Possibly the most popular screenshot app for the OS X platform, Evernote’s Skitch, has just been updated, getting a few great new features. A new format for saving images annotated and captured by Skitch has been introduced, which is basically a modified type of PNG that lets you edit the annotations made in Skitch after you’ve saved the final image. The image canvas can now be expanded to give you more drawing space, and shapes can be drawn more precisely by holding down the ‘Shift’ key. Finally, a new option has been added to the app’s preferences that allows you to hide the advanced options window that appears after you’ve taken a screenshot, facilitating you to take further screenshots faster.
Skitch PNG is a new format for saving pictures that you’ve annotated in Skitch. These are almost like regular PNGs, except that you can open them in Skitch later on and edit the previous annotations. Anyone with or without Skitch can still view the image as a normal PNG, but users who have Skitch installed will be able to edit the previous annotations as well. To save in the new format, just select it from the drop-down at the bottom of the canvas.
Speaking of annotations, you will now be able to draw more precise shapes i.e. perfectly straight vertical, horizontal or 45degree diagonal lines, as well as perfect circles and squares by holding down the shift key when you draw a shape out; just make sure you do not release the shift key before releasing the mouse button.
When you capture and open an image in Skitch, you will now notice arrows on each side. Clicking these arrows increases the size of the canvas on that side. You can click it as many times as you like, and the size continues to increases by a fixed amount. If it’s more than what you need, you will have to crop the extra part out yourself.
Lastly, you can now keep advanced options from appearing right after you’ve taken a screenshot by simply going to the ‘General’ tab in Skitch’s preferences and unchecking the ‘Show advanced options after a screen snap’ option.
Besides these major changes, there are a few bug fixes and improvements, so this latest version should work smoother and faster. The highlight of the update is definitely the new Skitch PNG format, which should make annotating images with groups much easier, and is just one more reason for teams to use Skitch for collaborative annotations on the screenshots involved in their projects.