful word-processor for desktop publishing, with PDF export, integrated spreadsheets, and a relational database using an intuitive user interface for instant searches. You can even use Papyrus from a USB memory stick. This means that you can take your Papyrus (and your data) with you - remove the memory stick, and leave the system 'untouched'.

Note: The downloadable Demo is German version.

What's new in Papyrus Author

Version 9.10a:
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Panthera
29 March 2016

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An english version of this application has been in progress for more than 4 years at least (probably more). Posting a german version without indicating that it is the german version is bad form...
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Version 8.03
Panthera
29 March 2016
An english version of this application has been in progress for more than 4 years at least (probably more). Posting a german version without indicating that it is the german version is bad form...
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Version 8.03
1 answer(s)
hwgray
hwgray
29 March 2016
True, but that's a _comment_ and _not_ a _review_ demonstrating that the app is so poor that it's worth only a single star.
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Lutz-077
13 October 2014
Best Word processing Programm i've used.
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Version 7.07
Prince-Isaac
21 June 2013
I am of the mind that the English language version of Papyrus is languishing somewhere in the Spree (river that runs through Berlin). Here's what the dev's website states: The English version of award-winning word processor Papyrus Author can be expected Q1/2013 - Q2/2013. And today is just 9 days away from the end of Q2/2013. (hint-hint, nudge-nudge) When I contacted the dev nearly a year ago, he indicated that the timeline then was for the end of 2012 pending a finished translation. Other apps have caught up and passed Papyrus. As Milton once observed, "They also serve who only stand and wait."
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Version 12.61
1 answer(s)
Exegete77
Exegete77
20 January 2016
I have been waiting for the English version since 2007. I had used an earlier English version for a book. But can’t even open the files.

