BibReader read your bibtex file for iPad

Ratings and Reviews

1.9 out of 5
12 Ratings
12 Ratings
Michael Belisle ,

Better than nothing

I use BibDesk, so it's nice to finally have some mechanism for reading the BibDesk file and syncing PDFs with the iPad.

The first implementation is a bit clunky. It appears to only fully support article entry types, and is rigid in its interpretation, throwing away any fields that it doesn't recognize and filling in missing fields with defaults like "volume 0, number 0" (which results in unreadable citations for some reference types). BibDesk keywords weren't recognized with my file. It'd be nice to see the cite keys and view the full, unadulterated BibTex entry.

The ads are a bit intrusive: they don't always seem to understand where they should be, like whether or not ads should overlap other ads, or whether or not the application is displaying a PDF or taking up the 90% of the screen to display a banner. I'm not opposed to the app being ad-supported, but if it uses more than one ad network they should at least play well with each other.

Dropbox integration sounds promising, so I'll probably buy the upgrade once the overall experience is a bit more polished.

YetAnotherReviewer42 ,

Good idea. Poor implementation

This app fills a need in theory, but the implementation is not sufficient. I would gladly pay $7.99 for this app, and/or the DropBox syncing, if it were a bit better... Should be able to sort by 'recently added'. Improve parsing of missing fields. Handle LaTeX escaped characters (for example, remove { and } curly braces from around title, or add accents. In general, make the presentation a bit nicer. I'm looking forward to updates...

Lalia400 ,

Paid for Dropbox sync that won't work

I paid for the upgrade to sync with dropbox, but no matter what I do it never syncs. It's always at 0% syncing. I can't believe I paid for this! I already sent a message to support but have not received a response.


Daniel Chong
1.7 MB
Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2011
In-App Purchases
  1. Dropbox Sync $6.99
  2. Remove Advertising $2.99
  3. Donate $5 $4.99


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