[OS X TeX] Reference managers
Thomas A. Schmitz
thomas.schmitz at uni-bonn.de
Thu Oct 25 01:01:37 EDT 2007
On Oct 25, 2007, at 2:00 AM, "Adam R. Maxwell" wrote:
> Papers, Bookends, EndNote, and Sente all support BibTeX to varying
> degrees. What are you looking for that BibDesk doesn't have?
> We're always interested in making it suck less ;).
OK, since you mention it: I was having trouble with the search
function and wildcards. The reference to the search function really
sucks; it just says this:
For example, the following query includes Boolean, prefix, and suffix
`appl* OR *ing'
This query will return documents containing words that begin with
"appl" as well as documents that contain words that end with "ing".
As far as I can see (and I tried a lot), there is no real regular
expression search. I was trying to filter my database for entries
that have either 'Electra' or 'Elektra' in any field. But "Ele*tra"
would in effect search for two strings, 'Ele*' and 'tra' -- useless,
So I don't quite agree with "forget the rest." Filtering with real
regular expressions and creating "virtual databases" is possible with
ebib, a bibtex tool for emacs (http://ebib.sourceforge.net/), which I
like a lot, and (if you're not scared of the command line), bibtool
(http://www.gerd-neugebauer.de/software/TeX/BibTool.en.html) has very
advanced searching and filtering options. This is much more powerful
than this "wildcard" business.
Nevertheless, I use Bibdesk a lot and like it very much. I just don't
think that it is the only tool out there worth mentioning.
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