What's New

Papers for Mac 2.8 is now available!

We strongly recommend you update to this new version of Papers 2 as soon as possible!

The 2.8 update fixes a number of stability and performance issues specific to 10.10 Yosemite and the upcoming 10.11 El Capitan OS X versions. It also ensures the search engines work correctly, brings over a number of improvements and fixes to long standing issues that have since been fixed in Papers 3, and updates the bundled CSL styles.


New features

  • Citations: Adds support for Microsoft Word 2016 and the Ulysses 3 demo app.

Performance & Stability

  • General: Improves app stability.
  • General: The main app window no longer appears incorrectly or as completely white in rare circumstances until it was resized when running on Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan.
  • Search: Subsequent search queries can now be carried out in the same app session after carrying out a first search query and then switching away from the Search tab.
  • Search: Improves the Google Scholar search engine.
  • Search: Improves the Pubmed search engine by filtering out 'and', 'or' and 'not' search terms to allow longer search queries.
  • Search: IEEExplore search engine no longer returns no results. (The new IEEExplore search service is now used in Papers 2).
  • Search: Bug fixes for the CDS, Espacenet, Google Patents, New York Times and Wikipedia search engines.
  • Search: Minor improvements to the ACM, Arxiv, DBLP, Google Books and MathSciNet search engines.
  • Search: The search bar no longer has a visual glitch when selecting text in a paper and choosing 'Search in Papers', followed by mousing over the 'clear' button on the search field.
  • Reader: Various fixes for PDF rendering when running on Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite or later.
  • Inspector: Prevents the loss of recently-added text in the Notes tab of the Inspector that could happen in specific scenarios.
  • Library: Collections that have child collections that are nested more than one level deep can now be duplicated correctly.
  • Citations: Inserting citations once again working with apps such as TextEdit, Scrivener and MacVim when running on Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite or later.
  • Citations: Updates CSL citation styles.
  • Sharing: When emailing an invitation to a Livfe collection when running on Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite or later, the app no longer crashes.
  • Sharing: The Share --> Send via Email --> Paper option now correctly includes PDF attachments in Outlook email messages.
  • Livfe: Attempt to prevent crashes in rare circumstances when changing the metadata of papers on one or more computers accessing the same Livfe collection.
  • Livfe: Papers that are imported from Livfe collections no longer have incorrect values for their publication year metadata field.
  • Inspector: Cancelling a search within a PDF now returns the user to the previously-selected Inspector tab.
  • Inspector: When selecting an annotation in the 'Notes' tab when viewing the webpage for the paper, the PDF is now displayed before presenting the annotation.
  • Inspector: The title of a paper can now be edited to use italics when running on Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite or later.
  • Inspector: Note annotations can now be filtered using the 'Strikethrough only' option.
  • Library: When accidentally double clicking on a column header in the Library screen, a paper is no longer opened in the Reader.
  • Library: When right-clicking a paper in the thumbnail preview mode an incorrect context menu is no longer presented in certain circumstances.
  • Library: When switching between different authors using the quick preview mode, the previews are now correctly presented in all circumstances.
  • Library: Tapping the spacebar now correctly presents a quick preview when in Author Map mode.
  • Matching: Resolves a visual glitch in the 'photocopier' animation when running on Macs with Retina resolution screens.
  • General: Improves the look and feel of Papers 2 on 10.10 Yosemite and higher.
  • General: Improves the look and feel of the Coverflow preview mode.
  • General: When dragging a paper tab into the first position in the tab bar to re-order the tabs, the paper tab is no longer lost.
  • General: The Sync and Citations switch labelling in Preferences is no longer incorrect when running on Mac OS 10.10 Yosemite or later.
  • General: When upgrading from a Papers 2 to Papers 3 license, choosing to activate the license now also gives an option to download Papers 3 for Mac directly from Papers 2.
  • Citations: Adds support for Microsoft Word 2016 and the Ulysses 3 demo app.

You find the exact set of changes in the release notes under the help menu.

Papers2 (com.mekentosj.papers2) is a Mac software application that has been discovered and submitted by users of Software.com. The latest version that our users have reported running on their systems is Papers2 2.8.1. The most popular version of this application used by our users is Papers2 2.7.2.

Default Install Path: /Applications/Papers2.app

Minimum OS version: 10.6

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