Release Notes for Mendeley Desktop

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Mendeley Desktop v1.3-dev1

This release adds a new 'Open in Mendeley' feature alongside a number of performance and stability improvements.

New Features

  • Open in Mendeley - PDF files can now be opened in Mendeley Desktop directly.
    • Right click on a PDF file in your file browser and select 'Open With -> Mendeley Desktop'
    • Mac - Drag and drop PDF files onto the Mendeley Desktop dock icon to open them.
    • Mac - Drag and drop links to PDF files from your web browser onto the Mendeley Desktop dock icon to download and open them in Mendeley.


  • Reduced start-up time.
  • Reduced memory usage when importing PDFs.
  • The citation formatting engine has been updated. This fixes a number of issues with citation formatting.
  • Faster file downloads during sync (the server-side part of this will be enabled shortly).
  • Added a series of hints which will appear to show new users around Mendeley.

Bug Fixes

  • (Windows) Fixed overflow error when refreshing some large Word documents.
  • (Windows, Linux) Fixed 'incorrectly encoded content' error that some users experienced with Mendeley Desktop 1.1
  • Fixed a bug that could result in associations between documents and folders not being synced correctly when joining an existing group.
  • (Windows) Mendeley no longer prevents PDF files from being deleted or renamed when they are open in the internal PDF viewer.
  • (Linux) Fixed SSL error on Ubuntu 11.10 and Fedora 16 when Qt is not installed system-wide.
  • (Linux, Mac) Fixed an error where Mendeley incorrectly reported that it was already running when started on some systems.

Notes for Developers

  • Mendeley now supports mendeley:// links that open content directly in Mendeley Desktop. See the Mendelinks documentation for information on linking to content in Mendeley Desktop from web pages and other applications.



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