[OS X TeX] new BibDesk group features

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Sat Jan 13 11:51:38 EST 2007

Just to point out a few of the cool BibDesk group features we added:

Search Groups

- you can now search e.g. PubMed in BibDesk with a search group
- you can now search libraries via z39.50 with a search group
- you can drag-and-drop a search group to your desktop and mail it  

External/Script Groups

- you can now add a group based on an external file or URL
- you can now add a group based on a script

This last feature takes text output from a shell/Python/Ruby/Perl/C/ 
AppleScript/whatever program and tries to interpret it as bibliography  
data (BibTeX, RIS, ISI, etc).

As an example of what you can do with script groups, I posted the  
source to a simple program that downloads an EI Compendex search RSS  
feed (updated weekly) and converts it to BibTeX.  It's at <http://homepage.mac.com/amaxwell/ 
 >, filename compendextobibtex.zip.  Your institution needs a  
subscription to Compendex for this to work, but I thought a concrete  
example would help.


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