Skim
Skim
1.5.8

4.5

Skim free download for Mac

Skim

1.5.8
07 April 2020

PDF reader and note-taker for scientific papers.

Overview

Skim is a PDF reader and note-taker for OS X. It is designed to help you read and annotate scientific papers in PDF, but is also great for viewing any PDF file.

Skim includes many features and has a great user interface.

What's new in Skim

Version 1.5.8:
New Features
  • Reading pacer to automatically scroll through the document, or move the reading bar.
  • New toolbar item for reading pacer.
Bugs Fixed
  • Escape double-quotes in e-mail AppleScript.
  • Fix drawing of anchored note icons on 10.13 and 10.14.
  • Fix workaround for 10.12 selection bug.
  • Fix shortcuts for auto-sizing text note for some keyboard layouts.
  • Fix crasher on commit for newer OS versions.

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Aargl
09 June 2019

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v1.5+ crashes when closing a document's window.
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Version 1.5.1
Krupnix
24 March 2020
After Apple Preview screwed up all my meticulous notes from a tutorial I was taking (losing some, changing colors, blanking them out in the highlight TOC), I looked around and found Skim. It works great! I have done several tutorials now, without a single issue in Skim. You can search either the pdf doc contents (left side), or your notes (right side.) Thanks to the developer!! And thanks for the new update, which allows for line returns etc.
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Version 1.5.7
Aargl
09 June 2019
v1.5+ crashes when closing a document's window.
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Version 1.5.1
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Aargl
Aargl
19 June 2019
Fixed in 1.5.2. :-)
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Aljuk
04 June 2019
As of version 1.5 it appears that Skim can no longer print documents.
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Version 1.4.41
ami.go
15 November 2018
Version 1.4.37 crashes on start. No Problem with Version 1.4.36.
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Version 1.4.37
Trance
11 February 2018
The last couple of versions set off the "distnoted" process to use all my cpu when I open a pdf file.
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Version 1.4.32
Aargl
10 February 2018
I've been using Skim as my default pdf viewer for years but I'm finding a few lacks and bugs now: - it doesn't support 256 bits password protection (Acrobat X and up) - some pdf have some parts of them not displayed at all! (this bug is common with my 10.9.5 Apple Preview, while Acrobat X reads them correctly — they might be malformed pdfs, but here's a superiority of Acrobat, anyway, because you never can be sure what you've been sent is malformed or not...)
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Version 1.4.32
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Aargl
Aargl
25 November 2018
I add that for really complex PDFs, Acrobat Reader 11 handles them a lot more easily, although being 32 bits: I've got a few heavy city maps (one of 50 mb!) that Skim sweats a lot on, with so much rolling beach ball, while Reader is ok...
But these are extreme cases. I still rely on Skim for all my daily pdf readings! :-)
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Iliketrash
09 November 2017
This app contains bugs which never get fixed. For example, there is apparently an error where the size of the display part of the main window is miscalculated so that on long documents a white band appears at the top and grows shorter as you scroll through the document. The size of the white band is proportional to the length of the document. On very long documents (1000 or more pages, I suppose), the entire display area of the window is blank. When I complained on the users' list, the developer suggested that I upgrade my operating system. I did, but the problem remains. Another example of a long-standing bug is that the PDF -> Use Current View Settings as Default has never worked. For example, it makes the left-hand thumbnail pane whatever size it wants. A recent bug is that that attempts to update result in an error. The developer is actually pretty hostile when faced with bug reports and has responded to me personally with an arrogant attitude that basically denies there is a problem Other than that, great piece of software
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Version 1.4.30
1 answer(s)
Billearl
Billearl
25 February 2019
"The developer is actually pretty hostile when faced with bug reports and has responded to me personally with an arrogant attitude that basically denies there is a problem"

Same experience here a few years ago, which prompted me to delete Skim, since there was no intention to acknowledge, let alone fix the bug.
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Orlando-a
16 January 2017
Excellent free app to manage PDF files on a Mac. Skim offers a range of nice tools for making annotations with different colors and various types. Never used PDF files with such pleasure.
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Version 1.4.25
Jpwgibson
16 November 2016
Not sure if the current version is responsible, but freehand and line in Note Tools are broken again. These functions seem to come and go, and I find myself crossing my fingers whenever a new version appears. In short, freehand lines disappear once one lifts one's finger off the trackpad/mouse, and the line function gives one a resize or grab cursor - and doesn't actually draw a line.
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Version 1.4.24
3 answer(s)
lawrencejacobs
lawrencejacobs
28 November 2016
I have had the same problem for maybe 3 weeks.. do you have any idea how to make this work again.. it was a valuable tool for me
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Jpwgibson
Jpwgibson
28 November 2016
lawrencejacobs: I've noticed that the freehand and line tools do in fact work - but with a catch. After setting your mark or line, you have to scroll up or down to the page above or below, then back to the page that you have marked. After doing this, whatever you've drawn should be visible.
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lawrencejacobs
lawrencejacobs
28 November 2016
Hey thanks for the reply...and the kind of fix... Skim use to be a great tool for me... I use it to draw corrections on storyboards ... and moving the page up and down is just not a good way for me to draw.. I need to see what I'm drawing!... I just downloaded "Iskysoft PDF Editor"... and it works like SKIM use to work.. I think it was that last MAC update that screwed up SKIM... the beginning of November. Hahaha... guess what .. the Iskysoft PDG Editor puts a big watermark all over each page unless you pay for an upgrade.. BAH!!!


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Pfackelmann
01 October 2016
1.4.21 is out. I can't select areas anymore (Sierra?) Any hints? Peter
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Version 1.4.21