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Michael Hyatt

mac Feature Request: Borders and Drop Shadows

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I love everything about Skitch except for one thing: the lack of borders and drop shadows. These are essential for me.

 

I write a lot of documentation. I have to have a way to make my screen shots stand out from the page. If I take a screen shot with a white background, then it gets lost on the page.

 

In terms of workflow, this means I have to move my screenshots to another tool to create the border and drop shadow.

 

These features existed in Skitch before the Evernote acquisition. Can you bring them back, please? Thanks.

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@Michael - Thanks for the feedback. This is a feature set we've been considering bringing back.

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I would also love to see this feature. Basically it needs to take the same screenshot as the built in Mac tool, rounded corners, shadows and all. Of course this mean incorporating transparency. 

 

I would also like to mention that it would be nice if somehow the same keyboard shortcuts used to launch the OS X screenshot tool could be used to launch Skitch. This way we could use it as a full replacement.

 

Thanks!

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+1 I just downloaded Skitch and found this basic feature missing. I was looking for a replacement to Greenshot in OSX. Greenshot allows to annotate, add borders and upload the edited image to Dropbox, Picasa, Flickr etc. A complete workflow where you edit, upload to a location and get the absolute URL in clipboard  :)

 

Would love to see these features in Skitch  :)

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Indeed. The lack of drop shadow is one of the reasons I have not upgraded yet to the new Skitch.

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Just let you know this feature is still in our backlog to address.

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Any progress on this? This is the one feature that keeps me from switching from SnagIt to Skitch. Even an outline would be helpful.

 

I am writing some software documentation right now. The screenshots all have a white background. As a result, when I paste them into my document, you can’t see where the background ends and the screenshot begins.

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@Miachel - It's still in our list, but I can't give you an ETA on when we'll have something. We've got a lot of other things in front of this feature (ex: Mavericks release) and have yet to come up with a design we are truly happy with that will deliver on what we want. 

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Thanks, Joe. I appreciate the update.

 

By the way, I have loved the recent updates to iOS7 versions of Evernote. The UI is joy to work with.

 

Thanks again.

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Thanks Michael!

We worked really hard on delivering what we feel is a true touch interface. Pro tip: You don't have to tap to use our tools and color/size menus. You can place a finger, or thumb (which is awesome for 1-handed use on an iPhone) and drag your finger to the tool/color/size and release to select. Try it with an object selected and you can slide your finger through color and size changes without closing and re-opening.

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+1 the restoring drop shadow, and framed timed snapshot while you are at it!  This may seem like a low-priority task item to the Evernote team, but the app's ease-of-use and simple drop-shadows were two of the most distinguishing features that really set Skitch apart from its competing optioins in the screen-snap space. 

 

Drop shadows may seem like an terciary toss-off, but being able apply them quickly and consistently to screen grabs really helped to add an element of pop and polish to images embedded in emails and documentation.  I cannot understate how useful this feature was in professional life.  To be able to quickly and consistently produce marked-up image examples for distribution to development teams, collaborators, stakeholdders, users, etc., was invaluabe on a regular basis.  None of the alternatives did this nearly as slick or or intuitivively as Skitch used to.  I now have to fire up PhotoShop or Gimp and go through time-consuming process to produce and save-out equivalent results, which really sucks when Skitch used to do it so well and effortlessly.

 

It appears that this app is now being over-thought and unecessarily/unfortunately over-wrought.  Every "upgrade" seems to come with: the loss of one or more features that sold me on Skitch in the first place, a more cumbersome/clunky UI, and more stuff that a fair amount of the user base probably don't really want or need.  Its a shame to lose the truly useful features for 'pixelate', which can be handy on occasion, and stickers - meh.  THe KISS principle comes to mind and the regrettable, inevitable result of fixing what ain't broken.

 

I am sure the the Evernote team has a grand integration plan, its just unfortunate that many of the things that made Skitch great seem to be being disregarded in the process. 

