[OS X TeX] Who is using biblatex?

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Mon Nov 29 21:04:09 EST 2010

On Nov 24, 2010, at 3:40 PM, Alan T Litchfield wrote:

> Hi all,
> Been looking this morning at switching over to biblatex in order to remedy an apparent problem I have with some reference types and apacite. I have made an engine for TeXShop to run bibtex8, that's all good.
> ...


Don't know if you did this but since bibtex8 runs lust like bibtex (i.e., same sort of log output) it is possible to create a pdflatex8mk engine and corresponding configuration file. Attached is a folder with two file. Place the pdflatex8mkrc file in the ~/Library/TeXShop/bin/tslatexmk/ folder (~/Library/ is the Library folder in your HOME folder) and place the pdflatex8mkrc file in the ~/Library/TeXShop/Engines/ folder. Then place the line

% !TEX TS-program = pdflatex8mk

at the top of your source file. From then on simply typeset using Typeset->Typeset (Cmd-T) and everything that needs to be done will get done.

(By the way, for those that are curious, this doesn't work for biber because it's log file is very different that the one for bibtex(8).)

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> Essentially I have been looking at what might be required for a switch to APA 6th from 5th. the biblatex bib file is a very different looking beast to a bibtex bib file and mine is about 176kb (a lot of references to convert).
> From what I have seen biblatex seems to have got some good press and application appears to be quite logical. There is also the nice looking biblatex-apa.
> Is there anyone on the list that is currently using this (biblatex or biblatex-apa)? Apart from the major changes to structure (and I am afraid I am very comfortable with bibtex field structures), are there any issues you found?

Sorry, this kind of fiddling is out of my league. :-)

> I don't use a bib database like BibDesk. I just use TeXshop as a text editor to maintain the bib file and link citations.
> Cheers
> Alan

Is there a reason you don't use BibDesk? It uses the standard .bib format files and makes it easy to create and edit your .bib file. Open your .bib file with BibDesk and try it out. If you're worried save a copy of the original .bib file but I don't think there is any need to worry.

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

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