Papers for Mac

Papers for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
3.9
out of 17 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    3.2.4
  • Total Downloads:
    6,802
  • Date Added:
    November 05, 2014
  • File Size:
    77.02MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    17
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.9

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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1 stars

"Utterly ineffective"

June 28, 2012  |  By remondes

 |  Version: Papers 2.2.10

Pros

Great promise

Cons

JUST promise and nothing else

Summary

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

 |  Version: Papers 2.0.7

Pros

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

Cons

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

Summary

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

 |  Version: Papers 2.0.4

Pros

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.

Cons

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

 |  Version: Papers 1.9.2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
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

 |  Version: Papers 1.9.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
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

 |  Version: Papers 1.8

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
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

 |  Version: Papers 1.7

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
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 www.baen.com)

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

 |  Version: Papers 1.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
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

"Nice..."

February 21, 2008  |  By stam66

 |  Version: Papers 1.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
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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5 stars

"Keeps getting better"

December 15, 2007  |  By bongoherbert

 |  Version: Papers 1.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Version 1.6 continues a trajectory of maturation for Papers. Almost every bug/issue in my previous comment has been addressed. I've finally committed my 4000+ papers to it and don't regret it at all.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 3.2.4
  • Look & Feel: Refreshed for OS X 10.10 Yosemite, There are many improvements for users running OS X 10.9 Mavericks and below as well.
    • Federated Search: Improved layout.
    • Retina support: The app is now optimised for Retina devices.
    • Selection styles & controls: improved readability for the List and Columns library view modes - identify currently selected items more easily.
    • Libary: You can now edit flag, rating or read/unread metadata for a paper directly from the library list table.
    • Overview Inspector: New "Read" and "Cite" quick link buttons for every paper in your library - speed up your workflow!
    • Reader: Quickly find a paper in your library by clicking "Reveal" in the Overview inspector - you are brought back to the Libary tab and the paper will be automatically selected in the library list table.
    • Reader: Improvements to how tabs look in the Reader view.
    • Citations: New look and feel.
    • Annotations: A color selector is now present in the Reader bottom bar when adding highlights or underlines to a paper.
    • Sources: The Sources drop-down menu is now more prominent when using the Sources view.
    • Sources: ISSN is now available as an option in the Sources editor.
    • Highlighting: The choice of current highlight annotation color is now remembered between app launches when adding subsequent highlights.
    • Look & Feel: New icons and images as part of the refreshed look of Papers 3 for Mac for OS X 10.10 Yosemite.
  • Other New Features

    • Supplemental PDFs can now optionally be exported along with primary PDFs when using the File → Export… → PDF Files & Media option.
    • Exported supplemental PDFs can now optionally have their annotations exported.
    • Annotations made to PDFs in external applications can now be made editable within the Papers Reader view by using the View → Annotate → Extract Embedded Annotations option.

    Performance & Stability

    • PDFs associated with library items are no longer deleted when adding those items to the Reading List if "Move original file to Trash on import" is selected in the Preferences.
    • Dragging a supplemental file to Finder now correctly copies the supplemental file rather than the primary PDF.
    • Supplemental files are now correctly imported and exported with Papers Archive files.
    • User-added keywords are no longer removed when using the "Match" functionality.
    • Better sorting of shared collections: The imported date for papers added to Papers Online shared collections is now treated as the date that the paper was added to the shared collection (rather than the date the paper is imported into the user's local library).
    • Fixes an occasional crash at launch when running on versions of Mac OS X older than 10.9.
    • Author metadata is now added to the Info inspector when importing BibTeX, Endnote or RIS files.
    • Color labels, flag status and ratings are now persisted when moving papers to a Papers Online shared collection or the Reading List.
    • Consistent syncing status messages and status light indicators during and after syncing.
    • The subtitle field in the Info inspector now wraps text onto a new line when changing the wide of the sidebar panel.
    • When selecting the same paper in different collections simulatenously, the status message in the bottom bar is now updated correctly.
    • Removes a cause of "Waiting for app shut down" messages and delays when quitting the app or shutting down your Mac.
    • User preferences for some options such as page rotation and show / hide cover pages are now persisted between app launches.
    • Changing the publication date in the Inspector Info tab now correctly updates the date in the Overview tab, the Reader screen tab and the List, Grid and Coverflow views.
    • PDF Display menu items are again available from the View menu.
    General
    Publisher MekenTosj
    Publisher web site http://www.mekentosj.com
    Release Date November 05, 2014
    Date Added November 05, 2014
    Version 3.2.4
    Category
    Category Educational Software
    Subcategory Science Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.10, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 77.02MB
    File Name papers_324_206.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 6,802
    Downloads Last Week 17
    Pricing
    License Model Free to try
    Limitations Not available
    Price $79

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