What is not to like when a company with plenty of money buys a popular commercial app and then gives it away for free? That’s good news.
Mac users get an app that once had a price tag, and now is a free download. And still free once you download it. So it is with the latest version of one of my favorite Mac graphic apps. Still useful after all these years.
Skitch And Sketch
Graphically minded Mac users know about Skitch, the Mac app that snaps screen shots and lets you share them with others. In between the sharing are all sorts of tools to use.
Skitch does annotations and drawing right on top of screen captures.
It also uses your Mac’s built-in iSight or FaceTime camera to snap photos. Or, snap whatever is on the Mac’s screen, add a message to it, and share online.
Got the urge to doodle your noodled ideas? Skitch does that, too. It’s like a digital pen and paper which happens to be connected to your Mac and the rest of the world via the internet.
Doodle, sketch, save, share. Mac or Android device (which I haven’t yet tested; sorry, I have standards, but an iOS version is coming; one day).
Skitch works in an interesting way to capture screen images. Think of it as a floating glass bottomed boat on your Mac’s screen.
Move it around and whatever you can see in the frame can be snapped (of course, you can capture an entire Mac screen, too) and the image saved.
The Skitch tools frame the Skitch app, left and right. You have pens, lines, shapes, color fills, eraser, text, arrows on one side. And options of what to capture on the other side (and where to save what you capture).
Skitch is worth a price tag, but it was bought by Evernote, which has money in the pocket and is looking for ways for people to use their online file and note services. That makes Skitch a good fit, because what you capture with Skitch is easily shared with others online.
And, now, Skitch is free. Evernote wants you to use Skitch so much that you’ll need to spend money with them for storage and other online tools. For now, free is good. Isn’t capitalism wonderful when everything is free?