11-04-2020 07:46 AM
Dear EndNote users,
I wonder if anyone had the chance to try out EndNote 20 on macOS already? Many people have problems running previous releases of EndNote on macOS. Did the developers make a stable version this time, i.e., is it worth upgrading? Do you experience sluggishness? Can the new version manage large databases (>1500 titles + attachments)?
If you have any experience, please share.
12-21-2020 05:13 PM - edited 12-21-2020 05:31 PM
It is out. Seems stable to me. I don't care much for the main interface page, however. Each reference is double space separated from the one below and above, so that you get about half as many references visible compared with previous versions. I contacted Endnote support and there is no way to change this, although they did acknowledge that this is an issue others have complained about and are working on a fix.
See the screenshots below for the comparison.
4 weeks ago
Yes, the "All references" window wastes a lot of space. I'm dismayed that the user has not control over the spacing.
- To inspect a reference, one no longer has a small preview pane at the bootom of (or next to) the Refereces window. Instead, Endnote 20 opens a large pane next to the Refereces window. It takes up almost a quarter of the entire screen on my 16 inch MacBook Pro! Another waste of precious screen real-estate.
- When editing a reference, the Edit window is no longer identical to the window for entering new references but is now idetical to the preview pane (but now in Edit mode).
- The Edit pane (in Edit mode) does not link to the Term Lists. They work perfectly when entering a new reference but there is not connection between the Edit pane and the Term Lists.
Altogether, some serious setbacks in UI design. But Endnote 20 is much faster than the previous versions and it does not slow down in the course of a session.
3 weeks ago
Once you click on a reference, there is a small menu you can use a dropdown menu to open. I don't mind that but the waste of real estate with the double spacing is terrible. If. you forget a reference so you can't use the search to find it and so must scroll through your references, the waste of space means a lot of extra scrolling. A real problem with a lot of references
a week ago
In addition to taking away certin functionality (according to some users), this latest version of EndNote isn't even supported on the M1 Mac architecture, which - as of November of last year - every new Mac has been and will be relying upon. So you either have to depend on running Word in emulation mode (and who knows how long MS will provide this option in view of how they've already released an M1-compatible version of their Office suite) or you can't run EN at all.
This is yet another example of how this software is effectively one step up from Abandonware at this point. An active, serious development team interested in supporting the product would have ensured EN compatibility from the day the M1 Macs were released, especially since the release of the M1 Macs basically coincided with the release of a supposedly ""new"" version of EndNote.
If this kind of neglect and outright thumbing their nose at Mac users in particular continues over next six months to a year, I'm switching to an alternative, actively updated and supported software solution - no matter how inconvenient that might be in terms of immediate consequences - and not looking back.