Skim for Mac

Skim for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4
Excellent
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 31 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.4.10
  • Total Downloads:
    27,857
  • Date Added:
    November 20, 2014
  • File Size:
    3.74MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    217
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Review

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Finding a low-cost program that can edit or add notes to a PDF file can be hard. Finding one that can collate all of the changes as well seems almost impossible. However, Skim For Mac might be able to solve your dilemma, as it allows users to place marks and notes into PDF files and save all of those adjustments separately as well.

Skim For Mac allows for a variety of marking and annotations to be inserted into PDF files. This free program includes movable text boxes for notes as well as highlighting, underscoring and strike-through functions. You can even change the color of the different editing marks and the notes. Hiding the marks can be done easily and can be undone just as quickly. Notes and marks can be saved as separate text files which can be useful for editing and studying. The program also allows for text searches within the PDF file. Extra tools are available to help with reading longer PDF files, including bookmarks and reading lines. The interface is easy to use but lacks a comprehensive toolbar, so you are forced to use the drop-down menus at times.

Overall, Skim For Mac seems to be a useful tool for annotating and editing PDF files with few limitations and many options. This program would be suitable for both students and personal use with editing, noting and reading PDF files.

 
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User Reviews
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5 stars

"One gem of a software"

March 08, 2014  |  By souliloquy

 |  Version: Skim 1.4.8

Pros

1 Skim has by far the best annotation tools&management in the PDF reader/editor spectrum, and this is including the really pricey apps (My work involves a lot of pdf-reading, note-taking, annotation and form-filling, used to do it mostly on PDFPen Pro and still own the latter, but Skim has pretty much become my default reader/editor, unless I need abstruse PDF-creation functions.
It is the ONLY mac app that allows dealing with annotations in bulk. Annotation/form filling capabilities have never given me any problem, and I filled a good deal of state/tax etc forms.
2 it is LIGHTNING fast, a lot faster than any of the contenders.
3 I don't know about earlier versions, but the versions I've used on Mac since mid-2013 have all been quite stable and reliable, more so than commercial alternatives
4 The interface though not stunning, it stays out of the way , various sidebars on either side of the screen can be used for practical reasons, or turned off with a click for full-screen reading

Cons

Doesn't have detailed PDF creation/bulk-editing tools, not a replacement, say, for pricey publishing-oriented software, but if your PDF-use revolves around reading and typical annotations, that won't be restrictive. All 'core' functions, like printing customization, or dictionary-integration, are there and work like a charm.

Summary

I've been using Skim since late 2013 , and in that period it was regularly updated and I never encountered any error, or problem with forms/annotations etc.
I'm ever surprised by that Skim hasn't gone immensely popular already, as I can't think of a second software that I could recommend this easily (excepting, maybe, Pythonista on iOS)

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5 stars

"Copy text correct when Preview can't or give gibberish"

September 28, 2013  |  By semema

 |  Version: Skim 1.4.4

Pros

Option to Export pdf + notes

Cons

Very very limited note formatting

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1 stars

"Does NOT work for 10.5"

January 19, 2013  |  By spinkat

 |  Version: Skim 1.4.1

Pros

Not sure as I am still using 10.5

Cons

AS mentioned, it will not load in 10.5. Gives the message "Will not work with this OS version"

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1 stars

"Unreliable: Does NOT save forms"

September 21, 2012  |  By Diskonaut

 |  Version: Skim 1.3.22

Pros

Good for annotating etc.

Cons

Does NOT save text you have written in forms. No warning is given.

Summary

I used to like it for annotating, but it destroyed today's work for me because it didn't save text in forms. There was no warning, nothing. Uninstalling, and will not recommend Skim.

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4 stars

"useful application for annotating pdf files"

March 21, 2012  |  By prudd1

 |  Version: Skim 1.3.20

Pros

simple
useful

Cons

no link to filing system
limited annotation options

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4 stars

"almost perfect"

July 23, 2011  |  By peter L

 |  Version: Skim 1.3.16

Pros

free - shows the pdf exactly as it is.
updates are easy

Cons

copy paste could be improved, but hey, it's free, who am I to criticize. I can't even write a small app!

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4 stars

"I like it very much"

May 25, 2011  |  By peter L

 |  Version: Skim 1.3.14

Pros

very fast loading, original formatting kept

Cons

copy/paste is a bit cumbersom

Summary

you should get it too

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4 stars

"Bye bye adobe.Welcome Skim."

February 28, 2011  |  By peter L

 |  Version: Skim 1.3.12

Pros

fast loading - no too steep learning curve - excellent helpfile

Cons

not yetfound

Summary

Skim is now set as my default app for all PDF's

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5 stars

"Excellent Application, Hats off to Developers"

February 11, 2011  |  By ceopawankumar

 |  Version: Skim 1.3.10

Pros

Excellent Software
Available for free

Cons

None, It is just Superb

Summary

Thanks for providing this Application

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4 stars

"Still playing with it"

January 04, 2011  |  By pieterknibbe

 |  Version: Skim 1.3.10

Pros

Brings PDF to life

Cons

Looking for negatives. Found none sofar

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.4.10
  • Try to order notes right to left with such languages.
  • New toolbar buttons for Book Mode and Page Breaks.
  • Add PDF-TeX sync preset for Atom.
  • Allow automatic resizing of note row height, though the context menu.
  • Fix links to Wiki.
  • Fix Favorite Colors toolbar item on Yosemite.
  • Fix history highlights on Yosemite.
  • Workaround for wrong order of page navigation by scrolling in Yosemite.
  • Fix bug in undo for bookmarks deletion.
  • Fix script menu icon in dark mode.
  • Improve file update checking, can now detect file replacements.
  • Avoid a hang in the Preferences on Yosemite.
General
Publisher Skim
Publisher web site http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/
Release Date November 20, 2014
Date Added November 20, 2014
Version 1.4.10
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.7, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.10
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 3.74MB
File Name Skim-1.4.10.dmg
Popularity
Total Downloads 27,857
Downloads Last Week 217
Pricing
License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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