Ever since Skitch was ruined with version 2.0, I’ve been frustrated with my screen annotation tools. Sure, I could stick with the old version of Skitch, but it was meeting my needs.
Screen annotation is great for writing blog posts, but 80% of the time I’m using a screen annotation app it’s for Live Theme support. Highlighting code, taking notes, the typical fare for screen annotation. I wanted something with a little more umph, like have the ability to have a macro view in addition to the uber important close-up of code snippets. And sure, I have to admit, having a cool annotation tool for writing blog posts can be handy, too. 😀
So, when I saw Napkin released in the Mac App Store, my curiosity was peaked with interest.
Napkin, as it’s called, comes from the idea of taking notes on a—you guessed it—napkin.
There’s nothing over-the-top when it comes Napkin’s toolset. Everything that’s here I would expect. I do hope they continue to improve it and pack in a few whiz-bang features, but as it sit now, I was overall impressed.
I found it easiest to just click and play-around with Napkin’s features and options. Overall, it’s fairly intuitive so you’re not going to find big menu lists or callouts. This is a double-edged sword, as it feels nice when you know about a feature, but can be frustrating if you want to do something but don’t know where or how to do it. That being said, the learning curve is steeper than it should be. Of course, it’s just an image annotation app, so it won’t take you too long to get the hang of it.
Okay, okay… I know what I said about the learning curve. It’s true. But like I said, once you get the knack for it, Napkin is really easy to use. For example:
- Once you’re done, simply drag and drop the png icon in the upper left-hand corner to your desktop (or use the built-in share feature).
- Need an arrow? You don’t need to click on the icon, simply click and draw the basic shape of an arrow and you’ve got one!
- Need to write text? Just start typing.
- Callouts have never been this easy or awesome—and you can zoom in on your callouts by just double-clicking.
And there’s more (some I’m still discovering, too)!
I imagine that someone using Napkin on a laptop would find some of Napkin’s interface dreamy, as it’s not icon/button dependent.
This is where Napkin gets a little scary.
Without knowing Napkin’s feature roadmap, $39.99 is pretty steep. That being said, if you do a lot of screen annotations, Napkin may be a really smart buy. I’ve enjoyed using it and I really like the polished look my annotations have; and imagine they’ll only get better as I use Napkin more and more.
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