Viewing CHM files under Mac OS X
December 21, 2007 by David Xie
Most of the eBooks nowadays are in either PDF or CHM format. While Windows have native support for CHMs (of course…), Macs have native support for PDFs. If you want to read PDF files under Windows, all you have to do is to install Acrobat Reader, but what if you want to read CHM files under Mac OS X? Since a number of eBooks that I’ve got are in CHM format, I was conformed with the task of finding a CHM reader for my Mac. So I did a little research online and found an application called xchm. Its a really basic application for reading CHM files, but it also have some really handy functions too. I will demonstrate the app using the help file from my Comodo Firewall Pro.
Before you install the reader, you probably wouldn’t get the icon preview of your CHM files; after you’ve installed xchm, your CHM files should look something like this:
Here is a screen shot of the application. As you can see, the interface is pretty clean 🙂
At the top left, you have a few options like changing the fonts of your CHM file (really useful if the default font is a bit too small for you), navigation, printing etc.
At the bottom left, you have a bookmarking system which allows you to add / remove bookmarks so you know where you were last time.
Surprising enough, this simple app didn’t forget about keyboard shortcuts! Command + S / P / T / Q are the ones that I frequently use.
The printing option is really handy if you like the speech service in Leopard (there is a new voice in Leopard called Alex). If you are lazy like me, you can always ask your Mac to read your books to you 😉 Alex (the new voice in Leopard) sounds pretty good to me 🙂 So how are we gonna let our Mac to read the books to us?
Step 1. Go to File and then click on Print page or press the keyboard shortcut for print (command + p)
Step 2. Click on the Preview button:
Step 3. After a few seconds, preview should be opened with your page (in PDF):
Step 4. Now you can take advantage of the speech service and ask your Mac to tell you a bed time story 😉
Download xCHM 1.13:
Other CHM readers:
iChm 1.0: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/28171/ichm
ArCHMock 1.2: http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/27897/archmock