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RMIT University



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Minimum required   KDE 3.x
Downloads:  5200
Submitted:  Jun 18 2006
Updated:  Nov 3 2009


KBib is a bibliography manager for KDE. It uses BibTex as its native file format

* Add/edit/remove references
* Support copy/paste/drag-drop of references (BibTex entries can be copied/pasted or dragged/dropped from another Kbib window or a text editor into KBib and vice versus)
* Search and download references from Z39.50 servers, SRU servers, Pubmed server, IEEEXplore, ISI Web of Knowledge, Google Scholar, Citebase.org, ArXiv, Spires, Scitation, Optics InfoBase, Science Direct and MathSciNet.
* Download references from remote reference database (opened with Konqueror, Firefox), such as IEEEXplore, ScienceDirect (RIS format), Web of Science (ISI format), Google Scholar (RIS and Endnote formats) into KBib (see screenshot)
* Create new references from plain text, reference identifiers (DOI, ArXiv ID or Pubmed ID) and PDF files.
* Find/remove duplicated references
* Generate citation key automatically
* Check/correct duplicated citation keys
* Lock/unlock citation keys (to prevent unwanted change of citation keys)
* Sort references
* Search references(fairly simple)
* Cite selected references into Lyx/Kile (using Lyx pipe)
* Support string macros
* Import references from Bibtex/RIS/ISI/Endnote/COPAC/MODS XML/PubMed XML/Endnote exported Bibtex (without citation key) files
* Export to RIS/Endnote/MODS XML/HTML files
* Save selected references into a new file
* Support user defined reference types
* Add/Delete/Edit reference types
* Allow different view modes (view all/by reference type/selected references/unselected references)
* Group references by various properties. References can be grouped by reference type and any field (user defined). Group view can be disabled.
* Allow flexible displayed fields
* Generate bibliography from selected references


Version 0.6.6:
- New remote database searchers: OpticsInfoBase, ScienceDirect and MathSciNet
- Fixed Google Scholar and IEEEXplore searchers
- Updated DOI download to work with new authentication method in Crossref
- Minor UI tweaks

Version 0.6.5:
- New remote database searchers: ArXiv, Spires and Scitation
- Improved Google Scholar searcher
- Fixed problem with download reference from Crossref

Version 0.6.4:
- New remote database searchers: Google Scholar and Citebase.org
- Improved remote database search dialog: new tab to enter query string direcly, remember last search options
- New reference filter
- Fixed problem with locking citation keys
- Fixed problem with authentication when searching Z39.50 databases which require authentication

Version 0.6.3:
- Fix crashing when performing searching with white space (thanks Michael Martins for the fix)
- Fix lost of comment field beginning with white space after saving file
- Fix new reference from DOI. Crossref.org user name and password can be entered to allow crossref.org access
- Fix missing publisher field for book in default reference type definition table
- Add German translation (by Benjamin von Engelhardt)
- Make poppler optional. Without popper and poppler-qt, new reference from PDF files will be disable.

Version 0.6.2:
Usability improvements:
- Configuration dialog: add options to change the order of datasource
- Remote search dialog: double click to import an entry, press enter to start searching
- Reference editing dialog: ask to save data if close dialog with modified data
- New reference from text dialog: add option to add selected text to multiple value fields (e.g. authors, keywords)

New option to cite selected references directly to Kile (version 2.0 or later) via DCOP

Turkish translation (by Serdar Soytetir)

Version 0.6.1:
New features:
- New references from identifiers: DOI (limitation: only the last name of the first author is available), ArXiV ID and PubMed ID
- New references from PDF files containing DOI or ArXiV codes
Bug fixes:
- Not updating groupview after adding new entries when starting KBib with a new document
- Not updating preview when an entry is selected by keyboard navigation
- Not active window after importing references
- Mouse on waiting state when opening RIS, ISI or Endnote files
- Sorting in groupview
- Some issues with converting to Latex code when importing references
- Crashing when opening some non-bibtex files
- Not active year search field in IEEEXplore searcher
- Compilation problem with yaz >= 3.0.0

