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February 23, 2012

iPad App Review – Skitch (Evernote) Free

by Colin Jones

Skitch is a fantastic utility app for your iPad. The app provides you with a straightforward way to annotate and edit a wide range of material, such as photos, screenshots and maps.

The app has an easy to master interface, which gives the user 5 ways to import content into the image annotator. Evernote the company who own the app, explain the different ways here:

– Photos and Camera: Choose to work on an existing image from your camera roll or take a new photo with your iPad. Use the camera to take photos of things that inspire you or to draw a mustache on a friend. If you have an iPad 1 with no camera, then the camera option won’t appear.

– Screenshot: Skitch for iPad has built in smarts that help it identify recently-made screenshots. Taking a screenshot on your iPad is easy, simply press both the power and home buttons at the same time. The screen will flash and the screenshot will be saved to your camera roll. Open Skitch, tap the Screenshot button, annotate the image, then share it with your team. This is great for everything from mobile app design to showing off your latest Angry Birds score.

– Web: Skitch for iPad has its own web browser designed to help you mark up any webpages you encounter. After tapping the Web icon, you can either go directly to a URL or type in a search. When you find the page you want, tap on the Snap icon. Now you have an image of the webpage to annotate. Use this to provide feedback on a web project or to point out something you want to buy.

– Map: Have you ever struggled to explain exactly where to meet someone or which building on campus is yours or how to find the best hiking spot? Then the Skitch Map option is for you. Pinch and zoom into the map, then use the Skitch drawing tools to point out a landmark or draw a path. You would be surprised how often the exact place you need isn’t easy to locate without some additional help. With Skitch, you can put an end to driving in circles or walking for hours.

– Blank: Sometimes you just need to start fresh. Open the blank canvas and sketch to your heart’s content. Use the shapes, arrows, drawing tools, and colors to compose a work of art or to play a killer game of Pictionary.

Once you are finished annotating, you can either save your image to your Camera Roll or Evernote, send it via email or share it on Twitter. One really cool feature of the app, is it’s AirPlay compatibility, this lets you mirror your iPad onto any screen with an Apple TV attached, perfect for giving presentations.

Having used Skitch now for a couple of days, I can highly recommend it – The app will appeal to both casual users who maybe just want to add a funny comment to a photo and also professionals, who will see in it, a great way to send annotated images to clients. The app is free, making it an essential iPad download – There is also a Mac version available.

Below are examples of the app in action:

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