Pandoc-Suide for Academic Writing in Markdown (Alfred Workflow)

edited October 22, 2020
So basically, Zotero has proper integrations with Word and Libreoffice via Plugins. Using the BetterBibTex-Extension, Zotero also works with Plain Text and Latex, although it is not very userfriendly for those less tech-savvy people. The best guide to use Zotero with Markdown that I could find (https://www.simonlindgren.com/notes/2019/11/15/setup-for-writing-in-markdown-citing-with-zotero-and-publishing-with-pandoc), still entails installing a somewhat unstable applescript-based Citation Picker (Zotpicker) and a great but not very customizable menubar tool (Docdown). So while the tech-savvy LaTeX users and the people content with Word are both served, that leaves people in between like me a bit hanging.

Thus I sat down the last couple of days and wrote an Alfred Workflow, which enables Academic Citations and Bibliography in Markdown. It does so by providing a quick and stable citation picker, and a user-friendly interface for Pandoc for automatically creating a Bibliography like the Word/Libreoffice-Plugins do. After the initial setup, it's basically pressing one keyboard shortcut to create a properly formatted Docx, PDF or HTML file from your markdown writer of your choice. As all Pandoc configuration is done via the Workflow, you will never have to open the Terminal.

→ Demo Image: https://i.imgur.com/hBkN8e3.png
→ Usage & Installation Guide: https://chris-grieser.de/pandoc_alfred
→ Download at Github: https://github.com/chrisgrieser/pandoc_alfred/releases

I initially wrote this workflow just for myself, but I think it could also be helpful to others. Enjoy!

PS: Didn't know where else to "publish" this, so feel free to point me to a more appropriate place!
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