Mac apps have been around for decades. They've included the giants of the industry like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, the best of the best of indie software developers like Bungie and Omni Group, and of course Apple's own apps like iWork and iLife, and pro apps like Final Cut, Logic, and Aperture. Traditionally they were sold on floppy disks and later CDs and DVDs. Now we're in the age of downloads. Traditionally they were sold on a company by company basis. Now we're in the age of the Mac App Store. All that history, all that diversity, all that power can make Mac apps even more complicated to choose between. There aren't as many Mac apps as there are iOS apps, but there's just as much variety and maybe more. If you're new to the Mac, how do you figure out which OS X apps you need to download immediately? If you're a seasoned Mac pro but are looking for something specific for work or for play, for school or for fun, how do you know which app is the very best?
In short — you look here. Based on years of experience and countless tests and comparisons, these are the apps and games we consider must-haves and recommend you download now. These are the best apps for the Mac.
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Papers helps you collect and curate the research material that you're passionate about. Our award-winning reference manager will dramatically improve the way you discover, organize, read, annotate, share, and cite.
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Search & Save
Search across your favorite scholarly search engines (in app and via our handy browser extensions) and enjoy 1-click downloads to quickly add references & full-text PDFs to your library.
Check out our personalized recommendation engine and related article feeds to ensure you never miss an important paper again.
Read & Annotate
Papers helps you focus on the task at hand with our full-screen Enhanced PDF reader. Highlight, underline, strike through, make inline notes, draw and add sticky notes. Switch between different documents with tabs, view supplemental files or jump to referenced articles - conveniently linked inline.
Cite Faster with SmartCite
Our users LOVE SmartCite because it's fast, reliable, and most important - easy to use! Simply add the SmartCite Add-in to Word (2016+) or Google Docs and you'll have access to your entire library right from your document.
- Search for references within your personal or shared collections or use our built-in search engine.
- APA, MLA, Chicago, IEEE, Nature... choose from over 9000 citation styles built into SmartCite. Need something specific? Customize your own style!
- SmartCite was made for collaboration so simply email your document to another Papers users and they'll be able to pick up right where you left off!
It's Time to Get Organized
Say goodbye to desktop clutter and those folders of uncategorized PDFs.
Papers automatically identifies and matches imported articles with not only the complete metadata, but also available supplemental data, citations and full-text (if available).
What's more? Use tags, labels, ratings, smart collections, file management and watch folders to keep you organized down the road.
Share & Collaborate
Papers users can create private shared collections to collaborate with up to 30 other Papers users at a given time. Simply add your collaborator by email and they will be added to your shared folder. Perfect for remote teams, lab collaborations, journal club, or tackling that upcoming manuscript.
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Sync Across Devices
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Securely sync your entire library including notes, lists, annotations, and even highlights across all of your devices including your desktop (Mac/PC), mobile devices (iOS/Android) or even through the Web.
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Plus enjoy unlimited cloud storage space for your growing personal Papers library.