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Napkin

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  • Initial Release: 17 Jan 2013
  • Vendor: Aged & Distilled, LLC
  • Version: 1.1.4
  • Price: $39.99
  • Mac Software: Yes

Napkin is a brand new take on image annotation crafted for the Mac by Aged & Distilled. Combining intuitive gestures, fluid shape creation, just-type text entry, and a lot of really disciplined, really smart interface choices, it manages to bring the immediacy of iOS to OS X, producing results that are as fast as they are beautiful. We use it for many things at iMore and Mobile Nations, including all of our help and how-to articles, as well as internal design review and feedback. It's just that fast.

Napkin doesn't do everything a full on PDF suite does. It takes a deliberately less-is-more approach. It's reductionist by design. The only possible exception is the menu bar. While Apple has increasingly taken color out of their Mac interfaces, Napkin still uses it, and uses it well. It never competes with the content on the canvas, but is always there to better snap the eye to the controls.

Everything in Napkin is as direct a manipulation as the Mac allows. It's as close to having an iPad app on the Mac as possible, and that also feels very much by design.

Once you get get used to it -- something helped enormously by an introduction video and initial text tips -- you can mark up everything from interface concepts to internet memes with almost no overhead. Napkin just figures out what you're most likely trying to do and just does it for you, letting you fine tune or change the results afterwards, if you need or want to. It stays entirely out of your way unless or until you decide otherwise. That's what makes Napkin so speed-force fast.

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Napkin brings super fast, super good looking, super shareable image annotation to the Mac

Napkin brings super fast, super good looking, super shareable image annotation to the Mac

Napkin is a brand new take on image annotation crafted for the Mac by Aged & Distilled. Combining intuitive gestures, fluid shape creation, just-type text entry, and a lot of really disciplined, really smart interface choices, it manages to bring the immediacy of iOS to OS X, producing...
Iterate 27: Vandal & Unterberger

Iterate 27: Vandal & Unterberger

Rene and Marc iterate through Apple vs. Samsung, Metro name changes, and Safari 6 sRGB, and interrogate Luc Vandal of Edovia, and Thomas Unterberger about Screens, Napkin, and the Çingleton Symposium. This is Iterate! Our podcast feed Download Directly Subscribe via iTunes Hosts...

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What's on Rene's Mac dock right now!

What's on Rene's Mac dock right now!

Escalation. Costner brings a knife, Connery brings a gun. Wayne dresses in a bat suit, a smiling psycho gets green hair and a purple suit. And I write an article about my iPad Home screen, so Peter goes and posts about his Mac dock. Well, two can play the escalation game. So, here's what's on my...
What's on Ally's Mac dock right now!

What's on Ally's Mac dock right now!

The wallpaper and apps on my iMac and MacBook Air, and why they're there, as of March 2014 I currently have two Macs in my workflow, a 13" MacBook Air and a 27" iMac. My iMac is my main work machine in my home office while I use my MacBook Air on the go. For the most part the docks on both are...
What's on Peter's Mac dock?

What's on Peter's Mac dock right now!

The most frequently accessed apps on my Mac, and why they're there as of February, 2014 Rene's recent What's on Rene's iPad right now! post inspired me to do my own, and as the resident Mac guy, I'm spinning mine in a slightly different direction — here's what's on my Mac dock instead. The left...
Iterate 38: Aged & Distilled and Napkin

Iterate 38: Aged & Distilled and Napkin

Marc, Seth, and Rene talk to Guy English, Chris Parrish, and Thomas Unterberger about Aged & Distilled's new image annotation app, Napkin, it's origins, the choices they made, and how they got it shipped. Subscribe via iTunes Subscribe via RSS...
Napkin brings super fast, super good looking, super shareable image annotation to the Mac

Napkin brings super fast, super good looking, super shareable image annotation to the Mac

Napkin is a brand new take on image annotation crafted for the Mac by Aged & Distilled. Combining intuitive gestures, fluid shape creation, just-type text entry, and a lot of really disciplined, really smart interface choices, it manages to bring the immediacy of iOS to OS X, producing...
Iterate 27: Vandal & Unterberger

Iterate 27: Vandal & Unterberger

Rene and Marc iterate through Apple vs. Samsung, Metro name changes, and Safari 6 sRGB, and interrogate Luc Vandal of Edovia, and Thomas Unterberger about Screens, Napkin, and the Çingleton Symposium. This is Iterate! Our podcast feed Download Directly Subscribe via iTunes Hosts...

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