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X4 Wish List

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Now X3 is officially released. Let's post some features we requested in the past, but not yet included in X3. Or, you can bring some past threads up by replying.

 

I'll re-write some of my requests, and some by others as far as I can remember.

 

1. Ability to search a reference that belong to certain combination of groups. For example, I want to find reference(s) that belong to group A AND/OR group B. Current "Search Library" does not have "group name" as a selectable field. It seems simple to include the "group name" in the search. Also, if I can do this by clicking on group name with shift (for AND) or control (for OR), that'll be nice.

 

2. Left align "Bibliography Title". I rarely use this function, but formatting allows bibliography title automatically entered through "Layout" tab, but the title comes out only in the center aligned format. That's limited. Why only center? There should be left aligned as well.

 

3. Copy field function (by Leanne). This allows us to make duplicates of field data. Sometimes, I want to modify my custom field by "Change text" or "Modify field" feature, but I want to keep field data before the modification, just in case I do something wrong. Currently, work around is to make a backup copy of the entire library.

 

4. Distinguish field names from other formatting text (space, punctuations, texts, etc) in the Bibliography style template (by TuStue). Right now, the bibliography template looks just plain text, and it is hard to see where is comma, space, and distinguish them from field names. If field names are grayed and non-editable, it'll be easier to edit style template. Using color to do this may be an option, but that'll be an issue with color blind users.

 

5. Highlight references that are cited in the Word document (by MvP14 and voted by many others). If we can do this, we can check and see if we missed important citations in the document or not. This function may be accomplished from the tool bar in Word. A button like "Highlight references in EN cited in this document" would be nice.

 

6. Link citations in the Word document back to EN (by Leanne and many others). Sounds like similar to #5 but actually different. Sometimes, we want to check and edit the Endnote references from the citations in the Word. Sometimes we want to open full text PDF files directly from the citations in Word. "Edit citations - More.." option allows me to check the reference, but not to edit. If we can individually select citation, and choose right click menu and "Go to Endnote reference" or "Open full text PDFs", that'll be nice.

This feature is accomplished by "Edit Reference" from the tool bar in Word. "Open full text PDF" from Word still might be helpful.

 

7. Robust (or user defined, editable) keyboard short cut. I'm not a big fan of keyboard short cut, but many have requested (and complained) about EN's lack of robust keyboard short cut.

 

8. Ability to display/batch edit file path in the attachment field (requested by me, PaulK and others). Currently, only icon is shown in the attachment field. We want to see them as path names as well. When we change the folder name or location of attachments (including PDF full texts), some links to attachments in EN are lost. We need to batch edit path names of attachment, by using Find/replace text function. Also, "relink this attachment" for individual lost link would be necessary, like the relinking short cut in Windows OS.

 

There should be many more, so please add your own requests or bring some favorite threads up!

 

 

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Re: X4 Wish List

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Ability to place author(s) in front of in-text citation.

 

We often want to start a sentence with author and citation, like Smith et al. (1) investigated that ...blah blah blha.

We can "exclude" author from "Edit Citations" right click menu, but if we have "Place author in front" option, then we do not need to type ourselves. I think this is a relatively easy fefature EN can add.

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Suport for regular expression (including wild cards like ? or *) in the search. Probably, single line search using AND/OR/NOT boolean texts.

 

This allows us to do ambiguous search. This is a standard feature in many operating systems, text editors, etc, but it's been missing in EN for years.

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myoshigi wrote:

 

1. Ability to search a reference that belong to certain combination of groups. For example, I want to find reference(s) that belong to group A AND/OR group B. Current "Search Library" does not have "group name" as a selectable field. It seems simple to include the "group name" in the search. Also, if I can do this by clicking on group name with shift (for AND) or control (for OR), that'll be nice.


This one is essential to me. Hope we can get it!

 

Thanks

 

Matteo

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This something that we are currently working on and hope to include in EndNote version X4.

 

Jason Rollins, the EndNote team

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JasonR wrote:

This something that we are currently working on and hope to include in EndNote version X4.

 

Jason Rollins, the EndNote team


Good to know Jason! Thanks for answering!

Hope we'll be able to have it soon!

 

Cheers

 

maTTeo

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Re: X4 Wish List

I would also very much like to see item #1 included in the next release of EndNote.
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I also need feature #1 urgently. I want to transform groups to keywords and then use smart groups to cluster my literature.
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9. Section formatting with OpenOffice.org Writer

 

This function may help graduate students who's writing thesis, but doesn't have access to MS Word. I believe section format currently works only with MS Word, doesn't it?

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Re: X4 Wish List

Thank you for the compare duplicates feature in X3!  For that alone it is worth the upgrade from X2 (and being able to group groups - very nice addition!).  It is a huge improvement on previous versions, most notably X2 which didn't even show the duplicate records next to each other. 

 

It would be convenient to be able to edit the fields in the "compare duplicates" window.  For example I had two duplicate records, one with the PDF and one with the abstract; I wanted to copy the abstract over to the record with the PDF, but to do this had to exit the "find duplicates" feature, find the records, and make the change by opening one record, copying the abstract, closing that record, opening the other record, and pasting the abstract, and then performing a "search for duplicate records" again to contiue with my duplicates purging task.  Being able to accomplish this in the "compare duplicates" window would be a huge timesaver!  Thanks!