The new Paperpile: now in private beta 🧪

I’m happy to announce that the new Paperpile is available for testing as private beta version :slightly_smiling_face:.

What’s the new Paperpile?

It’s a completely rewritten version of Paperpile’s web app and browser extension. It will remain the Paperpile you know and love but we’ve added many new key features and hundreds of small improvements.

The new Paperpile will also make it easer for our team to add new functionality and improvements in the future — a prerequisite for our ambitious roadmap ahead.

How to take part in the beta?

:arrow_right: Sign up here

Once your account is activated, you will get an invite email with instructions how to try out the new Paperpile.

How to give feedback?

Simply reply to the invite email or use the feedback button on the lower left in the new app:

Important: Even if you don’t encounter problems, please share first impressions and general feedback. It’s the only way to know if we are on the right track or things need more work.

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Office 365 integration
Sorting and Categorizing Annotations by Topic
Bulk Editing of Papers
PDFs in custom viewer in web app are blurry
Full-text index and search in pdf's
Full text search in PDFs
Hook up with Elicit
iPad App Problems
Android annotations disappear on Samsung tablet
Extension for Safari
Annotation and comment search
Add tags and folders when importing from Chrome extension
ACL Anthology Search
Can Paperpile integrate with other tools, and how do I set up the integrations?
iPad multiple windows
Bibtex export for Preprint Manuscript
Arxiv entries missing "journal", which doesn't work with some bibtex styles
Paperpile for Firefox
Footnote Number Restart
Adding tags in PDF viewer
Trigger "Add to Paperpile" with keyboard shortcut
Obsidian markdown exporter
Add labels when importing using chrome plugin
Readwise Integration
Electron vulnerability
Please make new tabs open adjacent to current tab
Add support for offline mode
Page number when exporting notes to MD
Userscript: Display the PMID for each paper
Add to Collection/Folder From Browser Extension
Chemrxiv preprint not recognised by Paperpile
Can I auto-tag and auto-folder imported references from the Chrome extension?
Extension for Safari
Full text search in PDFs
Export last accessed date
Max library size (i.e. max number of papers in a "pile")
Auto-create a folder from papers cited in a doc
Request: Compact view
Request: Compact view
Citing R-packages with Paperpile
Provide support for OpenURL resolver
Is development slowed?
Is there any way of including the entire abstract instead of only snippets?
Markdown workflow 2023?
Automatic sorting a newly added reference into a folders
Undo label changes
Edit reference part of shared folder
Work flow on shared folder
Adding a paper while in a folder should add it to that folder
Webrecorder and personal archiving
More highlight colors
This .pdf crashes the browser plugin
Sharing a library/ multiple users accessing one library
How to view "notes" on IPad app?
Office 365 integration
Shared folders owned by no one individual
Authors with Short Last Names are Difficult to Search For
"duplicate" option in the beta version
Ieeexplore PDF import
Access to Settings on iOS
Date Range Filter in Advanced Search
Not to accessing Axiv via Proxy
Advanced search (i.e. search by first author, publication year, etc.)
ACL Anthology Search
Option to not import shared folder papers to library after assigning label
Ability to copy just highlighted text from paper item, not full citation
Label dropdown button to assign labels to papers in shared folder list
Shortcut to add paper(s) from library to shared folder(s)
Paperpile without accessing google
Bulk import from Google Scholar results with multi-select checkboxes
Collapse/expand and adjust width of sidebars in paper list view
Transformation of title case
Capitalization Propper Nouns with Overleaf Sync
Paperpile for mobile (iOS) support for links
Sort by "Last Updates" or "Last Read"

Loving it so far - the PDF preview when trying to edit the metadata is SO useful! Thank you all, looking forward to seeing how it develops.


I’d be interested in trying it, but how confident are you that it would not damage existing databases?

Thank you for your question, @Charles_Heckscher. The team has made every effort to ensure your data will be safe. But if this is a concern for you, we recommend going to Settings and exporting all your data before trying the new Paperpile (go to your email in the top right corner, select Settings and then choose Export).

