Great tools for working with PDFs: Skim and Foxit

If you didn’t know, PDF files (or Portable Document Format) is a great format for sharing your documents electronically. It’s different than sending a Word .doc because it shows up just the way it looks on your computer– no broken fonts or missing pictures.

Skim is an open source (Mac only) app for reading, highlighting, and note taking on PDF files. I have been using it as I write my Master’s thesis and it has been invaluable for helping me take notes in the margins of electronic texts.

Windows users can’t use Skim, but that doesn’t mean they have to use big old sluggish Acrobat Reader. Foxit Reader is a free PDF reader that loads fast and looks great.


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Ted Curran is a Learning Experience Designer/Developer for Autodesk. He is committed to empowering educators and learners to create transformational change through effective pedagogy and technology integration. You can follow Ted on Mastodon, LinkedIn or learn more at my 'About" page. These thoughts are my own.

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