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Introducing Skitch 3 for iOS 7

Introducing Skitch 3 for iOS 7

Posted by Stefanie Fazzio on 26 Sep 2013

Posted by Stefanie Fazzio on 26 Sep 2013

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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 MaciOS, 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.

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Our New Brand

Before we get into the new app, there’s a whole new Skitch logo and icon to talk about.

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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.

Snapping

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.

Adding Captions

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.

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AirDrop

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.

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  • tiitswi

    Hooray for the new branding!

  • tiitswi

    Hooray for the new branding!

  • davidbitton

    Just updated. So much easier to use with the arrow following the focus rect. Thanks!

  • filmfreak75

    been a skitch user since the beta days and not sure i am liking the new iOS update. loss of the core functions that i loved about Skitch is not a good trade off for the new bells and whistles, i.e. no web capture etc. the new app feels more like an over glorified camera app now.

  • filmfreak75

    been a skitch user since the beta days and not sure i am liking the new iOS update. loss of the core functions that i loved about Skitch is not a good trade off for the new bells and whistles, i.e. no web capture etc. the new app feels more like an over glorified camera app now.

    • crichton007

      Agree. What happened to all of the Skitch drawings I already have? I can’t seem to access them now and I had been starting to keep PDFs in there and now they’re gone. This new version of Skitch feels more like it should have been a separate app not a replacement.

    • crichton007

      Agree. What happened to all of the Skitch drawings I already have? I can’t seem to access them now and I had been starting to keep PDFs in there and now they’re gone. This new version of Skitch feels more like it should have been a separate app not a replacement.

  • Jason Frasca

    Excited to play with the new Skitch. The seamless integration with Apples iOS 7 and Evernote make it a must in my toolbox. Love seeing Evernote continue to refine their rock solid lineup.

  • Wolfgang Marcos

    The new icon is awesome!
    But I would really like to get the updates on Windows and Android at the same time the Mac OS and iOS users do. It’s been like this for years, when are you guys going to release your products to all systems simultaneously?

  • Wolfgang Marcos

    The new icon is awesome!
    But I would really like to get the updates on Windows and Android at the same time the Mac OS and iOS users do. It’s been like this for years, when are you guys going to release your products to all systems simultaneously?

  • winterhalder

    Hi – I like the new direction – question/issue though – anybody else having a problem with the camera roll import? It *seems* to be grabbing photos from my synced photo library, not the camera roll itself… anybody else? Just me?

  • winterhalder

    Hi – I like the new direction – question/issue though – anybody else having a problem with the camera roll import? It *seems* to be grabbing photos from my synced photo library, not the camera roll itself… anybody else? Just me?

    • derlinzer

      See my comment above: Skitch shows all copies of an image, no matter if it’s from the Camera Roll, Photo Stream, or album. Until Evernote updates the app and implements proper source selection, there’s no way to find out what image is edited…

    • teradome

      Same here. Commenter below says it’s supposed to show everything everywhere? It’s only showing actual photography for me when I know I have recent screenshots in the roll AND old screenshots in the Photo Stream.

    • teradome

      Same here. Commenter below says it’s supposed to show everything everywhere? It’s only showing actual photography for me when I know I have recent screenshots in the roll AND old screenshots in the Photo Stream.

    • Christian Oliver

      Having the same problem. New images are not offered. It seems that it’s not refreshing the camera roll.
      Very buggy release!

    • Christian Oliver

      Having the same problem. New images are not offered. It seems that it’s not refreshing the camera roll.
      Very buggy release!

    • Terri Van Gorp

      I am having the same problem! I need a pic from my camera roll!

  • teradome

    For the life of me I can’t find where to pick a photo from the actual Camera Roll. Annotating screenshots is a must.

  • derlinzer

    The image browser is completely broken: Instead of offering to select the source of an image (Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Albums), all images are shown at least twice (Camera Roll & Photo Stream) or even more times (Camera Roll, Photo Stream & Albums). So, when opening an image, you have no idea which copy you edit…

    Deleted the app again until this mess is fixed.

