CNET Editors' review
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.
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.
What's new in this version:
- New PDF-TeX preset for Sublime Text 3.
- Improve automatic text detection for notes on 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.
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All versions:4.3 stars
out of 31 votes
Current version:5.0 stars
out of 1 votes
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"One gem of a software"
Version: Skim 1.4.8
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
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.
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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