How do I move Notes/Highlights/Lists from one computer to another without Cloud Sync?

Right now, transferring this data is very difficult and meticulous.  It is possible, but requires a lot of precise conditions being met.   

First you need your com.readcube.desktop folder from the preferences folder in your library.  You will have to put this on a network drive, an external hard drive, or a thumb drive, and put it in your new machine's preferences folder once you install ReadCube.  You can find this folder by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to your library. This is found at the file path ~/Users/[your username]/Library
  2. Open the preferences folder in the library
  3. Drag the following folder to your desired storage unit: com.readcube.desktop

Same general steps, except you will find your preferences folder at %APPDATA%\com.readcube.desktop if using Windows XP (type this into "Run"), %LOCALAPPDATA%\com.readcube.desktop if using windows vista/7 (type this into the bottom left search bar), and C:\Users\[Your User Name]\AppData\Local\com.readcube.Desktop if using Windows 8 (type this into the bottom left search bar.

Once you have this folder, feel free to reformat and upgrade to a different OS.  Unfortunately, for this data transfer to work, you will need the following to be true:
  1. All of the directories for your files must be in the same place.  This means that if all of your PDFs were in ~/Users/[your username]/Documents/Research, they must all be there in your new computer.  
  2. You must have the same username on your computer.
  3. You must use the same ReadCube account.
  4. You cannot be going from Mac -> Windows, or Mac -> Windows.
We are so sorry that this process is so complicated as of now!  Right now the ReadCube development team is working very hard on releasing a sync feature so that you can download any changes to your library simply by connecting to the internet, but this feature is not scheduled for release until this Fall.  We are working as fast as we can to prevent this type of headache in the future.

ReadCube Desktop (Mac/PC)

  1. Can I mark an article as a favorite in ReadCube Desktop?
  2. How do I annotate an article in ReadCube Desktop?
  3. How do I delete articles from my library in ReadCube Desktop?
  4. How do I organize my articles in ReadCube Desktop?
  5. Can ReadCube Desktop automatically organize my articles into lists?
  6. How do I rename or remove a list in ReadCube Desktop?
  7. How do I move Notes/Highlights/Lists from one computer to another without Cloud Sync?
  8. How can I export references from ReadCube?
  9. Can I download PDFs using ReadCube Desktop from journals to which my institution is a subscriber?
  10. ReadCube Desktop Search and Download Tips
  11. How do I use advanced search terms in ReadCube Desktop?
  12. How do I search my library in ReadCube Desktop?
  13. How can I delete articles downloaded via ReadCube Desktop from my computer?
  14. Where does ReadCube Desktop store downloaded article PDFs?
  15. How can I change my article's download provider in ReadCube Desktop?
  16. ReadCube Desktop Article Download Tips
  17. What can I do if ReadCube won't launch / update / install?
  18. How do I use the Enhanced PDF in ReadCube Desktop?
  19. How to Enable Scrolling on Lenovo Laptops in ReadCube Desktop
  20. ReadCube Desktop Release Notes
  21. Manually Adding References/Citations into your ReadCube Library
  22. What are the system requirements for the ReadCube desktop application?
  23. What are Recommendations?
  24. How do I completely remove ReadCube Desktop from my computer?
  25. How can I make ReadCube Desktop's display change to Chinese, Japanese, or Korean?
  26. Where is ReadCube 2.0 installed?
  27. What are connectors?
  28. Why does ReadCube look fuzzy on my high resolution display?
  29. Why do I get a blank/white screen when trying to download a ScienceDirect paper?
  30. Connection error message preventing installation / update / login
  31. Adding Metadata-only References to your Library
  32. Article Mis-labelled as Supplement (or vice versa)
  33. How do I export / back up / transfer my ReadCube library?
  34. How do I submit requested files to Support for troubleshooting?

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