Annotation on iPad
Allow for highlighting and annotating in the iPad app. (Eventually iPhone would be nice too, but less crucial.)
I am using iPad and Mendeley lite, and I'm feeling terrible inconvenience that I can't either highlight nor annotate. Basically Mendeley desktop is a perfect tool for a researcher, so with these two abilities Mendeley lite would really enhance its usefulness. Thanks
Please allow for the highlights made in the desktop Mendeley program to be saved online. I would like to see what I highlighted in the pdf when I access the same pdf on my ipad as well. This is often done with other applications by flattening the pdf (saving the highlights into the pdf) on exiting in the desktop application.
This could either be in the form of an in-app tool or alternatively, enabling a PDF to be opened and annotated in a third party app such as GoodReader, and then saved back to Mendeley. This would make life so much easier!
ability to create new sticky notes and add present sticky notes within the iPad App
I love this function on the desktop app, but I also would like to be able to highlight lines in PDFs when I'm reading papers with my iPad.
I would use Mendeley everyday if I was able to annotate, highlight and extract citation information from PDFs ON MY IPAD. If I can then sync PDF's with my dropbox I would be sold completely.....I know a lot of my colleagues would as well....please please make this happen
I find myself reading my references most often on my iPad, but the highlighting and note-taking features are only in the desktop version of the app. These would be especially handy additions to the iPad Mendeley app.
Urgent need for a great connection between Mendeley desktop and ipad so that researchers can sync highlights and annotates both devices.
In order to really work with Mendeley PDF annotation is crucial. What we need is:
1. Drawing and circling of text
2. Add text to PDFs
3. Markup Text Options
a) Highlight Text (yellow)
b) Crossout Text (red)
c) Underline Text (green)
4. Individually customizable colors when annotating PDFs
5. Tag search function
6. A function to jump to a certain place in the PDF (e.g. introduction, abstract, references, summary, etc.)
7. Add handwritten signatures to it
8. Option to add handwritten notes via an external pen
Now I have to use external ipad pdf readers with annotation functions and import to Mendeley. This changes all the metadata, and is hard to restore...
it would be perfect to highlight a text using the ipad/iPhone App (some function like the pc/mac program)
please make the pdf reader in ipad mendeley just like the regular mendeley desktop (highlights, etc)
When the "open in" function is used, a temporary file is created in goodreader. So, when I add annotations to the file, they are only to the temporary file, which is not copied back to the original file in my Mendeley library. Perhaps, iAnnotate behaves differently. Otherwise, the "open in" is pretty much useless. Or, provide full annotation capabilities within Mendeley.
When you download an article from Mendeley for iPad or iPhone it comes unhighlighted, even thou you already highlighted it on your PC or Mac! Plus, It would be huge to be able to do so on iPad and iPhone!
I think it is very important to have the highlights and notes you make on article pdf files in the library to sync with the pdf files viewed in the iphone app. I imagine this should be possible because I thought the library file had these changes saved and that was the file I look at and download on the iphone app.
I’am sure I’am not the only one who would LOVE to see the annotations features implemented in the iOS, especially the iPad app. Yes, I am definitely willing to pay for such functionality! But beware: I found myself switching constantly between my computer at the desk and the iPad for long readings, so there should also be a way to easily sync the annotations between the two clients. Ideally without always resyncing the whole files.
It would be great if it was possible to read notes or even add notes to a pdf on iPhone. This would make referee work much easier.
I tried Mendeley on iPod touch. But I can't read with adding "Highlight" and "Note". Please add these functions with synchronizing to desktop mendeley. That is mobile ebooks.
Quick update: We are currently in closed beta testing, and have decided that highlights/notes will be in our next release. Will update this thread when we know more.
We appreciate everyone’s patience!
Steve Dennis commented
No, Papership is a 3rd party app built on our API. The new app is still being tested but is getting close.
Jane Mattley commented
Is Papership the updated ipad app from Mendeley or is that still being produced?
Steve Dennis commented
Just a note about the Papership app linked below, notes created in Mendeley Desktop won't sync to it yet, and sticky notes or highlights created in the app will not be editable on Mendeley Desktop.
julien therier commented
We release a Mendeley app for iPad/iPhone with annotations (highlights, notes, drawing) inside :)
It's Free, just have a look at www.papershipapp.com
Nevin Cohen commented
What is the status of the iPad update? Is it possible to get the beta version?