  • derlinzer

    The image browser is completely broken: Instead of offering to select the source of an image (Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Albums), all images are shown at least twice (Camera Roll & Photo Stream) or even more times (Camera Roll, Photo Stream & Albums). So, when opening an image, you have no idea which copy you edit…

    Deleted the app again until this mess is fixed.

  • derlinzer

    The image browser is completely broken: Instead of offering to select the source of an image (Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Albums), all images are shown at least twice (Camera Roll & Photo Stream) or even more times (Camera Roll, Photo Stream & Albums). So, when opening an image, you have no idea which copy you edit…

    Deleted the app again until this mess is fixed.

  • rhkaufer

    Not happy with the update at all. I have no desire to mark images. I know you built the pdf marking features into evernote which I use but it is not the same as Skitch was. You have made skitch a unitasker. I used to look forward to all updates and update them right away. Now I am gunshy

  • rhkaufer

    Not happy with the update at all. I have no desire to mark images. I know you built the pdf marking features into evernote which I use but it is not the same as Skitch was. You have made skitch a unitasker. I used to look forward to all updates and update them right away. Now I am gunshy

  • rhkaufer

    Not happy with the update at all. I have no desire to mark images. I know you built the pdf marking features into evernote which I use but it is not the same as Skitch was. You have made skitch a unitasker. I used to look forward to all updates and update them right away. Now I am gunshy

  • Thorrrr

    I must be missing something here cannot see why people rave about Skitch! It has to be one of the worst things EN ever got involved with IMHO. I mean we are in 2013 and still after many requests from users you still cannot rotate an image.

    It looks like it is designed for a 7 year old. If more effort went into functionality than icon design we might like it. I am sorry but I just do not get it , it’s a poor design , very bad workflow model and no functionality.

    It need off loading or putting on the back burner for ever. Or get a new design team on it.

  • iCoco_de

    With Evernote 7 having integrated skitch functionality, why would I need a separate skitch App any more? Really wondering and thankful for any hint.
    Great new app icon, anyway. *thumbup*

  • HenkPoley

    Now it’s actually smooth and usable on an iPhone 4.

  • Marco Schirmer

    Skitch brings a nice integration with iOS7, but it is right now useless because of the broken Image browser. I am also missing the feature to annotate a map.

  • Michael Stanclift

    I was really pumped when I saw the new icon, and took a couple shots and marked them up with the app. Then I read this entry and realized that none of the changes or markups I’d made were being sync’d back to Evernote or the other Skitch apps.

    When you manually push a markup to Evernote, it no longer saves it in the Skitch notebook and isn’t directly editable in the Mac version. Why would your team think it was a good idea to break such core functionality? I remember when everyone was forced to start using Evernote instead of their own repositories, how upset that made loyal users. Now you’ve alienated the remaining ones. Nice work.

    If I could roll back to the previous version, I would. As it is, it’ll probably go unused and deleted unless the core sync functionality is restored.

  • Michael Stanclift

    I was really pumped when I saw the new icon, and took a couple shots and marked them up with the app. Then I read this entry and realized that none of the changes or markups I’d made were being sync’d back to Evernote or the other Skitch apps.

    When you manually push a markup to Evernote, it no longer saves it in the Skitch notebook and isn’t directly editable in the Mac version. Why would your team think it was a good idea to break such core functionality? I remember when everyone was forced to start using Evernote instead of their own repositories, how upset that made loyal users. Now you’ve alienated the remaining ones. Nice work.

    If I could roll back to the previous version, I would. As it is, it’ll probably go unused and deleted unless the core sync functionality is restored.

    • DDJ

      Completely agree – bizarre how they would break core functionality! Hopefully they will fix.

  • Libor Klubal

    Please return back old Skitch. The new one is totaly different app! And on iPad 2 to toooo sloooowww. I miss the map and web clip notation.

  • Libor Klubal

    Please return back old Skitch. The new one is totaly different app! And on iPad 2 to toooo sloooowww. I miss the map and web clip notation.

  • dskoelling

    Long-time Skitch user and now I’m baffled by what should be the easiest actions … such as getting out of a picture I wish to delete or getting back to “home” after annotating a photo. Tried to find updated tutorials on the new Skitch and am not having any luck. I don’t find the new program intuitive for the work I need to do.

  • dskoelling

    Long-time Skitch user and now I’m baffled by what should be the easiest actions … such as getting out of a picture I wish to delete or getting back to “home” after annotating a photo. Tried to find updated tutorials on the new Skitch and am not having any luck. I don’t find the new program intuitive for the work I need to do.

  • Zach K

    Do you realize that this update has completely ruined the app? Was your intent to make this app completely unusable? Are you oblivious to the fact that most users NEED to be able to select photos from their photo library, and the number of people who actually want to take photos *within* your app is infinitesimally small?

    If you want anyone to use this app, I suggest you restore the option to select photos from the phone’s library, since this current version is completely and utterly crappy.

  • Terri Van Gorp

    Not happy at all! I can’t access my camera roll. I won’t be using sketch at all if I can’t access my camera roll! Totally bummed in Texas!

  • Karena Colquhoun

    I have an Ipad 4. My sole use of Skitch was to annotate pdfs. Now when I open Skitch all my pdfs are gone and I’m greeted with a black screen. I have absolutely no interest in any of the photo features, so it’s useless to me. Accessing the pdfs via Evernote I have to re-download them, and when I try to open/annotate/scroll them, it just keeps on crashing and is unusable. Also, am I missing something? How do I change the name of each file from “annotated.pdf”? I am so upset because what was a really functional, intuitive study aid is now totally useless to me. I’ll be uninstalling Skitch and cancelling my Evernote Premium account. What an enormous let down.

  • Steve Lai 

    I can only access Camera Roll, NOT including screenshots, which is my main use for Skitch! Please fix this in the next update! I can’t access Photostream either.

  • Steve Lai 

    I can only access Camera Roll, NOT including screenshots, which is my main use for Skitch! Please fix this in the next update! I can’t access Photostream either.

    • Anne

      Same here, PLEASE bring the old skitch back! There was nothing wrong with it!

    • Anne

      Same here, PLEASE bring the old skitch back! There was nothing wrong with it!

  • sapphireoceans

    Absolute prime example of developers fixing something that wasn’t broken in the first place.. and breaking it in the process. I have used this app so, so often over the past year and really enjoyed it. It WAS a fantastic app. Sadly, after updating just a few moments ago and attempting to use it for the very same tasks I always used it for, I’m appalled at the change/difference. Everything seems to have vanished?!!

    I can’t access photos which aren’t saved in photo albums unless I use the workaround (copying image to clipboard will force skitch to show it as the first image in camera roll when you open the app, but it is tedious!), I hate the new look, logo, where are the save options? where are all the files I worked on prior to the update? I’m glad people are complaining and I hope the devs listen and fix it quickly before someone smart comes along and provides us with what we actually want, what we already had in this app, before it was ruined.

    Times like this I wish I could just roll back to previous version. Such a shame. I will be looking for a replacement.

  • sapphireoceans

    Absolute prime example of developers fixing something that wasn’t broken in the first place.. and breaking it in the process. I have used this app so, so often over the past year and really enjoyed it. It WAS a fantastic app. Sadly, after updating just a few moments ago and attempting to use it for the very same tasks I always used it for, I’m appalled at the change/difference. Everything seems to have vanished?!!

    I can’t access photos which aren’t saved in photo albums unless I use the workaround (copying image to clipboard will force skitch to show it as the first image in camera roll when you open the app, but it is tedious!), I hate the new look, logo, where are the save options? where are all the files I worked on prior to the update? I’m glad people are complaining and I hope the devs listen and fix it quickly before someone smart comes along and provides us with what we actually want, what we already had in this app, before it was ruined.

    Times like this I wish I could just roll back to previous version. Such a shame. I will be looking for a replacement.

    • derlinzer

      I doubt that they’ll listen: See Evernote Reminders – broken for months and no fix in sight and background sync for Evernote in iOS 7 is also broken…

  • DDJ

    This update is awful. Why can’t we automatically save all our images / annotations to Evernote / Skitch. What’s the point of annotating something if it doesn’t automatically save. I love how some things are quicker but this core functionality is a total ballache now. UX FAIL

  • DDJ

    And obviously the save to Evernote feature is pants cause it doesnt save to one’s Skitch notebook. I see your issue – how do we integrate the apps. Well your solution is sadly the wrong first step.

  • Captain Morgan

    I’m extremely disappointed in the update, although I do like the new logo. How do I access my existing skitch documents? What happened to the map functionality? Who designed the import image UI?

  • pcdsim

    When are you guys gonna bring back access to the camera roll/complete photo library. This app became useless to me with the update.

  • Zora Ferrel

    Thanks for this article regarding Skitch update for iOS 7. A lot of iOS 7 users are surely delighted for this. Thanks again for posting.

  • Joyce Lourenco Pereira

    As an educator, we really use the Map and web capture functions.

    As mentioned in previous posts, Skitch has become just another Photo app and this is NOT what we needed.

    Please look into bringing all the tools in the previous Skitch BACK to the new Skitch.

    Thank you,

    Joyce Lourenco Pereira

  • Blanca Hvidsten

    Terrible … What have you done with this app?
    Skitch is gone … Bring it back … There is no logic … The possibility to open from Evernte is gone … I like changebut this is not a step on the right direction sorry guys!
    Sort it out NOW!

  • C F

    Seriously. What happened here? Was the best app ever, figured it was safe with more integration into Evernote, only turned it on it’s head. Just chiming in to echo all the complaints ive just read here already.

  • Wu Wu

    offering only 2 of the previous 6 capture modes is hardly forward thinking; it only adds frustration vs enhancements to your users’ experience. Keep the iOS 7 themed GUI, but bring back v2.x features & Skitch thumbnails.

  • Wu Wu

    Changing Skitch to offer only 2 of the previous 6 capture modes equals frustration, not enhancement, for your loyal Evernote/Skitch users. Keep the iOS 7 themed design, but bring back features from v2 into v3, including Skitch ‘library’ thumbnails.

  • Wu Wu

    Changing Skitch to offer only 2 of the previous 6 capture modes equals frustration, not enhancement, for your loyal Evernote/Skitch users. Keep the iOS 7 themed design, but bring back features from v2 into v3, including Skitch ‘library’ thumbnails.

  • Karl Schaefer

    I have used Skitch since 2007 and worked with I believe Keith to get our school using it so I have a long history of use and adapting. We are also an Evernote Business school user with around 500 student iPads using Skitch, Evernote, and Penultimate. I upgraded to iOS 7 on my testing iPad and ran updates to all of the apps. I use Skitch all of the time and so when I had to make a quick screen grab from the iOS 7 iPad for a blog post on configuring an app for my students, I of course took a screen shot on the iPad and then went to Skitch. I thought it was me as I “assumed” the interface would take some adjustment on my part. After creating and deleting 5 tries where I could not find my camera roll screen shot, I abandoned Skitch and cropped the photo and OMG emailed it to myself feeling oh so retro. Once I got it on my other devices that had not been updated, I could use Skitch to GTD. Checking your knowledge base provided the directions to not upgrade and to turn off auto-upgrade to preserve the features in the old Skitch. This is not really a solution as I guess that means I have figure out how to un-upgrade the app on iOS 7. I understand the tighter integration and applaud it, but removing all of the options for what Skitch could do renders it to be less of a must have app to whatever app. I can only hope that somewhere in the 100 year soul of the corporate culture that we all love about Evernote, there is someone who will say, we messed up, and give us back the option of using our camera roll, maps on the iPad.

