making it possible to highlight text with different colors (not only yellow)
Mendeley is most satisfying. While flawless, there could be trivial features that could really matter. Adobe Reader for example features selecting a colour for the highlight. Now, I believe 3 or 4 colours should do it, but it really helps with visualising and remembering my take on a a document. Say, I use blue highlight for topics I am going to read more about, yellow for those I need to learn as is, and orange for those I am against and that needs discussion.
Please add a switch highlighter color option. Five colors would do.
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it's really useful serice!
my idea is that using more highlights colours insead than one if this possible? for example yellow red , blue
Make it to highlights in three/four colours into in-text.
Yellow for comments
Blue for most relevant quote
Red for important
In the desktop mendeley, adding more color highlighters and more text colors would definitely increase the visual appeal and also the differentiation of highlights..
The user could choose the highlight colors in order to be able to "categorize" what he is highlighting while reviewing the paper. Or find a way to classify the highlights.
Using color coded highlighting is a useful way to select text for different purposes. I love that the highlighted text can be copied, but it would be much more powerful if this could be applied to different colors. An option for "copy all [color] highlighted text" would be very useful. I could highlight with multiple colors and be able to copy and paste (or even export) all yellow highlighted text separate from all blue highlighted text, etc. When copying text this way, the page number where each text string appears in the article could be used to separate the selections, as well as serve to easily locate them after pasting or exporting in another place.
would be very very useful, so we can have our own code colour for some references e.g. to read, important for this, important for that etc. This is already possible in Mac OS which allow highlighting files in different colour which I find super useful!
Create an option to highlight text with different colours
It is very user-friendly to add a tool to remove highlights by selecting the highlighted part, as if highlighting them. And give different color options for importance classification.
This would do a great deal for the usability and would probably be quick to implement.
Maybe around 8 to 12 colours would be convenient. And also a possibility to label (and see the labels) the colors in both cases.
When highlighting text, different colours would be very helpful.
It will be very good if user could modify colors when using highlight function, That would be very helpful.
There should be more colors for highlighting the texts.
As mendeley supports sharing pdf inside a group. It would better to add more color choices to highlight the text to facilitate the communication(different group member use different colors to highlight the shared file). When used separately, multi-color highlighting is also more convenient.
When printing the annotated notes in B&W I can't read the note number that is listed in the margin because the black and yellow blend together. And yellow is ugly anyway.
Having multiple colors would make it easy to distinguish between different types of information and to highlight key words within already highlighted text
Maybe adding other colors to the highlight feature in handling pdf's can improve the note-taking feature.
Also adding the possibilities of having a pen to underline the text with different colors can be useful.
I am trying out Mendeley for the first time, and mainly came to it while looking for a (more) cross-platform alternative to Skim (for Mac). Skim is an excellent PDF viewer with strong and highly customizable annotation features. Mendeley is a far stronger bit of software since the last time I looked at it, and the inclusion of a PDF viewer and annotation is a big step up. Nice work.
There are a few improvements that would make Mendeley's annotations much better (from my perspective):
1. Clean up the Notes pane (perhaps as an optional setting)
1.1 Replace the fixed-size "yellow stickies" with simpler, expandable text fields.
- I think this would make better use of the real estate within the notes pane. The "sticky note image on a field" pushes the horizontal margins inward substantially. If I have a one-sentence annotation then a lot of empty yellow sticky note pushes the rest of the annotations down the pane. Inversely, if I have a long comment then I must scroll within the yellow sticky to read the entirety.
1.2 Collapsable, re-sizable, titled annotations
- This would also add flexibility to the display of notes to help users make the best of the available space. Check out a (free) copy of Skim to see a very good example of this idea in practice. Each note can collapse down to a title, the text box displaying the body of each note is vertically resizable (and the whole notes pane is horizontally resizable), and by right clicking you can "expand all" or "collapse all" notes. This is so awesome to work with in practice--the only reason that I am looking for alternatives to Skim is that the developer is not interested in non-OSX platforms (specifically, not interested in iOS).
1.3 RTF-formatted notes (or something on that order)
- Besides the fact this this may be a cheap way to get some of the features of (2) [see below], I make frequent use of heavy-handed italics and bold to signal things about my notes to myself later on.
2. Customization of Highlights and Annotations
2.3 Category-based view options / Search-and-filter
- Use case: Reading a PDF, I keep one set of notes that summarizes key points of the text, another set of notes with follow-up questions or "read such-and-such cited here," another for statements I wish to elaborate or expand on, another for statements I disagree with (and the nature of that disagreement), and another for simple notes like "cf. Such-and-such" or "Bob would like this." I could, using categories or tags (preferably tags), identify notes with each of these categories, and perhaps assign colors to each category. Then, I could filter my notes view by tag or category. So, if I am coming back around to a paper that I read early in my research project, I can get back up-to-speed on it by filtering out the non-summary annotations and briefly go through the summary I created while reading the article. When I am working out the next stage of to-do tasks for a project, I can filter to just my follow-up questions and "read this" notes. If I am looking for a particular note, I have a Search Notes box that will filter out notes that don't have the search term.
