Some feature requests

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mk7
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Some feature requests

Post by mk7 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 5:53 pm

Hi, I’m a recent transport from Papers 3 and am so far enjoying the Bookends experience. I have some questions/gripes/requests for iOS and thought I’d offer them here:

- While reading a PDF, include a pop up button on highlighted text that will allow you to search the web with that text (this already exists for Wikipedia ). this would be wonderful for me, as I'm often looking up articles while reading.
- Make importing of references more intuitive. If I create a new reference without a PDF, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to then attach a PDF.
- For references that already have a PDF but don’t have the correct citation info, it’s also very difficult to add that. There’s an option ‘Autofill from internet,’ but that only works with OCRd text, and even then seems to only scan for doi not title or author. It seems like it’d be best to include a similar search function as already exists—so that I could search using author/title/etc and then autofill reference information that way.
- Include an option to export notations (highlights, notes, etc)--this is key for my workflow
- option for two page view when reading PDFs (and book view, that leaves the first page as the cover)—also key for reading on iPads
- One search bar that could be used to search all relevant sites online (instead of having to search one site specifically)

Do other people have similar issues or requests?

Serge
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Re: Some feature requests

Post by Serge » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:15 am

Thanks for the suggestions. With regard to importing PDFs, if the reference has a url just push the full text button and navigate to the PDF for this article in the internal browser. When the pdf will be downloaded it will be automatically attached to this reference. If you want to attach some pdf from external app such as Files.app just do “Open In” -> Bookends -> Find reference to attach.

mk7
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Re: Some feature requests

Post by mk7 » Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:36 am

Thanks for the reply.

A quick clarification, often my references don't have URLs, in which case there's really no option to find the reference online. And even if they do have one, I've found that clicking on the full text button often returns a page that just says Wrong URL. It's unclear why that it, because if I copy and paste the URL into a browser it works just fine. Could there be a way of searching via title/author/etc to find and download the PDF

For importing PDF's, I meant that if I import a NEW pdf which doesn't have a reference already in the library and isn't OCR'd (so bookends can't automatically scan it), there's also no way to search for the reference online.

Essentially, it seems the problem is the same: whether for a reference that doesn't have a PDF or a PDF that doesn't have a reference, include an option to search online via author/title/etc that will autofill that information or attachment.

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