[OS X TeX] Database Utility for Bibtex Databases

Adam Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Tue Jan 25 16:53:54 EST 2005

On Tuesday, January 25, 2005, at 11:06AM, Simon Spiegel <simon at simifilm.ch> wrote:

>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.

You can do this with BibDesk at present, but you have to create a new (perhaps temporary) bib file, and drag your search results into it.

>> (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.

What we have planned for BibDesk is similar to iTunes; saved searches (dynamically updated) and collections (static subsets of a larger bibliography).  You'll be able to export each one as an individual file, either manually or whenever you save the main file.

As Simon mentioned, support is mostly in place for this, but we've disabled the BibDesk Library file format in the shipping code, since the format is not complete yet.  If you want to play with the interface for static collections, you can make BibDesk an Editor of .bdsk files by editing the CFBundleTypeRole of the Info.plist...but we don't support that :-).

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