 

Cheers,

-dm

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@DaveMo

 

I've posted similar response as the this one in other threads, but I hope you'll bare with me if I'm repeating myself. We give a great deal of thought to what features are in and what features are out, or how we change features. Keith, one of the founders of Skitch, is still here and works side by side with me on Skitch as the design lead. We debate every change and every update to the app and are constantly focused on how we can work to improve the app as its audience grew (and continues to grow) from thousands to millions.

 

The reason drop-shadows were removed was due to the technical re-write and the usage of the feature. The decision as the time was spend time getting other functionality in then this feature. It is on our design board to bring back and one that all of feel is important. This feature isn't lost on us, and we aim to bring it back along with enhancing the app and adding new ones.

 

There is no disregard for Skitch here, in fact everyone at Evernote holds it in high regard. And Keith is still here working to continue to enhance the product and move it forward. We just have a limited set of resources and want to make sure we're focusing on the right issues at the right time. 

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It's funny because with all of the features that the new Skitch has, as Michael Hyatt pointed out above the lack of drop-shadows is the sole reason I still use the old version of Skitch and not the new. I understand the technical rewrite involved (I'm a programmer), but when I'm marking up something and setting it inline with other documentation I want it completely understood that it's an image sitting there and not just more text (since that's what I'm generally marking up and not pictures).

 

I'm sure it doesn't matter to many people, but it's important to me so I'll continue to keep an eye out for it and move to the new version when it's finally added.

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Thanks, Taylon. You said it well. Do you know where I can download the old version with the drop shadow capability? This is the one thing holding me back too.

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Thanks, Taylon. You said it well. Do you know where I can download the old version with the drop shadow capability? This is the one thing holding me back too.

I use the old version as well for the same reason. Mouse over the arrow next to the green button and the dropdown menu that appears will have a light gray link to the previous version.

http://evernote.com/skitch/

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Thanks. I wish there was a little more control over the shadow itself, but this is a start. Thanks.

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Thanks. I wish there was a little more control over the shadow itself, but this is a start. Thanks.

True, but then you are headed into Adobe space, and you'll be better off with something tailored to the needs of graphic artists.

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Would also love to see the drop shadow feature. At present, I use Snagit for grabbing screen captures to use in presentations and Skitch for on-the-fly quality assurance. If Skitch had the shadow/borders feature, I'd probably dump Snagit altogether. 

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The entire-and-only reason for me to use Skitch is to have fast drop-shadows. Evernote is shooting themselves in the foot by eliminating this feature. <_< 

 

(I would love to just use the old version, but my upgrade to OS X Mavericks somehow killed my old version of Skitch and I cannot find my old copy to reinstall. Is there a place/URL were I can find an old Skitch version?)

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Just reverted to Skitch version 1, mainly because of the drop-shadow feature. 

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I hate to namedrop, and I'm sure he does to or he would have already, but do you guys realize who is asking for this feature? http://michaelhyatt.com/ He has a pretty huge following.

 

This is a guy who would likely rave about your product and write blog posts about it if it was good. He raves about Evernote quite often and even mentions Skitch vs. Snagit here: http://michaelhyatt.com/startup-programs.html

 

Maybe you already knew that or it has no bearing on your decision, but just telling you.

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I've missed the border and drop shadow features ever since switching from Snagit to Skitch. Please add another vote to prioritizing that feature.

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+1 On this feature request. It would be really awesome to be able to add borders & drop shadows.

 

Specifically for this workflow:

When doing home improvement projects, I create a new note, take some pictures of what things look like now - copy the pictures into skitch, resize them, drop them in the evernote notebook. They would look much nice in the notebook if I was able to put a border & dropshadow around them.

 

And improvement to this feature request would be an automatic "thumbnail" generator:

 

1. Copy a full-resolution picture into skitch

2. Have an option for "generate thumbnail"

3. Select options (border/dropshadow/sizing)

4. Skitch would generate the thumbnail image and the HTML for a link to the original high resolution image.

5. Copy and paste image w/ HTML into evernote notebook.

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