[OS X TeX] Database Utility for Bibtex Databases

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Tue Jan 25 14:04:06 EST 2005

On 25.01.2005, at 19:35, Frederick Hoyt wrote:

> Hi,
> I'm wondering if anyone can help me locate a tool for managing bibtex 
> databases.
> I am looking for a program which will allow me to the following:
> (i) 	Search a bibtex database, returning a list of entries, and then 
> export/print this list of results as a .bib file.
> (ii)	Define subsets of a database
> In generally, what I'm trying to do is have one big bibtex database, 
> for which I can define task/project/discipline-specific subsets, and 
> which I can use for generating smaller .bib files on the fly.
> I have looked at Bibdesk, Jabref, and Barracuda, and as far as I can 
> tell these will not do what I'm describing. My concern is less with 
> _creating_ entries (for which I use jabref or do it by hand), and more 
> with organizing and accessing them.
> thank you,
> Fred Hoyt

There's currently a lot of work going on to give this kind of 
functionality to BibDesk. Collections inside a bibtex database (similar 
to collections in iTunes) are definitely coming, but I can't tell you 
when it will actually be useable. You can get a glimpse of the future 
if you save your bib-file as BibDesk library and then re-open it. Parts 
of the UI are already, they just  don't a lot.


Simon Spiegel
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