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MS Word bibliography management using BibDesk. Works with Word 2008 and 2011.


There are a couple ways to install including running as a python script or building a local OS X application bundle. All of which are documented in ReadMe.html. The binary app is no longer available through the original host.

Building as an app

This version tested successfully with Office 2011 (v14.1.4) and BibDesk 1.6.2.

  • Successful compilation of v0.17 source on Mac OS 10.9.2 using:
    • python 2.7.4
    • Clang: 5.1 build 503 from Xcode cmd line tools.
    • wxPython
    • py2app 0.8
    • appscript 1.0.1


  • install gcc (just install XCode)

    • Need to install command line tools within XCode --> Preferences-->Downloads
  • install Homebrew

    • This gets you homebrew with git so you can use the general purpose mac os x package installer.
       ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
       brew doctor
  • install python

      brew install python
  • Install pip (a pkg management installer/uninstaller)

      easy_install pip
  • Install virtualenv for creating virtual Python environments for application development

      pip install virtualenv
  • Install wxpython, py2app, and appscript required for building the BibDeskToWord application:

      brew install --env=std wxpython  	
      pip install py2app
      pip install appscript  


Original by Conan C. Albrecht at

  • Andrew Wallace forked from v0.16 original source and added citenp citations
  • James Ackman forked from v0.17 original BibDeskToWork-Source on 2014-05-01, wrote, added new screenshots, edited version info in ReadMe.html
    • Tested compilation of v0.17 source.
    • Merged and edited the v0.16 fork template file defaults into v0.17 master 2014-05-01
      git difftool -t opendiff
    • Added to root dir


This program is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU Lesser General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

You should have received a copy of the GNU Lesser General Public License along with this program. If not, see


MS Word Integration for BibDesk



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