[OS X TeX] biber

Herbert Schulz via MacOSX-TeX macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu
Sat Sep 16 21:26:17 CEST 2023

> On Sep 16, 2023, at 11:52 AM, George Gratzer via MacOSX-TeX <macosx-tex at email.esm.psu.edu> wrote:
> How can we add biter to the Typeset menu?
> George


You can't add it directly to the menu but there are things you can do:

1)If you ALMOST ALWAYS want to use biber instead of bibtex you can set the BibTeX Engine section of the Engines tab in TeXShop->Preferences to biber instead of the default bibtex. Then Typeset->BibTeX (Shift-Cmd-B) will use biber for all documents as the default behavior. To use bibtex for those few documents add the line TeXShop directive (magic commnet)

% !BIB program = bibtex

near the top of those root files.

2)If there are only going to use biber instead of bibtex for a few documents add the TeXShop directive (magic comment)

% !BIB program = biber

near the top of the root file for those documents. Then, when you use Typeset->BibTeX (Shift-Cmd-B) in THOSE documents biber will be used instead of the default biber.

3)If you use any of the latexmk based engines (latexmk, pdflatexmk, xelatexmk, lualatexmk) the choice between using bibtex or biber is handled automatically based upon the bibliography based files produced (the biblatex package produces a special file when the (default) biber backend processor is used).

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
herbs2 at mac.com

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