Category Archives: Bibliographies

Papers 3: still disappointing

I was very optimistic about the most recent build of Papers 3. The company announced some change in file management (which I could not quite understand but decided that any change would be for the better). I have also found … Continue reading

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Papers 3 is here

Papers 3 have just graduated from the beta version! Here is a couple of first quick impressions. There is a change in handling of files, which many people intensely discuss here and which is a make-or-break feature for a pdf manager. In … Continue reading

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How reference managers could help is in our thinking process rather than just hold our libraries…

I must admit I don’t seem to be perfectly happy with what reference manager software have to offer. I am probably unjust and have high expectations. After all, they are ‘reference managers’ and in that sense they are already over-performing. … Continue reading

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Update on file organization in Papers 3

Here are some clarifications concerning handling of documents in the beta version of Papers 3 which I criticize in the previous entry. Responding to my query, Papers 3  staff confirmed that switching on the Dropbox synchronization (a new feature in … Continue reading

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Papers 3: moving in the wrong direction?

NB: Since this entry was written, file management in Papers 3 has improved. Follow further developments in Papers app on Macademic. I have started trying the beta-version of Papers 3, an update of Papers 2, my favorite citation, bibliography and … Continue reading

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Collaboration in academic writing: software and beyond

Unfortunately, collaboration in academic writing often causes frustration. Academics are used to think that co-authoring a manuscripts means emailing back and forth Microsoft Word documents with endless “Track Changes” and “Comments” layered on top of each other. Whereas writing is … Continue reading

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Guest post by Ez: Annotating PDFs in Papers, Sente, Skim and other apps

Ez responded to the post on annotating pdf in Papers with a comment so useful I reworked it, with Ez’ kind permission, in a separate post. It was prompted by John asking about a “simple workflow”: ‘… [to create] referenced notes … Continue reading

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Collaborative writing with Papers

Preparing manuscripts with Papers in collaboration with other co-authors can go very well if you observe a couple of simple rules.  When I am the only contributor and use my standard writing workflow (OmniOutliner → Byword → Scrivener → Word) … Continue reading

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Annotating pdf documents in Papers

Until recently, when asked whether Papers provide good annotation tools I would say “not really… but they have other advantages …”. There is no longer need for such an excuse. Papers’ support for document annotation is as good as in their competitor, … Continue reading

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Citation modifiers in Papers2

Papers2 are a great citation tool. To use it effectively while writing, check and bookmark this page from Mekentosj which explains how to have citations look the way you want in your papers. For example, if you want to say ‘According … Continue reading

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