It would be cool if ReadCube could...

Manage my PDF files!

Like iTunes, copy, rename, and sort all existing and newly imported PDF files into a folder system.

This would include a file renaming scheme so that PDFs aren't all named "fulltext1.pdf"

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Lucas SchlagerLucas Schlager shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
completed  ·  Maggie Billard CosgraveAdminMaggie Billard Cosgrave (Admin, ReadCube) responded  · 

We’re excited to announce that advanced file management is now available as part of ReadCube PRO along with unlimited cloud sync and storage, #tagging, watch folders and advanced article metrics.

If you’d like to restart your PRO trial – just follow the link and you’ll get 30 days to check out the new features:

Check out how it works here:

Let us know if you have any questions!

The ReadCube Team


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  • commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'll add my voice to this. When I use ReadCube to move a file, it renames the file using it's own unalterable naming convention. (Ditto for downloading from the server). A file name that does not include the title. This is a major handicap as I browse articles using my file browser.

  • NathanielNathaniel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    As Vijay says, a filesystem with a tree structure and subfolders/sublists would be of huge benefit; not being able to nest lists for more than 1 level makes organising papers within ReadCube really tedious (given the many sub-topics in sub-themes of sub-specialisations ... you get my drift).

    Nested list/folder structure with expandable tree: Absolute priority feature for me.

  • David MountDavid Mount commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    NOT only for the watch folder, when an article or record is been imported from other app such as ENDNOTE or Noteexpress, the record has been imported, but the pdf file stays in its' original folder instead of copied to Readcube defult folder. When you delete or move the file, readcute can't find the linded pdf file. This happens lots of times because you can't really remember all the files you import into readcute. Manually added pdf file has the same problem.

  • Anita QuigleyAnita Quigley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This feature would really put Read Cube ahead of other similar software packages that I have used. Mendeley allows you to do this, but doesnt have some of the features that Read Cube does, while Papers 3 doesnt, but appaerntly that is also on the come on Read Cube, get in there first!!!

  • Siddhi PittayachawanSiddhi Pittayachawan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Normally, academic databases name files using serial numbers (i.e. 1234567.pdf) or a fixed name (e.g. filename.pdf). Although searching files using metadata is efficient, many of us still want to search through our operating systems with the file's name to manage our inventory. If ReadCube has this capability, it will become really useful.

  • commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'd like to add to this that Readcube should use the USER'S filename when it uploads to the cloud. If I ever need to download a paper, for example if I have a drive failure, I get the horrible fixed naming scheme that ReadCube uses by default.

    I had something similar happen when I was forced to rename a volume. The database pointer to all my files was wrong from that point on and even though the articles were there (all 2,000 of them), they showed as not there.

  • CongqiangCongqiang commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is absolutely useful, especially when there are lots of papers downloaded without proper naming in the folder.

  • Roberto OsorioRoberto Osorio commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I just want to be able to change file names imported via Readcube. I have names like 57402946759595858590585858.pdf in my library. Not very helpful.

  • Christoph LindemannChristoph Lindemann commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This should not be under review, but developed as soon as possible. The reasons are well explained in all the other comments.

  • Grant HerrmanGrant Herrman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Still needs better renaming options. Also, be able to create references for articles without having to reimport them would be nice.

  • Fabiano C AraujoFabiano C Araujo commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I would like to request that feature too. Just like Endnote "tries" to rename all PDFs (it fails sometimes) it would be great to organize them into folders and apply a standard naming system. Hope to see this function into future releases.

  • Yunsun NamYunsun Nam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    eg. in Itunes: "Copy files to iTunes Media folder when adding to library"

    This way, even without Readcube we can have a folder with asystematic naming scheme for all the pdfs I have in my library. If there is a watch folder, it should be an option to copy those over.

  • Nick BanovichNick Banovich commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is absolutely necessary! This is my single biggest problem with ReadCube. PDFs are often saved in my download folder which I periodically clean out. I need these files to be moved and renamed to a new folder when I import them to ReadCube. Just hosting the metadata within ReadCube is not enough! Obviously a lot of people agree (or this would not have over 1000 votes). Please add this functionality until then I don't know that ReadCube could ever be my primary paper management software!

  • Traian PopaTraian Popa commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have some 5Gb of articles sorted in various folders. If I'm deciding to import and centralise everything in the ReadCube, it would be very useful to have the option to move the imported files from the original folders to the new library. It would also greatly help cleaning up duplicates on my computer.

  • ChrisChris commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I agree with what the Alex (admin) says above,but I think he is missing the point. Having one big folder with a bunch of PDF's and names that make no sense (random number from the DL or whatever) is very frustrating when trying to access the files from outside of readcube....which we have to do if we are on anything other than the one computer we use most. So in my opinion, readcube needs to make folders, rename the original PDF's in a standard way and put them into the folder that corresponds to the list you move it to...not organize the PDFs based on folder location, but put them into said folder location based on the lists.

  • Michael RendlMichael Rendl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Completely agree! Readcube is better in many respects than Papers, but it needs file/folder customization on the OS upon import. e.g. with Papers I have all PDFs organized into folders named after the last author (=labs), then the PDF itself with any folder as "Year_First Last author_Journal_Title. This is extremely powerful and keeps 100s of papers organized by labs. SOLUTION: readcube should allow the user to customize the naming and file structure in a flexible personalized way

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