Release Notes for Mendeley Desktop

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Mendeley Desktop v1.3-dev2

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


Changes in 1.3-dev2

  • Mendeley links are no longer handled until after the application's main window has appeared.
  • Fixed a bug where automatically generated citation keys for Bibtex entries were not disambiguated correctly for accented author names.
  • (Windows) Fixed Mendeley links not being handled correctly when opened from Internet Explorer.
  • (Windows) Fixed 'Open in Mendeley' not working when opening files from Windows Explorer.
  • (Linux) Fixed startup script failing to run on systems where /usr/bin/python is Python 3.

Changes in 1.3-dev1

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.



Mendeley uses

Mendeley Open Source Library

The Mendeley Open Source library contains code derived from Qt or kdelibs, and some Mendeley-authored utility classes.