Over the past year, we brought Skitch to numerous desktop and mobile platforms with one major exception: Windows. Today, that changes. We’re pleased to announce that Skitch, our app to help you communicate your ideas using simple shapes and annotations, is now available on Windows Desktop (for Windows XP and newer) and Windows 8. Let’s take a look at some of the key features in the all-new Skitch for Windows apps.
Get Your Point Across. Fast.
With Skitch for Windows Desktop and Windows 8, you can get your point across and move projects forward quickly. Capture, annotate and share what you see on the Web with a screen snap. Mark up photos to share your thoughts with friends and colleagues. Bring in items straight from your clipboard, or start out with a blank canvas and create a custom image of your own. It’s never been easier to make your ideas turn into reality.
Simple, Powerful Tools
Skitch for Windows Desktop and Windows 8 are packed full of quick and easy solutions for communicating more easily. You can add arrows, shapes and text to point out something important. Use the marker to draw freehand shapes or outline an object. Crop a screenshot to include only the critical aspects. Then, once you’re done, quickly share your annotated image.
The new Pixelate feature is a useful tool to obscure sensitive or personal information in an image. When you’re working with a photo, snapshot, or screenshot, just tap the Pixelate button and click and drag your mouse across the part of the image that you would like to obscure. The selection will become unreadable, allowing you to share your Skitch note with others without revealing any unwanted information.
The highlighter tool helps you call attention to important content within photos or screenshots just like a physical highlighter. To use it, tap on the marker tool and select the highlighter from the popup, then click and drag it over anything you’d like to highlight.
You can change the color or thickness of the highlighter, or any of the tools and shapes, using the styling options. This ensures that your annotation stands out against the background image.
A Closer Look at Skitch for Windows Desktop
Our two new Windows versions have many things in common, but there are also some platform-specific differences. First, let’s take a look at Skitch for Windows Desktop.
Drag Me Bar
Skitch has a very innovative way of letting you bring your final images into email, documents and other apps. Rather than saving the file and then attaching it into your app of choice, you can use the Drag Me bar. Simply click on the Drag Me bar and drop the image right into its destination.
Seamless Integration on Evernote for Windows Desktop
Evernote and Skitch are tightly integrated on the Windows Desktop. Create a Skitch note and save it directly to Evernote for Windows. View a Skitch note in the Evernote desktop client, and you can click on the pink banner at the top of the note to open it right in Skitch.
A Closer Look at Skitch for Windows 8
We designed Skitch natively to take advantage of all the best features of the Windows 8 operating system. From the crisp startup process to the neatly tiled home page and smooth note editing pane, Skitch provides a simple and powerful user experience throughout the app. Here are some features that make Skitch for Windows 8 unique.
In addition to the image sources we’ve already mentioned, you can also bring maps into Skitch for Windows 8 to help you explain directions. To do this from the home screen, tap on the map icon, then enter the location you need in the search bar. Tap snap to capture the image. Mark it up using arrows, text, or any of the other Skitch annotation tools and share it to get everyone headed in the right direction.
Made a mistake while editing one of your Skitch images? Don’t worry, you can fix it in a snap with Undo/Redo in Skitch for Windows 8! Tap the buttons to step back and forth to get to the version you’re looking for.
To save your Skitch Notes to you Windows 8 device, tap the export button in the lower right corner of your screen, then select the location you would like to export to. You can choose to export the image as a JPG or a PNG file so that you can easily upload it to a blog, website or other project.
Split screen is really cool feature that is unique to the Windows 8 platform. This view allows you to use Skitch at the same time as you use other apps. To go into split screen, slowly drag the left edge of the app window toward the middle of the screen and it will automatically snap into place. This allows you to take full advantage of available screen real estate, while also letting you bring content into Skitch in a new and effective way.
Putting it all together
Now with Skitch for Windows desktop and Skitch for Windows 8, you can view, edit, share, and capture Skitch images across every major computing, mobile and tablet platform, and, with Evernote, keep everything in sync across them.
Just the Beginning
We are thrilled to be bringing Skitch to Windows, but the work doesn’t end here. We’re continuing to build new features across the world of Skitch. Stay tuned — there’s a lot more to come. Let us know what you think.