[OS X TeX] Papers or BibDesk?
Adam M. Goldstein
amgoldstein at mac.com
Sat Apr 28 00:16:26 EDT 2007
On Apr 27, 2007, at 8:40 PM, Robert H. Sloan wrote:
> 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
> Is there a good introduction out there for the experienced BibTeX
> + emacs type?
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I don't know that there's a good introduction for BibDesk. You can
look at the help file online, which gives some task-oriented
explanations for things you are likely to use BD for:
As an emacs user, here are some of the ways I use BD.
-Create BibTeX records in BD. Lots of helpful autocompletion;
automatically generate cite keys according to custom pattern; LaTeX
preview of the entry; easy entry of keywords and custom fields for
organizing records and papers, including boolean fields that appear
as check boxes; three-valued fields; and "rating" field that allows
ranking of records on a scale of 1 to 5.
- Change many, many records at once by various drag and drop
operations, for instance, adding a key word to a large set of records
or correcting the spelling of an author's name.
-File new PDF's in my "papers" folder by dragging them to the record,
where they are filed in a file structure automatically generated by
BD according to a custom scheme.
- Create citations while using emacs by dragging "\cite" commands
from BD to the emacs window; or else sometimes I use RefTeX for this.
- Cite many references at once by selecting their records all at once
and dragging their "\cite" commands from BD; I don't know how I would
use RT for this.
- Create groups in BD to display records for papers added today;
added today and yesterday.
- Index papers by many keys: author/editor; key word; custom groups
created on the fly.
- Add citations from the library of congress, Amazon, entrez pubmed,
or (almost) any library with Z39.50 access, which can be searched
from directly within BD.
- Super-convenient means of acquiring citations that can't be
directly imported with "add publications from clipboard" feature.
- search the papers library with a pretty sophisticated search engine
that supports wildcard characters and boolean searching (based around
Dr. Adam M. Goldstein
amgoldstein <at> mac <dot> com
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