Make a list of all the cool features you’d like to add to the Mac’s screen capture capability, put them all together, mix them up, stick them into a floating palette, and you’d have Skitch.
No, not sketch. Skitch. It’s a Mac utility that captures your Mac’s screen or Safari web pages and lets you edit, annotate, email, save, and share in an interface that’s not only attractive, but useful, elegant, playful.
What’s In A Mac App’s Name?
I wonder what goes into the effort to create a memorable or descriptive name for a product. iPhone? It’s a phone. It’s part of Apple’s iEverything destiny. Photoshop? It’s a computer app shop that enhances photos.
Skitch? He was some old guy who led the Tonight Show band back in the day of Johnny Carson.
Sketch? Now we’re talking basic definition. To sketch is to create a rough or unfinished drawing or painting, often made to assist in making a more finished picture. So, what is Skitch?
Skitch is two compelling functions that work hand in hand. Skitch.com is a web site to share graphics. Skitch is a Mac utility to grab Mac screens or Safari web pages—a tool palette app with annotation, sharing, editing, and other tools of the graphics trade.
Use Skitch to create and share rough graphic designs online. Share with whom? Any other Skitch user. Skitch the utility can capture a Mac’s screen (and edit and annotate) and capture a Safari web page (even the long ones where you can’t see the page unless you scroll).
You can also grab screen shots from open Mac apps, sketch out an idea for a design or process, pull photos or images from iPhoto, capture an iChat session, and even grab a camera shot from your Mac’s built-in iSight camera.
Skitch comes with a palette of tools to annotate any image—add designs, sketches, circles, lines, squares, change colors of each. Add text and move it around the image. Resizing and cropping is as easy as grabbing the corner of the image and dragging.
Your rough Skitch sketches and images can be shared online via Skitch.com with other Skitch users, or uploaded via FTP, SFTP, MobileMe or Flickr. How does all this get to be fun?
Frankly, it’s just one of those Mac tools you have to try. Screen captures are a click away.
Ditto for web page captures. The capture pops into a Skitch frame which, in turn, is framed with all the tools you need to edit and annotate. Or, annotate, share, then edit and annotate some more.
Skitch is graphic collaboration that’s actually fun to use, which means that minutes after trying Skitch you start looking for more ways to use it. Skitch images—those you’ve captured or created—can be dragged and dropped into other Mac apps, too.
Lest you think of Skitch as a cheap onscreen sketcher, consider the heritage. Skitch is created by Plasq, who also creates Comic Life, one of the premier comic apps in the world, or this side of the solar system, or the Milky Way galxy, which means out of this world graphic folks love it. Try it. Skitch is free.