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EndNote is used by millions of researchers, scholarly writers, students, and librarians to search online bibliographic databases, organize their references, images and PDFs in any language, and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly. Instead of spending hours typing bibliographies, or using index cards to organize their references, they do it the easy way-by using EndNote!

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  • Enhanced Sync which includes Combined and Smart Groups
  • Expanded PDF annotation capability for Sync between Windows, Mac, and the iPad app


OS X 10.6 or later

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gramuel Member IconReview+0

I had to write the Bachelor's Thesis with MS Word.
Not a big deal I thought because I like text editors like Word and Pages. I bought Bookends some time ago in a MacUpdate Bundle so it was my first choice to go to.

Unfortunately I didn't manage to make the in-text citation links Bookends needed for the bibliography. The institution wanted some special sort of in-text citations I wasn't able to configure with bookends.

So I turned to EndNote X6 on the one hand I didn't have to pay for as student at my university and on the other hand it was promoted with a very good Word Plugin.

Well, after about 2 hours I had this special configuration I needed. That was so easy that I decided I will not give Bookends another try - at least for this thesis ;)

I never had ANY problems with EndNote. One Time I had a corrupted Word document that caused End Note to give out some errors while creating the bibliography. Turned out Word always had some sort of crash with one in-text citation. Deleted that and inserted it once again, then I had no problem.

All I can say is that I didn't need the whole bunch of features. I was using City while you write the whole time, inserted new sources into my EndNote library and let it create the bibliography. The Word plugin is indeed a very good one that made it easy for me.

For me it's 5 stars!

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Nontroppo Member IconComment+515

This update is designed to work around a bug in 10.8.2 which has hit lots of other apps, appleeventsd causes freezing and other problems. With no 10.8.3 in sight, Endnote have had to implemet a workaround. Search on appleeventsd and 10.8.2 for all the details...

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Ajmac25 Member IconComment+11

Can MacUpDate get the version number for Endnote fixed on their webpage? The current version for both Mac and PC is X6, not 16 as listed here. Very confusing.



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The application is called EndNote X6, but the version number is indeed 16 (check the Get Info window in the Finder).
X is the same as in Mac OS, it's a Roman 10 anyway.

Ferg Member IconReview+14

I'm surprised by the negative reviews here. I've used EndNote for several years and I've found it to be a great program. It works well with both Pages and Word and I've not had the problem with crashes some of the other reviewers mentioned. I will admit that it's a bit pricey, but the quality is excellent in my opinion.

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EndNote has a long history of releasing buggy software but rather than fixing the bugs for free, releasing a new version and charging a healthy upgrade price. I suspect the reason they get away with it is because a lot of purchasers are using grant or institutional funds for the software.

Having said that though, recent releases have been much better. I've been using it since version 2 (currently have X5) and don't have any major issues with it now.


Because they tend to release buggy versions for several years, and Endnote is clearly inferior to the other bibliography managers on OS X. I use EndNote, largely because it is free for academic staff and Endnote is just about good enough, and I can't really justify $100 off a grant for a better reference manager, but Bookends or Sente both wipe the floor with Endnote and if you are paying, at a substantially better price.

George.e.marcus Member IconReview+6

I used to use Endnote (going back to the very first version which was developed solely for the Mac).. when it got bought by Thompson it got large, cumbersome and unstable. Then, when OSX and Pages came out, they were slow to come out with a Pages compatible version. After searching (Sente, etc.), I opted to go with Bookends - and have never looked back. Bookends has excellent features and has exceptional support. I highly recumbent it.

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Lidador Member IconReview+11

I bought EndNote 3 some ten years ago, and stopped using it at version 5. Some six months ago then offered me a nice price for an upgrade and I accepted it. I am now using EndNote X4 the present version. I had not a single problem with EndNote X4, I am using it daily to manage my 2500 work references mostly for academic work and do automatic references and citations/bibliography with Microsoft Word 2008. Stability has been solid, features are extensive.

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neuron Member IconComment+0

I now realize that I have to use Endnote again. I love both Bookends and Sente, and Bookends has been my workhorse for the past 3 years. However, because nearly all of my colleagues use Word and Endnote (mostly on PCs), its almost unbearable collaborating on documents if I use Bookends to generate a bibliography.

