Papers
Papers
3.4.21 (581)

2.4

Papers free download for Mac

Papers

3.4.21 (581)
08 October 2019

Your personal library of scientific resources.

Overview

Papers is your personal library of science.

Read, Write, Cite. Your research will never be the same with Papers and Magic Manuscripts.

Papers revolutionizes the way you deal with your research documents. It allows you to search for them, download and organize them together with supplementary material, allows you to read them full screen, highlight and keep notes, sync them to your iPad or iPhone, cite them in your favorite word processor, share them with your colleagues, and much, much more. Welcome to your personal library of research!

What's new in Papers

Version 3.4.21 (581):
  • Initial Support for OS X Catalina

121 Papers Reviews

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Jeremyan
27 November 2013

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I agree with everybody that had been disappointed by all the bugs of Papers 2. Because of that I wouldn't recommend people from upgrading to 3. For the following reasons: - They never fix things properly. - They still try all they can to lock you into their software: - PDF annotation not viewable outside the software. - Now PDFs are stored with MP3 on iPod type of cryptic names and folders, making it impossible for you to manually navigate your PDF library any more. - Also the library is a single package file, like iPhoto library. Say goodbye for using other apps to access the folder structure! The Papers 3 trial made me realize they are trying even more lock-in, and still haven't implemented PDF annotation that is universal to other apps. To sync with iPad, you have BUY again Papers 3 on iPad/iPhone. This totally sucks because the old version cannot do the sync properly at all. So they burned us, and want us to pay again for sync that only works with Dropbox. I would recommend everybody finding an alternative.
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Version 3.0.9
tianjn09
17 October 2019
Version 3.4.21 (581): the claimed (initial) support for Catalina doesn't work anyway! It won't crash but it's not responding.
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Version 3.4.21 (581)
kenneth-r
10 February 2019
Anyone tried the new version? Seems like it is a version "4".
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Version 3.4.20
lewisalun101
23 January 2019
Awful software. Papers 1 and 2 were great. Papers 3 leave well alone. Go elsewhere, save your money and time. Too many software glitches and poorly constructed compared to papers 1 and 2.
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Version 3.4.19
fahrenfort
12 March 2018
I took the trouble of creating a MacUpdate account just to leave a bad review for this app. Paper2 used to be great, but Papers3 is a useless piece of crap that behaves as though it is in full beta stage. Expect regular sudden crashes (software exits) and other bugs. DO NOT BUY, LOOK ELSEWHERE!
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Version 3.4.16
Mindplay
01 December 2017
I used it since inception and it was a great product. Unfortunately since v2 developers kind of lost direction and now it's just a really buggy piece of cranky software that doesn't do any real good. Now even subscription based ?

You really have to inflict it on yourself...
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Version 3.4.12
HappyPig
26 October 2017
According to the Papers team on Twitter, the new version of Papers/Readcube will be subscription only, and not use Dropbox anymore. I'm done with this program.
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Version 3.4.10
aramis-1
11 September 2017
Used to be so good, papers1 loved it, papers2 added some useful functions, like "copy settings", awesome!, abandoned some others, like simply hit space bar for full few... timesaver. I want quick look as full screen!! Now: Papers 3… looks less colorful, less fun, - red flags turned black, purple folders turned grey... where are my buttons: mail, print … have to go through too many steps to just send a pdf, or print some. Where is the awesome "sound" when sending pdf by mail?? I have the feeling this turned into windows grey world... no fun! I want papers back!!!! Most important : why is it so much slower than papers 2 ???
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Version 3.4.10
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AnnL7456
AnnL7456
01 December 2017
… and after all the negatives you mention, you give the program 5 stars? What's wrong with you, mate?
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HappyPig
12 April 2017
So many visual bugs - large chunks of pdfs are seemingly overlaid with white squares that disappear when you click on them. The developers know about it apparently, but as their bug ticket system is private, no one else can know that they know until they are asked. Uggggh. And I don't have much hope for this being fixed anytime soon, as I think the programmers are a skeleton crew after the ReadCube merger. Every time I write a bug in (the ticket for which is forever marked private) the response I get includes some text pimping ReadCube as an alternative. No! Just fix Papers - to heck with ReadCube!
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Version 3.4.10
john-1234
29 December 2016
Hopeless now, almost unusable! ReadCube has drained the resources supposed to be used to fix bugs in current version.
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Version 3.4.7
xcoxco
11 May 2016
Papers was recently acquired by Labtiva, Inc., based in Cambridge, MA and London. More importantly, the company is backed by Digital Science, a division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd, and is the developer of the app ReadCube. What this all means for Papers' users is unclear.

However, what is clear is that the bibliographic database/research software market is a mess. Good products, like Sente and Bookends, started out well but were never properly financed. Consequently researchers like myself have been in a difficult situation (left with incomplete and buggy software).

A big problem is that software designers do not understand the needs of power-researchers in terms of organizing (and reorganizing) their reference based data for multiple projects. Sente was excellent (but no longer supported) and Bookmarks powerful (but not fully modernized; needs a basic rebuild). That left Papers, which had lot's of promise not yet realized.

So now we are largely left with Labtiva and Mendeley - backed by good financing. Let's hope they are not obsessively focused on the Internet and do deliver the sort of functionality required by power researches. Connecting with other researchers is great ... but let's first make sure the software's core data management capabilities address the power data management needs of the individual researcher first alongside the usual basic bibliographic database management and reference generation functions.

Thank you.

PS: I work with about 11,000 references in a database built up over the past 10-years or more, a critical research tool. I have used End Note, Sente, Bookends at one time or another. I was about to consider a migration to Papers when I found out about the sale. Sente was a favorite, but it’s progress slowed and then stopped in recent years. Bookends has a lot of power, but needs a basic re-write and modernization to stamp out (nasty) bugs and make it easier to use. End Note I used in the 1990’s, and eventually dumped when it’s development seemed to freeze up.
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Version 3.4.4
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xcoxco
xcoxco
11 May 2016
Hmmm. Just looked at ReadCube. It's cloud based and meant to tie one into the service. Further, it's data organizational capabilities seem very limited. One problem is that reference data from online services, such as PubMed and Google Scholar can be incredibly inconsistent. Thus I have had to spend an awful lot of time in cleaning up the inconsistencies in my data set. Bookends has a lot of nice features to do so, in my experience. I can't see that ReadCube offers nearly the same power to address the inconsistencies. Clean, consistent data is absolutely critical for meaningful research enquires of a large data set such as mine.
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