Papers 3 - Academic Reference Manager
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Papers is your personal library of research on the go. Find, read, organize, share and sync your research papers - anytime, anywhere!
• Revolutionize how you collect, organize, and read documents.
• Search simultaneously from 20+ repositories, including PubMed, Google Scholar and ArXiv.
• When you import papers into your library, Papers lets you organize them in collections and read, annotate and freehand draw them in glorious full screen.
• Import Word, PowerPoint, and other document files to your library and organize them just as easy as your PDFs.
• Automatically find and download the PDF for references you import from search engines, when the full-text is available!
• Papers now also optionally lets you synchronize your library via your local Wi-Fi network or Dropbox to your Mac, PC and iOS devices.
• Create Shared Collections and add content to your Reading List, also accessible via your web browser.
• Support for Apple Pencil in the reader mode.
Papers is a full workflow solution designed to make sure you spend time on what’s important: your research.
What's New in Version 3.4.6
Performance & Stability:
• Sync: Improvements to performance, memory usage and stability of Dropbox and Wi-Fi sync.
• Importing: Resolves a crash when importing certain PDFs with bad metadata.
• Stability: Other general stability improvements.
Best App to Manage Research
So far this is the best app to track the numerous articles read by every humanities PhD student. The app's key feature is that it provides a central repository to store and organize the hundreds of pdfs of the articles read and makes it easy to manage the citations of these aritcles. Since the work stored in this app makes up a huge part of one's PhD dissertation -- the backing up to Dropbox is a key feature. With that said, this app is not incredibly useful unless one is using it with the desktop companion app. Another criticism would be that the app could make it a bit easier to add more user commentaries and notes to articles. Overall, this is still the best app to manage one's research library!
Excellent Mobile Companion
The mobile app complements and desktop version nicely and is a dramatic improvement over its predecessor, particularly in terms of storage requirements. It relies on Dropbox for syncing, which may not be ideal for everyone but works great for my workflow. The app is relatively straightforward with good in-app explanations. My biggest frustration isn't with the app but it's that the old app was removed from the App Store for people, like me, who had previously purchased it. If you use Dropbox and the desktop app, which you should because it's a pleasure, this is the perfect app for your workflow.
Excellent. Unique. Useful.
I'm giving this app 5 stars because I need it and I've found no other like it. Plus, I've not had any technical issues.
I'm not really the intended user. I'm only researching as an individual with random interests. No hard research, publishing, data crunching, or access to sites with published papers. I need to find, read, gather quoted segments, and create citations, from credible sources. It's great to be able to work within one app. And I not have to track, parse, and export my work across various applications - just to get some research done.