Apple installs the Preview PDF app in OS X, and annotations in email will show up in OS X Yosemite later this year. Is there an app that combines what I do most with PDFs? Annotation and notes? There is now and it’s pretty cool.
Skim, Don’t Print
Every now and again I come across a Mac app that has more utility than meets the eye. That’s the case with Skim, a Mac PDF reader with annotation and note taking built in.
Skim lets you view virtually any PDF file so it’s somewhat like Preview, but it has a list of features not found in Apple’s PDF reader.
For example, you can add and edit notes from within Skim for each PDF document.
Annotations are simple to add, including highlights. Skim also comes with built-in transitions between pages, which makes it better than Preview for presentations.
There’s also a built-in magnification tool, cropping tools, bookmarks, and table of content navigation. Take that, Preview.
In fact, Skim looks and feels a bit like Preview (as do most PDF utilities), but has more features in the toolbar.
There’s even support for embedded fonts in Skim. Plus, fullscreen mode, AppleScript support, and passwords for documents can be stored in OS X’s Keychain.
Skim has much more going on that mere PDF viewing and annotations. The note-taking feature alone is worthy of a price tag, but Skim is free.