After my failed attempt to sync iPad with mac2 I tried to sync
iPad again with the first mac1, doing a unidirectional sync.
Although all pdf's were transferred only a minority (nearly 40 from
2200) actually showed up afterwards on the iPad. I tried once
again, with the same result. I then did a bidirectional sync, which
did transfer the pdf's.
Book chapters were duplicated on the iPad from the first attempt
and after the bidirectional sync also on the mac1 of course.
Support Staff243 Posted by matias on 06 Dec, 2011 05:06 PM
I'm afraid there's an issue in 2.1 with the "Mac to mobile"
syncing mode which causes the symptoms you describe with the the
PDFs not being visible after a second sync. There are two ways to
work around this issue:
1) Swapping to the bidirectional syncing mode.
2) Upgrading to 2.1.9 which fixes the "Mac to mobile" syncing
issue. A prerelease of 2.1.9 is now available (you can get notified
of rereleases with the "Inform me about available pre-releases and
test versions of Papers2"). We hope to release the final 2.1.9
update hopefully by the end of the week. Please remember however
that this currently available update if a prerelease and therefore
you should not use it for critical use and should back up your
library before switching to it.
Once again, I'm very sorry about the problem thanks you for your
Bravo with Papers for Windows., but what about this crucial
feature that your current customers wish to have on their Macs,
across their Macs now! I bought multiple licenses of Papers for
Macs just with the hope and expectation that you guys would pursue
this feature sooner rather than later. I am increasingly
disheartened to see that Mekentosj has demonstrated no effort at
actually pursing this feature that Sente has had from day 1.
@tombal That should work fine, as long as you don't loose the
network connection while working with the library and you don't
open it on both machines at the same time.
It is basically the same as using Dropbox to sync it, except that
you don't have to wait for dropbox to update when you switch
Same problem as Philip- no pdfs associated with library on
dropbox. It had been working fine but I loaded papers2 on a laptop
and upgraded my programs to 2.1.7 in between so don't know if that
might have been involved. The papers2 on the laptop needed to be
redirected to the dropbox library which is when I notice the issue.
I will be going back to a time machine backup on my home mac to see
if this alleviates the problem.
did you move your library together with all the folders whose name
are years (which contain PDFs) into dropbox and then told papers2
to point to that as its library?
(and then told the same thing to the second computer while deleting
(well don't empty recycle bin right away though) old folders in
this second computer) this worked well for me, haven't had problems
with dropbox, it works fine for me.
I wonder if some form of cloud storage - maybe via LiveFE -
would allow papers adds to become an altmetric. Currently, Mendeley
adds are listed by the altmetrics community - http://altmetric.com/bookmarklet.php
- but Papers is not. Which is a shame.
Just want to jump in and also say that it would be great if
papers comes up with a way to sync collections across computers. A
little jealous of my mendeley using colleagues but do love the
Another voice for this feature. Trying to keep Papers 2 in sync
between my two macs remains a headache. Unless anything has changed
since I last tried, software like GoodSync (which I use to keep
everything else identical) wont sync the Papers 2 library. Some
native way of easily keeping Papers 2 libraries in sync would be
I was hoping for an iPad app that would manage PDFs located in
DropBox much like Papers2 does with its Macintosh application. I
don't want to store the files on the iPad, just access them in a
searchable way. Papers for iPad does not provide this functionality
- you need to know in advance which pdf you want to read and know
where it resides as well. Perhaps this is not possible with the way
the iPad works? Thank you!
When I use dropbox to sync between two macs, everything syncs
perfectly except if I make highlights on the pdf on one mac. For
example, Mac 1 will have highlighed regions in the pdf, dropbox
will sync any other changes made to note/suppliment section, but
the highlights made on mac 1 will not appear on mac 2. Any ideas
why this might be happening?
Agreed. Would be great to implement syncing between my iMac and
MacBook using DropBox/ SugarSync/ iCloud (or have all of these as
options!) To be honest, it would be a great start if syncing your
library could only be done on my home network... although cloud
based will be the way forward!
I also thought I'd add my vote. Syncing between Macs and
particularly with iPad via iCloud (or dropbox) would be fantastic!
It's really essential. Combined with freehand annotations
on iPad, it would be wonderful! We need to be able to 'scribble' on
our manuscripts, as we would do with a paper copy, and the iPad is
the perfect tool for that. Hopefully Papers will support this soon.
In any case, it is brilliant software.
Because there is no synchronizing feature, which is very
important for me, in Papers I am thinking about changing to
Mandeley. With the new version I think it starts to be a very hard
competitor to Papers. Would be nice with a comment from the
Mekentosj-team about when they think this feature will be available
Just chiming in here again… syncing between Macs and iOS
devices is increasingly important to me and doesn't work as well as
it needs to with the current versions. Putting my entire library on
iCloud (perhaps with the option to store links to PDFs instead of
full PDFs to save space) would be a godsend. Much better than
DropBox or the like, since it's so automatic.
Throwing my hat in the ring on the sync issue. I came here to
check out Papers, hoping that it (unlike DevonThink Pro Office) can
sync across computers. I was disappointed to learn that it
Putting the database in Dropbox and risking corruption when
Papers is open on two machines is not acceptable. It's common for
me to leave applications open on my Macbook Pro and Mac Pro at the
Papers looks like a great program, but until sync is ready, it's
unusable for me.
To be fair database corruption on dropbox is not a dead-end since
dropbox keeps older files. It happened to me once since I started
more than a year ago and it was possible to just replace with an
older file. But it's definitely not a good long-term option for
So I agree with most comments here that syncing between computers
via cloud is an important feature that I hope they'll think about
implementing soon in a reliable manner (plus then it can be used to
sync ipad too, without having to plug it to computer), once papers
2.2 is out which is a great update with several nice features.
However I must say that I'm afraid that if they try to do it
themselves it will be hard to get enough free online space.
Competition for example provides only 1GB I think which can be
easily filled and I don't want to have to pay extra money on a
monthly basis or choose what can really be synced. So maybe
integration with an existing cloud could be nice although again I'm
not sure it's good for a paid program to use a free service. Anyway
I'm sure they'll find the best way to do it.
good luck and sorry to pollute an already too long topic
Synching between iMacs-MacBooks! Absolutely essential! I was
even happy with the ancient approach of exporting library in Papers
1 and load that exported file on my other Mac. But that feature is
gone without an alternative. This is disappointing but so far you
guys made me quite happy so I put trust in you that you offer at
least an ancient-style syncing possibility.