Skim

Version: 1.4.7 || Release Date: 2013-12-02 || License: BSD License App Owner: mcg

Skim is a free PDF reading and note-taking app for Mac OS X that is designed to make reading research papers and manuals better.

Just like in Preview, you can search, scan, and zoom through PDFs, but you also get some custom features for your workflow, like:
- Adding and editing notes
- Highlighting important text
- Making "snapshots" for reference
- Reading in full screen
- Giving presentations
and more.

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40 Opinions

This is one of those apps that makes you wonder "how the heck I didn't know it already?", it is just great. It has everything I always wanted in a PDF viewer, bookmarks, highlights, notes, table of contents with thumbnails, transitions..I could go on forever. And the price is unbeatable!

I'm still using Preview just for the simplisity of having one app for viewing. If this could open images then I would be all over this app!

Actually, PDFKit does have the ability to highlight column wise, though technically its via the box shape. In skim (or preview), press 'alt' then click and drag to highlight text in a column. Spread the word!

All of those complaining about the column issue, complain to apple, it is a bug in PDFKit and is, therefore, in every app that uses it (Skim, Preview, etc).

This is why it is not there in Acrobat, as it uses its own PDF rendering engine.

fantastic application, I couldn't use anything else for PDF's

This application is brilliant. It has totally replaced Preview as my PDF viewer.

Only problem I have encounter is complications with the software update function.

tigerhawk: To highlight text in a column, use the square select tool. You can draw a box around the text you want and it will copy it to the notes field.

I often export these notes to a RTF file as a summary of key points.

This application is just so perfect for what I've always wanted to be able to do with PDF eTexts, comment on them as I read. Brillant.

I love this app....but is there any way how I can use it with two column PDFs? Most scientific papers have several colums per page and if I want to highlight something around the line break it highlights the whole line across all columns....

Hmmm. I haven't stopped using it, mac2. What system are you running? What Mac? etc. ?

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