[OS X TeX] Improved support for biber in TeXShop

Alan Munn amunn at gmx.com
Sat Jul 14 19:54:12 CEST 2012

Now that TL 2012 is out (thanks Dick and all of the TeXLive folk), I thought I'd bring up an issue with TeXShop.

 Many of us are increasingly switching to biblatex for our bibliographies, and biblatex runs best with biber as the backend instead of bibtex. As it stands now, TeXShop has no simple way to switch between these backends on a per-document basis. This would be the most desirable behaviour since anyone using biblatex is likely to also have older documents that require bibtex, not to mention that sometimes a bibtex solution is necessary.

 In this Stackexchange question, http://tex.stackexchange.com/q/38348/2693 Mark Everitt provided a script that implements this idea quite nicely.

 The script source is here: https://github.com/qubyte/BibDirective

 I've been using this script myself, but it would be nice if something like it were actually incorporated into TeXShop directly.

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