Mac OS X Mavericks brings a much needed feature to Mac files. Tags. Think of tags as self-imposed keywords you attach to files to make them easier to find, sort, and organize.
It’s a good idea, though there’s plenty of work involved to put tags on your files. Here’s another idea Apple should stuff into OS X. Annotations. No, not just for Preview and PDF files. For everything.
Preview does a decent job of giving you annotation options for PDF files, and that seems to be the norm for business. Why not have an annotate option for every file?
Annotatings moves the bar forward with graphical text annotations for certain files in OS X. The annotated text is simply added to the file’s metadata.
What does that mean? It means you can create annotations– in a clever, graphical text form– for photos, emails, web pages, or any Mac document which accepts images.
Why would you want to annotate non-PDF files? For the same reason you’d annotate any PDF. It’s a good way to highlight something within the file with a blurb of stylized, framed text.
It’s really quite neat, actually fun to implement, and useful for anyone who wants to put attach a note to a file without actually creating two files.
Here’s an example.
Unfortunately, the attached annotations, while attractive and useful, are also not editable once created.
They are colorfully creative, though. Check out the Annotatings Preferences which controls where the annotation lives, assigns border and background color, and even gives you options for margin width, border width, opacity and corner radius.
Annotatings is an easy way to add speech balloons to a document. I like to think of it as ‘notes balloons.’