Put all graphs, tables and pictures of a PDF in the sidebar
It would be nice to have all graphs, figures, pictures, tables of the pdf you are reading by the sidebar, so whenever the text cites them you just click on them to expand. When you finish to see the figure you go back to the text. This way you avoid having to go back and forth all the time when reading a pdf.
Norman White commented
This would be an extremely valuable feature. To be useful the figures have to be fairly large and this would take needed space away from the text of the paper if opened within the readcube window. So there needs to be a way to open them in a separate window so that they can be sized appropriately without interfering with the text. Something like powerpoint, perhaps? Also, the captions should be included because they often contain critical information that is not in the text of the paper.
Jeremie Vitte commented
Yes, it would be a great feature to be able to scroll through the figures (and legends, videos, tables...) independently from the main text. Also with an option to do that in an other window would be nice for those who have two screens with their computer.
Luis Malpica commented
This is a must! No wonder why serious open access journals are coming out with their own ideas on this matter: http://www.elifesciences.org/lens/
Andrew Tarr commented
In the same vein, it would be great if the corresponding figure/table would also appear magnified when you hover over the in-text citation for each (eg hovering over "(Figure 1)" would display figure 1 in the center of the screen, similar to PubReader on PubMed Central. PubReader also includes that panel of all the figures which I agree would be fantastic.
Jorge Perez commented
I completely agree. It is really anoying going forward and backward to look for figures which are several pages after/before the corresponding text.
Tao Ye commented
Wouldn't it be great, hah? However, it seems that journals (even nature publishing group) do not contain such metadata on their website to cross-refer text and corresponding sub-figure (as accurate as figure 3.5 or sup figure 1.2). It is possible to make text link to "big" figure (figure 2). It seems that researchers get used to the non-interactive nature of research papers, so that few of them vote for this function request. Just like the cases of car and iPhone. One just want a fast horse before they really know what is a car and one is confused in the appearance of cell phone before iPhone's foursquare body with big touch screen dominates the world. These features, rather than cloud storage and other highly-voted requests, are to re-define the industry standard of a paper.