This Wednesday saw a mostly behind-the-scenes update, but there are a few things that are very useful: embeddable groups, web download links for private groups, and raised API limits for app developers.
Before we made groups available, we offered a means to embed your shared collections into a webpage of your choosing. That feature went away during the transition to groups, but I’m happy to report that it’s back. You can see how it works below:
To embed a public group, go to the overview page for the group, and underneath the display of followers for the group, you’ll see a little bit of text that says “Embed”. Click on this and a textbox will appear where you can get a code snippet to use in a blog post, profile page, or anywhere else you can put HTML. If you’d like to re-size the embedded area, use the customize button, or feel free to edit the code directly. Embedding isn’t available for private groups.
Private groups didn’t miss out on new features, though. Previously, you had to sync the desktop client with the web to get the files from a private group. Now, files in private groups have download links, so if you’re at a computer where Mendeley isn’t installed, you can still access the files in the private group when you log in to your account on Mendeley Web.
Finally, developers can rejoice, as we’ve totally removed the API limits for user-specific calls (those requiring OAuth). This will make it easier to build client-type applications, similar to our own Mendeley app. Public resource methods will continue to have 500 requests/hour, except for search at 5K/hr. If you’re interested, you can read more about the API and register an app at our developer portal.