Napkin 1I was always surprised by the amount of attention which Skitch received, which is a popular application which allows you create quick drafts of annotative images. I understand that it’s much more effective to communicate visually with others, especially in today’s internet era. Once I started using it, I’ve realized that there’s more to it and the more you spend time learning its features and tricks, the more you’re going to like it. I still claim that this is the perfect tool for visual communication between team leader, for example, and graphics and web designers. It takes only a few seconds to take a screenshot and annotate parts that need to be corrected. We’ve already reviewed Skitch right here on, and today we are bringing you another application which belongs to this same category, and which is trying to beat well-known Skitch.

The application we’re going to talk about is called Napkin, and is made by a developer company called Aged & Distilled. This application was featured by Apple, which means that is should be taken seriously, and this is one of the reasons why I took some time and tested its features.

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The first, and the most noticeable difference between Skitch (which is free) and Napkin, is its price since is costs whopping $39.99, which made me believe that it offers some very professional-grade features. Read on, and you’ll see if this application justifies its price.

Napkin’s main window is nicely designed, and it actually resembles any basic Mac OS application. This means that you’ll get a large working area with one think toolbar which contains its main tools. In order to get started, you’ll need to drag-and-drop any image into the Napkin, which also allows you to take screenshots or photos using built-in camera. Then you can use tools like text, shapes, arrows, and call-outs. In order to become more productive and faster, you can also use some mouse and keyboard shortcuts, so if you’d like to draw an arrow, you can simply click and drag over an image. If you hold Control button, you’ll create a shape, and so on.

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In terms of drawing and organizing invisible layers, Napkin works just like Pages, in many ways. I take this as a good example, since Skitch takes the other way and simplifies and limits this whole experience. You’ll be able to select parts of graphics and place them in front or behind other elements, which means that workflow is very natural and easy to handle. I would also like to mention that Napkin easily creates call-outs, which could be finely-tuned and which could be very beautiful.

Finally, when you decide to export finished image, all you need to do is to drag and drop a PNG button, located in the top left corner, and you’ll end with an image right on a desktop.

As you can see, Napkin is nicely designed application used to create annotative graphics. I believe that it offers beautiful interface and certainly more fluid workflow than Skitch, so I warmly recommend it to everyone who’s in need for this type of application.


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