Skim
Skim
1.5.11

4.5

Skim free download for Mac

Skim1.5.11

05 August 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 1.5.11:
New Features
  • Auto size circle and box notes around selection.
  • Hit '?' to view hidden shortcuts.
  • Change laser pointer cursor in presentation by hitting 'c'.
  • Support reading Skim notes in plist format.
  • New hidden preference to save Skim notes in plist format.
  • Support for Skim notes in plist format in skimNotes and SkimPDF tools.
Bugs Fixed
  • Different shortcuts for changing pacer speed.
  • Workaround for disabling menu items after entering password.
  • Fix response to opening a large number of documents.

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Aargl
09 June 2019
Version: 1.5.1

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v1.5+ crashes when closing a document's window.
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Eric•Woehler
27 June 2020
Version: 1.5.10
Unable to change default print settings - app wants to print each page at 100% even if bigger than preset page size, so EVERY time I print something I have to manually check and set print settings wrt zoom/shrink/fit page size VERY annoying and getting to the point of ditching it - it's not hard to set preferences for an app to default settings, but not possible for this app
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476429
29 May 2020
Version: 1.5.9
Skim is a great app, but it has one significant limitation. Search doesn't support wildcards or booleans. You can search for a word or a phrase. That's it. If you need to find a page where two words appear separately, then you are out of luck The other day I needed to find the title capitalization rules for infinitives. I needed pages that used the words capital, capitals, capitalize or capitalization. And the word "infinitive" also needed to appear anywhere on those pages. In Skim, you can find where any form of "capital" appears. If you type "capital", it will show pages that contain capital, capitals, capitalize, and capitalization. However, as soon as you hit the space bar, you are locked into a search for the exact word you typed. Any search for two or more words will be an exact phrase search. You can find where "infinitive" appears. But there is no way to find where it appears anywhere on the same page with some form of "capital". The exact phrases "capital infinitive", "infinitive capital", "infinitive capitalization", "capitalize infinitive", etc. produce zero search results And that exhausts the Skim search capabilities. I opened the document in Preview and searched for "capital* AND infinitive". It immediately found the exact page I needed--where the words "capitalization" and "infinitive" appeared in different parts of the page, about three sentences apart. I searched Skim's "Issues" page on GitHub and found that someone had brought this to the developer's attention a few years ago. The developer said Skim was using the search capabilities provided by Apple's PDFKit so if you want improved search, then you should talk to Apple. He then marked the issue as closed. In other words, it is unlikely Skim's search capabilities are going to get any better . . . at least not anytime soon. If you need to annotate PDFs, there is nothing better than Skim. If you require anything more than the most basic search functionality, you will need to use a different app.
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Krupnix
24 March 2020
Version: 1.5.7
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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Aargl
09 June 2019
Version: 1.5.1
v1.5+ crashes when closing a document's window.
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Aljuk
04 June 2019
Version: 1.4.41
As of version 1.5 it appears that Skim can no longer print documents.
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1.5
ami.go
15 November 2018
Version: 1.4.37
Version 1.4.37 crashes on start. No Problem with Version 1.4.36.
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Trance
11 February 2018
Version: 1.4.32
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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3.5
Aargl
10 February 2018
Version: 1.4.32
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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Iliketrash
09 November 2017
Version: 1.4.30
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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Orlando-a
16 January 2017
Version: 1.4.25
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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