First, I wanted to email two references to a colleague. Papers can do this through a menu item, a right-click, and a keyboard shortcut ( ⌥⌘E). Any of these create an email message with the subject line containing the author, year and title, the bibliographic reference as the body, and the pdf file as the attachment. All you need to do is to type the recipient’s name. With Sente, I spent 15 minutes combing its User Manual and then searching the Internet for tips, before giving up and locating the PDFs in Finder to send. Am I missing something?
Second, I wanted to set up a workflow for automatically adding PDFs to my Sente library. I used to simply assign the “papers” tag to a file saved to the Downloads folder and then had Hazel automatically open it with Papers. Later versions of Papers also can automatically import all files added to a specific folder without even using Hazel. It turns out one cannot simply “open” file with Sente, so a simple Hazel rule is not an option. The fastest way seems to be to manually drag the PDFs to the “All References” collection in Sente. Disruptive.
So I am still cautiously trying to Sente but still hoping that Papers will come back with all its strengths.