4 weeks ago
Great that Endnote X8 contains sharing a user's reference database online.
Alas, this function is way too blunt for me (and others) as to make good use in typical academic settings. Here is why: I have a big Endnote database that holds all of my references. There is not any project where I would wish to share my complete master database with other scholars that can edit (and mess up) my curated data (which also contain field data that only pertain to personal use).
Ideally, one would use a separate database file for sharing, or maybe just a group set in one file. => feature request
The current sync capabilities do not allow the coexistence of a one-user synced Endnote environment with a multi-user shared project. It is either or. And that is a MAJOR shortcoming of Endnote. Myself, I cannot sacrifice my synchronized desktop-laptop-iPad database for the sake of having some group share with colleagues.
Compare how easy this is with Zotero, a free product. I am getting laughed at when I try to convince my colleagues to pay for an Endnote license so we can co-author and work on shared references, when at the same time they cannot use the product's syncing features for themselves.
Thanks for improving Endnote here. Maybe a workaround could be to offer additional web account logins, and store sync credentials per file not per app. But that wouldn't work with the iOS apps.
2 weeks ago
OK, I see that sharing per single groups is possible via Endnote Online. That's something.
So there is differences between the desktop sharing and the online sharing:
a) number of users
b) granularity of what is shared
c) participants in an online shared group are ok with a mere online account, whereas desktop shares require product purchase
Documentation could be improved here. The evolution of Endnote versions desktop vs. online is not obvious to users that started with X8.