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Polar 1.9.0 Released

Polar 1.9.0 Released Polar 1.9.0 was just released. This release is mostly focused around stability and fixes a number of important bugs. One big new feature went into this release though - you’re now able create pagemarks across multiple pages. Documentation Here’s the excerpt from the documentation: When you right click and select “Create Pagemark to Point” Polar creates pagemarks over all previous pages up until the previous pagemark (or the beginning) of the document....

Features in Polar 1.8.0

Features in Polar 1.8.0 Transcript Below Sorry about the transcript formatting. I'm going to have to figure out a better long term solution here. I wanted to discuss what was going into polar 1.8 which we just shipped (I think a couple days ago( and there's some really cool features in here and unfortunately I didn't get a chance to create this video when we cut the release so I'm probably gonna do a 1.8.1...

Over 500 Top PDFs posted to Hacker News in 2018

Over 500 Top PDFs posted to Hacker News in 2018 Hacker News is a GREAT source of tech news but one of the things I really like about it is when insanely smart people post actual PDFs they've found. In the past I've seen PDFs from text books, brilliant original research and even old trusted technical books from the 80s and 90s. So I figured it would be interesting to compute the top PDFs from...

Plan S for Open Science - Open Access to Scientific Research

The EU Plan S for Open Access to Scientific Research The EU and China have an ambitious new plan to provide open access (OA) for scientific papers: Since the September 2018 launch of the Europe-backed program to mandate immediate open access (OA) to scientific literature, 16 funders in 13 countries have signed on. That’s still far shy of Plan S’s ambition: to convince the world’s major research funders to require immediate OA to all published...

Building Cloud Document Sync with Google Firebase

Building Cloud Document Sync with Google Firebase About a month ago we shipped a new version of Polar which enables support for cloud sync backed by Firebase. Polar is a personal knowledge repository for your books, PDFs, and web content which supports annotation including highlights and comments. Having this data available across all your computers is insanely helpful. Our users wanted the ability to sync their reading and annotations across computers with the option for...

Polar 1.5 with Cloud Sync

Polar 1.5 with Cloud Sync Support for multi-device sync based on Google Firebase I’m proud to announce that Polar 1.5 shipped this morning. One of the most exciting features of this release is support for cloud sync. Cloud sync allows you to keep all your documents, PDFs, web page captures, and annotations consistent across all your computers (MacOS, Windows, and Linux). Cloud sync is also real time. If your other computers are online while you’re...