[OS X TeX] Papers or BibDesk?

Robert H. Sloan sloan at uic.edu
Fri Apr 27 20:40:13 EDT 2007

	I'm interested in moving to BibDesk from plain old emacs (well,  
these days Aquamacs) and BibTeX, but am finding it hard to get a good  
description of what extra features are available to me.

	I'm an old timer, who started using emacs plus BibTeX in 1985, and  
have a couple of very big .bib files I use. Still, like all other  
researchers these days, I sure do have a hard drive full of papers  
that I have read/mean to read/might read, and I often want to cite them.

	Is there a good introduction out there for the experienced BibTeX +  
emacs type?

On Apr 27, 2007, at 7:00 PM, TeX on Mac OS X Mailing List wrote:

> Subject: Re: [OS X TeX] Papers or BibDesk?
> From: "Adam R. Maxwell" <amaxwell at mac.com>
> Date: Thu, 26 Apr 2007 17:48:49 -0700
> On Apr 26, 2007, at 13:28, Bruno Voisin wrote:
> [snip Papers description]
>> However, from what I had read here I had understood BibDesk offers
>> already, for free and in a BibTeX-compatible way, the functionality
>> provided by Papers. Is this statement correct (I'm not using Bibdesk
>> yet)? Are there users of BibDesk and/or Papers, who could clarify
>> this.
> Papers has a more full-featured PubMed search interface than BibDesk,
> and is probably more intuitive in some respects.  If you're concerned
> about BibTeX/LaTeX compatibility, do not use Papers at this time; use
> BibDesk or JabRef to preserve your data.  If you just want to organize
> and search PDF, use whichever one you like.
> As a BibDesk developer, I'm obviously biased towards BibDesk.  BibDesk
> has had many of the exciting features of Papers for years now (PubMed
> search is a very recent feature for BibDesk, though).  It's also not
> limited to PDF attachments, and a single reference can have multiple
> supporting files, all of which are searchable.
> regards,
> Adam

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