I’m thrilled to announce that we have launched our first iPhone app, and it’s free Yay! You can head over to the app store and grab it here. This is our first app for the iPhone, and we have decided to start with a free ‘lite’ version app so that you can get the benefits right now of being able to read your papers on the go. With that said let’s take a quick tour of the new app !
In order to use the app you will need to sign up for an account with Mendeley. You can get build up your digital library either through the web or by using the free desktop client. Once you have created an online digital library you can then sync that library to the iPhone app. In order to get the sync to work you just need to install the app via iTunes, and fire it up. You will be asked to sign in to your Mendeley account and as soon as you login the app will sync your library’s metadata. You will be able to see all of your collections, your list of favourites, your recent items and also any shared collections that you are a member of.
Once you have your library in your pocket your can search within your collections. In addition you can also share a citation for any item in your library via email. If you have the Pdf of a paper in your library, then there will be a ‘download’ icon to the left of the paper. You can download the Pdf straight to your device, and from there you can read it any time you like when you are offline.
You can also share the citation of a paper via email, straight from within the app.
Obviously at the moment the biggest limitation with the new app is that you can’t edit any of the metadata for your papers, but don’t worry, we will be releasing a full version of Mendeley for iPhone in the near future, and we are also working hard on an iPad version too. We think Mendeley is perfect for the iPad and we want to make sure that you have the best experience available for managing the information that is important to you. We are really keen to get feedback on the app that we are releasing today so that we can make some rapid improvements. We really hope that you enjoy the Lite version!