PDF Annotations: Bibdesk + Skim: Annotations added in the PDF reader app Skim show up as Notes in BibDesk so you don’t even have to. This is a list of scripts (mostly Applescripts) that can extend BibDesk’s functionality. . pdf’s with iOS devices for reading/annotation purposes using GoodReader. BibDesk has built-in support for searching the internet for bibliography information. You can browse the web from within BibDesk, and BibDesk will try to extract.

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If you are more comfortable using a GUI for managing citations, this program is a good choice. Preview is a can of worms that I choose to leave for another day.

I love Papers for reading pdfs as many have said. I’m not too familiar with scripting BibDesk, but I’ve been poking around a little. Post Your Answer Discard By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.

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I haven’t been able bibdezk find someone who’s done something similar, and really can’t get past the first step. BibDesk deals with metadata in a way that makes sense and makes it easybut most importantly, makes the metadata relevant.

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It has a generic bibtex importer and will fetch abstracts automatically from ads. Again, a full discussion of BibTeX is left for another day, but suffice it to say, being able to assign memorable cite keys to articles is important.


To map the script to a keyboard shortcut “command-s” is convenientsee here the menu title is the name of your script.

This method is probably most useful for creating fairly static annotated reading lists.

Why I use BibDesk instead of Papers

BibDesk offers an iTunes -like Cocoa -based graphical user interface for creating, editing, managing, and searching BibTeX databases. Annotare offers automation using AppleScript[40] and using other scripting languages via Bibdeso. One issue that I have is replacing astro-ph articles with the published version, once the published version becomes available. I actually purchased a License for Papers when I was writing my thesis, and transferred my bibliography over from Bibdesk to Papers.

BibDesk AppleScripts by Andreas Fischlin

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. But the new BibDesk will in real time organise and sort bibliographic entries by arbitrary metadata, which for bibliographic entries is most usefully keywords. I do not really understand the difficulties you are facing with biblatex? Now that I see that bibdesk is open source, it provides the framework necessary to put together my dream — metadata, pdfs, ads search, astro-ph, and user notes, all within quicksilver, all while managing my bibtex behind the scenes.

Also consider Mendeleywhich is both a desktop and online article organizer. BibDesk can also import records in RIS format. Still hoping for a two-way editing of. With the previous version, I systematically had to clean my exported. When it comes to dealing with references I actually use Bibdesk to clean up the export reference abnotate from Papers.


I love the fact that Papers syncs with my iPhone.

BibTeX may be better at sorting and searching references, but I spend far more time reading articles than I do making citations. Updated Nov 2, Moved to Lion OS on my Mac. Email Required, but never shown. ADS import used to be quick but now takes forever.

I have some scripts I wrote to interface between quicksilver and ads-search without my browser. I’d like to write an applescript that does this automatically, but am very new to applescript and am having a hard time getting started.

Why I use BibDesk instead of Papers

The code you provided is an improvement upon what I had written, but unfortunately there was something wrong in my original code; storing a file name in the “Local-URL-2” field does not link the file to the entry. The new biblatex package offers such a feature which is more convenient.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is primarily a BibTeX front-end for use with LaTeXbut also offers external bibliographic database connectivity for importing, a variety of means for exporting, and capability for linking to local documents and automatically filing local documents.