Version 0.6:
- Added ISI Web of Knowkedge search, databases supported: Web of Sciences and Current Content Connect
- Updated reference editing dialog, use different editing widgets for different field types
- Added reference field customisation
- Updated reference type customisation
- Added batch set field content operation
- Added replace string operation
- Added copy field content operation
- Improved reference downloading operation, a new session only starts when no session is running
- Added converting string macros into full string when displaying
- Changed Insert File command to Import File and moved to File menu

Version 0.5.4:
- Improved remote database search dialog.
- Added IEEEXplore search.
- Added global string macro table. String macros can be saved into a global list and imported in all new KBib sessions.
- Fixed the problem of occasional lost of string macros after saving file.

Version 0.5.3:
- Added remote database searching. Z39.50, SRU and Pubmed databases can be searched.
- Added dialog to create new reference from plain text.
- Improved ISI importer.
- Fixed crashing when opening some non-BibTex file directly. - Fixed some minor bugs.

Version 0.5.2:
- Added UTF8 encoding supprt. KBib now can open, display and save BibTex file with UTF8 encoding characters correctly.
- Fixed missing keywords when importing references from certain websites.

Version 0.5.1:
- Added preamble support.
- Added exporting to MODS, HTML and importing from Pubmed (XML), MODS, COPAC files (import/export filters are now based on bibutils 3.27)
- Added auto text completion for authors, editors, journal and keywords fields in reference editing dialog
- Added note editing in reference editor, long, multiline notes, comments or reviews can be added to references
- Added link to local file and DOI functions
- Added option in configuration dialog to control how to compare two references
- Added option to control how the authors to be displayed in the main view
- Added option to set the keyword seperator
- Added menu entry to copy selected references as formated string
- Fixed crashing when opening files saved by Jabref

Version 0.5:
- Added groupview
- Added field delimiter option in configuration dialog. Different delimiter can be used when writing BibTex file.
- Fixed missing year when importing ISI file or downloading references from ISI Web of Knowledge.
- Fixed problem of opening URL with space or &
- Internal code refactoring and minor bug fixes

Version 0.4.2:
- Fixed problem of opening files with undefined reference type.
- Fixed reference editing dialog. Newly entered data is not lost when changing reference type.
- Fixed problem of crashing when create citation key with empty author.
- Undefined fields now read in as extra fields.

Version 0.4.1:
- Fixed mime type definitions so that references from remote reference database can be downloaded into KBib.
- Fixed missing files and directories.

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 Error during Make

 by Fibber on: Nov 12 2006
Score 50%

Compiled without problems. But when run Make I got at the end:

xslthandler.o: In function `XSLTHandler::init()':
xslthandler.cpp:(.text+0x13b): undefined reference to `exsltRegisterAll'
collect2: ld returned 1 exit status
make[2]: *** [kbib] Error 1
make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/fibber/kbib-0.5.3/kbib'
make[1]: *** [all-recursive] Error 1
make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/fibber/kbib-0.5.3'
make: *** [all] Error 2

Running Suse 10.1

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 Re: Error during Mak

 by robbeh on: Nov 12 2006
Score 50%

Same problem here using SuSE 9.1 .

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 Re: Error during Mak

 by beam on: Nov 13 2006
Score 50%
RMIT University

Can you email file config.log after running ./configure?

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 Re: Error during Mak

 by beam on: Nov 13 2006
Score 50%
RMIT University

OK, found the cause. The code has been updated to fix this. You should re-download the source code and run ./configure & make again.

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 Error in configure

 by Nickkk on: Nov 12 2006
Score 50%

When trying to install using Kubuntu Dapper I get this during ./configure:

checking for libjpeg... -ljpeg
checking for Qt... configure: error: Qt (>= Qt 3.1 (20021021)) (headers and libraries) not found. Please check your installation!
For more details about this problem, look at the end of config.log.
nick@nick-desktop:~/Desktop/kbib-0.5.3/kbib-0.5.3$ tail config.log
#define SIZEOF_INT 4
#define SIZEOF_LONG 4
#define STDC_HEADERS 1
#define VERSION "0.5.3"
#define ksize_t socklen_t
#ifdef __cplusplus
extern "C" void std::exit (int) throw (); using std::exit;

configure: exit 1

kbib looks very useful, and I've googled the errors, installed dev packages - all to no avail.

