I tried Mendeley but didn't get it.
I have access to a large collection of pdf's (Brill, SBL, etc.). So I've been working with Mendeley and Zotero to figure out a workflow. I think one or the other is critical to use to 'keep things together'. I don't want to bore you with random comments about that journey, but as for annotating documents and note-taking:
1. Mendeley handles annotations within its own pdf viewer nicely enough, but the annotations are not stored in the document (for collaborative reasons).
2. Mendeley doesn't have standalone notes; and seems to have just one child note.
3. Mendeley can search the one 'child-note'; but not any sticky-notes (annotations) you may have added to the pdf.
4. It is easy enough to use a standalone pdf reader, but there is still the issues of disjointed notes.
Zotero, OTOH, handles child and standalone notes very well. I just wish it offered the same storage space as Mendeley (2G).
I do wish Accordance would take more seriously a more robust note-taking.
Edited by David Wheeler, 02 May 2013 - 09:01 AM.