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I find Skim is a great pdf file reader and want to spend a great deal of time adding notes and bookmarks to some of the pdf files I have.

I know Spotlight indexes pdf files but it doesn't seem to index my Skim bookmarks. (I just created a bookmark in Skim and search for that bookmark in Spotlight. No results).

I may force Spotlight to index net.sourceforge.skim-app.skim.bookmarks.plist (it is where bookmarks are stored) ?

What do you think ? Thanks in advance.

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If you search for a bookmark you created longer ago in Skim, does it show up? It might just take time for Spotlight to index the files. – Daniel Feb 20 '12 at 13:39
I created two bookamrks. Two days later I searched for them using spotlight. No answer. – politicus Feb 25 '12 at 11:41

From what I know, the developer who made Skin will have to add the support to be searched in Spotlight themselves, as they have to create a spotlight importer (basically, a plugin) in order for spotlight to look at things inside unsupported filetypes.

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The solution I've found+tested:

In Skim:

  • File - Export -> Skim notes.
  • You now have one .skim file with your annotations only + their pages number.

Skim notes are indexed by Spotlight.


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Use CMD + SHIFT + / to search your bookmarks (or just click the Help menu item).

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