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Papers 3.0.20
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Papers is your personal library of science.

Read, Write, Cite. Your research will never be the same with Papers2 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!
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Version 3.0.20: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
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  • Intel, 64-bit processor
  • OS X 10.7 or later





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Panthera reviewed on 26 Mar 2014
Just garbage. Trashware.
[Version 3.0.20]

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Xenophon replied on 26 Mar 2014
Please be specific.
Keep in mind that most v2 users are still trying to figure out whether to upgrade (most have invested quite a lot of work in Papers' previous incarnation).
Like you, I haven't been able to justify the "upgrade" (or is it?). I would be very interested in seasoned users and their comments.
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greenery reviewed on 17 Dec 2013
Papers 3 is a mess, I'm sad to say. I downloaded it and imported my Papers 2 database in order to see how it worked. In the process of importing, all the work I have done on editing and merging authors was gone -- for one person in Papers 2 I have five iterations of the same name in Papers 3. Going back through the authors to take care of this would require days. In addition it's now far harder to list, compare and merge authors. Everything is more complicated, period. Also, there's nowhere on the website to talk to other users about such issues, even though it's called a 'public discussion' -- everything is viewable to staff only. There might be an easy fix for these problems but there's no way to know. I'm perfectly capable of learning new software, but the documentation has to be there.
[Version 3.0.9]


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Jeremyan reviewed on 27 Nov 2013
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.
[Version 3.0.9]

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Cortig replied on 25 Mar 2014
FYI, the library being a package doesn't prevent other apps (or you) to use the data directly. You can Ctrl-clic the library to display the content in the Finder and see all the structure.
You can also let the app install Fuse and mount the library on the desktop as if it were an external drive.
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Simonm reviewed on 25 Nov 2013
I regret buying Papers 2. The app was poorly designed with too many broken or poorly functioning features such as proxy management and the utterly useless Livfe collaboration site. These and many others problems weren't addressed or fixed for paying Papers 2 customers.

I also bought Papers 2 only three months before the new version and unlike nicer developers (there are plenty out there) the company gave no forewarning of their Papers 3 development and release schedule so I ended up with software that in all likelihood had already ceased development and vital maintenance support.

The €29 upgrade price is too steep to tempt me to do so considering my frustrations with the previous version, which despite promises didn't enhance or simplify my workflow at all.

Another thing they don't seem to want you to know (based on their website) is that they were bought out by Springer, hence the Windows version and the strangely sleep-inducing demonstration video posted on their site.
[Version 3.0.9]

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Simonm replied on 28 Nov 2013
I should also point out that I did contact the developer about the fundamentally flawed proxy management, but they neither recognised nor fixed this and other issues, so I think that qualifies as very poor support.

They lost my trust and as such I won't continue supporting this software by upgrading and I've even uninstalled Papers 2.
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Kvarnelis reviewed on 19 Nov 2013
Papers is an indispensible application for academics like myself. It has revolutionized my workflow and my scholarship, which makes it ever more frustrating that they can't get this right.

Mekentosj botched the upgrade from 1.0 to 2.0 so badly that they had to close down their support forums. Eventually the bugs were ironed out and the application worked excellently, apart from the somewhat damaged iOS sync. In moving from 2.0 to 3.0 they insist that we use Dropbox, which is just terrible. I have a 35gb library so now I need to pay an extra $10 a month for a service that I don't like, don't trust and don't want. How terrible.

Please support better services like the Synology Cloud Station, WebDAV, or even the old iOS sync. I can't rate this higher since such crucial functionality was broken.
[Version 3.0.9]


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Mugsuk reviewed on 19 Nov 2013
Bibdesk is the gold standard for serious academic authors in my opinion. Has all the functionality you need (much of the extra functionality in other apps is gimmick), it is rock solid, and is free. The workflow with Tex/Lyx/Word, and preview / skim, (plus the internet) is perfect. For some Mendeley may be an individual preference, but I have run both extensively, and for me Bibdesk is clearly superior.

