[OS X TeX] Beginner: bibliography strategy?

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sun Apr 10 11:37:35 EDT 2005

On Apr 9, 2005, at 08:22, Gary L. Gray wrote:

> With BibDesk, you can "Open Using Filter..." on the ISI-formatted  
> references and you won't have to use the command line. If you put  
> the bibutils in /usr/local/bin, then just type the following in the  
> Filter Shell Command field:
> /usr/local/bin/isi2xml | /usr/local/bin/xml2bib
> When you then click "Open", the utilities will filter your file and  
> open the references in BibTeX format into BibDesk. It is incredibly  
> cool!
> BibDesk even saves the recent filters used between sessions.
> There is a med2xml filter in the Bibutils, so this should work  
> (along with xml2bib as described above).
> BibDesk completely rules!

:)  I agree.  For the record, IMNSHO, you're better off to load RIS/ 
Medline output directly into BibDesk, without using BibUtils.   
ScienceDirect and others have a nasty habit of putting html into  
their RIS, and BibDesk will convert it to TeX (not pretty, but it  
keeps TeX from choking on it); it also converts SP and EP fields into  
a proper BibTeX field.  BibUtils provides an excellent toolset, but  
it's not as focused on LaTeX/BibTeX compatibility.

BibDesk recognizes RIS files with a .ris or .fcgi extension, but you  
can also use the Services menu, drag-and-drop, or copy/paste directly.

-- Adam
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