For the longest time, I’ve been using the ‘Send to OneNote’ tool for making screenshots (it’s part of Microsoft OneNote). OneNote’s great but it’s a bit fiddly because it copies the screenshot to the clipboard and so I have to paste it somewhere before I can save it.
Now, I’ve discovered Skitch from the folk who make Evernote. It does some really cool things, as you can see from the screenshot I took of our Turbine application. Skitch is going to make my life easier in 2014:
- Multi-platform. It works on Mac and PC – just one thing to learn on both my computers. Also available on iPhone and iPad.
- The tools for the job. It’s easy to edit pictures, for example cropping or adding boxes, highlighting, arrows and more.
- Pixel blur. There’s even a little tool to pixelate sensitive information in screenshots.
- Save anywhere, fast. When you’re done editing, you can just drag and drop the file to other applications or to your hard disk.
- Well-connected. You can also share it on social media site or upload it to Evernote with a single click.
One interesting observation: it’s shy. It hides its own interface when taking a screenshot which means that it is very hard to actually take a screenshot of Skitch itself.
It’s not a full-blown graphics editor but it’s much, much more efficient for routine screenshots than anything I’ve used before. Highly recommended.