Screen shot of Papers 1.6
|Developer(s)||Mekentosj/Springer Science+Business Media|
|Stable release||2.6 (Mac)
1.2.4 (Windows) / May 16, 2013 (Mac)
June 8, 2013 (Windows)
|Type||Reference management software|
Papers is a reference management software for Mac OS X and Windows, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. It is primarily used to organize references and maintain a library of PDF documents and also provides a uniform interface for document repository searches, metadata editing, full screen reading and a variety of ways to import and export documents.
Papers was developed by Alexander Griekspoor and Tom Groothuis while studying towards their Ph.D.s at the Netherlands Cancer Institute. Faced with working with hundreds of digital publications in PDF format, the pair worked on Papers to provide an iTunes-like approach to document management. Papers was originally released as a public preview in February 2007, followed by the full 1.0 version a few months later. A new version of the software was released and put for sale in the third quarter of 2013, along with a new iPhone/iPad app. Both products went under a considerable amount of criticism from new and returning users, who experienced a number of issues, ranging from lost databases and annotations to incompatibility between mobile and desktop apps. Users criticised Mekentosj and Springer, respectively developer and owner of Papers, for putting up for sale a beta version of the software and their slowness in addressing problems that effectively rendered the software unusable. The company is also criticized for unresponsive support and the unusual way of handling support matters on a private basis, i. e no public discussions of bug reports or other matters.
With the release of Papers2 in March 2011, Papers now also offers full EndNote-style reference citation features. Papers2 allows for users to access their library and insert citations across many different applications, whether in documents, presentations, or in web browsers. Papers offers a familiar user interface and a number of features for collecting, curating, merging and linking articles. This version is also reported to corrupt the database.
iPhone and iPad
Versions of Papers are available from the iTunes App Store for iPhone and iPad, and provide a limited search functionality and article management found on the desktop, along with the ability to synchronise articles from an existing Papers library, and back up that library.
Papers won an Apple Design Award in 2007, for the best Mac OS X Scientific Computing Solution.
- "Papers Spring into the Future". Mekentosj. November 5, 2012.
- "Knowledge Base: Release Notes". Mekentosj.
- "Love is… contagious: Announcing Papers for Windows". Announcing Papers for Windows.