How to annotate screenshot using iPhoto freeware (three basic tasks)

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Alina Popescu, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. The three things anyone would need to annotate screenshots are:
    1) text boxes (placed anywhere, not just captions at the margins)
    2) curved arrows (to point to specific objects in the screenshot)
    3) open circles & boxes (to highlight objects in the screenshot)

    I'm new to the iPad, which I just bought yesterday.
    I downloaded the iPhoto freeware from Apple.
    It does all sorts of "things" but I can't find the three I need.

    So, my question is how do I do those three things above (circle
    things, point to them with arrows, and add a text box at the
    blunt end of the arrow) in iPhoto?

    Actually, as I think about it, the real first question is:
    QUESTION: Can those three basic things be done in iPhoto?
    Alina Popescu, Mar 27, 2014
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    Sandman Guest


    Download Skitch for iPad from Evernote. Also freeware, and does exactly
    what you want.
    Sandman, Mar 27, 2014
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    Erilar Guest

    There are assorted apps you can do that with, but if I want to, I usually
    move them to my laptop where I have more options.
    Erilar, Mar 27, 2014
  4. Nice. Very nice this Skitch. Way better than iPhoto!

    The first thing I did was open up a snapshot of a
    car rental agreement in Skitch. On the right side
    of Skitch was a "crayon" icon, which, when selected,
    enabled me to circle the rental agreement reservation
    number (the default color was red).

    Then, hitting the "a" icon at the right of Skitch,
    I was able to annotate by clicking on a spot in the
    photo and a keyboard showed up, where I typed the

    Then, on the right of Skitch, I hit the "arrow" icon,
    and it allowed me to draw a straight arrow with my
    finger, from the annotation to the circled numbers.

    Pressing and holding on any of the three items allowed
    me to move them to a new position, if needed. I could
    even press on the "blur" icon, to blur out sensitive
    information in the car rental agreement (such as the
    credit card number) simply by drawing a blur box over
    the desired areas.

    About the only thing Skitch didn't do, that anyone
    wishing to annotate a screenshot or photo would want,
    is that the arrows are straight. I could find no way
    to curve the arrows.

    The other features I could easily see were the ability
    to draw a perfectly rectangular box (as opposed to my
    hand-drawn circle) and the ability to change colors.

    The only absolutely useless feature was the emoticon
    feature, which I found sophomoric and would be embarrassed
    to be seen using. One other feature was the annotated
    checkbox and annotated question-mark feature, which, if
    I had a need for, might be interesting, but, which I felt
    unnecessary (I'd prefer a curved arrow instead).

    Skitch allowed me to intuitively choose colors; but those
    colors were limited to red, green, orange, yellow, blue,
    pink, white, and black (which is quite enough for me).

    It wasn't at first intuitive (like all things Apple), but
    I was able to easily change the width of all drawn lines
    with the color menu, simply by changing the size of a big
    black dot (the size of which bore absolutely no resemblance
    to the size of the line drawn - but whose "relative" size
    made the lines drawn either pencil thin or paint-brush

    All in all, Skitch is a wonderful application for performing
    three mandatory annotation tasks of:
    a) Drawing circles or boxes around desired objects
    b) Adding text annotations near those drawn boxes
    c) And, connecting the annotations to the boxes with an arrow

    The only flaw was the arrows are limited in shape to one
    shape and to a straight line, which is perfectly reasonable
    in a freeware app.

    Thanks again for finding and suggesting Skitch for annotations!
    Alina Popescu, Mar 28, 2014
  5. Actually, my big problem is I don't know how to easily
    move my photos from the iPad over to my Windows 7 machine.

    So, I'm pretty much stuck with annotating my photos and
    screenshots on the iPad itself because I can't get them
    off the iPad easily.

    If you know of freeware to get photos and screenshots OFF
    the iPad onto Windows or Linux, that would be helpful.
    Alina Popescu, Mar 28, 2014
  6. In addition, I noticed that it asked me to save with
    a caption, when I tried to send it out (which is a nice

    Then it immediately allowed me to send via email, where
    it automatically put the caption into the subject line
    of the email (which again, is a nice feature of Skitch).

    So, overall, other than the fact Skitch doesn't draw
    nicer arrows, everything else about it was fine for
    my purposes. So it gets about a 4 out of 5 or a 9 out
    of 10 for my purposes.

