We’re very pleased to announce that Mendeley Desktop 1.12 is now available, and will appearing as an auto-update for all users over the next couple of days. This release resolves two popular user requests, as well as numerous bug fixes.
Print PDFs from Mendeley Desktop
Printing has been our #2 user request for some time (second to an Android app, which is currently in progress), so it’s great to be able to deliver. To print a PDF, simply open it in a Mendeley reader tab, select the “File” menu at the top, and click “Print…” or press CTRL+P (CMD+P on MacOS).
From there, you have some standard print options, and the option to include or exclude your annotations. When you include annotations, sticky notes will have a marker to the side of the document, with the full note text appended to the end of the document, in the same format that our “Export PDF with annotations” feature uses currently.
Mark as read
Automatically marking documents as read was previously quite aggressive in Mendeley Desktop. If you opened a PDF in a tab, it was marked as read instantly. This meant that it wasn’t a very accurate indicator of whether a document had actually been “read” or not, only opened. We had a lot of feedback related to this, and have redesigned this system in an attempt to make it a little bit smarter.
Now the document is only marked as read once it has been scrolled most of the way through and has been opened for a reasonable period of time, dependent on the length of the document. Without interfacing with your brain, we can’t actually check whether you’ve read a document or not, so in the case where this doesn’t quite catch something, you can still change the read/unread status of a document manually by toggling the read/unread dot.
With this change made, we feel comfortable adding read/unread support to our Mobile and web applications in the near future also.
The majority of our time recently has been spent supporting a company-wide migration away from numerous private APIs and services, to having all our apps communicate and sync using our new public API (currently in beta). This is an absolutely huge piece of work, but when it’s done and stabilised, will result in a much faster and more stable base for us to iterate on and bring you value faster. We are expecting to start rolling out this new version around September/October.
Before then though, we’ll be doing a small release with some fixes to the citation plugins, and the ability to import MEDLINE files from PubMed. This has been another long-standing request for people who need to do systematic literature reviews across hundreds or even thousands of PubMed articles at a time.
If you’re interested in helping us test new features, you can opt-in to experimental releases via the “Help” menu in Mendeley Desktop. (you can opt out at any time to return to the last stable release). Please report any issues you find to firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks a lot.