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ReadCube

ReadCube

ReadCube

ReadCube is the simplest way to read, manage and discover research literature.

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  • Mar 11, 2021

    By Tristan Henderson
    Good app for syncing and reading academic papers. It is extremely promising, but this particular app needs work. There is no download pdf option in case you want to use a better pdf reader. Copying text only copies the first word you selected, not the rest. Search feature uses Google scholar, which does not help in quickly defining words. Integration with S pen would be awesome. Features from the browser app would be nice too, such as supplemental access. Could use a cleaner UI.
  • Needs work, but I’m subscribing when my trial expires Sep 2, 2019

    By danielpcox
    As of 2.70, it’s pretty ok, with lots of room for improvement. Papers 3 was significantly better all around, but since ReadCube owns them now, I expect ReadCube Papers will be importing more and more of their features. The most important features for me are there though, and import/search especially are working well enough for now. The reader view UI needs work: The carrier, clock, and battery icons aren’t hidden but merely white in full-screen. Highlighting and annotations are flaky, and there’s no undo button (you have to delete an entire highlight/annotation at once as an object, so small mistakes mean you have to redraw entirely.) Highlighting and annotation also just sometimes just stop working, and I’ll need to exit the pdf to get it back. Export only includes highlights and annotations on the first two pages for some reason. There aren’t options for switching from horizontal paging to vertical scrolling.
  • Feb 6, 2021

    By Evan Kearney
    I have used this suite of products for three years now and the company has genuinely pushed to improve the bugs and such because they will personally communicate with you about issues and make sure you are enjoying the service.
  • Dec 11, 2019

    By Ben Weinstein-Raun
    This app is pretty useful for syncing PDFs between devices, and tracking annotations and citations. I almost didn't install it because the icon, in my opinion, makes it look like some kind of corporate garbage built by an under-motivated contractor. I'd really suggest changing it; the old Papers icon for MacOS was quite good and gave an impression of design quality. My only complaint about the app itself is that it doesn't have location syncing across devices.
  • Feb 23, 2019

    By Michael Ayling
    Not sure what to make of this, because the Android version doesn't let me import PDFs from other apps or My Files. I can select "Open PDF with Readcube", then the app opens with no PDF imported. I'm hoping it's just a bug that will be fixed, as I have used the Mac/iOS/PC Papers3 app for years so I am disappointed with this. Using Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.
  • Once again Jun 6, 2021

    By Johns shebeens DNS band
    I love papers. But...I was sent an email asking for feedback which I gave and never got an email response or had the issue fixed. Why ask for feedback if you won’t respond or do the super simple request I asked? Everything about papers is near perfect minus the note taking. The undo function is a nightmare and making scribble notes is a even worse. I want to be able to scribble a sketch on the article and then be able to switch to the eraser easily and then erase only a portion of what I drew, not the whole sketch I made, just the little portion I want deleted. It can’t be that hard to do it. GoodNotes and notability have this down well. Go learn it from them..
  • Essential for scientist Nov 28, 2017

    By echcr
    This app has become necessary for me during my PhD endeavor. It provides a good platform for organizing and managing my papers library, also, tools for accessing online articles are friendly and intuitive, with the possibility of synchronizing the library between multiple devices, specially my laptop and iPad. I wish it had better or more tools for editing articles. I use the app in my iPad Pro, with Apple Pencil. But cannot write down hand-written notes. I think that’s a necessary feature that need to be implemented in order to make the app more appealing and functional or just to make it perfect for scientists.
  • It does the job, but leaves room for improvements. Mar 15, 2019

    By Marcus713
    It is easy to add papers, the cross-device functionality is good and fast, so I can find a paper on my desktop, drag-and-drop, catch the bus or just pick up my tablet, and pick up where I left off. It does a good job of searching to find documents as well as automatically resolving citations. But it leaves a lot of room for improvement in annotations (I’d like to hand-write notes and scribble more easily!) and there’s no way to manually edit the Year field, which is just weird. Adding tags or some folder structure (like Sente had) would really help managing larger libraries. Overall a good option, it will be great if they can continue to improve.
  • Add Word/Pages Support on iPad OS Oct 4, 2019

