I completely agree. I love papers. It is my go to application for managing journal articles, but the new database situation is a no go for me. I made a comment about this issue in my feedback for the beta. I sure hope others speak up as well. I cannot imagine this new way of storing documents is vital to its functionality, but who knows. Thanks for the post!
I tried to restructure my Library to be arrange it by Category, Author as you showed above. Any clue why it only did some of my papers, if left many in Year folders; they are still in Papers 2 library but now I have both Author and Year folders under the Articles category (but I checked, no duplicates). I tried rebuilding the library data base. Any clue why this is happening?
very dissapointed with papers 3. Not worth the upgrade in my opinion. The only feature I was looking forward to was the dropbox sync, but as this article mentions you lose control over organization. In my case, the syncing has been anything but smooth.
But there is a bigger point to be made here. I am sick and tired of having to make account everywhere. One reason for using papers2 was that you could wifi sync between your devices without going through some external servers. If you wanted you could still place the library on say your main computer into e.g. Dropbox. But the sync worked simply device to device. Granted it had/has to be done manually. But who cares. Why they would kill such a nice feature in Papers3 and force me to buy Dropbox storage?
Let me preface this by saying that while I am as annoyed as most of you about the lack of editable file structure, writing a proper syncing engine is one of the most difficult things in programming and I can understand why it would work better for the papers team to have their current implementation. (Also, the likely reason for the crazy naming of the filenames is that they are using a hash function that uses a complex formula to produce a unique code for each file in order to avoid syncing duplicates. This also reduces syncing errors and makes resolving errors easier.)
This will create an Articles folder in your Documents folder with direct access to all your papers. If you want to place this somewhere else or create a different name for the folder, you can generalize the commands:
Question for Sebastien: If you set up the link from dropbox to Library.papers3 as you suggest, does dropbox see this as a monolithic file, or as a directory? That is, if the papers3 program changes some files inside the package Library.papers3, does dropbox update the whole 1 gb or whatever Library.papers3 or does it just update the changed files inside Library.papers3?
This came from the Papers team today, but I just realized that the update at the end of the post does say the same thing. Funnily enough, I did not have Dropbox syncing ON when all this happened. And when I tried to look up the potentially deleted .papersdb file through the Dropbox website, it did not log anything related to Papers being deleted.
1. Quit Papers32. rename your Library.papers3 folder to a temporary name, e.g., Library.tmp (yes, change the extension).3. Create a new Library folder (I called mine Papers3Library.)4. Move all the files in the Step 2 folder (Library.tmp, in my case, i.e., all your managed by Papers3) to the Step 3 folder (Papers3Library). Spotlight should start indexing this folder (Papers3Library), which may take a while.5. Delete the empty temporary folder created in Step 2 (Library.tmp, in my case).6. Using Terminal.app, cd to the folder that contains your new Papers3Library folder (where your original Papers3 library resided, cf. Step 2), and then create a symbolic link to it. In my case, I issued:ln -s Library.papers3 Papers3LibraryThis will make the effects of Steps 2-5 opaque to Papers3.
I did accidentally come across it a couple of weeks ago, so I downloaded and tried it. The GUI is very trendy, but in terms of its functionality it is still in its infancy. Itcan download papers from online repositories, but basically that is it. No way to edit metadata (reference details). Only very basic features are available.
I have a papers3 library in dropbox from my old computer. How do I import its contents to papers installed in my new computer? After importing this library, I would like to delete it from dropbox and use the usual sync option.
The only good part of my papers3 experience: it was really easy to get a refund from the apple store for the iOS version of papers3 (see here for info on how to do it: -and-articles/app-store-refunds)
1. Quit Papers32. Rename your Library.papers3 folder to a temporary name, e.g., Library.tmp (yes, change the extension).3. Create a new Library folder (I called mine Papers3Library.)4. Move all the files in the Step 2 folder (Library.tmp, in my case, i.e., all your managed by Papers3) to the Step 3 folder (Papers3Library). Spotlight should start indexing this folder (Papers3Library), which may take a while.5. Delete the empty temporary folder created in Step 2 (Library.tmp, in my case).6. Using Terminal.app, cd to the folder that contained your original Library.paper3 folder (and now contains your new Papers3Library folder), and then create a symbolic link. Assuming the same names, this link will be named Library.papers3 and will point to PapersLibrary. The command in terminal is:ln -s Library.papers3 Papers3LibraryThis will make the effects of Steps 2-5 opaque to Papers3.
Which is why, with a mere 4,000 papers, I am quite cautious about moving off of Papers2. BTW, I once asked the folks at Mekentosj about the database limit (Papers2) and they did not have a definitive answer. I suspect that there is one but it is good to know that you have so many files!
The dropbox sharing I dont know whether you had that in papers2 never having used Papers2 before but should be just a case of synching the output folder of where papers2 nicely renamed all your stuff?
The problem with going with the flow wrt web companies is the metadata work that you put into the database. When you have a considerable number of papers this represents a significant amount of time that would be difficult to recreate.
I exported all Papers3 papers as a RIS format library. Then Importing them into Zotero preserves all bibliographic data (at least almost all, since some fields in Papers3 are not also existing in Zotero). With this import, also the PDFs are copied from the Papers3 to the Zotero database. Worked flawlessly. I split first in Papers3 my entire library in chunks of a 1000 entries by making appropriate reading lists and exported each of these separately.
As most of you, I use Papers since many years. In my hand, version 3 is quite problematic. My library is located on a portable hard drive and is used on 3 different computers (work, home and travel). The main problem is that when the library is updated on one computer, the other computers did see the modifications. Rebuilding the library etc temporary solved the problem. Desinstalling and reinstalling papers do not change anything. Seems that some file(s) is (are) stored on the computer or is associated with the computer. I never experienced this problem with previous version.
Update,Still running papers 1.97 on Mavericks it worked. Now have 24,000 .pdfs and runs seamlessly till yesterday when 2008 Macbookpro rashed. this Mcp has 1TB hdd and 4 Gb Ram . Now worried if Mcp can be rescued and wether the filing can be transferred to another MAC.For many years library way to big for ios devices. current devices not compatible with papers 1.97. 2b1af7f3a8