Excellent program, but there needs to be an English version of the software.
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Miner
17 August 2010
I was intrigued by Papyrus and very happy with its options to use PDF as editable documents. But no development seems to be going on here.... Abandonware?
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Version 12.56
1 answer(s)
Anastasio
Anastasio
02 April 2011
Well, yes, there is an ongoing development of Papyrus; but only of the German version. For some reason I have never been able to understand, the English version doesn't follow the development of the German one. So it seems that Papyrus has no real ambition to gain market share outside the German market.
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Billd
19 September 2006
Papyrus gets 5 stars from me because it does two things no other word processor does for me, and both things meet my needs. [1] It's the first powerful word processor that produces editable output fully compatible with my DEVONthink Pro databases. Not only is the text of those Papyrus documents fully searchable and analyzable, the layout including footnotes, endnotes, images, spreadsheet tables, etc. is viewed in my databases exactly as in Papyrus. And that includes working hyperlinks for URLs, mail addresses and internal 'bookmark' hyperlinks. From my DEVONthink Pro database I can select such a document, click a button to open it under Papyrus, then edit and save it. The changes are then visible in my database next time I look at the document. And I'm looking at the actual document including images, footnotes, full layout, everything. I can't do that with Word, Mellel, Pages or any other word processor above the level of TextEdit. That's because Papyrus 12 for Mac OS X can produce editable PDFs. Fully, absolutely, completely editable PDFs saved with the "pap.pdf" suffix. That's a WOW! feature, and the reason I bought Papyrus 12. [2] I'm doing a project that results in lots of PDFs. Those files are reviewed by several people who often request changes. In the past, I've had to do the dreaded two-step. I've had to find and open the original document created under another application, edit and save it, then create a PDF version of the changed file. No more. Now I just open the PDF generated by Papyrus, make changes and save the file. That's it. No second step required, no duplication of material on the drive. Perhaps you won't understand why I appreciate that one-step edit/save process until you are faced with managing dozens of PDFs that have a number of requests for changes. Summary: For my needs Papyrus 12 is wonderful. For those who need to include powerful spreadsheet table elements within a document (which can read data from other files as well), it's very good. For those who need very large documents, with the capability of generating a linked table of contents, it works well. For those who might need complete compatibility with MS Word documents, it's not that great, but can capture the text of Word documents. For those who need fully editable PDFs produced by a capable word processor, there's nothing like Papyrus. The developers note that Papyrus may be able to open "normal" PDFs in the future. As I work with a lot of OCR'd PDFs, I hope that would let me correct OCR errors.
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Version 12.20
Anonymous
24 November 2005
Since I'm using LaTeX (TeXShop, etc.) for my own true writing needs, I am looking at wordprocessors most of all as "readers" for MS .doc-files. I.e., I have a copy of MS Office around just to be able to read other people's (the ones, alas!, w/out LaTeX . . .) .doc-files, especially the ones with foot- or endnotes. And I have to say: I'm impressed by the good job Papyrus does in displaying .doc-files with footnotes! It es really rare that any program other than MS Word can really manage to display them (kind of) correctly: in my test, Papyrus does. Thumbs up! However, while Papyrus sports a impressive small file-size, I was exspecting no-bloat-ware-speed, i.e. Papyrus being fast. That's not really the case: startup-time is fine, but: scrolling is slow (much slower than in Word, than in Mellel) and not very pleasant to look at: large chunks of white space get slowly refilled with the scrolles text. Not good. Similar thing when selecting text: there seem to be some issues with the display-engine Papyrus uses. The look of the toolbars, rulers, etc. is a bit too cross-platform-like, i.e. too Windows-ish or Linux-ish, not Mac-like refined enough. For comparison: check Mellel as a truly OS X-like contemporary piece of software. (But Mellel falls short when coming to displaying .doc-files with footnotes!) Still, if I could only be sure that Papyrus manages all the .doc-files as good as the ones I have it tested with, then I would consider this program as a leaner substitute (than MS Office) for my .doc-reader-needs.
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Version 11.27
Anonymous
17 November 2005
Papyrus is an amazingly fast word processor, with good tools for working with text frames and graphics but it has its weaknesses. I.e. it doesn't implement Services and has a weak MS Word importing engine. Its also a bit too expensive when comparing to its many competitors, Mellel, Nisus Writer Express, Abiword, Pages, Mariner Write, etc..
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Version 11.27
Anonymous
17 November 2005
I'd say it looks interesting, but there are no screenshots. I'd like to try it out, but I won't install Stuffit Expander in order to do so.
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Version 11.27
3 answer(s)
Gslusher
Gslusher
20 February 2006
You will probably find that Stuffit Expander is quite useful. You may shut yourself out of a lot of software if you don't get it. OTOH, perhaps you prefer Windows software like .zip files.
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Version 11.30
Mark-Everitt
Mark-Everitt
25 February 2007
To be fair, OSX comes with a built in unpacker for a lot of compressed files, including .zip, .tar, etc. I don't understand why some developers insist on using stuffit compressed files when it entails another step in the install. In fact, it's probably easiest to put files into a compressed .dmg file, and distribute that way. It's nice to see that this developer has reconsidered and put their file in a standard disc image as described above.
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Version 12.56
Gslusher
Gslusher
26 February 2007
One reason that developers might still use Stuffit is that it typically gives smaller files than OS X's built-in .zip archiver. For example, I made archives of a 2.2 MB QuickBooks file. The built-in .zip process resulted in a 504 KB archive. Dropstuff 9.0.1 made it into 396 KB. Most developers have to pay for the total download activity per month, so making the downloaded file smaller helps. On the other hand, a properly-done disk image will already be compressed, so there might not be much gained by compressing it. In some cases, it can be necessary as the host server isn't set up to handle .dmg files, but will handle .zip or .sit files.
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Version 12.56
Anonymous
17 November 2005
Would be nice if it could actually read .doc files, but it really cannot, so it's completely useless to me.
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Version 11.27
1 answer(s)
Ulli Ramps
Ulli Ramps
23 November 2005
That's not true. Lots of customers just like Papyrus very much for its abilities to load MS Word DOCs, directly. But because MS Word is a hard encrypted format ;-), just no program can load MS Word DOCs perfectly - even MS Word has problems with its own format, from time to time, like users report to us (and sometimes, Papyrus can load MS Word DOCs, MS Word itself can not load, any longer - reported from users, as well ...). So, we are always willing to improve the MS Word DOC import, because we know, of course, that it is very important for lots of users. If you have any MS Word DOC, which does not load, or comes with errors, in Papyrus, please send it to us (support@papyrus.de, for example), and we will fix the problems. But we are doing so, for around 8 years, and - as said above - lots of customers use our MS Word import filter with great satisfaction. Sincerely Ulli Ramps, Papyrus Support
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Version 11.27
Cookie08
29 September 2005
Been using this way back since ver 2 on the ATARI still better then Word in many ways the layout of a proper DTP program with the ease and speed of text handing with proper micro spacing text in any direction etc makes work look sick in comparison when mixing text with images and tables and data. every part is customisable. This program had features that took word 10years to implement.
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Version 11.23
$198.25

1.0

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  • Intel 64
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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