January 2010: Textensor is pleased to announce a new plugin for integrating the standalone A.nnotate server with Documentum Taskspace. Developed in conjunction with a leading insurer, the plugin adds display and annotation features for documents stored in Documentum.
View a screencast showing how to annotate documents in Documentum Taskspace (2m:46s).
Operators can pick PDF and office documents from the normal Taskspace window, view the document alongside, and add sticky notes to the text or images. It supports all the standard A.nnotate tagging and collaboration features to streamline workflow and allow more effective communication.
June 2009: Among numerous new features in the July update of A.nnotate is an option to share notes on Twitter with a couple of clicks. If you want to share a particular part of a document, you can now just add a note to it and click the "Tweet" button. The text of the note goes in the message on twitter along with a link back to the exact place in the document.
View a screencast showing how to share a note on twitter (2m:8s).
Documents have long been the information dead-ends of the web, needing separate plugins and viewers to download and read them. Now A.nnotate.com enhances PDF, Word documents and any web page to allow highlighting text, interactive comments and discussion right in the web browser.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 4th April 2008: Textensor Limited, an Edinburgh University startup company today launched A.nnotate.com, a new service that everyone can use to discuss, review and index their documents online.
A.nnotate lets users attach notes to precise places in the text of PDF, Word documents and web pages online. It is easy to use and operates in a web browser: the user simply highlights text and writes a note. All notes, documents and tags are added to their personal searchable index making it simple to get back to the right place. Uploaded documents are initially private, but can be shared by emailing a link. This lets several users comment on the same online copy of the document and add replies to each others notes. It acts like a shared online version of Word or PDF comments but avoids the usual problems of emailing documents back and forth and having to merge comments from different people.
Applications include peer review of research papers, indexing documents and web pages, web research and collaboration on writing new documents. It is also being used for content curation and populating scientific databases. Curators tag words or phrases in articles which are then used to create database and index entries. The advantage is that claims in the database are then backed up by references to the precise source and context in the literature.
According to Dr Robert Cannon, co-founder of Textensor Limited, "This is for anyone who has ever made a note in the margin of a printed copy but then couldn't find it later, or had problems reading other people's handwriting. It is about coping with the overwhelming volume of documents that we have to handle in a more efficient and reliable way. You can put web pages, PDF and Word in the same system and be sure that you can return to an exact place on the page later, and also share your comments securely with colleagues online."
The system is available as an online web service and also for in-house licensing. It operates entirely within a web browser and does not require any plugins. Further details and a free trial are available from a.nnotate.com.
News - 25th March 2008: Over 4200 researchers have now registered from these organisations and more to host their publications on PublicationsList.org since its launch in April 2007. Browse the author index to see who hosts their publications list on the site, view a sample list or register to try it now and put your own publications list online.
Now there is nothing stopping every researcher having a professional and up-to-date list of their publications on the web.
Edinburgh, Scotland, 23 April 2007: Textensor Limited, an Edinburgh University startup company, today announced a new easy-to-use, on-line service designed to let researchers maintain a comprehensive public record of their research output with links to full text versions of papers.
With growing interest in open access journals and institutional repositories, an author's home page still remains the obvious starting point to access their work. But all too often personal web pages are out of date or do not link to full text versions of papers even when they are available.
Textensor's new service, launched today at publicationslist.org, is designed to make the process of maintaining a comprehensive publications list on the web as quick and straightforward as possible. For most researchers this is the single most important aspect of their web presence.
Authors who already have their publications organised in reference management systems can simply upload the file to have them all imported in one go. For biomedical researchers, the system will also accept identifiers from PubMed, the central repository of bioscience papers, then fetch all the required data automatically.
Links can be included to full text versions of each paper and, where the publishers allow it, PDF files can be uploaded directly. This means the service can be used for individual self-archiving although Textensor anticipates that most users will prefer to link out to the various journal websites or institutional repositories where their work is already archived. The system will also host abstracts, keywords, and the author's own notes about their publications. These can be particularly useful, for example to indicate where a more recent publication supersedes an earlier one, or to add links to related work.
The key feature of PublicationsList.org is that it focuses on the requirements of the individual and remains a fixed point as they move between institutions in the course of their career and publish in a range of journals. To this end, it also allows the user to include their contact details and bibliography, and their papers are listed at a straightforward and memorable URL such as "publicationslist.org/albert.einstein". Hosting publications on publicationslist.org is free for research students and there is a low cost subscription for academic staff.
According to Dr Fred Howell, co-founder of Textensor Limited, "Academic home pages can be something of a liability, with old or broken pages and incomplete or outdated information. And anyway, why should academics have to learn to be web developers? We provide a single place to quickly and easily publish the information that matters most to academics - their publications list. It makes it simpler for others to cite their work and boost their impact factor."