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Endnote X9 is frustratingly slow on my Mac running Mojave 10.14.3

I have a very large Endnote library with about 15,000 references, many with attached PDFs.  Completely independent of Word, the library is very slow.  When I search for an author by last name, it may take up to a minute to find her as the program successively searches for the paper, at each step incrementally closing in on the reference. 

 

I imagine that the slow speed is due in part to the size of the library but I think I need to have all of the references available because periodically, I will need some even if they are old and entered long ago. 

 

Any suggestions?

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Re: Endnote X9 is frustratingly slow on my Mac running Mojave 10.14.3

How many output styles, filters and connection files have you installed? If there are more than a couple hundred, it degrades endnote speed. 

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Re: Endnote X9 is frustratingly slow on my Mac running Mojave 10.14.3

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Re: Endnote X9 is frustratingly slow on my Mac running Mojave 10.14.3

I have fewer references than you do (3700 — most of them with PDF attachments), but I was experiencing the same types of issues. I contacted Clarivate and they mentioned that it was due to the changes in PDFKit in Mojave. In essence, PDFKit has some significant issues and since EndNote relies heavily on them, the performances drop to a crawl any time a PDF is involved. I managed to regain somewhat control of the app though by simply choosing NOT to display the PDFs on the sidebar at all. I have the sidebar set to "Right - Preview" and now I can again scroll, search etc without having the app beachball all the time. Now… that might not be the root cause of your issues on your Mac, but it might be worth investigating. Other factors can affect performances too. I made lots of changes to my library for instance. It all uploaded to the Clarivate server OK, but the other two Mac I use and that sync with my library became unusable (hanging, crashing…) as they were trying to download the changes. I had to copy my library on an external drive to manually replace the libraries on the other Mac to regain control there. Corentin