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to integrate Mendeley with Google Drive and Dropbox

I use Google Drive and Dropbox to store my files online and sync between devices, however Mendeley does not recognize that the PDF files in a Dropbox or Google Drive folder are the same in multiple devices. It would be great if it was smart enough to see that there are synchronized folders and allow the automatic insertion of new PDFs in thoses folders associated with specific folders in Mendeley`s "My Library".
For example, right now I'm writing a project and the PDFs are stored in a GDrive folder named "PDJ Project". This folder is synced between my personal laptop and my office laptop. The files are the same, but the Mendeley database, synced through my account, seems not to be able to recognize that those files are the same.
It would be a huge improvement in the system

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  • Samia DutraSamia Dutra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I liked Andrew Bennet and Marteen Rotman alternatives. Maybe mendeley can add on FAQ a step-by-step of what they are suggesting and post here the link that connects to that FAQ.

    It would be a way to answer this need easily.

  • Eric MeinhardtEric Meinhardt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Hell yes. I barely tolerate Mendeley as a competent pdf library manager. Why on *Earth* would Mendeley think anyone trusts them to be a reliable cloud storage service? Cobbler, stick to thy last.

  • Nachiket VartakNachiket Vartak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    The problem is that Mendeley will still store the files in its own cloud, while all we really want is for Mendeley store the library and all associated PDFs in a cloud service of our choosing.

  • Peter CruickshankPeter Cruickshank commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This needs to allow for OneDrive etc folders being in different locations (eg between my work PC and home laptop)

  • Andrew BennettAndrew Bennett commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm not sure this helps if you are using both Google Drive and Dropbox, but Dropbox and Mendeley work well together on my devices. What I've done is placed all my PDFs into one folder in Dropbox, and Mendeley now syncs with that folder. So all my PDFs are are on all three devices (through Dropbox) and all can be read in Mendeley.

  • Maarten RotmanMaarten Rotman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This already works for me in OneDrive.

    I have my stored PDFs in a OneDrive folder that I called Mendeley. In the file organizer tab under Tools/Options, I refer the location as C:\Users\[xxx]\OneDrive\Mendeley (in which [xxx] is my different username for each computer where I have this set-up). Furthermore I ensure that the way Mendeley renames the files are always the same on each computer (i.e. checked "rename document files" and renames the Author Year Title "Hyphen-separated" (order and style must be the same everywhere too, of course)). This set-up works like a charm on all my devices (I have mendeley and OneDrive installed on my Win7 lab computer, my Win8.1 home desktop and my Win10 laptop).

    I do have to say that in the beginning (I had this set-up on my home desk first, added the laptop a few months later) Mendeley tried to download some of the PDFs into the OneDrive folder (and added a (1) behind the file name). I think this is because OneDrive had not yet synced the folder on the laptop. This was a one time issue though. I stopped Mendeley, waited until all the files in OneDrive were synced, restarted Mendeley, waited until everything was synced in mendeley, then cleaned up the folder using "Tidy Up" (Tools/Options/File Organizer) --> Archive unused files --> delete Archived files. I now always wait until OneDrive synced everything onto whatever computer I am using and only after that I open Mendeley. No sync issues after that anymore.

    Double check your "rename" settings and if they are identical, perhaps it is a Drive/Dropbox issue rather than a Mendeley one.

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