8 thoughts on “How-to series: How to add supplementary data to references [part 6 of 12]

  1. So long as the supplementary files can’t get a clear identifying name, this is a very problematic feature.
    One way of doing this would be to have a drop-down menu next to each file that will allow you to choose a sort of label (“notes”, “data”, “presentation”, “image” or whatnot), and that label will both appear next to the file in Mendeley, and be appended to the actual file’s name in the file system. I’m sure you can think of an even better UI – anything is better than the current system…

  2. I agree with Dubi. This feature is nothing to shout about does actually cause problems. As digital supplemental files become more and more common there needs to be a way to separate the different types of content (or at least keep the main article separate from all other attached content).

  3. I would also like to be able to give different names to the different files associated with one reference or to label them as the other commenters suggest. Additionally I would like to be able to control which one opens by default. Sometimes I will select a reference from the main interface and one of the supplementary PDFs will open by default, when the behavior I want is for the actual article to open. A simple check box for default file to open for a given reference would work.

    That said I think this is a great feature and use it all the time. Thanks Mendeley!

  4. Yes, just wanted to add my voice to the two comments above, totally agree with them… It’s so annoying to click in the icon in the articles list and have supplementary data open etc… I love Mendeley, but I really wish you guys were faster to correct “bugs” like these, especially were they seem easy to fix as suggested Dubi…

  5. Thanks for the feedback, folks! We love to hear what y’all are thinking, even if it’s about something that’s bothering you.

    As Dubi knows, and as you can probably guess, our bug tracker is thousands of items long. This means that many obvious and easy fixes just don’t make it onto the list of fixes for each release, but the good news is that we release new versions often, so if your desired fix doesn’t make it this time, you only have to wait a few weeks for the next release. We also spend a lot of effort thinking of how to design the architecture so that it fixes whole classes of bugs at once. Long term, we hope to be able to open source the client code so that if you don’t like something, you can just submit the patch yourself.

    In the meantime, the best way of getting your feedback translated into work items is to ask a question or send us a message via our support site.

  6. Hi, any updates regarding client code open source?
    Even though I am w aware that managing such a thing as mendeley must be a lot of work I also have needs regarding my work and I would be glad to fix some of the bugs I have encountered myself and submit it to mendeley or to anyone unable to fix it.

  7. I don’t really get why every comment is only about complaining… mendeley is, of course, not perfect but still it remains a powerfull tool that helped me a lot in the past. Even though I am not using it as much as I used to I thinks it’s great to have tutorail like this serie. Thank you.

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