I've read the responses to my email so far and I want to say thank you. As
your responses suggested, I had both bibdesk and vim open at the same
time.  I see now (duh) that bibtesk just wants to keep integrity of the
files it is working on while it is open.  That is why it didn't allow
changes to the file that it had open at the time.

Thank you all for your help.  Sorry for the newbie mistake.


On Tue, Sep 20, 2016 at 6:45 PM, Tom Frei <tom.f...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm new to bibdesk and this mailing list. I like bibdesk so far, but I see
> it doesn't like when I try to edit a generated bibtex file by hand with
> vim. If I edit the file with vim and then later open it with bibdesk and
> make a subsequent edit with bibdesk, it doesn't like it and overwrites the
> file and omits my manual edit.  This is probably a feature that I don't
> recognize. What's the workaround? What I'm trying to do is add the
> shortauthor field to a bibtex entry. Thanks in advance!
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