Zotero Version History

Changes in released versions of Zotero 6.0 are documented on this page. To follow development, see the commit log on GitHub. More recent changes may be available in a beta build.

Changes in 6.0.9 (June 23, 2022)

Functionality changed or added

  • Added PDF page rotation and deletion from thumbnails tab of PDF reader sidebar

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed downloading of ScienceDirect PDFs
  • Fixed library tab tooltip staying visible after switching apps
  • Fixed detection of some emoji set as colored tags
  • Fixed parsing of Chinese and other non-ASCII month names
  • [Mac] Fixed Force Click during drag sometimes causing accidental collection switching
  • [Mac] Fixed Option-arrow not working on macOS when editing collection names
  • Fixed sorting by Attachments column
  • Select search input text when focusing search bar in note editor
  • Fixed positioning of search result highlighting in notes containing accented characters
  • Fixed mapping of Archive ID to CSL number field in Preprint item type
  • Fixed space not appearing after citation number in some numeric styles (IEEE, Nature) in plain-text output

Changes in 6.0.8 (May 17, 2022)

Functionality changed or added

  • Improved find/replace functionality in note editor
  • Ignore diacritics when searching within note

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed find-as-you-type in collections/items lists moving to next row when typing additional matching letter (since 6.0.7)
  • Fixed column-resizing issues in items list
  • When using external PDF reader, try to open to correct page when using “Show on Page” for an annotation
  • Fixed misaligned column dividers for second-level items
  • [Developer] Translator Editor: Fixed load error when using non-default font size

Changes in 6.0.7 (May 9, 2022)

Functionality changed or added

  • Pin library tab when many tabs are open
  • Added support for switching tabs with Cmd-Option-←/→ on macOS (in addition to existing shortcuts)

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed find-as-you-type in collections/items lists matching only first letter
  • Improved column width handling when resizing window
  • Show additional Tools menu options in PDF tabs
  • Fixed target is undefined error upgrading from Zotero 4

Changes in 6.0.6 (April 27, 2022)

Functionality changed or added

  • Added “Duplicate Tab” context-menu option
  • Show “Add Note from Annotations” in attachment context menu in addition to parent item menu
  • Show more of tab titles
  • Improved sorting of Library of Congress call numbers
  • Added note.smartQuotes hidden pref to disable smart quotes in notes
  • Added sortNotesChronologically.reader hidden pref to control sorting of item notes in PDF reader Notes pane
    • Default sort is again reverse chronological (changed to alphabetical in 6.0.5)

Bugs fixed

  • Allow adding multiple sources at once in classic citation dialog
  • Fixed various bugs adding annotations to notes with a custom note template set
  • Fixed find-as-you-type in collections pane
  • Fixed erroneous warning about outdated Word template on M1 Macs running some macOS versions <12
  • Fixed sorting of integers in Call Number field (since 6.0.5)

Changes in 6.0.5 (April 21, 2022)

Functionality changed or added

  • Added table editing in notes
  • PDF reader changes
    • Removed “Store Annotations in File” option (details)
    • Added “Zoom to Page Height” option
    • Ignore comment in imported annotation if it matches highlighted text (for external PDF readers set to copy highlighted text to the comment field)
    • The note tool no longer stays active after creating a note annotation
    • Manually set page numbers are now used as the offset for new annotations
    • “Add to Note” now adds annotations at the cursor position instead of at the end of the note
    • Added keyboard shortcuts for bold and italics in annotation comments
  • Added “Open PDF in New Window” context-menu option in items list
  • Decreased memory usage with multiple PDF tabs
    • Background PDF tabs are no longer loaded at startup
    • Background PDF tabs are unloaded after 24 hours
    • Only the 5 most recently viewed PDF tabs are kept in memory
  • Added horizontal scrolling to tab bar
  • Added validation of CSL 1.0.2 styles
  • Improved call number sorting in items list
  • Restored use of some punctuation when sorting items list
  • Restored support for extensions.zotero.note.css to customize note styling

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed cut-off text in collections/items lists when using various OS font scaling options
  • Fixed Mendeley annotations being duplicated on reimport after sync
  • Fixed invalid page numbers imported from Citavi that could cause sync errors (details)
  • Don't merge attachment files if some are in trash
  • Don't merge attachment files of different link types (stored vs. linked)
  • Fixed broken tag selector after setting a colored tag changed by Unicode normalization
  • Fixed some cases of creator autocomplete not populating both name fields
  • Fixed copying text in PDF annotation text fields
  • Fixed annotation highlight colors not showing up when adding notes to word processors
  • Fixed highlight colors not showing up when pasting text into notes from word processors
  • Fixed some item types not appearing in New Item submenu until restart after creating new items
  • Fixed middle click to close tabs
  • Improved item tree column header alignment
  • Fixed {{if tags}} returning true for no tags in note template
  • Miscellaneous other bug fixes

