Diigo V5.0: Collect, Highlight and Remember!

With Version 5.0, Diigo moves one step further towards its vision of providing the best cloud-based information management service that enables users to collect, highlight, access and share a variety of information, on a variety of devices.

Since Diigo started as a social bookmarking service four years ago, a major update was released every year for the past four years, each taking Diigo to a new height in terms of enhancing productivity for collecting and consuming digital information. The following chart illustrates the evolution of Diigo very succinctly:

So, what’s new with Diigo 5.0?

  • Diigo 5.0 also enables “Notes”, which is best suited for quick personal memos (via website & new Android app)
  • A new Android phone application called “Diigo Power Note” is being released as a part of Diigo 5.0, which enables Android phone users to collect, organize, sync and access a variety of information such as bookmarks, notes, and pictures. So you can jot down your ideas and thoughts, and take pictures of things you like to be reminded to buy or research later, or business cards handed to you. With Diigo Power Note, you literally have a photographic memory!
  • Web Highlighter for iPad Safari is being released as part of Diigo 5.0, which enables you to highlight and annotate webpages, using fingers, in iPad Safari, just as you can with ebooks on iBooks or Kindle.
  • As with each previous major release, Diigo 5.0 has substantially revamped the user interface for improved look & feel and usability.

There is a lot to explore in the new Diigo. So make sure you check out our new video overview shown above, install the latest toolbar & Chrome extension, try out our new apps on Android, iPad & iPhone, and of course, delve into the new site. Our 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. If you like what you see, make sure to help us spread the word!

And of course, last but not least, the entire Diigo team would like to express our most sincere thanks to each and every one of our users and fans, especially those who helped so much in our testing phase, for your time, help, encouragement, suggestions, ideas, and yes, bug reports to help us shape Diigo where it is today.

Thank you, Diigo Community, for your continued support to help us make Diigo better and better!

That’s it for now. Enjoy!

Sincerely,
The entire Diigo team

Diigo "Web Highlighter and Bookmark" Chrome extension V1.5.2 is out

Enhanced Diigo Chrome Extension, “Web Highlighter and Bookmark” is out! Check it out here.

Users can now highlight webpages with multiple colors and annotate directly on the web (private & group annotations only) as they read online.

Diigo Chrome extension

Diigo Web Highlighter and Bookmark enables:

1) Highlight important paragraphs of any web page with multiple colors, and save them to your Diigo account automatically
2) Tag web pages, add them to a list, and share them to a group
3) Add sticky notes to any web page
4) Share to a group, great for collaborative research
5) Cross-post to Delicious
6) Support Twitter/Facebook login

Of course, all the essential bookmarking functions as well:

* URL & Title captured
* Tag & Description edit
* Privacy setting
* Mark “Unread” to read later
* Recommended tags
* Add to list / group

More Diigo Chrome extension enhancements are forthcoming. Please email us if you experience any problem or have feature requests. Thanks!

Diigo fans: don’t forget to show your support: a 5-star rating there would help a lot & be very much appreciated! Please continue to help us spread the words. We will continue working hard to make Diigo rock 🙂

"Save to Diigo" Google Chrome extension beta V1.0.1 is out

Say hello to our very first Google Chrome extension: “Diigo bookmarks“. It allows you to save bookmarks to Diigo (& delicious) with simple one-click.

Once you have updated to the latest Chrome browser beta that supports extensions, get your Diigo Chrome extension here >>

When installed, a small d icon will be added to the toolbar (near Location bar). This first release features bookmarking function with simple one-click!

* URL & Title captured
* Tag & Description Edit
* Privacy setting
* Mark “Unread” to read later

Even if you are not a Diigo user yet, you can start signing in with your Twitter/Facebook/Google/Yahoo/OpenId to get started.

For more detail, please visit our download page >>

PLEASE NOTE: Some of the features you might be familiar with on Diigo aren’t available yet or possible in the current Chrome extension architecture (such as a downloadable toolbar similar to FF or IE add-ons, right-click menu, etc), but we’re working to make it better as we go. We will continue to think outside the box. We will also pay attention to make our Chrome extension(s) fast & really awesome. Stay tuned for new updates soon!