    By area51
    The lack of ReadCube integration between Word or Pages on the iPad is the single biggest problem keeping from switching from my laptop to full time use of an iPad. I really need to be able to write a research paper on the iPad and quickly switch back and forth with ReadCube to search for the relevant paper in my library and then insert the reference into the document. Is that really so much to ask for? It’s almost 2020 and we still can’t do this seamlessly. I’m a paid subscriber and I would really like to have this feature.
  • Jan 15, 2020

    By Amol Holkundkar
    I am unable to locate the downloaded PDF to be opened in other PDF readers. There is no way to add new entry in the Library from this Android version.
  • Mar 11, 2021

    By Tristan Henderson
    Good app for syncing and reading academic papers. It is extremely promising, but this particular app needs work. There is no download pdf option in case you want to use a better pdf reader. Copying text only copies the first word you selected, not the rest. Search feature uses Google scholar, which does not help in quickly defining words. Integration with S pen would be awesome. Features from the browser app would be nice too, such as supplemental access. Could use a cleaner UI.
  • Needs work, but I’m subscribing when my trial expires Sep 2, 2019

    By danielpcox
    As of 2.70, it’s pretty ok, with lots of room for improvement. Papers 3 was significantly better all around, but since ReadCube owns them now, I expect ReadCube Papers will be importing more and more of their features. The most important features for me are there though, and import/search especially are working well enough for now. The reader view UI needs work: The carrier, clock, and battery icons aren’t hidden but merely white in full-screen. Highlighting and annotations are flaky, and there’s no undo button (you have to delete an entire highlight/annotation at once as an object, so small mistakes mean you have to redraw entirely.) Highlighting and annotation also just sometimes just stop working, and I’ll need to exit the pdf to get it back. Export only includes highlights and annotations on the first two pages for some reason. There aren’t options for switching from horizontal paging to vertical scrolling.
  • Feb 6, 2021

    By Evan Kearney
    I have used this suite of products for three years now and the company has genuinely pushed to improve the bugs and such because they will personally communicate with you about issues and make sure you are enjoying the service.
  • Dec 11, 2019

    By Ben Weinstein-Raun
    This app is pretty useful for syncing PDFs between devices, and tracking annotations and citations. I almost didn't install it because the icon, in my opinion, makes it look like some kind of corporate garbage built by an under-motivated contractor. I'd really suggest changing it; the old Papers icon for MacOS was quite good and gave an impression of design quality. My only complaint about the app itself is that it doesn't have location syncing across devices.
  • Feb 23, 2019

    By Michael Ayling
    Not sure what to make of this, because the Android version doesn't let me import PDFs from other apps or My Files. I can select "Open PDF with Readcube", then the app opens with no PDF imported. I'm hoping it's just a bug that will be fixed, as I have used the Mac/iOS/PC Papers3 app for years so I am disappointed with this. Using Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.
  • Once again Jun 6, 2021

    By Johns shebeens DNS band
    I love papers. But...I was sent an email asking for feedback which I gave and never got an email response or had the issue fixed. Why ask for feedback if you won’t respond or do the super simple request I asked? Everything about papers is near perfect minus the note taking. The undo function is a nightmare and making scribble notes is a even worse. I want to be able to scribble a sketch on the article and then be able to switch to the eraser easily and then erase only a portion of what I drew, not the whole sketch I made, just the little portion I want deleted. It can’t be that hard to do it. GoodNotes and notability have this down well. Go learn it from them..
  • Essential for scientist Nov 28, 2017

    By echcr
    This app has become necessary for me during my PhD endeavor. It provides a good platform for organizing and managing my papers library, also, tools for accessing online articles are friendly and intuitive, with the possibility of synchronizing the library between multiple devices, specially my laptop and iPad. I wish it had better or more tools for editing articles. I use the app in my iPad Pro, with Apple Pencil. But cannot write down hand-written notes. I think that’s a necessary feature that need to be implemented in order to make the app more appealing and functional or just to make it perfect for scientists.
  • It does the job, but leaves room for improvements. Mar 15, 2019

    By Marcus713
    It is easy to add papers, the cross-device functionality is good and fast, so I can find a paper on my desktop, drag-and-drop, catch the bus or just pick up my tablet, and pick up where I left off. It does a good job of searching to find documents as well as automatically resolving citations. But it leaves a lot of room for improvement in annotations (I’d like to hand-write notes and scribble more easily!) and there’s no way to manually edit the Year field, which is just weird. Adding tags or some folder structure (like Sente had) would really help managing larger libraries. Overall a good option, it will be great if they can continue to improve.
  • Add Word/Pages Support on iPad OS Oct 4, 2019

    By area51
    The lack of ReadCube integration between Word or Pages on the iPad is the single biggest problem keeping from switching from my laptop to full time use of an iPad. I really need to be able to write a research paper on the iPad and quickly switch back and forth with ReadCube to search for the relevant paper in my library and then insert the reference into the document. Is that really so much to ask for? It’s almost 2020 and we still can’t do this seamlessly. I’m a paid subscriber and I would really like to have this feature.
  • Jan 15, 2020

    By Amol Holkundkar
    I am unable to locate the downloaded PDF to be opened in other PDF readers. There is no way to add new entry in the Library from this Android version.
  • Can’t login Jun 6, 2019

    By rjpalumbo24
    The app is great—but as of late, I can’t use it. For the past few days, when I try to login to the iOS app or the web app, I am redirected to a “Sign in & Register” page that notes that one can use institutional credentials if their institution has a site license (which mine does not), yet, it will only accept institutional credentials: I am unable to login via my account credentials (i.e. the email and password associated with my paid account), as when I do so, I get an error message that the email domain (iCloud) is not associated with an affiliated institution (obviously). When I try my institutional email, I am redirected to OpenAthens…yet my institution does not even use OpenAthens, and the login fails. Hence, I am unable to access my account, or my library. I’m not sure if this coincides with the release of the ReadCube Papers desktop beta, but until what I am hoping is a glitch is resolved, the entire ReadCube suite gets a single star from me—especially since my emails have gone unanswered, leaving me unable to do anything with any ReadCube product.
  • Step back from Papers 3 for now Nov 7, 2020

    By ChrisVV
    I hope I can revise this to 5 stars soon, but for now, too much of Readcube is a step back in basic functionality from Papers 3. Want to see recently imported papers easily? Look up a hyper-customized search entry online in convoluted support. Want to see a preview of an article in the preview window so you can correct the inevitably incorrect imported citation? Sorry, open the article in a new window and switch back and forth as you type. Want to use preview at all? Sorry, you need to open it in a separate viewing window entirely. Hopeful that years worth of markup transferred correctly from a Papers 3 library? Sorry- all your written annotations appear only as red squiggles all over your imported Readcube file. C’mon guys. If you want to move to a subscription model, focus on keeping the immense value that was already there in papers before adding links to sources in documents. I can see potential here, but some of the more basic things are still missing- get this right.
  • Feb 23, 2019

    By Daly de Gagne
    I am using Read Cube on a Chromebook - both the app and the web version have highlighting and underlining features, but I cannot get them to work. I thought it was because I had not subscribed, so I bought a subscription, and they still don't work(wxcept very briefly last night). Has anyone else had a similar experience? I've used this program on Windows and never had a problem. In fact, I really like Read Cube, except for this problem.
  • The potential is there...but so is the frustration Aug 31, 2019

    By Chrisstarrbailey
    As a former longtime Papers for Mac user, I’m frustrated by what could be a great product with ReadCube. I do like that my articles along with annotations sync to the cloud. But it drives me nuts that this sync isn’t clean when it comes to accessing articles on the web and on an iDevice. For instance, I may make changes to the metadata in one place (iPad) and its completely ignored on another (web). Or that I cannot rate an article at all on the iPad - I have to go to a web browser to do this. So I don’t have complete confidence that if I make any notes, add comments, or alter meta tag details, it won’t work across all platforms. I guess what I don’t understand is that even though I pay an annual subscription for this service, I feel like I’m working with freeware. The developers appear to have no sense of urgency in making value-added updates and their product timeline for the desktop based app is nonexistent. I have two wishes. One, that the developer behind Papers never sold out. It remains a far better product even though no development has happened for over a year. Two, there was a true competitor (no, I do not consider Mendeley or Zotaro competitors) that would either push these developers or actually produce a product that treats us researchers like valued customers. Maybe one day...but it’s clear that day isn’t today or likely to come soon.
  • Apr 14, 2020

    By CHEN Jie
    The android version is super lagging. It's OK since I use desktop version mostly. Warning: I have privacy concern for their desktop version. It scans my hard disk and sends out information every second. You may want to check your computer as well. I submit tickets to them a couple of times and was told it's because my windows security scan the PDF. However, 1. my windows security is inactive, and my antivirus ESET has zero disk or network use. 2. when computer in idle, "readcube or papers" is the only app using CPU, DISK or network that makes me even unable to video chat. (It takes most of my 5 m upload speed/100m download speed) 3. my computer becomes hot and battery drains pretty fast. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the ticket I submit after I complain a couple of times without any proper solution. Some previous versions consume CPU/GPU once they are in the background, which I can still tolerate. This version sends out something all the time taking most of my upload bandwidth regardless in the background or not. Let me make it clear: this raises my privacy concern and network has nothing to do with antivirus. I even get problems to video chat with my mentor and send email with attachments. And “papers” is the only app running all the time (no PDF sync at all) in the background taking either CPU, disk or network every second. My windows defender is inactive all the time (scanning option is off) and my antivirus is ESET which shows no evidence of disk or even network consuming (attached for your reference). Only papers scans my disk! Again my primary point is not how much resources “papers” takes but it alerts me this app compromises the privacy of my computer by scanning my computer and send out information. Secondly, continuously scanning makes my computer runs hot and battery drains fast in idle.
  • Problems with hand writing and highlighting Jun 12, 2019

    By Amrmrm
    Great start, but still has a lot of problems. First of all, writing with the Apple Pencil, or any stylus, is pretty bad. It’s ridiculous that there is no eraser function - the only way to erase is to individually tap the lines you wrote, and then click on a trash icon. There should definitely be an eraser function like all the other annotation apps out there. Second - the highlighting function keeps losing my previous highlights. I highlight a section, and keep reading. After a while, the section I just highlighted is gone and no longer there - it seems to be syncing incorrectly. Other than that, it’s a decent app that keeps your library synced in the cloud, but the whole advantage of using it on the iPad to annotate and read is very poorly done so far. I look forward to future updates to fix this.
  • Jan 7, 2020

    By GreggyQ
    I've been using Papers since Papers 1. I always loved it and installed Papers2, which was great. Then Papers 3, which was ok. And now I have installed ReadCube and it is absolute garbage. You have completely gutted the functionality of the app... And don't get me started on "SmartCite". It is completely unusable. You shouldn't be charging people for a "Referencing program" if it can't bloody reference, guys!
  • Oct 8, 2020

    By Ruilong Hu
    Offline functionality is bad. I downloaded a bunch of papers, after reading and annotating some offline, I opened the app again and it automatically tries to sync and then says there's no papers in my library. I checked storage and the downloaded papers are still in the app. But my Papers library on the app just says there's nothing there. Outside of that, the app is ok.
  • They keep stripping free version Nov 17, 2020

    By Stpisls
    I used papers previously. It stopped working in practice after they stopped supporting it. They said go to ReadCube and gave me paid version for a limited time. It was ok - it got better but work ok progress. But when my trial ended- wow the free version is useless. That wasn’t the case a year or two ago. They won’t even let you add papers to the free version anymore... uh.. seriously? I am totally fine paying a one time fee like with papers but refuse to participate in this new era of subscription services - it’s gotten out of hand. There are other apps - just use them. This one doesn’t even work with Firefox with the subscription, like with auto uploading. They claim it works best with chrome but found it lacking even there (plus I don’t use chrome). Not ready for prime time.
  • Jul 22, 2020

    By James Campbell
    Meets the lowest bar for expectations. Bad for annotations and the design layout is truly awful. Feels like a very dated phone app. It's honestly just annoying to look at this app. A terrible disappointment if you are expecting something with polish and ease of use on par with the web interface.

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  • Feb 6, 2021

    By Evan Kearney
    I have used this suite of products for three years now and the company has genuinely pushed to improve the bugs and such because they will personally communicate with you about issues and make sure you are enjoying the service.
  • Dec 11, 2019

    By Ben Weinstein-Raun
    This app is pretty useful for syncing PDFs between devices, and tracking annotations and citations. I almost didn't install it because the icon, in my opinion, makes it look like some kind of corporate garbage built by an under-motivated contractor. I'd really suggest changing it; the old Papers icon for MacOS was quite good and gave an impression of design quality. My only complaint about the app itself is that it doesn't have location syncing across devices.
  • Once again Jun 6, 2021

    By Johns shebeens DNS band
    I love papers. But...I was sent an email asking for feedback which I gave and never got an email response or had the issue fixed. Why ask for feedback if you won’t respond or do the super simple request I asked? Everything about papers is near perfect minus the note taking. The undo function is a nightmare and making scribble notes is a even worse. I want to be able to scribble a sketch on the article and then be able to switch to the eraser easily and then erase only a portion of what I drew, not the whole sketch I made, just the little portion I want deleted. It can’t be that hard to do it. GoodNotes and notability have this down well. Go learn it from them..
  • Essential for scientist Nov 28, 2017

    By echcr
    This app has become necessary for me during my PhD endeavor. It provides a good platform for organizing and managing my papers library, also, tools for accessing online articles are friendly and intuitive, with the possibility of synchronizing the library between multiple devices, specially my laptop and iPad. I wish it had better or more tools for editing articles. I use the app in my iPad Pro, with Apple Pencil. But cannot write down hand-written notes. I think that’s a necessary feature that need to be implemented in order to make the app more appealing and functional or just to make it perfect for scientists.
  • Add Word/Pages Support on iPad OS Oct 4, 2019

    By area51
    The lack of ReadCube integration between Word or Pages on the iPad is the single biggest problem keeping from switching from my laptop to full time use of an iPad. I really need to be able to write a research paper on the iPad and quickly switch back and forth with ReadCube to search for the relevant paper in my library and then insert the reference into the document. Is that really so much to ask for? It’s almost 2020 and we still can’t do this seamlessly. I’m a paid subscriber and I would really like to have this feature.
  • Oct 14, 2020

    By 陈铭
    It seems that I can't find a button to open pdf files downloaded from your server in another app. I use an e-ink pdf reader and find that the reading experience is not well compatible enough for my reader.
  • Great app, one request Jul 13, 2018

    By briofiamma
    I love ReadCube. I used it all through grad school while I was working on my PhD, and I used it to read & organize my references before I exported them to EndNote in order to make my References section. Any time I’ve needed support, the IT help team has been very responsive and helpful. It also has worked well on MacOS and iOS; it works fairly well on Windows OS. My only request is that I would like to be able to save multiple copies of a document, in order to mark up one and keep the other clean for display purposes.
  • Generally good, but missing features in iOS Feb 12, 2019

    By ProfBunsenHoneydew
    Replaced Papers with ReadCube and am mostly happy with it. A few quirks in both the OSX and Windows versions; nothing fatal. However, the iOS version is missing a few important features—most notably, an inability to directly export actual pdf files. Haven’t figured out a way to format a bibliography in iOS Word or Pages either.
  • Mar 11, 2021

    By Tristan Henderson
    Good app for syncing and reading academic papers. It is extremely promising, but this particular app needs work. There is no download pdf option in case you want to use a better pdf reader. Copying text only copies the first word you selected, not the rest. Search feature uses Google scholar, which does not help in quickly defining words. Integration with S pen would be awesome. Features from the browser app would be nice too, such as supplemental access. Could use a cleaner UI.
  • Needs work, but I’m subscribing when my trial expires Sep 2, 2019

    By danielpcox
    As of 2.70, it’s pretty ok, with lots of room for improvement. Papers 3 was significantly better all around, but since ReadCube owns them now, I expect ReadCube Papers will be importing more and more of their features. The most important features for me are there though, and import/search especially are working well enough for now. The reader view UI needs work: The carrier, clock, and battery icons aren’t hidden but merely white in full-screen. Highlighting and annotations are flaky, and there’s no undo button (you have to delete an entire highlight/annotation at once as an object, so small mistakes mean you have to redraw entirely.) Highlighting and annotation also just sometimes just stop working, and I’ll need to exit the pdf to get it back. Export only includes highlights and annotations on the first two pages for some reason. There aren’t options for switching from horizontal paging to vertical scrolling.
  • Feb 23, 2019

    By Michael Ayling
    Not sure what to make of this, because the Android version doesn't let me import PDFs from other apps or My Files. I can select "Open PDF with Readcube", then the app opens with no PDF imported. I'm hoping it's just a bug that will be fixed, as I have used the Mac/iOS/PC Papers3 app for years so I am disappointed with this. Using Samsung Galaxy Tab S4.
  • It does the job, but leaves room for improvements. Mar 15, 2019

