How do I "install" biblatex in texniccenter?

The editor has either an option to use "BibTex" or not. How do I "hook" biblatex into it instead?

Sorry I am completely lost in what I am doing here.

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    biblatex is a package and BibTeX is an external executable program. That's a fundamental difference. So this issue is not really related to TeXnicCenter (TXC). Apr 25, 2011 at 9:17

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You can define your program in Build->Define output profiles. There, define the path to bibtex executable and in arguments, pass it the argument: "%bm"

Let me know if this solves the problem. It gave me headaches in my early years of using TeXnicCenter :)

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    True, but not applicable for the biblatex package. OTOH, your answer should help with using biber (the recommended backend programm for biblatex).
    – lockstep
    Apr 25, 2011 at 13:46
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    Oh, you're right. I guess this might help then: tex.stackexchange.com/questions/6150/…
    – recluze
    Apr 25, 2011 at 13:51

Solution is NOT to use bibtex.

In my case, the problem was that Miketex website was down and download of biblatex package failed.

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    I think you are confusing some things here. As pointed out by others, biblatex is a package, whereas BibTeX is a program that biblatex can use as a backend, but biblatex can also use biber as a backend. When it comes to TeXnicCenter, the solution is to use its “bibtex” flag and then define the output profile to fit your needs (i.e. use bibtex or biber as a backend).
    – domwass
    Apr 26, 2011 at 6:46
  • Nope - you don't need to use bibtex - because BibLatex works in Texniccenter without it beign checked. I am talking about Project->properties dialog box. Apr 26, 2011 at 18:30
  • Ah, okay, I was not aware of this setting. What does it do, anyway?
    – domwass
    Apr 27, 2011 at 9:01
  • I don't know - that was kind of my question Apr 27, 2011 at 12:49
  • Sorry, I just now saw that you are the one who posted the question as well (in fact, it would have been better to post a comment to your question rather than an answer). You can specify the backend to use in Build->Define output profiles (as recluze suggested). There, you can also activate and deactivate BibTeX support, i.e. decide whether BibTeX (the program) should be used at all.
    – domwass
    Apr 27, 2011 at 13:14

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