Bad software rage


in Geek stuff, Rants

Be warned, EndNote 9.0 for Macintosh is not a well-coded piece of software. There is nothing quite like being in the middle of adding some complex footnotes to your thesis draft when EndNote crashes: causing Word, Firefox, Entourage, the Dock, and the Finder to crash along with it. Then, all the various error reporting windows crop up and waste even more time and sanity. That I haven’t lost any important data because of this so far is largely the product of extremely frequent backups.

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Anonymous March 4, 2007 at 1:08 pm

Maybe try RefWorks. It is free for Oxford students.

Anonymous March 4, 2007 at 1:09 pm

Maybe not during the middle of your last day of work on this chapter…

Plow through it, then try RefWorks for the next one. You can import your EndNote DB with no problems.

Milan March 4, 2007 at 1:47 pm

I will give it a try, though you are right to say that this is not the time.

I am hoping to have this chapter finished, printed, and submitted within the next six or seven hours.

Anonymous March 4, 2007 at 7:13 pm

The biggest problem with EndNote is actually that it doesn’t use Ibid well.

When footnotes count towards your word total, you don’t want it repeating the whole title of a book or article in every single one.

Anonymous March 21, 2007 at 3:35 pm

or you could be a proper academic and use Latex with bibtex (

Milan March 21, 2007 at 5:20 pm

Latex is for scientists.

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