I have a couple of PDFs (some of which are 500+ pages long). In these PDFs I made a lot of highlights, when I read through them. I came up with a colouring system, such that each colour is associated with a particular theme. Now I would like to focus on one theme/colour. I.e. quickly jump through, say the Pink highlights. However Preview.app, in its 'Highlights & Notes' panel, only shows colour for notes. I am not able to see which colour I used on the highlights.

Can I somehow get an overview of the highlights and their highlight colour? Perhaps in a different program (Skim)?

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    To add a quick note; you cannot do this in preview.app. So you don't have to spend hours searching for it. The app is very minimal in functionality.
    – Rob
    Feb 3, 2014 at 15:40
  • Not even if you wrote an AppleScript or use Automator, or something along those lines to export highlights?
    – bonna
    Feb 3, 2014 at 16:35
  • @bonna You might be able to do some AppleScript magic to export highlights somehow, but I doubt you could do it by color. Feb 3, 2014 at 21:31
  • Can you please add an answer as the current one's link does not work? Apr 12, 2018 at 0:52

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I just found this link where someone used Skim and additional AppleScripts to do exactly what you are looking for, I think.

Update: As the above link is currently inactive, the page can also be reached on blogspot and web.archive.org.

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    This link is broken can you please fix it or explain what the answers was. Apr 12, 2018 at 0:51

click on the dropdwon in the top left corner. find highlights nd notes

  • Yes, then I'll see all my highlights and notes. But I would like to see only those highlight and notes that have a specific color, say green or blue. Is this possible?
    – bonna
    Sep 7, 2018 at 9:40

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