[OS X TeX] MathSciNet to BibDesk

Vinayak Vatsal vatsal at math.ubc.ca
Tue Jul 19 04:02:44 CEST 2005


Thanks. I now understand what to do. I just didn't understand the 
documentation properly.

I think the confusion is that "new publication from pasteboard" should do 
different things automatically, depending on whether it receives a 
structured or non-structured input. If it gets BibTex/RIS, it should add it 
automatically. If it gets something it can't parse, it should offer the 
present behavior.

After all, both ways give new publications from the data in the pasteboard 
-- there's no reason why there should be two different commands to enter 
it.

Anyway, just an idea.



The point should be to make very clear that certain kinds of structured 
data can be entered

--On July 18, 2005 6:35:47 PM -0700 "Adam R. Maxwell" <amaxwell at mac.com> 
wrote:

>
> On Jul 18, 2005, at 18:23, Vinayak Vatsal wrote:
>
>> I guess this is my question -- what is the "main pub list"?
>
> The main window that lists all of your publications, with one row for
> each pub.  Technically it's an NSTableView, if that helps.  Just  bring
> BibDesk to the front by clicking BibDesk's icon on the dock,  and hit
> paste (if you have BibTeX or RIS on the clipboard).
>
>>
>> All I can figure out to do is copy the listing provided by
>> MathSciNet, select "New publication from pasteboard" and then
>> manually add each field. But surely there's a smarter way?
>
> Any of the ways I mentioned are better; if you can offer suggestions  or
> rewrites of our documentation to be more friendly for new users,  that
> would be most welcome!
>
> My recommendation is this:  if you're using a web browser which  supports
> Services, select the BibTeX or RIS, go to the application's  menu (e.g.
> OmniWeb) -> Services -> BibDesk -> Add to bibliography  (you should have
> a bibliography open for this).
>
>
> Adam
>
>
>>
>>
>>
>>
>> On Jul 18, 2005, at 5:58 PM, Adam R. Maxwell wrote:
>>
>>
>>> On Jul 18, 2005, at 17:51, Vinayak Vatsal wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> Right, it's easy (but sometimes painful if there are many
>>>> records) to copy and paste stuff in to the right places.
>>>>
>>>> But I was wondering if there's some way for BibDesk to parse the
>>>> BibTex entry provided by MathSciNet and put everything in the
>>>> right place.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>
>>> Copy a BibTeX entry (or multiple entries) such as
>>>
>>> @book{whole-set,
>>>     Author = {Knuth, Donald E.},
>>>     Note = {Seven volumes planned (this is a cross-referenced set
>>> of BOOKs)},
>>>     Publisher = {Addison-Wesley},
>>>     Series = {Four volumes},
>>>     Title = {The Art of Computer Programming},
>>>     Year = {{\noopsort{1973a}}{\switchargs{--90}{1968}}}}
>>>
>>> and paste the text as BibTeX into BibDesk's main pub list; same
>>> thing works for RIS.  You can also drag the selected BibTeX or RIS
>>> text in to BibDesk, or use the Services menu to add to the
>>> frontmost bibliography.  All of this should be covered clearly in
>>> the online help under 5.1 "Adding References".
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>> On Jul 18, 2005, at 5:12 PM, Fernando Pereira wrote:
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> On Jul 18, 2005, at 6:53 PM, Claus Gerhardt wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> Copy and paste.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> He said "efficiently" ;-)
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>
>>> If you have suggestions for improving the efficiency of the
>>> process as outlined, please let us know.
>>>
>>> Adam
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Vinayak Vatsal
Department of Mathematics
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Canada 
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