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.
Jussi Palomäki commented
"At some point in the past, a choice was made to differentiate the highlights of each user by showing them in different colours." (admin 13.2.2013)
How about creating two modes for viewing documents: "group" and "alone". In "group" mode Mendeley would work as it works now. In "alone" mode user could create "annotations by virtual collegues". This way different colors could be achieved without fundamentally changing anything else.
Rashid Naseem commented
Please include more colors in highlighting the text. It will increase the values of quality factors like usability, user-satisfaction, understandability and much more. And you know that the success and failure of any software system is depend on the quality factors.
Pieter van Heyningen commented
Please can you add some colours to the highlighting function asap!! The very fact that you can work on your pdf. and annotate, makes Mendeley more competitive and a better product. Improve your competitiveness by listening to your audience please. More colours needed now. Thanks in advance.
Daniel Gover commented
Is there any update on when this will be available? Will it be added to the iPad app too? It would be very useful for identifying different types of information.
Gustavo Parra commented
Differents colors please ! So, there will be two colors: left bottom (yellow) and right bottom (red/green, etc.).
Farshad Navah commented
Yes, that is going to be an additional awsome feature to have
Joana Félix commented
To use different highlighting colors, I simply click right with the mouse on the article (at mendeley's list of papers I've created), and choose "Open file externally". Like this, I can use the different highlighting colors I have in my PDF tools, and the highlighted text will be synchronized with mendely.
Nikica Ljubas commented
Yes! Please more colors!!!
William Bryant commented
In addition to highlighting in different colors, notes of different colors would be abundantly helpful as well.
Antoine Freyssenon commented
Differents highlight colours would be so great !!
Mathieu Meleux commented
The point with naming the colours is perfect! Best, to have a legend in the pull-down menue for highlighting text. One colour for methods, one for results, ...
Perhaps you could make it possible to set the colour for the different subjects in the properties of mendeley?
José Manuel Pavez commented
I strongly agree the idea of different colours of highligth and notes. It let us organize different kind of information in a paper.
meekyoung kim commented
Please! add more color. more than one year before, it planned. Is it too difficult?
Julia Feldman commented
Please add annotations in different colors as well. It would also be wonderful if the colors could be given names by the user. Thanks! Many of my friends have told me that they won't switch to Mendeley until this feature is enabled.
Javier Morales commented
I would like not only to have more colors to highlight pfd, but also, a "rubber" to erase wich is already highlighted.
piers newland commented
Would it still be possible to layer the highlighting so as to create areas of emphasis within highlighted text (as now)?
Foxit pdf reader allows this and I find it really useful.
Joel Pereira commented
Is there any date for this feature to be incorporated ?
Zophonías Jónsson commented
I strongly disagree with the last comment. The Mendeley PDF reader is highly functional and convenient. Different color highlighting sounds like something that should be almost trivial to add.
Thomas Bertalan commented
This sounds like a waste of developer effort. Most of the PDF-reader-related suggestions do. There already exist much better PDF readers on all platforms. It would make more sense for Mendeley to just be consistent about syncing annotations made by other programs.
In fact, I'm all for the PDF reader functionality being removed altogether, so that the developers can focus on more important features, and actual bugfixes. Let the Acrobat/Okular/whatever-mac-users-use developers handle PDF reading.
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!