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Macorian rated on 23 Oct 2011
[Version 2.0.9]



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Macorian reviewed on 23 Oct 2011
When I first tried version 2 I was as frustrated as most reviewers here. Matching papers was and is a downgrade of sorts. There is no author merging, re-editing of an entry was almost impossible. On top of this, after firing P2 up for the 2nd time, the database had gotten corrupt. I remembered an option from P1 to fix this... but lo and behold, that had gone too!
I'm know giving P2 another try. There are still things missing, like merging of authors and searching could be better, especially for humanities. There are a lot of repositories or journals online (not just in JSTOR) but e.g. deGruyter, Menadoc etc. This is central. However, to be fair, Papers doesn't do worse than similar software, e.g. Mendeley. In fact, many things have improved. I can now edit and re-edit entries with ease. P2 runs stable for me and is now more responsive than P1. The ability to enter well-nigh every kind of written document is most welcome and overall quite well implemented. In addition to that, there is the "Manuscripts and Citations" function which is really nifty. Even if something similar has been available for ppl that use BookEnds the P2 implementation is really nifty. Yes, important things, like merging authors, extended duplicate managment (you do get a warning tho', when trying to import a paper already in your library) there's a whole range of really useful functions in P2, which add to P1. In terms of speed and stability, I found P2, as of now, to be on pair with P1 or better.
I think many of the low ratings here, albeit understandable for various reasons, also stem from the fact, that P1 is pretty good and that the standards and expectations were rather high. Make no mistake though, while Mendeley is fine, it lacks a good deal of what Papers has. Also, it forces you to sign up, which P2 doesn't. One reason I'm not going with Mendeley. While I was disillusioned when I first tried Papers 2, I now do see light at the end of the tunnel. Indeed, there is much light already. I do hope and think that the authors keep at their big task, to deliver the best Papers ever. I for one, am ready to buy Papers 2, trusting the good work to continue.
[Version 2.0.9]


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Macorian replied on 23 Oct 2011
In the following sentence add text in square brackets: "Yes, [while] important things, like merging authors, extended duplicate managment (you do get a warning tho', when trying to import a paper already in your library) [are still missing].
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Macorian commented on 29 Jul 2010
I had the same problem with fetching lyrics. It wouldn't work. Get Lyrical is a great alternative. Thanks for the tip!
[Version 4.2.1]



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Macorian reviewed on 21 Feb 2010
This app comes with a clean interface and a useful aim: Manage your documents in one space. Well, after a few tries, it successfully imported some 3600+ documents. Scrolling within the program is fluid. The featured offered are useful. However, there is still a lot missing, to my mind.
1) I wasn't able to rename any document. There is a menu item that's supposed to let you do that but it's always greyed out. Nothing in the context menu aut sim. - so I think it's possible within the app. Editing an already imported document within the Finder ends in disaster: iDocument looses track of that document and instead manages a 'ghost' document with the original title but no content.
2) Paste didn't work for me either. That's especially annoying when one tries to assign the same tag to various documents. Yes, you can select a number of documents and then assign a tag to all of them, but beware! Any previous tag will be deleted.
3) iDocument supports a number of key formats but many are still missing. Especially the more popular Mac text processors like Mellel, Nisus etc. should be supported. Also, being able to manage emails would be nice.
4) Smart folders are nice but here again, the program only does the minimum provided by the OS. Folders in folders would be an advanced feature.

To sum up, this app looks like it has a lot of potential. At the moment, however, it's rather bare bone and is more of a concept study than a matured application. Especially number 1&2 but also 3 are real bummers. Effective managment of one's documents is thereby rendered basically impossible. You *will* want to edit (rename) your documents in order to better arrange, identify etc. them. I'm sure many of these things, like format support will be implemented along the way. As it stands, I encourage people to test this app and give feedback to the developer(s). At the moment, iDocument is useful as a test-version, it's premature to ask real dollar for it. However, once more features are implemented and the most severe lacunae filled, I can see myself gladly paying for this app. Three stars for an application with lots of potential but which still lacks a lot to be a serious player.
[Version 1.0.27]


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Macorian replied on 21 Feb 2010
Under 1) it should read 'so I think it's *not* possible within the application. I.e. one cannot rename a document.
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Macorian commented on 15 Aug 2008
I'm also waiting for an Update. In the application, when you go to the preferences and check for an update. It finds version 1.8 and indicates that it starts the download but nothing really happens. So I'm curious when we gonna have an update.
[Version 1.7]


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Macorian replied on 15 Aug 2008
Just noticed that 1.8 is available here:
http://pimpmycamino.com/parts/caminicon
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Macorian reviewed on 16 Jan 2007
Just downloaded the latest version of Azureus (2.5.02). I'm impressed. It's much faster. While quite a heavyweight Aureus now feels much lighter and manageable. Memory footprint is pretty ok. If you're looking for a complete BitTorrent client, Azureus is still the #1 choice, IMHO.
[Version 2.5.02]



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