BibDesk is described as 'bibliographic reference manager for Mac OS X. BibDesk is designed to help organize and use bibliographic databases in BibTeX .bib format' and is an app in the Education & Reference category. There are more than 25 alternatives to BibDesk for a variety of platforms, including Mac, Windows, Online / Web-based, iPhone and iPad. The best alternative is Zotero, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like BibDesk are Qiqqa (Free, Open Source), Mendeley (Freemium), JabRef (Free, Open Source) and ReadCube Papers (Paid).
Zotero is a free, easy-to-use Firefox/Chrome extension or standalone program to help you collect, organize, manage, search and cite your research sources directly in your favourite word processor, with 300 MB free online storage.
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Zotero vs BibDesk opinions
pros, cons and recent comments
Zotero does not sync with Latex natively and it requires a third party software.
Mendeley helps manage and share academic knowledge: Mendeley Desktop is free academic software (Windows, Mac, Linux) for organizing and sharing research papers and generating bibliographies with 1GB of free online storage to automatically back up and synchronize your library...
The efficient way to collect, organize & discover Collect Import options for over 15 reference formats Easily retrieve and link full-text articles Fetch complete bibliographic information based on ISBN, DOI, PubMed-ID and arXiv-ID Import new...
JabRef vs BibDesk opinions
Almost everyone thinks JabRef is a great alternative to BibDesk.
portable since in Java, relies only on bib file (no separate database), generates clean bib files (no internal fields)
Positive comment • about 4 years ago
Works the best with LaTeX documents, as exporting citations is redundant: JabRef's database is a simple .bib file. Available for all major platforms, offers automatic addition of entries via DOI or arXiv-ID, has everything one needs as a citation and reference manager.
Powered by the same technology behind Zotero, ZoteroBib lets you seamlessly add items from across the web — using Zotero’s unmatched metadata extraction abilities — and generate bibliographies in more than 9,000 citation styles.
Bookends is a commercial reference management software package for Mac OS X that is used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. Its target market is students, academics and professionals.