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  1. Enable the built-in PDF reader to recognize annotations (notes, highlights, etc.) made in external PDF readers (such as Acrobat and Evince).

    The built-in PDF reader do not recognize annotations (notes, highlights, etc.) made in external PDF readers (such as Acrobat Reader and Evince). The problem is twofold:
    (1) when I include notes on Mendeley, I must export the notes as a new PDF file, so they cannot e changed in another PDF reader; and
    (2) when I include notes on my Android device (with any PDF reader), the notes are not recognized by Mendeley.

    My suggestion is to enable the Mendeley's built-in PDF reader to recognize such annotations. So the changes made both on my tablet (external reader) or on my…

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      186 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →
    • Allow download of PDFs directly from Mendeley Desktop

      If a reference has an URL/DOI/PMID/etc., but no PDF yet associated with it, allow downloading this PDF automatically with a click from Mendeley Desktop.

      Obviously only for freely accessible PDFs, and supported websites. This would work in exactly the same way as the bookmarklet import.

      2,778 votes
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        105 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →

        We are aware of this request and have logged it with our Development Team. Obviously there are various problems associated with implementing a change such as this. Nevertheless, the request has been noted.

      • Remember open tabs and position within PDFs

        When closing Mendeley, have the option to remember the current open PDF documents and also the scroll position you're currently at within the PDF. Similar to what Firefox does with open tabs and what PDF viewers when re-opening a PDF doc.

        2,717 votes
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          210 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →
        • Improve quality of automatic metadata extraction

          Improve the quality of the automatic metadata extraction; add automatic retrieval of metadata from arXiv, PubMed etc.

          2,696 votes
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            started  ·  189 comments  ·  Web  ·  Admin →
          • iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)

            Can you integrate with Apple's office-like suite?

            2,611 votes
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              387 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →

              Thank you for bringing this to our attention, although it has been logged some time ago. We will take your ideas into account for future versions of Mendeley.

            • Attach PDFs to metadata in Mendeley Desktop by drag & drop

              Dragging a pdf to a reference already in Mendeley should attach the pdf to that reference, instead of creating a duplicate of the reference. The process of opening the reference and browsing for it, is way too long. As checking if the reference already exist could be complicated (you judge that), just link it to whatever reference we point on when dragging.

              2,341 votes
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                60 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →

                Unfortunately this had to be dropped from 1.10 due to time constraints. We’re committed to fixing this though, and it’s one of our top priorities for future releases. Apologies, these are the realities of software development sometimes.

              • PDFs should be attached with paths relative to a user-configurable base path

                If it would be possilbe to specify a document base path, all linked PDF paths could be specified relative to this base path. JabRef has similar functionality.

                One of the advantages is that one can then move easily between different machines (not migrate, but e.g. work on one during the day and another during the evening), synchronising PDF directories by means of a tool such as unison or other file synchronisation, and mendeley would keep finding all attachments, as they would be at the same relative paths.

                This is especially useful if the different computers are running different operating systems.…

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                  122 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →
                • Organize files by collection

                  File Organizer in 0.9.0 only allows subfolders and renamed file names to contain Year, Journal, Title and Author data. I certainly want my collections to be in different subfolders as well!

                  2,186 votes
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                    116 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →

                    Sorry for the late acknowledgement of this request. Although we are aware of this request, we have not had the time nor resources to go through all of the open feedback requests to update them.

                    This is something that we are aware of and our Developers have been made aware of the amount of votes this request has.

                  • Paper watching : alert when some new paper cites it

                    You could tag an article of your library for being watched. The system would continuously check if some new paper is citing the paper of interest (just keep an eye on the number of citations in google scholar for example). It could display these new articles as an RSS feed or as a list of suggestion where you would just have to check boxes to include or not the new articles in your library.

                    1,998 votes
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                      30 comments  ·  Web  ·  Admin →

                      I have discussed the possibility of getting this implemented with some of our Developers here, we certainly would be interested in making this change a reality, however, it would require a lot of ground work so may be some time down the line.

