[OS X TeX] [ANN] BibDesk-0.99a1 with macro support

Adam Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Tue Mar 8 12:29:50 EST 2005

Hi all,

The BibDesk development team is pleased to announce that BibDesk finally has
support for BibTeX macros!  This feature necessitated some low-level changes
in the program, and the documentation is not complete, so we are releasing
it as an alpha.

Please use the bibdesk-users mailing list 
<http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/bibdesk-users> for discussion of
this release.  Discussions on MacOSX-TeX may not be seen by the
appropriate developers, and future alpha releases won't be announced here.

If you download it, you need to be willing to file bug reports on interface
issues and other problems you encounter.  There are no known data loss
issues, but don't use this on the only copy of your thesis bibliography.
The download URL is in the following message.

*** WARNING ***

This is an alpha release of BibDesk, which means that it has not been
extensively tested.  Many changes have been made to support macros; we think
this is a great new feature, but please back up your .bib files before using
it!  If you want to see if changes have been made in a file, you can use
FileMerge from the developer tools, or the opendiff command in Terminal
(e.g. `opendiff myOldFile.bib myNewFile.bib`).

Bug reports should be submitted at
<http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=61487&atid=497423>, and feel free
to discuss the new features on the bibdesk-users mailing list.  Online help
is not available yet for the new features.

** Macro usage notes:
-  All fields are displayed in the preview and editor as expanded values (if
the string is defined).
-  Use cmd-R in the editor to edit the "raw" BibTeX directly; this is what
the value will look like when saved to disk.
-  If you delete the outer braces in the raw editor, they will not appear
when saved.  For example, to enter an abbreviated month, select the "Month"
field, hit cmd-R (or use the menu item), delete the braces that appear, and
enter the abbreviated month.  The expanded value will also be shown.
-  To edit @string definitions, use the "Window->Macros" menu item.

Download the new version at

Changes since 0.98.1

New Features
  ?  Macro support!
  ?  Progress indicator for AutoFile
  ?  It is now possible to set the font family for display in the formatted
preview of the main pub list
  ?  You can print the formatted preview of the main pub list; if you set
the prefs to display "Everything", you'll get a separate page for each
selected entry.  Printing the LaTeX preview is still allowed; just select
its window before hitting cmd-P.
  ?  Option added for all-lowercase citekeys
  ?  Option added to set the maximum number of displayed items in the
  ?  Alternate string encodings are now allowed when using libbtparse

  ?  Cleaned up the formatted preview display in the main publications list;
braces are no longer displayed, whitespace is collapsed, and Local-Urls are
no longer displayed as file URLs.  It should also be faster to display.
  ?  Fixed some undo-related bugs
  ?  Symlinks and aliases in file URLs are no longer resolved
  ?  Fix bug #1150230, letters instead of number is %n format.
  ?  Braces are now ignored in searches
  ?  Quicksearch should now be quicker, especially with large files
  ?  BibEditor windows remember their size and position
  ?  ShiftJIS string encoding added
  ?  Sheets are now used instead of modal panels in printing and open
  ?  Selection is now maintained when adding pubs

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