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.
Every computer has Adobe Reader. So if we could take our highlights/notes anywhere and then import them with Mendeley for searching, bibliography, etc would be perfect!
export pdf with annotation.Since it does not work actually.Without it,there`s no use of the notes of mendeley.
I don't like that the sticky notes minimize so that you can only read them when you enlarge them. Mendeley should give the option of using Preview-like annotations were you can create a text box, use arrow, create shapes to draw attention to figures, etc.
Some imported PDF documents have previously added notes and annotations, using Adobe Acrobet Reader.
Is it possible to make Mendeley incude these notes in the 'notes' tab of the imported PDF document?
Shouldn't we be able to make notes from our highlights and annotations? In other words, highlight a passage which becomes a note (with page number) to which I can add my own ideas...at the end of an article you have a list of your quotations and notes, ready to be used for my drafting. Possible?
The comment and highlighting functions in Mendeley are great. However, I would like to have the option to save these changes straight into the pdf. The markups are very important for me in my work and I'm afraid that they will all be gone if I should for some reason loose my Mendeley installation. Additionally that way I can send that pdf and my collegues will see my markups. At this point I'm still doing my markups in another program because I know they are safe there (saved inside the pdf document). I don't have that feeling with Mendeley yet.
Skim (skim-app.sourceforge.net) provides an open standard for PDF notes/highlights that could be used by Mendeley (c.f. EagleFiler which has managed to integrate them).
If one adds sticky notes in Mendeley its not recognized in Adobe. That makes it very problematic as whatever one does depends that Mendeley exist in the future as one can not read the sticky notes in Adobe. Especially for long term project this lack of recognition of the sticky note generated in Mendeley by Adobe makes it very problematic to use the PDF feature in Mendeley and with this Mendeley. If Adobe and Mendeley recognize each others with the stick notes Mendeley could be used as a text analysis tool. But as its not its problematic.
Latest version (0.9.7.1) doesn't export annotated notes (tested on both GNU/Linux and Windows). Highlighting is exported, but not notes.
Currently Mendeley does not provide access to sticky notes created in other applications, especially those created by Adobe Acrobat. Further, it does not recognize text created using the Adobe 'typewriter' in Acrobat. It would be useful if Mendeley could fully integrate with other programs (ie, besides Mendeley) that create and modify pdf documents.
By the same token, Mendeley stickies should write to the file as pdf stickies, not just on export but once they are written. It would also be useful if the sticky note, in its expanded view, were moveable (so that you can see the text underneath it). The spot to which the expanded note has been dragged should be remembered by the program (as it is in Acrobat, etc.).
I spend a lot of time annotating pdfs in preview, but when I open the pdfs in Mendeley, I can see the comment icon but can't read the comment I have made. Is there a way to allow us to see preview notes? Or, I would appreciate having options for pdf readers in Mendeley, so I can open my pdf in preview from the Mendeley link.
SInce Mendeley stores in tis database the annotations, it would be nice to import annotations from pdfs already annotated
The "notes field" does not do a good job of supporting detailed note-taking of a paper. I don't think it should; Mendeley is not a note-taking application, and the diversity of user preferences and note-taking styles would make it hard to fill that need directly. Therefore, I think it would make sense to allow some way of "attaching" a set of notes to a particular paper, with the notes managed by another application entirely (vim/emacs, tomboy, zimwiki, etc).
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David Bulczak commented
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 :)
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 MacGarvin commented
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 Kirk commented
Please fix this, it is the one issue left ...for now I will use ocular instead since it is compatible with adobe mobile.
Zachary Andersen commented
Also, comments and highlights made in "PDF Annotator" show up in Mendeley just fine, as well as Adobe Reader.
Zachary Andersen commented
Use "PDF Annotatator" software for the notes comments (comments show up in regular Adobe Reader) , then import into Mendeley for citation and other items.
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rildo oliveira commented
I totally agree with you, Gabriel. Plus: Sync Feature for [all] kinds of annotations.
Benjamin Pélissié commented
Please.. do it... For the moment we feel a little trapped in Mendeley...!!!
Gabriel De Oliveira Ramos commented
Reading djvu file would also be valuable.
Paschalis Mpeis commented
I 've just put 3 votes on this.
(also include Preview of OSX)
Ulisses Carvalho commented
I don't know how, but, for me, the best way is to incorporate the adobe reader into mandeley.
Kevin Pacetti commented
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
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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 Nguyen commented
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 Bester commented
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.