Polar Roadmap for Q2 and Q3 2019

I wanted to write up a quick blog post for the features I’d like to see in Q2 and Q3 2019 for you guys to review.

Q2 2019

  • Initial version of sharing. Single document only with public URL (public or private only)

  • Area highlights with support for annotations and storing them as screenshots along with the document as binary attachments.

  • Advanced sharing with teams and user to user + groups a month later

  • Mobile PWA supported to use Polar on iOS and Android

  • Polar bundled in app stores directly

  • Native Flashcard support without having to need Anki

  • Support for bibliographic information stored in Polar for scientific usage

  • Full team sharing / collaboration including protected documents across teams and realtime collaboration.

  • Firefox extension support

  • Web app out of preview (and fast!)

  • More colors for highlights

  • Binary attachments required for area highlights

  • Actively engage the user to encourage reading progress via integrated reading tracking (partially implemented today)

  • Webpack refactor to make our app much smaller <1MB download size on mobile

  • Comments + Notes + Flashcards directly on the document

  • New annotation bar so that user can add comments and flashcards without having to use the sidebar.

  • Thumbnails for documents

  • All CSS embedded in thin web archives.

  • Initial UI / UX re-design

  • Better key bindings along with documentation

  • Latex (math) in comments and flashcards

  • DOI lookup provided by unpaywall API.

  • Extended metadata support with metadata ‘profiles’ so that they can be merged

  • Search documents on arxiv and import automatically

  • Bulk import from directories recursively on install

  • New icon / logo

  • More documentation improvements

  • Figure out a solution + UI for hierarchical tags. Many users have requested this and I think we can do this via our normal tag mechanism and just need to figure out how to fix the UI for this to handle it properly.

  • Comments and annotations should themselves support tags not just inherit the tag for the book with which they’re associated.

Q3 2019

  • New document viewer which supports ePub, and Mobi document formats

  • Dark mode implemented once we’re on a new document viewer.

  • Full-text search in cloud but possibly in the standlone desktop version as well

  • Plugin API for desktop applications

  • Basic REST API for local desktop app for basic operations such as adding files and updating metadata for integration with 3rd party apps.

  • Active Capture where the chrome extension automatically saves content while you browse.

  • Web annotations without having to capture documents offline but support documents which are just URLs references stored in polar.

  • Capture directly within the browser using the chrome extension which won’t require the desktop app.

  • Annotations attached to shingles not based on absolute positioning. Right now our annotation model positions an annotation at a specific place in on the page at an x,y coordinate offset. This won’t work with fluid web layout or normal web pages and possibly not with ePub so we need a system based on position the annotations around text.

  • Import from Pocket, Zotero, Mendeley (if possible), Evernote.

  • Distributed and real-time annotations with federation when using document sharing.

  • Usability improvements to document viewer thanks to new architecture.

  • Support for note taking without having to have a document backing the note.

  • Support for feeds of content and edge aggregated data streams similar to RSS feeds

  • Support for thin and fat captures with web archives. Right now we support thin content with just the CSS but we should also support images as well.

  • Tabbed browsing for desktop edition.

  • More documentation improvements

Q4 2019

  • Rest API using OpenID to authenticate with the webapp and provide access to a users data with 3rd party APIs.


Some of the above features may fall under the following pricing model: