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Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Skitch - App Review



I've said it before, and will no doubt say it again, I am a fan of Evernote... and Skitch is a partner program for Evernote.

It's so much clearer for everyone if documents (whatever they are) are neatly annotated, rather than have nigh illegible scrawls across them. Skitch makes it easier to be neat than to be scruffy.

Skitch creates a new folder in your Evernote account, named (unimaginatively but easy to remember) 'Skitch'.

Now for the ACIDS test:

Aesthetics
You start with a base page, which could be any of the following:

Photo that you take from within the App
Photo that is already on your iOS device
PDF document that is somewhere on your Evernote account
Map; you decide where (and the scale) and Skitch will take care of the rest
Web page; you give the address and this becomes your base page
Blank Page

One you have created a 'Snap', you are free to use all the tools, which include:

Arrows (very accurate, and work so that you start where you want and end with the head of the arrow, just like it should be)
Text
Markers (with a choice of icons) and again the right way round
Freehand pen
Regular shapes (rectangular, circular, rounded corners, lines)
Cropping tool, where you choose the area that you want to remain

These tools can be further customised by choosing the colour and size, which gives a large variety. All annotations can be edited, resized, moved or, of course, deleted.

Once you are done, just hit the 'save' button and the annotated document is automatically available in your Evernote account. You can then also easily create a public link so that anyone can view the document; just email the address to whoever you want to be able to see it.

Cost
The App is free, as is a basic Evernote account.

Indispensability
Has anyone ever come back to you asking what you mean with your annotations? Did you enjoy wasting everyone's time? Is this a no-brainer?

Dependability
This is an Evernote product and, as one would expect, totally reliable.

Security
The guys at Evernote/Skitch are sufficiently careful that even your 'public' notes contain no reference to your account; nice touch.

For the doubters out there, here's an example:

http://www.evernote.com/shard/s312/sh/e167f4f9-1e17-43ba-b50c-1b611a917244/52e8652970acdbb5ce227dae5b227f7d

ACIDS Test Rating:

Should be made mandatory for doctors (for a start).

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.


You can get Skitch here and support for the App here.


8 comments:

  1. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.6 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    → Adjustable Canvas automatically expands the edges of your workspace to make room for additional annotations
    → Skitch’s arrows get an update to make the curve more pronounced
    → Reduced minimum sizes for shapes

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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 2.6.2 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    * Improved zoom for PDF
    * Bugs fixes and miscellaneous improvements

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  5. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.0.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    More bug fixes

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  6. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.0.4 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Maps have been reintroduced to the picker view.
    - Evernote Settings are easier to find under a new Evernote heading.
    - Your default Evernote Notebook can be set while signing in to the app.
    - Your default Evernote Notebook can be changed in Evernote settings.
    - Crop has been added to a new overflow menu in More Tools.
    - Annotations can all be cleared at once using the “Clear Annotations” option under the overflow menu.
    - “Open in” has been added as a sharing option, which lets you send your annotated images directly to any installed apps that accept images.

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  7. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.0.5 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - PDF reading is back. Open a PDF in Skitch.
    - Markup a PDF is back. Requires an Evernote Premium account.
    - Web capture has been added back
    - Improved crop mode
    - Lots of bugs were crushed (no actual bugs were harmed)

    P.S An Evernote account is only required for PDF markup or saving to Evernote.

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