    By Marcus713
    It is easy to add papers, the cross-device functionality is good and fast, so I can find a paper on my desktop, drag-and-drop, catch the bus or just pick up my tablet, and pick up where I left off. It does a good job of searching to find documents as well as automatically resolving citations. But it leaves a lot of room for improvement in annotations (I’d like to hand-write notes and scribble more easily!) and there’s no way to manually edit the Year field, which is just weird. Adding tags or some folder structure (like Sente had) would really help managing larger libraries. Overall a good option, it will be great if they can continue to improve.
  • Jan 15, 2020

    By Amol Holkundkar
    I am unable to locate the downloaded PDF to be opened in other PDF readers. There is no way to add new entry in the Library from this Android version.
  • Annotation Function Needs Work May 12, 2021

    By Britt. N.
    I really like most of the functionality that Papers has, however a big thing for me is having the ability to annotate and I think the functionality for annotating is pretty bad here. There’s no undo button or eraser and when you select something to delete, it deletes way more than just the one letter or word you’ve selected. This makes it difficult to organize and annotate like I would love to be able to do with this app. It also has some weird glitches such as placing highlighter where I’ve never highlighted (like in the supplemental pages I hadn’t even opened yet).
  • New version does not deliver May 22, 2020

    By stavroskavouras
    I am always excited to get a new version of a beloved app. I have been using papers since 2010 with version 1. I liked it so much that I thought that this app alone would be a reason to switch to MAC. Now I have tried twice in a span of a couple months the newer version and I am disappointed. There is a lack of some key features available in papers 3. 1) no email of PDF papers while all other programs do, including endnote. 2) no custom viewing based on other fields like numbers 3) import is still unstable and does not transfer all PDFs. I will keep try hoping that it will get better.
  • Apr 10, 2020

    By Ne Vernetzt
    Missing the "outline" to switch quickly between chapters or even start at one of your choice to begin with. It's almost impossible to get around in a big pdf.
  • Great reference manager, doesn’t make good use of ipad’s abilities May 20, 2020

    By (-*Ali*-)
    Hi, I’m a huge fan of readcube overall, but I find the iPad app pretty lacking. The lack of an undo button for drawing makes handwriting notes on PDFs virtually impossible (you have to start every note over again if you ever make a mistake!) I also don’t understand the difference between the annotation modes denoted by a paintbrush vs a pencil. Paintbrush mode works with the Apple Pencil but pencil mode does not? Still not clear what pencil mode is supposed to do. Multitasking with slide over also makes the app freeze until restarted, meaning I can’t read the pdf full screen while using the slide over window to take notes in goodnotes. (I wouldn’t need goodnotes for handwritten notes if I could write on the PDF easily....but slide over should still work). Again, love the reference manager parts of the app. But please either fix the pdf annotation tools, or allow me to use a 3rd party pdf annotation tool to mark up my PDFs!
  • Sep 19, 2019

    By filmflour
    I finally managed to log into ReadCube on my PC. From there I added the article to my library and the sync on my phone worked just fine.
  • Step back from Papers 3 for now Nov 7, 2020

    By ChrisVV
    I hope I can revise this to 5 stars soon, but for now, too much of Readcube is a step back in basic functionality from Papers 3. Want to see recently imported papers easily? Look up a hyper-customized search entry online in convoluted support. Want to see a preview of an article in the preview window so you can correct the inevitably incorrect imported citation? Sorry, open the article in a new window and switch back and forth as you type. Want to use preview at all? Sorry, you need to open it in a separate viewing window entirely. Hopeful that years worth of markup transferred correctly from a Papers 3 library? Sorry- all your written annotations appear only as red squiggles all over your imported Readcube file. C’mon guys. If you want to move to a subscription model, focus on keeping the immense value that was already there in papers before adding links to sources in documents. I can see potential here, but some of the more basic things are still missing- get this right.
  • The potential is there...but so is the frustration Aug 31, 2019

