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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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  2. 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.

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    106 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

  3. 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.

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    207 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. iWork (Pages, Numbers, Keynote)

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

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    386 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

  5. 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.

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    60 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

  6. 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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  7. 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!

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    116 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

  8. 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  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

  9. 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

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    under review  ·  123 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. 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

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    169 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  11. 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…

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    88 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

  12. 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.

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  13. 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.

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    153 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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.

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    138 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  15. 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.

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    195 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  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.

  16. enable multiple distinct bibliographies in a single document (e.g., separate chapters)

    Many users may benefit from the ability to manage separate and distinct bibliographies in single document file. For example, if a file is a book/dissertation/etc with multiple chapters and the author wants to gather references after each chapter.

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  17. Introduce Ebook isbn resover

    Mendeley only allows PDF files with DOI info. Why not make it also into an ebook organizer and file renamer based on ISBN info (either read form file name, or from document

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  18. manually manage "types" to make them coherent with bibtex. e.g. "incollection"

    currently many mendeley types are "translated" into @misc while many bibtex types do not exist (e.g. incollection). Please, insert a function to manually associate mendeley types to bibtex types or any function to better manage the typology of the exported bibtex.

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    @incollection is currently mapped to ‘Book Section’.

    Our Developers are aware of this request and are hoping to implement such changes in the future.

  19. Smart categories

    Create "smart" categories (like Papers software, on MacOS) that would search (with logical operators) for keywords within (selectable) author, title, abstract fields and automatically populate the categories with found articles, without manual intervention. Smart Categories cannot be populated manually and they can coexists with normal categories.

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    39 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is something that we have discussed: we have a ticket open related to this one for a ‘Saved Search’ option which you can use to search for files by clicking a saved search criteria.

    Additionally we have a ticket open for a ‘Recently Viewed’ option under a different ticket. If this is the feature you are voting for, please vote here instead: http://feedback.mendeley.com/forums/4941-general/suggestions/220568-recently-opened-documents as this forum is only for Smart Categories/Saved Search.

  20. Improve bibtex import

    While I don't expect a full LaTeX parser, bibtex import could and should be improved. At the moment, I have many entries in Mendeley with stuff like that:

    Title: {\"U}ber M{\"a}rchen -- Tolkiens Sicht des Phantastischen

    Mendeley should recognize this kind of encoded umlauts and typical LaTeX stuff like -- for long dashes.

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    63 comments  ·  Desktop  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    I have opened a ticket to look into the way Mendeley Desktop behaves when exporting accented characters to BibTeX. We will also look into improving BibTeX export in Mendeley Desktop in general.

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