Mendeley is pretty cool.
I’ve been using it for a week or so and it’s definitely integrated itself well without being obtrusive.
Some things I really like:
- Cross-platform: OS X, Linux, Windows
- Drag-and-drop your PDFs and it figures out the metadata as best as it can. If it gets something slightly off, you press a button and a Google scholar check usually fixes it all up
- PDF viewing is quite speedy and natural for me with their tabbed interface
- Notes, highlights, etc: syncs with the cloud and can be integrated with other users that you share your documents with
- I find storing associated URLs to be a very handy feature (links to the web site, supplementary info, etc.)
- Cleanly store your PDFs in a directory of your choice (e.g. I use Dropbox to view them on my iPad)
Requests (maybe I can request some of these?):
- iPad app (supposedly on the way)*
- Sometimes highlighting/selecting text isn’t as accurate and intuitive as it is in OS X’s Preview application, which does selection brilliantly
- Parse PDFs for their citations and do *cool* things with this. What can you tell me about papers I may be interested in by looking at the citation network of my collection?
- If Mendeley is like iTunes for music, it would be nice to have a slick storefront to browse related papers of interest and import.