EndNote for MacOS

Exchanging EndNote files between Windows and MacOS

EndNote filter files and EndNote connection files downloaded from an internet site (for example the University Library site from the Maastricht University) where they have an EndNote page can couse some problems for Mac EndNote users. (btw. the EndNote site says: EndNote 4 Styles are not compatible with earlier versions of EndNote).

The problem is that MacOS Classic does not recognize these files on their filename extension. MacOS X does. MacOS Classic simply uses another file identification system, every Mac file has it's own Creator and Type attribute, both a 4-character (case sensitive !) code.
For EndNote files the creator is always 'ENDN'.

Now, when downloading, let's say, an EndNote filter file (with extension .enf) to your Mac, that file is complete. Only your MacOS doesn't know it is an EndNote filter file. After correctly changing the type and creator codes of this file, it will be recognized as such.
Therefore I made a few small applications. One for every EndNote file type:
  • EndNote library
  • EndNote filter
  • EndNote connection
  • EndNote style

You can use them by downloading:
  • This archive for MacOS 8.x and 9.x (Classic) or
  • This archive for MacOS X (tested on 10.3 and higher) to your Mac, and after correct decoding you should have a folder called 'EndNotes Folder' with four small applications, called:
    • Create_EndNote_Connection
    • Create_EndNote_Filter
    • Create_EndNote_Library and
    • Create_EndNote_Style
  • After recieving an EndNote file created on a Windows computer, simply drop that file to the appropriate application (drop an EndNote filter file onto Create_EndNote_Filter etc.)
After that the file shows the correct icon.

First, quit EndNote.
Now, you only have to put a converted EndNote style file in the 'Styles' folder (in the EndNote folder in your Applications folder), a converted EndNote filter file in the 'Filters' folder, and a converted EndNote connection file in the 'Connections' folder.

See the selected folders in the image on the left.
Other EndNote versions do have the same structure.

Do not mix different file types, each EndNote file type has it's 'own' folder within the Endnote folder.

After you put the Endnote files in the correct folder, you can use the added file(s) with your EndNote.

Mail us if you have any comments.

EndNote 8

EndNote 8 is released in december 2004 and runs only on MacOS 10 (X).
We have used it, and it works fine with Office 2004.
Starting with EndNote version 8, EndNote uses a new file format (!). Files saved with EndNote 8 can not be read with earlier versions.

EndNote 9 and X

We have used both versions, and both run fine with Office 2004. These versions use the same file format as version 8. Files saved with EndNote 8 and up can not be read with earlier versions.
If you use version 8, delete it and use version 9 or X. EndNote 8 is a bit buggy, crashes frequently, while EndNote 9 and X are stable versions.

EndNote X1 and X2

When you would like to work with Office 2008 and install EndNote X1 or X2, remember that the installer places the EndNote files needed to communicate Office and EndNote in the Office 2004 folder. For X1 EndNote has released a free update to solve this problem.

EndNote Support page

Visit EndNote Support page for the more news and reports of EndNote for MacOS.

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