Am I missing something obvious?

Thanks for your help, and I look forward to using the app.

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 Re: Error in configu

 by beam on: Nov 13 2006
Score 50%
RMIT University

Here is the solution given by Mathieu sometime back:

Re: qt3 error
08/10/2006, 12:21 on content: KBib
Fisrt of all, I would like to say that Kbib is a really good program !

On other hand, I'm also a Kubuntu user, and had also problems with QT3 libs.
The solution was partially given here, but I make it clear for noobs.

1) Install kdebase-dev package
$ sudo apt-get install kdebase-dev
It will prompt for root passwd and ask if you want to install lot of packages (~77Mo) : say Yes.
2) Install libqt3-mt-dev and libqt3-headers packages
$ apt-get install libqt3-mt-dev libqt3-headers
3) type in the shell you try to install Kbib :
$ export QTDIR=/usr/share/qt3
$ export QTINC=/usr/share/qt3/include
4) follow instruction in INSTALL file (./configure, make, sudo make install).

Thanks again for this really good work.


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 Re: Error in configu

 by Nickkk on: Nov 13 2006
Score 50%

Thanks for your quick response.

It now works fine & has already shown its value.

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 kbib configure error

 by gyegin on: Jan 21 2007
Score 50%

I downloaded kbib-0.5.4 and tried to configure it first. But I got the following error message,
checking if Qt compiles without flags... no
checking for moc... /usr/lib/qt3/bin/moc
checking for uic... /usr/lib/qt3/bin/uic
checking whether uic supports -L ... yes
checking whether uic supports -nounload ... yes
checking if Qt needs -ljpeg... no
checking for rpath... yes
checking for KDE... configure: error:
in the prefix, you've chosen, are no KDE headers installed. This will fail.
So, check this please and use another prefix!

I also tried to configure it with --prefix option as below

./configure --prefix=/opt/kde3/

but I got the same error message again.

I am using SuSe 10.2 and sure that kde is installed at "/opt/kde3/"

I hope that you can help me.


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 Re: kbib configure e

 by beam on: Jan 22 2007
Score 50%
RMIT University

You need to have kdelibs-devel package installed in your system.

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 not active features

 by selam on: Mar 18 2007
Score 50%

This program is very useful to manage *.bib files. On the other hand, in my case, its some features are not active by default (i.e. some actions does not exist in menubar) Alternatively, I selected the option "Configure Toolbars" but failed to add any action such as "Show Duplicated References" into the toolbar.

Thanks in advance.

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 Re: not active featu

 by beam on: Mar 22 2007
Score 50%
RMIT University

You cannot see all the menus because KBib was installed in a wrong place. Did you run ./configure with --prefix option? You can try to configure and install KBib again with --prefix option. Pls look at http://user.digisurf.com.au/~thachly/kbib/download.html#installation for instruction.
You also need to remove the file .kde/share/apps/kbib/kbibui.xml in your home directory.
If you need further help, pls send me an email.

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 Small bug

 by saqer on: Apr 11 2007
Score 50%

Excellent application. I like it much better than kbibtex offered by the fedora extras. I managed to make a 64 bit rpm package if anyone in interested,

One small thing though, If I scroll using the arrow keys, the preview pane in the bottom of the window does not switch to the new selected reference. I have to click on it using the mouse in order to se the new selection in the preview.

But thanks again for the great application

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 Re: Small bug

 by beam on: May 20 2007
Score 50%
RMIT University

Thank you for reporting the problem. It has been fixed in 0.6.1

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 Gentoo Ebuild

 by divide on: Apr 25 2007
Score 50%

For all you gentooers out there, there is an ebuild available at http://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=147057

Just comment out the patch line and off you go.

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