The Most Powerful Tool for Writing Papers: Diigo 7.0 Released!

Diigo 7.0 is perhaps the most significant version upgrade in Diigo’s history. We are confident that you will find the new Diigo to be the most powerful personal knowledge management tool that can help you harness information, build coherent knowledge, and speed up learning.

From pieces of information to a coherent knowledge structure

With this upgrade, Diigo makes it significantly easier to go from pieces of information to a coherent knowledge structure, which all pedagogy theorists agrees is one of the most important steps in learning, memorizing, and writing.

An important innovation introduced in Diigo 6.0 is Outliners, which allow you to organize information as knowledge trees.   The importance and benefit of knowledge trees in learning are perhaps best articulated by one of the greatest innovators of our times, Elon Musk:

I think most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying.

One bit of advice: it is important to view knowledge as sort of a semantic tree — make sure you understand the fundamental principles, ie the trunk and big branches, before you get into the leaves/details or there is nothing for them to hang on to.

— Elon Musk

While outliners are powerful, going from information collected and digested to knowledge trees  still feel disjointed and awkward.  So a key innovation in this upgrade is to enable a split view with outliners and my library side by side:

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With this split view,  one can

  • Read an article on the left side,  drag-and-drop specific bits to specific locations of the outliner tree shown on the right side.
  • Drag an item in My Library shown on the left side  to specific locations in the outliner tree shown on the right side.

After the user has built a coherent knowledge tree, he can then export the outliner to a word processor for further editing.   The split view therefore seamlessly integrates the multiple steps involved in writing papers, from collecting, reading and digesting information, to connecting and organizing pieces of information coherently.

Heads-up for future improvement:    The Diigo extension is being reworked to provide the same seamless experience from reading, annotating to outliners.

Better UX with modern feel.   

With its advanced annotation capability, Diigo has been the best way to collect, read and digest information, both webpages and PDF documents. This upgrade just makes it even better with a sleeker UX and modern feel.

The new UI is not only better looking, but also simpler and easier to use.  There are many small improvements waiting for you to discover, such as “in-place tag editing”, new “bulk edit” feature,  better “Generate report”  etc.

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Annotate directly on Diigo.com without the extension.   

Previously, if you want to annotate an article, you need to install Diigo extension or Diigolet. Very often, the article webpage is cluttered by ads.  Now, you can have immersive reading experience for articles in an ads-free environment in the new version.   Even better, you don’t need to install extension or Diigolet to annotate on web pages.   

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We want to  express our appreciation to all users who participated in our beta testing. Your input has been valuable and helps to shape the new Diigo. And we are not done innovating yet!  Just wait and be pleasantly surprised 🙂

        

30 thoughts on “The Most Powerful Tool for Writing Papers: Diigo 7.0 Released!

  1. Getting better all the time! I can do things in Diigo I can’t do anywhere else, including Evernote.
    One thing that would be great to have is an offline (Mac in my case) app with all your stuff.
    Maybe some day. I know it would be a lot of work…

  2. From my point of view as a viewer of public bookmarks, I’m finding it very difficult to see any improvement in a change from a simple, static HTML page that renders in any browser, to three megabytes of obfuscated JavaScript that (for me, on both Firefox 49.0 and Chrome 54.0) does nothing but display an endlessly animating logo.

  3. Looks much better but sad to see that functionality is less than previous. For instance, now there’s no way to open outliners in separate windows, can’t have outliners open and then sort other outliners by title in LH side window, much harder to create new outliners when saving an article. I’ve been a huge fan of diigo for years and have recommended it to others, but now I find myself looking for an alternative.

  4. @John, the complex JS code is for better user experience in “My library”. We will improve the experience for viewer of public bookmarks.

  5. @Michael You can still open items in an outliner in separate windows. We will improve the add to outliner experience. I will send you email to get more details about other issue you experienced.

    Thanks.

  6. Thanks! It is good to see new useful features. But don’t forget all of us that use equations everyday and want to use Diigo in the process of writing lab reports, papers and related stuff. Does LaTex have a chance?

  7. Please keep offering the “Classic” interface as an option. I’ve had active Diigo accounts since your earliest days, but the new version’s slow loading & loss of features have me looking for alternate social–bookmarking services in case you kill the Classic mode entirely.

  8. Many nice features – but as a tool for writing papers I miss a being able to upload/import documents/pdf to my diigo library. Much are available through internet search, but not all.
    If it is not possible to import, is it then possible to connect diigo to dropbox/oneDrive?

  9. I like this but have trouble with the bullets and the indenting (with links to outliners vs. highlighted excerpts). Wondering how to format more easily. Thank you!

  10. @Reidar, Currently, you can upload PDFs to your library by clicking the + button in my library. We will provide import PDFs from other services later.

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