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Author Topic: docear- (new metadata extraction and many bug fixes) TOPIC CLOSED
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Post docear- (new metadata extraction and many bug fixes)
on: March 27, 2014, 12:25

Hello guys,

it's been a while and we have been very busy. Do you remember our call for donation for a new PDF metadata retrieval concept? It has been successful ( and so have we. 😀

I am very proud to present to you an experimental version of Docear 1.0 which will lead to the new 1.1 version of Docear, probably in the next weeks.

If you want to help us, please test this version thoroughly. We could really use your help with this. It's experimental so expect some bugs and glitches and tell us about them in our forum. And please create backups of your BibTeX files and mind maps before using this version!

For the new metadata retrieval please have a look at There are still some things to tweak, but it's very helpful and we already use it for our daily work. 🙂

Apart from the metadata retrieval we have improved how Docear handles BibTeX files from sources like Mendeley or Zotero. Both use other dialects than JabRef (our integrated reference manager). Zotero for instance does not escape colons and semicolons in file descriptions or file names. But these characters carry a special meaning in BibTeX file fields which makes these fields very hard to read automatically. Other differences are how absolute paths are stored, if backslash characters or hash characters are escaped, etc.

We have also fixed an issue which could freeze Docear after converting a BibTeX file. If you run into an error like that, please tell me using our bug tracking forum and I will tell you how to resolve it.

Again, changes to the BibTeX mechanism are not stable and there are even more improvements we will implement before releasing Docear 1.1. Please create a backup of your BibTeX file before using this version of Docear.

The changelog:
New features or feature improvements:

  • Better PDF metadata retrieval
  • make saving of Docear mind map files safer
  • "Show in reference manager" works with multiple PDF files

Among others the following bugs have been fixed:

  • fixed Mendeley and Zotero BibTeX file updater
  • broken BibTeX file freezes Docear on startup
  • removing line breaks during annotation import did not work
  • open filetype specific application in duplicated reference warning dialog
  • MultiLineActionLabel link mark (underline) is not wrapped correctly

Downloading this version:
Windows users should use:

Linux users should use:

MacOS users can download this version of Docear here:

A combines All-OS version is also available:

You can download our source code here:
or by directly using the "ribbon" branch of our GitHub repository:

If you find bugs our want to help us with your feedback, please use:

Thanks again for all your support and interest in Docear! 😀

Stefan Langer
Product Management & Research
Docear - The Academic Literature Suite


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