When reviewing PDF documents (papers, reports etc.) I often need to produce a list of comments in a separate text file. For quite some time I’ve been doing this by switching back and forth between the PDF viewer and a text editor but I’ve recently found a more efficient way of doing this so I thought I’d share it.
To avoid switching between applications, I started marking my comments using highlights in Skim and exporting them using File->Export->Notes as Text which creates a file with the following format.
* Highlight, page 2 some bold claim -> needs reference * Highlight, page 3 confusing sentence -> Not entirely clear what this means * Highlight, page 4 tyop -> typo
This was not quite the format I wanted, so to fix this I’ve created a new Skim template (Compact Notes.txt) which produces notes in the following format:
Page 2: some bold claim -> needs reference Page 3: confusing sentence -> Not entirely clear what this means Page 4: tyop -> typo
To use Compact Notes.txt, you need to download and place it under /Library/Application Support/Skim/Templates/ (you’ll need to create any missing folders in this hierarchy). Once the template is in place, you can choose it in the File Format drop down menu as displayed below: