A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words – Now it’s Easy with Skitch for iPad

Total Score:  28

Have you ever wanted to capture a website and add a big arrow that says, “Click here” when you tried to explain something?   Or, perhaps, thought of a funny caption to add to a photo?   Skitch for iPad and iPhone offers you that and much more.  You can add arrows, circles, squares, lines, crop an image, add text or just write on it.  I fell in love with this app at the creation of my first, well, I guess we call them skitches.


Price Rating = 5     Free.  This is a big WOW of a free.  It is a great addition to your iPad toolbox.

Ease of Use Rating = 5     It is easy to capture, annotate and save a Skitch.

Readability Rating = 5     The font size is okay.   The font is not too big, and not too small.

Will You Use It Rating = 5     I think you will find it comes in handy.   With all these features, it invites you to experiment with the options.

Downsides Rating = 0     I didn’t identify any.

Consumer Review Rating = 3.5    There are close to 2,500 ratings and the average is three and one half stars.

 Why Do You Need This App Rating = 4.5     Maybe you don’t “need” it, but it is a lot of fun and once you use it you’ll think of capabilities that will bump this over to the must-have column.

How does it work? 

  1. There are six ways to begin a skitch.  You can import a photo from your camera roll or other folders; you can take a photo; you can capture the current screen on your iPad; you can search the web and capture that screen; you can search the map database and create your own custom map; and, of course, you can start with a blank page and just write.
  2. Your first step is to choose one of these methods.  I will start with a map.  When you click the map icon, you’ll see the whole world. You can zoom in to see which part of the world you want to capture and click on the camera icon.   That snaps a picture of your view.  Once you have that view you can add notes to your map.
  3. Using the arrow tool, you can point out places you want to go.
  4. Using the pencil tool, you can handwrite notes on the map.  You can change the color of your text at any time by clicking on the colored circle button, which brings up a palette.
  5. Using the text tool, you can add a heading.
  6. To move objects around on your screen you can use the hand tool.
  7. You can use the shape tool and add a circle, square or a line.
  8. You can email, tweet, save the image on your camera roll, bring up the image on Apple TV or send to Evernote.
  9. When you finish you hit the home button and your new creation shows up on the home page.
  10. Or, you could click on the trashcan and clear all markings from your image.

I described what you could do with a map, but these instructions work as you annotate any image.  I can imagine using this to create place cards for the dinner table, invitations and, custom maps of course.  The uses are pretty much endless.  Download this app and start having fun.

Devices:  This app is compatible with the iPad only at this time.  It requires iOS 5.0 or later.  This app was developed by Evernote Corporation.

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