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Papers for Mac

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Very good
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out of 18 votes out of 1 votes

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  • Date Added:
    Jul. 29, 2015
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    Free to try; $79.00 to buy
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Editors' Review


For those who conduct extensive research and writing on their Macs, organizing this information for later use can be difficult. Papers for Mac works well to sort this data, and advanced students or researchers will likely benefit from the program.

Papers for Mac is available as a free trial version with unknown restrictions, while the full version costs $79 to unlock. While the download and installation took place quickly, the program required acceptance of an extremely long user agreement, which is uncommon for this type of program. Upon startup, the program recognizes the new user and prompts entry of basic settings, including the subject area of the research. Information is automatically imported from the computer settings, which is a nice feature. There are no easily accessible instructions, but the menus themselves are fairly easy to use for those with research experience. The program allows users to import PDF files for sorting and labeling. This allows for easier retrieval and use for actual writing in papers or articles later on. These can be divided by source, as well, from magazines, to books, and even websites. The program also links to its smartphone version, although this feature was not tested. Users can also share, print, and search the archived documents for keywords, which are critical features for this type of application.

While not likely helpful for the average user, those who need to manage large numbers of research documents and papers will find Papers for Mac a functional option.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of Papers for Mac 2.4.9.

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1 stars

"Lousy product, lousy service"

October 15, 2015  |  By Dugald Thomson

2015-10-15 11:47:55  |  By Dugald Thomson

 |  Version: Papers 3.3.1


It organizes your papers, works well on Mac, nice design


Not as good as Mendeley, awkward when used with Windows, horrendous customer service, relies on dropbox for cloud storage, priced way too high compared to alternatives


Why pay $70 when you can get a better product for free? Just go get Mendeley and skip this mediocre software.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 3.3.1
  • General: Improves app stability.
  • General: Resolves a hang on startup for some users with large numbers of papers and/or keywords in their Library.
  • Syncing: Several improvements to the reliability and performance of syncing.
  • Syncing: Significantly reduces the size of the library on disk when syncing with other devices.
  • Search: Further improvements to the stability of the IEEExplore search engine when importing papers.
  • Metadata: Opening a paper in Reader no longer causes papers written by that author to disappear from the Authors Sources view or the Papers Library search view, when searching for papers by that author until the next launch of the app.
  • Keywords: Improvements to adding a new keyword to a paper when pressing the 'Return' key.
  • Sharing: Correct date capitalization when using the "Share → Export… → Notes" function.
  • Scripting: Improves scripting support (added properties & elements, as well as some related bug fixes).
  • Scripting: A paper's citekey is no longer empty if the paper has never been exported or cited.
  • General: Updates CSL styles list.
Publisher MekenTosj
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Release Date July 29, 2015
Date Added July 29, 2015
Version 3.3.1
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
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Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 77.16MB
File Name papers_331_347.dmg
Total Downloads 7,136
Downloads Last Week 6
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $79

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