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  1. It's really hard to relocate conversation, file shared between me and another collaborator

    not all of the notifications load, cannot filter notifications. Ideally, I can type in the name of my collaborator and all types of communication would appear, e.g., files that are shared in Drive.

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    0 comments  ·  Groups  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We are in the process of revising our Web interface. Some changes will come into effect later today with the release of our latest update. Your comments have been passed on to our development team, which will examine potential solutions to the issues you have raised. As ever, we are most grateful for you feedback.

    Warm wishes,
    colwiz Team

  2. Bibtex code method to add papers

    For example just by submit these codes to colwiz to import this paper

    @article{PhysRevLett.110.168702,
    title = {Causal Entropic Forces},
    author = {Wissner-Gross, A. D. and Freer, C. E.},
    journal = {Phys. Rev. Lett.},
    volume = {110},
    issue = {16},
    pages = {168702},
    numpages = {5},
    year = {2013},
    month = {Apr},
    publisher = {American Physical Society},
    doi = {10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.168702},
    url = {http://link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.110.168702}
    }

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    0 comments  ·  Library  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    This is a great idea, and one in fact we used to implement. However, due to low usage it was removed in a previous software update. Your idea request has been ticketed to our developers, so please keep an eye on our blog (http://blog.colwiz.com/) where forthcoming updates will be reported. In the meantime, you should be able to paste the code into notepad and manually assign ‘.bib’ to the resulting saved file, which you can then drag and drop into colwiz.

  3. Allow more than one Group calendar

    It is usefull to have a separate calendar for, e.g. for booking devices.

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    0 comments  ·  Groups  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    That sounds like a neat idea – thanks for taking the time to post! I have passed your suggestion on to our engineers for possible future implementation. At present we are addressing high demand requests with first priority, but please be assured that your idea will be assessed by the development team.

    colwiz Team

  4. Smoother editing within the Desktop App

    When viewing publications its quick and easy to add notes to an article, but the editor for everything else (keywords, authors, year, abstract, etc) is clunky and difficult to edit. Can this be improved?

    Perhaps if the article info could be extracted from PDF uploads this would not be such an issue.

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    0 comments  ·  Desktop App  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    Many thanks for your feedback, it is invaluable to the improvement of colwiz. At present, we are undergoing some significant engineering changes, where we are implementing the modern utility of HTML5 technology in place of previously used Flash software. This should greatly enhance the features that are causing you concern.

    To address your second question:

    The colwiz Library is designed to extract metadata from an imported PDF. However, PDFs with illustrative content can cause issues for metadata extraction. In such instances, you can use the DOI search to append reference metadata to any article missing citation information, which is in your colwiz Library.

    colwiz Team

  5. 'Active' daily keyword searches

    There is another reference manager which you can define a set of keywords. It obviously does an automatic daily trawl of a subset of the search engines and if there are any papers which match any of the keywords, it will add them to a folder in your library automatically, as well as sending you an email about the new papers.

    I really like the interface, feel and usefulness, but I'm still torn between another reference manager and Colwiz because of the lack of this feature....

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    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    Very glad to hear that you like our user interface. Coincidentally, our product team have had several recent discussions relating to your query. We are in the process of developing a variety of similar smart organisational mechanisms. Please check out our blog, where we will soon be posting new and upcoming releases (http://blog.colwiz.com/).

    Warm regards,

    colwiz Team

  6. Citelighter like notes, send to word...

    It would be awesome to create notes like in Citelighter, where we can later order and select the notes that we want to export to word with citations, this way we can research, read, annotate and at the same time we are already somehow creating the end document (paper, thesis...).

    thank you.

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    0 comments  ·  Desktop App  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Hello,

    Many thanks for your feedback! Your idea is similar to an ongoing development project our engineers are hard at work with. Please hold tight and I think you’ll be pleased with the results! Check out our blog, where we will soon be posting new and upcoming releases (http://blog.colwiz.com/).

    colwiz Team

  7. advanced search function for desktop app

    It would be great to enable searching through the local library specifically inside titles, abstract, journal names, etc.

    THX a lot for colwiz! :)

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    2 comments  ·  Desktop App  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    Couldn’t agree more. An advanced search option would do wonders for users of all types. It’s definitely something that’s planned and we’ll try to get it out as soon as we can.

