The App Store has a new handy entrant called Skitch which is an annotation and mark-up software adapted from the Mac version. This app by Evernote is available for both the iPad and the Android as well. Skitch lets you get your point clearly across and like they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Let’s see what else you can do with this app.
When you first startup the app, you’ll be greeted with a simple menu with 6 options such as Photos, Camera(only for iPad 2), Screenshot, Web, Map and Blank. Your previously edited images can also be seen on the menu screen and you can carry on where you last left off. Skitch works in both landscape and portrait mode as well.
Most of the options are pretty self-explanatory. You can just grab existing photos in your camera-roll or use the Camera on the iPad 2 to snap a photo. Screenshot mode lets you have access to your most recent screenshot you have taken(with the Home button and Power button). The Web mode has a browser built-in to the app where you can just type in the url and hit the snapshot button on the left. Map mode lets you take a snapshot of your location if you have GPS turned on and lets you draw out a route directly. There’s even a handy Blank canvas for scribbling notes, sketching and drawing.
Once you have taken a snapshot in whichever mode, you’ll have some tools for you to annotate and mark-up your image which is available on the side panel. There’s a pencil for scribbling or drawing circles. It looks pretty good even if you have bad handwriting as it smoothens the line after you have finished writing. There’s also an arrow shape, a text tool, shape options(round, square and a line), and a limited color pallete. If you made a mistake, you can undo or just clear off all your changes. There’s also a cropping tool and a selection tool to shift things around.
After you are done, you can save it in your camera-roll or share it through email, Twitter, Evernote. Wonder why Facebook is not in as well.
Though slightly limited in what you can do, Skitch is a simple lightweight app that does the job quickly if you want to draw directions on the map for your housewarming party or to just brainstorm some ideas. Here’s how it looks like on the iPad 2.
App size: 10.1 MB