    That's a nice program, and I very much appreciate
    you suggesting it. It beat iPhoto by a kilometer for the
    purpose of annotating a screenshot or photo!
    Alina Popescu, Mar 28, 2014
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    Tommy Guest

    Set up the same free gmail [yahoo - MSM, whatever ] throwaway account on the
    iPad and the laptop.. send the jpgs to yourself :)

    The alternative is to install iTunes on your laptop ??

    PS there is a gizmo that plugs into the ipad - for cameras,

    Check the Apple forum to see if this will work in reverse (ie ipad to memory

    Tommy, Mar 28, 2014
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    Erilar Guest

    I just downloaded it to play with later :cool:. Sometimes it's useful to edit
    on the iPad.
    Erilar, Mar 28, 2014
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    Erilar Guest

    Dropbox is useful.
    Erilar, Mar 28, 2014
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    Tommy Guest

    Frigging frick, I'm worse - "iCloud" - I never thought of it till you
    mentioned Dropbox

    Tommy, Mar 28, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Two solutions would be Dropbox and/or Photo Transfer App.
    < >
    Savageduck, Mar 28, 2014
  12. That is what I've been doing, mailing them to myself.
    But that stinks. That's why an app to get the images
    and videos from the iPad to the PC would be useful.

    If only there was a USB port.
    The first time iTunes wiped out my iPod, I was mad.
    The second time iTunes wiped out my iPod, I cursed like a sailor.
    The third time iTunes wiped out my iPod, I gave up ever using it.

    Never again will iTunes ever be installed by me.
    It's that bad of a program.
    Alina Popescu, Mar 29, 2014
  13. I can't imagine that I need to put all my personal files on
    the net just to move them from an iPad two inches over to
    a PC.

    But I will check out this Photo Transfer App & let
    you know how it works out.
    Alina Popescu, Mar 29, 2014
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    Zaidy036 Guest


    search in iStore "photo transfer" - many free
    Zaidy036, Mar 29, 2014
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    dorayme Guest

    It is a nasty overblown unashamedly money-minded piece of work. But it
    seems sort of needed for quite a few things.
    dorayme, Mar 29, 2014
  16. I just belatedly realized that Skitch adds a
    Huge Skitch logo to the bottom right of the
    annotated screenshot.

    So, while Skitch works fine, it's useless if
    you want a professional result. It's fine for
    sending something annotated to your mom though.

    So, that drops it a point or two in the ratings.
    I'd give it a 3 out of five or a 7 out of ten.

    Of course, you can always remove that Skitch
    logo with, say, iPhoto ... :)
    Alina Popescu, Mar 29, 2014
  17. Nobody likes the idea of putting their family photos on
    the net, so Dropbox is out of the question.

    Photo Transfer App seems to be payware, so, it's not a
    good first choice.

    However, in running the search for Photo Transfer App
    in the App Store, I see there /are/ freeware alternatives
    such as "Simple Transfer - Wireless Photo & Video Backup
    Sync and Share, by Rambax LLC", and "WiFi Photo Transfer
    b Voxeloid Kft." and "bluetooth and WiFi App Box Free by
    rise uP! Labs", etc.

    I wonder though. Why can't I just connect the USB cord to
    the Windows PC and transfer the photos like I would from
    a USB thumb drive?
    Alina Popescu, Mar 29, 2014
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    Zaidy036 Guest

    Connect an iDevice using its power/sync cord and you will see it in
    Windows Explorer and canact on the pics
    Zaidy036, Mar 29, 2014
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    Savageduck Guest

    Why? Dropbox and some of the other cloud services, including iCloud and
    photo streaming, all provide reasonable service, and if you don't use
    the *public* folders as a way to share your images, they are still
    available for transfer between iOS/Android devices and desktop/laptop.
    Many times you end up having to pay for decent software, particularly
    when freeware doesn't deliver what some of the features of the pay apps.
    If you always insist on freeware what you get is typically worth what
    you paid for it.
    Give them a try, something there might do all you need.

    The $2.99 Photo Manager Pro is another option, which also provides some
    password protection for your image files.
    < >
    Welcome to the World of iOS devices. Someday, maybe.
    Savageduck, Mar 29, 2014
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    Lewis Guest

    What the hell are you talking about?
    You can, with iTunes.
    Lewis, Mar 29, 2014
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