Papers for iPad can serve as your mobile research library where you store and access all of your research articles in PDF format. The articles can be organized into multiple collections. You can annotate each file with colored highlights and notes. Papers for iPad can be synched with Papers for iPhone or Papers for Mac. There is no trial version for the IOS version which costs $14.99 as of October 2013. Volume discounts and student discounts, however, are available.
Type of Material:
Papers for iPad is a native iOS app.
Papers for iPad is an excellent tool for a college student who is beginning a research project or starting a new graduate program. College professors or other educators who make frequent use of academic research articles would also benefit from having Papers.
Papers is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. It requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The learning goals for this app are determined by the user as Papers is an app for managing PDF-formatted academic articles.
Target Student Population:
Undergraduate and graduate college students as well as college and university faculty will benefit most from Papers for iPad.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Users will need an iPad and access to PDF copies of journal articles.
The content is determined by the user as Papers is a tool for organizing academic articles.
This is a new version. The version for desktops has more features, and this program will probably add in the future.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Papers for iPad has great potential to be a mobile study device for graduate students. Think of being able to carry hundreds of articles around on something as small as your iPhone or iPad.
It would be nice if all articles could live in cloud storage like Dropbox so that there is only one place to sync from.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The original Papers for Mac is extremely easy to use and saves a lot of time when writing articles. Papers for iPad serves as a good assistant by being able to read and annotate documents on a mobile device.
The interface is simplified on iPad, probably because of limited space. This can make it hard to find a feature, which may or may not be included in the iPad version. It would be nice to be able to add an article to the iPad and organize it using existing collections on the Mac, rather than only having access to the colletions that have been synched.
Other Issues and Comments:
After the individual reviews were completed, an update included the use of Dropbox. Papers 3 for iOS is currently available for $9.99. A note on the support page states: " If you have a big Papers 1 for iOS library and you are struggling to import your existing iOS library to Papers 3 for iOS follow these instructions on how to import your library to Papers 3 for iOS via iTunes. Note that in order to do these steps you must be running the latest Papers1 for iOS update 1.9.19 on your iOS device.
Start Papers 3 for iOS and select 'Import Papers 1 for iOS Library'. Your Papers 1 for iOS is opened with a sheet saying 'Transfer Library to Papers 3'. Wait until 'Preparing upgrade' status changes to 'Upload Progress' after which you can close Papers1.
Connect your iOS device to iTunes and open the Apps tab."
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