A number of users have posted about the design of Groups in X2:
bluestar in http://forums.thomsonscientific.com/ts/board/message?board.id=en-suggest&thread.id=25
philosopherdog in http://forums.thomsonscientific.com/ts/board/message?board.id=en-suggest&thread.id=105
myoshigi in http://forums.thomsonscientific.com/ts/board/message?board.id=en-suggest&thread.id=163
I would like to add my voice to this chorus, with hopefully a couple of my own specifics. I have found the grouping/tagging panel in Adobe Photoshop Elements, as well as Adobe Lightroom, to be excellent. They each work a _little_ differently, but the basics are the same:
The tags (or “groups”) are *hierarchical* (as requested by myoshigi). So, I can have a group called “Insects”, and embedded in that, “Lepidoptera” and “Coleoptera”:
If I click on “Insects”, I get everything tagged with just the high-level Insect tag, as well as the embedded Lepidoptera and Coleoptera tags.
Furthermore, I can click on more than one “tag” at a time (eg, click on both “Coleoptera” and “Corn” groups), thus displaying all references (or photos, in adobe’s case) which are tagged with either tag. Here is where Endnote could improve on Adobe’s model: There should also be an ability to select a number of groups to display only those references which belong to *both* groups. Perhaps this latter function should be implemented in a harder-to-access search window.
The ability to manually order groups, as well as color-code, is important as well.
If you want to get even better, you could have groups of groups. So that I could have my “coleoptera” subgroup not just under “insects”, but i could classify it under “libraries to share with John” as well. That abililty is not as urgent as the others mentioned here.
Given that groups are moving users to have one-single-large-master library, the ability to have multiple windows open on that library is important. That is, I don’t want to have to close my view of “insects” to go look at my references in “corn”. I’d like to be able to have two windows open, looking at the same library.
Thanks very much for listening. Readers - if you have opinions, either different or similar to mine, please do add to the thread here. The more voices, the more likely this issue will get addressed.
Message Edited by albo on 11-13-2008 09:43 AM