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Papers for Mac

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    Jul. 01, 2016
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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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1 stars

"Utterly ineffective"

June 28, 2012  |  By remondes

2012-06-28 10:47:08  |  By remondes

 |  Version: Papers 2.2.10


Great promise


JUST promise and nothing else


Does not function when citing, extremely slow. The authors should make it an effective product instead of keep advertising newer versions at $40 a pop...

Updated on Jun 28, 2012

This review is for the first Windows version of the software.

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5 stars

"excellent library management for academics/medics"

June 05, 2011  |  By rozmccarthy

2011-06-05 05:37:18  |  By rozmccarthy

 |  Version: Papers 2.0.7


organises and allows search of large collections of pdfs
fast, effective and invaluable


need to manually "match" new pdfs in order to download tags


I couldn't work without it!

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3 stars

"Good organizer - some cleaning still to be done"

April 19, 2011  |  By felix_edo

2011-04-19 03:55:37  |  By felix_edo

 |  Version: Papers 2.0.4


It is a good paper organizer. It helps to easily find, categorize, read your scientific papers and helps you find related one on the web. Have great features for personalizing your library and citing your work. Great linkage with other programs.


It still has a lot of bugs while adding or editing information, view modes, adding chapters, authors or pdfs or notes to your paper. Crashes adding notes in other languages (spanish).

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4 stars

"Great product!"

August 30, 2009  |  By Corsario

2009-08-30 07:05:49  |  By Corsario

 |  Version: Papers 1.9.2


This review was originally posted on
This program has been a true change in paradigm with regards to how I manage my references. Before, I had a large amount of references stored in folders in my hard drive. With this program I have been able to achieve a level of organization and increased usefulness of my "papers". It it really a dream come true.

I haven't had any stability issues or crashes with it. After several hundred imported papers, I am yet to see a significant performance hit.

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2 stars

"Great potential but"

March 23, 2009  |  By Memoriafuturi

2009-03-23 17:04:15  |  By Memoriafuturi

 |  Version: Papers 1.9.1


This review was originally posted on
I really really like what papers could be. But as it stands it is just tooooo slow. I've tried to use it for nearly a year now, going to the forum for help, changing my databases, removing smart queries etc. etc. etc. but it is still so slow that I only use it as a batch processing program to rename my pdf files now.

I think this is such a shame as it could (and I hope will in the near future) be a great program.

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4 stars

"Not Ready For Prime Time"

July 07, 2008  |  By Hacky

2008-07-07 13:45:23  |  By Hacky

 |  Version: Papers 1.8


This review was originally posted on
I agree that Papers is a unique product and in theory it could be a productivity booster. But IMO it has too many bugs when used "aggressively". I have had to delete preferences, library too many times. It then works for a few minutes but quickly fails to interface with my institutions ezproxy server properly. I delete preferences and it works again for a bit. There are other intermittent bugs. I paid for it and look forward to future iterations but it is currently unusable for me.

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5 stars

"I expected great things"

April 16, 2008  |  By MarkusWinter

2008-04-16 01:02:28  |  By MarkusWinter

 |  Version: Papers 1.7


This review was originally posted on
and I got them. I purchased a license when Papers was still in beta for one simple reason - to support the two programmers who had given us some outstanding free bio software. And I have to say I wasn't disappointed - Papers has become an immensely useful program for me, and I love the fullscreen reading mode. The support has been outstanding - any problem I reported has been dealt with quickly and professionally (I wish others would do that). If I had to niggle then it would be:

- sometimes the automatic recognition will misrecognise a paper, which isn't surprising when several DOI are present in the pdf

- I'd love to have the ability to use several libraries (one for work, one for private use) as I have hundreds of eBooks (for SciFi fans have a look at

Final word would be: I'm waiting for the day when papers can replace EndNote on my Mac

Well done guys

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5 stars

"Papers is a very solid program."

February 21, 2008  |  By dr.infinity

2008-02-21 23:17:52  |  By dr.infinity

 |  Version: Papers 1.6


This review was originally posted on
This program is for academic and research oriented management of .pdf files from scientific journals. It is well designed and implemented and regularly updated. The developers are also scientific end-users of their product. They designed it because they felt the existing software in this space was inadequate for file management. As an academic emergency physician, I agree. Integration with life sciences databases (PubMed, etc.) is excellent.
It is not cheap but is not unreasonably priced for what it does. As I use it for work, I have claimed the cost for tax purposes.

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5 stars


February 21, 2008  |  By stam66

2008-02-21 00:00:00  |  By stam66

 |  Version: Papers 1.6


This review was originally posted on
Great software for managing PDFs - as many others i have over 1000 science/medical PDFs scattered across several drives, some named sensibly, but some cryptically (guess it made sense at the time). The "match" feature that fills in PDF details (journal/authors/keywords/abstract etc) is a real lifesaver for managing these, as are collections and smart collections.

The only thing I'm missing is 1) a speedy way to weed out duplicates and 2) Citation/bibliography support for Word/Pages/Mellel etc...

The software has worked flawlessly for me, with no loss of data as reported by previous reviewer, and has become an essential piece of software for my work... Highly recommended...

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Full Specifications

Publisher MekenTosj
Publisher web site
Release Date July 01, 2016
Date Added July 01, 2016
Version 3.4.5
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10/10.11/10.9
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 69.8MB
File Name papers_345_512.dmg
Total Downloads 7,287
Downloads Last Week 29
License Model Free to try
Limitations Not available
Price $79

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