PS. We’re so pleased to see so many awesome user comments and know that our team’s hard work is indeed making a difference. Do help us out by giving us good reviews. Thanks for everyone’s enthusiasm and kind support!

Create a new Diigo List on the fly

Diigo’s “List” is a great way to organize, share and display specific collections of bookmarks (For those not familiar with this feature, click here to Learn more >>)

What if sometimes you find a good webpage and inspire you to start a new list collection, but you don’t have a good list created yet to archive that page? No problem. We’ve just added a new feature in FF toolbar (FF Version 4.1.0.18) to make your research process flow even easier:

You can now create a new list on the fly while bookmarking. Here is how:

1) Click the Bookmark button on toolbar to open up the bookmarking window
2) Check the “Add to a list” box. Use the pull-down menu to select “Create a list

3) Enter new list name, select privacy for the list, click “Create“, then “Save

This new process enables you to create a new list, and add whatever page you’re reading to the new collection on the fly. Make sure that you have the latest Diigo FF toolbar installed. Give it a try and let us know what you think.

PS. Diigo IE toolbar will support this new feature very soon. Stay tuned.

Tip of the day: new "Diigo + Google" search box

We have implemented some new changes to the toolbar search box.  As you start to type a word in the search box in the toolbar, the new “Diigo + Google” search will smartly auto suggest keywords from your diigo “My Tags + Search History” plus “Goolge Suggest“:

Your search result is displayed in two columns:  Google search result on the left, and result from your “My Diigo library” and Diigo community library on the right.

To access this search and other new toolbar features, make sure to get our latest toolbar installed (FF Version: 4.1.0.14 or IE Version: 4.0.2) at the Diigo Tools section: http://www.diigo.com/tools

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Note 1:   some users may have the search box setting hidden.   If you don’t see the search box on your toolbar,  here is how to enable it:

  • Go to toolbar:   Diigo >> Toolbar options

  • Under “Select Toolbar Buttons”, make sure the “Search” box is checked.  Click Ok to save the setting

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Note 2:  the “Multi-Category Search & Customized Search Menu” is being disabled in our latest toolbar version (click those 2 links to learn more.) Since currently there are only very few users taking advantage of that particular feature but it’s quite troublesome for us to maintain the ongoing support,  we’re re-evaluating to phase it out.   As with any software service provider, there are a lot of backend computing considerations and we always have to weight out the pros vs. cons for various features support.

During the evaluation period, for those users who still want to have access to the Customized Search feature, please install this “classic version” instead: http://www.diigo.com/tools?version=firefox_classic    Meanwhile,  if you feel strongly that we should consider keeping this feature, please email and share with us more feedback on how you use it and ways that you think we can improve it.   Thanks!

Sign in with your Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo, OpenID account

Diigo team takes pride in our attention to detail to constantly innovate and improve your user experience. To make the sign-in / create new account process even easier for our users,  we’ve just implemented additional support for Facebook, Twitter, Google Yahoo, other OpenID account ID.   So now you can log into Diigo using any of your existing account credential:

Once you sign in with other account credential,

1) if you already have an existing diigo account, we can associate those 2 accounts together,  OR

2) if you don’t have a diigo account yet, we can auto-create a new diigo account for you:

After associating your other credential with your Diigo account, you will be able to login with your Facebook/Twitter/Googl ID/Yahoo ID.

Btw, another frequently requested feature:  “can I change my username?”   Yes, now you can!  Login first then visit https://secure.diigo.com/setting to change your diigo username and/or password  (note: min 6-character username restriction still applies.)

New! Highlighter Pen function

Along with the new V4 version release,  Diigo annotation features went through another round of new enhancements.  Here is another cool new feature called “Highlighter Pen

If you like to highlight several paragraphs on a page quickly, besides the usual highlight feature, another way to highlight with Diigo is to turn your mouse into a highlighter pen (very cool when you demo this):

  1. Click the Highlight button on toolbar (without selecting text first).  When the highlighter pen is enabled, that Highlight button will become a Highlighter to indicate its status change.
  2. You will visually see your mouse becoming a “highlighter pen”.  Use the pen to mark up area(s) that you’d like to highlight on a webpage.
  3. When you are all done with highlighting on a page, make sure to click Highlight button again to disable the highlighter pen action

Here is a short video showing the Highlighter Pen in action: http://bit.ly/85Owyw