Ratings and Reviews
Major Flaw - PDFs are not readable in the APP
Mendeley desktop is super useful, mendeley mobile app is virtually useless. I use mendeley to not only save my sources and citations, but also to view my PDFs and write notes on the PDFs for future reference, but all that functionality with the PDFs is not present in the app.
The PDFs I download into my computer are not available in the app. I see the source, but I’m unable to read the content of it, making this ipad close to useless.
The only solution I have found to be able to open my PDFs, is to do this first on a computer: Open the PDF in Chrome, select the print option, save it as a PDF somewhere else on you computer(this sort of gets rid off the original PDFs metadata related to authors, sources, etc.), and then import that other PDF into the Mendeley App. Since some important metadata will be missing, you will have to manually correct the title, add the authors, publication, date. But at least this way, when you sync your account, you will be able to find your PDFs on the ipad.
Lots of potential, but recently too buggy to use
I’ve used this app for the last year, and it had been a great way to read academic papers while on the go, allowing me to highlight text, leave comments, and then sync it back to the desktop app. It always seemed a bit slow, but functional, until about a month ago. Since then, it has really struggled to refresh, sync, and download PDFs. It has crashed multiple times recently, just trying to scroll through a PDF.
This app can be extremely useful, but it really needs to be updated. I love the ability to easily access my mendeley library and keep everything synced, but the app’s recent issues have made it almost useless.
Please fix all these bugs! I’m looking for other options but haven’t yet found anything as seamless to sync between mobile and desktop. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that things improve soon!
Horrible compared to Windows version
I am shocked at how bad the iOS version is compared to the Windows one. I think calling it stripped down would be an understatement. Things such as abstract and tags/keywords don’t even show up on the pane. Fine, due to space limitations, I could see omitting the abstract. But things like keywords/tags? That’s huge from a search perspective. And to add insult to injury, markups of PDFs done and visible on the PC, including through the Win Mendeley app do not show up on the iOS version. Other PDFs don’t show up at all even though they are “there”. I would think given the popularity of iOS that the team would have a decent app for this platform. If improvements don’t show up soon, will consider abandoning Mendeley altogether.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.