    Thanks so much for your input :)

  8. Integrated PDF reader for the Android app

    Using a third-party reader is a bad idea because annotations can not be treated as meta-data that can be later used as such in the desktop app (they will just be embedded in the pdf files).

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    planned  ·  0 comments  ·  Android Phone/Tablet  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Improve the drawing tool to better support digital pens

    Many of the upcoming windows 8 tablets will make us of digital pens, some like e.g. the surface pro already do. Therefore it would be amazing to implement some of the pen-specific features like:
    - pressure sensitive annotations
    - using the eraser at the top of the pen
    - overall making the drawing smoother (currently lots of laggs)

    I think some of these features might be easier to implement as it seems because Win8 has a native support for pen input.
    THX for colwiz! Keep up the good work! :)

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  10. Have one paper in multiple folders

    I came from Mendeley due to their lack of an android app, but I miss the ability to have a single paper in multiple folders.
    As papers often span multiple topics it makes sense to allow them to be in multiple categories. This is especially useful for librarys that contain large numbers of papers and searching by keywords is not efficent.
    As far as implimentation, I think mendeleys is quite nice - having a paper selected also shows the other folders it is in by having them lightly highligted on the left column.

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  11. implement tags (in addition to the existing keywords)

    The keyword list of my library is spammed with automatic keywords from pubmed which makes it difficult to find my own personal keywords. I think a good way around this would be to allow the user to not import these predefined keywords when importing a paper. Alternatively, a new type of keywords, e.g. tags, could be used to separate personal and automatic keywords.

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    0 comments  ·  Desktop App  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    The ability to search for personal keywords is definitely supported by our Desktop Library. If you select “View as table” option on top while you’re present in the keywords page, you’ll see a search bar on top which will allow you to search for keywords that you have personally assigned to references.

    However, we do see your point. The navigation in this particular case can be improved..

  12. Nice linefeed and white spaces needed in the web

    This is quite a small thing but can be very convenient.
    I think it would be much better if colwiz "share your thoughts" post boxes can use a proper linefeed and white spaces.

    It is very useful as it helps posts to be a lot easier to read. It can also be used to 1. get ideas in a post organised, 2. separate each topics, 3. make lists of items, etc. Without a proper linefeed and white spaces, a post appears as a block of texts like this paragraph.

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  13. Optional field for LaTeXed title

    Publications (in my field, at least) often have formulae in their titles. As well as the main "title" field, it would be useful to have an optional second field where one could add LaTeX code, which would then be used in place of the plain text title when exporting to BibTeX.

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  14. Merge two journals

    At present there is a "merge" button for authors (useful if you have the same author's name spelled two slightly different ways) but no corresponding button for journals, which I think would be useful to have.

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  15. adding functionality to import simple webpages (as part of the web importer)

    Would be great if users could add a snapshot of any webpage to their library through the web-importer.

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Web Importer  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  16. keyboard shortcuts

    Promising tool! Please consider adding keyboard shortcuts for all elements in the desktop app.

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  18. lab notebook

    Hello colwiz team,

    I think that an electronic lab notebook where we could add for example information of some experiments and together add the output of the experiment as some pictures or charts in the same page would be very useful. In this way we could keep on track about all experiments and compare them... I know that in the description part of a task where we could describe it, but if we could insert all information in a specific label developed for it it would be much better...

    Best Regards and congrats for you great job!

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    0 comments  ·  Other  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    We do have plans to revamp our Tasks management interface and introducing more sections for storing/displaying more information will be something we’ll work on.

    You make a great suggestion about having an area for displaying results and outcomes. We’ll surely take this into consideration. Thanks for posting :)

  19. enable the tag function for the documented thoughts/discussions in projects

    Hello.
    It couldn't be better to add a 'tag' function to the dialogues/discussions documented in the projects. Thus when the archives get more and more, classification of the thoughts/topics will be much easier and so does the search. Thanks

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    under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Web  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  20. move discussions from one project to another

    There are the cases that I happened to start a topic/ share thoughts in a wrong project. I couldn't find any function to move this topic to the project I would like it to be. So I have to delete the original flow of discussion then type them letter by letter (or copy/paste) in the right place. It is troublesome. It couldn't be better to have an option of 'move to' than ' x (delete)' at the upper right corner or than 'like' and 'comment' at the bottom of each dialogue.

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