John Ramshur commented
Oh!!!! When will I have a useful iOS app Mendeley?
We have been waiting far too long for a functional ios app. I have lost my patientce and intend to try another product.
Any updates on the current status? Are you still aiming for the end of April?
Alan Gamlen commented
Hi there - any news on ipad annotation? I'm considering cancelling my paid Mendeley account but wouldn't want to do that if this update is going to happen soon.
Jonas Teuwen commented
That's how I do it too. I do think you have to be a bit careful there: Mendeley and Dropbox can both sync new files put in the folder and Dropbox uses some kind of versioning. That can mess the Mendeley 'new file' thing up I think. For Linux, I think a good solution is just to have a cron job copy of the Mendeley folder into Dropbox (Symlink for Dropbox did not seem to work last time I tried).
I think someone mentioned this previously, but I've found that iAnnotate PDF on the iPad (£6, I think) works really well. I use Mendeley to organise and syncronise my articles between my laptop (Mac) and office PC, with my library folder being located in Dropbox, and organised by author, year and title. iAnnotate PDF allows me to auto-synchronise that specific folder with my iPad whenever I open and close it, and it automatically pushes my highlights and annotations back to the Dropbox folder as I'm working on a particular article. I can prioritise my reading using Mendeley's starring function, so when I sit down to read I can cross check what I've starred in the Mendeley app and then easily and quickly select that app in iAnnotate.
Obviously I'm really looking forward to being able to do this in a more fully-functioned and self-contained Mendeley app, but I think that this is a fairly non-disruptive workaround, which I've found fits well with my workflow and means I don't have to go through the pain of transferring my library to yet another management application (I already moved from Papers2 to Mendeley because of the cross-platform nature of the app and the ability to sync via cloud between devices, plus I think the Mendeley interface is much simpler and cleaner than Papers2). iAnnotate PDF is also available on the Google Play store (free) for Android devices, and I've also found that RepliGo PDF Reader (£1.84) on the Kindle Fire works just as well as iAnnotate PDF. This is also available on Google Play for other Android devices, and can be used with Droideley.
Just a few thoughts that might offer a functioning, non-disruptive interim solution to those waiting for the update. I'd hate to move my whole library again, only for the update to come out in the next few months. Hopefully it's useful and provides some options.
We share your frustration Jonas, we're working as fast as we can given the resources we have available.
Jonas Teuwen commented
That's great and all, but could we get another update on what the status is? It's quite frustrating. Now I have to symlink the folder in my Dropbox, sync via Dropbox and *then* open it in a PDF-viewer. If it takes too long, I'll look more into products of the competition, but I've spent quite some time already building a database for Mendeley that I would certainly prefer a (good) Mendeley version for iOS.
Jerome Crocco commented
I starter with mendeley desktop. Works great. Unfortunately this iOS problem forces me to change to ZotPad. I paid 10 for this which is costly as far as apps go, but is important.
I will keep an eye on the next release, but if zot pad works well I probably won't switch back.
In terms of time estimates, we're looking at Months, but not many months. Our original internal deadline was the end of March, but we've had some setbacks with annotations that have pushed us back about 4 weeks. We haven't committed to any deadlines publicly yet, because we feel committing to quality and functionality is more important for this release.
We are making good progress though, and have a well defined roadmap for future iterations that we will share after the initial release. We're planning to push frequent updates every 1 to 2 months after this, and treat mobile users as first-class citizens in the Mendeley experience.
@Mendeley team: when is planned the release we are all waiting for?! As someone already asked, are we talking in weeks/months/years?
Sente (Mac only) has a working iPad app. They are also going to change their pricing model with the next version. Might be a good alternative?
In terms of the release date, are we talking weeks/months/years? Just so we have some idea.
Mark Scott commented
For those interested in a working alternative, I finally bit the bullet gave up waiting on Mendeley and transferred my library to Zotero instead. The different interface took a little getting used to, but with Zotfile I can annotate my papers on my tablet and Zotero will retrieve the annotations, collecting them together in a text file attachment to the appropriate bibliographic entry. Very nice. I was nervous about making the switch, but now that it's done, I'm very pleased. If you're frustrated with still not being able to read on your tablet with Mendeley, I'd recommend the switch.
We're working hard still. Had some unexpected technical issues with our servers over the last few weeks that have pushed us back a bit, but we're working through it. Sorry, I know the waiting is tough.