A little over a year ago, we announced our acquisition of Skitch, the app that helps you get your point across with beautifully simple shapes and annotations. Twelve months ago, Skitch was two people, a Mac app and around 300,000 downloads.
What a difference a year makes.
In that time, we’ve grown the Skitch team from two people to twenty, opened a studio in Austin, Texas and took that app from 300,000 downloads to ten million!
We also made a promise that Skitch would get the full Evernote treatment: multi-platform availability with full synchronization. Today, we’re taking a big step towards making that a reality.
Say hello to the all new Skitch, now available on Mac, iPad and, for the first time ever, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Completely New Designs
The new Skitch design embodies the application’s purpose of helping you communicate your ideas quickly and easily. We focused on making things simpler, highlighting exactly the shapes, colors and options you need in order to get things done. It’s this restraint that makes Skitch so easy to use, and so deceptively powerful.
We pared the application down to it’s most-loved, most-used, most-essential features, then made those features as great as they could be. We also focused on creating a unified experience across all platforms. So, whether you’re using Skitch on your desktop or mobile phone, you’ll know exactly what to do.
Synchronization, Sharing and Search
Skitch is now a full-fledged member of the Evernote family, which means that everything you do in Skitch is synchronized with your Evernote account. Annotate a photo using Skitch for Mac and in seconds, it shows up in Skitch for iPad. Mark up a map in Skitch for iPhone, and it shows up in Evernote on your Mac.
Like you would expect, sharing your Skitch notes is incredibly simple. Click on the share arrow and you can choose to share your annotations via Facebook, Twitter and email. You can also place the link to the shared note into your clipboard to paste into IM, or other apps. Now that all sharing in Skitch goes through Evernote we’ve also been able to make shared Skitch Notes look beautiful. Take a look for yourself.
On iPhone, enable sharing to Twitter and Facebook by tapping on the account icon in the top left corner of the screen.
Not only does Skitch now have the sync and sharing features of Evernote, but it also gets Evernote magic image recognition that makes text within images searchable. This even works on images containing handwriting. Now, not only are your images safe and sound forever, but they’re also easy to find any time.
Sign in to get more
You will need to sign into Evernote in order to take advantage of all the cool new synchronization features. If you don’t have an Evernote account, we let you bypass the sign-in step and use Skitch without registering. Of course, doing this means that you won’t get any of the sync, sharing and search functionality. When you’re ready, just create a free Evernote account, and you’re good to go.
New Tools. New Features.
Those that have used Skitch before will find the new interface cleaner and easier than ever. The core tool palate is the same as always, and is available on all devices: the iconic arrows, familiar text, simple shapes, freehand lines and colors. On desktop, you’ll find the Drag Me tab along the bottom of the window. Grab it to bring your Skitch Notes into an email or desktop folder. On the new iPhone version, you’ll find a sliding Annotation Menu. Select a tool, then move your finger across the screen to use it.
In addition, there are a few cool new capabilities that are worth pointing out:
The Pixelate tool allows you to easily obscure parts of an image. This is great for hiding personal information in documents that you need to share with others. To use it, simply select the tool, then drag a box around the area you want to pixelate.
That alternate marker tool is a highlighter, use it to create transparent freehand strokes to highlight areas of photos or screenshots.
Create. Edit. Re-edit.
When you take the creation and annotation features of Skitch and combine them with Evernote’s synchronization, you get a pretty powerful app. But there’s one more amazing thing about the new Skitch: you can fully edit and manipulate annotated images across all the devices that you use.
Say you annotate a screenshot for a Web design project in Skitch on your desktop. You save it and head to lunch. While you’re out, you have an idea, so you launch Skitch on your phone, move all the arrows around, change the colors and then share the new image with your designer. With the new Skitch, no matter where you are, you can always keep working.
Getting Started Guide
To introduce you to the new Skitch, we developed Getting Started Guides for Mac and iOS full of useful tips and walkthroughs:
Note to existing Skitch users
To make the transition to Skitch 2.0 easy for existing users, we let you bring as many of your old images over as you’d like using some handy import options:
- On Mac: Click the action drop down and select the Open 1.x Skitch Document
- On iPad: You will be prompted to import old Skitch image on the home screen
So many new things. So much more to come.
We’re not done yet. The new Skitch is coming to more platforms soon. This is just the beginning. Let us know what you think.