  • Katherine Steiger

    The worst update. The best features of Skitch are gone. What a fiasco.

  • Marco

    Please give me back the functionality on my iPad. The app is useless at the moment: where are my images, screen prints, etc. Every day I see the same pictures in Skitch. This is a productive tool for me, not a toy!

  • Marco

    Please Evernote hurry up with a new version. For now I see no new images at all. No new screen prints, every day the same pictures. This is a downgrade and not very useful any more. I rely on your effort to make it a great app again.

  • aussiemale

    Wonderful app in the past which has been an invaluable tool for me. Now cannot access my camera roll from where I source most of my images to sketch. What happened?

  • Mike Hays

    I think the new version of skitch is a huge disappointment. Now I’ll be looking for a replacement to edit my photos. For the first time you’re heading in the wrong direction.

  • Mike Hays

    I think the new version of skitch is a huge disappointment. Now I’ll be looking for a replacement to edit my photos. For the first time you’re heading in the wrong direction.

  • frankhenry

    Devastated at the disappearance of the Map function. What the heck? I won’t use this app without it. I used to recommend it to everyone in my industry. Now it’s useless. Very sad.

  • frankhenry

    Devastated at the disappearance of the Map function. What the heck? I won’t use this app without it. I used to recommend it to everyone in my industry. Now it’s useless. Very sad.

  • Karl Schaefer

    Thanks for the update that fixes the image access issue. Installed it last night and all of my screenshots are available. I am still getting used to the changes but do like the speed. I did notice that the update to Evernote does not fix the access to my Camera Roll so perhaps the bug that was in Skitch is still in Evernote. For those posters who are unhappy, (like I was at first) run the update to both Skitch and Evernote as the ability to do most of what Skitch did inside of Evernote is awesome.

  • mherrling

    So sad that you have deleted the core functionality of Skitch. I loved the automatic sync feature to Evernote and used it mainly for taking commented Screenshots etc. Now, even the reduced functionality isn´t working. Sending the Pictures to Evernote manually fails almost every time :-(

  • shanak

    Please fix the new updated version for IOS 7.0.2….all it does is crash and actually restart the ipad. something is buggy, and needs to be addressed asap.

  • shanak

    Please fix the new updated version for IOS 7.0.2….all it does is crash and actually restart the ipad. something is buggy, and needs to be addressed asap.

  • mcrituli

    I had built an tablet magazine QC workflow around Skitch and its fantastic features, including finally figuring out how to leverage the Evernote sync. Why not restore that as an option that you can turn off? If I can’t organize my marked-up screen caps in the app, I could at least do that in evernote, which now takes multiple taps to accomplish on every screen, plus extra to save a backup copy to the device while I’m not on wifi. Please at least restore the option to auto sync to Evernote!

  • Ric Ramos

    Absolutely unacceptable amateurish revision of an otherwise useful tool. Ever since Evernote bought out Skitch, it has been continually dismantling the program and now it had completely eliminated all professional use of this app. I am sure some 14 year old girl on Facebook will be delighted to play with this toy app, but for those of us that have businesses to run, it is time to terminate our Premium membership and find a stable and robust app for image annotation. I have been with Evernote for more than half a decade and this is grounds for terminating this relationship. Today, this toy app Skitch cost me several thousands of dollar in lost work! Apparently if you don’t post you images on Social Media, they are lost! It doesn’t even sync with Evernote anymore! What amatuer rewrote this app! They need to be relieved of their duties because this long time customer is leaving.

    • Taylor Pipes

      Ric, I am sorry to hear about your issue. I have coordinated with our support team to flag your ticket so someone from the Skitch team should be working with you to get this resolved. Thank you.