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ReadCube

ReadCube

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

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ReadCube is the simplest way to read, manage and discover research literature.
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  • 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.
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  • May 15, 2020

    By Siva Satyendra Sahoo
    The freehand annotation is horrible. Defeats the whole purpose of using a tablet for reading papers.
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  • 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.
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  • Great upgrade from Papers 3 May 30, 2019

    By Scowltura
    I read the reviews and was concerned... however after trying the app have been very pleased with it. I am still in my trial period, but will be buying a subscription once the trial is done. Works better than papers 3. Metadata for any recent PDF automatically populates. Sync with web app is seamless. My only complaint is when highlighting with Apple Pencil I still have to press and hold for a second before starting to highlight, even with the “annotate with drawing” option selected. but overall works better than I could ever get the papers IOS apps to work.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Great upgrade from Papers 3 May 30, 2019

    By Scowltura
    I read the reviews and was concerned... however after trying the app have been very pleased with it. I am still in my trial period, but will be buying a subscription once the trial is done. Works better than papers 3. Metadata for any recent PDF automatically populates. Sync with web app is seamless. My only complaint is when highlighting with Apple Pencil I still have to press and hold for a second before starting to highlight, even with the “annotate with drawing” option selected. but overall works better than I could ever get the papers IOS apps to work.
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  • Love the app, just a small glitch May 25, 2020

    By schidan95
    Overall the app is pretty great; would recommend. Bibliographical information has syncing issues sometimes. And the categories of document “type” can be expanded a bit. Would like to see the issue resolved. But otherwise it’s the best on the market.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Jan 10, 2019

    By Harry Danwonno
    I like it so much because it does what it promises well. My worry is the absence of the ability to import pdfs.
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  • 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.
    more
  • May 15, 2020

    By Siva Satyendra Sahoo
    The freehand annotation is horrible. Defeats the whole purpose of using a tablet for reading papers.
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • 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.
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  • 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.
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • May 3, 2020

    By Wanding Zhou
    Left sliding exits the program instead of pulling the left panel.
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  • 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.
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  • 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).
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  • 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.
    more
  • 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.
    more
  • 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
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  • Freezes, developers unhelpful. Jul 21, 2020

    By torschau
    UPDATE 2: updated to v. 2.88. The app still freezes every couple of minutes. No improvement. ______________ UPDATE: One month, one reinstall and one software update later, the app remains unusable (freezes every 2 minutes). The “customer service” has not even pretended to do something about it. Appalling. ——————— It pains me to write this review, which I’ve been postponing for weeks, but it’s now become unavoidable. I migrated to Read Cube from Papers 3 for iPad around January 2020, hoping for a better experience (Papers 3 was always decent at best). Around March the app became unusable, as it would freeze all the time. I deleted and reinstalled it, to no avail. Got in touch with the customer service. After some back and forth, they essentially gave up and promised a refund, while telling me that they would forward the issue to the developers. It’s been almost 2 months, and no developer got in touch with me (despite me sending a reminder), the latest software update did nothing to alleviate my issue, and I now have a library of 3k papers sitting there. A lot of time got wasted, lots of notes are now inaccessible, and the refund is hardly a consolation. Punch line: think twice before you commit your papers and books library to this application. Amen.
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  • Apr 12, 2020

    By Suhan Paradkar
    Creates problems in android 10....
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