Skim
Skim 1.4.8
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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
Version 1.4.8:
  • New PDF-TeX preset for Sublime Text 3.
  • Improve automatic text detection for notes on OS X 10.9 Mavericks.
  • Fix Rotate Right toolbar item.
  • Avoid crasher after note editing due to infinite looping accessibility.
  • Always select Skim note when it is on top of a link.
Requirements
Intel, OS X 10.6 or later



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Osos10 commented on 09 Mar 2014
Is there a way to "add a page" to a pdf document, or to "move pages" between two pdf documents with Skim ? Tnx
[Version 1.4.8]


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Surfspirit reviewed on 14 Nov 2013
Biggest advantage, it doesn't destroy OCR data from Clear Scan PDF Documents, biggest disadvantage it does not save comments and annotation to the PDF file making it very limited. On the other hand OS X Preview saves the annotations to the PDF but destroys the Clear Scan OCR Data, so the only good choice is the heavy bloated Adobe Acrobat Pro, that to be fair is getting lighter.
[Version 1.4.6]

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Teoric replied on 03 Dec 2013
Do you mean that embedding notes is not the default? Otherwise for me, saving with notes embedded works well
(File → Export → check with embedded notes).
http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/manual/SkimHelp_47.html
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Surfspirit replied on 03 Dec 2013
Yes, but still is not compatible with Adobe PDF ClearScan, saving any comment on a ClearScan pdf file makes the OCR corrupted.
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Alex8602 reviewed on 31 Oct 2013
Neat freeware with important features that Preview lacks – e.g. support for embedded fonts. This feature is essential for handling your Adobe ClearScan documents properly, which Skim perfectly does (Preview on the other hand ruins your documents by silently deleting these embedded fonts!)
[Version 1.4.6]


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Mrtomato reviewed on 27 Oct 2013
I am still working out how to best use pdf annotation software, so I readily admit that some problems that I have with all of the applications I've tried may not be problems at all. Problems such as writing notes - the equivalent of writing in the margins on a hard copy. Skim, PDFpenPro etc. all have these anchored notes that are nothing short of inconvenient. They're more like Post-its/stickies and just like those big yellow eyesores, they get in the way of the text. You can sort of hide them, but the little anchor is still in the way. The ideal for me would be something like the reviewing function in Word, but as a separate layer so I don't accidentally edit, delete, or simply select a note when I'm working from the document. Also, a nice looking font and layout preset for notes would be welcome.

But Skim specifically. Overall, it's a great little program. I learned about it on an academic blog in a post about the writer's workflow. On the whole, I'd agree that it fits an academic workflow quite well.

My only major gripe is that it does not yet, years after Lion, have fullscreen mode. This was actually not too bad on 10.7 and 10.8, but now Apple has finally fixed the multi-monitor bug, it's time Skim has fullscreen mode. Why is fullscreen mode so important? Partly because of the slightly illogical way Apple has set up Spaces. If, say, you have several documents open in Skim in its current full screen setting (with each document open on a different Space), and then open another application, that application may open on top of an open skim document. Not the end of the world, but rather annoying.

My other little gripe is that Skim will not restore windows when it is reopened. There is an option to "Reopen last open files at startup" but this seems to do absolutely nothing.

Still, this is free software and it is, in my opinion, much better than PDFpenPro. Hats off to the developer for the work put into this application. A lot of free software is kind of like a generic drug - almost as good as the real thing. Skim, however, is better than the paid applications available.
[Version 1.4.6]


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Sampler commented on 17 Apr 2013
OS X 10.7.5

Major issues with last few updates. Creating a selection just creates a dark overlay, making the text beneath nearly unreadable. Clicking on URL, Mail, or page links doesn't work any more. I've uninstalled Skim reverted to Adobe Reader and PDFPen Pro; both have decent annotation capabilities.

I've had to rely on AR in any case for very large, complicated documents that choke Skim (e.g. Stata documentation, 100's or 1,000's of linked documents in a single TOC. Writing here because the bug reporting system for SourceForge is Byzantine.

