I have downloaded this template http://www.latextemplates.com/template/jacobs-landscape-poster but when compiling it, the texmaker gives me the following error:

Process started

INFO - This is Biber 2.5 INFO - Logfile is 'main.blg'

ERROR - Cannot find control file 'main.bcf'! - did you pass the "backend=biber" option to BibLaTeX? INFO - ERRORS: 1

Process exited with error(s)

Now I have recently updated my texmaker preferences to use biber instead of bibtex (based on suggestions I read here) by entering "/usr/texbin/biber" %

How to overcome this error? the bibliography in the template is mentioned as follows

\nocite{*} % Insert publications even if they are not cited in the poster

Thank You

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    The template doe not use the modern system of biblatex and biber. You would have to do the transformation yourself.
    – Johannes_B
    Jul 5, 2016 at 8:21
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    unrelated to the biber question but \small does not take an argument so \small{...} should be {\small...} Jul 5, 2016 at 8:25
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    You can't use biber with this template but should use bibtex (or as suggested by Johannes change the template to use biblatex). Jul 5, 2016 at 8:25

1 Answer 1


Thanks to the comments, the issue is I need to either stick with bibtex or alter the template accordingly to make it working with biblatex. I chose the later and based on the answers in What to do to switch to biblatex? I succeeded in doing so.

Simply, remove

\nocite{*} % Insert publications even if they are not cited in the poster

and add


to your preamble and \printbibliography to the reference block


Lastly, to have references with small font size see this Answer

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