Docear 1.2 Beta is now available and has two major improvements:
- A new add-on to import any kind of highlighted text from PDFs
This new add-on is a true milestone in the Docear development. Until now, you could only import highlighted text from PDF editors that copied the highlighted text into a pop-up annotation. The new add-on imports the text that was actually highlighted. This means, you should be able to highlight text with basically any PDF editor on any device and as long as the PDF editor uses the standard Adobe PDF format, Docear should be able to import the highlighted text quite reliably. However, there is one downside: the add-on is not directly integrated in Docear, and it will neither be open-source nor free, at least not in the long run. The reason is simple – we currently don’t have any major funding, and to pay for servers and students, we thought about how to generate some income. The solution we came up with, are some “premium” services and add-ons. This means, Docear as you know it will always be open source and free, and you will always be able to nicely manage your literature with it. However, for some functions that only some users might need – such as importing the actually highlighted text instead of pop-up annotations – we will offer additional add-ons, and charge for the add-ons.
- Various improvements in the PDF Metadata retrieval function for Google Scholar.
If you had some problems in the previous Docear versions with retrieving metadata from Google Scholar, try the new Docear 1.2 Beta and let us know if the retrieval works now. If it does not, enable our new extended logging and send us the log files