Mekentosj – Great Software for Biological Science

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If you have a lot of PDFs on you computer and struggle to organize and locate them… then perhaps you need PAPERS.

I have been using this program since it was first released a few years ago.

And it has become one of the most important pieces of software for my research.  I no longer need to print out endless numbers of papers, more over I can easily find each paper,  tag them, make digital notes, and have everything searchable.  If you have used iTunes for your music then you’ll be right at home with papers. The interface is quite similar, you can make “playlists” and smart ones too that auto update.

You can search Pubmed and lots of other online database’s directly from papers and I find it much quicker and easier to use then the official websites.  It also downloads the PDF from within the program, along with all the author, journal, etc meta data.

It is missing a few things that would make it the ultimate piece of software, mainly the ability to insert citations and format bibliographies.  So you’ll still need endnote unfortunately.
But it does such a great job of organizing that its worth the small price.


4 outta 5 stars.


UPDATE:  Papers 1.9 & Paper for the iPhone/touch has just been released.iTunes Store Link



This is a small widget and now an iphone app, that makes making  solutions with the correct molarity a breeze.  The widget is free, but there is a small cost for the iphone app.

There are lots more apps including 4Peaks and RNAi which are free and you can get them all from

Thanks guys your doing a great job, keep up the great work !

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About Andrew Burgess

Head of the Cell Division Lab and Manager of the Microscope and Flow Facility at the ANZAC Research Institute.

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