Skim: An Awesome Way to Read Your PDFs
My favorite Mac app you’ve probably never heard of is Skim, an open source PDF reader and annotator. Skim beats every other reader out there at taking notes: it keeps your highlights and anchored notes in a separate XML file and a side panel, which can be easily exported to plaintext or Rich Text. The power hidden deep within the app is pretty amazing.
For instance: want to export notes in a specifically formatted Markdown list? Drop this file in Library/Application Support/Skim/Templates. Need to keep part of the PDF on the screen? Run the PDF in split screen, or take a screenshot that sits in a separate window? Full support for trackpad gestures? It does that too.
Skim is one of the awesome apps I don’t need, precisely, but is such a pleasure to use, that it’s an asset to my day to day academic work