I am looking for an advice.
I am trying to find "the best" (:>) program to manage my bibtex library which would let me create subgroups and format citation keys my way, e.g.
ref: followed by author, followed by year, followed by letters a, b, c if there are key duplicates.
First was JabRef. It would be ok but I work on CentOS and unfortunately JabRef does not work well on this system.
I tried KBibTeX which is fine but it a slightly too simple. Formatting citation keys is OK but it does not handle duplicates. I had to add first letters of title to the keys:
ref:authorYearFLOT (First Letters of Title). If the title is long than the key gets quite long as well. The other problem is no groups and subgroups management.
Zetero has group managing, cloud syncing but bibliography has to be manually exported to bibtex file. It also has inconvenient citation keys formatting "author_year_firstwordoftitle". It handles the duplicates somehow but it is not the way I would like it. I would prefer to have "ref:" prefix in my key citations.
Mendeley has option to handle BibTeX by syncing separate folders into separate *.bib files, which is good. If there is a missing citation key, it provides it using "AuthorYear[abc...]" format but sometimes it gives something else like "Author:VMM1998475:word1:word2". I could not find how to edit a style that citation keys would follow.
Is there any add-on for Mendeley to handle custom citations?
Thanks for any advises.
EDIT. Even though Mendeley can sync references (in my case folders) with bibtex files, I still don't know when exactly they are synced. As I found a workaround with Zotero (see my answer), I am going to switch to this program. Currently, references have to be exported manually but at least I control it!