Highlight, Annotate, Archive, Search, Share ~ Diigo ~ the best online research tool just gets even better: Diigo V4 is live now!

Diigo V4 launches today!  Needlessly to say, we are excited that V4 finally gets to say hello to the world!

In our passion to make Diigo the best in its class, we’ve added features, completely revamped the user interfaces, made existing features even easier to use, and come up with what we think you’ll find is an even more incredible platform than before.  Before we give you a peek at all Diigo now has to offer, though,  the entire Diigo team wants to express our most sincere thanks to each and every one of our users and fans, especially those who helped so much in our beta testing phase, for your time, help, encouragement, suggestions, ideas, and yes, bug reports to help us shape Diigo where it is today.  So, in a very real sense, all of you who take an interest in Diigo are a valuable part of the Diigo team, and you have as much reason to be proud of today’s launch of Version 4 as we do.

Thank you, Diigo Community!

Diigo V4 represents Diigo’s continuous effort and commitment to make Diigo the premium online research tool.  As many of you know, Diigo is not merely just another social bookmarking service or a web markup tool. We are developing Diigo to address our personal pain and to help users to better manage the process of discovering, processing, managing, and sharing online information more productively and effectively, so all the features are carefully thought out and seamlessly integrated with personal and team collaboration productivity in mind. We are passionate about making Diigo the best knowledge gathering and sharing platform for individuals, work groups, and companies, organizations, and educators alike.  And we are continuing our relentless pursuit of being a leading innovator in the space and making Diigo the best it can be!

So, what’s new in V4 (click to learn more)?   Building upon the strengths of Diigo V3, version 4 adds significant features, usability and flexibility:

  • New user interface — Users of version 4 enjoy an all-new web interface that reinforces Diigo as a powerful personal and team research tool. The three main areas — My Library, My Network and My Groups — relate to the key value propositions of Diigo: Research, Sharing, and Collaboration.  New display options — compact, standard and power edit — also make the rich feature set more easily accessible.
  • Snapshots on demand — The established approach to bookmarking is complemented by Diigo’s version 4’s new archiving capability to capture and archive entire web pages — even dynamic and password-protected content. For each snapshot requested (using the full Diigo toolbar in Firefox or Internet Explorer), an HTML version and screenshot are added to the user’s library, and all available versions are presented on a timeline.  This is like building a personal wayback machine of important webpages.   Some examples of uses for this new features are:  archiving of online receipts, promotional ads, client media outreach (for marketing and PR) archiving and reporting, and a wide range of time-progressive reporting of online data.
  • Improved search — Users now have a vastly improved search utility, which allows them to toggle between several modes in their libraries. Filtering by tags gives the most specific results, but users can also search by full text, by a combination of criteria (tags, annotations, and URL), or perform advanced searches with custom criteria. For more advanced searches, ten criteria are available. All in all, a highly effective toolset for finding data in Diigo — quickly!
  • Improved Annotations features and user interface – A new function allows users to turn their mouse pointer into a highlighting pen, which is now available in multiple colors so that groups or individual paragraphs can be easily differentiated. Also, improved icons for annotations, improved view annotation filters, and a new highlight menu, provide greater flexibility for Diigo users who prefer a custom approach to sticky notes.
  • Simple, powerful, learning networks — Users of Diigo 4 benefit from a streamlined and highly effective approach to bookmark-oriented networking with friends, collaborators and other people of interest. The old two-way approach to establishing a relationship is replaced by a single action: Follow. Within the resulting Network, a flow of bookmarks — including your own — provides a close to real-time view of the activities and interests of these people. Creation or annotation of any bookmark causes it to rise to the forefront in all associated networks. In any person’s network — not just your own — you can preview, filter by tag, add comments and more.
  • Group knowledge repositories and discussions — Version 4 greatly increases the capabilities of the Diigo platform for group knowledge and collaboration. Integration, filters, sort options, greatly improved support for tags, highly focused search results, group snapshots and other refinements make Diigo group work both productive and enjoyable.

For instance: imagine a group of corporate head hunters looking for job candidates on social networks. These Web “snapshots” can be gathered (even from behind passworded profiles) to aggregate a graphical list of candidates with their qualifications and etc.

  • Diigo meta — Annotated preview, bookmarking history with per-user tags, highlights and sticky notes, personal annotations, public annotations, public comments, tag cloud, and more. The Meta page appears by default when you browse the library of any other user. Other routes to Diigo Meta include the Share menu and the Snapshots page for a bookmark.
  • iPhone® application — users can now access their Diigo libraries from the iPhone and iPod touch®, plus download for offline browsing! (Coming soon ~ pending approval by App Store)
  • Other improvements — Diigo 4 brings a wide range of additional improvements including multi-word tagging, improved tag editing, smarter approaches to moderation, plus lots more!  We will try to highlight and showcase many of the new changes in future posts.

This version 4 release of Diigo is a substantial step towards making our service the premier web-based research tool. The collective power ingrained in the Diigo platform to collect, organize, archive, and share knowledge and process like never before, is now improved dramatically and positions Diigo and its users at the threshold of a new collaborative research and knowledge age.

Whether you are a consumer researching products to buy, an individual investor researching stocks on the Internet, a teacher gathering materials, a student group collecting information for a group project, a PR professional collecting client-relevant information, a recruiter scouting for talent, or a workgroup staying on top of competitive intelligence, Diigo can dramatically improve your productivity.

