[OS X TeX]

Simon Spiegel simon at simifilm.ch
Wed Jun 13 04:05:28 EDT 2007


Papers, an app for managing scientific papers, has already been  
discussed on this list. Version 1.1 has just been released and since  
one of the touted features of this update is "much improved BibTeX  
support", I thought you might be interested in some first impressions.

It's true that BibTeX import has been improved - more data from  
the .bib file is now interpreted properly -, but in the end the app  
is still useless für BibTeX/LaTeX. Basically, Papers only knows about  
journal articles and all fields it doesn't know just get ignored. For  
example, in incollection entries, there's still no 'editor' or  
'bookauthor'. Keywords seem to get ignored completely. If you import  
and afterward export bibtex files, all this information is lost which  
results in a crippled bibtex file.

So the verdict is the same: This app is useless for BibTeX/LaTeX in  
its current form, and I'm a bit surprised that Papers and not BibDesk  
got an Apple Design Award.


Simon Spiegel
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is generally accepted, 'don't fly too high', or whether it might also  
be thought of as: 'forget about the wax and feathers, and do a better  
job on the wings." Stanley Kubrick

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