Remember when we said we were committed to bringing Skitch to new platforms? Say hello to Skitch for Android phones and tablets!
Calling Skitch for Android addictively fun is an understatement. It’s the perfect way to quickly add your mark to any image. Take a snapshot of something awesome, draw an arrow and add a caption, then post the image on Facebook. When you’re at a conference, snap a picture of the people you meet, annotate it with their names and save it into Evernote. Get it now, it’s free!
How it works
When you launch Skitch, you’ll be presented with three options: take a snapshot, load an image from your gallery or start with a blank canvas. Let’s take a snapshot. Once you’re done, the image will appear in Skitch, ready for annotation.
As you can see, there are two rows of options. The top row of buttons make up the Action Bar and they relate to high level image functions such as deletion, undo and share. The bottom row of buttons make up the Tool Bar, which has all of your annotation and sketching tools.
The Tool Bar
Starting from the left:
- Color and size popover: Tap this option to choose the color and line thickness of your objects.
- Pencil and highlighter: The pencil allows you to create freehand shapes with your finger or stylus. Tap and hold to reveal the highlighter tool which creates semi-transparent lines for highlighting.
- Arrow: Point out the best stuff with the arrows Skitch is known for.
- Select: Tap on any object, then drag it to change its position.
- Type: Use this tool to add text to your images.
- Shape: Tap and hold to choose a shape, then drag your finger on the screen to create it.
Choose your tool of choice, then get started. Objects in Skitch are layered, so you can select every item you make individually. If you want to move something, tap on the Select tool, tap on the object you’d like to move, then drag it to a new location. Add some pop to your captions by choosing different colors and text sizes.
Try this: Pinch and zoom into the image to get a closer look.
Once you’re done, take a look at the Action Bar options along the top to share or save your image.
The Action Bar
Starting from the left:
- Home: This returns you to the home screen.
- Trash: Either erase a selected object or clear the whole screen by tapping and holding the option.
- Undo/Redo: Step back or forward through your annotations.
- Share: Share the annotated image with other apps installed on your device.
- Send to Evernote: This option shows up when you have Evernote installed. More on this below…
Sending to Evernote
If you have both apps installed, then tapping on the Evernote icon sends the annotated image right into Evernote without taking you out of the Skitch app. You can then go into Evernote to add additional comments, if you like. We’re working on much tighter bi-directional integration, so soon you’ll be able to launch Skitch directly from Evernote to mark up existing notes and do other awesome things.
Tap the menu button to access some advanced settings, including highlighter opacity and scaling.
This is the first mobile version of Skitch ever. Now you can get Skitch on your Mac and Android device. We’re working on iPhone, iPad and other versions of Skitch, which will become available in the not too distant future. In the meantime, tell us what you think of Skitch on your Android device.