# Bibliography tools that are compatible with biblatex and biber

I’m currently in the process of reconsidering how I do bibliography management. It seems to be most sensible to use biblatex with biber. I’d like to know what tools are available on which I can build a solution that works for me. I’m interested in everything from full-blown bibliography management suites to pretty-printers for .bib files; both as traditional programs and online services.

Tools in question should fulfill the following criteria:

• Unicode support.
• Support for the additional entry types and fields that biblatex supports.
• Support for biber’s improved cross-referencing.
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If I am right then bibtool also supports biblatex data bases –  Herbert Jul 24 '11 at 10:36
@Caramdir, are’nt you able to turn the question into CW yourself? –  domwass Jul 24 '11 at 14:05
@domwass: No, only mods can do that. –  Caramdir Jul 24 '11 at 15:58
@Caramdir, you are right, only answers can be turned into community wiki, as it seems. –  domwass Jul 24 '11 at 17:23
You can use Emacs for biblatex and biber. –  N.N. Feb 15 '13 at 15:23
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I am most familiar with JabRef. It has Unicode support and a biblatex mode. You can also customize JabRef to have any entry type and field you can think of. There is no built-in cross-referencing support in JabRef, but you can set up the corresponding fields yourself.

The newest version of Citavi (3.1) has biblatex support as well, as the announcement (at least in German) states. This might not be complete, since it is the first version with biblatex support. Citavi has a built-in cross-referencing functionality, but the workflow with LaTeX is not intuitive, as Citavi does not store the data in .bib format.

JabRef works on all platforms (with Java), Citavi is Windows only. Development for a Mac version have stopped in November 2011 (Link).

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+1 for JabRef :-) –  Tobi Jul 24 '11 at 14:32
By the way, JabRef has BibLaTeX mode (Options -- Preferences -- Advanced -- BibLaTeX mode). –  Anton Sep 2 '11 at 17:32
@Anton, you are right. I edited my answer. –  domwass Sep 4 '11 at 15:22
@Matthias, JabRef‘s biblatex mode changes the available entry types (collection, e.g.) and fields (it adds fields to the optional tab and has a second optional tab with more fields). –  domwass Nov 30 '11 at 13:12
It has to be said though that a lot of time after this answer was posted the JabRef biblatex mode is still not complete. Most importantly, the indication whether an entry is complete still doesn't work properly when only year or date are present but not both. –  Christian Aug 20 '12 at 22:41
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For the Mac there is BiBDesk, which is a full-featured reference management system that integrates nicely with the Mac OS, and with Mac editors. It allows you to:

• manage references, including documents attached to the references
• create custom bib fields (including those used by biblatex)
• search the database and create smart groups of references based on search criteria
• import references from major online sources as well as copied text
• export references and bibliographies in a variety of formats
• insert references from within your favourite editor using the system AutoCompletion methods

In the BibDesk wiki (BibDesk Tips and Tricks) there is some information on customizing BibDesk for biblatex, including a link to a TypeInfo file that can be used to create all of the biblatex fields automatically. Download the file from here: TypeInfo for BibLaTeX, quit BibDesk, and save the file as ~/Library/Application Support/BibDesk/TypeInfo.plist.

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