    By Chrisstarrbailey
    As a former longtime Papers for Mac user, I’m frustrated by what could be a great product with ReadCube. I do like that my articles along with annotations sync to the cloud. But it drives me nuts that this sync isn’t clean when it comes to accessing articles on the web and on an iDevice. For instance, I may make changes to the metadata in one place (iPad) and its completely ignored on another (web). Or that I cannot rate an article at all on the iPad - I have to go to a web browser to do this. So I don’t have complete confidence that if I make any notes, add comments, or alter meta tag details, it won’t work across all platforms. I guess what I don’t understand is that even though I pay an annual subscription for this service, I feel like I’m working with freeware. The developers appear to have no sense of urgency in making value-added updates and their product timeline for the desktop based app is nonexistent. I have two wishes. One, that the developer behind Papers never sold out. It remains a far better product even though no development has happened for over a year. Two, there was a true competitor (no, I do not consider Mendeley or Zotaro competitors) that would either push these developers or actually produce a product that treats us researchers like valued customers. Maybe one day...but it’s clear that day isn’t today or likely to come soon.
  • Problems with hand writing and highlighting Jun 12, 2019

    By Amrmrm
    Great start, but still has a lot of problems. First of all, writing with the Apple Pencil, or any stylus, is pretty bad. It’s ridiculous that there is no eraser function - the only way to erase is to individually tap the lines you wrote, and then click on a trash icon. There should definitely be an eraser function like all the other annotation apps out there. Second - the highlighting function keeps losing my previous highlights. I highlight a section, and keep reading. After a while, the section I just highlighted is gone and no longer there - it seems to be syncing incorrectly. Other than that, it’s a decent app that keeps your library synced in the cloud, but the whole advantage of using it on the iPad to annotate and read is very poorly done so far. I look forward to future updates to fix this.
  • Oct 8, 2020

    By Ruilong Hu
    Offline functionality is bad. I downloaded a bunch of papers, after reading and annotating some offline, I opened the app again and it automatically tries to sync and then says there's no papers in my library. I checked storage and the downloaded papers are still in the app. But my Papers library on the app just says there's nothing there. Outside of that, the app is ok.
  • Jul 22, 2020

    By James Campbell
    Meets the lowest bar for expectations. Bad for annotations and the design layout is truly awful. Feels like a very dated phone app. It's honestly just annoying to look at this app. A terrible disappointment if you are expecting something with polish and ease of use on par with the web interface.
  • Very primitive app May 10, 2020

    By AngeloCali
    Nice effort but the app is very primitive. I have been using it from here and there for a year and they have pushed nearly 0 new features. The production cycles of this team are extremely slow. The most annoying thing is that you can not write notes on the paper with your apple pencil. Their handwriting tool is extremely primitive too, which allows only a single curve to be drawn only after you push the pencil for few seconds, which makes it impossible to write text. I will give them another month and if they don’t update the app at all, I will move all my PDFs to GoodNotes. The guys there are rockstars, and their stylus support is nothing compared to readcube.
  • Oct 10, 2019

    By Hung-Yi Wu
    Android app not as responsive as the web app (mobile). I like their web app and just subscribed to ReadCube Papers membership. I hope to see a better Android app (response time, layout, UI).
  • Jan 28, 2019

    By Andrew Silberfeld
    great setup and lots of promise, but app crashes any time i do pubmed or papers search. google scholar searches but then the bookmark star is dead when you find a paper
  • Has a lot of potential Nov 3, 2020

    By Patrick8326
    This app is great for organization of papers, but the iPad version freezes all the time and slows down if I write to much in a file (once I’ve annotated more than about 3 pages, the writing begins to lag behind my pencil by about 3-5 seconds). There’s also no eraser, which makes it very difficult to take notes in the margins. If the developers fixed the annotation, it would easily be a 4 or 5 star app, but unfortunately at the moment there are too many things that need to be fixed to make the app worth your while, other than for organizing references.
  • Can’t login Jun 6, 2019

    By rjpalumbo24
    The app is great—but as of late, I can’t use it. For the past few days, when I try to login to the iOS app or the web app, I am redirected to a “Sign in & Register” page that notes that one can use institutional credentials if their institution has a site license (which mine does not), yet, it will only accept institutional credentials: I am unable to login via my account credentials (i.e. the email and password associated with my paid account), as when I do so, I get an error message that the email domain (iCloud) is not associated with an affiliated institution (obviously). When I try my institutional email, I am redirected to OpenAthens…yet my institution does not even use OpenAthens, and the login fails. Hence, I am unable to access my account, or my library. I’m not sure if this coincides with the release of the ReadCube Papers desktop beta, but until what I am hoping is a glitch is resolved, the entire ReadCube suite gets a single star from me—especially since my emails have gone unanswered, leaving me unable to do anything with any ReadCube product.
  • Feb 23, 2019

