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Editors' Review

by   / February 17, 2013

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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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.5.2

New Features

  • Hidden preference to show the magnification tool only with the mouse pressed.
  • Allow showing current page on separate screen during presentation.
  • Show presentation and presentation notes on different displays if possible.
  • Add next page button in the presentation notes document.

Bugs Fixed

  • Fix crasher from tool tip of setup bookmarks.
  • Fix table row heights.
  • Make sure tables are cleaned up when closing a document.
  • Improve layout in some windows.
  • Fix table for skim notes document.
  • Improve layout.
  • Fix crasher when showing next page during presentation.
  • Hide menu bar on secondary screen during presentation.
  • Fix some tool tips in dark mode.


Publisher Skim
Publisher web site
Release Date July 25, 2019
Date Added July 25, 2019
Version 1.5.2


Category Educational Software
Subcategory Science Software

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac
Additional Requirements
  • macOS High Sierra
  • macOS Sierra
  • OS X El Capitan
  • OS X Yosemite
  • OS X Mavericks
  • OS X Mountain Lion
  • OS X Lion
  • OS X Snow Leopard

Download Information

File Size 5.9MB
File Name Skim-1.5.2.dmg


Total Downloads 41,762
Downloads Last Week 8


License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free
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