I've had to rely on AR in any case for very large, complicated documents, e.g. Stata documentation, > 100 linked documents in a single TOC.
[Version 1.4.2]

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taja replied on 19 Apr 2013
Would be interested to hear if you're still having problems with the latest build.
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Sampler replied on 19 Apr 2013
Working fine now. Thanks!
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Dryeburn replied on 20 Apr 2013
Now that it's working for you, does the Help menu work? If I try to use it I get an error message "The operation couldn't be completed. (HVURLHandlerErrorDomain error 1002.)" For 1.4.2, inside Skim.app/Contents/Resources/Skim.help/Contents/Resources/English.lproj/ there are 61 items, at least 56 of which are involved in Skim Help. For 1.4.3, only the other 5 are there. I transplanted the 56 missing items from 1.4.2 to 1.4.3 and now Skim Help works without that error message, but I fear that there ought to be differences in Skim Help for 1.4.3 from 1.4.2.
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Aargl commented on 20 Mar 2013
I've just found a nice little trick!
Years ago, on Tiger I found that when you renamed Skim as Preview (after renaming the original Preview.app into something else), you could use the "preview" button in the pdf menu (when you print a document) and it was sent to Skim.
Unfortunately, this nice trick wasn't working anymore in 10.5.
By chance, today, I discovered that you can modifiy that menu with the + sign (which I knew) and add directly an app! (I thought you needed a service or something...)
I haven't found a way to change the name and order of those items, so "Skim" appears at the bottom, but it works fine ! ;-)
[Version 1.4.2]

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Aargl replied on 20 Mar 2013
Well, I've just checked in 10.6.8, and my old trick is working again! (it was probably an oversight of mine: you have to do the renames in the Root user!!!)
So rename Preview in OldPreview then Skim in Preview, and now when you press the Preview button in the Print window, your document's printing is sent to Skim, yeah! :-D
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Aargl replied on 20 Mar 2013
I wasn't crazy! Just checked in my old PPC 10.5 and that trick was not working: you must re-select Skim as you default pdf viewer. ;-)
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Aargl replied on 20 Mar 2013
.. I have to correct myself again: under 10.5 the trick doesn't work if you use the localized name ('Aperçu' in french ;-) — or even something close to it — while no pb with 10.6!
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Aargl replied on 30 Sep 2013
Thanks for your advice, but it's been months now that I use my little trick without any problem. ;-)
I'll change my habits if it doesn't work when I switch to a more recent version of the OS. (i.e. if 10.9 will be faster than 10.6.8 on my machine ;-)
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Outer commented on 07 Feb 2013
Anyone else see Little Snitch getting upset from time-2-time after running the Help system in Skim 1.4.2?
[Version 1.4.2]

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sunrocket replied on 11 Apr 2013
Yes, helpd tries to connect what seems like every 30 minutes to sourceforge. I don't know how to disable this. I did not even launch Skim after updating to 1.4.2, so this appears to have started on its own.

For the moment, I've enabled "always allow" in Little Snitch, which isn't an elegant solution to say the least, but at least it is less annoying.
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Aargl reviewed on 04 Feb 2013
Way beyond the ridiculous OSX Preview! :-)
Indispensable!
[Version 1.4.2]


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Peter_Van_Den_Einde reviewed on 14 Jan 2013
Fantastic and essential free PDF annotator app!!
[Version 1.4]


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THEE:LEE reviewed on 10 Sep 2012
Great PDF annotator and it's free, I can't help but feel the interface is too busy for my liking.

