Quit using Mendeley people!

They started encrypting your database so you cannot easily move it over to other tools any more.


That link also helps you saving your data before it's too late.

(Elsevier are a bunch of crooks, blocking interoperability one-way and not the other. Almost as bad as Google blocking uBlock for your safety...)

@arjen Welp, I guess I know what I'm doing when I get home. I've not installed any of my citation software on this PC (I've been doing it by hand with BibTeX) but I guess this will finally give me the shove to move over.

@arjen I'm so glad I moved away from Mendeley a few years ago. I wrote a little PHP interface to manage a .bib file - - which powers read.somethingorotherwhatever.

@arjen @dantheclamman Correct, and they even encrypt the database created by the "Backup" function. Only way around it is to maintain a v1.18 install somewhere (I have it on my Win10 virtual machine, pinned to that version using Chocolatey) or maybe this very complicated approach (not mine):

Dang, glad I quit them when I grew frustrated by them still not supporting my laptop's hidpi display

@arjen I agree, I made the switch from Mendeley to Zotero a few months ago!

The best difference between them, imo, is that your annotations are saved to the PDF and aren't locked to the application.

You can take those annotations with you wherever you go, and don't need Zotero to explicitly manage them, whereas Mendeley/ReadCube annotations are only accessible through those applications

@arjen I just love that I found this toot again. All I remembered is that "somebody" posted "something" on an alternative to Mendeley here on this instance, entered "mendeley" into the search and here I go, happily installing Zotero. Now let's get to imports.

Thank you very much Arjen!

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