And, it’s also easy to switch back from the new Paperpile to the well tested and fully supported version of Paperpile at any time, via the lower left in the new app (see the graphic in Stefan’s post above).

Is there a timeline for sharing being enabled in the new paperpile? This is my biggest reason for bouncing back and forth between the two, that my research team uses shared folders to coordinate projects and these are all still hidden in the beta.

Im getting this on edge on mac - allowing doesn’t do anything…

I’ve searched the forums (badly probably for this) but feel I cant be the only one!


@Bjorn, thanks for your question about shared folders. Shared folders in the new web app are mostly done but the transition is a bit tricky and it needs more testing before release so that everything goes smoothly. In the meantime, you’ll need to use the old app to access your shared folders (you can use it side by side with the new app or you can switch back to the old app completely for now and switch back to the new app again later).

@Will_Wade, thank you for sharing this message with us. This happens when the extension is not detected, and the team is still investigating the issue. To remove the message, you need to click on the P button in your browser toolbar. You should see the sign in window to sign in to Paperpile.

Hmmm that’s not working for me - maybe sign in and sign out…

…ahh i had to turn on the preview button in the extension! got it - maybe useful for others

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@Will_Wade I had not realized that you had switched back to the old Paperpile. When you want to use the new Paperpile, you need to switch the New Paperpile preview toggle on by going to Settings > Feature Preview in the old web app:

This will prevent the “Set permissions” message from appearing when you open the new Paperpile web app.

What about the Paperpile app for Mac OS, version 0.8.1? It’s still Intel-only (so doesn’t run natively on M1 Macs), and it consistently uses 6-7% of CPU time.

@Odysseus Version 0.8.1 is still built for Intel processors. It also runs on M1 processors but you’re right, it can be a bit slower. The team plans to make a build for Apple Silicon processors in a future release but I don’t have a timeline for that yet.

I’m not stating that it’s slower per se, but that it consistently uses CPU in the background when it is presumably doing nothing – and that this wasn’t the case for version 0.8. Can someone look into this?

Noted. It is on the team’s to-do list.

Any update on Onedrive integration?

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@Nicho_L OneDrive integration is being worked on, but I don’t have a timeline to share for its availability yet.

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Three things I’ve noticed so far in the beta version:

  1. When I first used the updated browser extension (in Chrome and Edge), it was a big improvement as it had the Library option so you could easily select which specific library to add it to via the keyboard (from memory the focus was in the library field and you just started typing to find the desired library). However since then it seems to have been updated again and now less usable as typing / tab / arrows won’t allow easy selection of the library and instead you have to use your mouse (tab will display the libraries but no way to select any except via mouse). So that was an improvement but has since regressed (imo)

  2. In the version before the beta, it was quite easy to move citations from the general inbox to a specific library (could just select and then move via a keyboard shortcut). This seems to have disappeared in the new version. I imagine the idea is that you capture citations directly to the specified library via the extension as above and that would work well enough. However, I still think it is important to have a way to move citations from the general inbox (perhaps it is there somewhere and I’ve missed it - the other day I had to move around 40 citations to a folder by dragging each one individually which was not ideal)

  3. There is an option for field searching at the top (accessed via that little filters icon) which is nice but it would be more useful if the syntax was shortened. For example instead of having to type title: to do a title search, ti: would be much more convenient etc

Thank you for your feedback, @Rob_Penfold. 1) You have correctly pointed out the issue with the usability of folder and label selection with keyboard shortcuts within the extension popup and this will be fixed in a future release. On 3) I’ve passed your feedback on the fields syntax in the search options to the team. On point 2, you can still select multiple references from the main list in the web app and drag them simultaneously into folders and labels under the My Library panel. Select the references with shift+up arrow key or shift+down arrow key and hit F to get the folder dropdown menu, or click any reference drag icon in the selection to drag the selected references to the folder.

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Hi Suzanne and forum,

I no longer see option to enable “New Paperpile preview”. Cache and cookies have been cleared.

Is this for a reason? If not, how to re-enable?

Kind regards,