Skitch, the awesome screenshot and annotation app, available for Windows!

For years I’ve been pining over Skitch. Like so many things created by and for Apple, Skitch is beautiful, elegant and simple. It does what it should do, easily and without unnecessary frills. Every so often I’d click through to the Skitch website to see if maybe, just maybe, we lowly Windows users could become Skitchers too. I was suffering from serious FOMO.

Somehow I missed the announcement, but I just did my regularly-scheduled run-by of their site, only to find that yes! I can install and use Skitch on my Windows laptop! Apparently the Windows version was released around the end of 2012. Woops. Well, happy times are here!

What is Skitch? Only one of the awesomest screen capture apps out there

What does it do, you ask? It allows you to grab screenshots or other photos, from your computer, iPad or iPhone, and mark them up and share them – really really easily. Once Skitch was acquired by Evernote, it became seamlessly integrated with Evernote notebooks, allowing users to access images from across all devices. You can also search the words within images thanks to one of Evernote’s most loved features.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Open Skitch. Click on the “screen snap” button to start capturing a screenshot. You can click on the drop-down to the right of the screen snap for more options, like capturing a full screen (good for capturing whole web pages), opening a file, etc.:
    (Ironically I had to use another screen capture app to take screenshots of Skitch! Haha.)
  2. If you choose to do a regular screen snap, you’ll be able to drag a square across the screen to select the area you want to capture.
  3. Once you let go of the mouse, the image will appear in Skitch, ready for your annotations.
  4. You can choose to add arrows, text, pixelate parts of the image, crop, add stamps, and more, from the sidebar icons, or from the edit menu at the top of the screen.
    Skitch with Annotations

For every day sharing of screenshots, Skitch really does everything you could want a screen capture app to do. So if you’re also a Windows user who’s been watching from the sidelines, go download and install Skitch and try it out.

Happy screen-sharing!