[OS X TeX] [ANN] BibDesk 0.99.3 available

Adam R.Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Tue Apr 26 00:15:28 EDT 2005

The BibDesk development team is pleased to announce the availability  
of BibDesk 0.99.3 from <http://bibdesk.sourceforge.net/>.  We have a  
great new feature for importing references from the Internet or other  
text sources, plus numerous other features, and we've even fixed a  
couple of bugs since 0.99.2 was released two weeks ago.

Please read the online help for information about the new features;  
it now has an index, which should make it more usable for browsing.

Hopefully we're running out of bugs to fix, but if you find any more,  
please post them to our bug tracker at <http://sourceforge.net/ 
tracker/?atid=497423&group_id=61487&func=browse>.  We'd like to get  
version 1.0 out Real Soon Now, but I don't even believe myself when I  
write that any more.

For the bored among you, a complete list of changes follows, so you  
can decide if this release is worth downloading.

Changes since 0.99.2

* A new version of the autocompletion plugin is available, which  
fixes an issue for jurabib users in particular; use the  
Autocompletion (External) preferences to reinstall the plugin.
* Preferences have been rearranged and consolidated, but the online  
help screenshots do not reflect this yet!
* This version also has a new feature for adding references by  
selecting blocks of text from the clipboard or the web and adding  
them directly to BibDesk.  You can access the new feature from the  
Publication menu, but please check the online help for documentation  
of this feature (note the handy Help button on the sheet).

New Features
   •  Last-selected column for sorting when a document is closed will  
be the default sort order for new/opened documents (bug #1178642)
   •  Annote and Abstract may now be saved at the end of entries  
(preference), which works around buffer limits in some versions of  
   •  Custom cite key drawer is now editable directly, rather than  
from preferences
   •  Text import feature added, which allows adding text from the  
clipboard or a web page directly to a reference
   •  Missing files are now shown with a question mark icon in the  
main pubs list
   •  Can save/export as RIS
   •  Encoding is now settable from Save As... dialogs
   •  Fields with alphanumeric values are now sorted correctly
   •  Added a "Container" column for the main pubs list that shows  
the title of the work that a reference is a part of (e.g. Journal for  
articles, Booktitle for inproceedings)
   •  Added options to Copy and Export as minimal BibTeX, so you can  
access the pubs without BibDesk's fields (Date-Created Date-Modified,  
Local-Url, Url)
   •  Can now edit fields list in Defaults pref pane directly

   •  New crash reporter, with fields for contact info, and it should  
work on Jaguar now
   •  Fix exception in Character Conversion editor, improved  
validation of entries and editing
   •  Fixed status message updating in BibEditor
   •  User's character conversion dictionary is actually loaded now,  
so changes should be effective
   •  %f in AutoFile is no longer interpreted as Keywords
   •  Use singular noun when appropriate in the document's status  
   •  BibEditor's form/text fields no longer lose focus after saving  
the file
   •  The proper encoding is now used for pasting, so you don't end  
up with garbled accented characters
   •  Frontmatter is now passed to the LaTeX preview
   •  Combo boxes are now used instead of text field + popup button  
to selected BibTeX fields (various places)
   •  Changes to BibItems are only observed by the document that  
contains them, instead of all open documents
   •  Field for default cite key in prefs actually works now
   •  Jurabib works again with autocompletion input manager
   •  Dragging from the cite key drawer always gives a cite key,  
regardless of your prefs for dragging/copying
   •  Fix bug #1183091, crash on second reordering of fields in the  
types editor
   •  Whitespace is no longer collapsed in Abstract and Annote for  
preview pane below the pub list, so people who create lists with  
returns and tabs will see them now
   •  Matthew Cook's BDOrganizedLock is now used for locking in the  
LaTeX preview, which should eliminate some (hopefully all) of the  
thread-safety problems there
   •  Changed default button, title, and warning message in the  
BibEditor warning sheet for unset citekey/unfiled paper; added  
"Discard" button for unedited pubs
   •  Default encoding type is now selected in popups
   •  Use a combo box for number of items to display in preview  
   •  Error messages from btparse are no longer truncated
   •  Ring-above is now supported in TeX accents (bug #1184564)
   •  Return values from the LaTeX previewer are actually checked  
now, which should improve copying from it
   •  Renamed RIS import service
   •  RIS document encoding can now be specified for opening files  
(and respects default encoding in prefs)
   •  CoreFoundation is now used for the background update checking,  
since [NSDictionary dictionaryWithURL:] was leaking memory
   •  Fix bug #1185789, month not displayed in user's locale
   •  Font for added table columns is now changed properly to the  
user's default font
   •  Arbitrary accented characters with \i and \j are now converted  
both ways properly
   •  LaTeX preview should display the currently selected item as  
soon as it becomes visible, so you don't have to deselect/reselect an  
item to make it work
   •  It's now possible to enter &$^ in cite keys, but we warn you  
that this is a bad idea
   •  Use Chapter instead of Title for inbook for format specifiers % 
t and %T
   •  Fixed crasher that could occur when browsing the web in  
BibEditor (bug #1151065)
   •  Paste/Drag errors are properly removed when their document  
closes (bug #944817)

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