Upcoming Features: Improved importers and folder monitoring

We have been working on improvements to the importing of information from your existing libraries and documents into Mendeley for our next release.  Highlights include:

Automatic import of PDF files from selected folders:

The feature most requested by our current Mendeley users is support for importing from whole folders (rather than having to select individual files) and automatically monitoring folders for new PDFs and any other format supported by Mendeley.

The next release will include this feature across all 3 platforms (Windows, Mac, Linux)

Improved display of time since import:

In citation and table view, the time since a document was imported is now shown and you can now sort the document list by this field.  The ‘Recently Added’ folder now sorts by date added by default.

Smoother import:

The user interface is now more responsive during large import operations and the total import/automatic extraction progress is now shown in a single progress bar at the bottom of the screen.

Improved Bibtex import and export:

  • We now remember the citation key and document type from the imported Bibtex library and use it when exporting modified documents back to Bibtex, regardless of whether Mendeley has its own equivalent document type.
  • Better handling of the various author, editor and translator name formats supported by Bibtex
  • Support for cross-references and @string entries

Improvements to the RIS and EndNote importers and exporters:

Mendeley is now more tolerant in its input handling of these filetypes and is able to import documents to Mendeley and then export back to that format again with improved fidelity.

If you have any questions or comments about importing into or exporting data from Mendeley then let us know!

3 thoughts on “Upcoming Features: Improved importers and folder monitoring

  1. Hello,
    First of all thanks for this awesome software 😀 :D…
    next release = 0.6 or = 0.7 ? (with regard to the above import features ?)


    on another note, Is the 0.6 release due out soon ?
    Thanks a lot

  2. Thanks. 🙂 The import features Rob is talking about will be done in Mendeley Desktop 0.6 which will be available this month.

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