Clear, concise communication is powerful. With a little clarity, we can eliminate those long, roundabout email exchanges that keep projects in perpetual limbo. That’s what Skitch is for, and today we’re bringing this vision to your PDF workflow to help you give the fastest, friendliest and most direct feedback ever. Not only that, but we’ve also added an innovative summary that ensures your recipients are able to act upon your feedback immediately. Let’s dive into the new PDF features, as well as some exciting new tools.
Starting to use the new PDF features is as simple as you’d expect. Open a single or multi-page PDF in Skitch or drag it right onto the app. Then, annotate it with shapes, arrows and text. Point out items that need a change, use the Highlighter to draw attention to important sections and add text to give your recipient instructions on next steps. Navigate to any part of the PDF using the new drawer along the edge of the app. Once you’re done, share the document back. This is where the real magic begins.
The Skitch Summary
There’s a real sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing that the people you’re working with fully understand your thoughts. When you share an annotated multi-page PDF, Skitch lets you add a new first page to that document. This page is made up of previews of each piece of feedback contained in the PDF. Click on one and you’re taken to the annotation. This summary makes it a snap for your recipient to scan over all of your feedback, understand it, and take action without needing to go beyond the first page.
As anyone that’s found themselves on the receiving end of feedback knows, it’s always incredibly helpful to get a sense of your reader’s thought and how many changes they’re looking for before diving in. That’s the second part of the Skitch Summary. When you email an annotated PDF to someone or create a public link, the viewer will first see a display of the quantity and type of annotations in the document.
Sharing the PDF
Sharing a Skitch Summary couldn’t be easier. You can include a summary when you choose to email your PDF with the share button. In addition, on Skitch for Mac you can attach a summary when exporting or by selecting PDF with Summary in the Drag Me bar, then dragging it straight onto your desktop or into other apps. It’s that easy to share rich, detailed feedback on PDF documents.
Anyone with an Evernote account gets complimentary access to a 30-day preview of PDF annotation and the Skitch Summary. It’s easy to create an Evernote account and get started using PDF annotation. Evernote Premium users get full access to these features. Upgrade to Evernote Premium »
Fast Feedback with new Stamps
Stamps are an all-new annotation tool in Skitch 2.5 that lets you communicate your ideas incredibly quickly with simple shapes that stand out. Place a stamp to quickly indicate that you like something, hate it, or need a deeper explanation. When it’s perfect, stamp it with a Skitch heart.
After you place each stamp, you can also add a little more detail to your feedback with a pointer and a label. To add a pointer to any stamp, just click or tap on the (+). The pointer will display, and you can now move the blue dot to position it anywhere around the Stamp. Adding labels to stamps is as simple as clicking the “a” symbol. Each stamp comes with a standard label, but if you’d like to change it, just start typing your own text (only a few words).
Plain text options
Skitch’s text annotations have always boldly stood out from the background. Now, in addition to our annotation text, Skitch has a Plain Text styling so you can keep it simple while filling out forms and other online documents.
To switch to Plain Text, compose your annotation as you normally would by clicking or tapping on the “a” icon in the sidebar and typing. Then, when you select the text box a second time, a toggle will appear that allows you to switch to Plain Text. You can also switch to Plain Text in the style menu at any time.
One thing to note is that we don’t include a Skitch Summary by default when you use Plain Text -this is because we expect that you will most often use the feature to fill out forms. If you would still like to include a summary, be sure to choose this option when you are sharing the PDF.
The first time you open the app, you’ll notice new Tool Tips popping into your Skitch window, providing more information about new features in this version. The tips also contain links to our Product Guide in case you would like to learn more about these features, or any other feature in Skitch.
And Much More
In addition to all the great new features listed above, we’ve made a ton of improvements to each of the apps to help them run more smoothly top to bottom. Skitch 2.5 is available today in the Mac App Store and iTunes. Try it and let us know what you think!