bibliographic software (linux only)
Paul A. Rubin
parubin73 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 11 17:34:44 UTC 2020
On 9/11/20 12:26 PM, Rich Shepard wrote:
> I've used JabRef for years but 5.x frustrates me to no end. They've
> lost the
> emacs keyboard chords that were present from 1.x through 4.x so to
> edit an
> abstract, for example, I need to use the arrow and Del keys. And, they've
> changed the UI so some data entry tabs have their widgets on the left
> of the application window and the entry preview on the right halt. But,
> accessing the right-hand column of the data entry widgets must be done
> because that half window cannot be expanded to the right. Serious
> PITA. Yes,
> I've filed bug issues on both but nothing's been fixed. I've tried using
> KDE's bibliography tool but that was equally frustrating. And Zotero
> use bibtex.
> Since I'm not a full-time researcher I don't need to share the
> with collaborators and I will not store it somewhere in the cloud; my
> my network. I also don't particularly care for a GUI; text-based works
> me since that's how I do most of my work (except when using LyX).
> I've about 1,200 books and PDFs in the bibtex database and other than
> entering new documents I want to search primarily by keywords,
> by authors.
> Does anyone know of a CLI bibliographic tool? Or a basic one with a
> GUI that
> Just Works(TM)?
I haven't used it (I'm sticking with JabRef), but Mendeley
<https://www.mendeley.com/reference-management/reference-manager> has a
GUI that seems reasonable to me, can export .bib files, and has an
interesting "sync" feature that will update exported .bib files without
having to save a new one. (You still have to click a button to sync
changes, so I'm not sure this is a huge improvement over just exporting
a new copy.) I've also seen indications on the Mendeley site that there
is some sort of drag-and-drop interface where you can just feed it a PDF
file and have it suss out the basic citation poop. U. of Melbourne has a
page with information
<https://unimelb.libguides.com/c.php?g=565734&p=3897116> on how to use
it with LaTeX.
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