How much do you use document annotations or screen capture annotations? A friend of mine asked me to try a clever Mac application which captures anything on the screen, and lets you annotate whatever is on the screen or captured image. In a way, that capability turns the Mac’s screen into some sort of magical whiteboard (without the white, markers, or eraser).
The app I tried on my Mac costs a mere 99-cents and it’s called Screenink. As in digital ink for what’s on the Mac’s screen.
What you get is a clever utility which lets you annotate– write or draw– almost anything on the Mac’s screen while you’re using your Mac, and capture the screen images and save them as graphic files. All the palette tools you need to write, draw, copy, annotate are available with a click.
Draw speech bubbles with text, arrows, lines, circles, rectangles, boxes and control shape, fill, stroke and color– all over the top of whatever is on the Mac’s screen at the moment. There’s even an option to capture the screen with a freeform shape tool, and pick out a color from the screen.
There’s even a built-in ruler and magnifying loupe.
There are a few dozen screen grab and annotation apps on the Mac App Store to tell me there must be a market for such utilities. Apple even puts some of the annotation tools into the Preview app and Mail app, so users obviously want the functionality.
So, what am I missing? What’s the point? Why do Mac users need such capability?