Release Notes 03/09/2021

Highlights of the 4.23.3 release include:

  • Papers 3 Import improvements - Continous improvements to Papers 3 import
  • iOS V3 - Brand New UI and features!
  • SmartCite Improvements - Added ability to create a list from active references.
  • Download Multiple Items - Select multiple references to download PDFs with two clicks!
  • Usage Improvements - Show title in the bottom right, Static Preview Eye, Left bar resizing, etc.
  • CSV Support -  We now support CSV import and export
  • Lists on the right pane - We now support showing lists in the right-hand pane.
  • Browser Extension Updates - Updates and bug fixes

Papers 3 Import improvements

We've added even more indicators of where your library is at for Papers 3 import. Processing the PDF's and all of the previous annotations could take a long time so we show you how many have been processed out of the total number so in case you have ten's of thousands of PDF's and the percentage isn't moving you can see some updates as PDF's are processed.

iOS V3.00

This has been a long time in the making! We are very excited to announce that the iOS app has gotten a major overhaul and facelift! There are many new features that you will have to try to out but highlights include:

  • Dark Mode
  • Annotating of Shared Libraries
  • View and Edit SmartLists
  • Download full libraries of PDFs for on-the-go access
  • See and Edit tags, ratings, flagged items & colors!

As part of this update, we want you to know we are committed to giving you mobile apps that give you powerful and robust research tools at your fingertips. This update will be followed by an Android update in a few months. After both applications have gotten the refresh we will be right back to your regularly scheduled programming of updates with new functionality. Huzzah!

iOS Dark Mode

SmartCite Add To List

SmartCite Options

SmartCite Improvements

We've added it back! Now clicking on "List of active references" will allow you to create a list in your personal library with all of the references you were citing in SmartCite. We've also made the citation "pills" a little more intuitive. Click the gear or right-click to get more options.


Download Multiple Items

With the power of Grayskull, er I mean science, you can now select multiple references and download them to your computer locally. This only works on the desktop app unfortunately because Web browsers don't like websites that download multiple things at the same time.

Download from Cloud

Usage Improvements

We made several improvements to the app to make research life the best life. Clicking on the preview icon (eye in the bottom right) will show the preview pane but leave the eye at the bottom instead of jumping just out of your reach. Additionally, if you have just one item selected we show you the title of the item in the bottom left of the status bar. We also added some placeholder text to SmartLists to help get your create SmartList juices flowing. Don't worry though because we left the popular examples to give you easy access to some SmartLists that are really brainy! "Lookup Details" is now "match" since it makes more sense and everyone was used to that from previous apps. Finally, we also made the left-hand pane resizable so for all of you on tinier screens rejoice!

Eye Icon and Title

CSV Support

We are happy to introduce CSV import and export for all libraries. This means you can quickly edit metadata and import it or even take CSV files from search results or databases and import this information directly into Papers. This is a pretty in-depth feature so if you want to take a look at how it all works please take a look at this handy support article. Also, just a note that because of how CSV's behave this is a desktop-only feature.

Even if you haven't made it to excel wizard (I'm still a lowly excel nerd myself) this feature should give you more freedom to manage your data in an easy-to-use way.

CSV Export

CSV Import

Lists on the right-pane

We have added the highly requested feature to have Lists show up in the right-hand pane. You can easily see which lists a reference is a part of now and edit them right from here. Clicking on the list name will jump you to the list (much like tags). Clicking on the plus button will open a dialog showing you what lists it is a part of and allow you to create new lists (also much like tags). This feature is available for both web and desktop!

Lists Right Pane

Lists Dialog

Browser Extension Updates

We have updated the browser extension to support more Journals and to fix some layout changes on PubMed and other publisher websites. We are continually updating the extension so remember if you spot a publisher we aren't supporting yet to send us a shout at support@papersapp.com

That's all folks!

Thanks again for reading our Release notes. As always if you have any questions or concerns you can send us an email at support@papersapp.com and we will be more than happy to help out!

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