Feedback after using Zotero 6 for ~4 months
I absolutely HATE the new note editor!
- Although it does have the ability to store images directly, which is a very nice feature, I would gladly trade this capability for the old editor, which let me edit the underlying HTML for a note.
- With the old editor, I could compensate for the lack of storing images in notes by saving the image to one of any number of image servers, then embed an
imgtag in the note's HTML. Although this approach required having a usable internet connection in order for the note to be displayed, that's not much of an issue.
With the new note editor, the inability to edit the underlying HTML of notes makes this Zotero far less useful to me than in earlier versions of Zotero.
Because of this loss of functionality, I have started transitioning from using Zotero as my primary research tool to, instead, using it solely as a citation manager, which, to be clear, is still a very valuable tool for me.
- I do like the ability to read PDFs directly from within Zotero more than I thought I would. I also like being able to mark them up from within Zotero.
However, because of the significant loss in functionality of Zotero's note capability (i.e., no longer being able to edit a note's HTML), I don't see myself using this capability.
Rather, I'm reading my PDF's using Adobe Acrobat, which has had powerful annotation capabilities for at least 15 years now, and I'm writing up my notes using Microsoft OneNote.
Having the ability to paste URL's into the Zotero notes is useful, because then, I can simply create a link from OneNote and paste it there.