On 14 Jul 2008, at 5:31 PM, Christopher Reeve wrote:
> I guess I am happy with the Skim way of changing tools now I know
> the t,n,c,b,u,h,l short cuts. What I am now trying to do is
> customise Skim that is useful for writing corrections (such as
> spelling) on a PDF. I strongly recommend you familiarise yourself
> with Jarnal (http://www.dklevine.com/general/software/tc1000/jarnal.htm
> ) if you haven't done so already. A wish would be that Skim includes
> an aditional text tool just like Jarnal's. Skim's note tool has its
> uses, but being able to simply write between the lines of someones
> report would be very usefull, as often margins are not wide enough
> for a bulky note - or at least are too fiddly for a one word note.
First you should be aware that most of this is more a request for
Apple's PDFKit than Skim, Skim just uses the types of notes that
PDFKit supports (apart from editable links and freehand lines, which
are not supproted for various reasons).
> To similulate Jarnals behaviour in Skim I need to:
> ---- change the note font colour. Why can't I do this? Should it be
> possible? To change the font colour I go to preferences/Notes/Note
> fonts/Text a pop up box appears. I then press the button that says
> Text Color. I select a colour, close the boxes and write a new note,
> but the new note text is still black. Ideally I would be able to
> change the default text colour at a click of a button as well as font.
You can (for Text notes). For changing text properties, including the
font color, you use the system font panel. Changes in the font panel
are reflected in the currently selected note (the one with a blue
outline). There is currently no public preference for this, but it is
available as a hidden pref.
> --- I would like the remove the textbox padding on the left and
> right of the text box. Is there a hidden way of doing this? The
> padding is annying if you try and fit a word in a tight space as the
> padding can run over the next word. I have of course removed the
> boarder. This is however less important as I am only using a solid
> colour background while I can't change the font colour.
The actual layout of the text in the text note is done by PDFKit. So
this would be a request for Apple, not Skim. PDFKit does a very poor
job, so I've filed a bug report on this. Still no reply. However in
its turn, PDFKit has to follow Adobe's PDF specifications, and I
cannot find a padding setting in the specs. So in fact you should send
your request to Adobe (tough luck).
> The only other problem I am having is with PDFs with two columns. If
> there is an equation or a super or subscript in the neighbouring
> column when I highlight a line in one colomn parts of the
> nieghbouring column get highlighted too. I guess this would be
> difficult because of the way PDFs are coded, but it would be nice if
> we could select a whole paragraph of one column in a PDF without the
> nieghbouring column being included int the selection.
> I am using the latest version of Skim on mac os 10.4.
I strongly advice all new users (and old users who didn't do so
already) to have a look at the Wiki. In particular the FAQ and Tips &