I have been using Skitch for a month now, and I intend to do a full review once it is out of beta. I wanted to write about it now though for a number of reasons:
– the hype around Pownce seems to have knocked it off the front page a little which I feel is a shame because as a concept and application I think it is far more interesting and useful,
– I realised that I had a number of invites left and rather than hand them out at random I wanted to do something different with them.
For those of you that don’t know about Skitch it is a compact, powerful and fun way to capture, draw, annotate and share images. It enables you to:
* Take a snapshot of a website, draw attention with an arrow, and webpost the image
* Draw a quick diagram to help people find your dinner party and send it in an email
* Pull out an iPhoto, add some comments and share when instant messaging
* Quickly capture, resize and annotate a picture to put on your website
Am Example of Skitch
Setting up Skitch is really easy, and has a few nice features:
To get the most of Skitch you need to use mySkitch
Webpost and mySkitch.com
Often you will want to share your images with people on forums, websites, eBayâ„¢ auctions, mySpaceâ„¢ chat sessions and the like. And traditionally it has been difficult to get an image from your computer to the Internet, and then being able to point someone to that image. mySkitch aims to solve this problem.
The Skitch beta also supports .Mac, FTP, SFTP, webDAV and Flickr.
plasq offers the mySkitch.com service as part of the Skitch beta, and is evolving rapidly, so please consult mySkitch.com for details.
Please note: The webpost feature in Skitch Beta is a test version, and any images that you put there may disappear after the test period of Skitch has ended. Therefore, do not place any important images there, or link to them from a forum where people may try to access them after the image has long gone – these people will only see an error message.
The webpost function is automatically configured for your mySkitch.com account when you first start up the Skitch beta. Simply press webpost and your image will be uploaded and a page will open in your browser showing your image, and information about how to share it with your friends or on a website or chat. You can manage and delete images directly from the Skitch application, by selecting the image in your Skitch history, and choosing from the details that appear in the lower section.
Using FTP, SFTP, .Mac, Flickr and webDAV
Upload (send from your computer to a server via the Internet) images. Webpost supports the .Mac, SFTP, FTP, WebDAV, Flickr and the mySkitch service. You can add multiple accounts and switch between them by first setting up the accounts in the webpost preferences, and then choosing from the menu button that sits to the right of the webpost button.
As I said this isn’t a full review – that is where you come in!!! I have six (6) invites available and I would like to give them to readers who:
a) respond with a comment explaining why they want/need/deserve/desire an invite,
b) are prepared to share their images and thoughts when I write the final review, and
c) will make the two invites they receive when accepting my invite available to other readers if requires (sort of like a chain letter only not of course)
If you are OK with those ‘conditions’ and want an invite then let me know via the comments. Try and be creative with your requests, it has been a long week already!