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  • Well, I am in Australia, where the merest smell of non-Microsoft software tends to make IT people and management spivs incandescent with rage.
  • @adamsmith: conversely, I haven't yet come across an institution-owned machine I can install FF extensions on. Actually I've had to (temporarily, I hope) switch to using Mendeley because it has a read/write web app I can access anywhere.
  • Whose academic year should Zotero's release schedule be tied to? It might make sense for a non-internationalised app sold locally before we had the internet. bdarcus is right about the anachronism, except that the becoming has happened.
  • Jungledisk is cheap and (for me, after several months of use) trouble-free.
  • There have been a few hints on the forums about the new storage service, eg. http://forums.zotero.org/discussion/3979/sync-zotero-15/
  • mimetypes.rdf is part of your firefox profile (nothing inherently to do with Zotero). Firefox will recreate a default one if it is deleted.
  • jonbotyson: there's no doubt Mendeley is a couple of years behind zotero in maturity. But it has a different approach, and is very promising in its own way. On your specific points: The pdf help file should be there in your default library. Mendel…
    in Mendeley Comment by CB September 1, 2009
  • komrade: typically evasive and autocratic manager-spiv crap, don't you think? No reasons, just "go away and play with your cheapo software, little man. We'll drink to Endnote and Microsoft. Nice little drop, this".
  • I'm afraid in most Australian universities, there's little hope without a substantial wine & dine budget. Evaluation and other processes here are entirely autocratic and hence iredeemably corrupted by manager whim. Whims find it hard to escape t…
  • erleellis: your best bet would be to lobby Google to make Chrome able to use Firefox extensions. IMO it would be barmy of the Zotero folks to waste huge amounts of developer time on creating a port when the FF version works perfectly well.
  • It would be difficult, and I wasn't suggesting that you spend development time on it. I was rather hoping there might be something available off-the-shelf, but it appears not. Some prompting on the 'start a new discussion' page, accompanied by a pr…
  • I've had a bit of a search through the vanilla's plugin list , but haven't come across anything yet.
  • There seem to be a lot of these kind of exchanges, where a newcomer asks something previously addressed in the forums, and gets an irritated response. Does vanilla have available a plugin that searches for related posts before a new one is submitted…
  • Given that they have the folder arrangement happening, though, I imagine it would be easy enough for them to extend it to extend allowing for pdf storage paths to use keywords, for example. Mendeley can currently rearrange the pdfs if you change you…
    in Folders Comment by CB July 21, 2009
  • Well, firstly, you can choose whether you want Mendeley to organise your pdfs. If you prefer, it'll leave them where you put them. If you choose for it to organise them, there are options for how you want Mendeley to file them: using author, title, …
    in Folders Comment by CB July 21, 2009
  • adamsmith: Mendeley is one example of an app that does quite a good job of this. It allows the user to define a folder structure and naming convention for pdfs, based on extracted metadata. I only point this out for interest. Mendeley is a differe…
    in Folders Comment by CB July 21, 2009
  • Toby: I've had a quick look back through my emails from Amazon and Jungledisk to see if they indicated what exact process I went through at the time, but they're not that enlightening. I'm think though that I didn't do anything at Amazon's site inde…
  • That's really quite weird on Amazon's part. I can't help because I didn't have any problem signing up in the first place. You have me as an instance proof that it's at least possible, so perhaps it's worth persuing. I've found Amazon's customer se…
  • Toby: Are you sure? I have a Jungledisk account, payed for via Amazon payments, and I live in Australia. I'm not using S3, as the Rackspace option is cheaper (no bandwidth charges). You should have another look -- I've found the Jungledisk/Rackspac…
  • Along similar lines, an email-to-zotero gateway would be nice.
  • I've been using FF 3.5 daily with zotero 2.0b5. My pattern of Zotero use probably isn't the most extensive stress-test; but for the basic stuff (collecting and editing refs, syncing, bibtex export etc), I've had no problems with my ~2000-item librar…
  • As another aside on this: Mendeley does a nice but imperfect job of extracting references from PDFs. In an ideal world, Zotero would do likewise, and then create some kind of link between the new entry and any of the references that already exist as…
  • Thanks Dan. The latter's more interesting to me as it happens anyway. I have lots of dupes due to earlyish zotero testing, multiple imports etc. Look forward to it arriving.
  • Is this new feature just going to warn about adding new duplicates, or is there any hope of being able to prune old libraries?
  • One thing that might be handy would be a quick way to open a page already present in another browser in Firefox. Firefox has extensions to do it in the other direction, but I don't know of anything that, for example, allows you to quickly go from C…
  • I don't think the reasons are obvious (ie. I still don't know what they are). And reasons don't need scare quotes when you're asking someone to redevelop the whole of a large freely-provided application for an entirely different platform.
  • You're asking for such a huge change (given what zotero currently achieves by running in a framework provided by FF), I would think putting forward some reasons might be warranted.
  • Ahem; I know why people use outliners. Oops, yes, sorry. Or to be really specific, I don't see why this is yet another feature that Zotero should add that could probably be better handled in other, dedicated, applications. You may be right ther…
  • Bruce, Word outlines are often used not really as 'documents', but as means of structured note-taking. It's the fluent access to structure that keeps people using them, not the sequential aspect, I think. On ordering/priority: I'd argue the reverse…