I hope this post is not in violation of community rules or taken as an attack on the developers (it is not). I was one of the earliest users of Paperpile and have been a huge fan/supporter of the platform ever since. However, my personal move towards plain text (markdown) workflows and personal knowledge management (PKM) software has been increasingly frustrated by the limitations of Paperpile. I know they are aware of these issues and are working towards mitigating some of them, but the slow pace of development and recent improvements to Zotero — as well as new plugins for Obsidian and Logseq — have me reconsidering my choices. I hope my thoughts on this matter will provide a useful (and civil) discussion about this issue.
Here is a list of what is already possible if I were to switch to Zotero for working with PKMs
- two way linking between my zotero entries and my Logseq notes
- link to pdf directly in logseq
- directly pulling PDF annotations from Zotero into my notes* (*already available for Obsidian, but still in development for Logseq)
Some additional benefits of Zotero
- ability to collaborate with students who are using free accounts (PP’s academic pricing is very generous, but still more than many students are willing/able to pay.)
- ability to save webpage snapshots directly in Zotero
- better support for working in plaintext writing programs such as Ulysses and Zettlr
- ability to annotate PDFs without making permanent changes to original file
I still greatly prefer the Paperpile user interface/experience - it is just a much more elegant app. And the cost of storing several thousand PDFs in Google is much cheaper than Zotero’s paid storage solution (especially with the academic discount). But as my workflow has changes I’m just not sure that PP is still right for me? Would like to hear what other people think. Has anyone switched to Zotero and then come back? If so, why?
This is related to several other posts on the forum, including: Logseq plugin supports Paperpile BibTeX, URL Scheme with Citekey, Roam / Obsidian Academic Workflows, Survey and Roadmap for LaTeX / Markdown / Overleaf