Having access to your library on multiple platforms is a feature that we are quite proud to provide to our users. Windows, Mac and Linux users can easily organize their research libraries and keep these data accessible via the synchronization capabilities. This availability is not limited to computers but rather any device that can access a web browser. Furthermore, if you own an iOS device such as an iPad or iPhone, there is an app for that too!
The latest update to our app transforms the iOS apps from strictly a reading tool into something a little more full-featured. You can now add documents to your library from the iOS app itself! There are also some minor bug fixes and user interface improvements.
To see this new feature in action, you simply need to open a PDF on your device. Once the PDF is open, you should see an option toward the top of the screen providing options to “Open with…”. Once you press this option, you are presented with a list of all the applications you have that handle PDFs. Select Mendeley and you will be taken to the application.
The iOS app doesn’t do metadata extraction yet, but you can edit the document details or simply continue reading. Once you’re ready, you can synchronize the application (by clicking “sync”) and the PDF document will be accessible from your Mendeley Web account and your Mendeley Desktop application, where metadata extraction will take place and then be sync’d with your mobile device.
In summary, using the Mendeley app on your iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone no longer just allows you to read papers but also add to your growing research library!
The much requested Android app is under development by several third-party developers and we’re hoping something will be available this summer.