While it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words, sometimes a picture on its own just isn’t enough. Have you ever sent someone a picture and found that you still need to write an explanation to show what’s actually in the photo in an email? Or have you ever tried to describe something in writing that would be much clearer with a simple sketch? If so then this great little app could be just what you need.
RATING: 4.2 Stars
UPDATED: September 27, 2011
CURRENT VERSION: 1.1.01
REQUIRES ANDROID: 1.5 and up
INSTALLS: 1,000,000 – 5,000,000
CONTENT RATING: Everyone
The premise is simple: Skitch lets you add notes, arrows and shapes to your camera phone photos, or create basic sketches on a blank canvas, using simple graphics tools, then the picture can be attached to an email, posted on Facebook, Twitter or Dropbox, or any other service that you can share content with from your phone. Skitch is made by Evernote so saved images are uploaded to your Evernote account rather than being stored locally.
Opening the app presents you with the welcome screen. From here you can choose to take a new photo, open an existing image from your phone gallery, or create a blank canvas.
Along the bottom of the editing screen are the five tools used to add your graphics. All the basic features are there: freehand lines, arrows, circles and squares, all of which can be edited to change the size, length, colour, line thickness and position. Pinch-to-zoom expands the image to fill the screen and focus on a small area of the image, and the focus point can be moved around using a two finger drag.
Text can be added by tapping the screen to position a text box. The text size can be changed by pinching the screen and the colour and position can be changed at any time. Everything you add can be moved, resized or deleted with a few taps, it really becomes second nature when you’ve used the functions a few times.
At the top of the screen are options for Home menu, Delete the selected object, Undo/Redo steps, Share and Save to Evernote.
There’s actually a lot you can do with Skitch, like highlighting technical information on work photos or adding amusing drawings or comments to photos of friends. It’s easy to use, has a good user interface and the only limit is how creative you want to be.
Skitch is free and works on Android 1.5 or higher.
Android Market Link: Skitch by Evernote