Today, we’re excited to bring three powerful new features to Skitch for Android – PDF Annotation, Annotation Summaries, and Stamps. This update makes it easy to open PDFs in Skitch, mark them up to communicate changes or questions, and send them off to get the job done perfectly. Let’s take a look at the highlights of this update.
Starting to use the new PDF features is as simple as you’d expect. Open a single or multi-page PDF by tapping Annotate PDFs with Skitch on the home screen or by opening a PDF that’s in your Evernote account. Then, mark it up with arrows, text, or shapes to point out items that need a change or explanation. You can navigate to any page of the PDF using the drawer along the edge of the screen. Once you finish adding your ideas, email the annotated PDF to whoever you’re working with so they can quickly see what you think.
Open PDFs from Anywhere
In this update, you can open PDFs from any app that supports the intent to share and bring them into Skitch to annotate. This means that you can work seamlessly with Skitch, quickly capturing content from Evernote and other apps where you keep PDF documents in a single step.
There are two great things about emailing PDFs out of Skitch. First, the email your recipients get includes a message from you and a handy graphical representation of the quantity and type of feedback that you’ve given on the attached PDF. This gives them a sense of your feedback before they tackle the job, helping your coworkers better manage their time.
Second, once they open the PDF they’ll first see a summary page, which contains slices showing the parts of the PDF that were marked up. A person can quickly scan the first page of the document and get right to work. There’s no need to scroll through every page looking for your feedback. On the other hand, if your recipient does want to take a closer look, tapping on each of the slices will take them to the location of the annotations in that slice.
Sharing the Summary
If you want your PDF to include this very helpful summary page, be sure that the Include Summary box is checked when you email the PDF out of Skitch.
In order to make sharing your annotated images and documents faster and more streamlined, Skitch for Android now asks permission to view your contact list. This information is used to autocomplete email addresses as you type an email to be sent through the Evernote system; we will not message your contacts or use this information for any other purpose.
PDF Annotation is an Evernote Premium feature, but we’re giving everyone free access to a 30-day preview of the feature. If you prefer, you can also purchase unlimited access to this feature without getting an Evernote Premium subscription directly in the app for $5.99.
Evernote Premium users get this and tons of other great features across Evernote’s family of apps with their subscription. Upgrade to Evernote Premium »
Stamps for Quick, Intuitive Annotations
Stamps let you communicate your ideas with simple shapes that stand out. Tap to place a stamp and quickly indicate that you like something, hate it, or need a better explanation. There’s no faster way to communicate your feelings about a document, photo, or design.
After you place a stamp, you can add a little more detail to your feedback with a pointer and a label. To add either a pointer or label, tap on the stamp to reveal both options. Use two fingers to position the pointer anywhere around the Stamp. Each stamp comes with a standard label, but you can update it with a few words of your own.
Skitch’s text annotations have always been designed to stand out. Now, Skitch also offers a Plain Text mode so your text looks right at home on forms and documents you might need to fill out. To make your text plain, tap on something you’ve typed, they choose the plain text option.
By default, if you email a PDF that contains more plain text annotations than Skitch text or is a single page document, we won’t include a Summary page. If you’d like a summary, be sure to choose this option when sharing the PDF.
And Much More
In addition to all the great new features listed above, we made lots of other improvements to the app for a better all-around experience. One of the most notable of these is the new crop tool – it’s smoother and easier to adjust so you can quickly focus on the area you need, annotate, and send your ideas on to your team.
Skitch 2.5 for Android makes it easy to communicate visually, helping you work better with others to move projects of any kind forward. It’s available soon in Google Play. We hope you love using it.