Today we are very happy to release the version 1.9 of Papers for iPad, and iPhone. This update improves the app in a number ways, ranging from a fresh look and feel, Dropbox support, importing and exporting of annotated PDFs, and all-around stability improvements. We really hope you enjoy using it! Below you can read more about what’s new, and also about what’s coming next.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank Matias and congratulate him with his first mekentosj release. Matias has worked very hard to get all the stuff below in your hands as quickly as he could after he joined in September. After updating to version 1.9 I hope you will agree that he has done a killer job, and we’re sure that this will only be the beginning!
New improved look & feel.
Papers for iOS 1.9 introduces a new, exciting look & feel. Our goal wasn’t just to make Papers prettier for you. Whether you’re reading a paper, browsing your library, Google Scholar search results, or a journal website for a paper, we wanted to give you more space on the screen to concentrate on what you’re doing, both on the iPad and on the iPhone.
The most apparent visual change on the iPad is the new sidebar which you can hide by tapping anywhere on the screen. You can simply tap again to bring the sidebar back into view with its navigation, bookmark and sharing controls. The landscape viewing mode on the iPad has also been improved, allowing you to read your papers with a more natural vertical scrolling mode.
Importing papers to your library from Dropbox or iDisk.
You can import papers to your library from either Dropbox or iDisk volumes. Go to “Import papers”, then choose either your Dropbox or iDisk account, log in and browse to the PDF you want to import. We have received a lot of requests for this feature, so we really hope you enjoy it!
Improved PDF annotation support in Papers for iPad
PDF highlighting support has been extended to a far larger range of PDFs in Papers 1.9, so if you previously had problems highlighting PDFs, now might be a good time to try again. Highlights are also merged more intelligently, so you shouldn’t see partial words being highlighted anymore.
One highly requested annotation feature which we’ve added in 1.9 is the ability to import highlights and notes made in other applications to Papers for iPad. Exporting annotated PDFs from Papers is also now possible.
We continue to extend the annotation support in Papers, so stay tuned for further improvements coming your way!
A number of other changes have also made it to version 1.9:
- All-around stability improvements.
- Reading password protected PDFs. Passwords for PDFs that you have opened are stored securely in your keychain, so you only have to enter them once.
- Papers remembers the last opened page in all the papers in your library, not just the last one you had open.
- Papers remembers the last search keyword in your library.
- A “Locate with Google” was button introduced to help finding PDFs for reference entries which are missing one.
- Ability to download papers from IEEE has been restored.
- Ability to download papers from JSTOR has been restored.
- Syncing is more reliable. In particular, importing papers from Mail or iTunes functions more reliably.
- iOS 4.2 support: AirPrint and background applications.
Available via iTunes now
Keeping your Papers library in sync between your Mac and iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch is one of the key features of the software which we build. Being able to sync is also a substantial technical challenge. There is much room for improvement in how Papers currently handles syncing, and we are indeed already working on a new syncing implementation which we really want to get right. The new syncing functionality which will arrive in a further update should resolve many of the issues that you might have experienced.
In addition to Papers for iOS 1.9, we have also released Papers for Mac 1.9.6, a bugfix release of our popular Mac version of Papers Download from here…