PDF Annotation App?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by DramaLLama, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. DramaLLama macrumors 6502

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    I see lots of them and they all pretty much cost money.. What are your recommendations? I need to be able to type/summarize things in "like I'm 5" style english for some papers I'm reading and don't know how to keep annotations on the same pdf file without making a word document and basically putting them side by side..
     
  2. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure if it will meet your needs (or if you already knew about it), but the built-in PDF viewer app Preview has annotation features via the Tools menu, both text on screen and notes, which can be viewed in a sidebar next to the document
     
  3. onekerato macrumors regular

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    Preview.app has good PDF annotation features, and saves the annotations back into the PDF.

    Another popular & free app is Skim (http://skim-app.sourceforge.net/). One good reason to use Skim is that it doesn't modify the original PDF - which is great if you're storing your large PDFs in Dropbox & want your notes to sync fast. You can also export out your annotations to text. I recommend turning on the "Automatically save Skim notes backups" option in Preferences if you're storing in Dropbox. I also use Skim for its freehand annotations - connect a Wacom tablet & speed markup your way through a PDF, just like paper.

    I wrote an app "PDFoo" ($3) for situations where you want to link to a particular page in a PDF. For example, the app can build URLs like pdfoo://aragon2013a/figure-13 to link to a particular figure or section in a research paper which you want to access quickly. I store my notes/commentary & these pdfoo URLs in Evernote/TextEdit/Devonthink/Mindnode etc. to build up searchable notes with links back to the PDF for context.
     

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