Syncing makes it easy to share your Papers library across multiple devices using cloud or Wi-Fi. You can download the free Papers app for iPhone/iPad here and sync between your Papers desktop application and iPhone/iPad.
Up until recently, we have supported syncing via Dropbox or Wi-Fi (in case of Papers for Mac and iOS). However, we have recently changed the way that our syncing system works, to open the door for other cloud services including:
- Google Drive
- SugarSync (Mac)
- Network file shares
- WebDAV drive
Papers for iPhone and iPad only supports syncing via Dropbox and Wi-Fi.
|DropBox||WiFi||Other Cloud Services|
|Papers for Mac (3.4.0 and newer)|| ✅|| ✅|| ✅|
|Papers for iPhone and iPad|| ✅|| ✅||❌|
It is easy to set up syncing during the first run. You just navigate to your Dropbox folder or another cloud sync location and choose to create a new library and that's it, syncing is automatically enabled for you.
Wi-Fi sync currently works between Papers 3 for Mac and iOS. It is easy to set up the Wi-Fi sync on your Mac by going to Preferences > Sync > Local Network. For further instructions, see our article on Getting started with Wi-Fi syncing.
Syncing is a very powerful feature but there are some limitations:
- Papers can not sync libraries that are not stored in the same Dropbox account. This is often an issue for users with personal and business accounts.
- The Papers library can not be selectively synced. The whole Library.papers3 folder must be set up to sync.
- Papers can not properly sync libraries stored in shared Dropbox folders.
- Papers can not sync a library you have deleted from your Dropbox folder on another device. This will cause the library to be deleted from Dropbox on all devices.
- Papers can not sync libraries across versions. Papers 2 can not sync with Papers 3.