2.4 Copy highlighted text into note, or into title of note
- Sente has a pretty impressive means of dealing with adding comments to underlined or highlighted text in a PDF, if you want an example. Sente also as a fairly impressive price tag, not in a good way.
- The "Click highlighter, then highlight text" works OK, but some folks might prefer "Highlight text, then click highlighter button" instead. If I have highlighted text, and then I click the highlighter button, it's pretty probable that the highlighted text is what I want to apply the highlighter to.
Thoughts? Is any of this within reason?
When doing research or when reading long documents I find it easier to highlight according to theme by highlighting in multiple colours- in the same document that is.
When I review a printed paper, I do not only write notes on the margin or mark text but use a certain code made out of symbols and colors to give a certain quality beyond simply "important" (different levels of importance, criticize, research further, like/dislike idea, don't understand, etc.) without having to do a note, and recognizing this specific quality of the mark instantly.
There should be a plug-in or a function in Mendeley to change the color of the marker or maybe a set of icons that can be put on a PDF or a note.
I'd like to be able to insert the post-it style notes in different colours, to resize the notes, and to tag the notes.
It would be nice to add a palette to choose the annotation color, preferably on the toolbar
Hey everyone, we’ve added a comment below explaining the situation with this feature in more detail, to give you all a better understanding of why this is a non-trivial change. We’ve changed the status to “Planned” now that we have some actual movement towards it, as outlined below.
Appreciate your patience, especially with such sparse updates from our end. Apologies for that.
Anthony Garvey commented
Having different colours would make it much easier to highlight different features in a large article, though I do like the fact repeated highlighting deepens the yellow colour!
Katharina Denkinger commented
Another related helpful feature would be the possibility of HIGHLIGHTING ONE SINGLE WORD BY DOUBLE-CLICKING ON IT (when in the highlight mode), as possible in Adobe Reader.. :)
Jorge Andrés Gómez García commented
I agree, this would be a totally useful feature!
Caesar De la Paz III commented
PLEASEEE! Just PLEASE! Add more colors..
Jonthan McKendry commented
This would be a useful feature, surely it shouldn't be too difficult to implement in a future release?
donny KIM commented
We really!! need this feature!!!!!
Raphael Sirtoli commented
Please add different colors
Bàrbara Tàpia commented
I have my case full of pens of different colours! I want all of them inside of our Mendely!! :-)
Thanks Mendely's Team!
Augustine lee commented
RE annotation library can be installed and applied in any Windows image viewing and processing application, which allows users to add, relocate, delete annotation shape at any area of target image.
Giacomo Damilano commented
confirm and i add if it is possible to choose how to display the highlighted text, in sense that, if i want to se only a colour or if i would like to see only a thin line insead that a wide stripe of colour
Alex Aylett commented
Not seeing that more detailed comment. Am I missing it somewhere obvious?
gaston becerra commented
highlight in different colors could be useful to tag pieces of document
Alex Aylett commented
This request should be treated in tandem with the request to be able to export highlights as well as notes (see link below). Being able to highlight in different colors allows researchers to code for specific themes.
Allowing them to then export only their highlights and notes (not the entire article) makes it much easier to work with the coded material.
Ideally you would be able to export either all your highlights, or just highlights of a certain colour.
Jaime Leon commented
The Mendeley Team is doing a great, but this issue is essential
Francois de Flamingh commented
Yes please add more colours. Surely it is not a huge issue to program in a few more colours ?? It would make a great program greater-
Arron Sullivan commented
This would be a great addition. Thanks.
Peter Newman commented
I was also looking for more colours but now understand the code limits (thanks for the explanation, Admin!)
Given the future is touch-screen perhaps adding "ink" annotations layer instead of Adobe-style PDF annotations would be a way to go. Then give each user in group documents a different layer? Think "highlighted tracing paper" instead of "highlighted paper"... Just an idea!
Andreas Dietzel commented
Not sure if that recommendation has popped up in the discussion already and it's arguably not the most convenient but by overlaying highlights/highlighting the same passage multiple times you can set highlighted sections apart.
bandai choi commented
it should be a easy and valuable change in fact. looking forward for that
Steffen Wittrock commented
I hope it will come soon, that's the only thing I really don't like on Mendeley...