[OS X TeX] Who is using biblatex?

Alan T Litchfield alan at alphabyte.co.nz
Tue Nov 30 03:14:30 CET 2010

On 30/11/2010, at 3:04 PM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

> 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.
>> ...
> Howdy,
> 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).)
> <pdflatex8mk.zip>

Thanks Herb. I will give that a go but up till now I have had no luck  
with getting an engine to work right. Something I have done wrong so  
I'll how yours works.

>> 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.
> 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.

No reason really except I prefer to work in as few apps as possible. I  
have no problem with working with a text editor to find what I am  
looking for and I keep the contents of my bib file listed by author  
name then date. It is sectioned alphabetically. BibDesk just doesn't  
really do it for me, and yes I have tried it. I went back to the text  
editor. I already know most of the field structures and names so it  
would not add anything to how I work.


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