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New Features

New First Run Experience

  • Improves the experience of launching Papers for Mac for the first time.
  • You can now optionally create, or sign into, your Papers Account when setting up your library.
  • Syncing Improvements
  • We now support syncing your library between desktop versions of Papers using other syncing services, in addition to Dropbox. We have tested the following services:
  • Syncing with Papers for iPhone and iPad continues to require either Dropbox or Local Network Syncing. You can learn more about syncing your Papers Library on our Knowledge base.
  • You no longer need to provide your Dropbox credentials when syncing using Dropbox. Just place your Papers Library into your Dropbox folder and Papers will handle the rest.
  • The Syncing preferences screen has been simplified.


  • The activation sheet has been updated to add support for upcoming subscriptions to Papers.


  • Requests to websites are throttled to one request per 30 seconds to prevent hitting the rate limit.
  • Your Papers Library no longer has to be named Library.papers3.
  • It is now possible to use Local Network Sync to synchronise files whose names contain non-latin characters.
  • Resolves an occasional issue where files attached to publications already in your library that are added via a sync are not visible until restarting Papers.

Mac OS X Support

Versions 3.4.0 and later of Papers 3 for Mac require Mac OS 10.9 or higher. You can learn more about upgrading your version of Mac OS for free via Apple's support website.