Add preview of the first PDF pages to the metadata pane.
This was in 0.5.x and was very useful.
It should show the first page of the PDF (possibly flashblock-style to improve speed), with the option of navigating to later pages (sometimes the first page is a useless copyright notice).
Would be good if you can use it to click on the DOI (if it wasn't detected).
In Organizer of acrobat, we can see thumbnail images of PDF pages to quickly identify files. Moerover, we can adjust the size of the page thumbnails.
I would like a similar view of PDF pages when the cursor stand over pdf button in content pane.
The ability to preview a pdf whilst entering the metadata in one of the previous versions I felt was very useful. Unfortunately this feature has disappeared.
This has been logged with our Development Team to investigate how/if this can be included in a future version.
Jesse Engel commented
+1. This is the only thing that Papers has that Mendeley doesn't that I really want
Bryan O'Regan commented
This is a great idea. If you could select some page from a document which is memorable it would make fishing through text titles less hassle. Great programme! Thanks.
I would say it should get the first page as cover by default. But the user should be able to change the cover picture, because not every ebook has a good/proper first cover page. It would be a greate idea to implement this feature in form of a virtual bookshelf - similar to itunes.
I agree. I think it should look like the artwork scroller on itunes. It would be like opening my file cabinet and flipping through a particular folder- I often have a very good memory for a first page and just need to see that, but I do not remember anything else!
I'm voting for this one, but book covers would be technically different since it would involve downloading an image for this purpose rather than previewing the attached file. Quick view on OSX already does the latter very well.
Dan Sheffler commented
It would be nice if there was an option to replace the PDF icon in the file column with a larger preview of the first page of the PDF. This would be similar to the list view in OSX, Particularly nice for books with cover images.
On Macs, how about implementing the space-bar activated Quick Look feature, as well as a pdf Preview in the right panel (as an additional choice, beside "Details" and "Notes")?
Chioke H. commented
For me, since I typically work on a large monitor, if I could view the whole PDF in a preview pane while also viewing my library a la NetNewsWire or other RSS aggregators where you can see your feeds (folders) on the left, the posts (articles) right-above and the current article being read on the right-below position.
Ana Carolina commented
Regarding Paul's comment:
that feature is great, but actually it would be nice to have an option in the Metadata pane. On the Mac you can preview a document or any file by hitting the spacebar in the Finder. Maybe this would be possible to implement in Mendeley.
Ana Carolina commented
In the case of books, it'd be great to display the bookcover.
(see here, that's actually a duplicate of this one but mentions this)
A preview would be nice for when I'm fixing metadata information; I'd like to be able to look at the first page without marking the article as having been read!
This is planned as soon as we decide on a cross-platform implementation (the 0.5 viewer is only available for windows).
This is planned as soon as we decide on a cross-platform PDF interface (the 0.5 viewer was only on Windows).
Oleksandr Voznyy commented
I liked it in 0.5 too, but I was lacking the text preview rather than image-like preview. The main reason is to be able to copy DOI directly from page instead of typing it by hand