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PAPYRUS Version 8.0 for Macintosh


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New Features (not documented in the manuals)

Reference Entry window preferences
There is now an option to show separator lines between fields. Try it -- you'll probably like it. added in Version 8.0.7

Print Layout dialog
When printing or exporting reference lists, you can now tell Papyrus to use normal spaces and hyphens rather than its usual non-breaking spaces and en-dashes. If you are not sure what this means, try both options and observe the difference in author names (non-breaking space between surname and first names) and page numbers (en-dash between numbers). added in Version 8.0.7

When dragging a reference to your word processor, holding down the option key switches the cite mode from Placeholder to Formatted, or vice-versa. added in Version 8.0.7

Option-Tab As noted on page S5 of the Shortcuts section, Mac OS 8.5 and later can interfere with Papyrus's Cmd-Tab shortcut for switching windows. You can now use Option-Tab instead of Cmd-Tab to avoid this interference. This also applies to the Cmd-Tab shortcut in the Format Template Entry dialog, described on page S47. added in Version 8.0.7

Importing HTML files A new choice has been added to the Import dialog to allow the importing of HTML files in addition to plain text files. This allows you, for example, to transfer data from EndNote with all fonts and styles intact. Note that to take advantage of this feature you must download the latest Papyrus Additions, which now include a new HTML plug-in filter. added in Version 8.0.7

Other Changes

Version 8.0.12 includes a few minor bug fixes for subtle formatting issues involving suppressed authors, and for Newspaper Article references.

Version 8.0.11 fixes a bug introduced in Version 8.0.10 that prevented the use of more than one Reference Entry window at a time.

A problem with Papyrus crashing on Macintoshes using non-Roman script systems (such as Japanese) has been fixed.

Version 8.0.10 fixes a few miscellaneous little bugs. One of these involves the Keywords window, in which the "links" view was not always working correctly. Other fixes involve a problem in exporting to BibTeX, and some occasional crashes when editing format templates.

Version 8.0.9 includes yet further reworking of WorldScript support, especially for right-to-left languages (Hebrew, Arabic). However, all languages other than English are affected by changes in Version 8.0.9. Therefore, after updating to Version 8.0.9 you should go to the File menu, choose Database Repair..., and run Rebuild index file.

You might notice that several functions in Papyrus now run a bit faster.

Quite a variety of small bugs, glitches, and crashes have been fixed.

The plug-in filter for importing from EndNote is now more flexible about importing both personal and corporate author names.

Version 8.0.8 includes a few fixes and improvements regarding indexing. This means that sometime soon after you update to Version 8.0.8 you should go to the File menu, choose Database Repair..., and run Rebuild index file. You will be safe in putting this off for a day or two, but do rebuild your indexes before you forget.

We have fixed several glitches in the Process Manuscript function for both Microsoft Word and Nisus Writer, including one that sometimes produced crashes with Word documents.

The Import function now runs about 20% faster, and its debugging view is better behaved.

Version 8.0.8 accommodates some changes recently made by BioMedNet's Evaluated MEDLINE service.

Version 8.0.8 also includes a variety of small fixes affecting Import, Search, Merge and other functions.

In Version 8.0.7 the Check database integrity and Repair database integrity functions (within Database Repair...) now identify and fix several more problems that might conceivably arise in a Papyrus database.

We have rewritten much of the behind-the-scenes handling of script systems. This should improve some remaining isues with non-Roman script.

Version 8.0.7 also includes fixes to many small bugs and glitches. For the most part we have dealt with all bugs that have been reported to us to date.

Version 8.0.6 fixes a longstanding bug that for a few people caused Papyrus to crash when they used the Print/Export function. This version also includes quite a few further improvements in dealing with non-Roman script systems, particularly two-byte scripts (Japanese, Chinese, etc). We have also fixed a few problems with the Process Manuscript function, affecting those of you using Nisus Writer, and those of you using ID Field rather than Reference Number in your placeholders.

Version 8.0.5 includes a number of internal modifications to better support Macs with non-Roman script systems, such as Cyrillic, Hebrew, etc. The direct import from BioMedNet's Evaluated MEDLINE now correctly asks you to specify your database if Papyrus was not already running, and now stores the incoming author address information into the correct field. Half a dozen other very small bugs recently discovered by Papyrus users have been corrected.

Version 8.0.4 adds direct import of references from BioMedNet's Evaluated MEDLINE service. It also fixes several small glitches in the Import function, and includes some improvements to Import's "debug display". Also, a few bugs that sometimes caused Papyrus to crash have now been fixed.

NOTE: We have discovered and now repaired a bug that affects indexing and searching. Specifically, prior to Version 8.0.4 if you edited an existing reference and changed some of its keywords or certain other fields, that reference's entries in the index file might not have been properly updated. After updating to Version 8.0.4 you should go to the File menu, choose Database Repair, and run Rebuild index file. You need not do this immediately, but you should get around to it sometime soon to ensure that all of your references are correctly indexed.

1 January 2004