There is a lot to explore in the new Diigo. So make sure you check out our new Take A Tour (complete with V4 tutorial overviews), install the latest toolbar, and of course, delve into the new site.  You can also check out our new Help section (note:  new HELP is still under active construction.  If you’d like to help, love to hear from you!), or come join us in our user forum.  Ah, bugs reporting – we’ve tried hard to test through the system as thoroughly as possible.  Please do let us know if we have overlooked something. Also, let us know your first impression, likes / dislikes, feedback and suggestion. Lastly, if you like what you see, make sure to help us spread the word!

That’s it for now. Enjoy! And thank you for your continued support to help us make Diigo better and better!

The entire Diigo team

22 thoughts on “Highlight, Annotate, Archive, Search, Share ~ Diigo ~ the best online research tool just gets even better: Diigo V4 is live now!

  1. It’s hard to believe that you could make it even better, but LOTS of folks are anxious to test drive it.

    Congratulations to you and your team.

  2. Congratulations on the release of v4. Some of the new features mentioned sound very interesting and useful. I can see Diigo becoming a very powerful platform for research and information organisation.

    Now, if you only these niggling things can be added/fixed in the Firefox toolbar:
    – Different sort order for different tags/lists.
    – Complete, scrollable list of bookmarks under each tag/list, not just last 20 or so.
    – Option to open bookmarks in a new tab.
    – Tags/lists now overflow with no way to get to tags/lists that are hidden out.
    – Better sidebar with full tag browsing (like the Delicious plugin).

    I would highly recommend looking at the Delicious plugin for Firefox – it addresses these issues and is the main reason why I haven’t moved fully to Diigo yet.

    Thanks for listening. Keep up the great work and all the best.


  3. Congrats on the new release. I look forward to reading some of the comments on the new version. It will be interesting to see what happens with Diigo now that this new framework is in place. Congrats again, and thanks for including me in the pre-release phases.

  4. I’m really liking and using Diigo. This 4.0 version may just well cause me to start re-using Firefox again, because I can’t get all the advance features of Diigo with Safari.
    With Diigo, I have less and less of a reason to print stuff from the net. I can finally read on the computer with mouse as highlighter in hand.

    I really look forward to the Diigo community growing. This is an awesome way to share bookmarks and annotations. It’s just for the education community, it’s for anyone who reads!

    A few wishes for the next upgrade:
    A way to add numbers to annotations. In other words, the ability to add say point 1, point 2, etc. in an article.

    A way to use circle and line marks

    Great work, Diigo. Thanks

  5. Gee, V4 is brilliant! Love it, love it, love it! Congrats!

    Diigo rocks! Thanks for all your team’s great work.

  6. So far it looks amazing. the features are great, the page cahching is very refined. So, So far i’m loving it. I’m sure theres going to be some kinks that will need to be worked out over time, and a few issues will crop up. but the FIRST IMPRESSION IS WOW!!!!!! you guys pulled it off. its AWESOME>!

  7. You’ve done a really great job on this V4, especially concerning the revamped UI which is brilliant !

    I just wish we had the possibilty to get localized UI. I hope this is going to be the next step, as it would dramatically improve Diigo’s user base…

    Congrats anyway 🙂

  8. Wow! I have not visit Diigo from some time and I suddenly find the new internface. Congratulations! Very streamlined and… cool!
    I’ll download the iphone app ass soon as it’s available and send you feedback.

    About the “learn more” video, I think you may record the audio again since it’s noisy, very low audio quality (go to a sound studio). Background music will help too.

  9. Is full text search still working?

    I have items bookmarked several weeks ago that do I can’t search on. I’ve seen references to this – and lack of caching, which I guess is related – in the Diigo user forums way back since February 😦

  10. Hi Zoli,
    This is joel from diigo. Fulltext search is still working. I will look into your account to see how we can help you.

    In v4, the caching feature(snapshot) is improved. You can upload the snapshot if 1) the system failed to get cache due to some problems 2)the page is password protected and the system can’t get the snapshot.


  11. Great UI improvement guys! The page capture / archive feature was something that I really needed, and I was looking for another service to handle this.

    If you asked me to pay $10 per year for the capture service, I’d do it. There’s no reason you can’t monetize some of this new stuff if you need to.

    One negative- the main way I navigate bookmarks is by tag. From a UX perspective, it’s too bad that I don’t see a way to view my tag cloud in the main content area. Sure, it’s nice to fold it into the sidebar, but for power users you may be creating a real headache. There’s simply not enough room in the sidebar to easily view a large, large tag cloud. If you fixed this issue with a ‘My Tags’ view, I’d switch my primary bookmarks account over from delicious to your service.

    Again, nice job overall.

  12. Hold on- just found a page that shows my tag cloud in the main content area. It’s under My Tags | Sort by my Usage.

    But I had to click on ‘Edit Tags’ to get there? Did you tuck this away out of normal view for a reason? You can make this a lot better. You need at least a secondary nav option that’s more clear and discoverable.

  13. Sorry but I don’t find my “annotated” menu that contains only the bookmarks I have annotated. I just have all, unread, public and private but not the “annotated” menu. Is this possible?

  14. I concur with many of the comments posted above that Diigo was fantastic before but the newly released features make Diigo invaluable! Thank you for listening to Diigo members’ feedback and requests for advanced features. You guys outdid yourselves and we will greatly benefit from the time and dedication each person on the Diigo team put into the Diigo 4 release. Thanks Maggie and the Diigo team!

  15. @Jon – You can get to the same page with the big cloud by clicking on the “View All” link on the smaller tag box on the right on your main library page.

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