Over the past year, we’ve been hard at work bringing many of the powerful markup and annotation features of Skitch into Evernote. By adding things like PDF Markup into the Evernote apps for Mac, iOS, and Android, we’ve been freed to rebuild Skitch as the light, fast experience it was always meant to be.
The first place you’ll see this is on iPhone and iPad today with the launch of Skitch 3. It’s completely redesigned to emphasize the features that provide the best mobile annotation experience and makes getting your point across faster and more intuitive than ever.
Our New Brand
Before we get into the new app, there’s a whole new Skitch logo and icon to talk about.
From the beginning, Skitch has made it easy to quickly communicate your ideas and guide projects to their target.
There’s nothing better to show this than the feathers of an arrow, used to stabilize its flight and maintain its direction. It’s the core of what Skitch has always been about, and the perfect way to represent its future.
We’ll be posting on our blog about the process of developing the brand next week — stay tuned for more.
Better, Faster Communication
In working through the design for Skitch on iPhone and iPad, we focused on creating the lightest, fastest mobile experience possible. To do this, we built an entirely new capture mode in Skitch 3. It lets you create an annotated image that’s ready to share in seconds.
Quick Shot mode
Quick Shot mode is a new way to mark up photos in Skitch for iOS that takes no more effort than focusing and snapping your picture.
When you first open the app, you’ll start in the camera mode with a subtle white arrow overlay. Point the camera, then tap on the important part of the image to move the arrow and focus your camera as you would with any photo. When you snap the photo, an arrow annotation will replace the white overlay.
From here, you can share your annotated image with friends, coworkers, or anyone else you would like. If you need to add more info, Skitch will cleverly display a text field at the end of the arrow to make it easier. Or, you can tap More Tools in the corner of the screen to use any of Skitch’s other annotation tools, such as shapes, the highlighter, or stamps.
Giving a little context for your images can go a long way toward making them easier to understand. A seemingly small but invaluable new feature in Skitch 3 is the ability to add captions to your images. You can enter a caption by tapping the field at the bottom of your image or by tapping the share icon and selecting Share with Caption.
Smart, Effortless Sharing
There are lots of great ways to share your marked up images in Skitch 3. In addition to the social media sharing options Skitch has always had, we’ve added a few handy tools to make sharing your ideas even more convenient.
Send to Meeting
Send to Meeting lets you share your annotated images with the attendees of an event on your calendar. To use it, tap the share icon and look for the meetings button. It will appear dynamically if you have a meeting scheduled with another person within the hour before or after the current time. If you have one meeting coming up, you’ll see the name of the meeting displayed; if you have several, you’ll see a number of meetings you can choose from. Once you’ve selected the meeting, you can choose which attendees to share with and hit send.
AirDrop allows you to send your Skitch images from one iOS 7 device to another that’s nearby. Your device will automatically populate available devices, letting you choose which devices you would like to send your image to and hit send.
Save to Evernote
You may want to save some of your images for future reference in Evernote; others, you may not want to save at all. In Skitch 3.0, your images will no longer automatically sync to Evernote so you can choose what content you want to save. To save your image as a note in your Evernote account, tap the Evernote icon and sign in.
Improved Layout and Tools
We’ve completely redesigned the look and layout of Skitch’s core annotation tools. New, separate tool and style bars expand along the corners of your screen to display all options. You can select what you want with one hand — simply drag your finger along the discs and release when you arrive at your choice. Once you choose a tool or select the size and color you want, the bars will collapse to give your content full screen real estate.
We hope you love using the new Skitch for iOS. Let us know what you think in the comments.