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  1. Make the click region for the download of beta 1.1 more obvious. The bolded, red on white title isn't obvious.

    There is no obvious contrast between the click region for the download of 1.03 and 1.1

    You could arrange the download of the beta 1.1 on the page in a similar format as the download of 1.03

    I see the title 1.03 and then a sentence in red about 1.1 and then some download click areas. Beside 1`.03 there is a click area for the change log.

    So I assumed that clicking on the word Installer was going to download 1.1

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    • When moving file update the link in existing node instead of creating new node

      It is nice way to structure literature in a mindmap, however I prefer to have also real folder structure. Sometimes I need to move files from one folder to another, and there is a problem how Docear handles this.

      For example, I add a file to my literature repository, and get a new node for it, where I insert notes, icons and subnodes with comments and pictures for this file.
      Later I realize, that I want this file to be located in another subfolder (also within the monitored folder), and move it.
      In this case Docear sees this as one…

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      • Allow the assignment of all references marked in the jabref window as nodes - and not just one-by-one

        Szenario: Building up an "information system" on a specific topic or also an article from an existing database, where the references are already tagged. It is just normal that more than 1 article shall be included at that desired position.
        It is therefore quite annoying if 20 articles need to be added one-by-one. If multiple articles are marked, each one should give an own node beyond the node of interest...

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        • Allow the external change of .mm-files while file is open in docear

          I worked recently in the .mm-files directly, changed some paths. Which worked fine. I even was able to add some custom icons depending on the reftype in the bibtex-file. This could be enhanced...
          The changes take only effect if docear (i.e., the specific mindmap file) is closed during that working on the file.
          This means closing/reopening the mindmap - which is time consuming, and sometimes closing is forgotten...
          The background: I do some script programming with a different language, I just don't have time to learn javascript/groovy. Thus, an on-the-fly change of the .mm-file and the automatic update of the…

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          • in Docear4Word I could see wthat references are already assigned when I try to edit a citation.

            Let's say I have a citation [1-3] which correspond to Armstrong2012, Boberly1980 and Zhou2011. I wish to select [1-3] and click edit for adding other citations or simply to check what are the references corresponding to [1-3]. How to do this? Currently the only way is to scroll the entire list of references (I have thousands of them) from A to Z. It would be VERY nice if Docea4Word could tell me in a easy manner what are references [1-3].

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            • One child having several parents

              Right now, a parent can have several children, but a child cannot have several parents. Since I am trying to organize papers by citations - who cited whom - it's confusing that you are saying that a paper can only be cited by one paper, not several papers. In real life, it quickly becomes a complicated network of collaborating authors citing each other's papers. Current mind map is too linear.
              If you have an alternative way of organizing papers in one research topic, share it.

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              • Corretly working proxy support and no program freeze at start-up splash screen!

                It seems that no internet connection can be established with some proxys from some universities/institutes... :-(

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                  • Thank you for your wonderful work. I like Docear very much. Please add "Overview" panel like right-upper corner in XMind

                    (1) Please add "Overview"/“outline” panel like right-upper corner in XMind software (http://www.xmind.net/) because I found it usually uneasy to switch between the whole map and specific nodes
                    (2)There are larger space among the root node and the 2nd-layer node

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                    • Free Nodes should be insertable by the context menue

                      Free nodes should be inserted as easily as in XMind. Additionally the arrowfunction of XMind should be taken over.

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                      • Export with bibtex-Key or \cite command on the right place

                        When Export the mind map in to Word, OpenOffice or latex, it would be very useful if the corresponding Bitexkey or \cite command would exported with it on the right place.
                        It would also be useful if i could export individual branches instead of the whole map

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                        • Persistent PDF node attributes

                          It would be great if there was some way for for attributes of a PDF node to persist across all instances of it.

                          For instance, if I have a PDF that is a child of both Category A node and Category B node, and I want to keep track of how thoroughly I've read it (using, say, the progress indicator) or whether it is a review article (something I tag with an attribute), any changes to these attributes for the Category A child could also affect the copy in Category B.

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                          • Integration of zotero in Docear or at least a decent connector to use its DB

                            Docear already uses FreeMind and JabRef. There are many shortcomings in some areas such as web import, PDF rename, collection management, PDF inspection, Google Scholar Integration ,... all of these can be solved just by developing a connector to work with Zotero or complete integration. Consider this scenario: The user uses zotero to add and manage papers (nearly complete solution) and a connector (or simply a Bibtex) from Docear monitor Zotero's DB (or bibtex) and add newly added papers to the incoming node.

                            Currently Docear is just able to monitor Zotero's bibTex in its reference panel But what I like…

                            15 votes
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                            • Show list of orphaned nodes to be deleted when updating monitoring folder

                              I tend to be very hesitant when Docear asks me if I want to delete orphaned nodes after updating monitoring folder. The message leaves me uncertain about what's going to happen next - maybe half of my annotations will be deleted. Would be quite useful if the message could contain a hint on what Docear intends to delete.

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                              • Change the file path for PDF library

                                This idea is classified as completed, however, a left click in the left window over the 'Lietrature Repository' does not show the option 'Change Path'. Any ideas where I could find it.
                                I've using Docear 1.0.3.1 Buil221

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                                • Know what file I'm currently reading and tag map changes/entries with that file's name/specs.

                                  As a PhD student, I'm currently doing a literature survey using Docear to keep track of the scope of my field. It would be nice if Docear knew what file I'm reading (perhaps simply by knowing what document is highlighted in the References Tab) and then any changes to the mind map could be automatically tagged so I know what document that entry came from. In addition, if I find other documents that say something very similar/the same, perhaps I could press a "+" to add my current document to a list under a preexisting map entry's reference list. Both…

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                                  • to organise projects under "local workspace" according to alphabetical order.

                                    This will make it easier to find things in a long list of writing projects.

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                                    • Add an update Button to a Node with PDF Link - similar to a watched folder

                                      I would love to have a button to update the annotations in a pdf and import the new ones directly at the node - similar to the one for a watched folder.

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                                        i don’t think we would add a refresh-icon to each PDF-node in the mind map but we might be able implement a PDF-context menu, so that when you do a right click on the PDF icon, you have the option to directly refresh the annotations.

                                        in the long run we might also add a feature to automatically keep the annotations up to date. then, no refresh would be needed at all (neither for the incoming node, nor for the PDFs)

                                      • Import Annotations from PDF when File is Open

                                        I like to annotate a PDF and immedeatly sort those annotations in my mindmap.

                                        Then for now I have to clse the PDF Viewer.

                                        I don't really get why this is necessary as Docear should only be reading the PDF to see the new annotations.

                                        Would it be possible to update without closing the reader?

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                                        • Allow for a Bibtex centred approach Instead of a dircetory centred one

                                          I was thinking of an approach whre one would use incoming nodes for a mindmap that mirror a filter from the bibtex-file in keyword. - e.g. all papers containing a certain keyword.

                                          The incoming filter would have to save all the papers that have been removed by hand in the background as it should not re-import those. But I would not have one of these nodes depend on another one.

                                          Would that be useful? Somehow I am not so happy with the direcotry-centred approach.

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                                            It’s definitely planned to also monitor bibtex entries and show them in the incoming node if they are not already in the mind map. i am not sure if we will add a filter function to monitor only for entries with certain keywords. though, the idea is interesting. we will think about it.

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