My main question before I plunk down $99 for the Endnote upgrade is the compatibility between PC and Mac Endnote-generated bibliographies in MS Word files. Specifically, if someone generates an Endnote bibliography on a PC in word, then sends me the references to import into my Mac Endnote, can I work with this Word document seamlessly using my Mac and Endnote?

Any help is greatly appreciated. If I will have difficulty using a PC Endnote-bibliography with my Mac Endnote, then it will not be worth buying. I'd rather continue my collaborative struggles with Bookends.

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Version X2.0.1

I think it depends on what you mean by "work with". As I understand, it, Endnote uses the unique ID number from each entry in its database when generating a bibliography (it goes to the database and fetches the information that matches the unique ID that is stored in the temporary citation). If you have a different database from that of your colleague, you will almost certainly have different unique IDs for each entry (the unique IDs are generated automatically by Endnote when you first enter the information for the journal, book, or whatever it is). Bookends is a lot more flexible, as it will use other information (such as the title) to match temporary citations to the entries in the database.

If you want to exchange references with someone, I don't see why you need to use a Word document. The database entries could be exported direct from Endnote into an XML or other file that can be imported into Endnote or Bookends. As I say, I think it depends on what you want to do.


Thanks, that info helps.

I absolutely have to use Word. *All* - not most - of my colleagues use Word. I write scientific and medical manuscripts, and for every manuscript we pass back and forth at least 10 revisions, all with tracked changes. I hate using Word, I much prefer Scrivener then either Pages or Nisus, but that's the way it is. I guarantee every biomedical writer uses Word/Endnote if they have to collaborate on a manuscript.

When I use Bookends and someone sends me a revision of a manuscript with a significant amount of tracked changes as well as changes in the references, Bookends has major problems with un-scanning and then re-scanning. The only way I can get this to work is usually by losing all the tracked changes. Its very frustrating.

Anyways, I ended up buying Endnote X2.0.1, and to be honest, its working quite well. It imported my 2500 ref library, including linked PDFs, without a hitch. Its much quicker than Bookends. It hasn't crashed on me yet after a week of use on its own, without CWYW. I don't know if CWYW is causing Word 2008 to crash a lot, because Word 2008 is a crash-fest on its own anyways. Besides its ability to spontaneous quitting several times an hour, Word 2008 is the only program that will freeze my entire Mac and make me hard-restart (MacBook 13 inch 2.16 GHz 2 MB RAM OSX 10.5.7).

DRBARNES Member IconReview+6

Absolutely Awful - Sente seems much more stable; it doesn't have Cite While you Write (CWYW), but then again EndNote's CWYW crashes virtually every time anyway.
Having previously used EndNote fairly reliably on a PC, I bought it for Mac before the 'X versions'. That version rarely worked, but given the hype about the newest refined X2 version and CWYW fixes, I paid again for the latest update (another £75 or so!). It is every bit as buggy, and has virtually no innovation over previous versions. In contrast, I am now looking at Sente, which lacks the much hyped integration with Pages, but will produce bibliographies for Pages outwith the application itself after inserting easil formatted citations. Sente also features a much more intuitive interface, web search facilities that actually work, and a great system for linking downloaded PDF files to the citation database. It can be a little slow opening my 50k database, but not intolerably. Unlike EndNote, it also has a trial.

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Version X2.0.1
nontroppo Member IconReview+515

Horrible interface, buggy, poorly featured, slow program updates. The only reason Endnote exists is that many people don't research the software they buy and Endnote lives off its name (our Department buys a site licence only for this and not other better options). Both Bookends and Sente are significantly better, and their developers are very receptive to input.

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Version X2.0.1
lev Member IconComment+456

FYI, Bookends sucketh not. Nor does Sente. Either are way ahead of EndNote with better online functionality and better customer support. EndNote is a dinosaur; as medics are no longer allowed to write on patients' notes, it's T.F. BUNDY. (= "Totally f***** but unfortunately not dead yet.")

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Version X2.0.1
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