Skitch for the iPad arrives, and it's good.

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    Evernote just came out with Skitch for iPad. I got it and gave it a quick try. It's now my goto app for annotating screen shots, and whatever else. It's easy to use, and looks good. Basically it is a way to draw on various pictures (screen shots, camera, maps, web pages), then share them via various methods, including email; or you can save them to your Evernote account.

    For some reason searching for 'skitch' in the iPad's App Store doesn't find it for me. I had to get the link to the store from Evernote's website. Searching works fine in iTune on the Computer. Weird.
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    Thanks for the heads up! I've been looking for something really simple to add text to the photo on my lock screen. Skitch is perfect!

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    No problem. It's very simple with text. You get a choice of color and size (controlled with the brush size tool). That's all.

    I'm trying to figure out what the screen shot tools is for. So far all I can do is take screen shots of the app's main page; which seems a bit ridiculous. There must be another way to use it.


    Edit: A bit more playing around, and it appears the screen shot button will go to the camera roll and import that last picture taken, provided it's screen shot. If it isn't, you get page that tells you how to make a screen shot.

    I think I had a screen shot of the app in the camera roll when first testing it, and that confused me.
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    Yes, it seems a bit silly. Screenshots end up in Photos, of course, and can be marked up in Skitch very easily. The screenshot in the app seems useless, but maybe they just want to remind people to use Skitch with them too. Anyway, it works well, and the price is certainly right!

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    This shows pretty much all you can do with Skitch. All elements can be resized, moved, recolored, and have their line thickness adjusted after the fact. Took me a bit to figure out how to resize the rectangles and ovals, but it was obvious after. You just select them, and use the pinch gesture.

    You can also crop the picture, which I did not show.

    Export abilities are Twitter, email, camera roll, and Evernote.

    If you have an AppleTV and iPad 2, you can markup live on the TV. Good for some kinds of presentations, I suppose.

    Thats about it. Not a lot of features, but sometimes you only need the basics in an easy to use interface.

    Did I mention it's free?

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    You, Mr Twerppoet, are indeed a master of all things iPad related. I have this on my Macs and have been waiting patiently to see if it was ever coming to the iPad. I found it strait away in the App Store.......it'll be taking some abuse in the coming months.

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    Glad to be of help.

    I read a lot of Apple news throughout the day, so I tend to catch those announcements that interest me. Skitch has been on my radar for awhile. I had no need for it on my iMac, but the iPad version was too tempting to pass up. :)
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    Agreed, on the iPad it is many more times as useful IMHO, I know there are plenty of annotation apps out there but Skitch is just so intuitive. I'll be using this one a lot.

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    Now this is great news ! I've been using Skitch on my Mac for a long time . When I saw your post this morning ,the first thing I did was to download it .
    Thank you for the heads up !
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    No resizing, just cropping is a disappointment.




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    You can exert some rough control if you use email to export the file.

    Tap on the Cc/Bcc, From: line where it shows the image size

    SkitchEmail1.jpg

    Then select a smaller file size before emailing.

    SkitchEmail2.jpg

    Here is the original demo I made emailed at it's smallest size.

    SkitchDemoSm.jpg

    No tool has everything, and while I'm not going to cry if/when Skitch adds a resize option, I'm not going to miss it much until then. For what it does, nothing else I've tried on the iPad is as quick and easy to use; and when it comes to jotting up a screen shot to illustrate something, quick and easy triumphs a absolute control. For me anyway.

    If I need absolute control of an image, I'd probably take the time to copy it to the computer and use the far better tools I have there.
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    I forgot that email only offers the image size options if you send attachments over a certain size. I'm not absolutely certain, but I think it is over 350MB. Just had one with 380MB that offered the size options, but not all screen shots are large enough to trigger the option (though they may be after annotation) and I don't know of any way to force it, except to send multiple photos. You could do that by saving a few Skitched pictures to the Photo app, and mailing them all at once.

    Anyway, I did a little more playing around, and these are the sizes of the various email options. I only tested screen shots, but I'm pretty sure the other methods will have the same or smaller actual size. All measurements are pixels at 72 dpi.


    Small = 320 x 240
    Medium = 640 x 480
    Large = 1280 x 960
    Actual = 1355 x 1024
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    This just popped into my head; a way to layer Skitched screen shots into a single picture. I had to give it a try before heading to bed.

    Wild_Idea.jpg

    I didn't actually do anything with Skitch to the screen shots before placing them in Pages, but the concept is proven, my mind clear, and the bed is singing a sweet sweet lullaby.
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    Upon further reflection it occurs to me that Keynote is probably the better choice for this trick, though any app that can import photos from the camera roll and lay them out would work.

    Ok, now I'm really done for the night. No, really, I mean it this time. ;)
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    Oh now you are just teasing me!

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    Of course I am. ;)

    I thought of it when thinking of really complicated instructions and the five attachment limit per post. Then it occurred to me that you could put together the next best thing to a video; with insets, arrows, and stuff. Of course you could do that with Pages or Keynote alone, but their tools aren't quite as easy to use.

    I was thinking in terms of showing how to piece together a complicated formula in Numbers. I've described it before, but it really would be better shown.

    In the end, it would be a bit of work, and so unless I'm feeling exceptionally motivated, I doubt I'll ever to it.
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    Since you welcomed me as newbie & suggested I read rules (always good prior to breaking them) so I followed your lead, read signature rules but just says limit of 5 lines which is latitude galore. If you were suggesting size by these sizing designations, what would your guess be for what caught my eye?
    My earlier attempts at addressing this in privacy failed several times so I moved on. I'm hoping to find something while still needing to spend large time sequences in forums and at rate I'm getting my 2 pet thorns-in-side resolved, I'll be here for years.
    I cannot solve either of two - Java disabled (in settings Java is enabled so something else) & Flash issue, which baffles me totally as I never spent a minute thinking about Flash and Apple is supposed to be so problem-free so now I'm frustrated and browser reviews are less than stellar. I tried several times to send you message directly but after several tries only to each time, find 'send' button grayed out, I lost patience and this is more than I tried to cover earlier by far.
    Been up all night yet again. This iPad2 is bad habit! Thanks and Bye, S
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    Need to follow this but my message disappeared and will have trouble finding this again. Sun is coming! Oh no! Not that! Must quick sleep-talk about silly. Bye, S
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    Regarding Flash we have a very informative post here regarding it http://www.ipadforums.net/ipad-faq/54703-flash-ipad.html

    As for this thread, well it's about Skitch so let's get back on topic.

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    I got your private messages and answered them best I could. It would be better for you to ask them in public, so you get a better range of responses, and other's can learn too.

    And, as Gabriel said, this is off topic for the thread, so I'm not going to try and address anything more here.

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