Napkin, the best annotation app for Mac, just got better!

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Not only does Napkin (opens in new tab) let you annotate single screenshots, but you can also arrange multiple Retina-quality screenshots on a single canvas and export them accordingly. That might sound like niche software, but it's essential for those of us who need to annotate screenshots for articles, books, interface review, and other jobs involving design or production. Its latest updated, version 1.5, adds a bunch of must-have annotation features including redacting images, cropping them, and new arrow and fill shape styles.

Napkin's been a favorite since I started at iMore and now it's even more useful in my day to day. Before this update, I had two complains with Napkin: it had an annoying tendency to slow down when open for too long, and it couldn't redact screenshots. Both of those nitpicks are vanquished in 1.5: Memory leaks have been plugged, scrolling is faster, and there are three different types of redaction available now.

You can also crop images within Napkin, rather than having to pre-crop them beforehand — a huge boon for tweaking iPhone screenshots — and add rectangular outlines to images to create callouts. Previously, the only way to highlight an image was to draw a flat line around it or drop one of Napkin's circular callout atop it.

There are lots of other great Napkin features hanging about, including instant pixel measurement of heights and widths with the line tool; an instant PNG save pip, which lets you save a copy of the Napkin canvas as a PNG anywhere you drag the pip; a brand-new, clean, Yosemite interface; better handling of Retina images; and lots more.

We use Napkin for all our help and how-to articles on iMore, so if you've been reading us for any length of time, you've seen it in action. I'm really excited to use Napkin's new update in my day-to-day work; you can check out more on Aged and Distilled's website or pick up the full version from the Mac App store.

Disclosure: Longtime tech pals Guy English and Chris Parrish make up a large part of the Aged and Distilled team; friendship aside, however, they also make great software.

Serenity was formerly the Managing Editor at iMore, and now works for Apple. She's been talking, writing about, and tinkering with Apple products since she was old enough to double-click. In her spare time, she sketches, sings, and in her secret superhero life, plays roller derby. Follow her on Twitter @settern.

  • at $40, that is pretty niche compared to Skitch
  • $40 is too much
  • I absolutely believe that an app like this is worth every penny of that $40 price tag to lots of people. I would love to see if I'm one of them, but I'm not comfortable spending that much without a free trial, even if it's only for a week or less. When Flexibits released their Fantastical update this week with a non-trivial price tag, I downloaded the trial. Within an hour, I could tell it was for me and bought the thing. Until then, Skitch will have to do.
  • Same camp here. I can throw away maybe the price of lunch on no-trial. But for $40 I want something to fulfill my needs or be returnable. Granted the Apple Store policy is no returns, yet you can if you complain... I'd rather not do that. In this particular case, I might be swayed by a longer video review. The multiple, short vids on their site don't stitch together the real world use to let me imagine using it. And the only thing that makes me gun-shy are some of the reviews that complain about issues with taking screen shots. I _think_ I could work around that... a really short time with a trial would seal that deal.