Paper Machines Update

Here is a suggested fix for Paper Machines that has now worked in two cases, which gives me some confidence that it’s generally useful. Thanks to Courtney Wells, who volunteered her MacBook to test this fix. These instructions apply to Zotero running in Firefox (not standalone Zotero), and to Mac OS X systems. Here’s the summary:

  • Uninstall Paper Machines
  • Install Python 2.7.3
  • Reinstall Paper Machines
  • Make sure that the Path to Python executable is /usr/local/bin/python
  • Quit and restart Firefox

Here are the details:

  • Click Tools on the Firefox menu bar, and then select Add-ons. This gets you to the Add-ons Manager. Find Paper Machines 0.3.6, and click on the Remove button.
  • Download Python by clicking here. Open your Downloads folder and you should see a disk image file named python-2.7.3-macosx10.6.dmg. Double click on it, and when it opens, double click on Python.mpkg. You will then be led through the installation of Python.
  • Reinstall Paper Machines by clicking here in Firefox.
  • Open Zotero by clicking on the Zotero logo at the lower right of Firefox. Control click on TextHeap (under ENGL668K in Group Libraries on the lower left) and select Paper Machines Preferences… at the bottom of the contextual menu. Make sure you’re on the General Settings tab, and change the Path to Python executable from /usr/bin/pythonw to /usr/local/bin/python (see below).Paper Machines Preferences
  • Quit and restart Firefox. Open Zotero and find TextHeap. Control click on TextHeap and select Extract Text for Paper Machines. When text extraction runs to completion, you should be able to use other Paper Machines functionality (Word Cloud, Topic Modeling, etc.)

Please let me know if I’ve explained anything incompletely, or if this fix doesn’t work for you.

10 thoughts on “Paper Machines Update

  1. Victory! Success! Joy! It is with much gratitude to Paul that I can report I now have functioning Paper Machines! The process for my PC was basically to do the things in the list above in the PC way (with which Paul helped me). My problems were that I had no Python and needed it installed, and also that I had two extra, older versions of Java on my computer that may have been mucking up the process and which needed to be deleted. After having another go at extracting text, I am able to make word clouds and use the features that used to be greyed out!

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