Review of Endnote X8 for Mac

Some days I just don't like Endnote any more. In the past I have used a combination of Endnote and Papers2. A few years ago I wrote a review of Endnote X4 for Mac and I thought that I would go back and take a look at what I thought about that review and the new version of Endnote 8.

Keep in mind that I have over 8,500 references in my Endnote file. My biggest complaints are:

  1. It is slow.
  2. There still is no keyboard short cut for importing a reference.
  3. The "detect duplicates" script does not allow one to exit successfully prior to completing all the items in your detected duplicate list. (Which for some might be very long, and cause the script to crash!)
  4. There is no mechanism in the collections area to browse by Journal or Book series.
  5. When looking at a reference, there is no clear way to determine if it is in one of several collections (including in the check for duplicate script).
  6. There does not seem to be an export style for exporting to bibJSON. (I might be creating one soon).
  7. No auto suggest for missing citation metadata.
  8. for me, Endnote, when importing citations which contain a relative link to a PDF on my machine, does not actually import the PDF to an endnote managed folder. I want all my PDFs in one place. And if they are not in the Endnote managed folder I want a visual indication that they are outside the Endnote data folder.

These are my observations as I try and work with Endnote (and have over the last few months). For me, Papers2 (I haven't bought Papers3) nailed the interaction around PDF management and citation management, from a User Experience perspective. Papers2 just didn't have the custom Fields necessary for me.

Solar Stats

I recently acquired two Solar-edge inverters and associated Solar panels. I would like to also acquire a weather station to sit near my solar array, this way the stats geek in me could measure the actual efficiency relative to the potential efficiency. This is a list of links for software for reading the data from the inverters and the weather station to create a mashup.

Inverter log

  • Weather API access

    Building a Raspberry Pi weather station

    Eugene socio-political resources

    This is just a list of links to help me keep track of all the different kinds of web resources in Eugene politics. Point of view is not important to this list, and listing is not an endorsement. What is important is that they relate to local government in some way.



    Running for office
    Petition with the city for office - one needs only 25 signatures
    Registering a PAC or candidate committee:
    In Oregon one needs to register with the Federal IRS first:
    Then register with the state via ORESTAR: Running for office in OregonFor Finances
    Find a Financial services solution:

    Other links about important discussions



    Demand: Trends

    Addressing the Housing Crisis in Eugene
    How Efficient Is Your Rental?


    Missing bear found!

    Blue bear, which is actually a dog… has been found. Blue bear is Katja’s special companion. He goes everywhere. Last Sunday he decided to stay the week at South Eugene High. It was a rough week without him — especially at bedtime. Katja would tell us that blue bear was sleeping in his sleeping bag. However, this Sunday he was found and returned! Things are looking up.

    SVG Fonts – the learning

    SVG Font creation and usage

    Today I have been working on an online CV. I needed a button for downloading a PDF version of a PDF. I wanted it to fit in with the Font Awesome and Academicons that my theme uses.

    WOFF usage

    Another issue for me was the text font. I needed to display some combining diacritics with a clear font.

    The old books

    When I was in 6th grade my grandpa flew to Germany and stayed with us for a few weeks. He and I pulled out my dad’s train set and put it together. I remember the really old catalogs from the 1950s that my dad had.

    Tonight Katja was sitting on my lap looking at my old LEGO catalogs. She must have sat there for 45 minutes going through them.