X3 as Portable App?

I recently purchased three copies of Endnote X3 through my university (upgrades). I’m moving to

ALL 64-bit and/or

Portable apps (the less registry dependence, the better).

Endnote x64 doesn’t seem around the corner so I’m working on the portable app solution:

I searched the Windows registry on my Vista x64 and there seemed to be only two minor “default file type” registry keys. With my other portable apps, I can manually set the portable version as a “default file type.”

I tried running Endnote from a USB drive (after copying the entire Program file for X3) and it worked fine.

May I assume that Endnote X3 is not really registry dependent and therefore I can uninstall from one computer and use that license key on my USB? (I’m turning a PC over to someone who doesn’t use Endnote and it would be a waste to let it stay on the PC. Meanwhile, I plan to buy a new PC).

Thanks!

Ummm…Cite while you write is entirely dependent upon registry entries, as are EndNote’s preferences & automatic downloading from major publisher sites. If it were a portable app wouldn’t I be able to use it on my iPhone, which I can’t!

I already checked preferences and I CAN change with the portable copy I created. When I get to work, I’ll try the Cite While Your Write on a computer that never had Endnote registry keys.(As an aside, I never use CWYW but I know other people do so I will check and report back).

As far as I can tell, the only thing that does not work is the update. However, Endnote so rarely updates that I could keep a desktop version on one PC for updates and then copy as a new, upgraded portable. 

The future is portable apps – even long-time holdouts like Roboform and Goodsync (two great programs) are responding to free programs by getting portable-innovative. 

I came accross this discussion because I would like to use Endnote on a lab computer that doesn’t have it installed. Did you ever figure out if CWYW works when X3 is used as a Portable App? Did you do anything besides just copy the Program Files folder over to your USB drive?

NO, I didn’t try. Why not give it a try and report back? I’m so washed up with biz I don’t have time now. Sorry.

Hi Jonbin,

I’ve been looking around for a way to do what you have done - making Endnote portable on a USB. I have tried copying the entire Endnote program like what you have done onto a USB drive. But it didn’t work :-(. What went wrong in my case? I am using X3. Did I miss anything (I copied everything under c:\program files\Endnote X3)?

Please help. Thanks.

Park

@fairviewpark wrote:

Hi Jonbin,

 

I’ve been looking around for a way to do what you have done - making Endnote portable on a USB. I have tried copying the entire Endnote program like what you have done onto a USB drive. But it didn’t work :-(. What went wrong in my case? I am using X3. Did I miss anything (I copied everything under c:\program files\Endnote X3)?

 

Please help. Thanks.

Park

Sorry, it should be Jonbean. And, my Endnote on the USB drive didn’t even start.

@astehn wrote:
I came accross this discussion because I would like to use Endnote on a lab computer that doesn’t have it installed. Did you ever figure out if CWYW works when X3 is used as a Portable App? Did you do anything besides just copy the Program Files folder over to your USB drive?

Hi astehn,

I want to do exactly what you need to do. But copying the entire Endnote X3 folder from my PC to the USB drive doesn’t help. When I tried to run Endnote, it gave an error message. What went wrong? Have you succeeded?

Thanks!

Park

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