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.
Tyler Poppenwimer commented
Yes please, more colors so I can differentiate, what is important, what I question, what I find odd, and what I think is a good idea for future work
Dalina Johari commented
Please add more colours for the highlighter and the note pad.
Also, other functions such as underlining etc
Akshaya Kumar Biswal commented
it would be excellent to have different high light colours
Dylan Dahlquist commented
+1 on wanting more colors for highlighting.
Would also be cool if you would add in "underlining" function and "crossing out" function, with multiple colors too.
Dheeb bashish commented
More color mean more distinguish. therefore, I think we need more color in highlighting
Paolo Guarnieri commented
please add more colors!
Ron Togunov commented
Still awaiting new colours.
Kyle Hovey commented
Additional colors would be immensely helpful for individuals and the community.
Heuishil Chang commented
I will appreciate if there will be an improvement on this in the near future.
Presumably not a few users first skim read articles stored in Mendeley with highlighting important parts, and then print out the ones they find most important. Unfortunately, Current yellow colour makes the texts too dark to read when they are printed out in black-and-white.
I believe that Mendeley is superior to other reference managing software in many aspects, but this very little thing is actually undermining the usability of the software.
Gordon Causby commented
more colors please!
Guillermo David commented
Please more colors!
Omar Mian commented
Whilst you're working on improvements to your annotations framework (which I assume is necessary to implement this feature), can I please suggest you also give us the ability to toggle on/off the display of annotations.
When I want to look at a previously-read paper with a fresh eye, the annotations get in the way. I'd like to be able to hide them from view without deleting them.
Would also like to be able to hide the group annotations on a paper independently of my personal annotations. The inability to do this is why I don't use Mendeley groups, even though group annotations do show up in a different colour.
Mostafa Zahmatkesh commented
I'm very agree! i need at least 2 different colors, and because its not possible with mandeley, i have to open my files with another software.
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.