Best Free iPad App of the Week: Skitch for iPad

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Who doesn’t like free? And who doesn’t like great iPad apps? When the two come together it’s good stuff. With that in mind, we’d like to share our Best Free iPad App of the Week here every weekend.

This week’s pick is Skitch for iPad – an app that makes it very easy to add notes, sketches and more to your photos, screenshots, and more. Here are some of the app’s features and abilities:

– Annotate: Add arrows, shapes and text to existing images
– Create: Draw something new
– Edit: Reposition, recolor and remove your annotations at will
– Share: Send your sketches and annotations over Twitter and email
– Present: Show your work in real time via AirPlay on Apple TV
– Remember: Save everything to Evernote for later

Use Skitch to:
– Sketch and share
– Point out objects and locations in a photo
– Brainstorm design ideas with your team
– Identify a point of interest on a map
– Annotate a screenshot of your awesome high score
– Have fun!


I’ve used Skitch on my MacBook Pro for years and it’s a definite favorite app, so I was glad to see the iPad version released earlier this month – and I’m happy to say Skitch for iPad doesn’t disappoint.

One of Skitch’s best features – on the Mac and now on the iPad – is that it’s dead simple to use. Just load up a photo from your library or take a new shot with the iPad 2 camera (or start with a blank page if you like), and you’ll find that everything you can do to it in Skitch is just a tap or two away vie the app’s sidebar. You can sketch freehand, use an arrow tool, add text or shapes (oval, square, or lines), or crop the image.

You can change colors or the size of text or objects, undo an action, or discard an item you added easily as well.

Another very cool feature of Skitch is that it lets you markup web pages and Maps screens all within the app too. Being able to do this quickly without having to switch back and forth between apps should come in very handy for lots of different uses.


You can share your marked up creations via email, Twitter, or saving to the iPad’s photo library. And you can save your images directly to Evernote, the excellent notes app for iPad, iOS, Mac Windows, web, and everywhere. Evernote recently bought Skitch and this is a great feature for those of who use Evernote heavily.


Skitch has been one of my most frequently used apps on the Mac for a long while, and it is rapidly becoming one on my iPad now. My 8 year old daughter is also having a lot of fun with it on her iPad, and sending me lots of cool images.

Here’s an App Store link for Skitch for iPad.

If you’re after more great free iPad apps, be sure to check out our previous choices for Best Free iPad of the Week.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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