One of the interesting things that I see here is that there seems to be two ways that people use paperpile. And two ways in which they ask for support. The first is for having a better way to discover, annotate, read, and refer to literature. The second is for citation management.
I find that I am in the second camp. What attracted me to paperpile is how fast it could insert a citation. Not only do I find that overall I read much less, I also find that I can find the PDF that I want faster in Google Scholar than I can in Paperpile (or any other manager). What attracted me to paperpile was it’s tie in to GS: find, add, cite can happen in about 10 seconds, and I’m back on my way writing.
(The other thing that Paperpile does better than everyone else is download the PDF through my university proxy fast and with >90% success rate).
And it is on mobile that I find papers that I might want to read (best of intentions), but I find them in my RSS reader, or in my Twitter timeline. I want to quickly integrate them into a “to read” folder on paperpile. So some of the mobile solution that I need is for the app to have a share with button (for ios). (Or an email to paperpile solution).
But for me, the biggest issue is I want to write on my iPad. I find my Mac laptop a bore, full of a messy desktop and too much overhead. And so I’ve been badgering Paperpile for an ios Solution. And what they have is half of what I need.
The real problem is that Google Docs sucks on my IPad; it’s not the full experience. And when I go to BestBuy to look at the Pixelbook, it seems that it wants to install that same, broken version of G Docs.
Is this something that paperpile can even solve? I’m not sure. Perhaps allowing it to work with word (which has a very robust ios app) is what I really need. But I would love to hear what Stefan has to say about it.