I suggest you ...

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 desktop (built-in) are compatible.

2,960 votes
Sign in
Signed in as (Sign out)
You have left! (?) (thinking…)
Gabriel De Oliveira RamosGabriel De Oliveira Ramos shared this idea  ·   ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
Pedro PereiraPedro Pereira shared a merged idea: Import highlights/notes from Adobe Reader  ·   · 
sitansitan shared a merged idea: Export pdf with annotation.  ·   · 
pshahpshah shared a merged idea: Annotations like Preview  ·   · 
Idan BarirIdan Barir shared a merged idea: Support importing existing Adobe Acrobat notes  ·   · 
richrich shared a merged idea: Notes from PDF annotations  ·   · 
MartinMartin shared a merged idea: Option to save my highlights and comments in the PDF documents themselves.  ·   · 
theunseen123theunseen123 shared a merged idea: make the highlighting and notes compatible with foxit reader's highlighting and notes  ·   · 
Bernd BrecherBernd Brecher shared a merged idea: compability to adobe reader and pdf xchange viewer annotations  ·   · 
Peter GallagherPeter Gallagher shared a merged idea: import and export Skim notes, highlights  ·   · 
GregorGregor shared a merged idea: sticky note generated in Mendeley recognized by Adobe  ·   · 
Brendan Johan LeeBrendan Johan Lee shared a merged idea: Latest version ( doesn't export annotated notes  ·   · 
Marcelo Carlomagno CarlosMarcelo Carlomagno Carlos shared a merged idea: PDF annotations should be compatible with other PDF readers  ·   · 
Anonymous shared a merged idea: Recognize sticky notes created by acrobat and other PDF utilities.  ·   · 
RWendlerRWendler shared a merged idea: Show comment annotations made in preview or allow pdfs to be opened from Mendeley in preview.  ·   · 
Mauricio AndresMauricio Andres shared a merged idea: Import annotations from PDF  ·   · 
drewfrankdrewfrank shared a merged idea: Integration with external note-taking apps  ·   · 


Sign in
Signed in as (Sign out)
  • Amit UpadhyayAmit Upadhyay commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It will significantly increase the utility of Mendeley if the highlight changes made in Mendeley pdf in one computer can also be viewed in another computer and preferably with other pdf applications as well (Adobe, Foxit etc).

    The Mendeley pdf highlights cannot be viewed in another computer by the same user even by using Mendeley.

    Since, currently all the pdf highlights in Mendeley cannot be viewed in any other system, it strongly discourages pdf reading and highlighting in Mendeley.

  • Ondrej MarsalekOndrej Marsalek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I came to the forum randomly today while looking for something. I tried looking at several suggestions from the things I have commented on or that are very popular and this place just looks like a graveyard. So many suggestions without any response from Mendeley for years. This one is the third most popular and two years old. Should we even bother offering feedback?

  • Antonin RicardAntonin Ricard commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm surprised about the comment i read to this suggestion. I use pdf x change viewer and I see my highlights in the Mendeley pdf viewer.
    I agree that the reciprocal isn't true, which is really annoying.

  • OBrendelOBrendel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please all who have commented here and get a copy of this post give your 3 votes for this problem. There are some other annoying problems in mendeley, such as the sort problem, but the pdf-notes problem really gives compatibility issues when working together with colleagues. This also includes the clumsy way that notes from the built-in PDF reader are exported, not in a standard way that can be read, edited, and eventually deleted with a different pdf reader

  • David BulczakDavid Bulczak commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Mendeley is very nice. But without standart annotation support I does not make sense to use it for me. Otherwise it is a great tool. I will keep it in mind but unitl then I have to use other annotation tools and Google Drive :)

  • OBrendelOBrendel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I absolutely and competely agree with Malcolm. This is the one BIG major flaw in Mendeley. And looking a tthe number of votes, Mendeley should really start doing something about this.

  • Malcolm MacGarvinMalcolm MacGarvin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    People don't want to get locked out of Mendeley because of all their prior standard annotations, or locked into Meneley because of a proprietary technique. The best option for me would be EITHER Medeley utilising the standard Adobe toolbox for annotations and notes, including saving them in the pdf as when working with a pdf directly, and then Medeley does its magic extracting data from those highlights and notes for searches OR the interface works as now, but when pdfs are exported there is an option, including a batch option, for turning highlights and notes into standard pdf highlights and notes (plus an option on whether highlights etc are shown to other group members). It's quite attractive to keep the original pdfs 'clean' but broadly I prefer the former.

  • Dylan KirkDylan Kirk commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please fix this, it is the one issue left ...for now I will use ocular instead since it is compatible with adobe mobile.

  • Zachary AndersenZachary Andersen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Also, comments and highlights made in "PDF Annotator" show up in Mendeley just fine, as well as Adobe Reader.

  • Zachary AndersenZachary Andersen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Use "PDF Annotatator" software for the notes comments (comments show up in regular Adobe Reader) , then import into Mendeley for citation and other items.

  • Kevin PacettiKevin Pacetti commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    For users who have a PDF annotation tool preference and wish to have their annotations embedded in the PDF, Mendeley should provide an option to use any external PDF annotation software the user chooses (e.g. PDFAnnotator) if the user does not want to use the built-in annotation tools. The workflow for using an external annotation tool would be:
    1. Add reference record
    2. Attach PDF
    3. Choose to annotate PDF using an external annotation tool (e.g. PDFAnnotator)
    4. The PDF file attached to Mendeley would open in the external annotation tool, the user would make their annotations and save the PDF file (the PDF file is still linked to the reference record in Mendeley)
    5. The user can choose to view the PDF from within Mendeley using the built-in PDF viewer

← Previous 1 3 4 5 8 9

Feedback and Knowledge Base