    By Daly de Gagne
    I am using Read Cube on a Chromebook - both the app and the web version have highlighting and underlining features, but I cannot get them to work. I thought it was because I had not subscribed, so I bought a subscription, and they still don't work(wxcept very briefly last night). Has anyone else had a similar experience? I've used this program on Windows and never had a problem. In fact, I really like Read Cube, except for this problem.
  • Apr 14, 2020

    By CHEN Jie
    The android version is super lagging. It's OK since I use desktop version mostly. Warning: I have privacy concern for their desktop version. It scans my hard disk and sends out information every second. You may want to check your computer as well. I submit tickets to them a couple of times and was told it's because my windows security scan the PDF. However, 1. my windows security is inactive, and my antivirus ESET has zero disk or network use. 2. when computer in idle, "readcube or papers" is the only app using CPU, DISK or network that makes me even unable to video chat. (It takes most of my 5 m upload speed/100m download speed) 3. my computer becomes hot and battery drains pretty fast. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the ticket I submit after I complain a couple of times without any proper solution. Some previous versions consume CPU/GPU once they are in the background, which I can still tolerate. This version sends out something all the time taking most of my upload bandwidth regardless in the background or not. Let me make it clear: this raises my privacy concern and network has nothing to do with antivirus. I even get problems to video chat with my mentor and send email with attachments. And “papers” is the only app running all the time (no PDF sync at all) in the background taking either CPU, disk or network every second. My windows defender is inactive all the time (scanning option is off) and my antivirus is ESET which shows no evidence of disk or even network consuming (attached for your reference). Only papers scans my disk! Again my primary point is not how much resources “papers” takes but it alerts me this app compromises the privacy of my computer by scanning my computer and send out information. Secondly, continuously scanning makes my computer runs hot and battery drains fast in idle.
  • Jan 7, 2020

    By GreggyQ
    I've been using Papers since Papers 1. I always loved it and installed Papers2, which was great. Then Papers 3, which was ok. And now I have installed ReadCube and it is absolute garbage. You have completely gutted the functionality of the app... And don't get me started on "SmartCite". It is completely unusable. You shouldn't be charging people for a "Referencing program" if it can't bloody reference, guys!
  • They keep stripping free version Nov 17, 2020

    By Stpisls
    I used papers previously. It stopped working in practice after they stopped supporting it. They said go to ReadCube and gave me paid version for a limited time. It was ok - it got better but work ok progress. But when my trial ended- wow the free version is useless. That wasn’t the case a year or two ago. They won’t even let you add papers to the free version anymore... uh.. seriously? I am totally fine paying a one time fee like with papers but refuse to participate in this new era of subscription services - it’s gotten out of hand. There are other apps - just use them. This one doesn’t even work with Firefox with the subscription, like with auto uploading. They claim it works best with chrome but found it lacking even there (plus I don’t use chrome). Not ready for prime time.
  • Jan 8, 2020

    By Alireza Ehteshami
    Impossible to use on Android 10 because to bring up the left side menu you need to drag it from left edge of the screen to the right but that activates the native Android back gesture....Also app looks ugly and ported.
  • May 3, 2020

    By Esraa Al-Muftah
    sadly this is a horrible app and i am sad i upgraded from papers 3 to this.. the mac papers 3 app was much more smooth.. i csnt use the stylus on the android app.. overall very hard to navigate and would not recommend it at all
  • Disappointment for Papers3 users Jan 11, 2019

    By TDY42
    I’ve been using Papers since version 2, and it has been essential for my work. After it’s acquired by ReadCube, many functions haven’t been implemented. The biggest problem to me is its citation manager. It’s basically useless. It is a lot less user friendly, and does not format the style correctly. Another problem is their support. It’s really a joke to me. One support who’s name is Cary took more than two months to respond to my question about this citation problem, and at the end told me they don’t know when they can fix the problem. I cannot recommenced it for now. Hopefully they will improve the app at least to have all the functionality of Papers3.
  • Sep 16, 2019

    By Marjorie Daniel
    I paid for an article on Wiley to read on this app. App won't sync anything and I can't access the document that I PAID for. Completely and utterly USELESS. DON'T MAKE THE SAME MISTAKE AS I DID

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