We have already written about applications which let you annotate screenshots and different kinds of graphics, and some of these applications already achieved big success in the Mac App Store. I guess this kind of visual communication is very appealing to users, and it could be put to a good use if you’re a web or graphics designer, when you need to achieve this kind of visual communication. Of course, there are many other uses for these applications, and almost all of us can find some good use for them. In past we have written about Skitch and Napkin, which are both still very popular, and today we are bringing a review of another similar but interesting application.
Glui is an application which lets you take screenshots and annotate them, just like Skitch and Napkin. But this application brings enhanced workflow and a novelty of Dropbox integration. As you can see, it brings something new to the table and is trying to be a direct competitor to some very popular apps. It could be purchased through Mac App Store for $2.99.
Glui is not a standalone application, since it runs in the background and is hidden behind and icon in OS X menu bar. It could be triggered by clicking on that icon (which resembles a small camera), or by using one of the keyboard shortcuts which is much faster and more convenient. When you click on its icon, it will allow you to choose crosshair (where you select an area of a screen), window (where app’s window will get in the shot), or a fullscreen snapshot. Each of these three snapshot modes can be automatically triggered by a keyboard shortcut, which I got accustomed to in a very short time.
Once you take a snapshot, it will open a simple window which will show that snapshot along with annotation tools, “Save to Desktop” and Dropbox buttons. You will get to use only three annotation tools and those are arrows, rectangles, and text. For some this can be a problem, but for me this was just enough. I guess this depends on if you want more elaborate and advanced annotation where you can select fonts and colors, but which Glui doesn’t offer. Annotations and text will be always red, and I think it could be a problem if a screenshot has a lot of red color to begin with, since annotations will simply melt into it. A bit more advanced features in this area of Glui could be very welcome.
Once you’ve finished annotating a screenshot, you can choose to save an image to a desktop, or to directly upload it to Dropbox. After it’s been uploaded, URL will be automatically copied to clipboard, and you’ll see a small dialog box from where you open that image in a browser.
In all fairness, you already have tools to take a screenshot and annotate. Use Apple’s Grab and Preview for these jobs, and then manually upload an image to a Dropbox. But Glui makes this whole process much faster, and that is its main strength.