But that only knocks off half a star as it's still brilliant.
[Version 1.3.22]

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taja replied on 18 Nov 2012
you could remove most of the toolbar icons and use icons without text. Use keyboard shortcuts or, if you use a trackpad, gestures (mapped via Bettertouchtool) to access the annotation functions. Makes it a lot less cluttered.
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Aargl had trouble on 10 Feb 2012
HUUUUUGE problem with version 1.3.19 here on PPC 10.5.8!
Some of my pdfs are not printing! (while it's ok with version 1.3.18!)
I've only tested some, it appears that they have skim notes or tables or have been edited somehow, I'm not sure of the reason — while one that contains only a scan of an image prints ok.
[Version 1.3.19]


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Ken420 had trouble on 26 Nov 2010
Skim 1.3.10 shows a blank window when I try to open a file. Skim 1.3.9 works fine. I tried deleting the preferences, still no luck.
[Version 1.3.10]

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D I commented on 26 Nov 2010
I too had the problem of a blank window when I opened a file. I'd used Skim's built-in update feature to get 1.3.10. After reading HOFMAN'S comments (and I am running Mac OS X 10.5.8), I downloaded the file directly and everything appears to be working OK now.
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Manuel Fernandez Vazquez had trouble on 28 Oct 2010
I like it a lot but with the lastest version ask me for PostboxExpress instead of Apple Mail when sending a Compressed image. Someone else have the same problem ?
[Version 1.3.9]

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Thyx commented on 26 Nov 2010
I assume you've installed PostboxExpress at some point or other?

Does the same happen with other mail links – say, in your browser?
Try to change the default email application, the setting is in Mail's preferences.
As far as I know, Skim relies on the global settings for links.
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Puzzled had trouble on 30 May 2010
I just download Skim and I cannot get it to add underlines, highlights, or strikeout. I assume it is because I am not selecting the text, but when I go into the tools menu and I select text tools, the cursor changes the mini hand and I cannot select any text, it just moves the PDF around. When I go to the tools menu and chose the select tool and then select the text I want highlighted and then select highlight nothing happens except the "beep" which occurs when you pick something that does not have a function. What is going on? This is driving me crazy. Is there some type of protection that I have to turn off? I am using MacBook with the latest OS. I am trying to integrate this with Scrivener, Papers, and Zotero for managing my dissertation.

Thanks
[Version 1.3.6]

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Hofman commented on 23 Jul 2010
You may have a PDF that does not contain any real text, only an image of text, like in a scanned PDF. In that case you also cannot select text. And if you want to add markup notes you indeed have to first select text, unless you use the note tool modes. Please read the FAQ on the Skim wiki.
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Katrina had trouble on 11 Dec 2009
The text tool function has stopped working. Clicking on the text tool in the tool bar, going to 'Tools > text tool', or 'Tools > Note Type > highlight (or underline, etc.) doesn't work. In the "Add Note" part of the toolbar, the plus highlight, underline, and cross out are grayed out. The Note Tool in Tool Mode is also grayed out. I can click on Text Tool in Tool Mode, but my cursor is still the hand when I scroll onto the document.

I think this happened when I accidentally deleted tool mode, then I went to 'customize toolbar' and added it back. At first I could get it to work by going to 'Tools > Note Type > highlight', but now that won't even work.

Does anyone have a suggestion of how I can fix this? If the suggestion is to delete Skim and download the application again, will the highlights and notes I have saved in documents be lost?

Thank you.
[Version 1.3.2]

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Katrina replied on 11 Dec 2009
Nevermind, I just realized I'm using pdf's that are images.

Though, even in PDFs where the text tool works, the highlight, underline and strikeout buttons are grayed out in Add Note in my toolbar.
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Hofman commented on 11 Dec 2009
The New Highlight etc functions are only available when you actually do select any text, otherwise there's nothing to highlight.

Gbisson rated on 18 Feb 2014

[Version 1.4.8]



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Monkeyjunkey rated on 17 Jan 2014

[Version 1.4.7]



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Ashes2Ashes rated on 03 Dec 2013

[Version 1.4.7]



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ErvinsS rated on 02 Dec 2013

[Version 1.4.7]



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ErvinsS rated on 12 Nov 2013

[Version 1.4.6]



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dsimer rated on 10 Sep 2013

[Version 1.4.4]



Oolong rated on 15 May 2013

[Version 1.4.3]



cantor rated on 28 Apr 2013

[Version 1.4.3]



Dryeburn rated on 20 Apr 2013

[Version 1.4.3]



Aldaron rated on 07 Mar 2013

[Version 1.4.2]


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