Here it is. Iterate, iterate, iterate. Google Docs keeps becoming better with every little iteration like this one.
Out today. Completely rewritten from the ground up, with lots of much needed and welcome improvements. Check out the website for the complete list of new features and improvements. Worth mentioning: Papers is becoming more and more a document manager, in addition to a reference manager, you can now store many different file formats. Papers is taking advantage of all the underlying technology of Mac OSX, the user interface is a delight to use (the opposite of Endnote, if you ask me). The integrated search tools (up to 25 search engines combined) are certainly a great time saver. The deal-breaker will be the integration with word processing document, which is where I find Endnote still superior, so far. We’ll see how it goes. I also hope they finally improved the metadata extraction (that’s what they claim), which is where Mendeley really shines.
Alas, as I am bound to a PC in the lab, I am turning to Mendeley as my sole reference manager software. It syncs seamlessly between computers at home and in the lab. I only using Papers on the iPad to carry my papers with me, but keeping two libraries up to date is a pain. The annotation tools are keeping me with Papers so far. I’ll switch to Mendeley for iPad when:
Competition is welcome in this domain anyway. If I was the Endnote developers, I’d be really worried.
A nice and solid update overall. The new UI is much lighter than previously, feels much more responsive and is much less in the way. The other great improvement is the ability to add papers through Dropbox. Ideas for improvements: batch import through Dropbox, and the ability to define a “watched” folded, like Mendeley, to bring a little bit more of automation and make the sync a bit less tedious.