Changes in 6.0.4 (March 27, 2022)

  • [Mac] Limit Zotero Connector for Safari to macOS Big Sur and later (details)
  • Fixed condition names appearing incorrectly in Advanced Search in non-English locales (since 6.0.3)
  • Fixed Quick Copy and delete confirmation in standalone PDF reader windows

Changes in 6.0.3 (March 24, 2022)

  • Zotero 6 note editor improvements
    • Paragraphs can now be indented and unindented with Tab/Shift-Tab
    • Improved RTL support
    • Fixed annotations disappearing when converted to heading
  • Fixed annotation comment in PDF reader sometimes being cleared while typing
  • Fixed missing “More Columns” submenu in column picker on some systems
  • Fixed error merging items with missing attachment files
  • [Windows] Fixed “path.startsWith is not a function” sync error
  • Fixed appearance of citation bubble in Quick Format dialog
  • Fixed “Add Note” window not appearing when classic citation dialog is enabled
  • Link to manual word processor plugin installation instructions on install failure

Changes in 6.0.2 (March 22, 2022)

  • Zotero 6 Word plugin is now digitally signed
  • Fixed automatic installation of updated Word and LibreOffice plugins with "Add Note" button for Zotero 6
  • Fixed “cleanDOI: argument must be a string” startup error caused by Scite plugin (details)
  • Fixed error adding items to groups before syncing in Zotero 6
  • Fixed expand/collapse arrow not appearing at top of items list
  • Fixed sorting of item rows starting with numeric ranges
  • Reset scrollbar to top of items list on collection change
  • [Linux] Fixed appearance of Quick Format bar in dark theme

Changes in 6.0.1 (March 21, 2022)

  • [Mac Word] Fixed error inserting second citation into footnote
  • [Linux] Fixed appearance of column header in dark theme
  • Fixed incorrect zotero:// links from unsynced libraries

Changes in 6.0 (March 17, 2022)

See the Zotero 6 announcement for more details.

Functionality changed or added

    • Read PDFs within Zotero in a new tabbed interface
    • Create highlight, note, and image annotations on PDFs, and view ink annotations created using the new iOS app
    • Take notes in a powerful new note editor
    • Add annotations, citations, and images to notes, with customizable templates
    • Insert notes into Word, LibreOffice, or Google Docs with automatic citations generated from annotations using a new “Add Note” option
    • Export notes to Markdown via Quick Copy or file export
  • Non-English spellchecking in notes
    • Non-English dictionaries can now be added or selected by right-clicking on a note
  • [Mac] Bundled Safari extension
    • The Zotero Connector for Safari is now bundled with Zotero and can be enabled from the Extensions pane of Safari
    • Import Mendeley data from online library to circumvent local encryption
    • Import PDF annotations
    • Import PDF annotations
  • Faster auto-sync uploads
    • Local changes (other than note edits) now sync within 3 seconds
  • Items list improvements
    • Show small PDF icon in Attachments column when item has PDF
    • Show emoji colored tags directly in items list
    • Rich-text markup in titles is now rendered properly in the items list
    • Add selected items to new or existing collection via context menu
    • Sort date columns in descending order on first click
    • Ignore additional punctuation characters when sorting
    • Added Short Title column
    • Column picker is now available by right-click on column headers
    • Dotted border is now shown around selected row when using non-contiguous selection via keyboard (Cmd-↑/↓ or Ctrl-↑/↓ plus space bar)
  • Syncing reminders
    • Show a message if syncing hasn’t been set up or if auto-sync has been disabled
  • Added Preprint item type
  • Automatically delete redundant PDFs and snapshots when merging items
  • Renamed “Suppress Author” to “Omit Author” in word processor plugin
  • Advanced Search window can now be opened with Cmd/Ctrl-Shift-F
  • Added Author, Editor, and Book Author conditions to Advanced Search window
  • Don't require modifier key when deleting items in saved search or Unfiled Items
  • Avoid blocking of file sync requests by some institutional firewalls
  • Many other miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes

Bugs fixed

  • Fixed a bug where remotely removed creators weren't removed locally on sync
  • Don't include standalone notes or attachments in one-off bibliographies
    • Applies to “Create Bibliography from Collection” and “Create Bibliography from Items”
  • Fixed standalone notes not being added to collections on RDF import
  • Fixed a situation where a file could be searched for at a path with a missing character when a Linked Attachment Base Directory was set
  • Fixed compatibility with Nature feeds
  • Fixed intermittent PDF download failures on ScienceDirect
  • Fixed date formatting for en-AU and en-NZ locales

Develop-specific changes/fixes

  • Revamped Translator Editor (Scaffold)

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