Why you would rather pay for Papers, a dysfunctional and costly software, is beyond me.
[Version 3.0.9]


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MatthewK1821 reviewed on 18 Nov 2013
I've been a huge fan of Papers since early 0.x betas. Papers 2 started poorly but matured into a good workable tool. I've tried the Papers 3 beta and won't be returning to it until the information presentation is up to scratch. A vast screen full of pale grey type floating in white space is not an effective way to deal with large lists of information. To couple it with eccentric highlighting practices effectively distracts the user instead of supporting a clutter-free, efficient and standard interface. When I am hunting my library for the paper which said the thing I need to back up my idea, I don't want to be straining to read it. Black type, Mekentosj, every other application uses it for a reason.
Although the iOS synchronisation was a dog, to put it kindly, the requirement for a paid DropBox account to sync libraries larger than 2GB (mine is 12GB) is venial and lazy. If I pay for two of your products, don't make me pay for an ongoing file synch service because you can't transfer data between them cleanly.
Really disappointing. Hope we see a rapid improvement, at which time I will update to a positive rating.
[Version 3.0.8]

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MatthewK1821 replied on 18 Nov 2013
Sorry - that should be "venal", not "venial"
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Mikegem reviewed on 17 Nov 2013
I bought the Papers 3 for Mac beta, v 3.0.9, and I cannot recommend it. I do recommend, and will continue using, Papers 2.

I've used Papers since v1. I have a fairly large library with over 14,000 references, each with an attached pdf.

Issues I've had with Papers 3:

1. The process of importing my Papers2 library to Papers3 broke some of the links between my references and their attached pdfs. After the import, I noticed that some of my references didn't have their pdfs anymore, and other references had the wrong pdfs attached. It appeared that Papers3 lost track of attachment data during the import process.

I was able to confirm this by opening the same references in Papers2. References that indicated no pdf, or the wrong pdf, in Papers3 were undamaged in Papers2.

So far, I have no fix for this issue. I've tried doing a Papers Library rebuild in Papers2 before importing to Papers3, have checked and repaired permissions on the Papers2 library files before import, Papers3 still breaks and changes reference/pdf links during import, seemingly at random.

2. The import process also generated duplicate references. Again, I confirmed this by checking the reference in Papers2 - no duplicate then.

3. Papers 3 is *very* slow compared to Papers2. Running on my MacBook ProR with an SSD, Papers2 is ready to go 8 seconds after launch. Papers3 takes over 3 minutes (!) to open the same library. Slow launch persists after several days (so it's certain that Papers3 wasn't indexing its new library).

4. The UI has been prettied up at the expense of functionality. The library view shows fewer references at a glance due to display formatting changes. It takes more clicks now to accomplish some common operations than in Papers2.

5. Some behavior is odd. Drag & drop of a reference with its linked pdf creates a file with an alias attribute, but a couple of megabytes size. Exporting the same reference as "pdf files and media" creates the pdf file it should, about 200KB size.

There's more, but that's enough to give you the idea. I don't have enough confidence in Papers3 to use the product to manage information that's critical to my work. Presumably, the product will get more reliable as it goes through its beta development. More problematic is what I see as the developer's turn towards a pretty UI at the expense of user friction using the app. Reliability and speed do me more good than esthetic similarity to iOS7.
[Version 3.0.8]


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Pedroj reviewed on 01 Oct 2013
This is still a beta version with *lots* of room for improvement, especially in the syncing area.
I have a huge library (22500 references with ca. 2700 pdf attachments). The scroll in the Library window does not refresh adequately, lefting overlapping lines.
The sync with iOS version is done *exclusively* via DropBox. So, for large libraries you'll want a paid DB subscription. There is no way to use alternative cloud repositories. Moreover, you must sync the whole thing: no way to select specific references or collections to sync.
The way a reference is edited is clumsy, i.e., in the addition of authors etc, which uses a preemptive filling from a list, or just adding the year of publication (I don't need day and month).
I noted a better implementation of the proxy access (e.g., to Web of Science) through institutional gateways.
The interface is iOS 7 and is nicely done.
I had problems with the importing of the my old Papers2 library, and had to restart the process twice.
My advice: don't use this as a primary tool for now, especially if you need syncing with an iPad or iPhone. It can co-exist with the previous Papers2, so you'll be getting back to use your old version quite often.
I've been a user of Papers since version 1. But frankly, it's getting harder to keep using it. It is NOT a smooth application to use and manage your references, and this is a must (smooth use) for people handling lots of bibliographic material.
[Version 3.0.2]


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Mhoutman commented on 25 Sep 2013
Don't buy this for the moment. I did and it is disaster to sync with Papers 3 for iOS. I just doesn't work !

Yes, I know this is beta software for Mac, but at least they shouldn't have released the iOS app.
[Version 3.0.2]

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Dadama replied on 26 Sep 2013
Indeed – stay away from this bug ridden Beta. The release of v3 is reminiscent of the bumpy rollout of v2, a couple years ago.
It is not ready for primetime and it is a sham that they are asking for $$ for the upgrade before it is ready.

Problems that I have encountered thus far:
- Crashes ... a lot.
- Crashes on importing Papers2 library; repeatedly....
- High CPU (100%+) and RAM (6 GIG +) consumption bringing my MacPro to a standstill, when doing simple tasks (i.e., Export as Endnote XML)
- New iOS 7 inspired UI lacks the functionality of v2 and requires a rethink of ones workflow (see Dcuwcy review below) For example: (1) the edit button has been removed, (2) there is no article preview, (3) the menu items (where they exist) have been replaced with relatively nondescript icons making it difficult to transition from Papers2.
- Sync requires dropbox service; however, if your library contains thousand of pdfs you will need to upgrade to a premium account @ $10 a month. There is no option for

Unfortunately, v3 doesn’t address some of the long standing deficiencies such as providing a preview of a reference nor does it allow for viewing more than one article at a time.
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Dadama replied on 26 Sep 2013
I meant to say there are no other options for syncing with other services or tools. Previously, you could keep your libraries in sync manually by using file sync software such are Chronosync. In v3, the entire library (including all your pdf's) is maintained in a single file package thus rending any other means of keeping your libraries synchronized across computers as impractical.
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Dadama had trouble on 19 Apr 2013
Downlink is to older version not recent one (2.5.5); http://downloads.mekentosj.com/papers_255.dmg
[Version 2.5.3]


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Diogo Cocharro had trouble on 24 Aug 2011
I see Papers detects duplicate entries in the library, is there a easy way to compare each field and merge entries?
[Version 2.0.9]

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Macorian replied on 23 Oct 2011
Merging authors etc. is yet to be (re-) implemented into P2 afaik.
burypromote

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umijin had trouble on 21 Feb 2008
Download works, but dmg fails to mount.
[Version 1.7]



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physchem rated on 06 Jan 2014

[Version 3.0.13]



JohnV2458 rated on 01 Jan 2014

[Version 3.0.13]



Aldaron rated on 16 Dec 2013

[Version 3.0.9]



SarathY4735 rated on 02 Dec 2013

[Version 3.0.9]



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Leonledragon rated on 25 Sep 2013

[Version 3.0.2]



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Surfspirit rated on 19 Sep 2013

[Version 3.0.0]



otsu rated on 27 Jul 2013

[Version 2.6.4]



Hyun Sung rated on 27 Jun 2013

[Version 2.6.4]



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Leonledragon rated on 21 Apr 2013

[Version 2.5.5]



Jan Verhagen rated on 15 Mar 2013

[Version 2.4.8]


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Read, Write, Cite. Your research will never be the same with Papers2 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!


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