BibDesk for Mac

BibDesk for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
3.5
Very good
Average User Rating:
4.6
out of 21 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.6.2
  • Total Downloads:
    3,470
  • Date Added:
    December 10, 2013
  • File Size:
    8.84MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    12
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.6/10.7/10.8

Editors' Review

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BibDesk for Mac does a good job at simplifying the process of organizing citation materials and using reference lists in other applications. The free program's interface seems rather dated but it's easy to use and navigate.

After starting, BibDesk for Mac brings up a window containing detailed information on each of its updates, which is extensive but of little use. Fortunately, this is easily dismissed in favor of the main menu. While it lacks any real graphics, the buttons are well labeled and easy to find. On the left side of the window, users can select records from the computer, itself, or the Web. A large plus button brings up a menu for entering new sources. This allows information to be added in a number of fields, including title, author, and identification number. The type of source can also be changed from a drop-down menu. Once added, the user can return to it for edits with another button. The main part of the window contains a list of the saved sources and a snapshot of their contents. Users can search the entire record for specific information, as well, which is a useful feature for those with a number of records.

Despite its dated look, BibDesk for Mac works well as a citation and source saving program. The program is easy to use and provides good assistance to users with a large number of bibliographic materials.

 
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User Reviews
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Results 1–10 of 18

5 stars

"Works great. Love it."

June 22, 2014  |  By burke

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.6.2

Pros

Easy bib management with LaTeX.

Cons

Not easy to import bibtex data? Or I haven't figured it out yet.

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4 stars

"Works with TeX, generates .bib, pipelines LyX, great!!"

September 03, 2010  |  By k1d3q9n0

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.5.3

Pros

Many, many features allow sorting or searching against all attributes. Updates have links to external databases, and can grab the references in .ris format.

Cons

What seems to work best for archives is a single .bib file, but now mine is over 1000 items. Occasionally, it just winks out. There are some "quirks" with importing entries, but this process has been smoother on recent updates.

Summary

I used to edit .bib files in a text editor. BibTeX let me forget those days!

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5 stars

"The best ref organizer"

February 22, 2010  |  By osos10

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.5.1

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I guess that since its so good, no one writes a thing ... so I just felt like giving this software 5 stars while I am downloading the update.

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4 stars

"Excellent freeware BibTeX data base manager."

December 19, 2009  |  By wmcb101

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.4

Pros

Used it on two book projects and BibDesk is an excellent freeware BibTeX data base manager.

Cons

Nothing worth noting

Summary

Excellent freeware BibTeX data base manager.

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5 stars

"great program - great support"

January 13, 2007  |  By cwasmer

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.3

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Even 1.2 was almost perfect, this version has some cool new features (direct import from PubMed, for example works great for me)

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5 stars

"yes"

April 27, 2006  |  By scott929

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.2.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
If you use BibTex you need this program.

If you don't, you need to use bibtex so you can use this program.

Anyone who uses LaTeX at all. This makes references management a breeze. I don't know how I would get along without it.

Thanks.

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5 stars

"Great application"

March 11, 2006  |  By osos10

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.2.5

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
Makes the usually annoying tasks of arranging references, related pdf files and urls, and the writing of the bibtex file into pleasure. The recent features of importing/exporting various formats and automatic cite key generation are great. The recent versions are very stable. The price is great too.

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5 stars

"perfect"

October 31, 2005  |  By a9250992

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.1.8

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
BibDesk is the perfect tool for writers especially in science and the arts. Have seen nothing better on all plattforms.

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5 stars

"Great application"

September 08, 2005  |  By bbreondr

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.1.6

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
As a PhD student in finance, I've found BibDesk indispensable. It auto-files journal articles, generates cites, and helps me keep track of what I've read/annotated. Without it, I'd be significantly less productive and organized.

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4 stars

"Wonderful!"

May 27, 2005  |  By Jed_Singer_873

 |  Version: BibDesk 1.0RC2

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
If you use BibTex you should absolutely get this. Best analogy I can think of is iTunes for references (including managing files in an intelligent way).

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.6.2

New Features

  • Allow username/passsword identification in ISI World of Science search groups
  • Allow editing search bookmarks
  • Support Quick Look in orphaned files finder and file matcher
  • Allow phrase searching

Bugs Fixed

  • Fix abstract import from RIS
  • Spotlight search editors for publications without an author
  • Fix search group URLs
  • Fix scripting properties of markup notes
  • Avoid creating many annote fields from RIS
  • Fix scripting of field groups
  • Avoid a spurious crasher
  • Code-sign all components
  • Avoid using discrete GPU
  • Disable web icons for remote URLs on Mavericks for now
General
Publisher Michael McCracken
Publisher web site http://www.cs.ucsd.edu/~mmccrack/
Release Date December 10, 2013
Date Added December 10, 2013
Version 1.6.2
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.6, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 8.84MB
File Name BibDesk-1.6.2.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 3,470
Downloads Last Week 12
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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