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Solving BibDesk crashes

BibDesk is a great tool to manage your academic references (i.e. papers, books and other publications). Unfortunately the latest version (1.6.5) is crashing quite frequently, at least under Mac OS X 10.11.4. But the problem seems to be easily solvable (as described on the bibdesk mailing list) by changing or adding one parameter in the preferences.

Close BibDesk and open the preference file, i.e.

~/Library/Preferences/edu.ucsd.cs.mmccrack.bibdesk.plist

with a text editor, search for the key

FVWebIconMaximumNumberOfWebViews

and change its value to 0. In case this key is missing in your preference file (like it was the case on my machine), simply add it to the end of the file (it will re-arrange itself in the right way after re-opening the application), i.e. add

 <key>FVWebIconMaximumNumberOfWebViews</key>
<integer>0</integer>

For me this seems to have fixed the crashes.


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