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Mendeley is a free to use, cross-platform PDF organizer with some extra features that make document management and research easier:
  • Reference manager (generate citations and bibliographies in Microsoft Word, OpenOffice / LibreOffice)
  • PDF viewer (can also add annotations, etc.)
  • Import and organize PDFs
  • Collaborate / share documents
  • Backup and cloud sync

The application is basically a library manager for your PDF files that lets you organize and even store your documents in the cloud (without encryption) and can be used from Linux, Windows, Mac, mobile devices or the web. With a free account, you get 500MB of personal storage and another 500MB of shared space and you can also create both public and private groups to easily share documents with friends or colleagues.

Tabbed interface, supports annotations

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Mendeley comes with a built-in PDF viewer and you can open multiple PDF files in the same time (tabbed interface), it supports annotations, highlights and sticky notes which can be shared with your friends, exported (with annotations), printed, etc.

Easy to search PDF library, metadata can be fetched automatically

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Using Mendeley, it's very easy to search your PDF library because it automatically extracts metadata from your documents. If your PDF files lack metadata (title, author, and so on) information, the application can try to automatically retrieve it via Google Scholar or you can add this info manually.

Mendeley can even watch folders on your computer for new PDF files, can import references from Zotero, Endnote or Refworks and can export to BibTex, RIS and EndNote XML. It can also install a reference manager that works with Microsoft Word or OpenOffice / LibreOffice and BibTeX.


A (free) Mendeley account is required to use the application and you'll be prompted to enter your username and password or create an account when running the application.

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