Wouldn’t it be nice to have all your scolarly articles stored where you can always reach them for future reference? I’m sure you have them nicely organized on your computer or even laptop, but we don’t want to carry that around all the time, right? Many Apple-users may have selected to use Bibdesk to automagically store their articles, but that does not (yet?) provide any solution of syncing these articles with any kind of device. Fortunately, as part of the MobileMe service, Apple now provides the opportunity to store your BibDesk articles on the web, while retaining full-speed access to them when working on your own computer. Let’s see how to set it up …
The IDisk that comes with Apple’s MobileMe service is a 10Gb webspace (can be increased to 20Gb at the cost of mail storage space, or even more at the cost of more money) that automatically mounts as a web-disk on your desktop, is accessible through the internet, can be shared with others, and can be accessed from any other computer using either MacOSX or Windows (and I’m sure Linux as well) as a web-disk. Moreover, when working on a Mac of your own, the web-disk is automatically synced to a local drive, so you don’t have to rely on the speed of the web to have access to your files.
It is very easy to set this up in combination with BibDesk. Assuming you have Bibdesk installed and MobileMe working, just follow these steps:
- Activate your MobileMe iDisk Sync. You’ll find this setting in the MobileMe preferences, under the iDisk tab
- Go to BibDesk
- Activate AutoFile if you haven’t alreadu (from the settings)
- Do one of the following:
- If you set up BibDesk to autofile your documents in a fixed location, change this location to a folder on your iDisk
- If you set up BibDesk to autofile your documents in a location `relative to each document’, do nothing.
- Move your BibDesk library to your references folder on your iDisk
- In BibDesk: select all your references and then select from the the ‘Publication’ pull-down menu to ‘AutoFile Linked Files’.
That’s it, you’re done! Allways remember to make a backup of your files before you try this, but it is a rather simple and safe procedure. BibDesk will function as it always did, and as fast as it did because your iDisk is synced to your hard drive. Documents are now automatically synced to the web moments after you added them to BibDesk and available for future reference wherever you are.
Was this helpfull, and did it work for you as described? Please let me know in the comments below.