An android app to access Mendely from android phones would be welcome (when all bugs in the desktop app are fixed ;-)
Android version please!
to make notes and annotate papers on the Android tablet inside Mendeley App and sync them with desktop.
This would help me to work with papers during travels and then - easily to find citations while writing.
n android app is needed
The IPhone app is a good idea, but why not make the app available for a wider public? I would be interested to use Mendeley on my Nokia running on Symbian and I am sure Android and Windows 7 users will be too.
You should do apps for more mobile devices instead of staying only on iphone.
A mendeley version for andriod tablet pc like the ipad one would be great.
Create an app so you can view you online library and read journals using the mobile google android OS
Just an update on how I connected Mendeley (Mac) to my android tablet Asus Tf101:
I use Mendeley on a mac at home, on a PC at work and on the android tablet.
1. Sync the folder with pdf files with android using sugarsync. Dropbox wont be useful here.
2. Sync "Mendeley Desktop" folder inside the "application support" to a different local directory on the mac (eg in Documents folder) using any sync software. I use goodsync. Set it up for automatic one-way sync at regular intervals.
3. Again sync this "Mendeley Desktop" folder from the documents folder using Sugarsync.
4. On Android, install sugarsync and sync the two folders to android.
5. Now install "Referey" and setup the database file and the pdf folder in the preferences as per their instructions.
Everytime you work with Mendeley, everything will be automatically synced to android.
On android I use "iAnnotate PDF". All annotations are synced back to mac and to my online Mendeley account.
The problem is that Referey is not designed for tablets which means it has an outdated flat appearance. But overall it works smoothly, no crashes. I like how Scholarley is designed but getting really tired of its frequent crashes, slow sync and inability to sync back notes etc.
Hope it helps!
M S Olsen, B.S. Engineering commented
I find it funny that so many people are complaining about the iOS app. I have seen it in use and it is nearly worthless. The comments from the apple users are quite bad, and most have gone on to use other 3rd part software.
As for there not being an android app, there are 3 sponsored by Google's app store: Droideley, Scholarly, and Refery. Each has it's own advantages and disadvantages. For myself I have chosen Droideley after having installed and used all 3. It simply provides me a more comfortable and intuitive environment. That said, all 3 did everything their respective websites claimed.
It should be noted that most programs and service providers do NOT provide associated mobile apps. Generally these are designed and maintained by 3rd parties with permission from the software/service owner. The reason being that any major software project is a monster to maintain on its own, and most companies (Microsoft and Apple are not most companies) simply do not have the resources to do the extra.
As it is, most persons using Mendeley are using the free version. Which means you are already getting far more service than your actions justify. Of those using the free service, few contribute other than to gripe about lack of tertiary elements. It's time to grow up and realize that NOTHING in life is truly free. Either work to improve things, make positive suggestions (complaining about some else having something you don't is not positive), or stay out of the way of those doing the first two. For those who have a paid subscription, you are receiving everything you paid for and more.
For such a tech savvy group of people, I am shocked that someone simply hasn't built a better app instead of complaining so much and so loudly.
Edmund Laugasson commented
It's amazing - at the address http://www.mendeley.com/#mobile there is iOS support but no Android - why? I guess it shouldn't be a problem for you if already iOS is supported...
Jake Van Epps commented
Seriously! I know it is more difficult than iOS but support for iOS and not for Android tends to evoke a negative emotional state towards your company. And however slight...that is bad business to the largest smartphone share in the world!
Edmund Laugasson commented
Got Android smartphone and would have access to Mendeley's library. Also web search of papers through Android app would be appreciated.
I bought a tablet specifically to read and annotate papers, and was absolutely shocked that Mendeley hasn't bothered with an Android app. I tried just about every app available. My solution was Referey + iAnnotate. It's a nearly workable solution, I just can't seem to add any publications to Mendeley. From what I've read from developers of unoffcial Mendeley apps, it sounds like Mendeley's API is actually a huge pain to work with. Nicely done.
Fabio Buttussi commented
@Simon: I mean a kickstarter started by Mendeley to raise funds and pay new employees specifically focused on an official Android app and the required API modifications.
How would a kickstarter help? There are already third-party Android apps that have the potential to be excellent - it just needs Mendeley to add the necessary functionality to the API.
Or to allow the import of native PDF comments, as suggested here: http://feedback.mendeley.com/forums/4941-general/suggestions/256217-import-annotations-from-pdf which would make it feasible to use existing apps such as Scholerly together with a separate PDF reader and still sync annotations.
Brian Brandler commented
I'm all in on doing a Kickstarter for this! Who should we approach with this idea?
Fabio Buttussi commented
Marianus Ifland had a great idea! Kickstarter or something similar could be a great idea to raise founds for the official Android app.
Marianus Ifland commented
Don't know if this suggestion has already been made, but have you thought of crowdfunding an Android app?
I would love to sue you over discrimination! Alas! Android is neither a religion nor a race!!!...
PLEASE ANDROIDIFY SOON !
Qiqqa however, don't have a mac, linux, or iOS version.
I also shifted to Qiqqa and it works really well on my Android tablet. I had been waiting over one year for Mendeley to develop an app for Android, but I decided to move on. Sorry, Mendely.
Hi John :) Yes we will be making the annotations API publicly available next year, however it is likely to be part of the new API 2.0, and it may not be available instantly on release of iOS as we'll want to thoroughly test it in the real world before rolling it out to everyone.
John Rogers commented
As you have made this internal commitment to use the API for iOS and you are talking about annotation of PDFs under iOS - does that mean annotation is now in the API? If so I'd love to start making donations to scholarley to use it!
I was a long time Mendeley Desktop user, but an app for Android was just something I always needed. I tried all the apps available on the market to use Mendeley library (Scholarley, Referey and ...) and applied all the tricks read on different web pages to access the library the best way possible.
Having said all these, I shifted to Qiqqa! Sorry Mendeley, I can not use you because I need a solid app to run on my Android tablet. I leave back all my comments and notes made on Mendeley desktop which is basically really nice. But I hope I fell in love with Qiqqa soon, so I can forget Mendeley.
Keep developing your Mendeley for iOS. Well done!!!!!
I will pay for higher web space for Qiqqa if it satisfies me, which I think will do.
I appreciate your frustration Christopher, as do our many droid-using staff members, and I'm sorry you feel discriminated against.
The Scholarley android app has been superior to our official iOS app for well over a year, and with the latest iOS app that we've been working on, we made an internal commitment to develop it using the public API completely, which has meant that the API has been improved significantly in recent months, and will continue to be actively developed.
As requested in the original ticket, we're working hard to fix ALL the bugs in the desktop app before starting our official android app. (that was a joke) ;)
Christopher Bull commented
I think it's disgusting when any company only develops for iOS and not Android. Especially as so many of my Computing academic colleagues have Android devices (most of those with Android tablets, not just phones). Your API, and therefore 3rd party apps like Droideley, only go so far.
This may be a strategic decision on your end, but it feels like discrimination on our end (first world problem - I know).