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.

  • 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
    Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 13:39
  • I created two bookamrks. Two days later I searched for them using spotlight. No answer.
    – politicus
    Commented Feb 25, 2012 at 11:41

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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.

Source: here


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.


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

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