When you google zotero endnote, most of the top results are blog posts from mid- to late-2006, lamenting functionality absent from Zotero.
For Zotero’s sake, I want to point out here that most of those issues have been addressed. Zotero now has:
- A longer list of citation/export formats (which is what you get when you make your citation’s language open-source and XML-driven. By contrast, I remember waiting years for EndNote to include Turabian, but when just about anybody can author a new citation format, everybody wins.)
- “Cite While You Write”-style integration with Word and OpenOffice on a number of platforms, including, happily, the Macintosh
- Easy importing from EndNote, so you can make the switch wholesale
- Much more speed and stability
- A crazylong list of site translators
- Many screencast tutorials and robust, thorough, well-written documentation
- A focused plan for the future
If you haven’t looked at Zotero lately, give it another try. I had given up on it last year, and was just trying to get back into EndNote. My frustration with the interface made me think about Zotero again, and here we are.
I completely agree on that point with you, i had completely forgotten about Zotero! may be its time to take a second look.Thanks.
I too tried Zotero in 2006 and found it lacking. I was working on my dissertation so I returned to Endnote (now at X1). Now that I have finished, I have been looking for a program to manage all of the PDFs and other documents I have collected.
I was leaning toward ScrapBook, but I decided to look at Zotero again (version 1.0). So far, it seems to have all the features of ScrapBook, but much greater import/export features for researchers. Too, with the backing and development support of George Mason University it might be a better long-term choice than ScrapBook.
Here are the big problems/issues I see with Zotero:
(a) Can’t annotate or link to specific locations in PDF files.
(b) Can’t save sub pages, only single web pages.
My biggest concern with Zotero is their overall model. I wish they had used a model that involved a platform-independent (e.g., Windows, Mac, Linux, etc.) standalone application that interfaced with Firefox, IE, Word, etcetra rather than relying on a specific browser or even being a part of a browser. By using a browser-add-on model they limit the application’s ability to work with PDFs and other non-Web-based media.
I’d like to give you a heads up about our product called NoteScribe. It picks up in areas that zotero leaves off.
Give us a shot with a free 30-day trial at http://www.notescribe.net
Thanks, Jake. I’m primarily a Mac user, though, so I can’t give notescribe a meaningful test drive.