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Does cb2bib Remove Drudgery From Bibliography Creation?

Nov 13, 2008, 00:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"cb2bib takes the contents of your desktop clipboard and puts it into a BibTeX database, working automatically to put information into the correct format if you are lucky, or with your manual input if you are not. Since your manual input is added to the automatic search patterns, in theory the automatic formatting should improve as you use cb2bib, although in practice I was unable to detect any improvement. Possibly I did not use it long enough for major improvements to happen.

"The c2bib window is dominated by fields for bibliographical information. While that arrangement might seem reasonable at first, in practice you might wish for a larger field for viewing clipboard information if you have to do any manual formatting. As things are, the clipboard viewing field can only display three lines at a time, which can be inconvenient if you are working with more than two or three of bibliographical references at the same time. Below the clipboard viewer is a field for the path to the BibTeX database, and, below that, a toolbar of buttons. The toolbar is carelessly organized, with the exit button in the middle, but, unlike the clipboard viewer, at least large enough to be convenient for use."

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