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Carry your BibTeX libraries with you on your iPad and iPhone

Carry your BibTeX libraries with you on your iPad and iPhone


by Benjamin Burton

What is it about?

Carry your BibTeX libraries with you on your iPad and iPhone!


App Details

Productivity Education
Last updated
December 19, 2019
Release date
November 7, 2019
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App Store Description

Carry your BibTeX libraries with you on your iPad and iPhone!

A BibTeX library is a collection of bibliographic references (papers, books, reports, etc.), designed to work with the LaTeX typesetting system. Each library is stored in a specially-formatted text file (typically ending in .bib), which you can create with your favourite text editor.

The References app gives you an easy way to browse through and interact with your BibTeX libraries. You can scroll, search, follow links, and view file attachments. In particular:

- The app creates links from DOIs, MathSciNet references, ACM IDs, and of course URLs.
- The app understands elementary LaTeX, so if your titles and/or abstracts contain markup or mathematics (and if your LaTeX is simple enough) then the app can display them nicely.
- If you used BibDesk to create your library, the app can view your file attachments (e.g., PDFs that you have attached to your references).

The References app can open BibTeX libraries from anywhere on your device. In particular, you can use iCloud Drive to keep them synchronised between your devices.


If you wish to view BibDesk file attachments (e.g., PDFs), then these should be stored on your device also, in the same folder relative to your library as where BibDesk expects to see them.

There are some limitations to viewing file attachments:

- On iOS 12, you can only view attachments that are stored inside the References app. On iOS 13, you can view attachments from anywhere on your device (including iCloud Drive).
- You might have difficulties viewing attachments that are stored using a third-party file provider (e.g., DropBox). If you have problems, please mail the References developer with the details; in the meantime, you should be able to use iCloud Drive without trouble.


To learn more about BibTeX, see .

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