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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.

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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 CarlosMarcelo 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  ·   · 


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  • 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

  • OBrendelOBrendel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    So how comes that I read and edit annotations made with Acrobat, Xchange viewer and Foxit ! They way they do annotations must be similar in some way !

  • Anh Tu NguyenAnh Tu Nguyen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This is hard and nearly impossible, because different pdf reader uses different library to make and show annotation, and we don't know how they store/process metadata (document properties) for those annotations.

  • Alan BesterAlan Bester commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    It's this missing feature that prevents me from subscribing to the Mendeley service. I really do prefer the layout and office integration of Mendeley over Zotero, but the latter syncs all my annotations made in an external markup program. Will pay for that feature.

  • Frank RuttenFrank Rutten commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I fully support introducing more compatibility with pdf notes made using other software (Adobe Reader) - or even better an Android version of Mendeley for tablets, with full note taking and highlighting capability so that I can stick to a single piece of software across all platforms.
    Am starting to use Mendeley and mostly really like it, but if neither of these facilities appears soon will just need to switch software. Have far too little time to read papers as is and can't afford to waste it on cumbersome software solutions!

  • OBrendelOBrendel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    answer to Steve Dennis : it is great that you want to add annotation features that are not (yet) a pdf standard; however the annotation features that are (simple highlighting, simple notes) should be completely compatible and it should be left to the user to decide if s/he wants to use advance Mendeley only features, or compatible features; for many people (looking at the votes for this), Mendeley will probably never be the only pdf annotation tool, and the problem that Mendeley canno search/screen/show standard annotations in pdf files or that annotations done in mendeley can be (by option) saved with the pdf (as well as stored in the internal database) is such a handicap, that it will very probably discourage many users.

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