[seqfan] Re: PAPERS has been erasing my pdf files

neil greubel jthomae at gmail.com
Sat Jan 20 00:59:51 CET 2018


I take a different view from the online database storage systems. I have
kept copies of materials (books, articles, notes, etc) in the formats (pdf,
latex, Open/Libre Office, djview, etc) on at least one portable hard drive.
My view is that in today's time most plug-and-play drives (sd cards, thumb
drives, hd's) are cross platform functional and easily fit into bags and
can be taken anywhere without internet access. There are larger desk top
drives with 6-8 tb capacities, but are less useful when traveling. A major
downfall is the memory of the person and the number of machines used. For
example: I have an sd card in 4 different machines, add in a dozen thumb
drives, and three 2 tb hard drives. Sometimes trying to find "that one
paper" may take some time.

Another online based storage system is Google Drive. With most Google
accounts there is a large enough storage space (about 100 GB) and is
accessible anywhere the internet is. There are options to this. If the
paper/book is found online and it can be saved to Drive right away then do
so. Alternatively a Drive component should be installed on the machine(s)
and if saved in that folder then Drive can be automatically synced and all
is good.

I use Drive frequently, but always prefer hd/sd cards/etc..

On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 4:49 PM, Neil Sloane <njasloane at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi! Thanks for responding. I've used Papers since it started, and it is
> upsetting
> to find that it has been losing stuff.
> What I use it for?  Basically just a place to
> hold my pdf files, so that when I want to look at a paper by X, I know
> where to find it.  I keep the directory on Dropbox,
> and I use it from an iMac and a Mac powerbook. That's all, no iphone
> access.
>
> I've been getting rid of a lot of paper copies of articles and replacing
> them with pdf files
> that i've found on the internet. But if PAPERS is deleting them, that's
> terrifying.
>
> Some of these articles, especially the books, are in DejaVu format,
> but I thought PAPERS could handle that.
>
> For articles downloaded from the arXiv, I save them to the Desktop,
> then drag them in to PAPERS, then use the "match" feature in PAPERS
> to get the metadata.  Otherwise I just type the metadata in by hand (author
> and title)
>
> So I don't do anything fancy with PAPERS.
>
>
> Best regards
> Neil
>
> Neil J. A. Sloane, President, OEIS Foundation.
> 11 South Adelaide Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904, USA.
> Also Visiting Scientist, Math. Dept., Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ.
> Phone: 732 828 6098; home page: http://NeilSloane.com
> Email: njasloane at gmail.com
>
>
> On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 3:34 PM, K. M. Short via SeqFan <
> seqfan at list.seqfan.eu> wrote:
>
> > JabRef is similar to BibDesk
> > If you want something with similar UI and capabilities theres always
> > endnote which is usually available through universities for free and can
> > access all the paid subscriptions your university has access to. It has a
> > great ipad companion app but not phone app. Its a bit pricey though if
> your
> > uni doesn't offer it but it has all the same capabilities as papers
> > including in app annotation, bibliography search, and so on as Papers,
> and
> > it has a nice UI as well as a web-based interface.
> >
> > Sent from ProtonMail Mobile
> >
> > On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 2:41 PM, Neil Sloane <njasloane at gmail.com>
> wrote:
> >
> > > Dear Seqfans, For decades I have been using the program PAPERS to save
> > and organize my pdf files. I have thousands of them, and PAPERS has
> always
> > done a good job. But lately I have tried to look at articles that I know
> I
> > had saved there, only to be told that the pdf file has disappeared. Does
> > anyone know what is going on? It has happened twice in the last couple of
> > months. I guess I have to give up on PAPERS. It is like an Itunes
> program,
> > but for pdf files not music. Does anyone have any recommendations for a
> > replacement? -- Seqfan Mailing list - http://list.seqfan.eu/
> >
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