                    • Integrate Mendeley with Evernote

                      I don't know exactly how this should work, but this would be awesome. Think
                      - sync annotations
                      - have things both in Evernote and Mendeley
                      - sync and relate excerpts

                      1,797 votes
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                        under review  ·  123 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →
                      • In-program PubMed search & Metadata Retrieval

                        An in-program browser where users can go to PubMed (or a specific Journal's website) and search an article. On downloading it, Mendeley will automatically extract the Metadata and possibly archive the file.

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                          71 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →

                          Seeing some of the possibilities for this at the moment, I would be quite keen to get this implemented. It has been raised with our Developers.

                        • Pen tool for annotations

                          Make a pen tool for drawing free-hand annotations in the built-in pdf reader. Or at least make tools for making circles and arrows. I love drawing on my pdfs!

                          1,711 votes
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                            under review  ·  122 comments  ·  Mobile  ·  Admin →
                          • save highlighted text to notes

                            Or to a new section so I will have a possibility to take a look at all highlights in one place

                            1,688 votes
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                              173 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →
                            • Make Mendeley compatible with Scrivener

                              It would be great if Mendeley worked with Scrivener for writing large bodies of work, like books, dissertations etc. I'm about to start a Ph.D. and thinking I will have to stop using Mendeley and export all my references to a referencing system that is compatible.

                              1,529 votes
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                                195 comments  ·  Web  ·  Admin →
                              • Insert citations and bibliographies into Google Docs on Google Drive

                                Find a way to insert citations and automatically generate bibliographies (just like with the Word Plugin) in Google Docs.

                                1,496 votes
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                                  under review  ·  91 comments  ·  Web  ·  Admin →
                                • Advanced Search, Boolean Operators & search-result ordering

                                  1) Currently there isn't any "Advanced Search" option to search by specific fields such as "Authors", "Year", "Journal" etc, much like in the Web of Science search. While it is possible to use field codes such as "Author:", etc, this would make searching a lot more user friendly

                                  2) I would like to have the ability to use BOOLEAN operators for searches (like AND, OR).

                                  3) Lastly, it would be nice to have more options with how searches are ordered. For example if I search "nanoscale", I get a list of all documents containing the word nanoscale. However this listing…

                                  1,409 votes
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                                    88 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →

                                    1) This is currently possible, although not very intuative: you can find more searching options here: http://www.mendeley.com/faq/#advanced-search However, we realise this is not very intuative and are looking to improve this in a future version.

                                    2) The boolean operators such as AND/OR work as expected in Mendeley 1.6, although there are improvments in 1.7 (to be released later in 2012).

                                    3) This has been logged with our Developement Team for a future version.

                                  • More options to sort files in subfolders

                                    Currently it is possible for Mendeley to create subfolders using four options: Author, Journal, Title and Year. I would like to have another options like Collections Names or Tags. This way it would be possible to sort papers by subject.

                                    1,299 votes
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                                      99 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →
                                    • make the annotations searchable!

                                      I am using the 0.9.4.1. I found the annotations were unsearchable. It would be very nice if we can search the annotations we made.

                                      1,252 votes
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                                        153 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →
                                      • Allow italic formatting in metadata

                                        Species names must be italicized yet no character formatting is allowed when manually editing the metadata. This request is especially important for the Title and Keyword fields. When exporting the citation, the italic formatting should be maintained.

                                        1,052 votes
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                                          139 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →
                                        • Ability to create custom Document Types

                                          Different people care about different types of documents. Instead of trying to add every possible type centrally, it would be useful if users could add new document types and rename / delete existing ones.

                                          960 votes
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                                            195 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Admin →

                                            This is on our roadmap for this year. It’s a two step process. First we need to replace the hard-coded document types in Mendeley Desktop, and their field mappings to a more flexible system that reads from a standardised config file. This can then be shared between Desktop, iOS, and third party applications. Once this is in place, then we plan to update the document types to be in line with EndNote’s supported types, as well as consider suggestions for other popular reference types.

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